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LIVE VIDEO: White House Press Briefing

Mueller. Mueller. Mueller. UPI reports: White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is scheduled to give an on-camera press briefing on Thursday afternoon. The briefing is set to begin at 2 p.m. EDT. Sanders likely will face questions about the Treasury’s decision to levy sanctions against five Russian entities and 19 citizens for interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Trump ...

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Manafort Seeks Dismissal Of Charges Because Mueller Is Only Supposed To Look For Trump-Related Crimes

Talking Points Memo reports: Paul Manafort on Wednesday night asked the judge overseeing his case in Washington, D.C., to dismiss special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictment against him, arguing that Mueller did not have the authority to bring charges. This is Manafort’s second attempt to throw out Mueller’s indictment in Washington, D.C. — Manafort’s lawyers filed a civil lawsuit in January ...

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Mueller Witness Was Imprisoned For Pedophilia

Last week it was reported that former Trump associate George Nader had been indicted by US authorities but never convicted during the 1980s for possession of child porn. Today there’s an update. On Wednesday, an official in the Czech Republic told The Associated Press that Nader is a convicted pedophile and served time in a Prague prison around that time. ...

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BREAKING: White House Finally Sanctions Russia Over 2016 Election Meddling And “Malicious” Cyberattacks

USA Today reports: The Trump administration on Thursday sanctioned a number of Russian entities for a wide range of behavior that U.S. officials say has sought to disrupt Western governments — including the attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Among the five individuals sanctioned by the Treasury Department Thursday is the Internet Research Agency, which was indicted by ...

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Trump Denies Lying About Trade To Canadian PM

The Hill reports: President Trump on Thursday insisted that the U.S. has a trade deficit with Canada after he reportedly acknowledged mentioning the deficit to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a meeting without knowing if it the claim was actually true. Trump tweeted that the U.S. does “have a Trade Deficit with Canada” noting that the U.S. has a ...

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Comey Book Release Gets Harry Potter-Level Security

Politico reports: James Comey’s book is getting the Harry Potter treatment. “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership,” the upcoming memoir from former FBI director James Comey, is set for publication on April 18 — and with anticipation rivaling that of the cult children’s favorite, the publisher is taking extreme precautions to prevent potentially explosive revelations detailing Comey’s interactions with ...

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Rick Saccone Won’t Concede, May Demand Recount

CBS News reports: Republicans eyed a recount and a lawsuit over perceived irregularities in a closely watched U.S. House race in Pennsylvania where Democrat Conor Lamb clung to a slender lead in the longtime GOP stronghold friendly to President Donald Trump. With the last batch of absentee ballots counted, Lamb, a 33-year-old former prosecutor and first-time candidate, saw his edge ...

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How Mitt Romney Helped Kill Toys R Us

Yesterday it was reported that Toy R Us will close down all their stores in the US and Britain, prompting several of you to write with a reminder. From the New York Post last fall: Bain Capital has a knack for throwing big toy retailers into bankruptcy. The buyout firm founded by Mitt Romney — which got slammed this week ...

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MISSISSIPPI: Far-Right GOP Senate Candidate Chris McDaniel Switches To Run For Thad Cochran’s Seat

Roll Call reports: Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel announced Wednesday he will switch from challenging GOP Sen. Roger Wicker in a primary to running in the November special election for resigning Sen. Thad Cochran’s seat. “By announcing early, we are asking Mississippi Republicans to unite around my candidacy and avoid another contentious contest among GOP members that would only improve ...

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REPORT: Donald Trump Junior “Headed For Divorce”

The New York Post reports: Donald Trump Jr. and his wife, Vanessa Trump, are struggling through marital problems and friends say they are heading for divorce, multiple sources have exclusively confirmed to Page Six. Vanessa and the eldest son of President Donald Trump married in November 2005 and have five children. But while they have not legally separated, friends say ...

