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CNN PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
Trump calls Schiff a 'bad guy,' Democratic memo 'a nothing'
President Donald Trump hit back at top House Intelligence Committee Democrat Adam Schiff in an interview Saturday night, dismissing a Democratic memo on FBI surveillance released earlier in the day as "a nothing."

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PoliticoFeb 25, 2018
Rep. Schiff: 'Not surprised' Trump disses Democratic memo


Washington Post PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
More governors willing to consider gun law changes after Florida shooting
Discussions came as students and grieving families continued to push lawmakers to pass new measures to address the murders of 17 students and faculty members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

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CNN PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
California Democrats deny Sen. Feinstein an endorsement for its primary
As he sought to wrest the California Democratic Party's endorsement away from longtime Sen. Dianne Feinstein, her upstart challenger, Kevin de León, made an impassioned argument to state delegates Saturday that the time had come for a new generation of leadership in the Senate.

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The Daily BeastFeb 25, 2018
Russian Spies Thought Trump Adviser Carter Page Was an ‘Idiot'—But Still Tried to Recruit Him
Sergei Karpukhin/ReutersThe bombshell is in the footnote.

Before the House Intelligence Committee could release its minority report defending the performance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department investigating ties between Trump campaign advisor Carter Page and the Russian intelligence services, large sections were blacked out, ostensibly for security reasons (PDF).

But the core argument still comes through clearly: the FBI had been watching Page as a potential Russian spy since 2013, long before Page was mentioned in the dossier of dirt on the Trump-Russia connection compiled by former British intelligence operative Christopher Steele over the summer and fall of 2016.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



Drudge ReportFeb 25, 2018
White House Legal Team Considers Ways Trump Could Testify Before Mueller...




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Drudge ReportFeb 25, 2018
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BBC PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
Labour wants permanent customs union treaty after Brexit - Starmer
Sir Keir Starmer backs a new customs treaty after Brexit - and warns the PM 'crunch time" is coming.

CNN PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
Sen. Chris Murphy on mass shootings: 'Public policy has failed'
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy said Sunday that the effort to stem mass shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, needs to go beyond focusing on law enforcement and encompass a comprehensive approach to gun control and mental health.

Washington Post PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
Trump just retweeted a fringe radio host who has attacked the Florida school shooting survivors
Wayne Dupree has also called the Sandy Hook shooting a "hoax."

CNN PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
Broward sheriff says he won't resign in face of criticism over Parkland response
Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said Sunday he was "disgusted" an armed school resource officer did not enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as shots rang out and vowed to investigate any other allegation of inaction.

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Drudge ReportFeb 25, 2018
Under Pressure, Sheriff Defends 'Amazing Leadership'...




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New York Times PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
Can South Korea's Leader Turn an Olympic Truce Into a Lasting Peace?
President Moon Jae-in scored a potential diplomatic breakthrough when a senior North Korean official told him that the North was willing to open dialogue with the United States.

CNN PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
As Corker wavers, Blackburn seeks endorsements from his Senate colleagues
Here are the stories our DC insiders are talking about in this week's "Inside Politics" forecast, where you get a glimpse of tomorrow's headlines today.

CNN PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
Read the full transcript of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on 'State of the Union'
JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR: Hello. I'm Jake Tapper in Washington, where the state of our union is still raw in the wake of the tragedy in Florida.

New York Times PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
CPAC Official Says Ex-Republican Chief Was Chosen Because He's ‘a Black Guy'
A spokesman for a conservative group said Michael Steele, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee, was selected for the role because of his race.

CNN PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
Ivanka Trump stands and claps for North and South Korean Olympic Athletes
Ivanka Trump stood up and clapped alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife as North and South Korean athletes entered the 2018 Winter Olympics' closing ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

MSNBC.com: PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
Secret of three popular GOP governors? Don't be like Trump.
Three of the most liberal states in America love their Republican governors. What's going and what can other Republicans learn from it?

New York Times PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
North Korea Is Willing to Talk With U.S., South's Leader Says
The move would be a potential diplomatic victory for President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, who has been urging the two countries to talk.

