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    Tasos Katopodis/Getty Numerous reports are confirming what nearly every politically savvy person saw coming: Former President Donald Trump does not think highly of Mark Meadows’ new book and even feels betrayed by his former Chief of Staff. The Chief’s Chief is out on Tuesday, but it has already been a source of the sorts of zazzy headlines that get clicks. Not least of which is the revelation that Trump tested positive BEFORE his first debate with Joe Biden, which came with breathless suggestions that, at worst, he put the future president at risk, and at best, there was no transparency in how the Trump administration covered his bout with Covid. On Friday, The Daily Beast published a story complete with a blaring headline that read “Donald Trump Thought Mark Meadows’ Book Was ‘Fucking Stupid.’” Writing for the Beast, Asawin Suebsaeng and Adam Rawnsley reported: But behind the scenes, despite Meadows seeming to find a way to thread the needle and agree with the former president, Trump’s displeasure toward Meadows this week was volcanic. According to two sources with knowledge of the...
              more   Former President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed former U.S. Senator and Georgia GOP gubernatorial candidate David Perdue. Perdue, arguing he is a better contender to defeat Democrat Stacy Abrams, formally launched a primary challenge against Republican Governor Brian Kemp. “Great to see that David Perdue is running for Governor of Georgia. He is a Conservative fighter who isn’t afraid of the Radical Left, and is the only candidate in Georgia who can beat Stacey “The Hoax” Abrams in November. Brian Kemp has failed Georgia,” Trump said in a statement. Despite Kemp supporting an effort to increase the state’s election security, Trump has remained critical of the incumbent governor. He has slammed Kemp and Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger for certifying the 2020 presidential election results. Trump also endorsed Congressman Jody Hice’s primary challenge against Raffensperger. “Kemp has been a very weak Governor—the liberals and RINOs have run all over him on Election Integrity, and more. Most importantly, he can’t win because the MAGA base—which is enormous—will never vote for him. We need strong leaders who will fight,...
              more   Former President Donald Trump on Monday responded to former U.S. Senator David Perdue launching a Georgia gubernatorial campaign. The campaign, a GOP primary challenge against incumbent Governor Brian Kemp, follows routine attacks from Trump against Kemp. “Wow, it looks like highly respected Senator David Perdue will be running against RINO Brian Kemp for Governor of Georgia. David was a great Senator, and he truly loves his State and his Country. This will be very interesting, and I can’t imagine that Brian Kemp, who has hurt election integrity in Georgia so badly, can do well at the ballot box (unless the election is rigged, of course). He cost us two Senate seats and a Presidential victory in the Great State of Georgia,” Trump said in a statement. Trump has consistently contended that Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Ratffensperger did not protect the state’s election. The contest is likely to grow increasingly negative, despite Kemp and Perdue’s past relationship. Previously, Perdue endorsed Kemp for the position. In a video announcing his candidacy, Perdue claimed that Kemp would not be...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump's grip on the Republican Party is tightening as the 2022 midterm elections approach and GOP candidates launch campaigns at every level of governance -- from school boards to the US Senate -- with hopes of attracting his endorsement and strengthening the anti-democratic movement fueled by his lies about last year's presidential contest.Trump has for years sought to rid his party of any high-profile names who opposed his ascent, questioned his fitness or, in 2020, did the bare minimum of acknowledging his loss to President Joe Biden -- who will face off with Russian President Vladimir Putin, no stranger to systemic undermining of democracies, in a high-stakes Tuesday summit centered on concerns over Russian aggression in Ukraine. As Biden seeks to head off a potentially deadly and destabilizing military incursion in Eastern Europe, Trump and his allies are ramping up their efforts to infiltrate the roots and branches of American democracy. With a new election season on the horizon, the former President and MAGA-friendly organizations are on the offensive, imposing a domestic Trumpification process concerned as much...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The former chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence is cooperating with the House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, according to a person familiar with the matter. Marc Short was at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and accompanied Pence as he fled his post presiding over the Senate and hid from rioters who were calling for his hanging. Short is cooperating with the panel after receiving a subpoena, according to the person, who was granted anonymity to discuss the private interactions. Former President Donald Trump was openly criticizing his vice president even as the insurrectionists broke into the building because Pence had said he would not try to unilaterally reject the electoral count as Congress certified President Joe Biden’s victory. Pence didn’t have the legal power to do so, but Trump pressured him anyway. As Pence’s top aide, Short was also present for several White House meetings ahead of the insurrection. At one point, Trump banned Short from the White House grounds because he objected to the pressure on Pence to...
