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Is Trump tweeting during the Comey hearing? No, but everyone else is

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Comey said it was odd Trump insisted on having one-on-one meetings with him, clearing everyone else out of the Oval Office before speaking with him on one instance. "I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, so I thought it was really important to document", Comey said. Earlier Wednesday, Trump announced that he planned to nominate Christopher Wray, a former Justice Department official, as Comey's successor. Read More »

Why Matt Barnes Won't Be Happy With Derek Fisher After Alleged DUI

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Fisher was subsequently arrested for DUI. Police then took Fisher into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence without incident. In fact, the SUV that Fisher totaled is registered to Matt Barnes . Fisher refused to back down and they began to argue - and that's when Barnes threw a punch that hit Fisher in the mouth, according to witnesses. Apparently, Barnes bought the auto for Gloria and their two kids. Read More »

James Comey Testifies At Senate Intelligence Committee Hearing

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The former director described a dinner with Trump later in January in which "common sense told him" that the President was looking to make a deal with him. 'I took it as a direction. "I interacted with president Obama". I took it as, this is what he wants me to do. When asked about why Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the FBI's Russian Federation investigation, Comey said he couldn't discuss the meeting in an open setting. Read More »

Pruitt blows smoke over coal jobs and climate

From the 4th quarter of previous year, the coal industry has accounted for two-tenths of one percent of overall USA job growth (adding 2,400 jobs). Also in the world of environmental regulations this week, the Environmental Defense Fund and other health and environmental groups filed a lawsuit in the U.S. Read More »

Trump doubles down on call for 'travel ban'

In a Washington Post article titled "Trump's latest tweets will likely hurt effort to restore travel ban", correspondent Matt Zapotosky notes that the tweets "made clear - despite his own press secretary's past remarks to the contrary - that the executive order is a 'ban, ' not a pause on some sources of immigration or an enhanced vetting system". Read More »

United Nations slaps sanctions on NKorean officials

Pyongyang has carried out 12 ballistic missile tests this year, as it attempts to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the United States mainland. Those measures aimed to cut North Korea's annual export revenue by a quarter. "Countries must also do more to break up North Korean smuggling rings, and cut off the sources of funding North Korea uses to pay for the development of weapons of mass destruction and the means to deliver them", she said in a statement. Read More »

'It's Time Finally to Put America First': Trump Touts New Infrastructure Plan

Trump's constant criticism of America's trade policies was a top reason he won the presidency, appealing to working class voters in the rust-belt states of Pennsylvania, Ohio and MI. He emphasized the need to upgrade inland waterways in rural areas, which he said will receive a significant boost from his $ 1 trillion infrastructure plan . Read More »

Comey details his other phone calls with Trump

He adds he is not suggesting Trump colluded but the discussion should be in private. The President also never told Mr. Comey , "I need loyalty, I expect loyalty" in form or substance. He also described trying to insulate himself and the Federal Bureau of Investigation from political pressure in the weeks before Trump fired him, as the president complained about the Russian probe and labeled it "fake news". Read More »

Trump's approval rating drops to new low

At the same time, his approval rating hit another low in Quinnipiac University's poll, which found out that 57 percent disapproves his job performance. According to results from an ABC News and Washington Post survey, 72 percent Americans do not trust Donald Trump when it comes to commenting on Russian Federation, but 55 percent also do not believe James Comey's words because of his own past controversies such as an overall distrust of the federal government and Hillary Clinton's ... Read More »

Melania Trump readies unforgettable birthday card for husband

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Victor and Amalij Knavs live in the Trump Tower penthouse now with Melania and Barron but will visit often, Politico reports . The 11-year-old will attend St. Melania has made plenty of trips with her husband throughout the first six months of his presidency and is often with him at his West Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago. Read More »

Gator struck, killed by private plane on airport runway

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One alligator put that motto to the test last week when it attacked a plane that was landing, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Local pilot Brad Pierce posted a photo to Facebook on Tuesday , showing the lifeless reptile and explaining the information he was given about the incident. Read More »

France vows to go beyond Paris climate commitments

While we were hindering our economy, three of the world's worst polluters - China, India and Russian Federation - didn't have to make any attempts at reducing emissions until 2030. To this end, legislation is now making its way through the European Union in the form of the Renewable Energy Directive (RED II). Whatever else transpires, modern electronic communication makes it likely that the nation's 70 percent of climate change believers will be more impactful in ensuing elections. Read More »

Things to know about ex-FBI head's James Comey's testimony

In a statement, Schiff said the president's interaction with Comey "represents yet another improper effort to coerce the intelligence agencies to do public relations for the White House and to undermine the independence and integrity of the intelligence community". Read More »

Notre Dame Basketball: Irish to take on Michigan State in ACC/B1G Challenge

The Pack defeated Penn State that year, 84-76. Virginia Tech was 22-11 last season with a 10-8 ACC record and lost to Wisconsin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament . Fifteen of the 28 participating teams competed in the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship: NCAA champion North Carolina; Sweet 16 teams Michigan , Purdue , Wisconsin, as well as early-round participants Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Maryland , Miami, Minnesota , Notre Dame , Northwestern, ... Read More »

