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United States | Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Upcoming Trip to the Middle East

United States – MODERATOR: Thank you and good morning, everyone. Thank you for joining us today for this background call to preview Secretary Pompeo’s upcoming trip to Amman, Cairo, Manama, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, and Kuwait City. We are joined today by [Senior State Department Official One]. He will be referred to as Senior … Continue reading United States | Senior State Department Officials Previewing Secretary Pompeo’s Upcoming Trip to the Middle East

Santa Clara, CA. | STATEMENT: REP. KHANNA ON CNN REPORT: U.S. HAS FUELED THE WAR IN YEMEN

Santa Clara, CA. – In light of new CNN exclusive reporting that found the U.S. has made weapons linked to Yemen deaths since at least 2015, Rep. Khanna issued the below statement: “How can someone look at these photos and continue to support this war in Yemen? While this reporting just confirms what we already … Continue reading Santa Clara, CA. | STATEMENT: REP. KHANNA ON CNN REPORT: U.S. HAS FUELED THE WAR IN YEMEN

LOS ANGELES | Democrat blisters indicted California Rep. Hunter in TV ad

LOS ANGELES — Just days after Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter was indicted by a federal grand jury, his Democratic opponent is trying to make him pay a political price. Democrat Ammar Campa-Najjar’s campaign said it will begin airing a 30-second TV ad Thursday that calls the congressman an embarrassment to the Southern California district. It … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Democrat blisters indicted California Rep. Hunter in TV ad

TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas governor’s aide: Kobach promise on count not enough

TOPEKA, Kan.— A top aide to Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer said Friday that Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s promise to remove himself from further vote counting in their hotly contested Republican primary race is not enough and Kobach must stop advising local officials who’ll do the actual work. Colyer spokesman Kendall Marr reiterated the governor’s … Continue reading TOPEKA, Kan. | Kansas governor’s aide: Kobach promise on count not enough

WASHINGTON | Government seeks to overturn AT&T-Time Warner merger ruling

WASHINGTON— The judge who allowed AT&T’s mega-merger with Time Warner was clearly wrong in concluding the marriage won’t harm consumers, the Trump Justice Department argued Monday in challenging the decision. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon misunderstood the complexities of the booming pay-TV market and the nature of AT&T’s competitors, the department’s antitrust regulators asserted in … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Government seeks to overturn AT&T-Time Warner merger ruling

WASHINGTON | Pressure mounting, former Trump ‘fixer’ turns aggressive

WASHINGTON — The hiring of a Washington insider to be a public attack dog. Tantalizing leaks to the media. Puzzling allegations of actions that could fell a president. Talk of more to come. What is Michael Cohen up to? President Donald Trump’s ex-lawyer has largely stayed out of the spotlight in the months since federal … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Pressure mounting, former Trump ‘fixer’ turns aggressive

WASHINGTON | Trump denies knowing about Trump Tower meeting in advance

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump denied Friday that he knew in advance about a Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 between a Russian lawyer, his eldest son and other aides that had been convened to hear dirt on his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton. Trump tweeted, “NO,” he “did NOT know of the meeting with my … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump denies knowing about Trump Tower meeting in advance

WASHINGTON | White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter from event

WASHINGTON — The White House on Thursday defended its decision to bar a CNN correspondent from attending an open press event but contended it had nothing to do with the questions she asked. Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Kaitlan Collins was denied access to Trump’s Rose Garden event with the European Commission president on … Continue reading WASHINGTON | White House defends decision to bar CNN reporter from event

WASHINGTON | Trump tape a turning point in legal game of cat-and-mouse

WASHINGTON— The sudden public airing of Donald Trump talking about paying for a Playboy model’s silence marks a turning point in the legal game of cat-and-mouse between the president and the lawyer who once promised to take a bullet for Trump but now seems out to save himself. The feud between Trump and his onetime … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump tape a turning point in legal game of cat-and-mouse

LOS ANGELES  | The Latest: Giuliani: Trump didn’t offer to pay cash on tape

LOS ANGELES  — The Latest on recordings of President Donald Trump and his onetime personal attorney (all times local): 8:45 p.m. President Donald Trump’s attorney says he’s had a secret recording of Trump taken by his former personal lawyer enhanced and Trump did not suggest paying cash for the rights to a former Playboy model’s … Continue reading LOS ANGELES  | The Latest: Giuliani: Trump didn’t offer to pay cash on tape

