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Racist calls mock Florida's black Democratic candidate - Racist phone calls mocking Florida's black Democratic gubernatorial nominee appear to be from a white supremacist podcast that has also taken credit for inflammatory robocalls in Iowa and California. In the recorded calls, someone falsely identifying himself as Andrew Gillum speaks in a racist, old-time minstrel dialect while asking voters for their support. The calls, which according to the Gillum campaign started Friday, are said to be paid for by The Road to Power — an Idaho-based video podcast.Ohr says Steele told him Russian intel believed they had Trump 'over a barrel' - A Justice Department lawyer whose ties to the infamous dossier about President Donald Trump and Russia has drawn the ire of Republicans told House lawmakers that he was told Russian intelligence thought they had the then-candidate "over a barrel" during the 2016 campaign, a source with knowledge of the testimony told CNN.DOJ probing whether Malaysian fugitive used laundered funds to pay Chris Christie, Trump lawyer - The Department of Justice (DOJ) is reportedly investigating whether a fugitive Malaysian businessman paid a team of American lawyers, including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and an attorney who represents President Trump, from tens of millions of dollars in laundered funds. The DOJ is pursuing a criminal investigation into Jho Low, who has U.S. assets, people familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper reported that the DOJ filed civil lawsuits in July 2016 and last year to recover assets from Low and others that were allegedly purchased with money embezzled from a Malaysian fund, 1Malaysia Development Bhd.Mass shooting at Madden NFL e-games tourney: Multiple fatalities, suspect dead in popular area of Jacksonville
John McCain, Arizona senator and Vietnam war hero, dies at 81 - John Sidney McCain III, a Vietnam War hero with more than 35 years of public service who became one of the most distinctive figures in modern American politics as a maverick conservative who took delight in disruption, died Saturday at his home in Arizona.Trump Denounces Justice Dept. as Investigations Swirl Around Him - President Trump blamed the Justice Department on Thursday for the investigations surrounding him, criticized the deal struck with his former lawyer Michael D. Cohen and lashed out at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who countered with a rare public rebuke of the president. Mr. Trump also praised Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager who was convicted of financial fraud this week, for refusing to cooperate with the Justice Department and said that plea agreements, an essential tool for prosecutors, should maybe be outlawed. “It’s called flipping, and it almost ought to be illegal,” Mr. Trump said in an interview that aired on Fox News. Only a criminal or a mob boss would say that in an attempt to protect their own butt from prosecution, however they would squeal like a pig and give up everyone to save that same butt from prosecution.David Pecker: media mogul and Trump confidant was granted immunity in Cohen investigation - National Enquirer chief reportedly met with prosecutors as part of the inquiry into Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen. David Pecker, chief executive of the company that publishes the National Enquirer, the tabloid magazine involved in hush-money deals to women ahead of the 2016 US presidential election, was granted immunity by federal prosecutors as part of the investigation into Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen, it emerged on Thursday. Pecker met with prosecutors to describe the involvement of Cohen and Trump in pay-offs to women who alleged affairs in the past with the president, the Wall Street Journal reported. Pecker, a long time friend of Trump, was initially subpoenaed by federal investigators four months ago. News of the media figure’s help in an investigation that’s likely to prove damaging to Trump’s presidency came in the week that also saw Cohen turn on his former boss, as other former acolytes continue to assist the special counsel’s parallel Russia inquiry in Washington, further embattling the White House.Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, reaches a plea deal - Cohen has long claimed his loyalty to Trump was unbreakable -- most famously saying "I'm the guy who would take a bullet for the president" -- but in an exclusive interview earlier this month with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, Cohen signaled a willingness to cooperate with investigators.Falwell Jr. killed student newspaper articles critical of Trump - Falwell Jr. reportedly required that editors disclose whom a columnist planned to vote for in the 2016 election. When sports editor Joel Schmieg penned a column objecting to Trump's vulgar comments on the "Access Hollywood" tape that was released in October 2016, Falwell Jr. ordered the piece be spiked because the paper had already run one Trump column that week, World Magazine reported. Schmieg told the publication that he posted the column on his Facebook page instead, and was warned by school staff against doing so in the future.Alex Jones, InfoWars accused of destroying evidence related to Sandy Hook suit - Attorneys representing the father of a Sandy Hook shooting victim alleged Friday that far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones destroyed evidence related to their defamation lawsuit against him.Parody account of