AT&T, U.S. Prepare to Battle in Court Over Time Warner Merger

November 25, 2017

A defiant Randall Stephenson told antitrust enforcers that Time Warner Inc. The lawsuit “stretches the very idea of antitrust law beyond the breaking point,” Stephenson, AT&T’s chief executive officer, said at a briefing Monday. He left the door open for negotiations to find a way for the deal to pass federal muster — but reiterated that he wouldn’t sell CNN to appease Washington, whether the deal was influenced by President Donald…

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Desperate for a win, Trump set to woo GOP senators

October 26, 2017

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and Capitol Hill Republicans are giving it another whirl — because they’ve got no other choice. The atmosphere will be especially charged because a number of Trump’s hosts fear a 2018 primary challenge from populist, nationalist candidates in his own image, being recruited by his erstwhile political guru Stephen Bannon. Others, like Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, have questioned Trump’s fitness to serve as commander in chief….

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Tillerson Calls on Europe to Back Latest Sanctions on Iran

October 24, 2017

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called on European governments to join a U.S.-led sanctions regime against Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, saying that countries doing business with the Islamic Republic’s force do so at their own risk. The Revolutionary Guards “foment instability in the region and create destruction in the region,” Tillerson told reporters in Riyadh on Sunday after talks with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and other top officials. European…

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Ban Kneeling Pro Athletes, Trump Repeats After Curry Slam

September 27, 2017

President Donald Trump, a one-time football team owner, is ratcheting up his rhetoric against professional sports and some of their stars — and at least one league and some athletes are giving it back to him. Hours after profanely criticizing NFL players who protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem, Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to disinvite National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry from a White House appearance…

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Dallas Cowboys, aka ‘America’s Team,’ kneels before the national anthem on Monday Night Football

September 26, 2017

The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem played before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock The Dallas Cowboys are about as American as American football gets, and even they kneeled before their game Monday night against the Arizona Cardinals.  To be clear, “America’s Team” — along with its famous billionaire owner Jerry Jones — kneeled before the…

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DeVos Scraps Obama Guidance on Investigating Campus Sexual Assault

September 25, 2017

Washington (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said that President Barack Obama's policy had been unfairly skewed against those accused of assault and had "weaponized" the Education Department to "work against schools and against students." The change is the…

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Trump retweets GIF of him hitting Clinton with golf ball

September 24, 2017

(CNN)President Donald Trump retweeted an edited video Sunday morning that showed him swinging a golf club and appearing to hit his former presidential campaign rival Hillary Clinton with a golf ball. The White House did not respond to a request for comment Sunday about the President’s tweet and whether Kelly was aware of it. A spokesperson for Hillary Clinton declined to comment on the tweet. The Twitter user Trump retweeted,…

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Hillary Clinton just floated the possibility of contesting the 2016 election

(CNN)In interviews over the last week surrounding the release of her 2016 memoir “What Happened,” Hillary Clinton has been hugely critical of President Donald Trump. She’s suggested he is a misogynist and said repeatedly that she fears for the country with Trump in charge. Clinton: No. I would not. I would say — Gross: You’re not going to rule it out? Clinton: No, I wouldn’t rule it out. !!!! This…

September 24, 2017
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Russia Laundering Probe Puts Trump Tower Meeting in New Light

More than the White House was at stake when Donald Trump Jr. met at Trump Tower last UBS AG and TD Bank. Several banks produced records in response, according to court records filed by Prevezon’s lawyer. Representatives for Deutsche Bank, Citigroup and TD bank declined to comment. A UBS spokesman didn’t respond to a request for comment. Request to Russia The criminal investigation has focused on what prosecutors called an elaborate…

September 22, 2017
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North Korea Threatens to Use Nuclear Weapon to Sink Japan

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson pressed China to cut oil exports in a bid to prod North Korea toward talks after Kim Jong Un’s regime threatened to sink Japan “into the sea” with a nuclear strike and turn the U.S. into “ashes and darkness” for agreeing to the latest UN sanctions. The sanctions voted on Sept. 11 followed North Korea’s sixth and most powerful nuclear test earlier this month….

September 21, 2017
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DeVos announces review of Obama-era sexual assault guidance

Washington (CNN)Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced Thursday that the department will review Obama-era guidance on campus sexual assault, citing concerns that the current policy denies due process to individuals accused. DeVos later said the department has already begun the process to rollback the Obama-era Title IX guidance. DeVos was asked in an interview with CBS News’ Jan Crawford if Thursday’s announcement meant she was “rescinding the Obama administration guidelines.” “Well,…

September 14, 2017
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Americans Were Asked To Find North Korea On A Map, And The Results Are Pretty Worrying

Given the amount that North Korea versus the United States of America is dominating the news right now, you’d think that most Americans would know where their “new enemy” is on the map. Donald Trump and his rival, Kim Jong-un, were all over the news on Tuesday night, after Trump issued a warning to the North Korean leader saying that they would feel “fire and fury” if they didn’t back…

