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 do some “internal soul …

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New US sanctions on Russia inflame old tensions

June 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)Russia’s frustration with the Trump administration boiled over Wednesday, with Moscow abruptly canceling talks designed to improve ties with the US and threatening retaliation for sanctions the White House renewed Tuesday. Analysts say that Russia’s leaders also want to convey in no uncertain terms that, after waiting for Trump to establish warmer ties, they’re now ready to get more adversarial if need be. …

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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 …

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Analyst Warns GOP: House Majority Is In Danger In 2018

June 22, 2017

… districts leanings by an average of 8 points. If Democrats were to overperform by that much nationwide next year, it could swing 80 seats. But these results fit a pattern that should still worry GOP incumbents everywhere, regardless of Trumps national approval rating and the outcome of the healthcare debate in Congress, he said. Not everyone agrees with that assessment. This is a district that Donald Trump won by 1.5 percent. A metro area, urban district that frankly should be trending …

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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 to her. “ Ryan …

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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 to be President of the …

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House Russia probe digs into voter roll hacks with former DHS secretary

June 22, 2017

(CNN)House investigators will examine on Wednesday Russia’s attempts to hack into state elections systems with former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson before the House intelligence committee. The coordinated hacking effort from Russian-aligned hackers has received minimal attention in the congressional probes into Russia’s interference in the election. President Donald Trump and his supporters have regularly noted that no votes were ever changed by Russian …

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Democrats just went 0-4. When will they win?

June 21, 2017

Atlanta (CNN)Democrats tried an inoffensive moderate message in Georgia. They ran a banjo-strumming populist in Montana. They called in the cavalry in South Carolina and tried to catch their foe sleeping through a long-shot in Kansas. In the special elections for House seats vacated by Republicans who wound up in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Democrats went 0-for-4. …

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Ossoff’s liberalism just wasn’t right for Georgia district

June 21, 2017

(CNN)The Georgia special election was the Democrats’ best chance so far this year to flip a House seat and score a victory for the anti-Trump resistance. Jon Ossoff’s defeat is a major blow to well-funded liberal momentum and activism, to which GOP voters in the South responded, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” More than $50 million was spent in the special election to replace Republican Tom Price, who resigned earlier this year to become Secretary of …

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5 things to watch in Georgia’s high-stakes House special election

June 20, 2017

(CNN)Democrats have been desperate to deal President Donald Trump a real setback at the ballot box for months — and all their hopes are riding on Tuesday’s House election in Georgia. A win by Democrat Jon Ossoff will give his party a crucial proof point that Trump’s unpopularity is damaging Republicans up and down the ballot — and make it much harder GOP lawmakers on Capitol Hill to tie their own political fortunes to Trump on health care, tax reform and more. It would …

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Trump defiant as pressure grows

June 19, 2017

Washington (CNN)America is edging ever closer to a new long, national nightmare, given President Donald Trump’s explosive response to signs that special counsel Robert Mueller is approaching the epicenter of White House power. Trump appears willing to test the bounds of convention and his own powers against a legal and political establishment that he believes is conspiring against him. The higher the pressure, the more defiant the President becomes. The tweet sparked …

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Early vote tally foretells soaring turnout in most expensive House race ever

June 19, 2017

(CNN)More than 140,000 voters had cast their ballots by the time early voting in Georgia closed Friday — another indication of sky-high turnout in the closely watched runoff for a House seat between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel. The pool of early voters includes more than 36,000 who did not participate in the April primary contest for the seat, which was vacated when former Rep. Tom Price became President Donald Trump’s health and human services secretary, …

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

… monument designations going back 21 years President Donald Trump speaks at the Interior Department before signing an executive order reviewing previous national monument designations made under the Antiquities Act. Patagonia to sue the Trump administration a day later, vowing to take every step necessary, including legal action, to defend our most treasured public landscapes from coast to coast. A president does not have the authority to rescind a National Monument, Marcario said in a …

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Rosenstein must recuse himself from involvement in Mueller probe

June 18, 2017

… justification for Comey’s surprise termination. Join us on Twitter and Facebook The solicitor general, the lawyer who represents the United States in cases before the Supreme Court, had better stay close to the phone. (Trump has nominated Noel Francisco for that post; the acting solicitor general is Jeffrey Wall.) Like his famous predecessor, the Nixon administration’s Robert Bork, who played a key role in the “Saturday Night Massacre,” the solicitor general …

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Why we still really need to see Donald Trump’s tax returns

