How Trump can change the subject

May 30, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s odyssey through Europe and the Middle East fulfilled a more narrow political focus for the reeling White House: It was a nine-day distraction from the dominant narrative of a presidency under siege. White House defends Kushner’s Russia contact POTUS comes home to a Russia cloud over WH …

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The Portland Heroes Who Stood Up To Hate

May 29, 2017

… non-Muslim and are confirmed or suspected of holding white supremacist or white nationalist views typically receive less sustained media coverage and condemnation from politicians than acts perpetrated by a suspect believed to be motivated by an extremist Muslim ideology. President Donald Trump has drawn criticism since his days as a candidate for his strong anti-Muslim stance and feeble effortsto distance himself from white nationalist and white supremacist supporters actions Muslim and …

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‘Out Of Step’ Trump Takes Golf Cart While Rest Of G-7 Leaders Walk

May 28, 2017

… the president announced he would delay a decision on whether or not the U.S. would stay in the Paris climate accords, despite pressure from the other leaders. CBCs David Cochrane called the summitG-6 plus Donald Trump. But the 70-year-old president the oldest of the seven leaders may not have been up to the walk physically. When he made gaffes at the start of his trip(telling Israels president that he had just left the Middle East after his first stop in Saudi Arabia), a White House …

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New Republican Bill Makes Suing Cops For Civil Rights Violations Really Tough

May 27, 2017

… Reuters President Donald Trump, on the other hand, has vowed to be harder on crime and end what he calls theanti-police atmosphere in the U.S. Trump has said protests against widely-publicized police violence has provoked the murder of police officersand that calls for reform are anti-law enforcement.He also believes that calls for police accountability have caused a war on cops. AMay 10 memo from current Attorney General Jeff Sessions could pose an issue since many jurisdictions have …

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President Trump passes his first test on the world stage

May 27, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s first presidential foray onto the international stage should be judged as a success. His visits to Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, Belgium and Italy were well managed by the White House and effectively advanced some key foreign policy goals for the new administration. …

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Zbigniew Brzezinski, Carter’s National Security Adviser, Dies At 89

May 27, 2017

… between Israel and Egypt in 1978. Brzezinski first came to government work in 1966 after earning a doctorate in political science from Harvard University and teaching there and at Columbia University. The author of multiple books,he remained active, opinionated and outspoken to the end. He was a sharp critic of President Donald Trump, whose foreign policies he skewered as muddled. …

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Trump couldn’t cut Sean Spicer a break?

May 26, 2017

(CNN)Here’s what I see when I look at Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s battered press secretary: A man who chews and swallows 35 pieces of gum every day, who routinely stands up before the assembled Washington media corps to offer himself up for a ritual flogging to deflect from the President’s latest misstep, and who knows he will never again be able to walk down the street without a passer-by reminding him that his entire life’s work as a Republican …

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Trump Should Be ‘Scared’ Of Comey Testimony, Says Former FBI Director’s Friend

May 26, 2017

President Donald Trump should be concerned when former FBI Director James Comey testifies before Congress later this month. That, at least, is the view from a self-described confidant of Comeys, Benjamin Wittes. Wittes spoke to CNNs Anderson Cooper on Tuesday night, telling the anchor, I thoughtit was interesting and very telling that he [Comey]declined any opportunity to tell his story in private. He clearly wants to do it in a public setting And I think thats a reflection of the fact that …

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Trump Meets With Pope Francis

May 24, 2017

… promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president, Trump said during the campaign. The Vatican also took a dim view of Trumps anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric, although Trump softened his tone considerably in a major speech in Riyadh. Part of Trumps motivation for meeting the pope was to dramatize how the three major religions should rally against the threat from Islamist militants. By putting everybody together you can really build a …

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Trump’s budget, with substantial and symbolic cuts, could be politically tricky for Republicans

May 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget will propose substantial cuts to anti-poverty and social safety net programs when it is released on Tuesday, offering Americans a substantially different view on government as the President tries to make good on promises he made during the 2016 campaign. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsWP Tweet Machine PRO (Unlimited Sites License) GET UNLIMITED TWITTER FOLLOWERS ON AUTOPILOTWP Scope WordPress plugin …

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Trump is picking the wrong battle on health care

May 23, 2017

(CNN)In the budget that President Donald Trump is expected to release Tuesday, CNN has reported that there will be $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid, which assumes that the reductions contained in the House health care bill become law. With all of the frenzied coverage of President Trump’s trip overseas and the ongoing investigation into “Russiagate,” one of the biggest stories of the day might have slipped under the radar. Dad with diabetic son confronts …

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Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

May 22, 2017

(CNN)Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called “the ultimate deal”. But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable. Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain — disagreements over borders, security, Jerusalem, a right of return …

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Trump lands in Israel: What to watch

May 22, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump lands in Israel on Monday for the second leg of his first foreign trip as president where he will tackle the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, address regional security issues and reaffirm the US’ commitment to its alliance with Israel. On Islam, Trump is consistently inconsistent The schedule: …

