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Trump says ‘I’m not pro-Russia,’ hits ex-CIA chief Brennan for calling Putin news conference ‘treasonous’

President Trump denied he was “pro-Russia” and slammed former CIA Director John Brennan in a Fox News interview airing Tuesday night, after the ex-intelligence chief described Trump’s news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as “treasonous.” “I think Brennan is a very bad guy and if you look at it a lot of things happened under his watch,” Trump told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday. “I think he’s a very bad person.” The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” interview was recorded in Helsinki following the Trump-Putin news conference, at which Trump appeared to dismiss the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia meddled in the 2016 election. Trump backtracked on Tuesday, claiming he meant to ...

Trump calls out Sessions over FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s no-show at Congress

April 3, 2018: President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with the leaders of the Baltic states.  (AP) President Trump in an early morning tweet Thursday nudged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to act over FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s refusal to comply with subpoena and testify before Congress. “As I head out to a very important NATO meeting, I see that FBI Lover/Agent Lisa Page is dodging a Subpoena & is refusing to show up and testify,” Trump tweeted early Thursday morning. He continued, “What can she possibly say about her statements and lies. So much corruption on the other side. Where is the Attorney General?” Sessions has been the target of Trump in the past. The presiden slammed him for recusing himself from the Russia-collusion investigation and for his “weak position” on f...

How Michael Cohen decided to send Trump a carefully calibrated message

Michael Cohen has distanced himself from President Trump in recent weeks.  (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid) It’s quite obvious that Michael Cohen was sending a sharp message when he sat down with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. What is less apparent is how deliberate and carefully crafted his words were, especially on subjects that don’t directly involve him, and his strategy toward the intended recipient: President Trump. Based on my reporting, the president’s former personal lawyer was not only issuing a declaration of independence from his longtime boss, he was telling the world that he doesn’t agree with some of Trump’s core positions. And the phrases were carefully rehearsed as a finger-in-the-eye shot at Trump, not just to calmly convey that he will not be a R...

Scott Pruitt resigns as EPA chief, Trump announces

Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the Environmental Protection Agency after a string of controversies involving his leadership, President Trump announced Thursday on Twitter. “Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this,” tweeted Trump, who added that EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler would take over as acting administrator effective Monday. “I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda,” Trump concluded. “We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!” While traveling to a rally in Montana Thursday, Trump told reporters that Pruitt had approached him about resigning “a couple of days” earlier and said the two had &#...

Judge tosses suit alleging Trump campaign conspired with Russians in hack: report

A federal judge on Tuesday tossed a lawsuit claiming that the Trump campaign and former adviser Roger Stone colluded with WikiLeaks and the Russian government to publish hacked Democratic National Committee emails during the presidential election. U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle said in a ruling that the allegations of conspiracy were insubstantial to proceed in a court, Politico reported. “The Trump Campaign’s efforts to elect President Trump in D.C. are not suit-related contacts for those efforts did not involve acts taken in furtherance of the conspiracies to disseminate emails that harmed plaintiffs,” wrote the Clinton-appointed judge. “Campaign meetings, canvassing voters, and other regular business activities of a political campaign do not constitute activit...

Dershowitz unloads on NY socialist Dem, Martha’s Vineyard liberals

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz said Tuesday he won’t let radicals like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders steal the spirit of the Democratic Party and doubled-down on his attack on fellow liberals who “shunned” him at Martha’s Vineyard. “I won’t let the Democrats steal my party from me. I want to regain the center,” Dershowitz told WABC Radio’s “Curtis and Cosby” show, noting that he will remain a Democrat as “as long as there’s some chance the Democratic Party can return to normalcy.” “I want to make sure that the radical Left, the woman who got elected in the Bronx and Queens to Congress on the Democratic ticket, that they and Sanders and others don’t represent the Democratic Party,” he continued, referring to socialist Ocasio-Cortez who pulled off a shock victory l...

Bid to split California into 3 states gains traction – could it really happen?

Cal 3: The effort to split California into three Venture capitalist Tim Draper introduced an initiative called Cal 3. It’s a push for California to be split into three separate states; Northern California, California and Southern California. Here’s a look how his plan can become a reality. In a midterm season marked by primary upsets and the prospect of Democrats claiming a congressional check on President Trump’s power, another sensational development has been the momentum behind a ballot measure to split up the unwieldy, high-tax state of California. The California secretary of state last month verified almost a half-million signatures collected by Cal3 initiative backer Tim Draper, qualifying it for the November ballot. But could the seemingly quixotic bid to split Californi...

Sarah Sanders decries ‘calls for harassment’ citing Maxine Waters, restaurant episode

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that recent “calls for harassment and push[es] for any Trump supporter to avoid the public is unacceptable” days after she was kicked out of a Virginia restaurant over the weekend. Sanders referenced the incident at the top of Monday’s White House briefing, as well as remarks by Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters in which she called for protesters to confront Cabinet members publicly to shame them over the Trump administration’s policies. “We are allowed to disagree, but we should be able to do so freely and without fear of harm, and this goes for all people, regardless of politics,” said Sanders, who went on to decry threats that have been made against the restaurant and its staff as well as recent tweets...

Obama cyber chief confirms ‘stand down’ order against Russian cyberattacks

President Obama is pictured in 2013.  (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) Former Obama administration National Security Council cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel confirmed on Wednesday that a “stand down” order was given to counter Russian cyberattacks during the 2016 election. During a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, asked Daniel about a passage in the book Russian Roluette. The passage was about a staffer from Daniel’s team, Daniel Prieto, retelling the time that Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice told Daniel and his team to halt their efforts and to “stand down” in countering Russia’s cyberattacks. Daniel was quoted saying to his team that they had to stop working on options to counter the Russian...

Melania Trump’s ‘I really don’t care’ jacket causes stir on border visit

Melania Trump ‘I really don’t care’ jacket raises eyebrows First Lady Melania Trump paid a visit to a Texas facility housing migrant children separated from their parents. On her way to her plane she donned a jacket that said ‘I really don’t care, Do u?’ on the back. This is not the first time Trump’s fashion has been at the center of controversy. First lady Melania Trump’s visit to a Texas facility housing migrant children separated from their parents threatened to be overshadowed Thursday by a jacket she wore bearing the words: “I really don’t care, do u?” The first lady was pictured wearing the jacket as she boarded a flight to the border at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. She wore the same jacket when she departed th...

Melania Trump’s ‘I don’t care’ jacket causes stir on border visit

First lady Melania Trump’s visit to a Texas facility housing migrant children separated from their parents threatened to be overshadowed Thursday by a jacket she wore bearing the words: “I really don’t care, do u?” The first lady was pictured wearing the jacket as she boarded a flight to the border at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. The Daily Mail reported that the army green anorak-style jacket came from Spain-based retailer Zara and could be bought for $39. It was not available online as of Thursday afternoon. The green jacket reportedly retailed for $39. The first lady wore a different pale yellow jacket when the plane landed in McAllen, Texas, for a visit to the Upbring New Hope Children’s Center, which houses 55 migrant children. FLASHBACK: FIRST LADY...

Trump to propose merging Labor, Education departments, report says

The Trump administration is set to propose merging the Labor Department with the Education Department, according to reports.  (REUTERS, File) The Trump administration will propose merging the Labor Department with the Education Department as part of a larger effort to reorganize the federal government, The Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday. The formal announcement is planned for Thursday morning, but the Journal reports that any planned reorganization must be approved by Congress. The reported proposal is a revival of long-held conservative ambitions dating back at least two decades. In the 1990s, Republican lawmakers proposed merging the Education and Labor departments with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The new agency would have been dubbed the Department o...