Hip-hop stars slam Trump amid anthem firestorm

October 2, 2017

(CNN)Hip-hop artists — from Diddy to Killer Mike — rallied behind Colin Kaepernick and other athletes this week after President Donald Trump urged owners of the NFL to fire the “sons of bitches” who protest the National Anthem on the field. Diddy, who used to have a friendly relationship with Trump in the 1990s, urged fans to take action in a minute-long video posted to Twitter.

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Trump retweets GIF of him hitting Clinton with golf ball

September 18, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump retweeted an edited video Sunday morning that showed him swinging a golf club and appearing to hit his former presidential campaign rival Hillary Clinton with a golf ball. The White House did not respond to a request for comment Sunday about the President’s tweet and whether Kelly was aware of it. A spokesperson for Hillary Clinton declined to comment on the tweet. The Twitter user Trump retweeted,…

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Black Ops, Fake News and a Real Punch Muddle Ukraine Graft Fight

September 11, 2017

An American actor who’s appeared in movies starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Tom Cruise has landed an unwitting role in a real-life thriller about the grinding struggle against graft in Europe’s most corrupt country. Michael-John Wolfe, who makes personalized newscasts for birthdays and other events as a side gig, said he had no idea that a video he was paid to shoot suggesting Ukraine’s leading anti-corruption campaigner embezzled U.S. funds…

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‘Some remains’ of missing 10 sailors found after collision, admiral says

August 28, 2017

(CNN)“Some remains” of 10 missing US sailors have been found after the collision between the US destroyer John S. McCain and an oil tanker near Singapore, Navy Adm. Scott Swift said Tuesday. The Royal Malaysian Navy has located one body at sea, and officials are working to determine whether it is one of the missing sailors, he said. Divers have located others. Navy plans 1-day operational pause Spate of accidents…

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Venezuela calls Trump’s warning of possible military action a ‘crazy act’

August 12, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump said Friday he would not rule out the possibility of a military intervention in Venezuela. He has accused the regime of being led by a dictator. “This is our neighbor,” he added. “You know, we are all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away and the people are…

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Trump could disrupt careful diplomatic messaging on North Korea

August 9, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s blunt threat to North Korea that it could face the United States’ “fire and fury” could undermine work the rest of his Cabinet has been doing to defuse growing tensions in Asia. The top US diplomat has paired that endeavor with an equally important but more subtle project: sending messages of reassurance to China and other Asian nations that the US’ aim isn’t to destroy North…

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Four tribes of Trump’s GOP opposition

August 6, 2017

Washington (CNN)Democrats aren’t the only people in Washington who have stood in the way of Donald Trump’s agenda over his first six months in office. The President’s relationship with Republicans in Congress has become more complicated after he criticized senators for not passing a health reform bill and then large majorities passed a Russian sanctions bill over his objection. Sen. Mike Lee pens new book on figures left out of…

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Senators push bill to protect Mueller

August 4, 2017

Washington (CNN)Support is gathering behind a bipartisan push to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from potentially being fired by President Donald Trump. “The President would maintain the power to remove the special counsel, but we would just want to make sure that it had merit and have that back-end judicial process,” Tillis said Thursday morning on CNN’s “Newsroom.” Sessions: Trump’s criticism is ‘hurtful’

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This guy tried to start a political scandal on Twitter, and it, uh, didn’t go so great

July 31, 2017

When you're out the door but you can at least watch a rival play himself.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus is out of a job as of Friday, but his feud with new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci still found a way to bubble up on Sunday. Arthur Schwartz, a man who’s been quoted as a “GOP operative” and “a spokesman for Scaramucci,” threatened to…

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Gowdy pushes back on Trump’s religious message

July 27, 2017

(CNN)From the trail to Twitter, Donald Trump has stuck by his philosophy on faith. “If President Trump wants to share his faith, more power to him,” noted the Republican from South Carolina. “Our country recognizes all religions, including no religion.” Gowdy’s visit to “OutFront” also included a nod to the Founding Fathers, and the notion that no one — not even the president — can tell an American citizen how,…

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Lawmakers, LGBTQ groups divided over transgender military service

July 27, 2017

Washington (CNN)Less than a month into the six-month delay set by Defense Secretary James Mattis to review the United States military’s policy on transgender service members, President Donald Trump announced that transgender individuals would no longer be allowed to enlist or serve in the military. The transgender military ban, as well as Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s failed controversial amendment to cut funding for transgender service members’ medical treatments, has sparked renewed…

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Reporter’s Notebook: Inside the Senate chamber – an hour-long emotional swirl

July 26, 2017

Washington (CNN)All eyes were on the touching yet somber scene unfolding on the Senate floor: A line of senators waiting to greet their colleague John McCain, who stood at his Senate desk hosting an impromptu receiving line. That moment alone was poignant enough, but even more so up against the backdrop of the legislative drama on health care. McConnell: We have a duty to act McCain returns to Senate floor…

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McCain’s speech on the Senate floor (full text and video)

July 26, 2017

(CNN)“Mr. President: “I have been a member of the United States Senate for thirty years. I had another long, if not as long, career before I arrived here, another profession that was profoundly rewarding, and in which I had experiences and friendships that I revere. But make no mistake, my service here is the most important job I have had in my life. And I am so grateful to the…

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Donald Trump’s political jamboree

July 25, 2017

(CNN)New White House communications czar Anthony Scaramucci wasn’t joking when he said he wanted Donald Trump to “be himself.” To be fair, he did pay lip service to the idea that some occasions should be immune from politics. He even joked about firing Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price if he didn’t round up the votes to repeal and replace Obamacare this week. At least it looked like he…

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Eight former CBO directors defend the agency amid Republican criticism

July 22, 2017

(CNN)Eight former directors of the Congressional Budget Office sent a letter to congressional leadership Friday to underscore the agency’s importance and respond to criticism from Republican lawmakers and the White House. The nonpartisan agency has come under fire in recent months for its analyses of several versions of the Republican House and Senate health care bills.

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Mitch McConnell ‘master tactician’ label damaged after Senate health care fight

July 19, 2017

(CNN)The looming defeat of the Senate health care bill marks a dramatic low point in the otherwise lofty political career of Mitch McConnell, the chamber’s majority leader who is often described as a disciplined “master tactician” of the Senate accustomed to methodically building legislative victories for Republicans. “This has been a very, very challenging experience for all of us,” McConnell replied. “A lot of people have been involved in the…

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Sneak peek at US Navy’s new $13B aircraft carrier

July 19, 2017

Norfolk, Virginia (CNN)Perched 50 feet above the USS Gerald Ford’s massive flight deck, Petty Officer 1st Class Jose Triana has a clear view of the horizon from his padded captain’s chair in the pilot house of the world’s most advanced aircraft carrier. The one-of-a-kind control system is just one of many state-of-the-art upgrades aboard the $13 billion USS Gerald Ford that will be commissioned into active duty on July 22…

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The ever-changing story about Trump Jr.’s meeting — what we know

July 16, 2017

Washington (CNN)New revelations about Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting last summer with a Russian lawyer are continuing to surface a week after the revelation rocketed the President’s eldest son to the center of allegations of collusion with Russia. A Russian-American lobbyist has now confirmed to The Associated Press and The Washington Post that he also attended the meeting with Trump Jr. — the latest piece of information to surface since emails…

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Women’s March organizers return to DC streets for anti-NRA march

July 15, 2017

Washington (CNN)The organizers behind the Women’s March earlier this year returned to the streets of Washington DC on Friday, this time with a new mission: To protest the National Rifle Association. The marchers chanted “Hey hey, ho ho, the NRA has got to go” while holding up signs with slogans ranging from “none of us are safe until all of us are safe” to “91 Gun Deaths a Day: Enough…

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Former staffer indicted for spreading nude images of lawmaker

July 14, 2017

Washington (CNN)A former congressional staffer was indicted Thursday on charges that he spread nude and embarrassing images online of his lawmaker boss, the delegate to Congress from the US Virgin Islands. The following July, an indictment alleges, McCullum created a fake email account and sent at least 10 messages with one or more of the images attached to members of the media, other politicians and people known to Plaskett. He…

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AG Sessions under fire for closed-door speech to Alliance Defending Freedom

July 13, 2017

(CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions spoke to a self-described Christian religious freedom advocacy group known for anti-gay stances Tuesday evening, and the Justice Department is keeping his remarks under wraps. LGBTQ rights organizations blasted Sessions for attending the event. “ADF is the most extreme anti-gay legal organization — so extreme that it does not concede even that gay or transgender people should be permitted to exist as such,” said Shannon Minter…

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Recreating June 9: A very consequential day in the 2016 campaign

July 12, 2017

Washington (CNN)It wasn’t Donald Trump’s day. But more than a year after that unseasonably cool Thursday in New York, what happened on June 9 has intensified the spotlight on Trump — now president — and his family. News of the meeting between Natalia Veselnitskaya, billed in an email as a “Russian government attorney” and three of Trump’s top campaign aides has rocked the Trump White House and led Clinton’s vice…

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Chris Christie calls constituent ‘bum,’ ‘communist’ on sports talk radio

July 11, 2017

Washington (CNN)New Jersey Governor Chris Christie isn’t known for holding back when being criticized, whether it be with fellow politicians or even his own constituents. Callers quickly began dialing in to speak to the governor, but some used it as an opportunity to attack him. One of the callers, “Mike from Montclair” didn’t waste any time. “Governor, the next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed…

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Portman’s Ohio office health care protests lead to 15 arrests

July 8, 2017

(CNN)As many as 15 activists protesting the Senate’s GOP health care bill were arrested Friday at Sen. Rob Portman’s Columbus, Ohio office, according to local law enforcement, following sit-ins at two state offices that spanned more than a day. The two-day protest that started Thursday intensified when activists from ADAPT, a national disability-rights organization, decided to block the doors to the ground-floor elevators on Friday in Portman’s Columbus office building,…

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Trump joins battle for the soul of the West — to a point

July 7, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump delivered a battle cry to defend Western civilization on Thursday — but his political vision for the alliance in the West is one that few of its other major leaders would recognize, far less embrace. On the surface, Trump’s speech was exactly the kind of message Europe’s leaders have pined to hear. He reaffirmed NATO’s Article 5 principle of mutual defense, albeit with a swipe at member…

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