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Schiff says it's "unfathomable" Trump would invite Putin to G7 if he knew of Russian bounties

Schiff says it's "unfathomable" Trump would invite Putin to G7 if he knew of Russian bounties

House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said on CNN Monday that it would be "unfathomable" if President Trump knew about intelligence that Russian operatives allegedly paid Taliban-linked militants to kill U.S. troops and still to rejoin the G7 summit in September.Why it matters: Schiff is one of of Congress who have urged the Trump administration to provide answers in the wake of bombshell media reports about the alleged Russian bounties. He told CNN that he and several other House Democrats will be briefed on the intelligence on Tuesday morning.What he's saying:"We also want to...

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"The trend is obvious": Chris Christie says Trump is on track to lose to Joe Biden

"The trend is obvious": Chris Christie says Trump is on track to lose to Joe Biden

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that President Trump is on track to lose against former Vice President Joe Biden in November "if he doesn't change course both in terms of the substance of what he's discussing and the way that he approaches the American people."Driving the news: Both polls in recent weeks have shown Biden gaining a commanding lead against Trump. At a Fox News town hall last week, Trump that Biden "is going to be president because some people don’t love me, maybe" — an apparent acknowledgment of the dire state of his re-election...

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Texas governor warns coronavirus is spreading at an "unacceptable rate"

Texas governor warns coronavirus is spreading at an "unacceptable rate"

Gov. Greg Abbott. Photo: Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty ImagesTexas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said at a press conference on Monday that he is concerned the coronavirus is spreading at an "unacceptable rate" following the state's reopening, but that he would only support a second shutdown as a last resort.Why it matters: Texas is well into its "phase 3" of reopening, allowing businesses to host up to 50% capacity. But the state outbreak is one of several that has seen a surge in infections in recent weeks, averaging more than 3,500 daily new cases and a positivity rate higher than 9%.By the...

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Lindsey Graham says Trump visa restrictions will have "chilling effect" on economic recovery

Lindsey Graham says Trump visa restrictions will have "chilling effect" on economic recovery

Photo: Carolyn Kaster-Pool/Getty ImagesSen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Monday that President Trump's — including a temporary ban on high-skilled H-1B visas — will have a "chilling effect" on the country's economic recovery. Why it matters: Graham is one of Trump's closest allies in the Senate. He and many pro-business groups, including major tech companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have expressed disapproval at the decision to restrict legal immigration during the pandemic.What he's saying: Graham , "Those who believe legal immigration, particularly work visas, are harmful to...

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Pelosi requests that Confederate statues be removed from Capitol building

Pelosi requests that Confederate statues be removed from Capitol building

Photo: Oliver Douliery/AFP via Getty ImagesHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi to the chairs of the Joint Committee on the Library on Wednesday requesting that the panel remove 11 Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall collection. The latest: Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), the vice chair of the Joint Committee on the Library, in a statement that she agrees that "these symbols of cruelty and bigotry" be "expediently" removed from the halls of the Capitol. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), the committee chair, has not yet responded.Why it matters: Pelosi's request comes as Black Lives...

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The Lancet medical journal retracts study that fueled hydroxychloroquine safety concerns

The Lancet medical journal retracts study that fueled hydroxychloroquine safety concerns

Photo: George Frey/AFP via Getty ImagesThe Lancet medical journal on Thursday that found that coronavirus patients who took hydroxychloroquine had a higher mortality rate and increased heart problem than those who did nothing, stating that the authors were "unable to complete an independent audit of the data underpinning their analysis."Why it matters: The results of the study, which claimed to have analyzed data from nearly 96,000 patients on six continents, led several governments to ban the use of the anti-malarial drug for coronavirus patients due to safety concerns.The big picture: An...

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AOC endorses Jamaal Bowman over Rep. Eliot Engel for NY House seat

AOC endorses Jamaal Bowman over Rep. Eliot Engel for NY House seat

Photo: Scott Heins/Getty ImagesRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday Jamaal Bowman over incumbent House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair Eliot Engel (D) for New York's 16th congressional district.Why it matters: Bowman, if elected, would end Engel's 16-term career in Congress, much like Ocasio-Cortez concluded former Rep. Joe Crowley's 10-term streak as a New York congressman in 2018. AOC's endorsement holds weight with young, progressive voters.Between the lines: The backing comes one day after Engel was caught on a at a news conference on the nation's mass protests, saying if...

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Biden boots reporters from Wall Street donor call

Biden boots reporters from Wall Street donor call

Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ImagesFormer Vice President Joe Biden's 2020 campaign kicked reporters off the question-and-answer portion a Thursday evening fundraising call after five minutes of opening remarks.Why it matters: It's an unusual move for Biden's campaign, which has typically been transparent and allowed reporters to cover its fundraising events in their entirety. The campaign indicated that press restrictions would be implemented looking ahead.What they're saying: NBC's Marianna Sotomayor wrote in a dispatch that she was ejected "when Biden said he was ready to take...