June 18, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump released a 98-page financial disclosure form Friday, detailing the broad outlines of his wealth but still leaving a number of unanswered questions about the specifics of not only Trump’s income but also the details of his vast holdings. Trump raked in $288 million from his golf courses alone; he made at least $37 million from Mar-a-Lago, his Florida resort and a frequent weekend stomping ground for the first family. The big problem with financial …

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Trump family makes first visit to Camp David

June 17, 2017

Washington (CNN)Think “Trump orbit” in a recreational sense, and it’s likely golf or gilded interiors come to mind — a vision of uber-comfortable playgrounds replete with ribeye steaks and crystal chandeliers. It’s an unusual decision for the President, who is widely known as someone who doesn’t like to disrupt his daily routine or spend weekends anywhere except at Trump-branded properties. …

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Foreign Carmakers Invoke Reagan To Sway Trump On Trade

June 17, 2017

… intellectual property protections and removed barriers to digital trade, would take precedence, Ross said. Mexico and Canada already agreed to the TPP, a 12-nation Pacific Rim trade agreement that Trump campaigned against and formally withdrew the U.S. from shortly after taking office. That is likely a relief to pro-NAFTA elements of big business, but it is alarming to progressive trade skeptics who had hoped that trade reforms aimed at saving American jobs would be an area of common interest …

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Pentagon Reportedly To Send Nearly 4,000 More Troops To Afghanistan

June 16, 2017

The news comes a day after President Donald Trump reportedly gave Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in the country in an effort to combat the spread of insurgent groups like the Islamic State and the Taliban. There are currently about 8,400 U.S. troops officially stationed in Afghanistan and an additional 2,000 not included in official tallies. The Pentagon refuted the AP report in a statement to Reuters late Thursday, saying no decisions have been made regarding …

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

… concerned about their own safety are now talking about the need to conduct political debate in a more civil way. Many connected the shooting rampage to the fearsome tone of current political rhetoric, since the shooter, James Hodgkinson, from Illinois, left anti-Trump screeds on his social media page. “The poisonous atmosphere in Washington and the polarization in our country causes warped, twisted minds to do terrible things,” Maine Sen. Susan Collins told CNN on Thursday. …

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Source: Investigators for special counsel will soon speak to senior intelligence officials

June 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)Investigators for the special counsel investigating questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election will soon speak to senior intelligence officials, a source familiar with the matter tells CNN. Investigators have also sought information from recently retired NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett, according to the source. Ledgett wrote a memo, according to the source, documenting a conversation in which President Donald Trump allegedly urged Rogers to help get the FBI to …

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Senate approves new Russia sanctions

June 15, 2017

(CNN)The Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to enact new sanctions against Russia and make it difficult for President Donald Trump to lift them. The Russia sanctions amendment was added to an Iranian sanctions bill on the Senate floor after a deal was struck earlier this week between the Republican and Democratic heads of the Senate Foreign Relations and Banking Committees. …

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In Sessions hearing, GOP senators sought truth, Dems sought to hit Trump

June 15, 2017

(CNN)A generally mild-mannered Jeff Sessions expressed outrage and indignation during his testimony before the Senate intelligence committee hearing on the Russia investigation on Tuesday. Throughout the 2 hour probe, two things became crystal clear: Republican senators want to get to the bottom of Russian interference in our election process and Democratic senators are focused on exposing confidential information in an effort to sabotage the Trump presidency. Committee Chairman Richard …

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It’d be shocking if the Warriors went to the White House

June 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)It would be quite a shock and seriously awkward if the Golden State Warriors went to the White House for the customary congratulations from the President. He went on a post-election rant at a team news conference where expressed his disappointment that “the man who’s going to lead you has used racist, misogynist words.” …

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Nearly 200 Congressional Dems Sue Trump For Violating Constitution

June 14, 2017

The complaint said Trump had not sought congressional approval for any of the payments his hundreds of businesses had received from foreign governments since he took office in January, even though the Constitution requires him to do so. At least 30 U.S. senators and 166 representatives are plaintiffs in Wednesdays lawsuit, representing the largest number of legislators ever to sue a U.S. president, according to two lawmakers who are among the plaintiffs. The presidents failure to tell us …

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What would happen if Trump tried to fire special counsel Mueller

June 14, 2017

(CNN)Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy created a storm of controversy when he suggested Monday that President Trump was contemplating firing the newly appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller III, a man destined to be a festering thorn in the side of the Trump administration for months or years to come. And on Tuesday, aboard Air Force One, White House deputy press secretary Sarah Sanders addressed the idea of firing Mueller with these words: “while the President has the right to, he has no …

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