Trump calls question on whether he ever worked for Russia ‘insulting’

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Saturday said the idea that he ever worked for Russia was “insulting,” and he slammed a New York Times article regarding his potential ties to Russia as “the most insulting article.” When asked by Pirro on Saturday about the Times’ report and whether he had…

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Despite shutdown, Interior holds meetings on opening Alaskan land for oil leases

(CNN)The Bureau of Land Management has shuttered much of its agency’s functions during the government shutdown, but in its Alaska office, the agency used leftover funds from the past year to hold public meetings over the past week regarding an agency plan that would make Arctic land available for oil…

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Read: Democrats’ response to President Trump’s Oval Office address

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gave the Democrats’ response to President Donald Trump’s prime-time speech on immigration. Sadly, much of what we have heard from President Trump throughout this senseless shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice. The President has chosen fear. We…

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Wall Street Journal: White House requested plans last year from Pentagon to attack Iran

Washington (CNN)The White House’s National Security Council asked the Pentagon last year for plans for launching a military attack against Iran, the Wall Street Journal reported early Sunday, citing current and former US officials. A senior administration official told CNN on Sunday that it’s not accurate to say the Pentagon…

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Chief Pentagon spokeswoman announces departure

Washington (CNN)Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White is leaving her post, a move that coincides with Secretary of Defense James Mattis stepping down but also comes amid an internal Defense Department investigation into her conduct. On Tuesday, Charles Summers Jr., a principal deputy assistant to the secretary of defense in White’s…

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Supreme Court teed up to act on mystery Mueller-related grand jury case

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court could now decide as early as Wednesday afternoon whether an unnamed foreign-owned company will have to pay daily fines for avoiding a grand jury subpoena related to Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation. After losing at an appeals court, the company took its challenge to the Supreme…

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White House tries again to reassure Wall Street

(CNN)The White House sought to project a message of stability on Wednesday about the US economy amid ongoing market volatility triggered in part by confusing signals sent in recent days by President Donald Trump and his top advisers. “All the anecdotal info that we’re getting is that the fundamentals remain…

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Russian trolls tried to turn off African-American voters in 2016, when fewer African-Americans voted

(CNN)Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016 with the electoral college. But in three states (Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin), his margin over opponent Hillary Clinton was less than 50,000 votes each. In fact, just 77,744 total votes in those three states separated the two candidates. If Clinton had won all…

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Kellyanne Conway says Ocasio-Cortez ‘doesn’t seem to know much about anything’

Washington (CNN)White House counselor Kellyanne Conway took a shot Tuesday at Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, saying the incoming lawmaker “doesn’t seem to know much about anything.” Conway didn’t mention any particular issues or instances, though Ocasio-Cortez started a minor controversy over the summer when she referred to Israel’s presence in parts…

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China agrees to make fentanyl a controlled substance after talks with US at G20 summit

(CNN)China has agreed to reclassify fentanyl as a “controlled substance,” in what the White House is calling a “wonderful humanitarian gesture” after the much-anticipated talks Saturday between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Trump and Xi met Saturday for dinner on the sidelines…

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Florida recount: Where the Senate votes changed so far

Washington (CNN)The machine recount results on Thursday for the Florida Senate race — albeit with certain notable counties like Broward and Palm Beach missing — showed both candidates actually losing votes overall compared to the original count, resulting in a nearly unchanged race between Republican Rick Scott and Democratic incumbent…

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Donald Trump is losing Cabinet officials at a record rate

(CNN)The word out of the White House is that anyone not directly related to Donald Trump could be on the chopping block as this most mercurial of presidents seethes and stews over the midterm setback for his party last week and his broader grievances that he is not being well-served…

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As America retreats from the world, the politics of fear takes over

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN)If the Democrats make gains in the midterm elections next week, their lawmakers could assert themselves more aggressively on the foreign policy issues that have defined much of Donald Trump’s presidency — trade, climate change and the Iran deal, to name a few. The impact of the Trump…

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