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Trump budget: $800 billion in Medicaid cuts

May 22, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump’s budget that is expected to be unveiled on Tuesday will include $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid — a move that underscores the President’s resolve to significantly downsize the federal program even as Republican lawmakers are clashing over the issue in Congress. The $800 billion reduction, confirmed to CNN Sunday evening by a senior administration official, assumes that the GOP health care bill that the House passed earlier this month would become law, …

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Seth Meyers on Paul Ryan and keeping up with the news cycle

May 22, 2017

(CNN)Seth Meyers may have issued an on-air invite to House Speaker Paul Ryan, but the “Late Night” host is not holding his breath waiting for the RSVP. Being turned down by prospective Republican guests is nothing new for Meyers. Back in October, just weeks before Donald Trump would win the election, “Late Night with Seth Meyers” did four nights of shows from Washington D.C. and found it difficult to book Republican guests — despite, as Meyers put it, …

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Tips for dealing with a toddler and also Donald Trump

May 21, 2017

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Donald Trump is a man whose behavior follows the whim of his impulses and tantrums, much like a toddler, and the world is scrambling to accommodate it. Officials in the White House and from governments around the globe have tailored aspects of governance to the new president to fit his notoriously short attention span and need for praise. SEE ALSO: Trump’s fave …

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First on CNN: Comey now believes Trump was trying to influence him, source says

May 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Former FBI Director James Comey now believes that President Donald Trump was trying to influence his judgment about the Russia probe, a person familiar with his thinking says, but whether that influence amounts to obstruction of justice remains an open question. Comey will testify publicly before the Senate intelligence committee after Memorial Day, the panel’s leaders announced Friday. The central question at that blockbuster hearing will be whether Comey believed the …

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President’s fiscal 2018 budget would slash EPA spending by 30%

May 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget request would slash EPA spending by almost a third, according to a copy of the President’s proposal obtained by CNN. The budget blueprint, which the White House plans to submit to Congress next week, would cut the EPA’s total budget by more than 30% and its operational budget by 35% compared to current funding levels. Some of the biggest cuts would go to categorical grants for science and technology and environmental …

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First on CNN: Russian officials bragged they could use Flynn to influence Trump, sources say

May 20, 2017

Washington (CNN)Russian officials bragged in conversations during the presidential campaign that they had cultivated a strong relationship with former Trump adviser retired Gen. Michael Flynn and believed they could use him to influence Donald Trump and his team, sources told CNN. “This was a five-alarm fire from early on,” one former Obama administration official said, “the way the Russians were talking about him.” Another former administration official said Flynn was …

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Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

May 20, 2017

… systems in developing countries are fragile and still being built, often in places that have seen recent conflict, and where there are low levels of public trust and long histories of trauma. Donald Trump’s evolving stance on abortion Join us on Twitter and Facebook Women around the world, from Texas to Tanzania, being cut off from modern family-planning tools. Children in some of the world’s poorest corners losing their vaccinations and malaria medicine. People …

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President Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia

May 20, 2017

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (CNN)President Donald Trump has landed in Saudi Arabia for his first stop abroad since taking office, a visit meant to bolster partnerships abroad that aides hope can reset a scandal-pocked narrative back home. Air Force One touched down at the King Khalid airport in Riyadh at 2:45 a.m. ET (9:45 a.m. local time), where Trump was greeted on the tarmac by King Salman and other high-level Saudi officials. Later Saturday the King will host Trump at the Royal Court. Trump got …

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Speaking on Islam, will Trump hit reset with Muslims?

May 20, 2017

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (CNN)A month after Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the US, a hijab-wearing American named Rose Hamid stood up in the grandstands a few rows behind the presidential candidate. It was January 2016, a few weeks before Republican primary voters began to cast their votes. As Hamid stood up in silent protest, the supporters around her began to jeer and chant for her to “get out,” until Trump campaign officials …

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GOP congressman: Comey may break his silence as early as next week

May 20, 2017

(CNN)A Republican congressman said Thursday night that Congress and the nation may be just days away from James Comey breaking his silence after being fired as FBI director by President Donald Trump. A senior GOP source previously told CNN it was unlikely Comey would testify publicly now that former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named special counsel for the investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Hurd also disagreed with the President’s …

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First on CNN: House Russia investigators get access to Treasury data

May 20, 2017

(CNN)Investigators on the House intelligence committees have obtained access to valuable data from the Treasury Department, a development that will open their doors to investigate possible connections between President Donald Trump’s business empire and Russians, CNN has learned. Investigators received access to the financial data this week, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the development. Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee told …

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Israelis on edge before Trump visit

May 19, 2017

Jerusalem (CNN)Only days before President Donald Trump visits Jerusalem, Israeli politicians describe an atmosphere of “nervousness” and “confusion.” One politician put it more bluntly. “No one has any idea what the plan is.” Confusion over status of Western Wall …

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