    Marc Short, a top aide to former Vice President Mike Pence, is cooperating with the House's January 6 select committee.  CNN first reported the development and said Short was subpoenaed by the committee several weeks ago.  Short remains a member of Pence's inner circle and witnessed a number of important events the Democrat-led select committee is investigating, including former President Donald Trump's push to have Pence refuse to certify President Joe Biden's election win.  Marc Short, a top aide to former Vice President Mike Pence, is cooperating with the House's January 6 select committee, CNN first reported Monday The January 6 Capitol attack exposed a break in former President Donald Trump (left) and former Vice President Mike Pence's (right) relationship, after the two politicians stayed in lockstep through most of the administration It's unclear whether Pence gave Short his blessing to cooperate.  One source told CNN that behind-the-scenes the committee is getting 'significant cooperation from Team Pence.'  Short's cooperation is a signal that the investigation is enjoying some 'momentum,' another source told the network.  Neither Short nor the select committee commented...
    (CNN)By any measure, Charlie Baker is one of the most popular governors in the country.In 2018, he won reelection as Massachusetts' chief executive with 67% of the vote and his approval ratings regularly crested 60% -- even amid the worst throes of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.That Baker did so as a Republican in one of the most Democratic states in the country is absolutely remarkable. In anything close to a normal Republican Party, Baker would be one of its stars -- someone touted as a future national leader.Instead, Baker announced late last week that he would not seek reelection next year. And, in so doing, he made clear that while he loved his job, he was far less interested in the prospect of another campaign."We want to focus on recovery, not on the grudge matches political campaigns can devolve into," said Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in a joint statement sent to supporters announcing their plans.Read More THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a...
    By Jamie Gangel, Michael Warren and Ryan Nobles | CNN Marc Short, the former chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, is cooperating with the January 6 committee, a significant development that will give investigators insight from one of the highest-ranking Trump officials, according to three sources with knowledge of the committee’s activities. CNN is also reporting for the first time that the committee subpoenaed Short a few weeks ago. Short remains one of Pence’s closest advisers and is a firsthand witness to many critical events the committee is examining, including what happened to Pence at the Capitol on January 6 and how former President Donald Trump pressured the former vice president not to certify the presidential election that day. Short’s assistance signals a greater openness among Pence’s inner circle. One source told CNN the committee is getting “significant cooperation with Team Pence,” even if the committee has not openly discussed that. Another source told CNN that Short’s help is an example of the “momentum” the investigation is enjoying behind the scenes. Last month, CNN reported that a number...
    Washington (CNN)Marc Short, the former chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, is cooperating with the January 6 committee, a significant development that will give investigators insight from one of the highest-ranking Trump officials, according to three sources with knowledge of the committee's activities.CNN is also reporting for the first time that the committee subpoenaed Short a few weeks ago.Short remains one of Pence's closest advisers and is a firsthand witness to many critical events the committee is examining, including what happened to Pence at the Capitol on January 6 and how former President Donald Trump pressured the former vice president not to certify the presidential election that day. Short's assistance signals a greater openness among Pence's inner circle. One source told CNN the committee is getting "significant cooperation with Team Pence," even if the committee has not openly discussed that. Another source told CNN that Short's help is an example of the "momentum" the investigation is enjoying behind the scenes. Last month, CNN reported that a number of figures close to Pence, including Short, may be willing, either...
    FLAGS are flying at half-mast after former Senator Bob Dole passed away on Sunday from his battle with lung cancer. He left behind a lasting legacy, humor, and wit – even in the face of defeat and unachieved ambitions. 2Former Senator Bob Dole passed away on Sunday after losing his battle with lung cancer Who did Bob Dole run against for the presidency? Bob Dole ran for president three times, but he did not secure a bid from the GOP until 1996 when he became the oldest first-time presidential nominee at 73 years old. Prior to his bid for president, Gerald Ford brought him on as his Vice President running mate in 1976 but lost to Jimmy Carter. Dole announced his retirement from the Senate ahead of the 1995 presidential election, and said he was either “headed for The White House or home.” However, he ultimately lost to Clinton won by an overwhelming 49.2 percent to 40.7 percent, making him the only person in US history to be nominated for both Vice President and President, but not achieve either. Most...
    The publicly traded company that plans to merge with Donald Trump's new social media venture revealed on Monday that it is being investigated by federal regulators. The disclosure came in a filing by Digital World Acquisitions Corp - a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) or 'blank check' company - that said the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and FINRA regulatory agencies had asked for details of stock trading and communications with Trump’s company before the deal was announced. It deals a blow to Trump's plans for an anti-censorship site two days after he announced his Truth Social had raised a further $1 billion in investments. Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for an investigation last month, citing press reports that DWAC had been in talks with Trump since March, before the SPAC went public -possibly in breach of rules. In a filing on Monday, DWAC said it had been asked by FINRA for information about its activities ahead of announcing a merger with Trump's company.  'According to FINRA’s request, the inquiry should not be construed as an indication...
