Trump isolation growing as business panels dismantled

With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump abruptly dismantled two of his White House business councils Wednesday —an attempt to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump announced the action via tweet, although only after one of the panels had already agreed to disband earlier in the […]

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McConnell ‘anger’ demonstrates GOP’s Trump dilemma

There was a reason why it took Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell an entire night to respond to President Trump’s chaotic news conference equating counter protesters with the Nazis they came to resist. He was livid. Two sources close to the senator, speaking under condition of anonymity to describe private conversations, said the pro-civil rights Republican who lived through the 1960s in […]

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Trump condemns Charlottesville violence but doesn’t single out white nationalists

President Trump is often quick to respond to terrorizing acts of violence. As news broke of a terrorist attack in Paris in November 2015, Trump immediately tweeted that he was praying for “the victims and hostages.”  Very soon after a shooting at an Orlando nightclub in June 2016, Trump tweeted that he was “right on radical Islamic terrorism.” But he […]

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CIA director says Trump’s “fire and fury” warning wasn’t a red line

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said Sunday that President Trump’s “fire and fury” warning to North Korea last week did not represent a new “red line” drawn by the president.”No, I don’t think so at all,” Pompeo told host John Dickerson in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “In fact, this administration has done a fine job of not drawing red lines […]

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Experts Call Trump’s Tax Claim False

President Donald Trump on Thursday repeated his past claim that the American people are the most heavily burdened with taxes in the world, while critiquing Congress for failing to move more quickly on his legislative agenda to cut them. “We pay more tax than anybody in the world, we’re going to reduce taxes,” Trump said from his Bedminster, N.J., golf […]

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Trump warns that U.S. nuclear arsenal is ‘more powerful than ever before’

President Trump continued to forcefully threaten North Korea on Wednesday, asserting that the U.S. nuclear arsenal is “far stronger and more powerful than ever before.” Trump’s projection of U.S. nuclear strength comes during a moment of rhetorical brinkmanship between him and North Korea’s erratic leader, Kim Jong-Un. Trump used extraordinarily chilling language for a U.S. president on Tuesday afternoon when he warned that North […]

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Many Politicians Lie. But Trump Has Elevated the Art of Fabrication

Whit Ayres, a Republican political consultant here, likes to tell his clients that there are “three keys to credibility.” “One, never defend the indefensible,” he says. “Two, never deny the undeniable. And No. 3 is: Never lie.” Would that politicians took his advice. Fabrications have long been a part of American politics. Politicians lie to puff themselves up, to burnish […]

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Graham Warns Trump of ‘Holy Hell to Pay’ if Sessions Fired

A prominent Republican senator warned President Donald Trump Thursday “there will be holy hell to pay” if he fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions and dared the commander-in-chief to “accept the consequences” if he made such a move.Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of the many GOP lawmakers furious over Trump’s escalating attacks on Sessions, let the president know in no uncertain terms […]

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