Politics

REPORT: US To Pull Out Of UN Human Rights Council

Reuters reports: Talks with the United States over how to reform the main U.N. rights body have failed to meet Washington’s demands, activists and diplomats say, suggesting that the Trump administration will quit the Geneva forum whose session opens on Monday. A U.S. source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the withdrawal appeared to be “imminent” but had no ...

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Graham: If You Don’t Like Me Working With Trump To Make The World A Better Place, I Don’t Give A Shit

“If you don’t like me working with President Trump to make the world a better place, then I don’t give a shit.” – Sen. Lindsey Graham speaking live on CNN just now after defending the Trump administration’s loathsome policy of ripping migrant children out of the arms of their mothers. Yesterday Graham posted a much-mocked tweet celebrating Glorious Leader’s birthday ...

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Trump Approves Tariffs On $50B In Chinese Goods

Bloomberg reports: President Donald Trump has approved tariffs on Chinese goods worth about $50 billion, said a person familiar with the decision, ratcheting up a confrontation on trade with Beijing and triggering losses in the domestic stock market. The Trump administration is preparing to release a refined list of the first batch of Chinese products to be hit with tariffs ...

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Cohen Files For Gag Order Against Michael Avenatti

Politico reports: Attorney Michael Avenatti’s months-long publicity tour attacking President Donald Trump and Trump attorney Michael Cohen could be brought to an abrupt end soon if a federal judge agrees to a new request for a gag order against the ubiquitous Avenatti. A lawyer for Cohen, Brent Blakely, asked a judge in Los Angeles Thursday to issue an order barring ...

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White House And Moscow Explore Summit In Austria

Russian state outlet TASS reports: Moscow and Washington are exploring the opportunity of a meeting between US and Russian Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, Richard Hooker, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Europe and Russia in US National Security Council, told TASS on Wednesday. “I think that both sides are exploring an opportunity to meet, yes. ...

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NORTH DAKOTA: GOP Secretary Of State Nominee Withdraws After Revelation Of 2006 Peeping Tom Arrest

The Forum reports: Will Gardner has made it official: The endorsed Republican candidate in the North Dakota secretary of state race filed notice that he’s withdrawing from the field. Gardner’s official exit, filed Thursday, June 14, according to a Facebook post by Gardner, was expected after he announced he would withdraw shortly after The Forum reported that, in 2006, he ...

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TEXAS: HHS To Build Tent City For Migrant Children

NBC News reports: The Trump administration has selected Tornillo, Texas, for the construction of tents to house the overflow of immigrant children, many of whom have been separated from their parents under a new “zero tolerance” policy, according to three sources familiar with the decision. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will erect a “tent city,” full of ...

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New Joe Manchin Ad: I Wanted Mexico To Pay For The Wall But They’re Not, So I Voted With Trump [VIDEO]

“Pat Morrisey, Mitch McConnell, and the Washington establishment have started attacking me. It’s disappointing. It’s not true and that’s why Washington sucks. Hey, I wanted Mexico to pay for the wall. But they’re not. So we need to do it ourselves. We do need a wall. We’re gonna do what it takes to secure our country. I voted to fund ...

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James Comey Defends Actions In NYT Op-Ed: While I Disagree With IG’s Report, I Respect Its Professionalism

Comey just published an op-ed in The New York Times: The Department of Justice’s independent watchdog, the inspector general, has released a report that is critical of my decisions as F.B.I. director during the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email account. The report concludes that I was wrong to announce the F.B.I.’s completion of the investigation without coordinating with the attorney ...

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Canada Considers Sanctions On Trump’s Businesses

This would go over with hilarious results: Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland says she is not ruling out potential retaliatory sanctions against the Trump Organization in response to the U.S. president’s recently announced tariffs. Freeland was asked by a Canadian lawmaker during a question period whether the nation’s government has considered sanctions targeting Trump’s businesses, rather than the American people, ...

