WSJ: National Enquirer publisher David Pecker granted immunity

(CNN)David Pecker, the head of the company that publishes the National Enquirer, was granted immunity in the federal investigation into President Donald Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen in exchange for providing information on hush money deals, according to the Wall Street Journal. In court Tuesday, Cohen said, “I and the…

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The ‘lock her up!’ chant has not aged well, but Trump’s supporters are still using it

(CNN)Hours after his former lawyer and fixer pleaded guilty in a New York court room to campaign finance and tax fraud violations and his former campaign chairman was convicted on eight of 18 counts of tax fraud and other crimes in a Virginia court room, the crowd at President Donald…

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Congress still doesn’t know what Trump said to Putin in Helsinki

Washington (CNN)Congressional lawmakers still know very little about what was said during last month’s one-on-one meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin, a point members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee made very clear Tuesday during a hearing on US relations with Moscow. The ranking Democrat on…

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The conservative case for criminal justice reform

Two conservative scholars explain why tough on crime policies have failed and argue for a new vision for our justice system Conservatism is not a monolith. There is no one way to be a conservative, think like a conservative, or define the conservative outlook. But there are certain bedrock principles…

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Trump welcomes lawsuit over revoking Brennan’s security clearance

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said Monday that he hopes former CIA Director John Brennan will bring forward a lawsuit against the Trump administration for revoking his security clearance last week. Trump revoked Brennan’s security clearance Wednesday, saying Brennan’s history “calls into question his objectivity and credibility.” The President later connected…

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Trump repeats Giuliani defense: ‘Collusion is not a crime’

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Tuesday embraced a line of defense offered by his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, that “collusion is not a crime,” even though he continued to deny any alleged ties between his campaign and Moscow during the 2016 election. Legal experts, however, have repeatedly said that anyone found…

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Suits, cars and real estate: Manafort’s lifestyle put on trial

Alexandria, Virginia (CNN)Prosecutors on Wednesday sought to illustrate Paul Manafort’s expensive taste in suits, cars and real estate — paid for by wire transfers from offshore accounts — while President Donald Trump took to Twitter to sound off on the trial of his former campaign chairman and to attack special…

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U.K. Defense Chief Pitches Post-Brexit Tempest Jet on U.S. Visit

U.K. Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson pitched a strong British military and a new concept fighter jet it’s developing while brushing aside concerns about U.S. President Donald Trump’s rhetoric against NATO during a visit to Washington. Speaking at an event hosted by the Atlantic Council on Tuesday, Williamson said he’d like…

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Pompeo defiant in clash over Trump-Putin summit

Washington (CNN)Bipartisan frustration was on display Wednesday as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle grilled a defiant Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on President Donald Trump’s summits with Russian leader Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing. In what was…

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