Senate Democrats force vote on Trump plan to ease Russia sanctions

Washington (CNN)Senate Republican leaders are facing serious concerns from rank-and-file members about a Democratic bill that would reverse the Trump administration’s plan to ease sanctions on three companies with ties to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close Kremlin ally. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is expected to head to the Capitol…

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Trump’s legal team rebuffed request for Mueller interview in recent weeks

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s legal team rebuffed special counsel Robert Mueller’s request in recent weeks for an in-person session with Trump to ask follow-up questions. And the Trump team appears to have hardened its position. It’s told the Mueller team that prosecutors have no cause to seek follow-up questions in person…

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Trump was warned in Iraq that ISIS was not defeated in Syria

Washington (CNN)Military commanders warned President Donald Trump on December 26 during his surprise visit to Iraq that — despite his claims to the contrary — ISIS was not entirely defeated in Syria. The December discussion occurred inside a tan tent at the al-Asad airbase west of Baghdad and included the…

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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…

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President Bolsonaro should boost Brazils entrepreneurial ecosystem

Romero Rodrigues Trump of the TropicsWhile the jury is still out on Bolsonaro’s impact on Brazilian society at large after being portrayed as the Brazilian Trump by the opposition party, he’s come across as less authoritarian during his first days in office. Since the election, his tone is calmer and…

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Michael Cohen’s big day may not be about Russia

Washington (CNN)The congressional testimony of President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen is already set to be one of the most highly anticipated moments of the new Democratic-controlled House, but those expecting significant public insights into the Russia investigation could be disappointed. Cohen is willing to detail — if asked —…

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Scripted Trump does little to convince skeptics on border wall

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump delivered his scripted response to the deepening Washington stalemate over his border wall on Tuesday night. But when he’s free to tweet and with cameras rolling during a Wednesday morning appearance, America could find out what he really thinks. So, Trump’s Twitter feed and a photo…

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Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, to testify publicly before Congress

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen will testify before the House Oversight Committee, the first major move by House Democrats to haul in a member of Trump’s team connected to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, according to a schedule published by the committee. Cohen cooperated with Mueller’s investigation after…

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