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Trump once again wants to cut energy assistance to the poor

Trump wants to end heat assistance to poorThe Trump administration is once again calling for the complete elimination of a heating assistance program that helps to keep the homes of low-income families warm. And once again, program supporters are vowing to fight it.

The administration is using the same arguments from a year ago when it tried to abolish the program, saying it's rife with fraud and that no one would be left freezing if the program goes away.


'Something was weird': Inside the Russian effort to bamboozle Florida

Russia's effort to bamboozle Florida

The scathing indictment unsealed Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller outlines a multi-state scheme to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. But the document makes clear that the operation in Florida, the nation’s largest swing state, was in a class by itself.

The indictment is packed with details of how Russian nationals duped Donald Trump campaign volunteers and grass-roots organizations in Florida into holding rallies they organized and helped fund with foreign cash. And Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio himself was a target of an effort to “denigrate” him and several other presidential candidates.


Report: Kushner Requests More Intel Than Other White House Staff Despite No Permanent Security Clearance

Kushner requests more Intel than any other WH staff despite lack of security clearanceWhite House senior adviser Jared Trump has made more requests for classified intelligence information than almost any other member of White House staff, despite not having a final security clearance, The Washington Post reports.

Kushner’s requests for information are surpassed only by staffers on the National Security Council, a source familiar with the matter was quoted as saying. Kushner—whose background investigation has hit several snags and is still ongoing more than a year after he joined the Trump administration—is one of dozens of staffers operating with an interim security clearance.


President Trump's Russia denialism is grounds for impeachment

Mueller indicts 13 Russians, 3 Russian organizationsThe 35 words that make a president: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

The eight words in Article III, Section 3 of the Constitution that define “Treason against the United States": “adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

This is language to remember in light of congressional testimony this week by President Trump's intelligence team.


Mueller levels new claim of bank fraud against Manafort

Manafort levels new charges against Pul ManafortSpecial counsel Robert Mueller’s office has told a federal judge it has found evidence that Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, committed bank fraud not addressed by the indictment last October in which he was charged with money laundering and failure to register as a foreign agent.

As legal wrangling continues over a $10 million bail package for Manafort, prosecutors this week accused him of submitting false information to a bank in connection with one of his mortgages.


Blockbuster Exposé Claims to Show How Donald Trump Kept His Affairs Secret

Karen McDougal and the Plagirl coverupDonald Trump kept his alleged affair with former Playboy Playmate Karen McDougal secret through a complex web of legal arrangements, pay-offs, and secret meetings, according to an explosive new report by Ronan Farrow.

The report—published early Friday morning in The New Yorker—contains McDougal’s first on record comments about the complicated arrangements made to cover up alleged their affair, with the former model saying she now regrets selling the rights to her story to a publisher which never ran it as it's made her “afraid to even mention [Trump's] name.”




VA secretary David Shulkin's chief of staff retiring amid travel report findings

Vivieca Simpson, Shulkin aide, resigns for travel fraudThe third most senior official at the Department of Veterans Affairs is stepping down amid findings she misled ethics officials to secure approval for VA Secretary David Shulkin’s wife to accompany him on taxpayer-funded trip to Europe.

Vivieca Wright Simpson, Shulkin’s chief of staff, told colleagues Friday morning that she is retiring after 32 years at the agency and more than two years as Shulkin's most senior aide.

The announcement came two days after the VA inspector general released recommendations that she be disciplined for doctoring an email to an ethics lawyer to show Shulkin was getting special recognition or an award during the trip to Denmark and London last year, the criteria for clearing his wife’s flights on the public’s dime.


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