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  • Analysis: Before James Comey’s Dismissal, a Growing Frustration at White House FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2013, file photo, then-incoming FBI Director James Comey talks with outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller before Comey was officially sworn in at the Justice Department in Washington. On May 17, 2017, the Justice Department said is appointing Mueller as special counsel to oversee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)(PhatzNewsRoom / WSJ)   —-   WASHINGTON—The more James Comey showed up on television discussing the FBI’s investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, the more the White House bristled, according to aides to President Donald Trump. Frustration was growing among top associates of the president that Mr. Comey, in a series of appearances before ...
  • Analysis: While Comey memo could be key, any Trump prosecution tricky FILE - In this March 31, 2017 file photo, a portrait of former President Andrew Jackson hangs on the wall behind President Donald Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. President Donald Trump made puzzling claims about Andrew Jackson and the Civil War in an interview, suggesting that he was uncertain about the origin of the conflict while claiming that Jackson was upset about the war that started more than a decade after his death. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — The former FBI director’s memo relating President Donald Trump’s request to shut down an investigation of his ousted national security adviser is a powerful piece of evidence that could be used to build an obstruction of justice case against the president. But criminal charges of interfering with an investigation are difficult in ordinary ...
  • Opinion: Zombies of Voodoo Economics Wall-Street-crash(PhatzNewsRoom / NYT Opinion)    —-    According to many reports, Donald Trump is getting frantic as his administration nears the 100-day mark. It’s an arbitrary line in the sand, but one he himself touted in many pre-inauguration boasts. And it will be an occasion for numerous articles detailing how little of substance he has actually accomplished. Yet ...
  • Analysis: The Coming Crisis With Iran © Abedin Taherkenareh/European Pressphoto Agency Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will be facing opposition from Iran’s hardliners in the upcoming Presidential election.(PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)    —-   WASHINGTON — President Trump has flip-flopped many times during his first months in office. But none may be as consequential as his decision on April 18 to certify that Iran is abiding by the nuclear deal of 2015, paving the way for further waiving of sanctions. In just a few months, ...
  • Opinion: Yes, Sean Spicer, facts do matter, especially when you mention Hitler White House press secretary Sean Spicer speaks during the daily press briefing, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, in the briefing room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)(PhatzNewsRoom / WAPO)   —-    It’s hard not to feel a little something like sympathy for Sean Spicer. He serves two masters: first, a boss who reportedly has expressed dissatisfaction with his performance and second, a White House press corps that treats the daily briefing the way caged lions treat feeding hour at the zoo — ...
  • Analysis: Trump reverses himself on NATO, China, Russia and more In this March 31, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with the National Association of Manufacturers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Slim majorities of Americans favor independent investigations into Trump’s relationship with the Russian government and possible attempts by Russia to influence last year’s election according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump hasn’t been in the White House for 100 days, yet he’s already reversed himself on many of his key campaign promises. In several interviews this week, the president has forged new positions on topics ranging from NATO to Chinese currency manipulation. They come as other campaign promises lag, including Trump’s ...
  • Opinion: Nunes is out of the Russia probe, and the Susan Rice spin collapses House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif. leaves Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 6, 2017, after a meeting with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. Nunes will temporarily step side from the panel's investigation of Russian meddling in the election because of the complaints. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)(PhatzNewsRoom / WAPO)    —-    President Trump’s wild accusation and the right-wing media’s eagerness to support the claims of the Trump White House, working in cahoots with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), that there was nefarious “unmasking” of Trump associates picked up in surveillance of Russian officials has proved to be a colossal flop. ...
  • Analysis: Experts Say Susan Rice Had Every Right To Request ‘Unmasking’ In Intel Reports Susan Rice NSC(PhatzNewsRoom / Talking Points)    —-    A Monday Bloomberg report alleging that a former top Obama administration official requested the unmasking of U.S. persons tied to the Trump campaign who were swept up in foreign surveillance is not the “smoking gun” that the President’s backers are making it out to be. According to surveillance and national security experts, former Obama national security adviser ...
