NY Rep.: If it’s proven Trump directed Cohen payments, would be ‘impeachable offenses’

Washington (CNN)If accusations that President Donald Trump directed his former lawyer Michael Cohen to make illegal hush payments to women who had alleged affairs with Trump prove to be true, New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler said those actions would be impeachable offenses. Trump has denied the affairs and has…

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There’s something VERY fishy going on in North Carolina

(CNN)It’s been nearly a month since the midterm elections, but in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, the search for a winner has only gotten murkier. Cillizza: Let’s start simple: What is the issue with the absentee ballots in Bladen County and what do we know as of right now? Bruno:…

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Irregularities found in second North Carolina county in contested House race

(CNN)A CNN review of absentee ballot envelopes has found irregularities with witness signatures in a second North Carolina county. North Carolina law requires two witnesses to sign the envelopes of the absentee ballots. Usually, those witnesses are family members or friends. Investigators in North Carolina are looking into allegations that…

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Michael Cohen’s lawyers ask for no prison time for their client in sentencing memo

(CNN)Michael Cohen has asked a US judge for no prison time, citing, as he reveals in a new court filing, more details about his conversations with then-candidate Donald Trump about plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow. On Friday morning, Trump defended his business dealings in a tweet, saying his…

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Democrat seeks emergency congressional hearing on potential fraud in North Carolina House race

(CNN)A House Democrat is seeking an emergency hearing Wednesday as investigators in North Carolina probe allegations of election fraud in a congressional race there. Harris’ campaign has denied any knowledge of potentially illegal behavior that took place on his behalf. Wake County District Attorney Lorrin Freeman — who was asked…

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House Democratic priorities in new Congress: Trump tax returns and tackling corruption

Washington (CNN)House Democrats on Friday unveiled the outline for their first legislative push in the new Congress — a bill that would aimed at substantial government reforms on everything from voter rights to campaign finance to ethics requirements in Washington to the documents presidential candidates must hand over when they…

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The smoke around Donald Trump and Russia is choking his presidency

(CNN)NO COLLUSION, Donald Trump will tell you — or, really, anyone — if you ask about the ongoing special counsel investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the possibility that members of the Trump orbit colluded with the Russians to help him win. But, boy oh boy, is…

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Retired justice says he decided to retire after suffering ‘mini-stroke’ during dissent

Washington (CNN)Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that he decided to step down from the court after a “mini-stroke” during his dissent in the Citizens United case, according to The New York Times. “It presents an arbitrary termination point for a justice’s service,” he told the Times. “I…

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GOP strategy on Democratic probes: Resist

(CNN)Republicans are plotting a strategy to vigorously defend President Donald Trump amid a barrage of expected Democratic investigations into the President, with some of Trump’s allies urging the White House to resist cooperating with Democrats at all costs. This week, the GOP will begin filling in key positions that will…

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Young, rich and loyal: Nick Ayers could be Trump’s next chief of staff

Washington (CNN)As President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence prepared to gather for their weekly lunch in August 2017, the President told his staff to add two more plates. As the President considers replacing his chief of staff, Ayers has emerged as a top contender, multiple people familiar with…

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