BBC PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
Brexit: Frank Field and Stella Creasy clash over Labour's Brexit policy
Sarah Smith spoke to Labour MPs Stella Creasy and Frank Field about their party's Brexit stance.

Washington Post PoliticsFeb 25, 2018
Trump bulldozed a Fox News host, showing again why he likes phone interviews
The president couldn't see Jeanine Pirro, so he didn't have to take her cues to stop talking.

Fox PoliticsFeb 24, 2018
Trump talks Dems' memo, guns and border wall in exclusive interview with Fox News
President Donald Trump urged the nation "to all come together" Saturday night as he discussed the Democrats' FISA rebuttal memo, potential new gun legislation and plans for a border wall in an exclusive interview with Fox News.

Fox PoliticsFeb 24, 2018
Dems' rebuttal to GOP FISA memo is released; Trump deems it a 'bust'
President Trump on Saturday dismissed a Democratic rebuttal to a GOP memo outlining government surveillance abuses in the 2016 campaign as a "total political and legal bust," claiming that it only confirms that "terrible things" were done by the nation's intelligence agencies.

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Drudge ReportFeb 24, 2018
Loesch takes starring role for NRA...




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PoliticoFeb 24, 2018
Trump urges national unity, investigation of 'the other side' amid Russia probe


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Washington Post PoliticsFeb 24, 2018
Trump dismisses Democratic memo as a 'BUST' and takes another swipe at the 'Witch Hunt' probing his campaign
The president took to Twitter shortly after the release of a document disputing Republican claims about the surveillance of a Trump campaign aide.

Fox PoliticsFeb 24, 2018
Democrats' FISA memo rebuttal: What's under those black bars?
The House Intelligence Committee on Saturday released a long-awaited Democratic rebuttal to a GOP memo that outlined alleged government surveillance abuses during the 2016 presidential campaign -- a rebuttal that came with heavy redactions.

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Fox PoliticsFeb 24, 2018
CPAC's Schlapp, ex-RNC Chairman Steele have tense exchange over racial comment
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Steele on Saturday challenged CPAC organizer Matt Schlapp over a group spokesman's suggestion that Steele was appointed to lead the RNC only because he is black and about Schlapp's response to the comment.

Drudge ReportFeb 24, 2018
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Drudge ReportFeb 24, 2018
DEMS RELEASE COUNTER-MEMO OVER RUSSIA PROBE...




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The Daily BeastFeb 24, 2018
Danny Trejo on Gun Control and Our ‘Broken' U.S. Prison System
Photo Illustration by Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast"Welcome to the United States of America," says Danny Trejo at the beginning of the documentary Survivor's Guide to Prison. "We call this the land of the free, but this country is home to the largest prison population in the world." The documentary, which hits select theaters this weekend, addresses the failures of the American prison system in part through focusing on two specific cases. Bruce Lisker and Reggie Cole were both accused of and imprisoned for crimes they didn't commit. Lisker served 26 years, and Cole served 16.

For Trejo, the decision to get involved with the documentary was personal. He's been to prison, even faced the death penalty, and has continued to stay involved with efforts to bring awareness to the criminal justice system and to reach out to those mired in the system. Of course, he's also one of the most prolific movie stars of all time, having been in more than a hundred movies after a chance encounter on the set of Runaway Train (1985) got him his first job as an extra.

The Daily Beast spoke to Trejo by phone about the film, as well as his own experiences. Over the last three decades, the actor has built a reputation for playing tough guys (just look at Machete), but in conversation, he's unfailingly open and sincere, particularly when it


The Daily BeastFeb 24, 2018
‘Black Panther' and the Real, Lost Wakandas
MarvelBlack Panther could blow one of history's greatest lies right out of the water.

The movie creates the technically potent black African city state of Wakanda that has somehow evolved without being touched by colonialism. Fantasy, right?

