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Comey reveals he concealed Trump meeting memo from DOJ leaders

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Former FBI Director James Comey revealed in closed-door testimony with House Republicans on Friday that he deliberately concealed an explosive memorandum about his one-on-one Oval Office meeting with President Trump in February 2017 from top Department of Justice officials.

SEVEN HIGHLIGHTS FROM BOMBSHELL DOJ REPORT INTO FBI, DOJ MISCONDUCT DURING CLINTON, RUSSIA PROBES. In a memorandum documenting his phone conversation with Trump on March 30, 2017, about how to "lift the cloud" of the Russia investigation from the White House, Comey wrote, "I called the acting attorney general and relayed the substance of the above and said I was telling him so he could decide what guidance to give me, if any." In a call from the White House that day, Comey wrote that Trump had asked him "several times" to "find a way to get out" to the public that he was not actively under investigation as part of the ongoing federal probe into possible Russia collusion with his team.

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Lame-duck session sees GOP leaders rushing to pass border wall, criminal justice reform

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On criminal justice reform, Republican supporters say the legislation needs to pass this year for fear that Democrats could try to reopen negotiations next year and make it harder to pass the Senate.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., intervened Friday, talking directly to Trump about attaching the criminal justice legislation to the must-pass year-end spending bill, which is already tangled in a separate fight over funds for the border wall with Mexico.

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Source: CBS News

Rubio can't say whether he supports Trump picks for U.N., attorney general

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Sen. Marco Rubio needs more information about President Trump's picks for attorney general and U.N. ambassador before deciding whether to support their nominations, he said on "Face the Nation" Sunday.

Rubio said he wants to meet with both nominees and review their qualifications before saying whether he will vote to confirm them. Barr has made some comments critical of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, and Nauert was a Fox News host with no government experience when she joined the State Department.

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Source: Fox News

Andrew C. McCarthy: Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan US Attorney

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The major takeaway from the 40-page sentencing memorandum filed by federal prosecutors Friday for Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, is this: The president is very likely to be indicted on a charge of violating federal campaign finance laws.

It has been obvious for some time that President Trump is the principal subject of the investigation still being conducted by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

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Source: Reuters

Trump pardon of Manafort would be 'terrible mistake': Senator Rubio

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U.S. President Donald Trump would make a “terrible mistake” if he pardoned his former campaign Chairman Paul Manafort after charges brought as a result of the federal probe into Russian election interference, Republican Senator Marco Rubio said on Sunday. “I just think it would be the wrong thing to do and I think it would be a huge political mistake as well,” Rubio said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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Source: CBS News

Transcript: Sen. John Thune on "Face the Nation," December 9, 2018

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The following is a transcript of the interview with Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota that aired Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, on "Face the Nation."

THUNE: --that, you know, making sure that we defend our borders is a priority for the American people, it should be a priority for the Congress.

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Thune says drawing conclusions about Trump from Cohen case amounts to "mostly speculation"

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Drawing conclusions about President Trump's involvement in a scheme to make illegal payments to women based on federal prosecutors' claims in the case against Michael Cohen amounts to little more than "speculation," Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota told "Face the Nation" Sunday.

Federal prosecutors in New York on Friday said Cohen was acting at Mr. Trump's direction when Cohen illegally paid off two women who claimed they had affairs with Mr. Trump.

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Source: The Guradian

Republicans are undermining democracy state by state

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North Carolina Republicans showed Wisconsin Republicans how to mess with democracy back in December of 2016 when they successfully diminished the powers of the incoming Democratic governor Pat McCrory.

It seems that Republicans officials nationwide from Donald Trump to Mitch McConnell and right down the line don’t have a problem assaulting our democracy if it means holding onto their power. This is not how democracy works, and these maneuvers in Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio and North Carolina are not just power grabs.

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Source: The Guradian

Saturday Night Live: Aquaman sinks, De Niro fishes for laughs … cast flounders

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After Don Jr steps out to take a call from his lawyer, Eric is visited by his “dad’s friend from work”: Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro).

Mincing it up to an awkward degree, Momoa performs a Magic Mike-like dance for the confused miser, showing off his physique and earning hoots and hollers in lieu of laughs. A Christmas Carol has Momoa playing an “extra” spirit who visits the newly penitent Ebenezer Scrooge on Christmas morning.

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Source: CBS News

Rubio reserving judgment on Trump's alleged connection to Cohen case

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Sen. Marco Rubio is reserving judgment on President Trump's alleged connection to the criminal case against former longtime attorney Michael Cohen.

Mr. Trump, asked by reporters Saturday whether he directed Cohen to do anything illegal, responded, "No, no, no.". Rubio did not directly respond when first asked whether he stands by the president after prosecutors suggested Mr. Trump was connected to the crimes to which Cohen has pleaded guilty. "Look, we're a nation of laws," Rubio responded.

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Source: The Guradian

US and Russia ally with Saudi Arabia to water down climate pledge

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The US and Russia have thrown climate talks into disarray by allying with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to water down approval of a landmark report on the need to keep global warming below 1.5C.

As well as acceptance of the report, there are several other potential fights brewing regarding transparency rules for reporting emissions and proposals for wealthy high emitters to provide financial support to poorer nations struggling to adapt.

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Source: The Week

What if Colin Powell had become president?

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Many, though by no means all, conservatives were opposed to this idea (including a youthful version of this writer) because Powell was a pro-choice supporter of affirmative action who had occasionally voted for Democratic presidential candidates (though not the ones who ran against Ronald Reagan or Bush 41).

Powell had been a voice for restraint in both Bush administrations each time such a military intervention was contemplated.

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Source: DW

US the only country not to support UN Refugee Pact

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Ahead of a General Assembly vote next week, all 193 United Nations member nations have expressed support for the Refugee Pact, with one lone hold-out: the United States.

The UN's Migration Pact,which calls for global minimum standards for dealing with economic migrants, has caused political convulsions across Europe with critics contending it would override national law and unleash uncontrolled migration, even though the pact expressly says that states will maintain control over their migration policy.

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Source: The Guradian

Trump 'at center of massive fraud against Americans', top Democrat says

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New court filings show Donald Trump was “at the center of a massive fraud” against the American people, the incoming chair of the House judiciary committee said on Sunday.

“What these indictments and filings show is that the president was at the center of a massive fraud – several massive frauds against the American people,” Nadler said on CNN’s “State of the Union”. Federal prosecutors said in court filings on Friday that Trump directed his then-lawyer, Michael Cohen, to commit two felonies: payments made to women who said they had sex with Trump in return for their silence, in an effort to influence the 2016 election.

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Source: The Guradian

Rubio slams White House on Khashoggi after report Kushner counselled prince

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A day after it was reported that Jared Kushner had counselled Mohammed bin Salman over the fallout from the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Republican senator rebuked the Trump White House when he said: “We don’t need direct evidence that [the Saudi crown prince] ordered the code red on this thing.”

Citing “American officials and a Saudi briefed on their conversations”, the Times said Kushner and Prince Mohammed have “continued to chat informally”. Citing the unnamed Saudi source, the paper said, “Kushner has offered the crown prince advice about how to weather the storm, urging him to resolve his conflicts around the region and avoid further embarrassments”.


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