Senate Committee Hearing With Intelligence Chiefs

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Trump reportedly asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and the head of the National Security Agency, Adm. Mike Rogers, to state publicly that there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. "From my perspective with the Department of Justice and McCabe also, our default position is when there's a Justice Department investigation, we do not discuss it publicly", Rosenstein said. Read More »

Trump heads to OH to talk infrastructure amid Comey crisis

Trump talked on, speaking about insurance providers pulling out of Obamacare , the Saudi arms deal (including a shoutout to the King of Saudi Arabia, 5 more seconds of hellos), the coal industry, fighting terrorism, and how he's not a big fan of the Democrats in Congress not letting him have his way. Read More »

Consider President Trump's tweets to be 'official statements,' says Spicer

A day after Sessions announced his recusal, Trump gathered his senior aides in the Oval Office for a meeting, during which he fumed about Sessions' decision. Christie, who had been an early endorser of Trump's White House campaign, said Tuesday that that he believes the president's Twitter use sometimes "hasn't been in his best interest", CNN reported . Read More »

Paul Ryan: Not Appropriate for Trump to Ask for Comey's Loyalty

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And if his claims are true, they don't reflect positively upon Trump. The free time could also prompt the president to respond to Comey's testimony on Twitter. Trump said he was "considering ordering me to investigate the alleged incident to prove it didn't happen", Comey writes. "The express discussion of loyalty is disconcerting", and could heighten speculation that the "president was trying to exert some pressure or at least exert some influence over the Russian Federation ... Read More »

What's it like to work alongside James Comey?

The F.B.I. director was in the middle of a ten-year term, which was created to give him some insulation from political pressure, but there was a catch: Trump could still fire him. He met privately with Trump in the Oval Office on February 14, one day after Flynn was sacked. "I had understood the president to be requesting that we drop any investigation of Flynn", said Mr Comey . Read More »

President Trump to Speak in Cincinnati About Infrastructure Projects

Rick Nolan , D-Minn., was exactly the sort of Democrat who should have come over. Once Trump reached the venue for his infrastructure remarks, he again veered off script. "That was a powerful message". Whatever overall plan Trump and the Congress can bolt together to overhaul America's crumbling infrastructure, the results will be anticipated eagerly by Caterpillar Inc. Read More »

Rauner not ruling out signing stopgap budget

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And, the Grand Bargain failed. "Once again, a tragic failure to serve the people of IL". But I know the only way to get a balanced budget is through negotiation and compromise, so I've urged the governor to come back to the table and work through the items he is holding as preconditions to his cooperation on the budget we so desperately need. Read More »

Police search for grandmother after baby dies in attack

A California woman suspected of fatally stabbing her 18-month-old granddaughter and wounding her daughter and another young granddaughter spent almost a decade in a state psychiatric hospital and outpatient treatment program before a jury ruled in 2015 that her sanity had been restored. Read More »

John Oliver Blasts 'F--king Egomaniac' Trump for Leaving Paris Climate Accord

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But this reality-TV personality, real estate tycoon turned politician will go down in history as America's worst president. Amid furious worldwide criticism of Mr Trump's decision last Thursday to quit the Paris climate agreement , White House spokesmen have refused to say whether the US President even believed the climate was changing. Read More »

How to watch James Comey's Senate committee testimony

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A look at their face-offs - in Trump Tower, the Oval Office and White House Green Room - told from Comey's side of the conversations, as bit players pop in and out, the grandfather clock ticks off the minutes in the Oval Office, and Comey wishes never to be alone with the president again. Read More »

NPR's Live coverage of Comey hearing

I have never felt pressure to intervene or interfere in any way with shaping intelligence in a political way or in relationship to an ongoing investigation. The Senate committee is looking into the circumstances around Comey's dismissal and how they relate to the FBI investigation of Russian interference in the USA election . Read More »

Comey's caution to meet Trump's tweets in Russia hearing

Apparently the meeting with Trump had left him gravely disconcerted, although he did not reveal the circumstances of the meeting. It's during that conversation, Comey states, that Trump brought up Flynn. Comey was sacked May 9. While the dossier contained information that "was salacious and unverified", the intelligence community felt Trump had a right to know. Read More »

House Democrats launch longshot bid to impeach Trump

Sherman, who only became vocal on the matter Wednesday, told reporters, "I'm not going to be deterred". "The firing, coupled with the statement, indicated that the president meant to do what he did". Talk of a Trump impeachment began circulating before POTUS No. 45 was even inaugurated, but until now, it's been fairly low key among politicians. In fact, Democratic leaders in D.C. Read More »

Christopher Wray Is Trump's Nominee To Be The New FBI Director

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Experts say the most damning statement in Comey's written testimony concerns former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn , who was under investigation for making false statements about contacts with Russian officials. About two weeks later, Comey said, Trump called and asked what was being done to underscore that he himself was not under investigation. Former FBI Director James Comey's "statement for the record " - released in advance of his testimony on Thursday to the ... Read More »

Kansas legislators abandon Brownback's tax experiment

You're welcome, America. Our state, Kansas , just wrapped up a 5-year long experiment in governance from which the other 49 states can now glean some important lessons. House Veto Override Vote is close, but it will pass. Laura Kelly and Anthony Hensley, both Topeka Democrats; Reps. Conservative Republicans in the Legislature who sought a resolution relying primarily on spending reductions to fill a projected two-year deficit of almost $900 million delivered rousing speeches but never ... Read More »