Trump called for the execution of the Central Park Five. He still won’t apologize.


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Republicans Are Freaking Out Over Deceased Gerrymandering Expert’s Files


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Lawyers representing North Carolina Republicans said lawyers representing Common Cause obtained the information unethically.

Proud Boys stopped by police before reaching anti-Trump rally in Orlando


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A group of Proud Boys appearing to be headed to attend President Trump’s reelection campaign launch in Orlando, Fla., on Tuesday were stopped by police when they tried to confront anti-Trump demonstrators….

Trump refuses to apologize to Central Park Five: ‘They admitted their guilt’


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President Trump on Tuesday refused to apologize to the “Central Park Five” for calling for their executions over rape and assault convictions that were later overturned.”You have people on both sides of that. They…

America’s Vacuum at the U.N.


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It is now almost half a year since the United States has had an ambassador to the United Nations. Nikki Haley’s designated successor, former Trump administration ambassador to Ottawa Kelly Knight Craft, faces her confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday. If she succeeds, she’ll have her hands full trying to restore discipline to the administration’s diplomacy at the U.N., after six months of erratic and ineffectual oversight from Washington.

In the absence of a full-time ambassador, the U.S. has pursued a scattershot approach to crises from Libya to Venezuela in the Security Council—sending confusing signals over American interests in some cases, blocking U.N. action in others, and pointlessly alienating its diplomatic allies on the way.

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New acting Pentagon chief has closer ties to Trump


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Army Secretary Mark Esper, who’s been tapped to be the new acting secretary of defense, is a former aerospace executive like the departing Pat Shanahan. But he’ll also come to the job with key supporters close to the president, and with deeper ties to the military.

Esper, who administration officials say was in the running for the top Pentagon post before President Donald Trump said he was choosing Shanahan in early May, has been an ally of the president’s on the controversial use of active-duty soldiers to beef up border security, including traveling with Trump to the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months.

Unlike critics in both parties, Esper doesn’t worry that deploying thousands of troops to the U.S.-Mexico border will erode their preparednesss for combat, he told POLITICO last December. “I don’t see any need to assume there will be a degradation in readiness. And in Continue reading “New acting Pentagon chief has closer ties to Trump”

New acting Pentagon chief has closer ties to Trump


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Army Secretary Mark Esper, who’s been tapped to be the new acting secretary of defense, is a former aerospace executive like the departing Pat Shanahan. But he’ll also come to the job with key supporters close to the president, and with deeper ties to the military.

Esper, who administration officials say was in the running for the top Pentagon post before President Donald Trump said he was choosing Shanahan in early May, has been an ally of the president’s on the controversial use of active-duty soldiers to beef up border security, including traveling with Trump to the U.S.-Mexico border in recent months.

Unlike critics in both parties, Esper doesn’t worry that deploying thousands of troops to the U.S.-Mexico border will erode their preparednesss for combat, he told POLITICO last December. “I don’t see any need to assume there will be a degradation in readiness. And in Continue reading “New acting Pentagon chief has closer ties to Trump”

Donald Trump’s Orlando campaign rally, in photos


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The president is expected to announce his 2020 presidential campaign at the Florida rally on Tuesday.

Katharine Gorka to be new spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection


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Gorka and her husband, Sebastian, are known for their hard-line views on national security.

Katharine Gorka to be new spokeswoman for Customs and Border Protection


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Gorka and her husband, Sebastian, are known for their hard-line views on national security.

Bernie Sanders: ‘We should definitely take a look at’ breaking up Google, Amazon, Apple


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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Tuesday "we should definitely take a look at" splitting up Google, Amazon and Apple, though he stopped short of a full-throated call for their break-ups.

"I worry very much about monopolistic tendencies in many sectors of our economy, including high tech, and I think we have to take a really hard look at the degree to which monopolization in all aspects of our economy are a threat to the American people," said the 2020 Democratic presidential contender when asked about the prospect.

Pressed again on whether he supports splintering those three tech giants, Sanders replied, "It’s something we should definitely take a look at, yes."

