Michelle Obama poured her heart out on stage at Democratic convention

August 23, 2017

Image: alex wong/Getty Images It’s been a long night of political heavy hitters at the Democratic National Convention, but First Lady Michelle Obama has officially stolen the show. After a long night punctuated by heavy storms and Bernie Sanders supporters booing, Obama came on stage and brought together an entire auditorium. Though she mocked Trump for being a “140 character” candidate, her speech seemed primed to be retweeted, reshared, rewatched….

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Mueller Expands Probe to Trump Business Transactions

August 21, 2017

The U.S. special counsel investigating possible ties between the fell as traders worried that the probe could derail Trump’s growth agenda. The dollar fell against the euro and U.S. government bonds rose. The president told the New York Times on Wednesday that any digging into matters beyond Russia would be out of bounds. Trump’s businesses have involved Russians for years, however, making the boundaries fuzzy. The Justice Department’s May 17…

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Obama’s Charlottesville tweet is most liked in Twitter history

August 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Former President Barack Obama’s tweet reacting to the attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, is the most liked tweet ever on the social network. The quote was split into three tweets, the first of which included a photo of him greeting a group of children through a window taken by photographer Pete Souza at a day care facility next to his daughter Sasha’s school in Bethesda, Maryland, in 2011.

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Trump says both sides to blame amid Charlottesville backlash

August 21, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump, in a staggering, impromptu news conference in New York on Tuesday, blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend on both sides of the conflict — equating the white supremacists on one side with the “alt-left” on the other side — after his top White House aides spent days trying to clean up after Trump’s initial vague response to the violence. “I think there is blame…

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Cuba to Trump: US in no ‘condition to lecture us’ on human rights

August 20, 2017

(CNN)Responding to President Donald Trump’s announcement Friday that he is reversing the Obama administration’s steps to normalize relations with Cuba, the Castro government said the US is in no “condition to lecture us.” Under the President’s executive order, the Trump administration will begin strictly enforcing the exemptions that allow travel between the US and Cuba and prohibit commerce with Cuban businesses owned by the military and intelligence services. Trump also…

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Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon fired

August 19, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired, multiple White House officials told CNN on Friday. “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” Sanders said in a statement.

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The 29 most cringe-worthy lines from Donald Trump’s hyper-political speech to the Boy Scouts

August 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)On Monday night, President Donald Trump jetted to West Virginia to address the annual Boy Scout Jamboree. And oh what a speech it was! 1. “Boy, you have a lot of people here. The press will say it’s about 200 people. It looks like about 45,000 people. You set a record today. You set a record.” The Charleston Gazette estimated 40,000 people in the crowd — which is a…

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Forty-four states have refused to give certain voter information to Trump commission

August 17, 2017

Washington, DC (CNN)Forty-four states have refused to provide certain types of voter information to the Trump administration’s election integrity commission, according to a CNN inquiry to all 50 states. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which President Donald Trump created by executive order in May, sent a letter to all 50 states last Wednesday requesting a bevy of voter data,…

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Donald Trump just held the weirdest Cabinet meeting ever

August 16, 2017

(CNN)Leave it to Donald Trump to reinvent the Cabinet meeting. Um, ok. While Trump has signed a number of executive orders and actions — the most high profile of which, the so-called “travel ban” was, again, blocked by a court on Monday — what he hasn’t really done is pass actual legislation through Congress. The health care bill is tied up in Senate machinations. Tax reform hasn’t moved an inch….

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Civil rights leaders demand Trump disavow white supremacists

August 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)A coalition of major civil rights and faith groups on Sunday called on President Donald Trump to “directly disavow the white supremacists” who participated in violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend — a reference to Trump’s remarks condemning the deadly clashes on Saturday. Farhana Khera, the president and executive director of Muslim Advocates, said that Bannon and Gorka’s presence in the administration sends the “silent message to extremists…

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Bill Maher on Trump’s presidency

August 15, 2017

(CNN)Bill Maher says he got it wrong. “I was wrong that the stock market hates volatility and uncertainty, and who is more volatile than Donald Trump? But I guess I underestimated their greed, because they still want their tax cut,” he said.

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Tillerson, Mattis present united front on North Korea, urge China to act

August 14, 2017

(CNN)As America’s top military official arrived in South Korea, two of the Trump administration’s most senior figures attempted to present a clear, united position on North Korea’s ongoing threats. “We have no desire to inflict harm on the long-suffering North Korean people, who are distinct from the hostile regime in Pyongyang,” they wrote. Top US military official arrives in SK Guam islanders caught in the middle Can US shoot down…

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Colombian President to Pence: No US military intervention in Venezuela

August 14, 2017

(CNN)Two days after US President Donald Trump said he would not rule out a military option to intervene in Venezuela, the President of Colombia had a message for his American counterpart: Rule it out. “Since friends have to tell them the truth, I’ve told Vice President Pence the possibility of military intervention shouldn’t even be considered,” Santos said.

