Trump isn’t ready to admit neither Mexico nor Congress will pay for his wall

(CNN)It’s not just Mexico that isn’t paying for the wall — Congress isn’t either, apparently. But President Donald Trump isn’t ready to break it to his supporters just yet. In Washington, under the Capitol dome, Republican lawmakers worked diligently with those same Democrats on the kind of institutional Washington compromise that anchors the conventional politics […]

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What Michael Cohen needs to answer for

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer and fixer for the better part of a decade will speak publicly about his experiences with The Donald at a House Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday morning. 1) “What, specifically, did Donald Trump direct you to do when it came to payments made to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy […]

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Bernie Sanders launches second presidential campaign with big fundraising haul

(CNN)After months of deliberation, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders announced Tuesday that he is running for president again in 2020. It will be Sanders’ second consecutive bid for the Democratic nomination after losing to Hillary Clinton in 2016. But in his Tuesday morning email and video announcing his run, Sanders — who described Trump as “a […]

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Michael Cohen named 3 Trump Organization employees who could now face more questions from Congress

Washington (CNN)As Michael Cohen shed new light on the inner workings of President Donald Trump’s family business Wednesday, he rattled off a list of Trump Organization officials who are now likely to face congressional scrutiny of their own. “All you have to do is follow the transcript. There were names that were mentioned, or records […]

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US expected to announce US suspension of landmark INF arms control treaty

(CNN)Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to announce Friday that the US will suspend participation in an arms control treaty with Russia that has been a centerpiece of European security since the Cold War, according to two US officials and multiple diplomatic sources familiar with the matter. The ground-based nuclear tipped cruise missiles covered […]

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The 2020 Democrats are playing nice. For now.

(CNN)The early stages of the 2020 Democratic primary have been more of a lovefest than a slugfest. “When I first made the decision to run, I actually called a number of my colleagues who had either announced or I knew were thinking about announcing to make just that point and to reach out to them,” […]

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Being Beto: How 2020 is shaping up to be the TMI election

(CNN)What lies between a failed Texas Senate run and a possible 2020 presidential bid? TMI. The interviews O’Rourke has offered this week aren’t must-see TV and they’ll never rate like The Apprentice, but behind the tedium of talking to a woman while apparently picking his kid up from sports practice, O’Rourke did accomplish the task […]

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Beto O’Rourke stokes 2020 speculation as supporters urge him to run

Washington (CNN)As Beto O’Rourke weighs whether to run for president in 2020, he and his top aides are carefully keeping alive expectations that he’ll ultimately seek the Democratic nomination. O’Rourke’s camp is feeding the speculation of a presidential campaign in subtle ways — ranging from keeping his email list active to green-lighting public declarations of […]

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Record shutdown is a massive Washington failure

(CNN)President Donald Trump often boasts he’s presiding over a record breaking presidency. The last three weeks have exposed the lack of empathy of a billionaire President who shrugs off the struggles of federal workers who work paycheck to paycheck. Trump is clearly more concerned about a pet political project than his constitutional role of providing […]

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Go ahead, Mitt Romney: Utah Republicans are the most anti-Trump

(CNN)Mitt Romney is the latest Republican to go after President Donald Trump. But there’s one major difference between Romney and most other Trump critics: Romney’s home state. Romney did much better in his Senate bid in Utah than Trump did in his presidential bid in the state. Even after his anti-Trump rhetoric during the 2016 […]

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