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Obama alums bristle at Stephanie Grisham’s claim that they left ‘you will fail’ notes

Obama White House officials pushed back forcefully on press secretary Stephanie Grisham’s claim that they left disparaging notes for the incoming administration predicting that “you will fail” and “you aren’t going to make it.” A reporter for CNN tweeted out Grisham’s comments, in which she alleged “every office was filled with Obama books and we had notes […]

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Trump’s bluster crashes into a barrage of impeachment facts

The president’s confident, solo style is set to collide with Democratic efforts to publicly expose his actions over Ukraine aid. President Donald Trump has boasted, bullied, bragged, charmed and even lied his way through his first three years as America’s first Twitter president. He prefers to issue major announcements himself over social media, whether policy […]

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Trump rejects offer of written answers from whistleblower

President Donald Trump on Monday rejected an offer by the lawyer for the anonymous whistleblower at the center of House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry to submit written answers to questions from Republican lawmakers. “The Whistleblower gave false information & dealt with corrupt politician Schiff,” Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), […]

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Trump threatens to end federal aid to California in tweets slamming Gov. Gavin Newsom

The president’s renewed criticism came while the state is dealing with a spate of devastating wildfires and power outages. SAN FRANCISCO — Just days after Gov. Gavin Newsom praised the federal government for its response to catastrophic wildfires and power outages affecting millions, President Donald Trump on Sunday slammed the California Democrat — and threatened […]

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Ex-Ukraine ambassador felt threatened by Trump

Depositions from Marie Yovanovitch and Michael McKinley were the first closed-door transcripts to be released by investigators. The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine described to House impeachment investigators a diplomatic corps under siege by President Donald Trump and his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, saying she felt threatened by Trump’s posture toward her, according to a […]

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Trump snubs Jared Kushner’s signature accomplishment

When President Donald Trump huddled with campaign aides in the late spring to discuss his bid for reelection, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner told his father-in-law he should highlight last year’s historic passage of the First Step Act — a sweeping criminal justice reform bill that eluded previous administrations and has earned celebrity support. […]

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Trump heads to N.C. for House special election — and 2020 test run

WEDDINGTON, N.C. — The last, lingering piece of the 2018 election is about to preview the fundamental dynamic shaping the fight for the White House in 2020. Tuesday’s do-over election for a congressional seat marred by allegations of fraud last year, taking place in a Republican-leaning slice of North Carolina, exemplifies the key push-pull of […]

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Trump takes aim at Mark Sanford, his newest GOP challenger

President Donald Trump on Monday trashed former South Carolina governor and congressman Mark Sanford’s newly announced bid for the Republican presidential nomination, dredging up Sanford’s years-old extra-marital affair and mocking his defeat in the 2018 midterm elections. “When the former Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, @MarkSanford, was reported missing, only to then […]