LOS ANGELES | Trump recorded discussing paying for Playboy model’s story

LOS ANGELES— President Donald Trump was recorded by his longtime personal lawyer discussing buying the rights to a Playboy model’s story about an affair she claims she had with Trump and at one point can be heard saying “pay with cash.” The audio, which was secretly recorded in 2016, was provided to CNN by Lanny … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Trump recorded discussing paying for Playboy model’s story

NEW YORK | CNN analyst Josh Campbell writing book on FBI

NEW YORK — CNN analyst and former government agent Josh Campbell is working on a book about the FBI and its battles during the Trump era. Algonquin Books announced Monday that “Crossfire Hurricane: Inside the War On the FBI” will be published in the fall 2019. The book will examine the bureau’s investigation into Russia’s … Continue reading NEW YORK | CNN analyst Josh Campbell writing book on FBI

WASHINGTON | After a week of walkbacks, Trump returns to Russia doubting

WASHINGTON — Capping a week of drama, back tracking, a double negative and blistering statements from allies about his attitude toward Russian election interference, President Donald Trump on Sunday was back to referring to “a big hoax.” Trump spent days trying to reassure the country that he accepts that the longtime foe interfered in the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | After a week of walkbacks, Trump returns to Russia doubting

WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh: Watergate tapes decision may have been wrong

WASHINGTON— Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested several years ago that the unanimous high court ruling in 1974 that forced President Richard Nixon to turn over the Watergate tapes, leading to the end of his presidency, may have been wrongly decided. Kavanaugh was taking part in a roundtable discussion with other lawyers when he said … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Kavanaugh: Watergate tapes decision may have been wrong

NEW YORK | CNN chief Jeff Zucker undergoing heart surgery

NEW YORK— CNN’s top executive, Jeff Zucker, is undergoing heart surgery and will take a six-week leave of absence from running the news network. CNN said Zucker made the announcement to his staff Thursday following a morning editorial meeting. His top deputy, Michael Bass, will be in charge during his absence. The network said Zucker’s … Continue reading NEW YORK | CNN chief Jeff Zucker undergoing heart surgery

BANGKOK | Elon Musk apologizes for calling rescue diver a pedophile

BANGKOK — Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has apologized for calling a British diver involved in the Thailand cave rescue a pedophile, saying he spoke in anger but was wrong to do so. There was no immediate public reaction to Musk’s tweets from diver Vern Unsworth, who in colorful language in a TV interview … Continue reading BANGKOK | Elon Musk apologizes for calling rescue diver a pedophile

WASHINGTON | The Latest: Scaramucci says Trump must ‘reverse course’

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin (all times local): 8:35 a.m. Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci says President Donald Trump must waste no time in disavowing his Helsinki press conference comments, where Trump appeared to doubt U.S. intelligence and accepted Vladimir Putin’s denials of Russian election … Continue reading WASHINGTON | The Latest: Scaramucci says Trump must ‘reverse course’

WASHINGTON | Trump DOJ appealing judge’s OK of AT&T-Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON— Stung by a federal judge’s dismissal of its objections to AT&T’s megamerger with Time Warner, the Trump Justice Department is challenging the decision with a legal appeal. The Justice Department said in a one-sentence document Thursday it is appealing the ruling last month by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, which blessed one of the … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Trump DOJ appealing judge’s OK of AT&T-Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON | GOP lawmakers floated for Trump’s Supreme Court opening

WASHINGTON  — As President Donald Trump considers his next Supreme Court pick, some Republicans in Congress want him to consider pulling from their ranks on Capitol Hill. GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas suggests his conservative ally, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, would be “the single best choice” Trump could make to fill the vacancy. … Continue reading WASHINGTON | GOP lawmakers floated for Trump’s Supreme Court opening

Rally shows free-wheeling, media-bashing Trump here to stay

WASHINGTON/March 11, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — He urged his audience not to jeer North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un while goading the crowd to boo the press. He called an African-American congresswoman a “very low-IQ individual” and bashed the moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” as a “sleeping son of a bitch.” If it wasn’t crystal clear … Continue reading Rally shows free-wheeling, media-bashing Trump here to stay

Why is Ted Cruz _ given name Rafael _ picking on nicknames?