    (CNN)One-time Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and the former President's personal assistant, who were scheduled to be deposed by a congressional committee Monday, have been granted short postponements, a committee aide tells CNN.The depositions were postponed as Flynn and Nicholas Luna "engage" with House select committee's investigation into January 6, the aide said.Flynn was involved in a meeting about how the Trump campaign wanted to promote the lie that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. The committee's interest in Luna, who has been referred to as Trump's "body man," stems from his close proximity to the former President and White House officials.
    Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg endorsed Gino Campana on Monday, contending that the Colorado Senate Republican candidate will “bring true, proven leadership to Washington.” Kellogg, who served as an assistant to former President Donald Trump and National Security Advisor to former Vice President Mike Pence, said: I am pleased to endorse Gino Campana for the United States Senate from the great state of Colorado. I was privileged to work alongside members of his family in the Trump White House. I also know the Centennial State well through my days in the military and in following my brother as he played for the Denver Broncos. [Emphasis added] I have been honored to serve our great Nation both in the US military and four years as an Assistant to the President in the White House as the National Security Advisor to the Vice President. I know leadership and I know what it takes to continue to make America great. Gino has it.  He will be a great United States Senator.  He is a leader, an entrepreneur and someone who has lived the American dream. [Emphasis...
    Bob Dole, former Republican senator and presidential candidate, died on Sunday at the age of 98. WTOP’s Emeritus Capitol Hill Correspondent Dave McConnell remembered his impact on the D.C. region and the country. McConnell reported that Dole was often considered a “hatchet man,” as he produced various tax reforms and Social Security bills while working in federal government. “Dole softened his political persona with friendly jabs and self-deprecating humor,” McConnell said. He described Dole’s Senate success in passing sweeping legislation and his oft discussed loss to former President Bill Clinton — a loss that was often blamed on his “insider status” in Washington. Dole announced in February that he was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He also ascended through Beltway politics during a 36-year career that turned him to a highly influential party leader and legislator. McConnell added that reporters and people enjoyed being with Dole even after he lost his presidential bids, the vice-presidential ticket and went on to support President Donald Trump. “For this reporter, Senator Dole was always approachable, ready with a joke, [and] generally happy...
    Donald Trump has paid a glowing tribute to former Republican Senator Bob Dole after the longtime GOP stalwart died at the age of 98 Sunday morning. Trump praised Dole, who represented Kansas in the United States Senate from 1969 to 1996, as a 'true patriot' upon learning of his passing on Sunday, despite Dole saying he was sick of Trump by the end of the 2020 election race. 'Bob Dole was an American war hero and true patriot for our Nation. He served the Great State of Kansas with honor and the Republican Party was made stronger by his service,' Trump wrote of Dole. 'Our Nation mourns his passing, and our prayers are with Elizabeth and his wonderful family.'    Dole was one of the few members of the traditional GOP establishment to endorse Trump's run for presidency back in 2016, and the only former presidential nominee to attend the Republican National Convention where Trump was nominated.  Donald Trump paid his respects to former Republican Senator Bob Dole, pictured here during Dole's Congressional Gold Medal in 2018, after he died at the age of...
    Following the announcement of former Senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole's passing on Sunday, tributes started to pour in from both sides of the aisle. In a statement, President Joe Biden remembered the times he shared with Dole, who died on Sunday from lung cancer at the age of 98. 'A month after being sworn in as president, one of the first conversations I had with anyone outside the White House was with our dear friends, Bob and Elizabeth Dole, at their home in Washington. 'Bob had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and I was there to offer the same support, love and encouragement that they showed me and Jill when our son Beau battled cancer.  'Like all true friendships, regardless of how much time has passed, we picked up right where we left off, as though it were only yesterday that we were sharing a laugh in the Senate dining room or debating the great issues of the day, often against each other on the Senate floor. 'I saw in his eyes, the same light, brave and determination...
    Former Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), whose defeat in a January runoff election handed the Senate majority to Democrats, is mounting a comeback bid—and his target is his former ally, Gov. Brian Kemp. Perdue will run against Kemp in the Republican primary for Georgia governor next year, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. His move—which was teased for weeks—sets up what could be a historically brutal intraparty struggle. Kemp’s team is hitting hard early, saying that Perdue is only running to “soothe his own bruised ego” after his loss at the hands of Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA). The Perdue-Kemp battle is the next chapter in a dramatic Georgia GOP civil war that has been largely fueled by former President Donald Trump. Trump has not forgiven Kemp for refusing to overturn President Joe Biden’s 2020 win in Georgia; the Journal Constitution reports he is “assured” of winning the former president’s endorsement. The winner is expected to face Democrat Stacey Abrams, who made her own campaign official last week, and will be one of the party’s most formidable candidates in 2022.
