Politics

Missouri Swears In New GOP Gov. Mike Parson

The Kansas City Star reports: Promising a “fresh start” for state government after months of scandal, Mike Parson was sworn in today as Missouri’s 57th governor. “My pledge to all Missourians is to work hard each and every day to bring honor, integrity, transparency to the Governor’s Office,” Parson said moments after taking the oath of office, later adding: “Now ...

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Eric Holder: Trump’s Pardons Won’t Stop Mueller

Axios reports: Eric Holder, Obama’s former Attorney General, told an audience at a political event in New Hampshire Friday that even if Trump is using his pardon power to send a signal to potential witnesses in the Mueller probe, people who are pardoned can still go before a grand jury.Holder said Trump issuing pardons “will not ultimately thwart the Mueller ...

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US Might Pay For Kim’s Hotel During Summit

The Washington Post reports: At an island resort off the coast of Singapore, U.S. event planners are working day and night with their North Korean counterparts to set up a summit designed to bring an end to Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program. But a particularly awkward logistical issue remains unresolved, according to two people familiar with the talks. Who’s going to ...

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Bill Maher: Roseanne’s Tweets Were So Full Of Racism And Conspiracies That They Bordered On Presidential

“Roseanne will always be my friend but her world came crashing down this week with a series of tweets she put out on Tuesday that were so full of racism, conspiracy theories and personal attacks they were described as abhorrent bordering on presidential. Roseanne has said she has multiple personalities – and unfortunately one of them is quite a racist. ...

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MISSOURI: GOP Gov Signs Anti-Revenge Porn Bill Hours Before Leaving Office Over His Alleged Revenge Porn

The Associated Press reports: Hours before he was to leave office, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Friday signed into law a measure that makes it a crime to try to blackmail a person using a private sexual image — the same allegation that led to his downfall. The new “revenge porn” law makes it a felony to threaten the nonconsensual ...

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Signs Of Cellphone Snooping Devices Near White House

All while Trump rejects “inconvenient” phone security protocols: A federal study found signs that surveillance devices for intercepting cellphone calls and texts were operating near the White House and other sensitive locations in the Washington area last year. A Department of Homeland Security program discovered evidence of the surveillance devices, called IMSI catchers, as part of federal testing last year, ...

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Pruitt Spent $1560 On 12 Pens With His Signature

The Washington Post reports: The account manager at the Tiny Jewel Box, which calls itself Washington’s “premier destination for fine jewelry and watches,” had promised to expedite the order of a dozen customized silver fountain pens — each emblazoned with the seal of the Environmental Protection Agency and the signature of its leader, Scott Pruitt. Now all that the EPA ...

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FLORIDA: GOP House Rep To Hold Women’s Summit, Topics To Include Weight Loss Tips And Gardening

The Tampa Bay Times reports: U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, is campaigning for a seventh term in Congress and on June 9 he’s holding his first-ever Women’s Summit, pitched as “an opportunity for women to learn about relevant topics that have a direct impact on their lives.” So what are the critical issues facing women that Bilirakis will highlight ...

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DAY 22: Melania To Skip Camp David Trip With Trump

CNN reports: First lady Melania Trump isn’t accompanying the President to Camp David this weekend, marking the 22nd day since she was last seen publicly. President Donald Trump is expected to depart the White House Friday afternoon for a weekend at the presidential retreat in Maryland. The first lady, meanwhile, is staying put at the White House this weekend. On ...

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Virginia US House Candidate: Yes, I’m A Pedophile

The Huffington Post reports: Nathan Larson, a 37-year-old accountant from Charlottesville, Virginia, is running for Congress as an independent candidate in his native state. He is also a pedophile, as he admitted to HuffPost on Thursday, who has bragged in website posts about raping his late ex-wife. In a phone call, Larson confirmed that he created the now-defunct websites suiped.org ...

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SPAIN: Socialist Leader Pedro Sanchez Becomes PM After Ousting Of Mariano Rajoy In No Confidence Vote

The vote was very close. The Guardian reports: Mariano Rajoy, once viewed as the great survivor of Spanish politics, has been ousted as prime minister in a vote of no confidence after several former members of his party were convicted of corruption in a case that proved a scandal too far. He will be replaced by Pedro Sánchez, the leader ...

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Trudeau Blasts Trump On “Totally Unacceptable” Tariffs: We See No Sign Of Common Sense In This [VIDEO]

“These tariffs are totally unacceptable. The numbers are clear: The United States has a $2 billion U.S. dollars surplus in steel trade with Canada – and Canada buys more American steel than any other country in the world, half of U.S. steel exports. Canada is a secure supplier of aluminum and steel to the U.S. defense industry, putting aluminum in ...

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Paul Ryan: I “Disagree” With Trump’s Tariffs On Allies

Not that he’ll do anything about it: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Thursday condemned President Trump’s decision to impose a new set of steel and aluminum tariffs against close trading allies.  “I disagree with this decision,” Ryan said in a statement after Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced the new duties Thursday morning. “Instead of addressing the real problems in ...

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First Year Cost Of Robert Mueller’s Probe: $8 Million

The New York Daily News reports: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling has cost just under $8 million since the former FBI director was appointed last May, according to a new spending report released Thursday. The bill is a far cry from the $20 million President Trump claims that probe has cost and is only slightly higher than ...

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Samantha Bee Apologizes For Calling Ivanka A “Feckless Cunt” In Story About Missing Migrant Children [VIDEO]

Buzzfeed News reports: After Samantha Bee was criticized for calling presidential adviser and first daughter Ivanka Trump as a “feckless cunt” who needs to convince her father to change his immigration policies, the host issued an apology on Thursday. “I would like to sincerely apologize to Ivanka Trump and to my viewers for using an expletive on my show to ...

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Spanish PM To Be Ousted In “No Confidence” Vote

Politico reports: Mariano Rajoy’s time as Spain’s prime minister appears to be over after the opposition Socialists secured parliamentary backing for ousting the conservative leader. Lawmakers from the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) announced Thursday that they would back Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez’s motion of no confidence in Rajoy in a vote to be held Friday. With the PNV’s support, and ...

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Mexico Hits Back At Trump With Tariffs On US Goods

The Associated Press reports: The Trump administration announced Thursday it will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Europe, Mexico and Canada after failing to win concessions from the American allies. Europe and Mexico pledged to retaliate quickly, exacerbating trans-Atlantic and North American trade tensions. The European Commission’s president, Jean-Claude Juncker, said Trump’s decision amounted to trade protectionism and ...

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Dr. Stabby’s New Deputy Chief Of Staff Is Son Of His “Closest Friend” Once Convicted Of Health Care Fraud

CNN reports: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson will name the son of his close friend and business associate as deputy chief of staff, the department confirmed Wednesday. Alfonso Costa Jr., 29, is expected to join the department in the coming weeks, a source familiar with the decision told CNN. Costa’s father is a dentist-turned-real-estate-investor who Carson has described ...

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Romney: In 2016 I Voted For My Wife For President

The Deseret News reports: Mitt Romney revealed Wednesday who he voted for in the 2016 presidential election. His wife, Ann Romney. “I wrote in the name of a person who I admire deeply, who I think would be an excellent president,” the Republican U.S Senate candidate told the Deseret News and KSL editorial boards in response to a question. “I ...

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Melania Blasts Media Gossip On Her Whereabouts

The Washington Examiner reports: First lady Melania Trump, who has not been seen in public since May 10, responded to rampant speculation about her health Wednesday, saying she is actually at the White House. Conjecture has swirled about Trump’s whereabouts since she had surgery May 14 for a “benign kidney condition.” She stayed in the hospital for a week to ...

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