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Report: GOP recruiting pro-Trump doctors to promote America reopening

Report: GOP recruiting pro-Trump doctors to promote America reopening

President Trump. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesRepublicans are recruiting "pro-Trump" doctors to promote America's speedy reopening in media appearances, according to an audio recording .Why it matters: President Trump has repeatedly used doctors to legitimize his credentials and policies. The president's physician Sean Conley on Monday released a letter backing Trump's decision to begin , but did not explicitly say whether he actually prescribed Trump the drug.The state of play: The recruitment plan was discussed on a May 11 conference call with a senior Trump reelection campaign staff...

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Stunned Fox News host reacts to Trump taking hydroxychloroquine

Stunned Fox News host reacts to Trump taking hydroxychloroquine

Immediately after that he has been taking hydroxychloroquine as a preventative measure for the coronavirus, Fox News host Neil Cavuto warned viewers that the drug could have deadly consequences for patients with health risks: "It will kill you. I cannot stress enough."Why it matters: The FDA issued a warning last month that hydroxychloroquine, which has not been proven to prevent coronavirus infections, could cause heart complications in positive COVID-19 patients.What they’re saying: Cavuto cited multiple studies disproving Trump's claims on the drug's effectiveness in treating the virus,...

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Trump refuses to say what crime he is accusing Obama of committing in "Obamagate"

Trump refuses to say what crime he is accusing Obama of committing in "Obamagate"

President Trump repeatedly declined at a press briefing to specify what crime he accused former President Obama of committing in a over the weekend and Monday morning, telling reporters: "You know what the crime is. The crime is very obvious to everybody."Why it matters: In the wake of the Justice Department's decision to against former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Trump has sent hundreds of tweets and retweets of conservative media — many of which use the phrase "Obamagate" — that allege the Russia investigation was a political hit job directed by the former president.What...

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White House to block members of coronavirus task force from testifying in May

White House to block members of coronavirus task force from testifying in May

Fauci and Birx. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty ImagesThe White House informed Congress on Monday that members of the administration's coronavirus task force, which includes health experts like Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, won't be allowed to testify in the month of May.Why it matters: The administration argues that having officials spend time testifying diverts critical resources and attention from its pandemic response. The move is likely to draw backlash from Democrats who have already accused the administration of skirting oversight during the coronavirus crisis.The White House had...

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Trump blasts Fox News, says he wants an "alternative" network

Trump blasts Fox News, says he wants an "alternative" network

Photo: Anna Moneymaker/The New York Times/Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Trump tore into Fox News in a series of on Sunday night, claiming that he has "no respect" for the network's leadership and that it "keeps on plugging to try and become politically correct."Why it matters: It's the latest chapter in Trump's love-hate relationship with the network. While he continues to praise and live-tweet several of his favorite Fox News shows, the president has taken a more critical overall tone toward the outlet in recent months. What he's tweeting:"@FoxNews just doesn’t get what’s happening! They are...

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House passes resolution creating coronavirus oversight committee

House passes resolution creating coronavirus oversight committee

Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesThe House voted along party lines on Thursday in favor of establishing a select committee to oversee the federal government's response to the novel coronavirus. Why it matters: The committee, chaired by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), will have subpoena power and broad authority to investigate how the Trump administration uses the trillions of dollars in coronavirus relief allocated by Congress.Between the lines: Republicans have voiced concerns that the committee will be partisan, though the resolution states that...

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U.S. may cut intelligence sharing with countries that criminalize homosexuality

U.S. may cut intelligence sharing with countries that criminalize homosexuality

Richard Grenell. Photo: Milos Miskov/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesActing Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell is pushing to cut U.S. intelligence sharing with countries that criminalize homosexuality, the reports. Why it matters: About 69 countries still criminalize homosexuality — including key U.S. intelligence partners like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Kenya, per the Times. Grenell is the first openly gay Cabinet member and has prioritized anti-discrimination policies. The state of play: Grenell told the Times he has "the president’s total support" and that anti-discrimination...

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Poll: Majority of Americans don't trust Trump on coronavirus

Poll: Majority of Americans don't trust Trump on coronavirus

Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images36% of Americans say they trust what President Trump has said about the coronavirus outbreak, while 52% say they do not, according to an poll.Why it matters: Trump's daily coronavirus briefings have been rife with misinformation. have struggled to determine whether to broadcast the briefings, as live events can be difficult for reporters to fact-check in real time.By comparison, 66% of respondents said they trust their own governor. Trump last week that largely give governors the responsibility to determine when states should reopen their economies.By the...