    Bob Dole, the longtime U.S. senator from Kansas and 1996 Republican presidential nominee, died Sunday, according to a family statement."Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep. At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years," the statement read. It is with heavy hearts we announce that Senator Robert Joseph Dole died early this morning in his sleep. At his death, at age 98, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 79 years. More information coming soon. #RememberingBobDole pic.twitter.com/57NtGfqtmL— Elizabeth Dole Foundation (@DoleFoundation) December 5, 2021The former GOP leader announced in February that he was diagnosed with an advanced form of lung cancer.Dole, who was seriously wounded during World War II, has suffered a series of health ailments in previous years. In 1991, he received surgery for prostate cancer, received abdominal aortic aneurysm surgery in 2001, was hospitalized in 2005 after a fall in his home and was treated for a leg infection in 2009.In addition to his unsuccessful bid for the White House in...
    Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been tipped to make one more run to be Italy's next president. The 85-year-old media tycoon, infamous for his 'bunga bunga' sex parties, remains Italy's longest serving post war leader, having been in office three times. Despite regular brushes with the law - including being convicted of tax fraud in 2013 - and a number of health concerns, he has previously been referred to as 'the immortal' for his longevity in politics. And now, those within his centre-right Forza Italia party, which he led for more than two decades, are tipping him to make one final run for the top job. Antonio Tajani, the deputy leader of the party told the Sunday Telegraph: 'It would be a dream. 'A lot of us have asked him [to run]. When you bring up the subject with him, he just smiles.' Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been tipped to make one more run to be Italy's next president RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Italy's former PM Silvio Berlusconi, 84, is admitted to......
    Today in History Today is Sunday, Dec. 5, the 339th day of 2021. There are 26 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 5, 1933, national Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment. On this date: In 1791, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna, Austria, at age 35. In 1792, George Washington was reelected president; John Adams was reelected vice president. In 1848, President James K. Polk triggered the Gold Rush of ’49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California. In 1932, German physicist Albert Einstein was granted a visa, making it possible for him to travel to the United States. In 1952, the Great Smog of London descended on the British capital; the unusually thick fog, which contained toxic pollutants, lasted five days and was blamed for causing thousands of deaths. In 1955, the American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to...
    Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited former President Donald Trump weeks after he denied her such a meeting. The meeting between the two Republicans, both of whom are potential contenders in the 2024 presidential election, took place at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, and a source told The Hill it was as "positive." What exactly they discussed is unknown. NIKKI HALEY RIPS BIDEN, HARRIS, AND DEMOCRATS, SEES BIG GOP WINS Haley feuded with Trump publicly following the aftermath of the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. In a feature story in Politico , she blasted the former president for his refusal to concede the 2020 election and suggested he was responsible for the violence. Shortly after those remarks against Trump, he refused to meet with her in February at Mar-a-Largo. Since then, she has worked to make amends with the former president. Haley, who is also a former governor of South Carolina, is widely seen as a potential contender for the 2024 presidential election. In April, Haley said...
    By Michael R. Sisak, Kate Brumback and Jill Colvin | Associated Press NEW YORK — As Donald Trump’s lawyers try to block the White House from releasing records to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the former president faces a flurry of other investigations that could come to a head in the coming weeks and the new year. That includes two major state criminal investigations — one in New York and one in Georgia — and lawsuits concerning sexual assault allegations, a fight over an inheritance and questions of whether he should be held personally liable for inciting the insurrection. Trump has long dismissed the investigations as nothing more than a politically motivated “witch hunt” that began with the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. But while Trump has spent most of his life dodging legal consequences, he is no longer shielded by the protections against indictment enjoyed by sitting presidents. And any charges — which would be the first against a former president in the nation’s history — could affect both his businesses and...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – This Sunday’s Facing South Florida will look back at Congresswoman Carrie Meek. CBS4’s Jim DeFede will devote the entire half-hour to the life and legacy of the former congresswoman. READ MORE: Half Of Fort Lauderdale High-Rises Without SprinklersJim talks with those who knew her best, and visits her home for a conversation with her son, former Congressman Kendrick Meek, as South Florida prepares to pay tribute to the trailblazing representative on Monday and Tuesday, for the celebration of life and funeral. Jim’s guests will include former U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, former U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Rev. Al Sharpton, Former Miami-Dade College President Eduardo Padron and immigration rights advocate Cheryl Little. The show airs at 8:30 a.m., only on CBS4. A homegoing celebration and funeral service will be held next week. Meek passed away last Sunday at the age of 95. Those who knew and admired her say she will long be remembered for her devotion to public service. On Sunday, December 5th, a viewing will be held at Booker T. Washington Senior High...
