Kushner says Trump critics like Bolton ‘didn’t have what it took’

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that impeachment has not hurt the President’s support, insisting that his base “is strong and getting stronger” and that former White House officials who have raised concerns about Trump “didn’t have what it took.” Fareed’s Take: Why America is so polarized ‘They harassed me’ “They investigated us for two years on Russia, which we said from the beginning we didn’t collude with Russia. They went through that for two years, they harassed the President, they harassed me, they harassed the White House, that turned out to be nothing,”…

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Bolton blows the impeachment case back open

(CNN)In reality, where we all live, the White House and Republicans scrambled Monday to deal with the situation created by John Bolton, who has blown the impeachment trial open with his leaked manuscript. “Nothing in the Bolton revelations, even if true, would rise to the level of an abuse of power or an impeachable offense,” said Alan Dershowitz, the first and only Trump defender to mention the manuscript said Monday. “That is clear from the history. That is clear from the language of the Constitution,” he said, arguing that presidents routinely intertwine their personal interests with policy and that quid…

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Senate readies for impeachment mayhem

Washington (CNN)A Democratic document dump on the eve of an expected House vote to finally send articles of impeachment to the Senate is supercharging the party’s demands for witnesses at President Donald Trump’s soon-to-begin trial. The chairs of the House Intelligence, Oversight, Judiciary and Foreign Affairs committees said the new evidence confirmed that Trump and associates had “pressured Ukrainian officials to announce investigations that would benefit the President politically.” “There cannot be a full and fair trial in the Senate without the documents that President Trump is refusing to provide to Congress,” the chairmen said in a statement. Ever since…

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Supreme Court set to hear arguments on DACA

(CNN)The fate of hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who arrived in the US as children will be on the line Tuesday, when the Supreme Court hears arguments on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Immigrant advocates and DACA recipients from across the country have descended on the steps of the Supreme Court Tuesday morning. Under gloomy, cold weather, people donned ponchos and waited in line to get a chance to briefly watch the arguments when they begin at 10 a.m. ET. One of the plantiffs in the case, Antonio, was first in line in front of…

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The 2020 Democrats as ‘Game of Thrones’ characters

(CNN)(THE NIGHT IS DARK AND FULL OF SPOILERS — proceed with caution) Even with the slew of recent deaths on the show — RIP, Jorah Mormont — there are still a massive cast of characters to wrestle with as we move toward the end game. What else, you ask, has lots of characters and drama with an uncertain ending? (Amazing segue, right???) Why, the 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign, of course! With 21 official candidates all seeking the Iron Thro — er, Democratic nomination — it’s sometimes hard to keep track of who’s who. (Sidebar: 60% of the time my…

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How the Trump administration won a major policy shift from the Chinese on fentanyl

Washington (CNN)Officials from the Office of National Drug Control Policy were preparing a briefing for President Donald Trump late last year ahead of his meeting with the Chinese President at the G20 summit when they decided they needed a visual aid to drive home their point. The move, which came as the two countries grappled in an escalating trade war, was the product of months of lobbying by the Trump administration after a turn towards a harder line on the topic in 2017, multiple officials involved in the process told CNN. Over the next year and a half, negotiators chipped…

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Obama advises men to avoid toxic masculine behavior

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, one charming guy.Image: Allison Zaucha for The Washington Post via Getty Images Pete Buttigieg has a certain familiarity to him. The South Bend mayor doesn’t come across as just another politician. He doesn’t pretentiously talk down to Americans. He doesn’t maintain a rigid air of professionalism or keep his personal life and his interests to himself. Buttigieg instead makes every effort to be incredibly transparent, personable, and down-to-earth. He is, quite frankly, an exceptionally charming guy. In the past few weeks, as he’s gained popularity in his bid for the presidency in 2020, he’s reminded many people…

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Supreme Court double jeopardy case could impact presidential pardon power

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court grappled on Thursday with a case concerning an exception to the Fifth Amendment’s ban on prosecuting an individual twice for the same offense in a case that could also possibly impact President Donald Trump’s pardon power as it applied to the Robert Mueller probe. In addition, it could also impact the presidential pardon power, leading to a question of what would happen if President were to pardon an individual like his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort for federal offenses. Under the exception, a state could conceivably bring a prosecution for the same crimes. That might not…

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Donald Trump believes the men. Always. Unless they’re Democrats

(CNN)If there’s been one consistent thing about Donald Trump since he emerged as a presidential candidate in June 2015, it’s this: When women accuse men of sexual assault or domestic abuse, Trump sides with the men. You’ll notice what — or more accurately who — is not mentioned in Trump quotes and tweet: The alleged victims. “The fact that @realDonaldTrump praised Porter and said not a word about his abusive behavior or his former wives is typical of the WH attitude toward women and abuse,” tweeted former New Jersey Republican Gov. Christie Todd Whitman on Saturday.” Our children must learn…

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Trump Says Bannon Lost His Mind After Leaving White House

President Donald Trump denounced his former top strategist, Steve Bannon, on Wednesday in a dramatic break from the man considered an architect of Trump’s populist campaign. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind,” Trump said in a statement issued after the publication of excerpts of a new book in which Bannon criticizes the president and his family. “Now that he is on his own, Steve is learning that winning isn’t as easy as I make it look.” Bannon has lost the access to the president that he’s enjoyed since leaving the White House…

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