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Grand jury hears from lobbyist in Trump Tower chat

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A grand jury used by Special Counsel Robert Mueller has heard secret testimony from a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump’s eldest son, The Associated Press has learned.

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Bombshell stories spur news war with a twist

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Print outlets like The New York Times and Washington Post have developed a mutually beneficial relationship with cable television news over a string of bombshell stories about the Trump administration. It’s a news war with a twist.

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Publicist set up Donald Trump Jr., lawyer meeting

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The Latest on the probes into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia (all times local): 12:05 p.m. A music publicist says he set up a meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump’s eldest son on behalf of a client in Moscow named Emin Agalarov. In a statement to The Associated Press Monday, Rob Goldstone says the lawyer said she had information about purported illegal campaign contributions to the Democratic National Committee that she thought Donald Trump Jr.…

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Analysis: Donald Trump remains unpredictable force among U.S. allies

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On President Donald Trump’s second trip abroad, there were fewer of the bull-in-a-diplomatic-china-shop moments that had solidified European leaders’ skepticism during his maiden overseas tour. Less public berating of allies, no pushing to the front of photo opportunities. But Trump still departed Europe on Saturday in the same position as he started: an unpredictable force on the world stage and an outlier among longtime American partners. For the president’s backers, his posture is the fulfillment of his campaign promise to…

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Activist group targets Republican Dennis Ross for ‘Putin us off’

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Polk County Republican Dennis Ross handily won his Congressional District 15 seat each of the four times he’s been on the ballot since 2010, but Democrats seem particularly energized about challenging him in 2018. As previously reported by FloridaPolitics, no fewer than five Democrats have already filed to run in a primary next year with the winner getting the opportunity to take on Ross in November of 2018. Indivisible East Hillsborough County is an activist group formed after last year’s presidential election. Frustrated by what they say…

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In Donald Trump’s private moments, it’s small talk and compliments

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What do world leaders talk about when they are alone? Not much, it seems. President Donald Trump spent part of his two-day visit to Israel with open microphones nearby, giving the world a small glimpse into his private banter with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu between official appearances. They chatted about paint on the walls, their wives and where to stand during a ceremony. And they exchanged compliments — lots of compliments. This presidential small talk provided just some of…

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Worst treatment ever, Donald Trump grumbles; Dems demand deep probe

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Surrounded by multiplying questions, President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that “no politician in history” has been treated worse. Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against “rushing to judgment.” Ryan said Congress needs to get the facts, but “it is obvious there are some people out there who want to harm the president.” Elijah Cummings, top Democrat on a key House oversight panel, countered that…

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