Rep. Chris Collins to Suspend Campaign

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This week Congressman Chris Collins was indicted for insider trading and despite denying the allegations, he has decided to suspend his campaign for re-election, and will attempt to remove his name from the ballot. Evan Siegfried, Dean Obeidallah, and Karine Jean-Pierre discuss what this could mean for the republican party and upcoming elections. (8/11/18)  See more..

Nunes on secret tape: Kavanaugh vote, then Rosenstein impeachment

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In a secret audio recording obtained exclusively by The Rachel Maddow Show, Rep. Devin Nunes is heard at a private fundraiser for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers remarking on Donald Trump's cringe-worthy tweets, and explaining to donors that the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has to wait so it doesn't interfere with Senate confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. (8/9/18) See more..

Trump admin falling short on reunifications day before deadline

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Rachel Maddow reports that just a day away from the deadline set by the court, the Trump administration has only managed to reunite 1,012 of the 2,551 kids between ages five and 17 it took as part of Trump's family separation border policy, and will not even try to reunite 914 kids it describes as ineligible. (7/29/18)  See more..

Who is Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg?

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Trump Organization CFO, Allen Weisselberg, has been subpoenaed by federal prosecutors in the probe against Michael Cohen after being named in a recorded 2016 conversation between the former Donald Trump attorney and then-candidate Trump. (7/27/18)  See more..

DNI Coats clarifies reaction to Putin White House invite

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Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats released a statement, saying his “admittedly awkward response” to learning about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation to the White House was not meant to be critical of Trump. Coats claims, “Some press coverage has mischaracterized my intentions.” MSNBC’s Aaron Gilchrist discusses the Coats statement with MSNBC political analyst Susan Del Percio and A. Scott Bolden, chair of the National Bar Association’s political action committee. (7/22/18)  See more..

Michael Avenatti says he’s open to representing Michael Cohen

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Stormy Daniels’ Attorney Michael Avenatti joins Ari Melber to discuss reporting by The New York Times, that alleges Michael Cohen made a tape of Trump discussing secret payoffs to women. Avenatti tells Ari Melber there is “more than one tape” and reveals he had a “very positive meeting” with Cohen and won’t rule out representing him, if Cohen is “prepared to do the right thing”. (7/20/18)  See more..

Andrea Mitchell recaps 'remarkable' Coats interview

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NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell recaps her interview with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, including his reaction to the breaking news that the Trump Administration plans to invite Putin to the White House in the fall (7/19/18) See more..

FBI Director Wray: Russia continues to interfere

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In an interview with Lester Holt, FBI Director Christopher Wray commented on Trump’s recent statements: “He's got his view, I can tell you what my view is. The intel community assessment hasn't changed. My view has not changed which is that Russia attempted to interfere with the last election and continues to this day.” (7/18/18) See more..

5 new players emerge in Mueller's case against Paul Manafort

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Fmr. US attorney Harry Litman, fmr. FBI Asst. Dir. Frank Figliuzzi, AP’s Jonathan Lemire, MSNBC analyst Elise Jordan, WaPo’s Eugene Robinson, and MSNBC analyst Rick Stengel on the Special Counsel’s request for immunity for 5 people who may testify against Manafort.  (7/17/18)  See more..

Amb. Huntsman: Trump-Putin meeting will be a ‘conversation,’ not a ‘summit’

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On the eve of a face-to-face meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman downplayed expectations, saying there is not a firm set of goals the president is hoping to achieve.  “You don’t know what’s going to come out of this meeting,” Huntsman said on “Meet the Press” from Helsinki Sunday, where the two leaders will sit down together, insisting that the one-on-one is not a summit but a "meeting" where for the first time the two leaders will "have a conversation.” (7/15/18) Read more..

Failure: Trump misses deadline to reunite migrant children

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The Trump administration has missed a deadline to reunite migrant families, with only 38 children under the age of 5 being reunited by the deadline. Bustle contributing editor Alicia Menendez tells Ari Melber that migrant parents face “impossible choices” even if they are reunited with their children.  (7/10/18) See more..

