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John McCain slams President Trump's 'most disgraceful' meeting with Vladimir Putin

(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. John McCain issued a damning statement of President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, calling their joint news conference "one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.""The damage inflicted by President Trump's naiveté, egotism, false equivalence, and sympathy for autocrats is…... Read More

Compiling Donald Trump's recent comments on US allies and rivals

(NEW YORK) -- President Donald Trump held a historic meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday in Finland, using some kind words to describe his budding relationship with the world leader.The comments that followed the meeting were the most recent in a string of them stemming from Trump’s interactions with…... Read More

Trump said he trusts the U.S. intelligence community, calls Putin's denial 'strong'

(HELSINKI) -- A(HELSINKI) -- President Donald Trump said he addressed Russia's interference in the U.S. 2016 election and that President Vladmir Putin was "extremely strong" in his denials."I have president Putin, he just said it's not Russia. I will say this. I don't see any reason why it would be,"…... Read More

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page returns to Capitol for second day of grilling

(WASHINGTON) -- Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page returns to Capitol Hill Monday for a second day of questioning from House lawmakers after Republicans called her testimony "credible" as they search for anti-Trump bias in the handling of the Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigations."Lisa Page is a very credible witness and…... Read More

Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler to continue Trump's agenda at EPA after Pruitt's resignation

(WASHINGTON) -- Scott Pruitt's resignation from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) marked the end of a tumultuous time at the agency, but when it comes to policy the new acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler is not expected to change course.Wheeler is expected to continue walking back regulations proposed under the Obama…... Read More

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn appears in court, but still awaits sentencing

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn appeared in court on Tuesday. But the hearing didn’t provide a resolution to the military man’s legal battles, or additional information about his cooperation in the ongoing Russia probe.Instead, today’s roughly 20-minute proceeding was more of a meet and…... Read More

Sen. Ben Sasse calls Putin 'murderer,' says Trump shouldn't meet with Russian president

(NEW YORK) -- Hours before President Donald Trump is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin one American senator made his displeasure known in a string of tweets calling Putin a "murderer," "crook" and "liar."Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., one the more frequent opponents of the president within the GOP,…... Read More

Trump, Putin mocked by Finnish newspaper billboards over freedom of the press

(HELSINKI) -- Finland's largest newspaper is welcoming President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin with a series of billboards ahead of their long-awaited summit -- mocking their notoriously bad relationships with the media with pointed messages of freedom of the press.Nearly 300 billboards -- which preview some of both…... Read More

Ahead of Trump-Putin meeting, lack of preparation leads to low expectations: Source

(HELSINKI, Finland) -- Publicly, President Trump has said that he's been preparing for this summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin his whole life, while admitting at NATO that he expects "just a loose meeting."But privately, a State Department official and a source familiar with preparations says summit planning was so…... Read More

It 'belies common sense' Trump would 'press' Putin about election interference: Democratic Senator

(WASHINGTON) -- A Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said that since President Donald Trump has "believed" President Vladimir Putin's denials that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, it "belies common sense" that Trump "is going to sit down across from Putin and press him hard…... Read More

Former DNC chair to Trump ahead of Helsinki summit: 'Confront Mr. Putin' on election interference

(WASHINGTON) -- The former chair of the Democratic National Committee responded to the latest special counsel indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers accused of hacking into the DNC's server during the 2016 presidential campaign by calling on President Donald Trump to "confront" Vladimir Putin about the allegations at their summit…... Read More

Summit with Trump a win-win proposition for Putin: Experts

(WASHINGTON) -- As Vladimir Putin prepares to meet President Donald Trump Monday in Finland, in Moscow the first summit between the two men is widely seen as tilted in the Russian president's favor -- an opportunity for him to rebalance relations with the U.S. and break out somewhat from the…... Read More

'I find it hard to believe' Putin didn’t know about Russian interference in U.S. election: Bolton

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's top national security adviser said he finds it "hard to believe" Vladimir Putin didn't know about top Russian military intelligence officials' extensive efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election -- efforts the Russian president has repeatedly denied were state sponsored.In an interview for…... Read More

SCOTUS battle highlights red-state Democrats' 2018 dilemma

(WASHINGTON) -- The retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy immediately set off a rush of political jockeying ahead of what promises to be a lengthy and contentious confirmation battle.The most immediate target for Republicans included a familiar list of names, including North Dakota Democrat Heidi Heitkamp. This week the…... Read More