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Putin Ally Wanted Immunity to Testify

“Oleg Deripaska, a Russian oligarch once close to President Trump’s former campaign manager, has offered to cooperate with congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but lawmakers are unwilling to accept his conditions,” the New York Times reports. [...]

Kushner Had Undisclosed Contacts with Russian Envoy

“Jared Kushner had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign,” seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters. “The new information about the two calls as [...]

Kushner Wanted Secret Back Channel to Moscow

“Jared Kushner and Russia’s ambassador to Washington discussed the possibility of setting up a secret and secure communications channel between Trump’s transition team and the Kremlin, using Russian diplomatic facilities in an apparent move to shield their pre-inauguration discussions from [...]

Senate Intelligence Requests Trump Campaign Documents

“The Senate Intelligence Committee, which is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race, has asked President Trump’s political organization to gather and produce all documents, emails and phone records going back to his campaign’s launch in June 2015,” the Washington Post reports. “Dozens of former [...]

Trump Mulls Senior Staff Shake Up

President Trump “is actively discussing major changes in the White House, including a shakeup of his senior team, after spending much of his free time during his overseas trip weighing the Russia investigation and the political crisis it poses for [...]

Trump to Set Up Scandal ‘War Room’

President Trump’s White House “is preparing to establish a ‘war room’ to combat mounting questions about ties between Russia and his presidential campaign… addressing a scandal that has threatened to consume his young presidency,” Reuters reports. “Upon Trump’s return from [...]

Most GOP Voters Thinks Millions Voted Illegally

A new YouGov poll finds that 52% of Republicans “definitely” or “probably” think that millions of illegal votes were cast in the 2016 presidential election.

Life After the Election

New York magazine has a must-read interview with Hillary Clinton: Affection for her campaign staff is one reason Clinton claims she will not point fingers at her own team in assessing her loss. “I will never say anything other than [...]

Rural America Is the New ‘Inner City’

“A Wall Street Journal analysis shows that since the 1990s, sparsely populated counties have replaced large cities as America’s most troubled areas by key measures of socioeconomic well-being—a decline that’s accelerating.” “In terms of poverty, college attainment, teenage births, divorce, [...]

GOP Leaders Concerned About More Leaks

“House GOP leaders have launched an internal review into how someone secretly recorded and leaked audio of a private 2016 leadership meeting in which Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) jokes about how Russia is paying off Donald Trump,” The Hill [...]

Republicans Worry Texas Map May Be Blown Up

Several congressional Republicans told the Texas Tribune they want Gov. Greg Abbott (R) “to call a special session to redraw the Congressional lines. They believe such a maneuver would put their allies in the state legislature in the driver’s seat, circumventing Republicans’ worst [...]

Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

“Respectfully, I’d submit that the president has unearthed some demons. I’ve talked to a number of people about it back home. They say, ‘Well, look, if the president can say whatever, why can’t I say whatever?’ He’s given them license… [...]

Bonus Quote of the Day

“Every time something like Montana happens, Republicans adjust their standards and put an emphasis on team loyalty. They normalize and accept previously unacceptable behavior.” — Conservative former talk show host Charlie Sykes, quoted by the Washington Post.

Trump Angled for Soviet Posting In the 1980s

“Donald Trump, in the mid-1980s, aggressively pursued an official government post to the USSR, according to a Nobel Peace Prize winner with whom Trump interacted at the time,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. Said Bernard Lown: “He already had Russia [...]

Quote of the Day

“I don’t want to be president. I drink red wine. I smoke cigarettes. I golf. I cut my own grass. I iron my own clothes. And I’m not willing to give all that up to be president.” — Former Speaker [...]

Cruz Failed to Disclose Loans from Goldman Sachs

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “improperly accounted for loans he received from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc. during his 2012 campaign, saying the funds were his own personal contributions to the Senate race,” Bloomberg reports. “The finding, released on the [...]

Trump Turns First Foreign Trip Into a Disaster

President Trump “punctured any illusions that he was on a fence-mending tour of Europe, declining to explicitly endorse NATO’s mutual defense pledge and lashing out at fellow members for what he called their ‘chronic underpayments’ to the alliance,” the New [...]

GOP Inherits What Trump Has Wrought

“The darker forces that propelled President Trump’s rise are beginning to frame and define the rest of the Republican Party,” the Washington Post reports. “When GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte assaulted a reporter who had attempted to ask him a [...]

Democrats Gain Ground In Special Elections

Axios: “There have been three special elections in the Trump era, and although Democrats have yet to flip a seat, they’ve gained considerable ground in each compared to results in the general.” “A similar situation unfolded in 2009 when three [...]

GOP Turns Gloomy Over Obamacare Repeal

Politico: “A feeling of pessimism is settling over Senate Republicans as they head into a week-long Memorial Day recess with deeply uncertain prospects for their push to repeal Obamacare. Senators reported that they’ve made little progress on the party’s most [...]

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