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Trump's commerce secretary oversaw Russia deal while at Bank of Cyprus

Bank of Cyprus link to Wilbur RossWilbur Ross, the Trump administration’s new commerce secretary, presided over a deal with a Russian businessman with ties to Vladimir Putin while serving in his previous role as vice-chairman of the Bank of Cyprus.

The transaction raises questions about Ross’s tenure at the Cypriot bank and his ties to politically connected Russian oligarchs. It comes amid confirmation by the FBI that it is investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow to influence the outcome of the presidential election.


Rex Tillerson to attend NATO meeting following rescheduling

TillersonU.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will attend a NATO meeting at the end of March after it was planned he would skip it, officials said.

The State Department announced Tillerson will be present at the meeting on March 31 in Brussels after visiting Ankara, the capital city of Turkey.

On Monday, State Department officials said Tillerson would not attend the meeting, which was originally scheduled for April 5 and 6, due to scheduling conflicts with a planned visit to Russia a week later.


Ex-CIA Director: Mike Flynn and Turkish Officials Discussed Removal of Erdogan Foe From U.S.

Flunn at meeting plotting kidnappingA former director of the Central Intelligence Agency has just revealed that he was at a meeting where Michael Flynn spoke to members of the Turkish government about removing an opponent of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from the U.S. and taking him to Turkey.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that James Woolsey has told them that he attended the meeting on September 19th. At that time, Flynn — the former National Security Adviser who resigned last month over communications with the Russian ambassador — was an adviser to Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign. Woolsey said he was shocked about the topic of the discussion and felt it could be illegal.



RNC paid intel firm for Clinton dirt

RNC paid iontel firm for Clinton dirtAs the general election was taking shape last summer, the Republican National Committee initiated a series of payments to a low-profile firm started by retired Central Intelligence Agency officers that worked closely with an ex-Russian spy.

The payments attracted attention in political and intelligence circles, largely because the Virginia-based firm, Hamilton Trading Group, had particular expertise in Russia, which was emerging as a major campaign issue at the time.


Republicans Pull Obamacare Repeal Bill

Obama care bbill pulledFacing certain defeat on their increasingly doomed healthcare bill, Republican leaders chose to pull it from the floor Friday afternoon rather than watching it die on live television.

President Trump asked House Speaker Paul Ryan to pull it, a House Leadership aide confirmed to The Daily Beast.

A late Thursday rally that brought White House advisers to the Hill to try to convince holdout to back the legislation, gave Republicans some hope that they might be able to squeak by.


Trump: 'I can’t be doing so badly, because I’m president and you’re not'

Trump can't be wrongIn a wide-ranging interview with Time Magazine, President Donald Trump defended his prior controversial statements on wiretapping, voter fraud and an array of other issues, claiming that he has ultimately been proven right time and time again.

“I’m a very instinctual person, but my instinct turns out to be right,” Trump told Time’s Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer in an interview conducted Wednesday and published Thursday morning. “I tend to be right. I’m an instinctual person, I happen to be a person that knows how life works.”


London mayor shuts down Trump Jr. tweet: I have more important things to do

Mayor of London slams Donald Jr.A day after a terror attack in his city left three people dead and as many as 40 wounded, London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he has more important things to do than respond to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr.

Wednesday, President Trump's son tweeted, "You have to be kidding me?!" in response Khan's assertion in 2016 to The Independent newspaper that terror attacks are "part and parcel" of living in a major city.

"I'm not going to respond to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr.," Khan told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. "I've been doing far more important things over the last 24 hours."


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