fired FBI agent Peter Strzok takes off with tweets critical of Trump - The tweet said, "I have been fired for expressing my personal opinion in private texts about a dictator that history will soon deem not only a Russian asset but an unhinged madman threatening the sovereignty of the United States of America."US concerned by Russian satellite's 'very abnormal behavior' - But now the U.S. is voicing concerns and claiming that threat is very real -- pointing in particular to a Russian satellite's "very abnormal behavior." The satellite, launched in October 2017, has displayed behavior "inconsistent with anything seen before from" the kind of satellite Russia has said it is, according to Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance Yleem D.S. Poblete. Instead, without saying it outright, Poblete implied that the object could be a weapon, but said the U.S. cannot know for sure.Employee fired after booting black girls from New Jersey gift shop - A New Jersey gift shop employee has been fired after she told seven black girls they were not welcome and ordered them to leave the store. A video posted online showing part of the Aug. 10 incident at Jenkinson’s Aquarium Gift Shop in Point Pleasant Beach went viral, sparking outrage and making headlines across the country.How Michael Avenatti helped a 9-year-old Guatemalan boy make it back to his mother - Avenatti had gone to court Tuesday offering a quick solution: At his own expense, he'd been ready to escort Antony back to his mother the same day. But the government insisted on its own process, and the court set a timetable of no more than 60 days.White House announces John Brennan's security clearance revoked - White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday that President Trump has ordered former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance to be revoked. Brennan served in the Obama administration. He was CIA director from 2013 to 2017. "Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility," Sanders told reporters in her opening remarks at Wednesday's press briefing. Trump is a petty brat, baby Trump’s little feelings got hurt by John Brennan telling the truth, so he took Brennan‘s security clearance.Denouncing 'Wanton Disregard for Congress and the American People,' Dems Call on Ajit Pai to Come Clean About False FCC Cyberattack. "Lawmakers are rightly demanding answers. But they should also act immediately to overrule Ajit Pai's corrupt gutting of net neutrality." Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are demanding answers after Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai finally admitted last week that—as many cyber experts, digital rights advocates, and members of Congress had long suspected—the claim that the agency's public comment system was targeted by a cyberattack during last year's net neutrality debate was false. Pai's admission came just ahead of an FCC Inspector General's report which shattered allegations that the system was targeted by multiple "distributed denial-of-service" (DDoS) attacks last summer after television host John Oliver encouraged his viewers to comment in favor of preserving the regulations, which were repealed in a party-line vote in December.‘Everyone signed one’: Trump is aggressive in his use of nondisclosure agreements, even in government - President Trump’s bitter fight with a former top White House aide has highlighted his aggressive and unconventional use of nondisclosure agreements to prevent current and former government employees from revealing secrets or disparaging him or his family. The latest uproar centers on claims in a book by former senior adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman that the Trump campaign offered her a $15,000-a-month job in exchange for signing a broadly worded NDA that would have barred her from disclosing details of her time at the White House. Trump shot back in a tweet on Monday that “Wacky Omarosa already has a fully signed Non-Disclosure Agreement” — the first apparent acknowledgment by Trump that he has used such documents as president.More than 300 accused priests listed in Pennsylvania report on Catholic Church sex abuse - The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday released a sweeping grand jury report on sex abuse in the Catholic Church, listing more than 300 accused clergy and detailing a “systematic” coverup effort by church leaders over 70 years. State Attorney General Josh Shapiro said at a news conference Tuesday that more than 1,000 child victims were identified in the report, but the grand jury believes there are more.Omarosa claims ex-Trump aides' silence costs $15,000. Here's what campaign records show - Campaign finance records show several former aides to President Donald Trump have received payments of roughly $15,000 per month from campaign or party accounts, bolstering part of former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman’s claim that she was offered the same amount to keep quiet about her time in the White House. The Apprentice contestant turned White House aide Manigault Newman has alleged that multiple former Trump Administration aides have been taking money for their silence since leaving their posts, a hush money payment under the guise of a no-show job that she says she turned down.Trump calls Omarosa a 'dog' in latest attack on ex-aide - President Donald Trump on Tuesday referred to former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, the only African-American to have served in a senior role in the White House, as a "dog." "When you give a crazed, crying lowlife a break, and give her a job at the White House, I guess it just didn't work out. Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!" Trump tweeted Tuesday.The Utter Collapse of Donald Trump's 'Best People' Boast - As a candidate, Donald Trump would famously boast that if elected, he'd "surround myself only with the best and most serious people" -- adding: "We want top-of-the-line professionals." The first 18 months of his presidency have repeatedly revealed the fallacy of that pledge, as myriad members of Trump's Cabinet and senior staff have departed -- often under suspicious circumstances -- even as the President himself has railed against the ineptitude of people who still work for him.Florida 'stand your ground' shooter Michael Drejka charged with manslaughter - The Florida man who invoked the "stand your ground" self-defense law after shooting a black man in a dispute over a parking space was charged Monday with manslaughter, officials said. Michael Drejka, 48, was arrested Monday morning in the fatal shooting in July of Markeis McGlockton in Clearwater, Florida -- an incident that was caught on video which sparked an uproar after its release.DeVos Ends Obama-Era Safeguards Aimed at Abuses by For-Profit Colleges - Education Secretary Betsy DeVos formally moved Friday to scrap a regulation that would have forced for-profit colleges to prove that the students they enroll are able to attain decent-paying jobs, the most dramatic in a series of moves that will free the scandal-scarred, for-profit sector from safeguards put in effect during the Obama era.Federal judge threatens to hold Sessions in contempt of court - A federal judge on Thursday erupted at the Trump administration when he learned that two asylum seekers fighting deportation were at that moment being deported and on a plane to El Salvador. DC District Judge Emmet Sullivan then blocked the administration from deporting the two plaintiffsMelania Trump's parents become U.S. citizens through 'chain migration' Trump wants to end - Viktor and Amalija Knavs, both in their 70s, took the oath at a special, private ceremony in New York City. Trump believes its ok for his people to use chain migration just not other folks.Trump renews attacks on protesting NFL players, says 'be cool' - The National Football League has struggled to address the issue of players who silently protest against police brutality and social inequality during the national anthem, amid Trump’s regular criticism of such protests and as it tries to manage relations with both its players and fans. Trump is a racist who use the bully pulpit to spout his racist’s rants.Anniversary of fatal Charlottesville rally puts city, D.C. on edge - In Charlottesville, officials have announced an unprecedented lockdown of the bustling downtown district. Vehicles are prohibited, and pedestrians will be allowed in at only two checkpoints, where police will confiscate contraband. Prohibited items include everything from metal pipes and swords to fireworks and skateboards.Trump Tower, Collusion and the Law - “Don’t be fooled by word games,” Victoria Nourse, a professor at Georgetown Law, told us via email. “There is no legal term ‘collusion.’ The legal term for collusion is the crime of conspiracy. If you agree to kill someone and take a step toward that (hired the killer, or encouraged the killer, met with the killer) you are guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.Omarosa says Trump is a racist who uses N-word – and claims there's tape to prove it - Former Apprentice contestant and ex-White House adviser writes in new memoir that she witnessed ‘truly appalling things’Omarosa secretly recorded Trump - Omarosa Manigault-Newman, a former aide to President Trump, secretly recorded conversations with the president while she was serving in the White House, multiple sources told the Daily Beast.Russians went after Hillary emails the same day Trump called for hack - The indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking Democrats’ and Hillary Clinton’s emails said they began going after the former first lady’s personal emails “on or about July 27, 2016” — the same day Donald Trump called on Russia to find her missing emails. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” Trump said, looking directly into TV cameras, at a press conference in Florida that day in which he also cast doubt that Russia was behind the hacking.Rep. Chris Collins arrested on insider trading charges - Collins, who represents the swath of suburbs between Buffalo and Rochester, was the first U.S. Congressman to endorse Donald Trump’s candidacy. He remains a staunch Trump ally.US to hit Russia with new sanctions after poisoning of former Russian double agent and daughter - The Trump administration has determined Russia has violated the Chemical and Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991 during the assassination attempt on U.K. citizens Sergei and Yulia Skripal, and will impose new sanctions against Russia as a result.Ten months without power: the Puerto Ricans still without electricity - Almost a year after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island’s ailing power infrastructure, the Ruiz family is one of 1,000 still off the gridNow the Trump administration wants to limit citizenship for legal immigrants - The most significant change to legal immigration in decades could affect millions of would-be citizens, say lawyers and advocates. The Trump administration is expected to issue a proposal in coming weeks that would make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens or