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Mueller's questions for Trump leaked to NYT, in latest unexplained disclosure from Russia probe

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 10:30
Special counsel Robert Mueller has given a list of almost four dozen questions to lawyers for President Donald Trump as part of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether Trump obstructed justice, according to a report published in The New York Times.

Trump to attend swearing-in of CIA's 1st female director

AP POLITICS - 3 min 5 sec ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is attending the swearing-in of the CIA's first female director. 2018-05-21T01:13:00-04:00 2018-05-21T05:13:04-04:00

Democrats' newest midterm pitch: A crackdown on corruption

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 9 min 4 sec ago
With questions about pay-to-play politics swirling around the Trump administration, Democrats are set to unveil anticorruption proposals Monday billed as “A Better Deal for Our Democracy."

Will toughness on Iran help Trump with North Korea? Here are three reasons to doubt it.

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 9 min 4 sec ago
Leaders aren't necessarily sending the signals they think they're sending.

Boris Johnson plays down fears of Brexit betrayal over customs

BBC POLITICS - 22 min 29 sec ago
The foreign secretary says Theresa May will be "true to her promises" of leaving the customs union.

New scrutiny on Tony Podesta as Trump directly asked why he hasn't been charged

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 24 min 26 sec ago
President Donald Trump pointedly questioned why he had not been "charged and arrested."

Moon enters talks with Trump with driver's seat at stake

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 2 hours 19 min ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - For a few months, everything seemed to be clicking for South Korean President Moon Jae-in as he pieced together crucial nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea following a year of intense animosity.

But he now enters a White House meeting with President Donald ...

Trump 'demands' Justice Department investigate FBI

AP POLITICS - 3 hours 34 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he will "demand" that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said the special counsel indicated the investigation into the president could be concluded by September. 2018-05-20T20:42:00-04:00 2018-05-21T00:42:49-04:00

2018 midterms show start of Democratic scramble for 2020

AP POLITICS - 3 hours 47 min ago
ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump. 2018-05-20T20:49:00-04:00 2018-05-21T00:49:23-04:00

Trump to attend swearing-in of CIA's 1st female director

AP POLITICS - 4 hours 1 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is attending the swearing-in of the CIA's first female director. 2018-05-20T21:10:00-04:00 2018-05-21T01:10:52-04:00

Labour NI left hanging over Jeremy Corbyn's visit

BBC POLITICS - 4 hours 10 min ago
Labour NI officials are "disappointed" Jeremy Corbyn has not made plans to meet them during his visit.

Trump vs 'the resistance' plays out in Washington courtroom

AP POLITICS - 4 hours 14 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — When police arrested more than 200 anti-Trump protesters on Inauguration Day 2017, it touched off a long-term battle of wits and wills. 2018-05-20T20:59:00-04:00 2018-05-21T00:59:19-04:00

Texas mom marched after Parkland, then her town was next

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 4 hours 28 min ago

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) - She stood at her bedroom door for five minutes Saturday morning trying to work up the courage to turn the knob and re-enter a world she worried would never feel safe or whole again. Then she crept down the hallway, toward the front porch where ...

Trump vs 'the resistance' plays out in Washington courtroom

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 4 hours 31 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - When police arrested more than 200 anti-Trump protesters on Inauguration Day 2017, it touched off a long-term battle of wits and wills.

On one side: a Justice Department that has sought to incarcerate scores of people over a violent protest that smashed downtown storefront windows and set ...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Russia probe, border; Pruitt claims

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 4 hours 39 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts involving the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

In a series of tweets Sunday, he repeatedly assails special counsel Robert Mueller's probe as hopelessly biased, insisting that it is effectively controlled by Democrats. He also repeats a ...

