Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Graham Lanktree
Whiter

Kushner Urged Trump To Fire FBI Director Comey: Reports

President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner urged him to fire former FBI Director James Comey during meetings with other top officials in the lead up to Comey’s dismissal in May. Four people familiar with the discussions confirmed to The Wall Street Journal Tuesday that Kushner pushed for Comey to be replaced.

November 23, 2017
terrorism

Troops View Neo-Nazis As Biggest US Security Threat

White nationalists like those that marched in Charlottesville in August pose a greater danger to America’s national security than conflicts in which the U.S. is fighting the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, say U.S. troops.

October 25, 2017
stephen-bannon

Steve Bannon Is Launching An All-Out Assault On The Republican Party

President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon has vowed to remove establishment Republicans who are critical of the president’s agenda from office. Bannon called on Tennessee Senator Bob Corker—who has quarreled publicly with President Trump over the past week—to resign during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday.

October 11, 2017
Gaslighting

Did Rex Tillerson Call Trump A Moron?

President Donald Trump’s secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, described his boss as a “moron” over the summer as tensions grew between the State Department and White House, according to a report. Tillerson made the comment to other officials after a tense July 20 meeting at the Pentagon with members of the administration’s national security team and Cabinet members, three people familiar with the incident told NBC News Wednesday.

October 5, 2017
Robert Mueller

The Mueller Probe Reportedly Has White House Staffers Freaked

In private, White House officials have said they are afraid their co-workers may be secretly recording their conversations to pass along to Mueller, the investigation’s special counsel, according to a report in The New York Times Sunday. Mueller has hired 17 prosecutors for his investigation looking at whether Trump’s campaign helped Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 election. Among these lawyers are experts in transnational crime and money laundering.

September 19, 2017
Trump, Russia, Media

Trump: Immigrants ‘Slice And Dice’ Beautiful Girls

President Donald Trump compared America to a nation under wartime occupation that needs to be liberated from illegal immigrants during a “Make America Great Again” rally in Ohio Tuesday night.

July 27, 2017
Tillerson

Rex Tillerson Could Quit Trump Admin Before Year End

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is growing increasingly frustrated with the Trump administration and could quit before the year is through, according to reports.

July 24, 2017
mob

Does Trump Jr.’s Admission Prove The President Lied?

Donald Trump Jr.’s admission this weekend that he met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who said she had dirt on his father’s presidential campaign rival Hillary Clinton contradicts claims by the president and his vice president. At the beginning of the year, both U.S. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence maintained that no one from Trump’s campaign had any contact with Russians or Russian officials.

July 10, 2017
Jared Kushner

Trump Jr., Kushner, Manafort Met With Russian Lawyer

U.S. President Donald Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner confirmed late Saturday that they met with a Kremlin-linked lawyer in June 2016 during the election campaign. President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort was also in the meeting, Donald Trump Jr.’s representatives confirmed to the Associated Press Saturday. A spokesperson for Kushner also confirmed the meeting.

July 9, 2017
Trump at the final debate

Trump Ends Tough Talk Against China Over North Korea

U.S. President Donald Trump struck a conciliatory tone with Chinese leader Xi Jinping Saturday despite criticizing China last week for not helping to crack down on North Korea’s nuclear weapons program. The Trump administration and China now intend to move forward with military and security cooperation between the two counties. But President Xi also stressed the importance of talks with North Korea—an idea not embraced by the Trump administration.

July 9, 2017

Trump Explains Why He Chose Billionaire Cabinet

Trump defended his pick of economic adviser Gary Cohn, who was president and chief operating officer of Goldman Sachs from 2006 to 2017. Cohn became a senior adviser despite Trump’s attacks on his rival Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election for getting paid for speaking gigs at the investment bank.

June 22, 2017
Pence not offended by Hamilton cast member's remarks and praises show

Mike Pence’s Private Emails Cost Indiana $100,000

Vice President Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana is paying $100,000 for extra lawyers to tackle a large backlog of records requests targeting government emails Pence sent through his private AOL account as governor. Pence was governor of Indiana for four years before becoming Vice President of the United States in January.

June 19, 2017
Pence, Evangelicals

‘President Pence’ If Trump Fires Mueller: Bush Lawyer

Vice President Mike Pence will soon lead the U.S. if President Donald Trump fires Russia investigation special counsel Robert Mueller, a Bush administration ethics lawyer said Saturday. Trump’s legal team and surrogates are “building a case for firing Mueller,” wrote Richard Painter in a tweet after he appeared on Fox News Saturday.

June 18, 2017
Flynn

White House Ignoring Russia Threat: Former CIA Analyst

A former CIA analyst warns the Trump administration’s approach to Russia’s interference in the 2016 election is comparable to how the the Bush administration treated warnings about Al-Qaeda before 9/11. Russia’s influence and propaganda “is continuing in the United States and across Europe,” said Nada Bakos, a former CIA analyst and targeting officer during an interview on MSNBC ahead of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ testimony Tuesday.

June 16, 2017

New York Attorneys Probe Manafort’s Real Estate Deals

New York state’s attorney general has begun an investigation into the real estate dealings of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to reports.

May 15, 2017