New tape shows Trump campaign aides discussing possibility of N-word tape

Washington (CNN)Aides to President Donald Trump questioned him during the 2016 campaign about the existence of an audio tape in which he purportedly said the N-word, a racial epithet, during production of his reality TV show “The Apprentice.” “I said, ‘Well, sir, can you think of anytime this might have…

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5 things for August 17: Aretha Franklin, politics, China, clergy sex abuse, overdoses

(CNN)Hankering for a trip across the pond? It’s now cheaper than ever to fly across the Atlantic. Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and Out the Door. (You can also get “5 Things You Need to Know Today” delivered to your inbox daily. Sign…

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Katrina Pierson’s explanations of the alleged ‘n-word’ tape make no sense

(CNN)Start here: For months — years, really — there have been rumors of outtakes from “The Apprentice” or “The Celebrity Apprentice” in which now-President Donald Trump can be heard uttering a racial slur about African-Americans. “The President addressed that question directly,” she said, adding, “I’ve never heard him use that…

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Putins Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gift of a soccer ball to U.S. President tweeted, “I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.” It turns out they weren’t entirely wrong. Markings on the ball indicate that it contained a chip with a tiny antenna…

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Trump, Juncker Tout Deal Pulling Back From U.S.-EU Trade War

President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to suspend new tariffs while negotiating over trade, pulling the U.S. and Europe back from the edge of a transatlantic trade war. The leaders pledged to expand European imports of U.S. liquefied natural gas and soybeans and both vowed to…

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EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals, citing ‘unrelenting attacks’

(CNN)Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has resigned after months of ethics controversies, citing “the unrelenting attacks” on himself and his family, which “have taken a sizable toll on all of us.” “I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,” Trump tweeted.…

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Freaked-Out Americans Desperately Seek to Escape the News

Last week, Jen Wrenn, a children’s literacy advocate in San Diego, attended her first political protest after reading about the Trump administration policy of separating small children from their immigrant parents at the border. She had heard Deadline. “A character like Fred takes us back to how we treat each other.”…

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Trump Spouse-Visa Shift May Hurt Workers, Push 100,000 From Jobs

U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to ban spouses of high-skill visa holders from working will likely push 100,000 people out of jobs and negatively affect the visa holders and their employers, according to a new research study. The Trump Administration has been tightening the rules for H-1B visas, which allow…

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Cardinal Dolan: There is no Bible passage to justify family separation

(CNN)Cardinal Timothy Dolan, a prominent Catholic leader in the United States, said Friday there is no biblical defense for separating families, condemning the practice as “unjust” and “un-American.” “I appreciate the fact that Attorney General Sessions refers to the Bible,” he said. “The quote that he used from St. Paul…

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Portuguese president gives Trump the most Big Dick Energy handshake yet

Lost amid the chaos of Wednesday’s Supreme Court-related news was this little meet-and-greet between President Trump and Portugal’s president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, that added another chapter to Trump’s collection of awkward handshakes.  From the video, it appears as if de Sousa gives Trump a nice firm tug, flexing a…

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Politics come to Yelp after restaurant refuses to serve Sarah Sanders

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant.Image: Alex Wong/Getty Images The Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, is being bombarded with online reviews after refusing to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Donald Trump’s press secretary, and her family. On Friday night, Jaike Foley-Schultz,…

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Muellers Manafort Case Just Got Stronger, Former Prosecutors Say

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller strengthened his case against Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort with new charges filed Friday. He also stoked intrigue by adding a new name to his indictment against Manafort — a longtime Manafort associate who prosecutors have said has ties to Russian intelligence. The…

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Spanish government swears in historic female-dominated cabinet

King Felipe VI and Pedro Sanchez Swearing-in ceremony of new Cabinet.Image: JAVIER LIZON/POOL/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Spain’s new government has only just been sworn in, but it’s already made history. That’s because the women in this cabinet outnumber the men.  King Felipe VI of Spain swore in the new government on Thursday, with…

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How Canada’s Sacred Cows and 270% Tariffs Set Trump Off at G-7

The Group of Seven ended with an explosion — Donald Trump unloaded on Justin Trudeau and washed his hands of the summit. And he blamed Canadian milk. Trump spent much of the G-7 complaining about Canadian dairy tariffs, mentioning it repeatedly Friday during a leaders’ session on trade, one official…

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Presidents Trump and Macron dug a tree and somehow that became a meme. The Internet is unpredictable.

This year has been a pretty wild one already, but it just got stranger.  Kim Kardashian West — like, beauty mogul and reigning queen of reality TV Kim Kardashian West — visited the White House on Wednesday to talk about prison reform with President Donald Trump.  SEE ALSO: Trump thanks…

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Kim Kardashian meets with Trump to discuss prison reform

Washington (CNN)Kim Kardashian West met with President Donald Trump and other officials, including senior adviser Jared Kushner, at the White House on Wednesday to discuss prison reform. During the White House press briefing Wednesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders wouldn’t provide further details on who Kardashian West was…

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Watch Trevor Noah ‘fire’ Michelle Wolf from ‘The Daily Show’

Host Trevor Noah “officially fired” Michelle Wolf from The Daily Show last night after her controversial White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech dominated the last few news cycles. Gleefully, Noah broke down what exactly was so incendiary about her monologue, saying she “should’ve had the decency not to comment on a…

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