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Trump Blames Bolton After Venezuela Uprising Fails

The Washington Post reports: President Trump is questioning his administration’s aggressive strategy in Venezuela following the failure of a U.S.-backed effort to oust President Nicolás Maduro, complaining he was misled about how easy it would be to replace the socialist strongman with a young opposition figure, according to administration officials and White House advisers. The president’s dissatisfaction has crystallized around …

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John Kelly Dodges On Trump’s “Stable Genius” Claim

The Washington Examiner reports: Former White House chief of staff John Kelly took a pass on Wednesday on the question of whether President Trump is a “stable genius.” The president has labeled himself as a “stable genius” on multiple occasions, and during an event in Las Vegas, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci asked his former boss what his …

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White House Welcomes Champion Boston Red “Socks”

Boston’s CBS News affiliate reports: It looks like someone on the White House staff doesn’t know much about Boston or baseball. The Boston Red Sox will meet with President Trump at the White House Thursday afternoon to celebrate their 2018 World Series championship. The event has already been clouded by issues of politics and race. Now there’s the embarrassing typo. …

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Trump Laughs At Rally Call To Shoot Migrants [VIDEO]

New York Magazine reports: “You have hundreds and hundreds of [migrants] and you have two or three border security people that are brave and great — and don’t forget, we don’t let them and we can’t let them use weapons,” Trump said, in Panama City Beach. “We can’t. Other countries do. We can’t, I would never do that. But how …

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Trump: Maybe I’ll Stay In Office For “10 Or 14” Years

Politico reports: President Trump on Wednesday joked he could stay in office for “10 or 14” years, saying it would be a good way to provoke the news media. Trump told supporters at an outdoor rally that if he suggested he might stay in office past two terms, the media would respond by saying, “See, he’s a despot.” “There’ll be …

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Space Force To Cost Billions More Than DoD Estimate

Space News reports: The Congressional Budget Office estimates the new space organizations proposed by the Pentagon would require thousands of additional personnel and cost several billion dollars more than what DoD has projected. In a new report released on Wednesday, CBO lays out personnel requirements and cost estimates for several proposed space organizations. The most controversial, an independent military branch …

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NEW YORK: State Senate Passes Bill Allowing Congress To See Trump’s State Tax Returns, Gov. Cuomo To Sign

The Hill reports: The New York Senate on Wednesday passed legislation that would allow Congress to obtain President Trump’s tax returns from the state. The bill passed by a vote of 39-21. The measure now heads to the state assembly. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) has signaled he would sign the bill into law. The state Senate also passed a bill, …

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Trump Taunts China As US To Hike Tariffs To 25%

Reuters reports: The United States announced on Wednesday it would hike tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports from 10 to 25 percent effective Friday, according to a notice posted on the Federal Register. Sources with knowledge of the talks told Reuters that China has sought to alter previously agreed provisions specifying changes to Chinese laws affecting nearly every …

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BREAKING: New York Times Gets Trump’s Taxes From 1985-1994, Numbers Show Massive $1.17 Billion Loss

The New York Times reports: Printouts from Mr. Trump’s official Internal Revenue Service tax transcripts, with the figures from his federal tax form, the 1040, for the years 1985 to 1994 — represents the fullest and most detailed look to date at the president’s taxes, information he has kept from public view. Though the information does not cover the tax …

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REUTERS: On Tape, Michael Cohen Recounts When Jerry Falwell Jr. Had Him Get “Racy Pics” Destroyed

Reuters reports: Months before evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr.’s game-changing presidential endorsement of Donald Trump in 2016, Falwell asked Trump fixer Michael Cohen for a personal favor, Cohen said in a recorded conversation reviewed by Reuters. Falwell, president of Liberty University, one of the world’s largest Christian universities, said someone had come into possession of what Cohen described as racy …

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White House Claims Trump Was Only Joking About Two Extra Years To Replace Those “Stolen” By Mueller Probe

The Washington Post reports: President Trump for months has griped, complained and tweeted about what he says is the unfair Russia “witch hunt” investigation that has consumed nearly half of his presidency. Now, the president has floated a possible solution: two bonus years. White House officials and others close to the president said he was joking and is not serious …

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Trump Pardons Former Soldier Who Killed Iraqi Prisoner

The Associated Press reports: President Donald Trump has pardoned a former U.S. soldier convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner, the White House announced Monday. Trump signed an executive grant of clemency, a full pardon, for former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, of Oklahoma, press secretary Sarah Sanders said. Behenna was convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone …

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Trump Launches Cybersecurity Competition: $25K Prize

Roll Call reports: President Donald Trump issued an executive order today that directed the Department of Homeland Security to work with the Office of Management and Budget to create a rotational program that will “serve as a mechanism for knowledge transfer” across agencies. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, part of DHS, along with OMB and other agencies will also …

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Champion Red Sox Manager Won’t Attend White House Event Over Trump’s Handling Of Puerto Rico [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora will not attend the ceremony at the White House on Thursday honoring the 2018 World Series champions. Cora cited the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico as the reason for his decision. “The government has done some things back home that are great, but we …

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Media Awaits Michael Cohen’s Arrival At “Cushy” Prison

The New York Times reports: He spoke eight times with Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators, appeared before three congressional committees and helped federal prosecutors with at least two criminal inquiries into President Trump’s inner circle. But on Monday, perhaps the most important number in Michael D. Cohen’s life will be 1,095: the number of days in a three-year prison term. …

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Trump Campaign Sells “Total Exoneration!” Merchandise

Fox News dutifully reports: Nancy Pelosi won’t be stockpiling this swag. President Trump’s post-Mueller-report victory lap includes new merchandise such as $30 “Collusion Delusion” T-shirts and “Witch Hunt!” mugs. Buyers are also snatching up white tees that reproduce Trump’s March 24, 1:42 p.m. tweet following Attorney General William Barr’s announcement of his summary of Mueller’s findings: “Complete and Total EXONERATION.” …

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Claiming His First Two Years Were “Stolen” By Mueller Probe, Trump Retweets Call For Extending First Term

The Washington Post reports: President Trump on Sunday seemed to warm to the idea of reparations — for himself, and in the form of an unconstitutional, two-year addition to his first term in the White House. He retweeted a proposal offered by Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, that he be granted another two years in office as …

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Trump Skips WH Cinco De Mayo Event For Third Year

Via White House press release: I send my greetings and best wishes to all those celebrating Cinco de Mayo. On this day 157 years ago, the Mexican people valiantly defended their freedom and prevailed in the Battle of Puebla. Facing a French army equipped with more men and better weapons, the tenacious Mexican forces, under the command of General Ignacio …

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Trump Retweets Call To Take Fox Analyst “Off The Air”

Mediaite reports: President Donald Trump is calling for Fox News to take one of the networks biggest critics off their air, in a Sunday morning retweet of Twitter User @HH41848213, aka “HowardH” who joined Twitter in 2016 and has roughly 235 followers until today. Donald Trump’s use of Twitter has flouted previous presidential decorum for years. But the retweeting of …

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Trump Is Now An Expert In The “Kentuky” Derby

The Hill reports: President Trump on Sunday blamed “political correctness” for the decision to disqualify the Kentucky Derby’s first-place finisher, claiming that the best horse did not win. “Country House,” a horse with just 65-1 odds to win, was named the winner on Saturday in the annual event’s first-ever “inquiry ruling.” Race officials made the decision after disqualifying “Maximum Security” …

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