  • Opinion: Trump’s failing presidency has the GOP in a free fall Sporting an "I Love Trucks" button, President Donald Trump speaks meets with truckers and industry CEOs regarding healthcare, Thursday, March 23, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)(PhatzNewsRoom / WP)    —-    In the aftermath of the GOP health-care debacle came a revealing act of candor. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan admitted that his party, which controls the House, Senate and White House, is not yet a “governing party” because it could not “get 216 people to agree with each other on how ...
  • Analysis: The Trump White House is in deep legal trouble, according to Trump’s own standards Mar-lar-go(PhatzNewsRoom / WP)   —-   President Trump on Friday urged his former top adviser, Michael Flynn, to seek an immunity deal from Congress, after news broke late Thursday that Flynn was seeking such a deal. Trump said Flynn should cut a deal because the entire thing is “a witch hunt” that ostensibly won’t lead anywhere. __ Donald J. Trump ...
  • AP FACT CHECK: Spicer says case closed on Russia. It’s not #trumpWASHINGTON (AP) — The question of collusion between Russian interests and Donald Trump’s campaign is far from answered, despite repeated assertions by the president’s spokesman that it’s case closed. Sean Spicer angrily dismissed inquiries about the matter Tuesday, declaring that “every single person who’s been briefed on this, as I’ve said ad nauseam from this podium ...
  • AP Analysis: Trump’s young presidency perilously adrift First 60WASHINGTON (AP) — Just two months in, Donald Trump’s presidency is perilously adrift. His first major foray into legislating imploded Friday when House Republicans abandoned a White House-backed health care bill, resisting days of cajoling and arm-twisting from Trump himself. Aides who had confidently touted Trump as the deal’s “closer” were left bemoaning the limits of ...
  • Opinion: ‘There’s a Smell of Treason in the Air’ FILE - In this July 17, 2016 file photo, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort talks to reporters on the floor of the Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland as Rick Gates listens at back left. President Donald Trump’s administration remains under scrutiny over potential ties between his associates and Russia in the run-up to the presidential election. Trump has denied knowing that any of his staff had communications with Russian officials during the campaign. But congressional probes are underway, and the FBI is investigating. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)(PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)    —-   The greatest political scandal in American history was not Aaron Burr’s shooting of Alexander Hamilton, and perhaps wasn’t even Watergate. Rather it may have been Richard Nixon’s secret efforts in 1968 to sabotage a U.S. diplomatic effort to end the Vietnam War. Nixon’s initiative, long rumored but confirmed only a few months ...
  • Opinion: All the President’s Lies © Eric Thayer for The New York Times James Comey testifying on Capitol Hill on Monday.(PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)   —-   The ninth week of Donald Trump’s presidency began with the F.B.I. director calling him a liar. The director, the very complicated James Comey, didn’t use the L-word in his congressional testimony Monday. Comey serves at the pleasure of the president, after all. But his meaning was clear as could be. Trump has ...
  • Young Americans: Most see Trump as illegitimate president Graphic shows results of GenForward poll on younger Americans’ attitudes toward Donald Trump and his presidency; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;WASHINGTON (AP) — Jermaine Anderson keeps going back to the same memory of Donald Trump, then a candidate for president of the United States, referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers. “You can’t be saying that (if) you’re the president,” says Anderson, a 21-year-old student from Coconut Creek, Florida. That Trump is undeniably the nation’s ...
  • Opinion: Facts Are Enemies of the People © Al Drago/The New York Times Sean Spicer speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday.(PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)    —-   The U.S. economy added 10.3 million jobs during President Obama’s second term, or 214,000 a month. This brought the official unemployment rate below 5 percent, and a number of indicators suggested that by late last year we were fairly close to full employment. But Donald Trump insisted that the good news ...
  • Trump’s Wiretapping Claims Puncture Veneer of Presidential Civility 07presidents-master768 (PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)   —   WASHINGTON — When last they saw each other six weeks ago after the ceremonial passing of power, President Trump and former President Barack Obama parted with smiles and handshakes. But it did not take long for the surface bonhomie to degenerate into a fierce and public clash unlike any other in ...
