Monday, 23 July 2018

Politics A.M.: ‘NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN,’ Trump tweets in warning to Iran’s Rouhani

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'NEVER, EVER THREATEN THE UNITED STATES AGAIN,' Trump tweets in warning to Iran's Rouhani
The president told Iran to "be cautious" or risk unspecified "consequences." Iran quickly dismissed Trump's threats even as Washington prepares to reimpose sanctions.
Trump again reverses course on Russian interference, calls it 'all a big hoax'
In an evening tweet, the president once more muddied the waters on whether he thinks Russia meddled in the 2016 campaign.
What happened in Helsinki? We still don't know.
"We are witnessing nothing less than the breakdown of American foreign policy," wrote one observer.
'This is not the only tape': Michael Avenatti says there are more secret recordings of Trump
After Stormy Daniels's lawyer makes claims about Michael Cohen, Cohen's attorney says neither he nor his client have cooperated with or provided any information to Avenatti.
Fact Checker • Analysis
Kirstjen Nielsen's claim that U.S. election systems weren't targeted to favor Trump
The Homeland Security secretary left out that Russians apparently gained access to U.S. election systems and stole 500,000 voter records in one state.
Trump creates a summer of discontent for Republican candidates
It doesn't matter what they want to talk about — the freewheeling president gets in the way.
Responding to FISA release, Carter Page calls spying allegations 'ridiculous'
President Trump tweets that the wiretap of Page was politically motivated.
Russian billionaire with U.S. investments backed alleged agent Maria Butina, according to a person familiar with her Senate testimony
Konstantin Nikolaev, a transportation magnate who was in Washington during President Trump's inauguration, was in contact with Butina as she launched a gun rights group.
Air Force fighter jet intercepts small plane near Trump's N.J. golf course
The aircraft was deemed a "non-threat" after law enforcement interviewed the pilot.
Immigration cop shortage and a caution against hiring too quickly
At the end of fiscal 2017, CBP was more than 1,100 officers short, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.
Monkey Cage • Analysis
Has the U.S. reached a 'tipping point' in marijuana legalization?
Voters made Oklahoma the 30th state to allow medical marijuana.
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