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FBI Disciplinary Office Calls For Firing Former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe Days Before His Retirement

The Washington Post reports: The FBI office that handles employee discipline has recommended firing the bureau’s former deputy director over allegations that he authorized the disclosure of sensitive information to a reporter and misled investigators when asked about it — though Justice Department officials are still reviewing the matter and have not come to a final decision, a person familiar ...

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Stormy Daniels Launches Fundraising Campaign For Legal Battle Against Trump Lawyer’s “Hush Agreement”

The Daily Beast reports: Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels launched a fundraising campaign to help cover the legal fees in fighting the “hush agreement” she signed in 2016 barring her from speaking about her alleged affair with President Trump. Daniels launched the CrowdJustice 30-day campaign on Wednesday morning. From the CrowdJustice site: My name is Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels). I ...

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Trump Taps Cable Host To Replace Gary Cohn

Business Insider reports: Conservative economist Larry Kudlow will replace Gary Cohn as National Economic Council director and become the top economic adviser to President Donald Trump according to a new report. Multiple reports say that Kudlow, who is a CNBC contributor, will be named NEC director as soon as Thursday. Trump suggested that the offer was imminent while talking to ...

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SPIN HARDER: Rep. Paul Ryan Shrugs Off Conor Lamb’s Result Because He’s An “Anti-Pelosi Conservative”

According to House Speaker Paul Ryan, conservatives actually won in Pennsylvania yesterday because Conor Lamb is one of them. CNN reports: Speaking to reporters at the weekly Republican leadership news conference Wednesday, Ryan defined Democrat Conor Lamb as a “pro-life, pro-gun, anti-Nancy Pelosi conservative” and noted that there wasn’t a Democratic primary that would have pulled Lamb to the left. ...

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State TV: Conor Lamb Did Well Because He’s “Cute”

Mediaite reports: In light of Democrat candidate Conor Lamb declaring victory in Tuesday night’s special congressional election, some pundits have used it to suggest a liberal anti-Donald Trump wave is underway, but the hosts of Fox & Friends chalked the results up to the “cuteness” vote. Steve Doocy believed the answer to Lamb’s it-factor was his devastating good looks, saying, ...

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UK To Expel Russian Diplomats For Nerve Agent Attack

The Guardian reports: The UK is to expel 23 Russian diplomats, consider new laws to combat spying and impose sanctions in response to the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, Theresa May has said. Announcing a sweeping response to the attempted murder of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, the prime minister told parliament the expulsions were the biggest such move for ...

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FLORIDA: Fort Lauderdale Elects Openly Gay Mayor

The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports: Get used to the name Mayor Trantalis. Fort Lauderdale voters on Tuesday gave a clear victory to attorney Dean Trantalis, 64, to take over where Mayor Jack Seiler leaves off. Bruce Roberts, the city’s former police chief, trailed far behind Trantalis, with about 35 percent of the vote. Trantalis will be the city’s first openly ...

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PENNSYLVANIA: Conor Lamb Declared Apparent Winner

NBC News reports: Democrat Conor Lamb is the apparent winner over Republican Rick Saccone in Tuesday’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, according to an NBC News projection. With 99 percent of the votes counted, Lamb was leading by 641 votes in a district long held by the GOP and one that President Donald Trump — who backed Saccone ...

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LIVE RESULTS: Pennsylvania US House Race

NPR reports: Tuesday’s special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District is coming down to the wire, with Republican Rick Saccone and Democrat Conor Lamb battling for a seat deep in Trump Country. President Trump won this Pittsburgh-area district by about 20 points in 2016, but it’s Lamb who has run a high-energy race to challenge Saccone, after Rep. Tim Murphy, ...

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Sarah Palin To Keynote Mar-A-Lago GOP Fundraiser

The Palm Beach Post reports: Sarah Palin will keynote the Palm Beach County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day fundraising dinner on Friday at Mar-a-Lago, the party announced today. There’s no word yet on whether the venue’s owner, President Donald Trump, will be in town this weekend to possibly drop in on the dinner. “Surprise guests are always welcome,” says a ...

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