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Donald Trump Continues Public Humiliation Of Jeff Sessions, DOJ

Jeff SessionsPresident Donald Trump for the third morning in a row began his day on by criticizing Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Trump questioned Sessions’ decision to keep on acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.  Trump questioned McCabe’s ties to associates of 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, and erroneously said McCabe’s wife received a campaign donation from Clinton.

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Rick Perry Got Punked in a Fake Interview With Russian Pranksters

Rick Perry gets caught in Russian prankEnergy Secretary Rick Perry thought he was talking about cyberhacking and a biofuel breakthrough in a call with Ukraine Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman. Alas, the 22-minute phone call was actually conducted with Russian pranksters.

Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov, who are described as the "Jerky Boys of Russia," have conducted similar prank calls with U.S. Senator John McCain, singer Elton John. They arranged the call with Perry last week, just a few weeks after he had met with Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, and his delegation.

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Anthony Scaramucci surprises White House staffer Michael Short with news of his own impending firing

ScaramucciFreshly minted White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Tuesday told Politico that he intends to fire Assistant Press Secretary Michael Short. Scaramucci's announcement, it seemed, was the first that Short had heard of his own impending firing.

"No one has told me anything and the entire premise is false," Short said, shortly after Scaramucci spoke to Politico.

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Christie's Hiring of FBI Nominee as Bridgegate Attorney Raises Questions

Christopher Wray working for Chris ChristiePresident Trump's nominee for FBI director, Christopher Wray, represented Gov. Chris Christie as his personal, publicly-funded Bridgegate attorney for 11 months before signing a mandatory retainer agreement, according to new documents provided to WNYC through a public records request.

Wray began working for Christie as his personal, publicly-funded attorney, according to bills submitted to the state, in September 2014. But it wasn't until August 2015, 11 months later, that Wray and Christie formally agreed to the arrangement.

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The Trump White House’s War Within

Trump and McMaster go to warLast week, President Donald Trump’s senior Cabinet officials and top national security advisers met for a contentious meeting to finally agree on a new strategy for America’s longest war. After months of wrangling, they would ask Trump for a modest troop increase and a more intense commitment to the seemingly endless struggle in Afghanistan.

But the session of the National Security Council Principals Committee, described by two sources briefed on it as a “s*** show” that featured what a third source, a senior White House official, confirmed was a heated debate where “words were exchanged,” proved no more successful than months’ worth of previous Afghan policy debates.

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Democrats' Better Deal bids to grab Trump's populist mantle

Democrats' Better DealDemocrats have unveiled a populist economic rebrand that seeks to tap into the frustration among working families which swept Donald Trump to power.

Billed as A Better Deal, their plan calls for infrastructure investment, tougher regulation of drug firms and creating new rules on monopolies.

The plan is the start of a "new version of the party", said Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer.  They hope the policy will be a winner in next year's midterm elections.

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Harvard Law professor wonders if Anthony Scaramucci learned his lessons about constitutional law

ScaramucciThe White House’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, isn’t scoring high marks from the school he brags about attending.

A Harvard Law School professor was stunned to see Scaramucci bragging on his national television debut Sunday about getting good grades in his constitutional law course about 30 years ago.

“I was surprised to hear Anthony Scaramucci mention on CNN the A- he received in the constitutional law course he took from me at Harvard in the late 1980s,” Professor Laurence Tribe told the Daily News.

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