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Holder Sues Three States For Racist Gerrymandering

Courthouse News reports: Citing the states’ long histories of suppressing the right to vote among their black voters, an organization headed by former Attorney General Eric Holder sued three states in the Deep South, accusing them of using gerrymandering to dilute the strength of their black voters. In Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana, local lawyers filed lawsuits in federal court against ...

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Inspector General’s Report: Comey Broke From FBI Norms In Clinton Probe, But Was Not Motivated By Bias

Bloomberg reports: Former FBI Director James Comey “deviated” from FBI and Justice Department procedures in handling the probe into Hillary Clinton, damaging the law enforcement agencies’ image of impartiality even though he wasn’t motivated by political bias, the department’s watchdog found in a highly anticipated report. “While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias ...

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Sen. Orrin Hatch Marks LGBT Pride Month On Senate Floor, Urges Compassion, Help For Suicide Prevention

Utah’s Daily Herald reports: Utah Senator Orrin Hatch commemorated LGBT Pride Month Wednesday with a speech on the Senate floor. Hatch, whose National Suicide Hotline Legislation passed a House subcommittee Wednesday morning, spoke about suicide risk for LGBT youth on the Senate floor as he urged the House of Representatives to pass his proposal. “Today in honor of Pride Month, ...

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Avenatti And The Mooch Spar On Colbert Show [VIDEO]

Deadline Hollywood reports: Avenatti and Scaramucci are the new Washington It Couple. Recently they were being shopped around to co-host a TV program – like Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. They also were seen together at parties coinciding with Upfront Week and the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “What is this?” Colbert asked to kick things off. “Word is you are ...

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Rick Scott On Pre-Existing Conditions: We’ve Got To Reward People For Taking Care Of Themselves [VIDEO]

The Tampa Bay Times reports: Gov. Rick Scott would not directly say Wednesday whether he supports a Trump administration move that critics say could wipe away health care protections for pre-existing conditions — a cornerstone of Obamacare — while saying he believes such protections are needed. “I believe that if you have a pre-existing condition, you need to still be ...

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Alt-Right GOP Senate Nominee Corey Stewart Refuses To Condemn White Supremacists In Wild CNN Interview

The Hill reports: CNN host Chris Cuomo and Virginia Senate candidate Corey Stewart (R) sparred Wednesday night in a heated interview that focused on Stewart’s affiliation with white nationalists. Stewart appeared on “Cuomo Prime Time” one day after he secured the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in November’s midterm election. The two men frequently shouted over each ...

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RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel Issues Ominous Threat: Get On Board The Trump MAGA Agenda Or You Will Be Sorry

The Washington Examiner reports: Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel issued a stern warning to Republicans Wednesday night: Get on board with President Trump’s agenda or else. As the GOP prepares to face a tough battle to maintain their majority in the upcoming midterm elections, the GOP chairwoman said that anyone who doesn’t support Trump is “making a mistake.” Twitter ...

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SAN FRANCISCO: London Breed Wins Mayoral Race

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Former state Sen. Mark Leno conceded defeat in the San Francisco mayor’s race Wednesday to Supervisor London Breed. “I called Supervisor London Breed this morning to congratulate her and to wish her every success both personally and professionally in her new job as mayor of San Francisco,” Leno said in a news conference at a ...

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GOP Senator: Our Party Has Become The Trump Cult

The Tennessean report: Sen. Bob Corker lashed out again Wednesday at his fellow Republicans, saying the GOP had become almost like a cult in its support of President Donald Trump. “We are in a strange place,” the Tennessee Republican and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee told reporters in Washington. “It’s almost, it’s becoming a cultish thing, isn’t it? ...

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REPORT: State Department Advisor Compiles Enemies List Of Staffers Deemed Disloyal To Glorious Leader

Foreign Policy reports: A senior advisor to the State Department appointed just two months ago has been quietly vetting career diplomats and American employees of international institutions to determine whether they are loyal to President Donald Trump and his political agenda, according to nearly a dozen current and former U.S. officials. Mari Stull, a former food and beverage lobbyist-turned-wine blogger ...

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