Black women look to flex power in Georgia governor's race

AP POLITICS - 5 hours 11 min ago
ATLANTA (AP) — This week's primary election in Georgia presents black women voters with a rare opportunity: To give a Democrat who looks like them a chance at occupying the governor's mansion in a Republican-controlled state. 2018-05-20T20:11:00-04:00 2018-05-21T00:11:13-04:00

US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

AP POLITICS - 6 hours 20 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world's two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America's massive trade deficit with Beijing. 2018-05-20T18:51:00-04:00 2018-05-20T22:51:23-04:00

UK must counter 'threats' in space - Williamson

BBC POLITICS - 6 hours 51 min ago
Threats include the 'jamming' of military satellites used by the army, defence secretary warns.

Greg Abbott, Oliver North cite violence as factor in fatal Santa Fe High School shooting

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 6 hours 58 min ago

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott joined parishioners seeking solace at the first church services since the deadly school shooting at Santa Fe High School as the debate over how to stop such incidents intensified.

Two Obama administration figures, former Education Secretary Arne Duncan and assistant secretary Peter Cunningham, called for a ...

Singapore venue still to be decided in Trump-Kim Jong-un summit negotiations

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 7 hours 6 min ago

Everything about the summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is a tough negotiation.

Once the island nation of Singapore was selected to host the historic meeting about denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, the two sides had to broker a deal on a satisfactory venue — down to ...

RNC paid nearly half a million dollars to law firm representing Hope Hicks and others in Russia probes

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 7 hours 18 min ago
The latest disclosure by RNC adds to the mounting legal fees associated with the Russia investigations.

Farm bill, immigration in limbo after GOP link

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 7 hours 40 min ago

House conservatives flexed their legislative muscle last week in helping defeat the farm bill that Republican leaders had been desperate to pass — but even leading members of the right-wing rebellion said they are not sure what happens now.

They hoped to use the farm bill as leverage to win ...

As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by Sept

AP POLITICS - 7 hours 42 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will "demand" that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said that the special counsel indicated its investigation into the president could be concluded by September. 2018-05-20T17:39:00-04:00 2018-05-20T21:39:16-04:00

As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by Sept

AP POLITICS - 8 hours 25 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will "demand" that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said that the special counsel indicated its investigation into the president could be concluded by September. 2018-05-20T16:43:00-04:00 2018-05-20T20:43:34-04:00

Bill Nelson asserts independence from top Democrats in re-election campaign

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 8 hours 37 min ago

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson styles himself as "a moderate voice on major issues," but his asserted independence is being questioned as the Democrat seeks a fourth term this November.

All sides agree he now faces his biggest re-election challenge in Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican who says Mr. Nelson's reputation ...

Police video shows harrowing escapes from last year’s California wildfires

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 8 hours 49 min ago
A daily roundup of news from across the nation.

Texas Democrats Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, Laura Moser divided on Obamacare

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 8 hours 51 min ago

Houston-area voters will have the chance Tuesday to weigh in on whether the Democratic Party should go all-in for Medicare-for-all when they cast ballots in a primary runoff race between congressional candidates Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and Laura Moser.

Mrs. Fletcher, a lawyer, is pledging to strengthen Obamacare, while Mrs. Moser, ...

Justice Department calls for inquiry after Trump demands probe into whether FBI ‘infiltrated or surveilled’ his campaign

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 9 hours 9 min ago
The rapid move by the Justice Department comes as officials hope to avert a larger showdown over a confidential source.

Hillary Clinton ribs Trump with Russian cap at Yale's Class Day

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 9 hours 9 min ago

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Hillary Clinton returned to Yale University this weekend, warning the graduating class of the "tumultuous times" that await them and using the school's tradition of over-the-top headwear to rib President Trump with her own unusual hat: a Russian fur cap.

The audience laughed as she said, ...

Inside the Beltway: Trump 'takes charge' of deep state influence

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 9 hours 19 min ago

In his inimitable style, President Trump took to Twitter in the last 24 hours, producing nine tweets centered on the Russian collusion investigation, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's deleted emails and other matters. One tweet fixated analysts, however. Mr. Trump demanded that the Department of Justice figure out if ...

UK turns blind eye to dirty Russian money, say MPs

BBC POLITICS - 9 hours 25 min ago
The City is being used as "a base for the corrupt assets" of President Putin's allies, says a report.

