Politics

Retirement For SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy?

Last night Bloomberg published speculation that Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy may be planning to retire at the end of the term. From the article: Kennedy, 80, has been the court’s primary pivot point since 2006, generally aligning with the four conservatives on campaign finance and voting rights and with the four liberals on gay rights. By selecting Kennedy’s successor, …

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Campaign Finance Watchdog Group Claims Steve Bannon Got Illegal Payments From Pro-Trump PAC

Fast Company reports: A campaign finance watchdog said today that chief White House strategist Steve Bannon may have illegally benefited from spending by a pro-Trump super PAC while he led Trump’s presidential campaign. The Campaign Legal Center believes Make America Number 1, a super PAC that backed Trump, may have improperly subsidized Bannon’s salary. In a letter to regulators on …

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Trump Flips On Four Campaign Positions In One Day: NATO, Janet Yellen, Chinese Currency, The EXIM Bank

On NATO: Trump said NATO is “no longer obsolete” during a Wednesday press conference with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, backtracking on his past criticism of the alliance. During the campaign, he frequently called the organization “obsolete,” saying did little to crack down on terrorism and that its other members don’t pay their “fair share.” On China: Trump told the Wall …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump And NATO Chief Hold Presser

USA Today reports: President Trump and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg hold a joint presser at 4pm ET Wednesday. The meetings at the White House come as tensions with Russia have reached a high point over a U.S. air strike against Syria, a Russian ally, last week. That strike came in response to a Syrian chemical weapons attack against civilians two …

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Russia Vetoes United Nations Resolution Condemning Syria’s Use Of Chemical Weapons, China Abstains

The Week reports: Russia on Wednesday vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have required Syria to cooperate with investigators probing the chemical attack in Idlib province last week, which killed dozens of Syrian civilians. The resolution would have condemned the use of chemical weapons, a violation of the Geneva Convention, and required a speedy investigation of the matter. Because Russia …

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MOSCOW: Tillerson Meets Putin At The Kremlin

The New York Times reports: After Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson waited for much of the day, wondering whether he would get to meet with President Vladimir V. Putin, the two men sat down at the Kremlin late Wednesday afternoon in the first face-to-face meeting between the Russian leader and a top official in the Trump administration. Relations between …

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Today’s Stupid Lie From Hair Furor

Here’s what really happened in Kansas yesterday: Republican Ron Estes will be the next congressman from the state of Kansas, but his victory Tuesday night did not come as easily as many expected in the deep-red state. GOP strategists warned in recent days that Democrat James Thompson, a civil rights attorney, was in striking distance against Estes, Kansas state treasurer …

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AP Confirms “Black Ledger” Line Item Noting $1.2M Payment To Paul Manafort By Pro-Russia Ukrainians

The Associated Press reports: Last August, a handwritten ledger surfaced in Ukraine with dollar amounts and dates next to the name of Paul Manafort, who was then Donald Trump’s campaign chairman. Ukrainian investigators called it evidence of off-the-books payments from a pro-Russian political party — and part of a larger pattern of corruption under the country’s former president. Manafort, who …

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Trump Rants About Hillary’s Email Server and James Comey: She Was Guilty Of Every Charge [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: Months into a presidency plagued by speculation about Russia connections, and President Trump still isn’t ready to move past his election opponent. Trump, in a sit-down interview with Fox Business Channel airing Wednesday, said FBI Director James Comey could have been tougher on Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server. “Director …

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REPORT: GOP And Dem Sources Agree Classified Docs Contradict Devin Nunes On Surveillance Claims

CNN reports: After a review of the same intelligence reports brought to light by House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers and aides have so far found no evidence that Obama administration officials did anything unusual or illegal, multiple sources in both parties tell CNN. Their private assessment contradicts President Donald Trump’s allegations that former Obama national …

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SOUTH CAROLINA: Town Hall Crowd Chants “You Lie” At Same GOP Rep Who Shouted It At Obama [VIDEO]

NBC News reports: An angry crowd in South Carolina chanted “you lie” to Rep. Joe Wilson at a town hall Monday, using the Republican Congressman’s own infamous line against him. Wilson was rebuked after shouting those words at former President Barack Obama during his speech to Congress in 2009, after the president said the health reforms he was proposing would …

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Trump Backs Away From Steve Bannon: “Remember, He Was Not Involved In The Campaign Until Very Late”

The New York Post reports: Washington’s rumor mill is working overtime on the fate of aide Steve Bannon, who is said to be at the center of the rampant White House in-fighting. When I asked the President Tuesday afternoon if he still has confidence in Bannon, who took over the campaign in mid-August, I did not get a definitive yes. …

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REPORT: FBI Obtained Secret Court Order To Monitor Trump Advisor Carter Page As Possible Agent Of Russia

The Washington Post reports: The FBI obtained a secret court order last summer to monitor the communications of an adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, part of an investigation into possible links between Russia and the campaign, law enforcement and other U.S. officials said. The FBI and the Justice Department obtained the warrant targeting Carter Page’s communications after convincing a …

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Sean Spicer Apologizes For Hitler Comment [VIDEO]

CNN reports: White House press secretary Sean Spicer apologized Tuesday after saying Adolf Hitler “didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons” during World War II in an effort to shame Russia’s alliance with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his use of chemical weapons. The comment was immediately decried and after a series of attempts to clear up his words, Spicer …

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Anne Frank Center Demands Trump Fire Sean Spicer Immediately For “Most Evil Slur” Of “Holocaust Denial”

Just in via press release: In his afternoon press briefing, Sean Spicer invoked Adolf Hitler in describing Syrian President Assad. Spicer said “Even Hitler didn’t sink to using chemical weapons.” Reaction by Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect: “On Passover no less, Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake …

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Spicer: Bashar Assad Is Worse Than Hitler [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer declared unequivocally that Adolf Hitler didn’t use chemical weapons during World War II on Tuesday, triggering a firestorm as people pointed out Nazis’ use of gas to kill Jews and others during the Holocaust. “We didn’t use chemical weapons in WWII. We had someone as despicable as Hitler …

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OOPSIE: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Mistakenly Refers To Lindsey Graham As One Of “The Women Of The Senate”

The Hill reports: Ruth Bader Ginsburg appears to have been caught up in a gender-swapping snafu, mistakenly dubbing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) one of the “women of the Senate.” The 84-year-old Supreme Court justice delivered remarks at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania on Monday as she accepted the Prize for Civility in Public Life, honoring her and late Justice Antonin Scalia. …

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LIVE VIDEO: Sean Spicer Holds White House Press Briefing, Likely To Address North Korean Nuclear Threat

AOL News reports: White House press secretary Sean Spicer is set to address the press corps on Tuesday in a foreign policy-focused week for the Trump administration. From Tillerson’s trip to Moscow to North Korea’s threat aimed at America in response to warships in the Korean Peninsula, this week is shaping up to be a pivotal one for President Trump, …

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RNC Chair Predicts GOP Landslide In 2018 Midterms

Via Breitbart: Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview last week in her office on Capitol Hill that Republicans are preparing already for what they expect may be a landslide midterm electoral victory that sweeps in as many as 14 GOP pickups in the U.S. Senate and not only holds but strengthens …

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Eric Trump: Ivanka Pushed My Father Into Strike On Syria, Which Also Proves He Isn’t Colluding With Russia

The Telegraph reports: Donald Trump’s decision to launch a cruise missile attack on Syria proved he is not in league with Russia and will not be “pushed around” by Vladimir Putin, the US President’s son has told The Daily Telegraph. Eric Trump said his father was not intimidated by President Putin’s talk of war, and there would be “no-one harder” …

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