HOUSTON /March 07, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —Sen. Ted Cruz smiled Wednesday when an interviewer raised the obvious point about his deriding an opponent for using a nickname: Cruz uses a nickname too. “You’re absolutely right,” the Texas Republican told CNN. “My name is Rafael Edward Cruz.” Shortly after the polls closed Tuesday in Texas’ first-in-the-nation primary, Cruz … Continue reading Why is Ted Cruz _ given name Rafael _ picking on nicknames?

CNN’s Lemon says he ‘misspoke’ on claim about Fox News

NEW YORK /March 01, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — CNN’s Don Lemon said Thursday that he “misspoke” the night before in an attempt to make a broader point when he claimed that Fox News Channel did not report on White House communications director Hope Hicks’ resignation. Turned out that Fox had, several times — every hour from … Continue reading CNN’s Lemon says he ‘misspoke’ on claim about Fox News

CNN Anchor Jake Tapper Spars with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Over School Massacre

CNN’s Extraordinary Interview on School Shooting Failure of Broward County Sheriff Department (STL.News) As the country grapples with the horror of the mass shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day, many new revelations are raising more questions than answers. A former student, Nikolas Cruz, 19, who had been … Continue reading CNN Anchor Jake Tapper Spars with Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel Over School Massacre

Trump flirts with flashy military parade long eschewed by US

WASHINGTON /February 07, 2018(AP)(STL.News) — For generations, as America’s authoritarian rivals strutted their tanks, troops and jets through main thoroughfares in dramatic displays of strength, the United States watched from afar, but did not emulate. Widely accepted as the world’s mightiest, the U.S. military has no tradition of putting itself on parade like in Russia, … Continue reading Trump flirts with flashy military parade long eschewed by US

The Latest: Jay-Z’s producer discusses Trump’s jab at rapper

NEW YORK /January 28, 2018(AP)(STL.News)— The Latest on the 60th annual Grammy Awards being presented Sunday night in New York (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Jay-Z’s producer says he doesn’t want to enflame tensions between Donald Trump and Jay-Z. No. I.D., who produced Jay-Z’s Grammy-nominated “4:44,” says he hopes the rap legend and Trump are … Continue reading The Latest: Jay-Z’s producer discusses Trump’s jab at rapper

The Latest: Government shutdown will continue into Monday

WASHINGTON/January 21, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) — The Latest on the government shutdown (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The government shutdown will continue into Monday. The Senate will vote at noon on Monday on whether to cut off a Democratic filibuster of legislation to end the government shutdown. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said there is still … Continue reading The Latest: Government shutdown will continue into Monday

Gov’t shutdown deadline nears; Trump says ‘not looking good’

WASHINGTON/January 19, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —The government careened toward shutdown Friday night in a chaotic close to Donald Trump’s first year as president, as Democrats and Republicans preemptively traded blame while still struggling to find some accord before a deadline at the stroke of midnight. The lawmakers and Trump’s White House mounted last-ditch negotiations to stave … Continue reading Gov’t shutdown deadline nears; Trump says ‘not looking good’

If Winfrey runs, CBS News faces potential conflict

PASADENA, Calif./January 9, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —In an odd twist, fellow hosts of “CBS This Morning” turned to their colleague Gayle King — famous friend of Oprah Winfrey — for an interview Tuesday about whether her pal would run for president. If a Winfrey candidacy moves beyond idle chatter, one of the leading figures on a … Continue reading If Winfrey runs, CBS News faces potential conflict

Trump aide, CIA head defend president’s fitness for office

WASHINGTON/January 07, 2018 (AP)(STL.News) —President Donald Trump’s chief policy adviser and a top intelligence official denounced an unflattering new book Sunday that has renewed questions about the commander in chief’s fitness for office. White House aide Stephen Miller, in a combative television appearance, described the book as “nothing but a pile of trash through and through.” CIA … Continue reading Trump aide, CIA head defend president’s fitness for office

Judge won’t tolerate ‘game-playing’ by neo-Nazi site founder

December 28, 2017(AP)(STL.News) —Andrew Anglin, founder of a neo-Nazi website notorious for its racist internet trolling campaigns, has dubiously claimed he lives in Nigeria. A process server swears he recently spotted The Daily Stormer’s publisher at a grocery store in his native Ohio. Anglin’s whereabouts — a key issue in a pair of lawsuits he faces … Continue reading Judge won’t tolerate ‘game-playing’ by neo-Nazi site founder