Put ditched electric rail £430m into Welsh transport, say MPs

BBC POLITICS - 9 hours 35 min ago
MPs want savings from cancelling Cardiff to Swansea rail electrification to go into Welsh transport.

Analysis: The Trump team's amazing, evolving Russia defense

CNN POLITICS - 9 hours 57 min ago
When it comes to the Russia investigation, it's not so much that the Trump team has a habit of "moving the goalposts," but that those goalposts have been rigged to roller skates and pushed downhill toward what feels like an inevitable end: where no matter what special counsel Robert Mueller finds, Trump will declare himself vindicated.

Motability boss's pay 'unacceptable' say MP committees

BBC POLITICS - 10 hours 16 min ago
The salary of Mike Betts - who runs the disabled car scheme - has grown by 78% since 2008.

UK's clean car goal 'not ambitious enough'

BBC POLITICS - 10 hours 16 min ago
An industry expert says petrol and diesel cars should be banned by 2030 or 2035, not 2040.

George H.W. Bush arrives in Maine for the summer, family says

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 10 hours 38 min ago
Former President George H.W. Bush arrived in Maine on Sunday evening, where he's set to spend the summer at his house in Kennebunkport.

Barack Obama and his political Choom Gang

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 10 hours 49 min ago

At the end of all the scandal and drama, all of the breathlessly reported lies and false accusations, at the end of all the money wasted on some zany kabuki swamp dance choreographed to the thrumming of giant bullfrogs and yipping of excited coyotes — at the end of all ...

The Latest: Giuliani says probe could end by September

AP POLITICS - 10 hours 56 min ago
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the special counsel's probe into Russian election meddling (all times local): 2018-05-20T14:16:00-04:00 2018-05-20T18:16:29-04:00

Confusion and squabbling undermine Trump’s steps forward on the world stage

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - 11 hours 12 min ago
From North Korea nuclear negotiations to China trade talks, old habits of conflict and contradiction stymie the president’s reach for triumphs.

DOJ asks watchdog to look into possible 'impropriety' after Trump demands probe on alleged campaign 'infiltration'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 11 hours 24 min ago
The Justice Department asked its watchdog to look into any alleged "impropriety or political motivation" in the FBI's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, the DOJ said Sunday night -- hours after President Trump ordered a review looking into whether federal agents infiltrated or surveilled his campaign for political purposes.

White supremacist groups cite First Amendment rights in battling against Charlottesville lawsuit

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:59

Some of the white supremacist groups that organized last year's violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, have agreed not to return to the city, while admitting no liability for clashes that left one counterprotester dead.

But other groups have refused to respond to the Virginia city's lawsuit or remain committed to ...

Trump to demand DOJ review claims of FBI spy on campaign

AP POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:45
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will "demand" this week that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes and whether any demands or requests for such action originated with the Obama administration. 2018-05-20T13:30:00-04:00 2018-05-20T17:30:29-04:00

Artificial intelligence can be weapon in cancer fight, PM to say

BBC POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:36
Smart technologies can sift through data to help the NHS spot diseases quicker, the PM is to say.

Mueller said he could wrap up probe by Sept. 1 if he can interview Trump by mid-July, Giuliani tells Fox News

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:30
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has told President Trump's legal team he should be able to wrap up the Russia investigation by Sept. 1 if he is able to interview Trump by mid-July, Rudy Giuliani told Fox News on Sunday.

'No, I'm not over it': Hillary Clinton jabs Trump, shows off Russian hat at Yale Class Day

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 23:00
Early in her address to graduating Yale students at Sunday's Class Day, Hillary Clinton reached behind the lectern, pulled out a traditional Russian ushanka hat, and held it aloft.

Mueller said he could wrap up investigation by Sept. 1 if he can interview Trump by mid-July, Giuliani tells Fox News

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:59
Special Counsel Robert Mueller told President Trump's legal team he should be able to wrap up his investigation by Sept. 1 if he is able to interview Trump by mid-July, Rudy Giuliani told Fox News on Sunday.

