How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF

July 5, 2017

(CNN)The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump’s tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday for the video and other offensive content he posted — one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him. On Reddit, “HanA**holeSolo” took credit for inspiring the tweet. Soon after, “HanA**holeSolo’s” other posts on Reddit, some of which included racist and…

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Trump faces stiff challenge in Merkel, Putin showdowns

July 5, 2017

Washington (CNN)When President Donald Trump visited Europe six weeks ago, he and his counterparts parted ways atop a Sicilian cliff feeling agitated and bruised following a long set of disagreements. Returning to the continent Wednesday, Trump and those same European leaders will give it another go, with expectations of fostering a newly warm relationship far lower. Instead, both sides expect further clashes between the US President and leaders like German…

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Senator on Russia Intervention Probe: ‘Never Seen So Much Smoke’

July 4, 2017

Given the numerous threads involved in investigating Russian intervention in the 2016 U.S. election and possible connections to President Donald Trump’s campaign, wrapping up the Senate’s probe by year-end is “aspirational,” a top Democratic senator said. “In terms of contacts and collusions, I’ve never seen so much smoke and so many possible threads,” Senator Mark Warner of Virginia told CNN in an interview that will air on Sunday. “If there…

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For Iranian-Americans, Trump Travel Ban Keeps Families Apart

July 4, 2017

Irvine, Calif. (AP) — Weddings have been moved and family visits delayed. The Trump administration's travel ban, while a shadow of its original self, has dealt a harsh blow to the Iranian-American community, where family ties run strong and friends and loved ones regularly shuttle between Los Angeles and Tehran. But it isn't the only immigration hurdle facing the community. Iranians allowed to seek visas to visit family in the…

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How Americas Aircraft Carriers Could Become Obsolete

July 4, 2017

President Donald Trump has been consistent in his argument that the U.S. Navy has shrunk to a woefully inadequate size. The Republican has repeatedly said he wants the service to expand, including a fleet of a dozen aircraft carriers. That plan isn’t in the Pentagon’s current budget, but on July 22 the Navy will formally commission precautionary signal to North Korean aggression. The is the first of four planned -class carriers,…

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Trump to get China, Japan leaders on the phone

July 2, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump will make back-to-back phone calls to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, the White House announced Saturday night. No information was provided as to what subjects the calls would cover, but they come after an eventful week in East Asia politics. Trump warns North Korea: US patience is over China’s President issues ‘red line’ warning

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States try to force Trump’s hand on DACA

July 1, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has let one Obama-era immigration policy continue — and conservative states are running out of patience. At the heart of the threat is ongoing litigation in another related program — giving the attorneys general an opening to squeeze the administration on DACA.

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US, China relations begin to cool as Trump’s honeymoon with Xi ends

June 30, 2017

(CNN)In a flurry of announcements likely to antagonize Beijing, US President Donald Trump’s administration has seemingly thrown its China policy into reverse, cooling relations between the two super powers. Trump and Xi had previously enjoyed an unusually cordial relationship since their first February meeting in Florida, with the US president describing Xi as a “terrific person” with whom he had a “very good relationship.” The arms sale came the same…

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Delegitimizing his presidency, one tweet at a time

June 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)It marked a rare presidential moment on a most un-presidential day — Donald Trump stood at a podium flanked by flags as “Stars and Stripes Forever” rang out, after delivering a speech on energy. The controversy was yet another reminder, a few days ahead of America’s birthday, that Trump is a leader like no other in the nation’s 241-year history, who plans to stay true to himself and is…

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Rep. Pete King on health care bill: ‘It’s wrong to pass something for the sake of passing it’

June 29, 2017

(CNN)Hours after President Donald Trump told reporters to expect a “big surprise” on the stalled Senate health care bill, one Republican lawmaker slammed the bill, invoking the “do no harm” principle. The New York lawmaker voted for the House health care bill, but has come out against the Senate bill. “The Senate did, as far as I can tell, take care of the pre-existing conditions questions, but if anything, they’ve…

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Trump’s surprise Paris visit marks shrewd political calculation

June 29, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s decision to visit France on its national day next month at the invitation of new President Emmanuel Macron represents a shrewd political calculation by both leaders. The US President, on his second trip to Europe in two weeks — he heads to Germany for the G20 summit and Poland next week — will bask in the pomp of his official role as commander-in-chief at a time…

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White House Warns Syria Against Launching Another Chemical Weapons Attack