Report: Trump's lawyers set new conditions for interview with Mueller

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The New York Times reports Trump's lawyers set new conditions for an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Yamiche Alcindor and David Corn join Ali Velshi and discuss how the White House is trying to slow walk Mueller's investigation while some congressional Republicans are calling for a quick end. (7/7-8/18)  See more..

GOP allies urge Trump not to fire Rosenstein ahead of Kavanaugh confirmation, midterms

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What seemed at first like a long-awaited opening to get rid of the "lingering stench" at his Justice Department now poses a quandary for President Donald Trump: Would firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein complicate precarious confirmation proceedings for an embattled Supreme Court nominee?  It would, according to Republican allies of the President, who have urged him to hold off on a purge of Justice Department officials until Brett Kavanaugh is safely in place on the high court. For now, Trump appears to have listened, though he has made clear his desire to rid the agency of officials he has deemed disloyal and corrupt. (9/23/18)  Read more..

Kavanaugh's accuser to speak to Judiciary Committee

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Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a past sexual assault, accepted the request to speak to the panel next week about the alleged incident, her lawyers told Senate Judiciary Committee staff on Saturday. "Dr. Ford accepts the Committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week," Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, attorneys representing Ford, wrote in a message to the committee. (9/22/18)  Read more..

Jurors award $289 million to a man they believe got cancer from Monsanto's Roundup

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In a monumental case against agricultural giant Monsanto, a jury has awarded $289 million in damages to a former school groundskeeper who said he got terminal cancer from the weedkiller Roundup.  Dewayne Johnson was seeking about $400 million in punitive damages and $39 million in compensatory damages from Monsanto, his attorney Timothy Litzenburg said. Johnson's victory Friday could set a massive precedent for thousands of other cases against Monsanto. (8/10/18)  Read more..

NFL players kneel, raise fists or sit out National Anthem

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Several NFL players took a knee, raised fists or did not take to the field while the National Anthem was played Thursday night before preseason games.   The actions came weeks after the league shelved its new policy regarding conduct surrounding the anthem until it reaches an agreement with the NFL Players Association. The Miami Herald reported that Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills, along with wide receiver Albert Wilson, knelt during the anthem before a home game against Tampa Bay. (8/9/18)  Read more..

Bookkeeper says Manafort was broke in 2016 and lied to banks

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Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's longtime bookkeeper testified Thursday that Manafort was in serious financial trouble in 2016 after his lobbying business dried up, and he and his deputy Rick Gates sent several fake, inflated income business statements to banks. (8/2/18)  Read more..

White House supports existing law, says 3D guns are already illegal

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The Trump administration supports an existing law they say makes it illegal to own or make homemade plastic guns, a White House official said Tuesday, coming hours after President Donald Trump tweeted that the availability of the firearms "doesn't seem to make much sense!"  "The President is committed to the safety and security of all Americans; he considers this his highest responsibility," deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said to reporters aboard Air Force One. "In the United States, it's currently illegal to own or make a wholly plastic gun of any kind, including those made on a 3D printer." (7/31/18)  Read more..

There are 100 days to the midterm election. Here's what to watch

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Voters are now 100 days away from delivering their verdict on President Donald Trump's first two years in office, and while the political landscape could shift dramatically in three months, right now, the wind is at Democrats' backs.  Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to wrest control of the House away from Republicans. And they need a net gain of two seats to take a Senate majority, although the path to get to that number is difficult. (7/29/18)  Read more..

The full story on Trump's 'economic turnaround'

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President Trump claimed credit for the strong economic growth numbers released on Friday morning, attributing them to his administration's actions on taxes, trade, and regulations. The economy did grow at a 4.1% annual pace in the second quarter, the best in four years. But most of the statistics that Trump cited as evidence of "an economic turnaround of historic proportions" require context to be fully understood. For example, economic growth has topped 4% in four other quarters since 2009. And Trump's claim that "we're going to go a lot higher than these numbers" conflicts with the predictions of most bank and Federal Reserve economists, who forecast that growth will slow in 2019 and 2020. (7/27/18)  Read  more..