Sanders told POLITICO in May he supports calls to break up another industry titan, Facebook. Sanders’ remarks Tuesday are his first on whether he supports similar action against Google, Amazon and Apple.

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Bernie Sanders: ‘We should definitely take a look at’ breaking up Google, Amazon, Apple


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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said Tuesday "we should definitely take a look at" splitting up Google, Amazon and Apple, though he stopped short of a full-throated call for their break-ups.

"I worry very much about monopolistic tendencies in many sectors of our economy, including high tech, and I think we have to take a really hard look at the degree to which monopolization in all aspects of our economy are a threat to the American people," said the 2020 Democratic presidential contender when asked about the prospect.

Pressed again on whether he supports splintering those three tech giants, Sanders replied, "It’s something we should definitely take a look at, yes."

Sanders told POLITICO in May he supports calls to break up another industry titan, Facebook. Sanders’ remarks Tuesday are his first on whether he supports similar action against Google, Amazon and Apple.

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The troubling questions raised by Shanahan’s aborted nomination


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The troubling questions raised by Shanahan’s aborted nomination


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How does something like this not come to light until now?

Judge sanctions Alex Jones over alleged threats to lawyers in Sandy Hook case


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A Connecticut judge on Tuesday sanctioned InfoWars founder and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones after he was accused of threatening lawyers representing families of the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre.Bridgeport…

ICE chief affirms Trump effort to remove undocumented immigrants


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Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Mark Morgan said in an interview with The Hill Tuesday that his agency is committed to removing as many undocumented immigrants as it can with its available resour…

How Kamala Harris Dodged California’s ‘Sanctuary State’ Debate


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The increasingly vocal immigrant rights champion shied away from her state’s trailblazing effort to pass a statewide “sanctuary” policy.

Top-polling candidates will be center-stage at first Democratic debates


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The stages are now set for the first two Democratic debates next week in Miami.

NBC News, which is the media partner for the first debate, announced the candidates’ positions on stage for both debates on June 26 and June 27. The network previously said it was based on their polling numbers.

For the first night, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas) will be sharing center stage. On the second night, that honor goes to former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The lineups, starting on stage right (viewers’ left) and moving across:

June 26: Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, Julián Castro, Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Jay Inslee and John Delaney.

June 27: Marianne Williamson, John Hickenlooper, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, Kirsten Gillibrand, Michael Bennet, Eric Swalwell.

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Top U.S. general warns Iran to steer clear of U.S. interests


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The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday the United States wouldn’t mount a unilateral military response against Iran for the attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman unless U.S. forces or interests in the region are targeted.

Any military response to the tanker attacks would “require an international consensus before military force is used,” Air Force Gen. Paul Selva told reporters, echoing earlier remarks by acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan that the U.S. government is focused on building international consensus in the wake of the tanker attacks.

But “if the Iranians come after U.S. citizens, U.S. assets or U.S. military, we reserve the right to respond with a military action, and they need to know that,” Selva said. And that’s the case even if an attack on U.S. troops comes through “surrogates,” he warned, a reference to Iranian-backed Continue reading “Top U.S. general warns Iran to steer clear of U.S. interests”

Dems to grill Hope Hicks on alleged Trump obstruction


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House Democrats intend to question former White House communications director Hope Hicks on Wednesday about five specific incidents that special counsel Robert Mueller detailed as part of his investigation into whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct an investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, aides said.

The Judiciary Committee, which will hear from Hicks in a closed-door interview, also intends to ask the longtime Trump confidante about hush-money payments that prosecutors say Trump directed to women who planned to accuse him of extramarital affairs in the closing weeks of the 2016 campaign, including adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels.

The transcript of Hicks’ sit-down with the committee is expected to be made public within 48 hours, an aide said.

The general focus of the interview, laid out by Democratic committee aides on Tuesday, could be interrupted by White House efforts to block Hicks from Continue reading “Dems to grill Hope Hicks on alleged Trump obstruction”