    On Friday, a federal appeals court in New York heard arguments over whether the Justice Department should take over the defense of former President Donald Trump in the defamation suit by advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who has accused him of raping her in a department store in the late 1990s. One of the pivotal moments of the arguments, according to BuzzFeed News, came when one judge asked Trump's legal counsel how the former president's statements against Carroll were part of his official duties. "In one interview responding to Carroll’s accusation, he was quoted as saying, 'I’ll say it with great respect: Number one, she’s not my type. Number two, it never happened,'" reported Zoe Tillman. "That comment jumped out to Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin, who pressed Trump’s personal attorney Alina Habba to explain why the court should find that making that kind of comment was within Trump’s 'scope of employment' as president. 'Who is he serving when he says something like, ‘she’s not my type?’ Is he serving the United States of America when he makes that statement?'...
    Share this: As Donald Trump’s lawyers try to block the White House from releasing records to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the former president faces a flurry of other investigations that could come to a head in the coming weeks and the new year. That includes two major state criminal investigations — one in New York and one in Georgia — and lawsuits concerning sexual assault allegations, a fight over an inheritance and questions of whether he should be held personally liable for inciting the insurrection. Trump has long dismissed the investigations as nothing more than a politically motivated “witch hunt” that began with the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. But while Trump has spent most of his life dodging legal consequences, he is no longer shielded by the protections against indictment enjoyed by sitting presidents. And any charges — which would be the first against a former president in the nation’s history — could affect both his businesses and his future political prospects as he mulls running for a second term.
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Kids at the Woodland YMCA got a special surprise Thursday night.Former President Barack Obama stopped by the rec center to shoot hoops with youth basketball players. He told them how special that particular location is to his family.The president and former first lady Michelle Obama are in town Thursday and Friday for a series of Obama Foundation events to celebrate the holiday season. They will meet with community leaders on the South Side on a range of issues and how the Obama Foundation and upcoming Obama Presidential Center may work with and help them.Michelle Obama will also meet with CPS high school students, and with a group of adolescent girls to discuss the challenges that lay ahead for them, and how the Obama Foundation can support them.
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Former President Barack Obama surprised 30 Chicago teenagers Thursday at a youth sports worship at the South Side YMCA. Obama joined the teens – ages 14 to 18 – at a youth sports workshop organized by the Chicago Bulls and Obama Foundation Community Partner Pep Rally Takeover. The participants included players from the basketball team at the South Side YMCA, 6330 S. Stony Island Ave., the girls’ basketball team at Simeon Career Academy, and CHAMPS Male Mentoring program. READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Trial: Defense Attorney Calls For Mistrial And Accuses Judge Of Lunging At Her; Judge Denies Claims And Motion President Obama drops by a community event at the South Side YMCA in Chicago, IL on December 2, 2021.Please credit “The Obama Foundation.” The photographs may not be manipulated in any way, and may not be used in commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by the Foundation, President Obama, or Mrs. Obama without the Foundation’s prior written consent. President Obama drops by a community event...
    Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump “intervened in” the Republican primary for Rob Portman’s (R-OH) Senate seat by asking a pro-Trump political group to stop an attack ad against candidate J.D. Vance — fearing the ad may impact his own political future. Political reported Thursday that Trump was upset by the Club for Growth’s ad, which showed Vance, a former Trump critic turned loyalist, insulting the former president. The ad, which ran last month, showed a clip of Vance saying he was a “Never Trump guy” and calling Trump an “idiot.” Trump was so upset with the ad, that he reportedly called Club for Growth President David McIntosh and asked the ads be taken down. Conservative Republican ‘Club For Growth,’ which supported Trump, Roy, Tuberville, Massie, Budd, R.Jackson and others in 2020, releases an ad hammering OH Sen candidate JD Vance the best way possible – simply using his own words. pic.twitter.com/54xqYwtHqx — Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) October 23, 2021 Politico reports: According to three people briefed on the call, Trump told McIntosh the commercials could have...
    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was quick to scuttle Fox News’ president anti-Biden propagandist after he tried to turn today’s news about then-President Donald Trump hiding the results of his positive COVID test barely days before standing on stage with Joe Biden at a Sept. 2020 debate into a story about President Joe Biden’s success in scuttling the pandemic. “There’s a lot of talk about the first Trump-Biden debate today,” Doocy began. “But at the second one in 2021, roughly 220,000 Americans had already died of COVID. Joe Biden said about Trump, ‘anyone who was responsible for that many deaths should not remain as President of the United States of America.’ Is that still the standard now that more Americans have died under President Biden?" “I think the fundamental question here is what are you doing to save lives and protect people?” Psaki responded, with a tinge of anger. “And the former president was suggesting people inject bleach. He apparently, reportedly didn’t even share with people he was going to interact with that he had tested positive for COVID...
