New York court to allow defamation suit against Trump to proceed

A New York appeals court on Thursday said a defamation suit against President Trump filed by a former “Apprentice” contestant, who claims Trump groped her and pressed his genitals against her at a hotel in 2007, can move forward. Details: When Trump denied the claims during the 2016 presidential campaign, Summer Zervos sued him for…

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Top House Dem says Whitaker “did not deny” discussing Cohen with Trump

House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), told reporters on Wednesday that former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker did not deny discussing details of the Michael Cohen case with President Trump, nor did he refute claims that he directly participated in conversations about whether to fire 1 or more U.S. attorneys in New York who…

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Judge tosses out Stormy Daniels’s hush money suit against Trump

The backdrop: Former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who set up the payment, admitted in federal court that Daniels received the money in exchange for her silence. But Trump denied the alleged 2006 affair. As the case played out in court, Cohen and Trump agreed with Daniels that the nondisclosure agreement would not be enforced. However,…

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100 days in, what to make of Mexican President AMLO’s moves on corruption, Trump

Nearly 100 days on from his inauguration, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador remains immensely popular and on very good terms with President Trump. That’s in part because, as the NYT reports, he’s “carrying out the Trump administration’s immigration agenda across wide stretches of the border.” What to watch: Roberta Jacobson, the U.S. ambassador to…

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North Korean hackers struck U.S. networks as Trump met Kim: Report

North Korean hackers continued a sustained attack on U.S. and European businesses as President Trump met with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, researchers at the cyber-security company McAfee told The New York Times Sunday. Why it matters: North Korean hackers have been targeting financial institutions and other businesses, with reports the country is trying to…

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AOC lays groundwork for House Dems to go after Trump’s tax returns

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats used President Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen’s dramatic testimony to Congress Wednesday to lay legal groundwork for House Democratic leaders to pursue Trump’s tax returns, HuffPost reports. The details: During her line of questioning, Cohen noted Trump had directed his deputies to inflate the value…

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As 2020 Democrats campaign in Iowa, voters are asking about policies — not Trump or Mueller

The attendees at a soup dinner, meet-and-greets, and town halls asked hard-hitting questions about biofuels, money in politics, taxing the wealthy, preventive health care, arts in education, immigration reform, the environment, abolishing the filibuster rule in the Senate, and foreign policy. Why it matters: Voters are giving the Democrats space to build specific brands based…

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North Korea’s Kim reported en route to Vietnam summit with Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s armoured train has arrived in China in advance of the second summit with US President Donald Trump in Vietnam, according to media reports. The train arrived in the border city of Dandong after 9pm local time (13:00 GMT) on Saturday, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency and the…

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