June 27, 2017

The White House said in a statement released late on Monday the preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians and prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base. If … Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price, he…

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Trump and Modi reaffirm Indian-US relations with a hug

June 27, 2017

(CNN)The first face-to-face meeting between US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sealed with a bear hug Monday, as the two leaders looked to publicly underscore their new found friendship. Declaring the meeting a success, Trump went on to describe the relationship between India and the United States as having “never been stronger, has never been better.” Trump: We are world leaders in social media

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Trump Reaches Out To Lawmakers On Healthcare As Another Says ‘No’

June 25, 2017

President Donald Trump made calls to fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Friday to mobilize support for their partys healthcare overhaul while acknowledging the legislation is on a very, very narrow path to passage. White House officials said on Friday that Trump has been in touch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and made calls on Thursday and Friday to other lawmakers. Were pleasantly surprised with a lot of…

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White House responds to Comey tape inquiry with Trump tweet

June 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)The White House is letting President Donald Trump’s tweet Thursday — asserting that he had not taped former FBI Director James Comey — stand as the President’s official statement. “In response to the Committee’s inquiry, we refer you to President Trump’s June 22, 2017, statement regarding this matter: “With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there…

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Trump: ‘Bothersome’ that Mueller is ‘very good friends’ with Comey

June 24, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump said “we’re going to have to see” when asked about the future of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is reportedly investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice. Trump fired Comey over dissatisfaction with how the FBI head was handling the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein later appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, as special counsel to oversee the investigation,…

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Jake Tapper on Trump’s tapes: ‘The plan seems to have backfired’

June 23, 2017

(CNN)On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump formally revealed what many within Washington, DC had already assumed: he does not, in fact, have recordings of his conversation with former FBI Chief James Comey. “After the President’s admission today, the White House held a press briefing in which cameraswere banned, and the audio wasnot provided live.Rather it was released after thefact,” said the host of CNN’s “The Lead.”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders: ‘Democratic brand is pretty bad’

June 23, 2017

(CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday he agreed with Democratic congressman Tim Ryan‘s claim that the Democratic brand is worse than President Donald Trump’s in some parts of the country. “I think the Trump brand is also pretty bad as is the Republican brand. That’s why so many people are giving up on politics.” The former Democratic presidential candidate added that the Democrats have the momentum, but the party has to…

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Rep. Quigley: Kushner’s clearance ‘absolutely’ should be suspended

June 23, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and top aide Jared Kushner should “absolutely” have his security clearance suspended, Rep. Mike Quigley told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview Wednesday afternoon. Cummings’ letter criticized the White House for allowing fired national security adviser Michael Flynn to keep a security clearance despite concerns raised by then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates that he could be vulnerable to blackmail based on intelligence assessments that she reviewed;…

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Analyst Warns GOP: House Majority Is In Danger In 2018

June 22, 2017

David Wasserman, who analyzes U.S. House races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, wrote Wednesday that the Republican majority could be at risk in next years midterm election. That includes Tuesday nights special elections in Georgia, where Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoffby 4 percentage points, and South Carolina, where Republican Ralph Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnellby 3 percentage points. Over those five special elections, Democrats beat their districts…

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Record Numbers of Venezuelans Seek Asylum In the U.S. Amid Political Chaos

June 22, 2017

Some 8,300 Venezuelans applied for U.S. asylum in the first three months of 2017, which, as the Associated Press points out, puts the country on track to nearly double its record 18,155 requests last year. Around one in every five U.S. applicants this fiscal year is Venezuelan, making Venezuela Americas leading source of asylum claimants for the first time, surpassing countries likeChina and Mexico. Traditionally we have seen a direct…

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Democratic lawmaker: Pelosi is worse than Trump in some areas of the country

June 22, 2017

(CNN)Jon Ossoff’s defeat in Georgia’s special House election — an election Democrats hoped would have been a referendum on President Donald Trump — has renewed some soul searching among its members. “The honest answer is in some areas of the country — yes, she is,” Ryan said. ” I think that in certain areas, like in some of these special election districts, it doesn’t benefit our candidates to be tied…

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Michael Bloomberg to Trump: Stop tweeting and run the government

June 22, 2017

(CNN)Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has some advice for how President Donald Trump can remove the cloud of the Russia investigation over his presidency. Clinton ‘never got a real message out’ Bloomberg has been associated with both the Democratic and Republican parties, but now identifies as an independent. “I didn’t vote for Donald Trump, who is a very nice guy, but I don’t think he’s the right person…

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