    Lamine Diack, the controversial former president of the International Athletics Federation, has died, his family said Friday. He was 88. “Yes, I confirm. My uncle Lamine Diack passed away Thursday to Friday night,“ Awa Diack, niece of the former world athletics boss, confirmed to The Associated Press. Diack was president of the IAAF, now World Athletics, from 1999 to 2015 after holding several political positions in Senegal. Under house arrest in France since November 2015, Diack was sentenced to four years in prison for covering up the payment of bribes by Russian athletes involved in doping cases and the financing by Russia of political campaigns in Senegal. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/hub/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Family says controversial former president of world athletics Lamine Diack has died aged 88. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Taipei, Taiwan (Reuters)Japan and the United States could not stand by if China attacked Taiwan, and Beijing needs to understand this, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Wednesday.Tensions over Chinese-claimed Taiwan have risen as President Xi Jinping seeks to assert his country's sovereignty claims against the democratically ruled island. Taiwan's government says it wants peace, but will defend itself if needed.Speaking virtually to a forum organized by Taiwanese think tank the Institute for National Policy Research, Abe noted the Senkaku islands -- which China calls the Diaoyu Islands -- Sakishima islands and Yonaguni island are a mere 100 kilometers (62 miles) or so away from Taiwan.An armed invasion of Taiwan would be a grave danger to Japan, he added. JUST WATCHEDJapan's defense minister on threat that keeps him up at nightReplayMore Videos ...MUST WATCHJapan's defense minister on threat that keeps him up at night 04:10"A Taiwan emergency is a Japanese emergency, and therefore an emergency for the Japan-U.S. alliance. People in Beijing, President Xi Jinping in particular, should never have a misunderstanding in recognizing this," Abe said.Read MoreJapan...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- "The Countdown" is here to get you caught up with all of the day's political news.You can watch it online, on the ABC7NY app or on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.Today's political headlines:Celebrity surgeon Dr. Oz running for Senate in PennsylvaniaDr. Mehmet Oz, the celebrity heart surgeon best known as the host of TV's Dr. Oz Show after rocketing to fame on Oprah Winfrey's show, announced Tuesday that he is running for Pennsylvania's open U.S. Senate seat as a Republican.Appeals court weighs Trump arguments to withhold recordsA panel of judges on Tuesday questioned whether they had the authority to grant former President Donald Trump's demands and stop the White House from allowing the release of documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection led by Trump's supporters.Mark Meadows, Trump's former chief of staff, cooperating with Jan. 6 committeeMark Meadows, Donald Trump's former chief of staff, is cooperating with a House panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, putting off for now the panel's threat to...
    (CNN)An appeals court hearing Tuesday on former President Donald Trump's claim to keep January 6 documents from his presidency private showed that Trump faces an uphill battle to keep the documents out of the hands of House investigators. The case is before the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, after a federal judge earlier this month declined to halt the release of the Trump documents from the National Archives. President Joe Biden is declining to assert executive privilege on the documents, so Trump is asking the court to consider his assertion of privilege instead. The case touches on some unsettled law around whether a former president can litigate executive privilege claims when the incumbent sides with transparency. And the three judges on the appellate panel -- all Democratic appointees -- signaled that they found some of the case's questions difficult, even as they expressed doubt about Trump's claims. It's nearly guaranteed that, however they rule, the case will end up appealed to the Supreme Court.Here's what to know from the hearing: Read MoreJudges ask why a former president...
    Justin Clark, an attorney for Donald Trump, reportedly struggled on Tuesday after an appeals court judge asked him why the former president has more authority than the current president when it comes to decisions about executive privilege. During a hearing in federal court, Clark argued that Trump should be allowed to invoke executive privilege to prevent the Jan. 6 committee from viewing documents related to the attack on the U.S. Capitol. "Is there a circumstance where the former president ever gets to make this sort of call?" Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson reportedly asked Trump's attorneys. Judge Patricia Ann Millett presented a hypothetical in which the current president needed to use the former president's documents for national security reasons. "Wow. Trump lawyer Justin Clark just stepped in it with Judge Millett," justice correspondent Andrew Feinberg reported. "He's telling her that a former president could sue to stop a current president from using a previous administration's records to conduct foreign policy and national security decision-making." "Clark can't give Millett a situation in which he thinks a court could let a current president...
    By Michael Warren | CNN Dr. Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and television personality, is running for the US Senate in Pennsylvania as a Republican, according to an op-ed published Tuesday in the conservative Washington Examiner. “During the pandemic, I learned that when you mix politics and medicine, you get politics instead of solutions. That’s why I am running for the U.S. Senate: to help fix the problems and to help us heal,” Oz wrote. The 61-year-old Oz will join a Republican primary field that already includes Philadelphia-area businessman (and 2018 lieutenant governor nominee) Jeff Bartos and Carla Sands, who served as US ambassador to Denmark in the Trump administration. Another potential Republican candidate is David McCormick, a former official in the Treasury Department under President George W. Bush. The race in Pennsylvania to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Pat Toomey has been shaken up in recent weeks, primarily by the departure of GOP candidate Sean Parnell, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Oz is an Ohio native who attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. He rose...