Giuliani says Mueller could end obstruction probe by September

CNN POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:50
Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller is aiming to finish the probe into potential obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump by September.

Investigators finally get look at materials from Cohen raid

AP POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:22
NEW YORK (AP) — Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer as a process to separate items subject to attorney-client privilege appears to be meeting a judge's demand that it occur speedily and efficiently. 2018-05-20T12:14:00-04:00 2018-05-20T16:14:11-04:00

Michael Cohen payments put spotlight on New York investment firm linked to Russian billionaire

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:20
The head of Columbus Nova, which paid Trump’s personal lawyer $500,000 to bring in new investors, also contributed to Trump’s inaugural committee and the Republican National Committee.

Trump's top immigration critic could become the governor of a key border state

CNN POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:08
President Donald Trump's immigration agenda has few more outspoken opponents than Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who, as chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, has served as the voice of Hispanic and Democratic members of Congress in condemning the administration's policies.

Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump attorney, says he understands president

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:08

Rudolph W. Giuliani says he can get the best out of Donald Trump as he vigorously defends him and lashes out at his enemies, allowing the president to focus on landmark achievements.

"I think the value that I bring to this is I understand him in a way that few ...

Montana Supreme Court: FWP did not violate ethics laws

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:05

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court says Fish, Wildlife & Parks complied with ethics laws after a state-owned educational trailer was used by a private group during a political campaign.

The Helena Independent Record reports that Trap Free Montana Public Lands filed a complaint in 2014 alleging that ...

Trump to demand DOJ review claims of FBI spy on campaign

AP POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:55
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will "demand" this week that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign for political purposes and whether any demands or requests for such action originated with the Obama administration. 2018-05-20T11:50:00-04:00 2018-05-20T15:50:06-04:00

Judge rules against city of Columbia in open records lawsuit

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:47

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A Boone County judge has ruled that the city of Columbia violated the state's Sunshine law during a disagreement with the city's police union.

Circuit Judge Brouck Jacobs ruled this week that City Manager Mike Matthes violated the law in September 2016 when he refused to ...

16-Year-Olds in Washington, DC, Fight for the Right to Vote

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:43
The voting age in the United States is 18. But teenagers in Washington, D.C. want local authorities to lower it to 16. More than half of the city council members have already agreed to support a bill that, if approved, would make Washington the first U.S. city to allow 16-year-olds to vote in both local and federal elections. Anna Rice narrates Lesya Bakalets' report.

US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

AP POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world's two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America's massive trade deficit with Beijing. 2018-05-20T11:37:00-04:00 2018-05-20T15:37:02-04:00

Trump’s ZTE push could imperil $150 million for terrorism victims

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:00
Families see U.S. negotiations with Chinese telecom as a threat to an expected fine for violating U.S. sanctions.

Mnuchin says Trump putting trade war with China 'on hold'

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:00
Mnuchin said the two sides have agreed on a “framework” to avoid sanctions.

Hillary Clinton to get Harvard medal for 'transformative impact on society'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:00
Hillary Clinton will receive Harvard’s prestigious Radcliffe Medal for her "transformative impact on society," according to the Ivy League university.

Trump to ask Justice Department to look into campaign surveillance claims

REUTERS POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 20:56
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would ask the Justice Department to look into whether his 2016 presidential campaign was infiltrated or surveilled by the FBI or the department under the Obama administration.

Pompeo set to unveil US "Plan B" to confront Iran

CNN POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 20:46
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will unveil the administration's "Plan B" for countering Iran on Monday, an idea that some critics call a "pipe dream," while others question whether the administration is coming clean on its goals for the country.

Trump to demand Justice Department examine whether it or FBI spied on campaign

CNN POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 20:40
President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will demand that his Justice Department look into whether it or the FBI spied on his presidential campaign for political reasons.

Attorney sues prosecutor for records in SC school shooting

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 20:34

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - A lawyer representing the estate of the 6-year-old killed in a 2016 school shooting in South Carolina is suing the prosecutor's office for records about the case and the teen accused of murder.