September 14, 2017
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Trump ends DACA but gives Congress window to save it

(CNN)The Trump administration on Tuesday formally announced the end of DACA — a program that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children from deportation. “I am here today to announce that the program known as DACA that was effectuated under the Obama administration is being rescinded,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Tuesday at the Justice Department. Johnson: End of DACA a ‘sad day’ Trump’s…

September 11, 2017
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Former presidents get together to pledge help for Texas with no Trump in sight

All five former living presidents of the U.S. have banded together to support people affected by Hurricane Harvey. The group launched a joint appeal Thursday, and they’re seeking donations for those in need across the Gulf Coast. SEE ALSO: Jimmy Fallon announces $1 million ‘Tonight Show’ donation to J.J. Watt’s Harvey relief fund Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and George H.W. Bush all appear in a…

September 10, 2017
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China has banned ICOs

Image: Shutterstock The ICO — Initial Coin Offering — has recently become a very popular way to fund a startup, as it adheres to few rules requiring little to no regulative oversight. Companies such as Tezos and Bancor raised hundreds of millions of dollars within days by letting investors purchase their newly created cryptocurrencies (also known as tokens) with Ethereum or Bitcoin.  But now, this wild, wild west of fundraising…

September 6, 2017
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Trump visited Texas and just HAD to talk about crowd size

"What a crowd, what a turnout."Image: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images After all these months it’s still unclear whether or not Donald Trump knows he’s not on reality television. Since his inauguration the man has made his obsession with ratings and crowd size very clear, and on Tuesday when he visited Texas for a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts, he just couldn’t help himself from celebrating the really great press…

September 2, 2017
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Trump fumes at staff over Phoenix rally crowd size

(CNN)President Donald Trump was fuming as he sat in his Phoenix hotel watching news coverage ahead of his rally. That’s when George Gigicos, Trump’s longtime advance man, got a call from Keith Schiller, the director of Oval Office operations who is almost always at Trump’s side, asking Gigicos why the crowds were scarce. Gigicos explained that while TV correspondents were live early from the venue, the rally wouldn’t start for…

August 31, 2017
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Trump stared into the sun with no glasses and are you really surprised?

Yo, shit's bright up there.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock File this under: things you definitely should NOT do. Just about the first thing Donald Trump did when he walked out of the White House on Monday afternoon was look straight at the burning orb in the sky, no glasses, and point at it like, “y’all know that’s the sun up there? Shit.” SEE ALSO: Donald Trumps teleprompter is back from vacation to denounce…

August 28, 2017
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Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump pardoned Joe Arpaio on Friday, sparing the controversial former Arizona sheriff a jail sentence after he was convicted of criminal contempt related to his hard-line tactics going after undocumented immigrants. During last year’s presidential campaign, Arpaio was a vocal proponent of Trump’s candidacy, and used his national notoriety to advocate for Trump’s similarly aggressive stance on border security and deportations. However, civil rights groups and others…

August 27, 2017
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Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon fired

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon has been fired, multiple White House officials told CNN on Friday. “White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best,” Sanders said in a statement.

August 24, 2017
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Obama’s Charlottesville tweet is most liked in Twitter history

Washington (CNN)Former President Barack Obama’s tweet reacting to the attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, is the most liked tweet ever on the social network. The quote was split into three tweets, the first of which included a photo of him greeting a group of children through a window taken by photographer Pete Souza at a day care facility next to his daughter Sasha’s school in Bethesda, Maryland, in 2011.

August 21, 2017
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Trump says both sides to blame amid Charlottesville backlash

(CNN)President Donald Trump, in a staggering, impromptu news conference in New York on Tuesday, blamed the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend on both sides of the conflict — equating the white supremacists on one side with the “alt-left” on the other side — after his top White House aides spent days trying to clean up after Trump’s initial vague response to the violence. “I think there is blame…

August 21, 2017
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Forty-four states have refused to give certain voter information to Trump commission

Washington, DC (CNN)Forty-four states have refused to provide certain types of voter information to the Trump administration’s election integrity commission, according to a CNN inquiry to all 50 states. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, vice chairman of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, which President Donald Trump created by executive order in May, sent a letter to all 50 states last Wednesday requesting a bevy of voter data,…

August 20, 2017
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Republicans discussed possibility of brokered convention

Washington (CNN)Top Republican Party officials have discussed the possibility of a brokered convention, sources told CNN Thursday, a new recognition that the GOP nominating contest could be protracted well into the summer. At a monthly dinner meeting this week, Republican Party brass decided it would be prudent to plan for a contested convention, which would be triggered if no candidate has enough delegates to win the nomination. Five sources insisted…

August 19, 2017
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Anthony Scaramucci out as White House communications director

(CNN)Anthony Scaramucci is out as White House communications director, the latest sign of chaos inside the Trump administration. “Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday afternoon. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give chief of staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him…

August 17, 2017
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