Ex-spies weigh in on Russian hacking allegations

March 24, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s campaign and its alleged ties to Russia has been a big part of the political conversation this week. Russia’s interest in the United States is not new. During the Cold War, Russian agents were planted on US soil to spy on the country, and many of them were caught by the FBI. CNN spoke to KGB and FBI agents about the Russia hacking allegations and how espionage has changed over the years. Jack Barsky …

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Schiff: New evidence shows possible Trump-Russia collusion

March 24, 2017

Washington (CNN)The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is claiming that he has been presented with new information on collusion between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia, suggesting “it’s the kind of evidence” that a grand jury investigation would want to consider. Rep. Adam Schiff told CNN Thursday that he had seen additional evidence, but would not specify what it was. “We continue to get new information that, I think, paints a more complete …

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Why maternity and mental health coverage may decide health care bill’s fate

March 23, 2017

(CNN)House GOP leaders are now looking to change an Obamacare provision that guarantees all health insurers cover services such as maternity, mental health and prescription drugs, in hopes of wooing conservative lawmakers to their side. The dramatic shift — which would strike at blow at the heart of Obamacare — comes after conservative Freedom Caucus members lobbied President Donald Trump Wednesday to eliminate the provision, which is not in the current GOP health care plan. …

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Takeaways from day one of the Gorsuch hearings

March 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)Fireworks are expected on day two of the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. On Tuesday, each senator on the Judiciary Committee will get 30 minutes to grill President Donald Trump’s pick. The session is expected to last 10 hours, following a lengthy and telling round of opening statements from senators and Gorsuch. Here’s what we learned Monday and what’s tap for Tuesday: …

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Trump credits his Twitter wrath for Kaepernick’s unemployment

March 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump veered off message Monday night at a campaign-style rally aimed largely at pushing for the Republican health care overhaul to take credit for a completely different issue: keeping former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick out of a job. While talking to the crowd in Louisville, Kentucky, about the nation’s urban communities, Trump swerved in midstream and cited a report that NFL owners were avoiding hiring Kaepernick because they did not …

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Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

(CNN)The bizarre saga of President Donald Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped by President Barack Obama last year reaches a dramatic climax Monday with FBI Director James Comey’s testimony to the House Intelligence Committee. It’s a moment of political theater that could end in humiliation for Trump, with Comey expected to say that there was no wiretapping, debunking allegations that Trump has repeatedly refused to withdraw. The hearing could also shed light on the state of …

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GOP congressman to Trump: Apologize for wiretap claim

March 18, 2017

(CNN)As two US government officials told CNN that a classified Justice Department report to Congress fails to confirm President Donald Trump’s claim of wiretapping by former President Barack Obama, a Republican congressman had one suggestion for Trump: Apologize. During an interview Friday night on CNN’s “OutFront,” Erin Burnett asked Republican Rep. Will Hurd whether Trump owed Obama an apology for the unproven allegation. Hurd replied, “I’m going to quote …

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Why Trump just can’t (and probably won’t) quit the wiretap story

March 18, 2017

Washington (CNN)For nearly two weeks now, President Donald Trump and his aides have floated a conspiracy theory involving President Barack Obama wiretapping then-candidate Trump’s phone lines in his Manhattan office building. Even now, as bipartisan agreement has emerged that no such thing happened, Trump has dug in, leaving Trump aides and allies fumbling for excuses and explanations — like that spying microwaves are apparently a thing, according to White House counselor …

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UN report on Israeli ‘apartheid’ sets off diplomatic fireworks

March 18, 2017

(CNN)Memo to critics of Israel inside the UN system: Prepare to pay a price. The sizeable impact of President Donald Trump’s new administration on the UN reverberated again Friday when an undersecretary-general resigned after a UN agency report said Israel was using apartheid-style practices on Palestinians. The US under Trump has made it quite clear it will defend Israel perhaps more than all other countries at the UN. So when what might have been an obscure report by a small UN group, …

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Dems Say They’ll Help Trump Fix Obamacare If He Stops Trying To Kill It

March 17, 2017

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump, health care failure is not your only option. You can still work with Democrats to repair problems with the Affordable Care Act, top Democratic senators said Thursday. That has led some Republicans, including Trump himself, to suggest in recent days that perhaps the law could collapse on its own, and then Democrats would have to come up with a solution. There is one large problem with the Obamacare death spiral theory, and that is that the recent …

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SXSW gets political: All eyes on Trump

March 17, 2017

Austin, Texas (CNN)President Donald Trump’s name is on everyone’s lips at the 2017 SXSW festival, with performers, experts, advocates and festival-goers weighing in on the 45th president. While it is not overtly partisan, SXSW has historically drawn a generally progressive group of musicians, artists, writers, experts, filmmakers and activists, including Trump’s latest entertainer foe rapper Snoop Dogg, who performed Wednesday night and is set to join artists to advocate for …

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Trump rails against court ruling blocking travel ban

March 17, 2017

Nashville (CNN)President Donald Trump on Wednesday decried a federal judge’s decision to block the travel ban he enacted via a revised executive order as a politically motivated decision that makes the US look “weak” and vowed to take his case to the Supreme Court if necessary. “The order he blocked was a watered-down version of the first order that was also blocked by another judge and should have never been blocked to start with,” Trump said during a rally in …

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Dina Powell to be named deputy national security adviser for strategy

March 16, 2017

(CNN)Dina Powell, President Donald Trump’s senior counselor for economic initiatives, is switching roles at the White House and will named deputy national security adviser for strategy, a senior administration official tells CNN. Powell, a former executive at Goldman Sachs, will work closely with K.T. McFarland, who has been the acting deputy for strategy. Though some national security experts speculated that McFarland would leave following Michael Flynn’s ouster as national …

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North Korea looms over Rex Tillerson’s first Asia trip

March 15, 2017

… Tokyo (CNN) — Tillerson’s most pressing issue in Japan — like the region as a whole — is the growing nuclear threat from North Korea. The country’s provocative leader Kim Jong Un test-fired a ballistic missile during Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit with US President Donald Trump in Florida, the timing of which led some analysts to believe it was a message for Tokyo. Tensions between Japan and the US’ other big ally in the region, …

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