The Anderson Independent-Mail reports the lawsuit on behalf of the estate of Jacob ...

Petition would limit Arkansas legislators' terms to 10 years

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 20:03

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Supporters of legislative term limits in Arkansas are circulating a petition for a proposed constitutional amendment to limit state lawmakers to a maximum of 10 years of service.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the proposal would limit state representatives to three two-year terms in the House ...

Trump to 'demand' Justice probe whether feds spied on campaign for political purposes

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:56
President Trump said Sunday that he will officially demand that the Justice Department investigate whether federal agents infiltrated or surveilled his 2016 presidential campaign for political purposes and whether the preceding Obama administration was behind such action.

Trump says he will ask Justice Department to look into campaign surveillance

REUTERS POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:52
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would ask the Justice Department to look into whether his 2016 presidential campaign was infiltrated or surveilled.

Donald Trump demands probe into whether FBI 'infiltrated' campaign for 'political purposes'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:51

President Trump is demanding a probe into whether the FBI or Justice Department “infiltrated or surveilled the Trump campaign for Political Purposes,” and whether the order came from the Obama administration.

The president called for the inquiry in a tweet on Sunday and said he will “do so officially” on ...

US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

AP POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:49
WASHINGTON (AP) — The world's two biggest economies are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after making progress in talks aimed at bringing down America's massive trade deficit with China. 2018-05-20T09:47:00-04:00 2018-05-20T13:47:24-04:00

Roger Stone says he is 'prepared' for possibility of special counsel indictment

CNN POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:46
Roger Stone, a longtime associate of President Donald Trump, said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that he is prepared to be indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller, "should that be the case."

Devin Nunes says multiple FBI informants in Trump campaign possible

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:44

There could have been more than one FBI informant snooping on the Trump campaign, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said on Sunday, but we do not know because the Justice Department has stonewalled congressional requests for documents outlining the impetus for the investigation.

Multiple reports have identified Stefan Halper, ...

Nunes says he won't meet with the Justice Department until he gets documents on source

CNN POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:40
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes said Sunday that he won't meet with the Justice Department until he is handed documents related to a confidential FBI source who spoke with Trump campaign aides in 2016 about Russian interference in the election.

Investigators finally get look at materials from Cohen raid

AP POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:21
NEW YORK (AP) — Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer as a process to separate items subject to attorney-client privilege appears to be meeting a judge's demand that it occur speedily and efficiently. 2018-05-20T09:14:00-04:00 2018-05-20T13:14:17-04:00

Trump Rails Against Russia Probe

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:07
President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of complaints Sunday about the year-long investigation into whether his 2016 campaign colluded with Russia and if he obstructed justice by trying to thwart the probe. "Things are really getting ridiculous," Trump complained in one of six Twitter remarks, asking at what point the investigation will end, calling it a "soon to be $20,000,000 Witch Hunt."     He contended that investigators have "found no Collussion [sic] with Russia, No Obstruction, but they aren’t looking at the corruption" in the campaign of his Democratic challenger two years ago, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The U.S. leader said the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller "has given up on Russia and is looking at the rest of the world" and its connections to the Trump campaign. Trump said Mueller, who was authorized to investigate related matters he uncovered as he probed Russia's meddling in the election aimed at helping Trump win, "should easily be able" to extend the inquiries into the congressional elections in November where he and his team "can put some hurt on the Republican Party." He added, "Republicans and real Americans should start getting tough on this Scam."   Mueller's investigation shows no hint of ending any time soon. He has indicted numerous Russian individuals and entities for interference in the U.S. election through the creation of fake news stories commenting on contentious American issues and secured guilty pleas from three Trump campaign associates who are now cooperating with prosecutors in the ongoing investigation. Trump on Sunday also claimed that the the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the country's top law enforcement agency, has been "hard charging (except in the case of Democrats)" and ignored a string of accusations against Clinton, the Democratic National Committee and a Washington lobbyist linked to Democrats. Trump's Sunday tweets followed one on Saturday about the FBI and its parent agency, the Department of Justice, infiltrating his campaign through the use of an informant who made contact with three Trump associates before passing on information to the FBI. Several news agencies have identified the informant as Stefan Halper, a 73-year-old American-born professor at Britain's University of Cambridge who worked decades ago in three Republican administrations in the U.S. "If the FBI or DOJ was infiltrating a campaign for the benefit of another campaign, that is a really big deal," Trump said. Before Halper's name surfaced, Trump had called the use of the informant the "all time biggest political scandal."                          

