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Senate Committees: Trump Must Hand Over Any Comey Tapes, Comey Must Hand Over His Trump Memos

The Associated Press reports: Top members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are asking the FBI to provide memos from former director James Comey and for the White House to turn over any audio recordings that might exist of conversations with the now-fired director. Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California sent the letter to …

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Rep. Justin Amash Becomes First Republican To Suggest James Comey’s Memo Is Grounds For Impeachment

Vox reports: A Republican lawmaker has acknowledged the “i-word”: impeachment. Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan gave reporters an affirmative “yes” Wednesday, when asked if the allegations from former FBI Director James Comey’s memo indicating that Trump urged the FBI to drop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn would be grounds for impeachment. Known on Capitol Hill …

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Chuck Schumer: If The Comey Memo Is Wrong, Prove It

The Hill reports: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said on Wednesday that if President Trump didn’t try to shut down an investigation into a former adviser, he should prove it. “Providing the Congress the tapes and the memos may be the only way for this administration to credibly make a case to a justifiably skeptical American public about its …

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WASHINGTON: Bodyguards For Turkish President Beat Protesters, Nine Injured, One Critically [VIDEO]

Newsweek reports: Footage has emerged of a mass brawl outside the Turkish embassy in Washington during which men believed to be Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards are seen attacking protesters just hours after the Turkish president’s meeting with Donald Trump. The brawl ensued as Erodgan’s security detail and pro-Erdogan supporters confronted Kurdish and Armenian demonstrators. A video—posted by Voice of America—showed …

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Lawrence O’Donnell: I Might Be Leaving MSNBC

After weeks of rumors, this morning MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell acknowledged that his contract with the network may not be renewed. But O’Donnell might not be the only one departing. Via Mediaite: The air is thick with MSNBC intrigue: amidst a week of rumors that primetime host Lawrence O’Donnell’s days at the network are numbered, a Daily Beast report says …

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REPORT: Officials Mention Trump As Often As Possible In National Security Briefs So He Will Keep Reading

Reuters reports: Besieged by controversy at home, U.S. President Donald Trump is under pressure to stick to the script and avoid fresh flare-ups when he embarks this week on his first foreign trip, a nine-day trek to the Middle East and Europe. Some doubt whether Trump, a businessman-turned politician who never held elective office before becoming president in January, is …

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Vladimir Putin: Trump Revealed No Secrets To Us And We’ll Give You The Meeting Transcripts To Prove It

The Hill reports: Russian leader Vladimir Putin said early Wednesday that President Trump did not share secrets with Russian officials last week and is willing to give Congress transcripts to prove it. The Associated Press and Reuters reported that Putin is willing to hand over the records of the president’s conversation with Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador. Two days ago, …

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Chelsea Manning Released From Prison

The BBC reports: US soldier Chelsea Manning has been released from prison after serving seven years for leaking hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables and military files to Wikileaks. A US Army spokesperson confirmed to the BBC that she had left Fort Leavenworth military prison in Kansas. Most of what remained of her 35-year sentence was commuted by then-US President …

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Maxine Waters: Impeachment Is Not Out Of Reach

The Hill reports: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) says that lawmakers should not refrain from discussing President Trump’s impeachment. “We don’t have to be afraid to use the word impeachment,” she said Tuesday at the Center for American Progress (CAP) conference in Washington, D.C. “We don’t have to think impeachment is out of our reach.” “All we have to do is …

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GOP House Rep Calls For Special Russia Prosecutor

“It is time for an investigation of Russia’s intervention in the U.S. Election. There is too much at stake at home and abroad to not take this step. There is so much conflicting information from many sources; Americans deserve the opportunity to learn the truth. As stated before, I continue to support any efforts done by the House Intelligence Committee …

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EMPTY WHITE HOUSE: More Than A Dozen Senior Staffers To Accompany Trump On 11-Day Foreign Trip

Politico reports: Goodbye Winter White House. Hello Desert White House. President Donald Trump is scheduled to depart Friday on an 11-day, five-country tour that comes at a moment of major turmoil in his administration – and, as usual, he’ll be joined by a large traveling band of his top aides, who often stick close to the president for fear of …

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FLORIDA: Man Claims Girlfriend Accidentally Choked To Death On His Large Penis, Demands That Jury Sees It

Oh, Florida. Fort Lauderdale’s ABC affiliate reports: Attorneys argued in court Monday over whether the penis of a South Florida man accused of killing his girlfriend should be shown to the jury in his murder trial. Richard Patterson, 65, of Margate, is charged with second-degree murder in the choking death of his girlfriend, Francisca Marquinez, 60, in 2015. Jury selection …

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Yates: Russia Had “Real Leverage” Over Flynn [VIDEO]

Politico reports: The Russian government had “real leverage” over former national security adviser Michael Flynn when he was fired by President Donald Trump, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates said in an interview that aired Tuesday morning. Yates informed the White House that Flynn had misled Vice President Mike Pence and others about the nature of conversations he had had …

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Russian Spox Appears To Contradict Trump: It’s “Fake News” That He Shared Classified Intelligence With Us

Deutsche Welle reports: On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter that he was acting within the privilege afforded his position when he shared intelligence with Russian officials at the White House last week. Earlier Tuesday, and seemingly contradictory, Russian Foreign Ministry officials had told the Moscow-based Interfax news agency that reports that Trump had revealed highly classified secrets …

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Trump: I Have The Right To Share Intel With Russia

The New York Times reports: President Trump declared on Twitter early Tuesday that he had an “absolute right” to share with top Russian officials information about an Islamic State threat during a White House meeting last week. He spoke out after multiple news accounts emerged that he had disclosed classified information to the Russian officials, possibly jeopardizing a relationship with …

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Trey Gowdy Withdraws From FBI Director Running

USA Today reports: Trey Gowdy has pulled himself out of the running to be FBI Director. The South Carolina Republican announced Monday that he told Attorney General Jeff Sessions what qualities he thought the FBI director should have and informed him of “my firm conviction that I would not be the right person.” “Our country and the women and men …

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Hillary Clinton Launches New Political Organization

The Associated Press reports: Hillary Clinton is launching a new political organization. The former Democratic presidential nominee unveiled “Onward Together” on Monday afternoon. The organization, whose name is a riff on her campaign theme, “Stronger Together,” aims to empower Democrats and liberal groups that are building a network of candidates in the 2018 mid-terms to oppose President Donald Trump. Clinton …

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Trump Uses Police Memorial To Slam His Critics, Tosses Campaign Hat To Child Of Murdered Cop [VIDEO]

The New York Daily News reports: President Trump politicized a longstanding bipartisan tradition honoring fallen police officers on Monday, attacking his political opponents while promising to stand up for police officers. “A very sad thing is many of today’s politicians don’t want to say that, don’t want to talk about that, because it’s not politically correct or they think it …

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ALABAMA: House Freedom Caucus Rep. Mo Brooks Launches Bid For Senate Seat Vacated By Jeff Sessions

The Hill reports: Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) is jumping into the special election for Alabama’s Senate seat, setting up a primary battle with the GOP’s pick for the seat. Brooks will officially announce his candidacy Monday during a speech in Huntsville before barnstorming the state with events in Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile. “I am running for the United States Senate …

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SCOTUS Rejects North Carolina’s Racist Voter ID Law

Bloomberg reports: The U.S. Supreme Court dealt an unexpected blow to the voter-identification movement, refusing to reinstate North Carolina ballot restrictions that a lower court said target blacks “with almost surgical precision.” Turning away the appeal by state Republican leaders, the justices left intact a ruling that said the provisions were racially discriminatory in violation of federal voting-rights law. In …

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