Hundreds of separated children not reunited by court-ordered deadline

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As a court-ordered deadline to reunite all eligible families the Trump administration separated at the border elapsed, one in three children still remained away from their parents, with no clear indication when they would be reunited.  According to a court filing, the government has reunited 1,442 families with children aged 5 and older by late Thursday. The government says an additional 378 children have already been released under "appropriate circumstances," according to the court filing.  (7/26/18)  Read more..

Trump-ally congressmen introduce impeachment resolution against Deputy AG Rosenstein

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House Freedom Caucus leaders Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan on Wednesday escalated their fight with the Justice Department, introducing a resolution to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  The resolution is not a sign that the House is about to vote to impeach Rosenstein, as House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy -- who have been pushing for documents from the Justice Department -- did not sign on. The House is also leaving for a monthlong recess after Thursday. (7/25/18)  Read more..

Exclusive: CNN obtains secret Trump-Cohen tape

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Presidential candidate Donald Trump is heard on tape discussing with his attorney Michael Cohen how they would buy the rights to a Playboy model's story about an alleged affair Trump had with her years earlier, according to the audio recording of the conversation aired exclusively on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time."  The recording offers the public a glimpse at the confidential discussions between Trump and Cohen, and it confirms the man who now occupies the Oval Office had contemporaneous knowledge of a proposal to buy the rights to the story of Karen McDougal, a woman who has alleged she had an extramarital affair with Trump about a decade ago. (7/24/18)  Read more..

Trump, citing politics, looking to revoke security clearances

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President Donald Trump is considering stripping a half-dozen former national security officials of their security clearances, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday, calling their public commentary about the ongoing Russia probe inappropriate.  Such a move would amount to an unprecedented use of presidential authority to punish political rivals. Critics quickly seized on the announcement, even as those under consideration downplayed the actual effect losing their clearances might have.  The list of former officials under consideration includes former CIA Director John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe and former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, according to Sanders. (7/23/18)  Read more..

How long will Mueller's investigation go on?

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With the recent criminal indictment of 12 Russian intelligence agents, the special counsel's office made clear it has a treasure trove of information for its investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. What's less obvious is how long Robert Mueller will continue his work.  The indictment could be the high point for his team. Or it could be simply the crest of one of several coming waves.  (7/22/18)  Read more..

CIA official: China wants to replace US as world superpower

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The goal of China's influence operations around the world is to replace the United States as the world's leading superpower, the CIA's Michael Collins said Friday.  Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum during a session on the rise of China, Collins, the deputy assistant director of the CIA's East Asia Mission Center, said Chinese President Xi Jinping and his regime are waging a "cold war" against the US. (7/21/18)  Read more..

Mueller team wants to talk to 'Manhattan Madam'

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has reached out to the lawyer for Kristin Davis, famously known as the "Manhattan madam," a source familiar with the matter says.  Davis, who went to jail as a part of the scandal surrounding former Democratic New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, has worked for Roger Stone, an outside political adviser President Donald Trump. They are close -- Stone is the godfather to Davis' son. (7/20/18)  Read more..

Fox News Poll: Record number of voters oppose Kavanaugh nomination

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Voter support for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court is down in the wake of Christine Ford’s assault allegations, as more believe her than him.  Currently, 40 percent of voters would confirm Kavanaugh, while 50 percent oppose him, according to a Fox News poll. Last month, views split 45-46 percent (August 19-21). More voters believe Ford’s claims than Kavanaugh’s denials by a 6-point margin, 36 vs. 30 percent.  However, about one-third, 34 percent, are unsure who is telling the truth.  (9/23/18)  Read more..

Ford to testify about alleged Kavanaugh assault

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Christine Blasey Ford on Saturday said she would accept the Senate Judiciary Committee’s request to testify about an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, although the terms of any testimony remained unclear as of mid-afternoon.  In a letter to the committee, Ford’s lawyers said that she “accepts” the request to provide “her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct next week” after Republicans on the committee set a 2:30 p.m. deadline for her to say whether or not she would testify. Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had said a vote would proceed if Ford did not respond by the cutoff time. (9/22/18)  Read more..