Trump, South Korean leader commiserate over upcoming summit

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:06
The president sought Moon Jae-in’s interpretation of North Korea’s shift to a harder-line position on denuclearization.

There's a surprising lack of good polling in this year's key Senate races

CNN POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:00
Calling balls and strikes is difficult when you're partially blind.

Donald Trump said 11 false things in just 5 tweets Sunday morning

CNN POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:00
On Sunday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted. And tweeted. And tweeted.

2018 midterms: An early heat for 2020 Democrats?

AP POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:54
ATLANTA (AP) — Look closely enough at the 2018 midterm campaign and you'll see the stirrings of a Democratic scramble to reclaim the White House from President Donald Trump. 2018-05-20T08:47:00-04:00 2018-05-20T12:47:28-04:00

The Latest: Texas church victim attended provides counseling

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:40

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) - The Latest on the Texas school shooting (all times local):

11:50 a.m.

A church where one of the victims of a Texas school shooting attended services is providing a licensed counselor during its worship to offer advice on how to deal with tragedy.

Angelique Ramirez ...

Michael Cohen raids: Investigators get first look at seized materials

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:36

NEW YORK — Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer as a process to separate items subject to attorney-client privilege appears to be meeting a judge's demand that it occur speedily and efficiently.

The ...

FBI informant met with three Trump advisers during campaign, report says

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:30
The FBI’s Russia investigation targeting the Trump campaign involved a top-secret informant who served in three previous Republican administrations and has deep ties to American and British intelligence officials, according to reports.

George H.W. Bush sees 'Hamilton' in Houston, wears socks inspired by musical

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:24
George H.W. Bush got a chance to see “Hamilton” at Houston’s Hobby Center Saturday night a few days after the cast and crew gave the former president a special performance.

The Latest: GOP candidates agree no need for gun control

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:21

ATLANTA (AP) - The Latest on Georgia gubernatorial debates (all times local):

12 p.m.

The five GOP hopefuls for Georgia governor agree: There is no need for gun control in the wake of a spate of deadly school shootings across the country.

The candidates met on Sunday for their final ...

Investigators finally get look at materials from Cohen raid

AP POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:12
NEW YORK (AP) — Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer as a process to separate items subject to attorney-client privilege appears to be meeting a judge's demand that it occur speedily and efficiently. 2018-05-20T08:00:00-04:00 2018-05-20T12:00:21-04:00

Mike Pompeo to announce U.S. strategy on Iran

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 18:08

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to announce the administration's new Iran strategy on Monday amid rising tensions across Europe and the Middle East over renewed U.S. efforts to thwart Tehran's nuclear and political ambitions.

Meanwhile, European Union leaders over the weekend continued scrambling to reassure Tehran that despite ...

Arne Duncan, Peter Cunningham propose school boycott to push for gun control

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:59

A pair of Obama administration figures, including former Education Secretary Arne Duncan, have proposed that parents hold their children out of school until gun-control legislation is approved.

Mr. Duncan retweeted Friday a post from Peter Cunningham, who served as the Department of Education assistant secretary for communications and outreach during ...

