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Friday, May 26, 2017

Report: Kushner Met Secretly With Russians, Proposed Covert Back Channel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, had at least three previously undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States during and after the 2016 presidential campaign, seven current and former U.S. officials told Reuters.

Those contacts included two phone calls between April and November last year, two of the sources said. By early this year, Kushner had become a focus of the FBI investigation into whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, said two other sources – one current and one former law enforcement official.

Kushner initially had come to the attention of FBI investigators last year as they began scrutinizing former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s connections with Russian officials, the two sources said.…

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In Trump’s Budget, Both Epic Betrayal And Mathematical Fraud

Elect a fraudster to the presidency — remember Trump University and the Trump Foundation? — and he will soon deliver a fraudulent budget. What makes this presidential fraud’s first budget so special is its perpetration of egregious trickery on more than one level, simultaneously.

Aside from defense spending, the Trump budget violates nearly every programmatic promise he made to voters last year. And adding insult to real injuries, he pretends to fulfill his promise to balance the budget with fake numbers.

 Not only are the numbers phony, but they represent the most audacious mathematical con game in a federal budget that anyone in Washington can remember.

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#EndorseThis: Jimmy Kimmel On His Holiness The Trump’s Papal Audience

Donald Trump’s papal visit was mercifully brief but still historic — as Jimmy Kimmel put it, a “holy day, or maybe an a-holey day.”

In their brief conversation, the Holy Father tried to persuade the American president to take up the causes of the poor and the environment. “Unfortunately Trump is only in year 70 of his 100-year deal with the Devil right now,” according to Kimmel, “and it has a no-trade clause…”

That may explain why photos of the Vatican meeting showed a glum Pontiff next to the grinning Trump — a contrast emphasized by rather different pictures of a smiling, happy pope with other world leaders, including Barack Obama and Angela Merkel.…

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