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White House looks for ways to undermine James Comey’s credibility

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With fired FBI Director James Comey’s highly anticipated congressional testimony just a day away, the White House and its allies are scrambling for ways to offset potential damage. Asked Tuesday about the testimony, President Donald Trump was tight-lipped: “I wish him luck,” he told reporters. Comey’s testimony Thursday before the Senate intelligence committee could expose new details regarding his discussions with Trump about the federal investigation into Russia’s election meddling. Comey could also bring up other aspects of his dealings…

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Donald Trump to James Comey: Better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of talks

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President Donald Trump, in an apparent warning to his fired FBI director, said Friday that James Comey had better hope there are no “tapes” of their conversations. Trump’s tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times that he wasn’t under FBI investigation. “I said, ‘If it’s possible, would you let me know, am I under investigation?’ He said you are not under investigation,” Trump said in an interview Thursday with NBC News. He said the…

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Jeff Sessions spoke with Russian envoy in 2016, Justice Dept says

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions talked twice with Russia’s ambassador to the United States during the presidential campaign, the Justice Department confirmed, communications that spurred calls in Congress for him to recuse himself from an investigation into Russian interference in the U.S. election. Sessions, an early supporter of President Donald Trump‘s candidacy and a policy adviser to the Republican, did not disclose those discussions at his Senate confirmation hearing in January when asked what he would do if “anyone affiliated” with…

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Jeff Sessions: U.S. to continue use of privately run prisons

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government’s continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stocks of major private prison companies rose at the news. Sessions issued a memo replacing one issued last August by Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general at the time. That memo directed the federal Bureau of Prisons to begin reducing and ultimately end its reliance on privately run prisons. It followed a…

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Marijuana reform went 8 for 9 on the ballot; is it at a tipping point?

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After marijuana amendments passed in eight of the nine states where it was on the ballot Tuesday, now nearly a quarter of all Americans live in states where recreational use of marijuana is legal. Voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada approved recreational marijuana amendments last week, giving nearly 50 million more Americans the right to use marijuana. Additionally, Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota voted in favor of medical marijuana amendments, while Montana residents voted to roll back restrictions on…

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Patrick Murphy quick to blast Marco Rubio’s flawed terrorist gun bill, says it ‘accomplishes nothing’

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Democrat Patrick Murphy wasted little time in finding the fatal flaw in a bill by Republican Marco Rubio to prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms, while attempting to protect the rights of lawful gun owners. On Thursday, the Florida senator submitted the “Terror Intelligence Improvement Act of 2016,” which requires federal agencies to flag anyone attempting to buy a gun if he or she has been the subject of a terrorism investigation within the previous 10 years. Murphy, Rubio’s opponent in…

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Man pleads guilty to impersonating senator to erase loan

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A Florida man has pleaded guilty to impersonating a U.S. senator to avoid paying off his home loan. A U.S. Attorney’s Office news release says 67-year-old Sidney Hines pleaded guilty Tuesday in Tampa federal court. He faces up to three years in prison. Court papers say Hines secured a HomeSaver Advance loan of $5,864 for his New Port Richey home in October 2008. Hines reportedly failed to make the payments. Officials say Hines called a collection agency five times between…

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