Florida's expensive race for governor highlights lax laws

AP POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:57
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's wide-open race for governor won't be decided for another six months, but it's already triggered a wave of expensive television ad buys from groups taking advantage of gray areas in the state's campaign finance laws. 2018-05-20T07:44:00-04:00 2018-05-20T11:44:43-04:00

US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

AP POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six more months, reversing an administration plan for the unit's imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump presses ahead with a speedy U.S. exit from Syria. 2018-05-20T07:30:00-04:00 2018-05-20T11:30:42-04:00

Mnuchin says US and China putting trade war on hold

AP POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:57
WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday that the United States and China are stepping back from a possible trade war after two days of talks that produced "meaningful progress." 2018-05-20T07:54:00-04:00 2018-05-20T11:54:18-04:00

Mnuchin says US has deal with China to cut trade deficit, will hold off on tariffs

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:56
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Sunday that the U.S. and China -- the world’s two biggest economies -- have reached a tentative deal to cut trade deficits that includes the U.S. putting China tariffs on hold, an agreement that potentially averts an economic standoff that would have global economic impacts.

Roger Stone says Robert Mueller may 'conjure up' crime unrelated to 2016 election

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:52

Longtime Trump aide Roger Stone says it's "not inconceivable" that special counsel Robert Mueller is trying to "conjure up" crimes against the president and his allies unrelated to the 2016 election.

"I can guarantee you they have found no evidence whatsoever of Russian collusion, nor trafficking of allegedly hacked emails ...

Attorney-client privilege review in Cohen raid is on track

AP POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:33
NEW YORK (AP) — Criminal investigators are getting their first look at materials gathered from raids on the home and office of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer as a process to separate items subject to attorney-client privilege appears to be meeting a judge's demand that it occur speedily and efficiently. 2018-05-20T04:44:00-04:00 2018-05-20T08:44:53-04:00

Stefan Halper reportedly FBI informant on Trump campaign; Adam Schiff calls spying claims 'nonsense'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:26

Rep. Adam Schiff says the idea that the Trump campaign was spied on by the Justice Department is "nonsense."

"The most I can tell you, Chuck, is that this claim by the president, the suggestion by [Rudy] Giuliani that there is a political spy embedded in the Trump campaign is ...

Why Democratic presidential prospects are rushing to back Georgia's Stacey Abrams

CNN POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:21
Stacey Abrams' bid to become the first female African-American governor in America is the hottest ticket in Democrats' shadow 2020 presidential primary.

Sen. Warner says Trump Jr.'s meeting with Gulf emissary suggests campaign's 'pattern' with other countries

CNN POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:14
Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia suggested Sunday that Donald Trump Jr.'s reported meeting with a Gulf emissary who offered to help his father's presidential campaign could be evidence of a larger pattern of concern.

Heated court fight, US House race dominate Arkansas election

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 17:07

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A race for an Arkansas Supreme Court seat that has drawn heavy spending from outside groups and a four-person race for the Democratic nomination to run for a Little Rock-area U.S. House seat headline the ballot in the state's primary and non-partisan judicial election this ...

'World's most expensive Witch Hunt': Trump lashes out at NYT, Democrats

WASHINGTON POST POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 16:54
Trump fired off tweets in response to a report that campaign representatives met with an emissary from Persian Gulf nations in 2016.

Oliver North, NRA president, blames school shootings on 'culture of violence,' Ritalin

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 16:52

Incoming National Rifle Association President Oliver North says school shootings are the product of a "culture of violence," not the Second Amendment.

"The problem that we've got is we're trying like the dickens to treat the symptom without treating the disease," Mr. North said on "Fox News Sunday." "And the ...

New NRA leader Oliver North on school shootings: 'Disease isn’t the Second Amendment'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 16:30
New NRA President Oliver North said Sunday, in the aftermath another school shooting, that students “shouldn’t be afraid” to attend class but made clear that his gun-rights advocacy group still doesn’t think the solution is limiting Second Amendment rights.

Lucy McBath refused to be quiet after her son's murder. Now she's running for Congress.

CNN POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 16:28
When Lucy McBath's phone began receiving alerts about the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, she felt angry and deeply hurt.

The Latest: Mnuchin says US-China putting trade war on hold

AP POLITICS - Sun, 05/20/2018 - 16:22
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S.-China trade talks (all times local): 2018-05-20T06:09:00-04:00 2018-05-20T10:09:12-04:00

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