    Former President Trump's lawyers asked a U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday to prevent records of his conversations and actions in the run up to the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol being handed to congressional investigators.  But they immediately ran into skeptical questions from a panel of three judges, who wanted to know why a former president got to overrule the wishes of an incumbent.  'Is there a circumstance in which the former president ever gets to make this kind of call, and why should he under these circumstances?' Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, seen as a future Supreme Court nominee for President Biden, asked during the hearing. She said the legislative history showed that in a dispute between incumbent and former president, the incumbent 'gets to decide.' A House investigative committee demanded documents from the National Archives - including visitor logs, phone records and written communications - in August.  Biden has waived the right of executive privilege over hundreds of pages. The result has been a legal back and forth over whether the records are privileged and whether the House...
    Attorneys representing former President Donald Trump argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday that a "handful of documents" should be withheld from the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The dispute stems from the former Republican president's lawsuit against the Jan. 6 select committee and the National Archives, the custodian of his White House records. D.C. Circuit Judges Patricia Millett, Robert Wilkins, and Ketanji Brown Jackson all signaled skepticism toward Trump's arguments but suggested the question "boils down to who decides," Jackson said. "Is it the current occupant of the White House or the former?" Jackson asked. One Trump lawyer, Jesse Binnall, was questioned by the three judges on the panel over whether courts have jurisdiction to hear the former president's claims and actions before the violent riot at the U.S. Capitol Building. The panel also considered that incumbent President Joe Biden has already determined that the House committee could access the materials. But Binnall argued Tuesday that "All three branches of government have acknowledged there is a right of...
    Former Vice President Mike Pence is headed back to New Hampshire as Republicans eyeing a 2024 bid jockey for position in the key early primary states. Pence is parachuting into Manchester on Dec. 8 to raise money for the Republican majority in the New Hampshire Senate, with tickets costing $500 per person or $1,000 for entry into a VIP reception. The former vice president visited the Granite State earlier this year to headline a party fundraiser, part of travel to early presidential primary states that also has taken him to Iowa and South Carolina. Pence launched a political nonprofit organization after leaving the West Wing in January and recently began hosting a podcast. DR. OZ EQUIPPED TO FILL VOID IN PENNSYLVANIA SENATE RACE These moves, and his busy travel and fundraising itinerary, are all part of his effort to prepare to wage a 2024 presidential campaign and mirror moves made by several of his would-be competitors, including Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, among others. Former...
    Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather at the west entrance of the Capitol during a "Stop the Steal" protest outside of the Capitol building in Washington D.C. January 6, 2021.Stephanie Keith | Reuters A skeptical-sounding panel of federal judges grilled lawyers for former President Donald Trump on Tuesday about his bid to block the release of White House communications and other records to the lawmakers investigating the deadly Capitol invasion. Trump had filed the lawsuit against the House select committee that seeks those documents as part of its probe of the riot, when hundreds of Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol and temporarily stopped Congress from confirming President Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 election. Lawyers for Trump argue some of those records should be protected by executive privilege, the doctrine that allows some executive branch communications to be kept confidential. They argue that Trump's assertion of privilege should outweigh the decision of Biden, the incumbent president, to waive privilege over the documents. The lawyers have asked the appeals court to reverse the opinion of a federal judge, who ruled that...
    Senior U.S. intelligence officials worry Iran will not scale back their nuclear program to 2015 Iran Deal levels ahead of another round of negotiations, according to an Axios report. On Monday, the United States, China, and other European powers met with Iranian negotiators in Vienna, Austria, to resume another round of talks regarding Iran’s nuclear program. The Vienna negotiations will be the seventh round of meetings between the countries. According to Axios: Top Biden officials are deeply worried Iran will go too far in its current nuclear development, making it too late to return to the 2015 agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), according to sources familiar with internal administration discussions. Officials are reportedly concerned because Iranian scientists cannot unlearn any knowledge they gain after developing advanced nuclear technology. The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly known as the Iran Deal, was negotiated by the Obama administration, members of the U.N Security Council, and former Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani. However, according to Axios, the new Iranian leader, Ebrahim Raisi, thinks of Rouhanui as “a weak accommodationist who negotiated a...
    'Girl hound' Donald Trump and his 'wingman' Jeffrey Epstein would run wild together at beauty pageants, according to a woman who has accused Trump of sexual abuse. Celebrity make-up artist and former pageant organizer, Jill Harth, claims that Trump attempted to rape and sexually harass her over a five-year period, according to a lawsuit she filed in 1997, which was later dropped. Now speaking for the first time about Epstein and Trump's close friendship, she tells DailyMail.com that they were the 'big cojones' in a group of rich and powerful men who became disturbing fixtures on the pageant scene.  'They were both seducing women with their money. Trump really came off like he was hot stuff. They had no trouble,' she says.  'It was a game to them to catch the girl and see who they were going to hook up with. They were in competition with each other. They were both girl hounds.'  Celebrity make-up artist and former pageant organizer Jill Harth tells DailyMail.com that Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump were close friends who shared a love for women...
