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Russia Calls For Emergency UN Security Council Meeting Over Trump’s “Thoughtless” Strike On Syria

Reuters reports: Russia wants an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council to discuss U.S. missile strikes on Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday, describing the action as “thoughtless”. The ministry said in a statement that Russia was also suspending a Syrian air safety agreement with the United States, saying: “This is not the first time the United …

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Twitter Sues Trump Administration Over Demand That They Unmask Person Behind Anti-Trump Account

The Verge reports: Twitter has launched a lawsuit against the Trump administration, after the Department of Homeland Security sought to unmask an anonymous user of an anti-Trump account. According to Twitter’s suit, filed today in Northern California District Court, US Customs and Border Protection has attempted to use a “limited-purpose investigatory tool” to unmask the owner of the Twitter account …

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UTAH: Mitt Romney Ponders 2018 Senate Bid

The Atlantic reports: Republican leaders and high-powered donors in Utah are waging a quiet but concerted campaign to convince 83-year-old incumbent Senator Orrin Hatch not to seek reelection next year—and now, they may have found a successor. Mitt Romney, the one-time presidential nominee and leading Trump critic, is exploring a run for Hatch’s Senate seat. According to six sources familiar …

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REPORT: Trump Family Needs Strain Secret Service

The New York Times reports: Eleven weeks into the Trump presidency, the Secret Service is grappling with how to constrain the rising costs and unexpected strain that have come with protecting a new first family as large, mobile and high-profile as any in modern American history. To keep up, dozens of agents from New York and field offices across the …

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REPORT: Trump Is Mulling Military Strike On Syria

CNN reports: President Donald Trump has told some members of Congress that he is considering military action in Syria in retaliation for this week’s chemical attack, and recognizes the seriousness of the situation, a source familiar with the calls tells CNN. The source said the President had not firmly decided to go ahead with it but said he was discussing …

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Kremlin: Our Support For Assad Isn’t Unconditional

The Associated Press reports: The spokesman for President Vladimir Putin tells The Associated Press that Russia’s support for Syrian President Bashar Assad is not unconditional. Thursday’s statement from Dmitry Peskov comes several days after a suspected chemical weapons attack on a rebel-held province in Syria. Moscow, Assad’s key backer, has supported the Syrian government militarily since 2015. Turkey said on …

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Senate Dems Block Gorsuch, Set Up Nuclear Option

The Washington Post reports: Democrats successfully blocked Judge Neil Gorsuch’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court from advancing in the U.S. Senate on Thursday, sparking what is expected to be a bitter clash with Republicans over how the chamber confirms high court nominees. Gorsuch failed to earn the 60 votes needed to end debate on his nomination. In response, Majority …

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LIVE VIDEO: Full Senate Votes On Neil Gorsuch

Heavy.com reports: In order for Gorsuch to be confirmed by Senate, he would need 60 votes. But it appears the GOP is short of that, and Democrats in the body have vowed to filibuster the nomination. If the cloture goes through, the Senate would have 30 more hours of debate — all of which Democrats are prepped to use. That …

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House Ethics Committee To Investigate GOP Rep. Devin Nunes For Disclosing Intel Without Proper Authorization

The Daily Beast reports: Rep. Mike Conaway, a Republican, will take Nunes’s position as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence as the Ethics Committee begins its probe. The Ethics Committee is truly bipartisan, with an equal number of Democrats and Republicans. The 18a investigation, as its known, has subpoena power and may also look into what Nunes …

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BREAKING: Rep. Devin Nunes Steps Down From House Trump/Russia Probe After Claims Of Ethics Violations

ABC News reports: After a number of ethics complaints, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., announced today that he is stepping aside from leading the House Intelligence Committee’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. “Several left-wing activist groups have filed accusations against me with the Office of Congressional Ethics. The charges are entirely false and politically motivated, and are …

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ICE Deports Husband Of Vocal Trump Fan [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Helen Beristain voted for Donald Trump even though she is married to an undocumented immigrant. In November, she thought Trump would deport only people with criminal records — people he called “bad hombres” — and that he would leave families intact. “I don’t think ICE is out there to detain anyone and break families, no,” Beristain told CNN …

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Ex-Breitbart Writer Joins Russian Propaganda Outlet

The Hill reports: A former Breitbart News reporter who quit the alt-right publication in protest plans to launch a radio show for Sputnik, a Russian propaganda network. “I’m on the Russian payroll now, when you work at Sputnik you’re being paid by the Russians,” Lee Stranahan, who served as a Breitbart investigative reporter, told The Atlantic. “That’s what it is. …

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Ivanka Held Secret Meeting With Planned Parenthood

This will explode some heads on the right. Politico reports: In the weeks following her father’s inauguration, Ivanka Trump quietly reached out to the president of Planned Parenthood seeking common ground on the contentious issue of abortion. The first daughter requested a sit-down with Cecile Richards, the head of Planned Parenthood and a vocal surrogate for Hillary Clinton on the …

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REPORT: Bannon Threatened To Quit Over NSC Booting

The New York Times reports: Mr. Bannon resisted the move, even threatening at one point to quit if it went forward, according to a White House official who, like others, insisted on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. Mr. Bannon’s camp denied that he had threatened to resign and spent the day spreading the word that the shift was a natural …

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Qusay Floats Bid For New York Governor

The New York Post reports: Donald Trump Jr. wants to run for political office, telling members of an elite gun club that he could set his sights on becoming governor of New York. Don Jr. spoke to members of the F6 Labs gun club in Hicksville, NY, and, when asked about his political ambitions, said he would love to follow …

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Fox News: Bannon Got Booted Because Trump Was Jealous Of His “Grabbing The Limelight” [VIDEO]

Raw Story reports: With conflicting stories coming out of the White House over President Donald Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon being booted from the National Security Council, a Fox News White House correspondent claims Trump had problems with Bannon overshadowing him. According to John Roberts of Fox News, Trump has not been entirely happy with his political guru Bannon. “We …

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Rick Perry Replaces Bannon On Security Council

The New York Daily News reports: After a turn tangoing on reality TV, Rick Perry has danced himself into the heights of power. The longtime Texas governor survived a dip in his political star after the implosion of his 2012 presidential campaign and has now been named to the National Security Council Principals Committee months after appearing on “Dancing With …

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Trump: Susan Rice Is Guilty, Bill O’Reilly Isn’t

The New York Times reports: President Trump said on Wednesday that he thought that the former national security adviser Susan E. Rice may have committed a crime by seeking the identities of Trump associates who were mentioned on intercepted communications and that other Obama administration officials may also have been involved. “I think it’s going to be the biggest story,” …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Holds Press Conference With King Abdullah Of Jordan, Will Address Syrian Gas Attack

CNBC reports: President Donald Trump holds a joint press conference with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Wednesday afternoon. At the news conference, the pair of leaders will likely address the alleged chemical attack in Syria that killed dozens, including children, according to NBC News. On Tuesday, Trump called the “chemical attack” a “heinous” act by Syrian President Bashar Assad, but …

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Haley Blasts Russia Over Syrian Gas Attack: How Many More Children Must Die Before They Care? [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley tore into Russia on Wednesday over Bashar al-Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people the day before, as the U.N. Security Council took up a resolution condemning the attack. “Russia has shielded Assad from U.N. sanctions. If Russia has the influence in Syria that it claims it …

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