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Trump To Sign new Muslim Travel Ban Tomorrow

Politico reports: President Donald Trump is expected to sign on Monday a new executive order on his controversial travel ban at the Department of Homeland Security, according to senior government officials familiar with the matter. It is unclear how significant the changes to the current order will be or whether the White House will continue a court fight over its …

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Former Intelligence Chief James Clapper: There Was Never Any Wiretap Activity Against Trump’s Campaign

The Hill reports: Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper on Sunday denied President Trump’s allegations that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower before the election. During an interview on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Clapper was asked if he would be aware if something like that had happened. “I would certainly hope so … Obviously I can’t speak …

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Mike Pence Battles AP Over Publication Of Wife’s Email Address Because People Are Sending Her Mean Emails

Politico reports: Vice President Mike Pence is in his own fight with a pillar of the establishment media, tweeting a letter he sent to the Associated Press after the organization published his wife’s private email address in a story earlier this week. The Pences’ private email addresses were published Friday within 29 pages of old AOL emails uncovered by the …

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Trump Demands That Congress Investigate Whether Obama Abused Investigative Powers During Election

CNN reports: President Donald Trump is asking Congress to look into whether the Obama administration abused its investigative powers during the 2016 election, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in a statement Sunday. “Reports concerning potentially politically motivated investigations immediately ahead of the 2016 election are very troubling,” Spicer said, posting the statement on Twitter. “President Donald J. Trump …

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Former Obama Advisor Blasts Trump: Presidents Can’t Order Wiretaps, This Protects Us From People Like You

The Hill reports: A former policy adviser to President Obama is firing back at President Trump’s claim that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower, saying it didn’t happen — at least not under Obama’s orders. “No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you,” Ben Rhodes tweeted Saturday morning. He also said …

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Trump: Obama Wiretapped My Office

Complete insane. Reuters reports: President Donald Trump on Saturday accused former President Barack Obama of wiretapping him in October during the late stages of the presidential election campaign, but offered no evidence to support the allegation. “How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!,” Trump …

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Ditches Apprentice Gig: Nobody Wants Anything To Do With It Because Trump

The Washington Post reports: Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Friday that he will not be returning for another season of “Celebrity Apprentice” — and he blamed President Trump for the show’s dwindling ratings. Schwarzenegger informed NBC of his decision Friday and confirmed the news in a statement sent by his representative to The Washington Post: “I loved every second of working with …

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SAN DIEGO: Feds Announce Probe Into “Intentional” 143 Million Gallon Raw Sewage Spill By Mexico

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports: Federal officials in the United States and Mexico announced on Thursday a joint investigation into a sewage spill in the Tijuana River that has polluted South County beaches as far north as Coronado — and which now looks to have been intentional as some elected leaders in San Diego suspected. The U.S. and Mexican commissioners …

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FBI Makes Arrest In Anti-Semitic Bomb Threats

ABC News reports: A man accused of making at least eight threats against Jewish Community Centers was arrested by the FBI in St. Louis, Missouri, this morning. The suspect, 31-year-old Juan Thompson, is accused of what federal prosecutors called a “campaign to harass and intimidate.” He’s charged in New York with cyberstalking a woman by communicating threats to JCCs in …

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Treasure Secretary Steve Mnuchin Warns Staffers He Won’t Tolerate Leaks, Warning Immediately Leaks

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump’s Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin used his first senior staff meeting to tell his new aides he would not tolerate leaks to the news media, sources familiar with the matter said. Current and former officials said that in a departure from past practice, access to a classified computer system at the White House has been tightened …

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Seth Meyers Tees Off On Sessions Scandal [VIDEO]

Raw Story recaps: After weeks of catastrophic public relations failures, “Late Night” host Seth Meyers said that the Trump administration was hoping for a “fresh start” after Trump’s joint session of Congress Tuesday. What they got instead was a renewal of the Russian scandal that won’t die. Meyers showed a little of what the Trump White House might be doing …

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Recusal By Sessions Temporarily Leaves Potential Russia Probe In Hands Of Deputy AG Promoted By Obama

NBC News reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal leaves any Justice Department investigation of alleged Russian election interference temporarily in the hands of an official who began his career as a prosecutor under President Ronald Reagan and was promoted by Barack Obama. That means it’s the job of Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente to oversee any investigations related to …

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Russian Foreign Minister Defends Trump Administration: Allegations Against Jeff Sessions Are A “Witch Hunt”

CNN reports: Russia’s foreign minister pushed back Friday at assertions that his country’s US ambassador is a spy, and echoed US President Donald Trump’s contention that the controversy over contacts between Kremlin officials and Trump’s campaign is “a witch hunt.” “The ambassadors are appointed in order to maintain relationships,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at a press conference in …

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REPORT: Mike Pence Used Private AOL Email Account To Conduct State Business While Indiana Governor

The Indianapolis Star reports: Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, at times discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues. Emails released to IndyStar in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging from security gates at …

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OOPS: Senate Confirms Rick Perry As Energy Secretary

USA Today reports: The Senate has confirmed former Texas governor Rick Perry to serve as Energy secretary under President Trump. The vote was 62-37 on Thursday. Perry — who once pledged to eliminate the department — has repeatedly promised be an advocate for the agency and to protect the nation’s nuclear stockpile. Perry also has said he’d rely on federal …

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REPORT: Obama Administration Rushed To Preserve Russian Hacking Intel During Final Days Of Term

The New York Times reports: In the Obama administration’s last days, some White House officials scrambled to spread information about Russian efforts to undermine the presidential election — and about possible contacts between associates of President-elect Donald J. Trump and Russians — across the government. Former American officials say they had two aims: to ensure that such meddling isn’t duplicated …

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TOO LATE: Sen. Lindsey Graham Floats Bill Mandating The Release Of Tax Returns By Presidential Candidates

The New York Daily News reports: Presidential candidates in the 2020 race would be required to publicly release their tax returns under a prospective bill under consideration by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). Graham, a frequent critic of President Trump, who is the first U.S. commander-in-chief to not release his tax returns in more than 30 years, told reporters Wednesday that …

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SWAMPY: Trump Names Kelly Knight Craft, Wife Of Billionaire Coal Magnate, As US Ambassador To Canada

Last month Trump had to promise Justin Trudeau that it wouldn’t be Sarah Palin. Bloomberg reports: President Donald Trump has chosen Kelly Knight Craft, a long-time donor to Republican campaigns, including his own, as ambassador to Canada, according to a person familiar with the matter. Craft accepted the nomination and is completing the paperwork process required before Senate consideration, said …

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