by on Yesterday, 1:32 pm
The GOP leader who defended his decision to host the far-right group Proud Boys at his political club Friday also works for a Brooklyn Republican lawmaker who will not return calls about the event. The Chairman of the Metropolitan Republican Club, Ian Reilly, received at least 13 payments of $605.05 from State Sen. Marty Golden’s senatorial campaign fund between July 24 and the 26th of September, according to the New York State Board of Elections. All payments are listed as wages on the s...
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by on October 11, 2018
A team of computer scientists sifted through records of unusual Web traffic in search of answers. A set of cryptic data has inspired a years-long argument over its meaning. In June, 2016, after news broke that the Democratic National Committee had been hacked, a group of prominent computer scientists went on alert. Reports said that the infiltrators were probably Russian, which suggested to most members of the group that one of the country’s intelligence agencies had been involved. The...
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by on October 3, 2018
With an expanded FBI investigation in full swing, and Mitch McConnell still predicting a Senate floor vote later this week, one would think that the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation to the Supreme Court is more a sure thing than not — barring, of course, a bombshell revelation adding credence to the accusations of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez. No drinking buds But it’s not a slam dunk yet. The questions about Kavanaugh’s high school and college drinking may, ironically, turn o...
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by on September 28, 2018
Relive the 'she said, he said' of the Kavanaugh hearing The American Bar Association is calling on the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt the consideration of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until an FBI investigation is completed into the sexual assault allegations that have roiled his nomination. In a strongly worded letter obtained by CNN Thursday, the organization said it is making the extraordinary request "because of the ABA's respect for the ru...
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by on September 16, 2018
Not trained in screenshots. The Massachusetts State Police Department tweeted a screenshot of a computer monitorThursday to help illustrate the extent of a series of gas explosions and fires that had occurred throughout Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, Massachusetts. One person has died and about 20 more are injured, according to WBUR, Boston’s public radio station. The screenshot of a browser, which has now been deleted, included a map of the affected area, an update on the numbe...
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by on September 14, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election as part of a plea deal, prosecutors said on Friday. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gives a thumbs up as his campaign chairman Paul Manafort looks on during Trump's walk through at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, U.S., July 21, 2016. Manafort, 69, pleaded guilty in federal...
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by on September 7, 2018
The 25th Amendment defines what happens if a president is ‘unable’ to discharge his duties. A stunning, unsigned op-ed in The New York Times reported on Sept. 5 that members of President Donald Trump’s Cabinet discussed removing him from power by using the 25th Amendment, but decided against it to avoid causing a “constitutional crisis.” As a law professor who studies the presidency, I have written extensively on the 25th Amendment. Interest in this form of presidential removal may ...
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by on August 28, 2018
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan (left) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), both top Trump allies, are taking breaks from their August recess to lead a closed-door interview Tuesday with Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, who was demoted earlier this year amid growing scrutiny from conservatives. First the spotlight was on Jim Comey and Andrew McCabe, then Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Now, Republicans — intent on proving that political bias is behind the sprawling investigation of President Donal...
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by on August 27, 2018
They’re the ultimate insiders, but the lawyers speaking publicly on behalf of President Donald Trump and his longtime “fixer”-turned-foe Michael Cohen have been fumbling the facts of late. Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, spent recent days walking back his bombshell assertions that his client could tell the special counsel that Trump had prior knowledge of a meeting with a Russian lawyer to get damaging information on Hillary Clinton. “I should have been much clearer that I could not confi...
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by on August 24, 2018
Accountant is third longtime confidant of Mr. Trump known to have provided information in hush-money investigation that has implicated the president. Trump Organization finance chief Allen Weisselberg has been granted immunity by prosecutors. PHOTO: JB MILLER/TRUMP ORGANIZATION President Trump’s financial gatekeeper was granted immunity by federal authorities in New York and testified before a grand jury, the third longtime confidant of Mr. Trump known to have provided information in...
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by on August 23, 2018
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump’s long-time personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen told a federal judge under penalty of perjury that he committed a felony “in coordination” and “at the direction of” a “candidate for federal office.” Though that candidate is unnamed, it is clear that Cohen was referring to the President of the United States. This raises the question of whether the President can be criminally prosecuted himself.  The answer is: yes, but it’s far from clear when or how...
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by on August 22, 2018
Michael Cohen? Paul Manafort? Trump? A FiveThirtyEight Chat micah (Micah Cohen, politics editor): I’ve been consumed with the race for the House of late, and I picked my head up on Tuesday and got smacked in the face by two bombshells! Amelia and Perry, I’ll need your help making sense of them! ameliatd (Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, FiveThirtyEight contributor): This is my first chat — anything to be aware of? micah: omg! How have I never asked you to do a chat before??!! perry ...
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