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Roger Stone denied new trial, paving the way for 3-year prison term

Roger Stone denied new trial, paving the way for 3-year prison term

Roger Stone. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty ImagesPresident Trump's former associate and convicted felon Roger Stone was by Judge Amy Berman Jackson Thursday, and is expected to report to prison upon his probation officer's order within the next two weeks.The big picture: Stone, 67, wanted a new trial based on his assertion that the jury forewoman lied on a questionnaire as the panel was selected, . He was sentenced to more than 3 years in prison for crimes that include obstruction of justice, lying to Congress and witness tampering.Stone was to be convicted and sentenced for crimes unearthed by...

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Trump adds his name to coronavirus stimulus checks

Trump adds his name to coronavirus stimulus checks

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesPresident Trump's name will be added to printed coronavirus stimulus checks that are set to begin rolling out next month, per the . Why it matters: It will be the first time an IRS disbursement features a presidential signature. But the president does not hold authorization to sign disbursements by the U.S. Treasury, so Trump's name will be placed in the memo line instead. The big picture: for coronavirus stimulus payments will be distributed to Americans without direct deposit accounts set up with the IRS. Coronavirus stimulus payments will begin to be...

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Northeastern states form council for reopening economies amid coronavirus

Northeastern states form council for reopening economies amid coronavirus

Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty ImagesNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that his state, along with the governors of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Delaware, will form a regional task force to guide the easing of coronavirus restrictions. Massachusetts joined the group later on Monday as well.Why it matters: Widespread shutdowns of nonessential businesses have caused significant economic damage not just in New York, an epicenter of the crisis in the U.S., but also in the surrounding states that rely on New York City as a business...

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10 times Trump and his administration were warned about the coronavirus threat

10 times Trump and his administration were warned about the coronavirus threat

Photo: Al Drago - Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Trump's tone on the coronavirus pandemic has dramatically shifted in the last month as the illness has swept across the U.S., which has now reported more confirmed cases than any country in the world.Why it matters: Reporting from , the , , and other media outlets has revealed that Trump and his administration were repeatedly warned about the threat that the virus could pose to American lives and the economy. Earlier action could have curbed the spread.The state of play: The first case of COVID-19 reached the U.S. on Jan. 15. The World Health...

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rips Congress for ignoring state governments in stimulus bill

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo rips Congress for ignoring state governments in stimulus bill

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) tore into Congress Sunday for not doing enough to support state governments in the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, accusing lawmakers of "pork-barrel politics" and failing to address state budget shortfalls.The big picture: Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) on Saturday calling on Congress to appropriate $500 billion in funding for state governments, as money from the CARES Act can't be used for budget stabilization.What he's saying: "You did an injustice to the places that actually had the need," Cuomo said at a press conference. "Which, from an...

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Texas Lt. Gov.: Grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy

Texas Lt. Gov.: Grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy

Photo: Bob Levey/Getty Images.Texas Lt. Gov Dan Patrick said on Fox News Monday night that "lots of" grandparents would be willing to die in order in to save the economy for their grandchildren.What they're saying: "No one reached out to me and said, as a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren? And if that's the exchange, I'm all in," Patrick said on air.The big picture: Patrick's comments come shortly after on Monday where he said the economy will be reactivated soon as...

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Senate Intel chair sold up to $1.6 million in stock before coronavirus market crash

Senate Intel chair sold up to $1.6 million in stock before coronavirus market crash

Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images.Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) dumped between $582,029 and $1.56 million of his stocks on Feb. 13, days after writing a that said the U.S. is "better prepared than ever before" to face public health threats like the coronavirus, according to .Why it matters: on Feb. 27 that as chairman of the secretive committee, Burr had been receiving daily updates from the intelligence community about the outbreak. Between the lines: Burr's sell-offs — which were executed between his op-ed and later warnings — included stocks in several companies that...

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Sanders projected to win Utah Democratic primary - Axios

Sanders projected to win Utah Democratic primary - Axios

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) greets supporters after a campaign rally in Salt Lake City. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesVermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to win the Utah Democratic primary with 29 delegates at stake, according to AP.Why it matters: It's Sanders' third victory on a night that has been largely dominated by Joe Biden.Go deeper: This story is developing. Please check back for updates.Joe Biden is projected to win the Arkansas Democratic primary with 31 delegates at stake, according to the AP.The big picture: It's Biden's 6th victory...

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Marianne Williamson endorses Bernie Sanders - Axios

Marianne Williamson endorses Bernie Sanders - Axios

Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images.Former 2020 candidate Marianne Williamson made a surprise appearance at a Bernie Sanders rally in Austin, Texas, to endorse the Vermont senator's bid for the Democratic nomination.The big picture: Williamson, an author and spiritual guru, out of the 2020 race in January after failing to qualify for multiple debates. She'd previously prior to him dropping out earlier this month. Former tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang announced on Tuesday night that he has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race.The big picture: Yang, who's never held public office, centered...

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