    PARIS (AP) — A far-right former TV pundit with multiple hate-speech convictions was poised Tuesday to officially enter the race for France’s presidency, having already shaken it up with his anti-immigration and anti-Islam invective. Eric Zemmour’s supporters said the essayist, who has climbed in the polls despite having no hands-on political experience, would announce his candidacy around midday. The 63-year-old polemist, who is sometimes likened in France to former U.S. President Donald Trump, would be running in the April election against the as-yet undeclared President Emmanuel Macron and a spectrum of other candidates from far-left to far-right. The expected launch would make official a campaign that has been gathering steam for month, but which also stumbled of late — notably after Zemmour raised a middle finger at a woman who did likewise to him last weekend. He later acknowledged on Twitter that the obscene gesture was “very inelegant.” The flash of temper cast fresh doubt on the temperament and presidential credentials of the author and former journalist who has drawn comparison to Trump because of his rabble-rousing populism...
    After a holiday break where he didn’t receive a classified intelligence briefing, President Donald Trump was supposed to get one on Jan. 6, 2021—the day he incited a violent attack on the U.S. Capitol. It didn’t happen. And then he didn’t get one for the rest of his presidency. That unusual stretch where the president didn’t receive a regular classified briefing is recounted in the latest version of a book published and regularly revised by the Central Intelligence Agency, which describes how spies update presidents on national security matters. The situation in the waning days of Trump’s presidency was so uncommon that it actually caused concern among some administration officials that Trump was losing touch with reality, as he was getting unhinged advice on domestic issues from Justice Department attorneys and outside counsel that openly advocated rejecting election results. "There was no certainty that he was getting objective, unbiased information in any other way,” one source familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast. “You couldn’t trust that anybody around him was able to get that information to him in...
              more   Former President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed former State Representative Anthony Kern (R-Glendale) in his campaign for State Senate. Citing his stances on a host of issues and priorities of the former president, Trump awarded his “Complete and Total Endorsement” to Kern. “Former Arizona State Representative Anthony Kern has already forced RINO Senator Paul Boyer out of the race for Arizona State Senate. Anthony is an incredible fighter for Election Integrity, and will bring back honesty to our voting system. He will advocate for America First policies, protect our Second Amendment, fight for strong Borders, Jobs, Great Education, and he supports decertifying the fraudulent 2020 Presidential Election results. Anthony Kern has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump said in a statement. The seat that Kern is running for is currently held by State Senator Paul Boyer (R-Glendale). Boyer, who has received harsh criticism from Trump, announced he will not seek reelection when his current term ends. Boyer has remained critical of the audit of 2.1 million ballots cast in the November 2020 election in Maricopa County. He said, “Who...
              more   Former President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed Arizona State Senator Wendy Rogers (R-Flagstaff) in her campaign for an additional term. Rogers, who has remained a supporter of Trump’s calls to investigate votes through the Maricopa ballot audit, welcomed the endorsement from the former commander-in-chief. “Wendy is a MAGA warrior who loves our Country and listens to her constituents. She has a truly great fighting spirit, is strong on Law and Order, securing our Border, and gun rights. Wendy Rogers has my Complete and Total Endorsement for reelection to the Arizona State Senate because she FIGHTS!” Trump said in a statement. Thank you Mr. President! We LOVE you because you FIGHT. Truly honored. https://t.co/yPyXAHNFK4 — Wendy Rogers (@WendyRogersAZ) November 29, 2021 “Thank you Mr. President! We LOVE you because you FIGHT. Truly honored,” Rogers replied in a tweet. Previously, Rogers was one of several Arizona legislators that called upon Gov. Doug Ducey to declare a state of emergency over the crisis on the U.S. Southern border. “If the Biden-Harris administration does not care about the well-being and safety...
    (CNN)Mitch McConnell would like everyone in the Republican Party to forget all about Donald Trump -- and the last four years."I do think we need to be thinking about the future and not the past," McConnell told CNN's Manu Raju last month when asked about candidates embracing Trump. "I think the American people are focusing on this administration, what it's doing to the country, and it's my hope the '22 election will be a referendum on the performance of the current administration, not a rehash of suggestions about what may have happened in 2020."You'll notice that McConnell didn't say the words "Donald Trump" at all in that quote. In fact, the Senate minority leader appears to be doing his damndest to not ever utter the name of the former President publicly these days.The problem with that strategy? Donald Trump.The former President simply can't stop talking about McConnell. Trump's latest came on the day after Thanksgiving when he did an interview with Fox Business.Read More"It's not infrastructure and we had 19 Republicans voting for it," Trump said of the $1 trillion...