get green cards if they have ever used a range of popular public welfare programs, including Obamacare, four sources with knowledge of the plan told NBC News. - The move, which would not need congressional approval, is part of White House senior adviser Stephen Miller's plan to limit the number of migrants who obtain legal status in the U.S. each year.New Poll: 43% of Republicans Want to Give Trump the Power to Shut Down Media - The “enemy of the people” talk is working. A plurality of self-identified Republicans say they want Trump to have the power to take “bad” media outlets out. Republicans who think that are dumber than Trump if you shut down the media bad Trump can get away with even more than he does now.West Hollywood city council wants to remove Trump star from Walk of Fame - The West Hollywood City Council has unanimously approved a resolution seeking to remove President Donald Trump’s star from the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The resolution urges the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Los Angeles to remove the star because of what it says is Trump’s “disturbing treatment of women and other actions.”Pentagon bans use of geolocators on fitness trackers, smartphones - "Effective immediately, Defense Department personnel are prohibited from using geolocation features and functionality on government and non-government-issued devices, applications and services while in locations designated as operational areas,"Disgraced Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio told Sacha Baron Cohen he'd accept oral sex from Trump - Baron Cohen, posing as the YouTuber, asked Arpaio whether he would receive a blowjob from President Donald Trump, to which the sheriff replied: "I may have to say yes." The sheriff, who is a close ally of the president , also said he wouldn't be surprised if Trump had participated in the most salacious claim made by the infamous dossier .The White House's story on the Trump Tower meeting shifts — yet again - First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.Donald Trump is twisting himself in knots trying to explain the Trump Tower meeting - His tweet on Sunday casts doubt on the stories he and Don Jr. initially told -- and the ones they are telling now. And the bigger issue here is that this isn't a one-off: Trump, his son and the entire Trump operation have struggled to tell the full truth -- or even close -- a bunch of times now in relation to the Russia investigation. Why? Maybe Mueller knows.Armed Trump Supporters March on Portland, Beating Up Opponents and Calling for Hillary Clinton’s Arrest - Armed Trump Supporters March on Portland, Beating Up Opponents and Calling for Hillary Clinton’s ArrestAs questions swirl over Trump interview, judge guts potential defense strategy - Over the course of 92 pages, Howell resoundingly rejected an attempt by Andrew Miller, a former associate of Trump confidante Roger Stone, to quash a subpoena to testify, explaining why the "scope of the Special Counsel's power falls well within the boundaries the Constitution permits."Roller-coaster nuclear diplomacy between U.S. and North Korea hits highs and lows - on Saturday as the countries' top diplomats traded polite words and barbs, leaving efforts to rid the North of its atomic weapons at an uncertain juncture.CNN's Jim Acosta calls out Sean Hannity for 'injecting poison into the nation's political bloodstream' - Jim Acosta, the chief White House corespondent for CNN, attacked Sean Hannity Wednesday night after the Fox News host voiced his support for an angry mob that heckled members of the media covering President Trump’s rally in Florida earlier this week. “Hannity is a propagandist for profit, peddling lies every night,” Acosta wrote on Twitter. “He says he’s just a talk show host, not a journalist. But he’s injecting poison into the nation’s political bloodstream warping public attitudes about the press.”Sarah Huckabee Sanders is Spreading ‘Pizzagate Nonsense’ With Claim About Bin Laden, Press, Says Joe Scarborough - White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders lied and spread “Pizzagate nonsense” about the media thwarting the apprehension of Osama bin Laden in the late 1990s, Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough said Thursday.White House Proposal Rolls Back Fuel Economy Standards, No Exception For California - The Trump administration has proposed a rollback of Obama-era fuel efficiency and emissions standards, while simultaneously taking aim at California's unique ability to set more stringent rules.Trump dunks on billionaire GOP mega-donor Charles Koch for worrying about foreign workers - President Donald Trump slammed billionaire GOP mega donor Charles Koch for expressing concern for foreign workers hurt by Trump's trade war.Trump’s order threatening to withhold funding from ‘sanctuary cities’ is unconstitutional, court rules - A federal appeals court in California ruled Wednesday that President Trump acted beyond his authority when issuing an executive order attempting to penalize “sanctuary cities” for refusing to cooperate with the administration’s immigration crackdown.Mueller wants to interview Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, lawyer says - The son of a Russian oligarch helped set up the now infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting.Lawmaker resigns amid allegations he used nude photos of ex-girlfriend to 'catfish' men - Illinois Republican Nick Sauer allegedly used photos of his former girlfriend to engage in “graphic conversations” with other men on social media.