'Suicidal' airline employee plane theft started with flick of a switch, officials say

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Climb into the cockpit of a plane and start it up. It’s as simple as flicking a switch. “They don’t necessarily use a key so there’s a switch that they use to start the aircraft,” National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) official Debra Eckrote said Saturday as she briefed reporters on the theft of a Horizon Air Q400 by a “suicidal” airline employee who crashed it into a remote island in Washington State after a 90-minute fight. (8/11/18)  Read more..

Ben Shapiro hits Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on 'catcalling' claims: 'She didn't want to look like she was afraid'

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Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro responded Friday to accusations by democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that he catcalled her in his debate challenge, arguing that she didn’t want to come across as being “afraid.”  In an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Trish Regan, Shapiro was asked for his thoughts on his debate offer being compared to "catcalling" by the House candidate. (8/10/18)  Read more...

NFL preseason sees kneeling, raised fists, during national anthem

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NFL players continued to protest the national anthem on Thursday night as the league began its first full week of the 2018 preseason.  Some players held their fists in the air, while others decided to kneel, despite the controversy surrounding the action. Wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson, both of the Miami Dolphins, kneeled during The Star-Spangled Banner, ahead of their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Miami Herald reported. (8/9/18)  Read more..

Where's The Proof: Manafort case judge warns Mueller team they 'can't prove conspiracy' without star witness

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The federal judge in the trial of ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort told Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team on Thursday they cannot prove a key part of their case unless prosecutors call Manafort’s former business partner to the stand.  U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III issued the warning after prosecutors suggested Wednesday that Rick Gates – who is cooperating with prosecutors and had been considered a potential star witness – might not be called to the stand after all. (8/2/18)  Read more..

Trump tweets he'd 'shut down' government if Democrats don't fund US-Mexico wall

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President Trump said on Sunday that he would be willing to shut down the federal government if the Democrats do not agree to Republican demands about funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.  Trump wrote on Twitter that border security "includes the Wall! Must get rid of Lottery, Catch & Release etc. and finally go to system of Immigration based on MERIT! We need great people coming into our Country!" (7/29/18)  Read more..

Obama administration approved $200G grant to group with Al Qaeda ties

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The Obama administration approved a $200,000 grant to a group in Sudan with ties to Al Qaeda even though it had been designated a terrorist-financing organization by the U.S. years earlier, a conservative think tank revealed this week.  Further, an agency official acknowledged the prior administration allowed taxpayer money to flow to the group even after its designation was discovered. (7/27/18)  Read more..

Rosenstein in Trouble

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A group of 11 House Republicans introduced five articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Wednesday evening.  The impeachment articles accuse Rosenstein of intentionally withholding documents and information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas and abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). (7/26/18)  Read more..

Pop star ‘in stable condition’ after apparent overdose scare

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On the eve of a hotly anticipated string of tour dates, pop music superstar Demi Lovato has reportedly been hospitalized for an apparent overdose after being revived at her home with the opioid treatment drug Narcan.  According to multiple reports, law enforcement officials say the 25-year-old onetime Disney pop princess was rushed to a hospital in Los Angeles after she suffered from what appeared to be an overdose. (7/24/18)  Read more..

Manafort trial could reveal embarrassing details about Dem consultants

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The upcoming federal court trial for President Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, will be closely watched for revelations about Trump’s campaign for the White House in 2016.  But it’s also poised to potentially reveal embarrassing information about several Democratic political consultants, including a top adviser to 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and others who have worked in lucrative elections both in the United States and abroad, court filings indicate. (7/23/18)  Read more..

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At least 17 people lost their lives Thursday when a tour boat traveling amid intense waves churned by a sudden storm capsized in a lake near the popular tourist destination of Branson, Mo. Among the fatalities were people ranging in age from 1 to 70, officials said Friday.[It was a really bad week for Trump. Even the Fox machine can't spin out of this week by blaming Clinton or Obama, so they decide to focus on the duck boat accident]. (7/21/18) Read more..