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Why Trump’s words — and omissions — matter

August 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)From time to time, in moments of tragedy or international peril, a president is called up on to say the right words at the right time and foster the national unity or summon the gravity such events often produce. Trump did hit out at an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence” on Saturday after a woman died when a man with reported neo-Nazi sympathies allegedly rammed protestors opposing…

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Omarosa Manigault spars with black journalist convention panel

August 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)White House aide Omarosa Manigault’s chilly reception on a panel at a convention for black journalists Friday spiraled into a screaming match following questions about President Donald Trump’s views on police brutality. Gordon pressed Manigault about her role as director of communications for the White House’s Office of Public Liaison and her views on the current state of the criminal justice system. Manigault began by talking about the deaths…

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Amid 2020 buzz, Warren urges Democrats to reject centrist policies and move leftward

August 13, 2017

Atlanta (CNN)In the aftermath of last year’s election, the centrist old guard is out and progressives have won the battle for the soul of the Democratic Party, Elizabeth Warren declared Saturday. In a speech that outlined Warren’s vision for the party’s future, the Massachusetts senator offered a series of policy prescriptions, calling on Democrats to push for Medicare for all, debt-free college or technical school, universal pre-kindergarten, a $15-an-hour minimum…

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Trump’s faith advisers condemn white supremacists

August 13, 2017

(CNN)As thousands of white nationalist and “alt-right” protesters descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, for the “Unite the Right” rally Saturday and clashed with counterprotesters, voices from both sides of the aisle were raised to condemn the gathering. And while Trump failedto single out white supremacists and “alt-right” groups at the center of Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, the ministers who spoke out in statements were not so reticent.

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Venezuela calls Trump’s warning of possible military action a ‘crazy act’

August 13, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump would not rule out the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela, he told reporters Friday. “This is our neighbor,” he added. “You know, we are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering, and they are dying. We have many options for…

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DNC leader says GOP is ‘the party of racism’

August 12, 2017

Atlanta (CNN)A top Democratic National Committee leader called the Republican Party “the party of racism” at a conference for liberal activists Friday, pointing to President Donald Trump’s positions on immigrants and refugees. “I’m going be with the people who are most likely to win and have policies that are saying we do believe America is a nation of immigrants, we are against racism, we believe in civil rights and we…

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Panetta: North Korea ‘most serious crisis’ involving nukes since Cuba

August 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta warned of the gravity of the situation between the US and North Korea, saying, “we’re dealing with probably the most serious crisis involving a potential nuclear war since the Cuban Missile Crisis.” “If he utters one threat in the form of an overt threat … or if he does anything with respect to Guam, or any place else that is an American territory or…

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Trump warns North Korea against making ‘overt’ threats

August 12, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump called the leader of China and spoke with the governor of Guam on Friday amid mounting tensions with North Korea. Trump also said he is considering “very strong” new sanctions against Pyongyang. Guam Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo, on the US territory in an area of the Pacific that North Korea has threatened to strike with missiles, said he spoke with Trump and chief of staff John…

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The last resort: How a US strike on North Korea could play out

August 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)It’s the no-win situation that can only be imagined by US military officials tasked with preparing for a worst-case scenario — conducting a preemptive strike on North Korea. Such an operation would consist of a swift and multi-dimensional attack, as the fight would be defined by the first minute of combat, according to Jerry Hendrix, a retired Navy captain and senior fellow at the Center for New American Security….

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Former spy chief’s warning: North Korea situation like march toward World War I

August 11, 2017

(CNN)James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, likened the volley of bombastic words between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the lead up to World War I. “He said just a few moments ago about how this reminds him of the march toward war in World War I,” Sciutto said. “[J]ames Clapper is not someone who tends towards bombastic comments. He has genuine concern…

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Unscripted Trump takes on tough questions

August 11, 2017

Bridgewater, New Jersey (CNN)The President’s two unscripted appearances before the press here Thursday revealed a commander in chief with a well of pent up opinions looking for an escape. In Washington, the President has been loathe to engage in public with reporters. He departed the White House last week having held fewer solo news conferences than any of his recent predecessors.

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Robert Mueller team details millions in ethics disclosures

August 11, 2017

(CNN)Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller and key members of his team revealed millions of dollars of financial holdings and previous legal work for companies that could figure into their investigation of President Donald Trump’s campaign, according to financial disclosures released Tuesday. Mueller and Aaron Zebley, Mueller’s former chief of staff at the FBI, both represented Facebook at WilmerHale before leaving for the special counsel’s office. And Jeannie Rhee, a…

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Court rules military judge biased in 9/11 case

August 10, 2017

Washington (CNN)The DC federal appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a judge who handled an appeal in the military case for the men charged with helping perpetrate the 9/11 attacks should have recused himself. The US has held Mohammed in Guantanamo Bay prison for more than a decade.

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