  • Analysis: A Conspiracy Theory’s Journey From Talk Radio to Trump’s Twitter The lobby of Trump Tower in New York. President Trump alleged, without evidence, that the Obama administration ordered a wiretap of the building. Credit Todd Heisler/The New York Times (PhatzNewsRoom / NYT)    —-   WASHINGTON — It began at 6 p.m. Thursday as a conspiratorial rant on conservative talk radio: President Barack Obama had used the “instrumentalities of the federal government” to wiretap the Republican seeking to succeed him. This “is the big scandal,” Mark Levin, the host, told his listeners. By Friday morning, the unsubstantiated ...
  • Analysis: I Was a Muslim in Trump’s White House Muslim NSA(PhatzNewsRoom / The Atlantic)    —-   In 2011, I was hired, straight out of college, to work at the White House and eventually the National Security Council. My job there was to promote and protect the best of what my country stands for. I am a hijab-wearing Muslim woman––I was the only hijabi in the West Wing––and ...
  • Trump’s Russia scandal takes an unexpected turn Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at a joint news conference with Moldovan President Igor Dodon in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday accused the outgoing U.S. administration of trying to undermine President-elect Donald Trump by spreading fake allegations. (Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool Photo via AP) (PhatzNewsRoom / MSNBC)    —-    On Friday afternoon, FBI Director James Comey delivered a classified, hour-long briefing to the Senate Intelligence Committee on the Russia scandal, and soon after, the Senate Intelligence Committee sent “formal requests to more than a dozen organizations, agencies and individuals, asking them to preserve all materials related to the committee’s investigation” ...
  • Opinion | Admit it: Trump is unfit to serve Trump interview(PhatzNewsRoom / WP)    —-    Let’s not mumble or whisper about the central issue facing our country: What is this democratic nation to do when the man serving as president of the United States plainly has no business being president of the United States? The Michael Flynn fiasco was the entirely predictable product of the indiscipline, deceit, ...
  • Analysis: Many options for US when investigating Russian ties Flynn NSAWASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to investigating Trump administration ties to Russia, the U.S. government has options. U.S. intelligence agencies and Congress have pledged to probe Russia’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election, and pressure on them to do so has grown after President Donald Trump fired his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, for providing ...
  • AP Analysis: Few good alternatives to Palestinian state FILE -- In this Jan. 20, 2017 file photo, a sign hangs on a building under construction in Jerusalem congratulating U.S. President Donald Trump, who has vowed to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to more controversial Jerusalem. The Trump administration appears to be easing away from longstanding U.S. support for Palestinian statehood as the preferred outcome of Middle East peace efforts, which may please some allies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel. But the alternatives are few, and each comes with daunting and combustible complications, including for Israel itself. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)JERUSALEM (AP) — The Trump administration appears to be easing away from longstanding U.S. support for Palestinian statehood as the preferred outcome of Middle East peace efforts, which may please some allies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel. But the alternatives are few, and each comes with daunting and combustible complications, including for Israel ...
  • Analysis: For GOP, a dimmed zeal for investigations in Trump era Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, flanked by Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, left, and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, join other top House Democrats to say they want an investigation into President Donald Trump's relationship with Russia, including when Trump learned that his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had discussed U.S. sanctions with a Russian diplomat, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)WASHINGTON — The Republicans’ ardor for investigations and oversight, on display throughout the Obama administration, has cooled off considerably with Donald Trump in the White House. Each day seems to bring a new headache or near-crisis from Trump, the latest being the departure of his national security adviser under questionable circumstances involving Russia. Yet if there is ...
  • Exclusive: Alleged mastermind tells Obama 9/11 was America’s fault © AP Photo/www.muslm.net
This undated photo downloaded from the Arabic language Internet site www.muslm.net and purporting to show a man identified by the Internet site as Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the Sep. 11 attacks, is seen in detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.(PhatzNewsRoom / Miami Herald)    —-   MIAMI — The alleged mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks wrote former President Barack Obama in a long suppressed letter that America brought the 9/11 attacks on itself for years of foreign policy that killed innocent people across the world. “It was not we who started the war against you ...
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