Explosive revelations in Russia saga add up to a bad day for Trump

(CNN)It would be hard to think of a more damaging day for a President than one on which his former campaign chairman disappeared behind bars for years to come. But Paul Manafort’s new sentence was the least of Donald Trump’s worries Wednesday as his Russia investigation nightmare took yet another turn for the worse. Both new angles on the Russia intrigue came on the day that a judge added to the prison sentence of Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, after he was snared in Mueller’s investigation. He faces a total of 7.5 years in prison. For the second time in a week, a Manafort attorney emerged from a sentencing hearing and appeared to twist a judge’s words in a way …

Vitriol and deflection: The return of the White House press briefing

Washington (CNN)The only thing worse than the near extinction of press briefings in the Trump White House might be actually having a briefing. “I’m not aware of those specific, uh, checks,” Sanders said. She also couldn’t say when the President will install a permanent defense secretary — at a time when the US remains at war across the globe. “When the President’s ready to make an announcement on that front, he certainly will,” said Sanders, who was preceded at the podium by Acting Budget Director Russell Vought. She dodged answering about claims Trump had tried to use the Justice Department to block the AT&T merger with Time Warner, the parent company of CNN — a possible abuse of power. “I’m …

Sanders plans to weave family story into first major 2020 speech

(CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders at a campaign rally on Saturday will deliver some of his most deeply personal remarks since emerging as a national political figure, according to excerpts provided to CNN by a campaign source. Eli Sanders, his father, came to the United States in the early 1920s, eventually marrying Dorothy Glassberg, the daughter of immigrants. They had two children, older brother Larry, who would become a politician in the United Kingdom, and Bernie, who in 2016 became the first self-identified Jewish candidate to win a major party presidential primary when he defeated Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. Sanders’ mother died decades earlier, shortly after her younger son graduated high school. “Coming from a lower middle class family I will …

Sanders warns against outside intervention in Venezuela, stops short of calling Maduro a ‘dictator’

(CNN)Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday night steered clear of calling Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro a “dictator, ” despite criticizing Maduro’s government for failing to hold democratic elections. Venezuela is in a state of upheaval after opposition leader Juan Guaido was named president of the National Assembly and then, weeks later, declared himself acting president in a dramatic swearing-in before throngs in Caracas. The White House and other Western countries have since recognized him as the legitimate leader of Venezuela — despite Maduro’s grip on the military and other institutions. Maduro’s re-election in May 2018, which Sanders labeled “undemocratic,” was boycotted by many eligible voters. Venezuela holds the world’s largest supply of crude oil, which once seemed to guarantee an endless …

If the 2020 election were today, Trump would lose

Washington (CNN)The 2020 election is 620 days away. Which, according to new state-by-state polling data from Gallup, is a very good thing for President Donald Trump. Which puts a pretty fine point on the challenge facing Trump and his 2020 campaign team between now and November 3. But to put an even FINER point on it — here are just a sampling of the states where Trump’s approval rating is currently below 49%: Texas (41%), Pennsylvania (42%), Michigan (42%) and Florida (43%). Those four states have 103 electoral votes between them. And Trump won ALL of them in 2016.

Roger Stone apologizes to judge for controversial Instagram post

(CNN)Roger Stone formally apologized Monday for his controversial Instagram posts about federal district court Judge Amy Berman Jackson in a letter filed with the court. The photo appears to come from a conspiracy website that features pictures of others, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff against the same background. Stone told CNN a “volunteer” who works on his social media posted the initial Instagram post and the photo was “random,” and not “meant anyway to threaten the judge.” Stone says he “ordered it taken down because it was open to misinterpretation.” Stone wrote in the caption of the second post that his upcoming trial before the judge is a “show trial,” and accused special …

Negotiators say they reached an agreement in principle to avert shutdown

(CNN)Congressional negotiators say they have reached an agreement in principle to avert a partial government shutdown at the end of this week. About 25% of funding for the federal government runs out at the end of the week and a group of bipartisan lawmakers have been meeting for weeks to negotiate over border security as part of the budget for the Department of Homeland Security. In a sign that made it look like a shutdown was increasingly likely, talks broke down over the weekend, but four members of that group — the top Democrat and Republican from both the House and Senate Appropriations committees — kept meeting Monday to try and broker a deal. Asked what was different today than …

Why we shouldn’t underestimate Joe Biden

(CNN)One of the biggest mistakes analysts made in the 2016 Republican primary season was not listening to what voters were telling them. The early polls said Donald Trump had a good chance of winning, but many (including yours truly) decided to dismiss them because they didn’t match with our preconceived notions of what Republicans would want. The top three factors line-up with Biden’s arguments for the nomination pretty much perfectly. More Democrats (26%) said beating Republican President Donald Trump was more important than anything else. That’s not too surprising given that Democrats really don’t like Trump. Biden, of course, will claim (rightly or wrongly) that polls showing him leading Trump by the most of any Democrats demonstrate that he is …

Political world mourns the loss of John Dingell

Washington (CNN)The news of former Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell’s death shook the political world Thursday night as memorials poured in from political leaders spanning his decades as the House’s longest-serving member. Former President Barack Obama mourned Dingell, calling him proof that change “does not always come with a flash, but instead with steady, determined effort.” “John sat beside me when I signed the Affordable Care Act — a law that nearly cut in half the uninsured rate in America. He had a long tradition of introducing legislation on the first day of each new Congress to guarantee health care for every single American,” Obama said in a statement. “Because of him, we’ve come closer to that vision than ever …

Shutdown watch: Negotiators want, and believe they need, an agreement by Friday

Washington (CNN)When it comes to averting another government shutdown over border security, every day that negotiations on Capitol Hill don’t fall apart is a good day. “I am pleased,” Shelby said. “We had a positive meeting. The President was urging me to try to conclude these negotiations. This is the most positive meeting I’ve had in a long time. So we’re not there yet. We’re seriously negotiating.” Timeline: Negotiators want, and believe they need, an agreement by Friday or, at the latest, on Saturday. The absolute latest the full text of any proposal can be released publicly is Monday (in order to comply with the House 72-hour rule). So the general goal from both sides is to reach an agreement …

Roger Stone warns Trump’s presidency is in peril

Washington (CNN)Roger Stone is known for hyperbole, but his latest graphic warning should worry Donald Trump. The indictment of Stone, Trump’s longest serving political adviser, refocused attention on whether Trump and his team crossed legal and ethical lines during an effort to defeat Hillary Clinton in an election that featured a simultaneous Russian meddling operation. The key question for Mueller has always been whether there was a criminal conspiracy by members of Trump’s team to cooperate with Moscow’s bid to make him President. So far, he has offered no proof of such a bombshell finding, in a forest of indictments, court filings, one trial and convictions of people around the President in a probe that appears to be getting ever …

New York Times: Deutsche Bank declined loan request from Trump Organization during 2016 campaign

Washington (CNN)During the 2016 presidential election, then-candidate Donald Trump was not granted a loan from Deutsche Bank following an extensive debate within the ranks of the bank, The New York Times reported on Saturday. “We bought Trump Turnberry without any financing and put tens of millions of dollars of our own money into the renovation, which began in 2014. At no time was any money needed to finance the purchase or the refurbishment of Trump Turnberry.” The New York Times also reported that Troy Gravitt, a Deutsche Bank spokesman, declined comment. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific