Ted Cruz Comes Out Against Graham-Cassidy: ‘Right Now, They Don’t Have My Vote’

Last week, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) seemingly killed the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal Obamacare when he released a statement saying he could not support the Graham-Cassidy bill. And during an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union this morning, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said it would be difficult for her to envision a scenario where she’d vote for it. With those two, along with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), not supporting the bill, another Republican senator came out against it today. During a panel discussion at the Texas Tribune festival, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) noted that the bill doesn’t have his support at this time. “Right now, they don’t have my vote and I don’t think they have [Senator] Mike Lee’s vote either,” the Texas Republican Continue reading "Ted Cruz Comes Out Against Graham-Cassidy: ‘Right Now, They Don’t Have My Vote’"

Story About Young Girl Trapped in Rubble That Transfixed Mexico Turns Out to be Hoax

Following the massive earthquake that devastated central Mexico, killed hundreds of people, and caused dozens of buildings to collapse in Mexico City, there was one dramatic story that transfixed the nation and gained worldwide attention. With a Mexican network providing around-the-clock coverage of a rescue operation at a collapsed school, the country was drawn to coverage of rescuers apparently trying to save “Frida Sofia,” a schoolgirl who was buried in the rubble. Per the reports from the scene, the girl had told rescuers and volunteers her name, wiggled her fingers and told them that she was trapped with a number of others. But now, Mexican officials are claiming the girl never existed. Per TIME, via the AP:
“We want to emphasize that we have no knowledge about the report that emerged with the name of a girl,” navy Assistant Secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento said Thursday. “We never had any Continue reading "Story About Young Girl Trapped in Rubble That Transfixed Mexico Turns Out to be Hoax"

Story About Young Girl Trapped in Rubble That Transfixed Mexico Turns Out to be Hoax

Following the massive earthquake that devastated central Mexico, killed hundreds of people, and caused dozens of buildings to collapse in Mexico City, there was one dramatic story that transfixed the nation and gained worldwide attention. With a Mexican network providing around-the-clock coverage of a rescue operation at a collapsed school, the country was drawn to coverage of rescuers apparently trying to save “Frida Sofia,” a schoolgirl who was buried in the rubble. Per the reports from the scene, the girl had told rescuers and volunteers her name, wiggled her fingers and told them that she was trapped with a number of others. But now, Mexican officials are claiming the girl never existed. Per TIME, via the AP:
“We want to emphasize that we have no knowledge about the report that emerged with the name of a girl,” navy Assistant Secretary Angel Enrique Sarmiento said Thursday. “We never had any Continue reading "Story About Young Girl Trapped in Rubble That Transfixed Mexico Turns Out to be Hoax"

Spicer’s Still Furious About Story of Him Hiding in Bushes: ‘Fake Scene’ Created to be ‘Clickworthy’

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has been all over the media landscape these past few days as he’s done interviews with major outlets, popped up on late-night television, and did a highly-criticized, self-deprecating cameo at the Emmys. Following his awards show appearance in which he poked fun at his much-derided defense of Trump’s inauguration crowd size, Spicer told the New York Times’ Glenn Thrush that he regretted blasting the media over the whole issue. However, in an interview with Washington Post’s Erik Wemple, Spicer refuted that characterization — claiming he just had general regrets and not specifically over the crowd kerfuffle. And that wasn’t the only thing he wanted to complain about. It appears that Spicer still holds a grudge over a story the Post ran in May which got a ton of attention.
Another resounding Spicer gripe relates to greenery and The Washington Post. Continue reading "Spicer’s Still Furious About Story of Him Hiding in Bushes: ‘Fake Scene’ Created to be ‘Clickworthy’"

Manafort Reportedly Offered ‘Private Briefings’ to Russian Billionaire on the Campaign

There is yet another big new report out on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The Washington Post reports tonight that Manafort “offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin.” The Post report explains Manafort had email exchanges with Oleg Deripaska––who had a business relationship with Manafort for years––during the 2016 campaign, and these emails are part of the many documents obtained by Robert Mueller‘s office. In one email dated July 7, 2016, Manafort said, “If he needs private briefings we can accommodate.” The Post says there’s no evidence “Deripaska received Manafort’s offer or that any briefings took place,” and a spokesperson for Manafort told the paper no meetings did take place. But the report also contains details of those emails. Per WaPo:
Several of the exchanges, which took place between Manafort and a Kiev-based Continue reading "Manafort Reportedly Offered ‘Private Briefings’ to Russian Billionaire on the Campaign"

Special Counsel Mueller Reportedly Interested in Trump’s Russian Oval Office Meeting

The New York Times is reporting today that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has requested documents from the White House related to some of President Donald Trump’s most notable and controversial actions since he took office, specifically as it relates to the Russia probe. According to White House officials, the docs the special counsel is seeking out involve the firings of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and FBI Director James Comey, as well as Trump’s most scrutinized meeting with foreign leaders in the Oval Office.
Mr. Mueller is also interested in an Oval Office meeting Mr. Trump had with Russian officials in which he said the dismissal of the F.B.I. director had relieved “great pressure” on him.
The May meeting between Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak immediately became noteworthy as it occurred shortly after Comey’s firing. IT was reported after the meeting Continue reading "Special Counsel Mueller Reportedly Interested in Trump’s Russian Oval Office Meeting"

RNC Reports Spending Over $400,000 On First Family Legal Fees Despite Trump’s Reported ‘$10 Billion’

Expenses covering the first family’s legal battle relating to the Russian investigation have already added up to more than $400,000, Politico reports — all of which is courtesy of the Republican National Committee, despite President Donald Trump claiming he’s worth more than $10 billion. An official for the RNC stated Trump has already spent nearly half a million dollars of GOP national leadership money for legal fees, confirming a Reuters report. These funds are going toward lawyers for both Trump and his eldest son Donald Trump Jr., as they work through the FBI’s probe and congressional examinations over Russia’s involvement and possible collusion in the 2016 election. The RNC reports Trump’s legal costs add up to $230,000, while Trump Jr. has racked up nearly $200,000 in fees. As reported by Politico, an RNC spokesperson claims these funds are being taken from an account dedicated to legal expenses, Continue reading "RNC Reports Spending Over $400,000 On First Family Legal Fees Despite Trump’s Reported ‘$10 Billion’"