Sessions jokes about Russian meetings in Federalist Society address

Attorney General Jeff Sessions opened a speech at a Federalist Society gathering Friday by asking the audience if there were “any Russians” in attendance.

“I just was thinking, I want to ask you: Is Ambassador Kislyak in the room? Before I get started here, any Russians?” Sessions said, eliciting laughter and applause from the crowd. “Anybody been to Russia? Got a cousin in Russia or something?”

The joke came just days after Sessions sparred with members of Congress over apparent discrepancies in his previous testimony regarding his interactions with Russians during the 2016 campaign, including former Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sessions offered an unprompted assurance that he “never met with or had any conversations with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election.”

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Trump with NCAA champs: A wrestling pose, a prayer, a call to ‘save the Second Amendment!’

President Donald Trump met Friday with a parade of NCAA championship teams at the White House, marking the occasion by spiking a volleyball, striking a wrestling pose and pausing for a prayer.

Trump did not reply to shouted questions from the pool reporter, who relayed details of the NCAA event, about why he had tweeted about allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) but had not posted online regarding allegations against Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama.

Altogether, the president met with 18 college championship teams, including the University of Utah’s ski team, the Texas A&M women’s equestrian team, the University of Florida baseball team and the Arizona State University women’s triathlon team. The photo-ops were held in a series of White House venues, beginning in the Rose Garden and wrapping up almost an hour later in the State Dining Room.

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Jesse Jackson diagnosed with Parkinson’s

The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the longtime civil rights leader, announced Friday that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, saying in a statement that he would continue his advocacy work even as he engaged in therapy to slow the disease’s progression.

“Throughout my career of service, God has kept me in the embrace of his loving arms, and protected me and my family from dangers, seen and unseen,” Jackson said in a statement released by his Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “Now in the latter years of my life, at 76 years old, I find it increasingly difficult to perform routine tasks, and getting around is more of a challenge. After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father.”

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Conway explains why Trump tweeted about Franken but not Moore

President Donald Trump felt compelled to tweet out his thoughts on allegations of sexual misconduct against Sen. Al Franken because they represented a “brand new news story,” counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway said Friday, explaining away the difference between the president’s Franken tweets and his relatively couched comments on allegations against Republican Roy Moore.

“Al Franken was a brand new news story yesterday and the president weighed in as he does on the news of the day often enough,” Conway told Fox News Friday morning. “The Roy Moore story is eight days old and the president put out a statement during his Asia trip on that. and since then, our press secretary has spoken on behalf of the president saying that he believes the people of Alabama will sort out what to do with Roy Moore and with that election.”

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Ex- Clinton aide Reines blasts Gillibrand as a ‘hypocrite’

A former aide to Hillary Clinton attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand as a “hypocrite” late Thursday night over comments the lawmaker made to The New York Times that former President Bill Clinton should have resigned during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

“Ken Starr spent $70 million on a consensual blowjob. Senate voted to keep POTUS WJC. But not enough for you @SenGillibrand?” Philippe Reines, an adviser to Hillary Clinton during her tenure in the Senate, at the State Department and during last year’s campaign, wrote on Twitter. “Over 20 yrs you took the Clintons’ endorsements, money, and seat. Hypocrite. Interesting strategy for 2020 primaries. Best of luck.”

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Trump faults Democrats for not being involved in tax reform bill

President Donald Trump on Friday accused Democrats of refusing to cooperate with Republicans on an overhaul of the tax code, suggesting that the minority party might like the legislation better if it worked with the GOP to include some of its own ideas in the bill.

“If Democrats were not such obstructionists and understood the power of lower taxes, we would be able to get many of their ideas into Bill!” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning.

Republicans passed their package of tax cuts and reforms relatively easily on Thursday through the House of Representatives, but did so without a single Democratic vote. The legislation’s path in the Senate, where the GOP majority is just two seats, is expected to be more difficult. Republicans have said they hope to have the tax legislation passed and on the president’s desk by the end of the year.

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White House: Trump thinks Alabama voters should decide if Moore belongs in Senate

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated Thursday that President Donald Trump would not call on Alabama Republican Roy Moore to drop out of his state’s Senate race in the wake of allegations that he initiated sexual or romantic encounters with teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

“The president believes that these allegations are troubling and should be taken seriously, and he thinks that the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be,” Sanders said at Thursday’s press briefing.

She reiterated the statement issued by the White House last week that Moore should step aside “if the allegations are true” but refused to outline what it would take for Trump to become convinced of the accusations’ veracity.

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