Well, yes, in its comic book inventions it is. But this misses the point about one of the most insidious effects of colonialism in Africa. The whole history of the continent has been rigged by Europeans to suggest that before the arrival of the white man Africans had been incapable of creating any semblance of modern urban civilization.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



CNN PoliticsFeb 24, 2018
GOP governors want to do something on guns. But what?
Republican governors are expressing new openness to restrictions on gun rights -- but the party hasn't coalesced around specific solutions in the days after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.

CNN PoliticsFeb 24, 2018
Former RNC chair responds to comment that he was only elected 'because he's a black guy'
Michael Steele shot back Saturday at a Conservative Political Action Conference official for a racial comment he made about the former Republican National Committee chairman at a dinner Friday night.

Fox PoliticsFeb 24, 2018
What is the Democrats' rebuttal to Nunes' memo? 5 things to know about the document
The White House is reviewing a memo written by Democratic lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee regarding the Russia investigation to determine whether to make it public.

New York Times PoliticsFeb 24, 2018
Over 100 Charges, 19 People and 3 Companies: The Mueller Inquiry, Explained
Since Robert S. Mueller III was appointed as special counsel, he has issued more than 100 criminal counts against 19 people and three companies.

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Yahoo PoliticsFeb 24, 2018
Florida school shooting prompts gun-control rallies
The Feb. 14 rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the latest in a series of deadly shootings at U.S. schools, has spurred unprecedented protests in cities across the country.


New York Times PoliticsFeb 24, 2018
5 Takeaways From the Release of the Democratic Memo
The Democratic memo released on Saturday was written to counter Republican claims that law enforcement officials had abused their powers.

Washington Post PoliticsFeb 24, 2018
After testy call with Trump over border wall, Mexican president shelves plan to visit White House
A Feb. 20 call between the two ended in an impasse over Trump's refusal to drop his demand that Mexico pay for the barrier.

New York Times PoliticsFeb 24, 2018
A List of the Companies Cutting Ties With the N.R.A.
Several companies — including Delta Air Lines and MetLife — have ended partnerships with the National Rifle Association after the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.

CNN PoliticsFeb 24, 2018
Democratic intelligence memo released with redactions
The House Intelligence Committee has released the Democratic memo.

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BBC Talking PointFeb 23, 2018
Brexit: Jeremy Hunt says UK will not stay in customs union
Minister says the UK will find a "different way" to ensure "frictionless trade" after Brexit.

Yahoo PoliticsFeb 23, 2018
As Ivanka visits South Korea, Trump targets the North
President Trump announced that the U.S. was imposing a new round of sanctions taking aim at North Korea, the latest effort to tighten the economic vise in response to the Stalinist regime's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. He announced the sanctions as Ivanka visited the Olympic Games in South Korea.


Washington Post PoliticsFeb 23, 2018
Correctional officers, dad of one who was slain fight Trump's budget plan
The Trump administration's budget request for fiscal 2018 included a decrease of 6,132 Bureau of Prisons slots. The 2019 budget request calls for a decrease of 1,168.

BBC PoliticsFeb 21, 2018
Andrew Gwynne asked about Labour's Brexit policy
Andrew Gwynne is asked about Labour's Brexit policy and how the UK could draw up trade deals with the EU and non-EU states after its 2019 departure.

The Daily BeastFeb 19, 2018
Soviet-Era Spy Claims Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn Was Paid Communist Informer
LONDON—A former spy from Soviet-era Czechoslovakia claims that several hard-Left British politicians—including current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn—were paid up to $15,000 each to hold secret meetings and pass information to Communist agents during the Cold War.

The claims have been dismissed as the fabrications of "a fantasist" by a Labour spokesman, although a newly uncovered dossier first published by The Sun last week showed that Czech intelligence officials had a file detailing their meetings with Corbyn, who they had vetted and listed among their sources and agents.

The Labour leader says he did hold meetings with a Czech diplomat in the 1980s but he denied having any knowledge that the man was linked to Prague's Statni Bezpecnost (StB) intelligence agency. According to translations by The Sun, the 1986 Czech files say Corbyn's attitude to Eastern Bloc countries was "positive" while he was "negative towards USA" as well as "supporting the Soviet peace initiative."

Read more at The Daily Beast.


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