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Trump 'told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey relieved pressure on him'

According to his testimony, Rosenstein said that he learned Trump "intended to remove director Comey and sought my advice and input" on May 8, a move he thought was "appropriate". In the briefing, Rosenstein stressed that his memo criticizing Comey was not meant to be a finding of official misconduct or a " statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination". Read More »

River levels dropping, but more rain in forecast

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Wednesday May 3, 2017. MoDot says that for now Lemay Ferry and Telegraph Roads remain open, though traffic on the south St. Louis County roadways is expected to be restricted. Severe flooding on the Mississippi River convinced officials in southern IL and Missouri to close a bridge connecting the two states. In Arkansas, parts of the small town Pocahontas are evacuated as the flooded Black River rises toward an expected record crest on Thursday. Read More »

What Melania Wore: First lady's Saudi style a big deal

Trump's hair was not covered in the local custom, and she shook Salman's hand upon arriving in the kingdom. The Washington-based Pakistani media, however, have learned that the Saudis are backing Pakistan's request for a brief Sharif-Trump meeting before the USA president flies out to Israel and then to Europe for more talks with America's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies. Read More »

Hawaii-bound passengers noticed unruly man before take-off

A few hours into that flight, passengers told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, the man was successfully subdued by a flight attendant and passengers as he was trying to rush into the first-class, to approach the cabin. Uskanil, a ticketed passenger on an American Airlines flight who had passed through TSA security, was detained after being spotted. "It took seconds", said Lee Lorenzen, of Orange County, Calif. Read More »

Pennsylvania jobless rate bumps up, payrolls shrink in April

Growth in the tourism industry in April ahead of the summer season was one of the biggest factors lowering the rate, adding 2,100 jobs. Overall, the Jacksonville metro area had a 3.8 percent jobless rate. Mokrzan said. Dorchester County's unemployment rate dropped to 3.3 in April, according to Department of Employment and Workforce services. "People need to prepare themselves". Read More »

Mueller's Background Brings Potential Conflicts Of Interest Into Russia Probe

Sen. House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah announced a hearing next week for Comey to testify, but he did so before he had even made contact with Comey, and it's unlikely Comey plans to attend next week. The House Oversight Committee sent a letter requesting the memo referenced in the report no later than May 24. According to a recent New York Times report, Mr Trump told Russian officials that he had felt "great pressure because of Russia ", and that the firing had taken it ... Read More »

Trump heads to Saudi as Comey agrees to testify

The people familiar with the matter said the probe has sharpened into something more fraught for the White House, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department - particularly because of the public steps investigators know they now need to take. Read More »

Man tried to get into cockpit on flight to Hawaii

A passenger aboard the flight posted a video of agents in Federal Bureau of Investigation shirts taking the suspect off the plane in handcuffs. Uskanli boarded the American Airlines Flight 31 from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday (19 May) morning and was due to land in Honolulu International Airport shortly before midday. Read More »

Huma Abedin Files For Divorce From Anthony Weiner

She said Weiner had sent her sexually explicit text messages and photographs. I apologize to the teenage girl, whom I mistreated so badly. "These destructive impulses brought great devastation to family and friends, and destroyed my life's dream in public service", Weiner passively said in court today. Read More »

Turkish Passenger tries to break into cockpit of American Airlines, arrested

According to HawaiiNewsNow , the man was Turkish and had earlier breached security at Los Angeles International Airport but "was assessed and allowed to board" the flight anyway. Two F-22 Raptors from the Hawaiian Air National Guard escorted the plane for the final part of the flight, Navy Cmdr. CNN reported that the Department of Homeland Security tweeted the person was detained and that the incident appeared to be isolated. Read More »

Flynn's lawyer says he won't answer subpoena

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Burr initially said Flynn was not complying with a subpoena issued by the committee before quickly walking back his remarks to reporters. ABC News has reached out to Flynn's legal team for comment. On May 18, sources familiar with the FBI investigation into Russia's role in the election disclosed that Flynn had six previously undisclosed instances of communication with Russian officials between April through November 2016. Read More »

White House doesn't dispute Trump called Comey a 'nut job' to Russians

He says that even his "enemies" recognize his innocence, and he's declaring himself the most unfairly hounded president in history. In February national security adviser Michael Flynn was forced to resign after it emerged he had misled members of the administration about his contact with the Russian ambassador to the US. Read More »

Health insurance companies must remain healthy

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The bill also calls for funding the program through finite state grants instead. But starting in 2020, federal funding would scale back from 90 percent to 57 percent for new recipients. AHCA aims to decrease and modify premium tax credits by 2020, establish a patient and state stability fund, restructure Medicaid funding, and repeal numerous taxes that were put in place by the Affordable Care Act. Read More »

Colombia's Santos says free trade deal with US is working well

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HORSLEY: He is somewhat aggrieved. It is rumored he will announce his choice to replace Comey before leaving for his first foreign trip on Friday. "It appears to me now to be considered a criminal investigation", Graham said. For one hour in the Oval Office, Santos and Trump discussed the surge of coca cultivation in Colombia, the existing free trade agreement, and the strategic importance of Colombia for stability and security in the hemisphere in light of the Venezuela crisis. Read More »

What's at stake in Trump's push to rewrite NAFTA

Commerce Department. During several MI campaign stops, Trump connected then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to NAFTA and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, calling them a "disaster" for the state. Wynne said she will continue to travel to the U.S. to meet with governors, legislators and businesses in states that have strong trading partnerships with Ontario. Read More »

President Trump calls special counsel for Russian investigation a 'witch hunt'

The Times based its article on a document that summarized the meeting between Trump, Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, and the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak . He is authorized to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump ", as well as other matters that "may arise directly from the investigation". Read More »

Kimberly Guilfoyle: 'Tough to beat' working at Fox

Guilfoyle, 48, is a former San Francisco and Los Angeles prosecutor who was married for four years to California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, a strident critic of Mr Trump and his policies, particularly on immigration. "And they'll be in the room, and you have to see, the way they ask questions, I want, I want, screaming and there's never been anything like this". "If you want to be successful and do communications with President Trump, you have to be someone who he actually wants to ... Read More »

Pressure mounts on Trump as Comey agrees to testify

That comment caused speculation that Trump may have secret recording devices in the Oval Office. "This is a truth hunt", said Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar. Recounting the incident on PBS NewsHour on Thurdsay, Wittes said Comey "really did not want to go to that meeting" and wore a dark blue suit so that he might blend into the similarly-colored curtains in the back of the room in hopes that the 70-year-old former businessman would not spot him. Read More »

Police say man behind disturbance arrested in LA

Passengers and crew subdued the man, took him to the back of the plane and duct-taped him to a seat, Lee Lorenzens told KITV and CNN affiliate KGMB/KHNL. Passengers told ABC News during the flight he started walking to the front of the plane with a blanket over his head and a laptop in his hand. Los Angeles Airport Police say 25-year-old Anil Uskanil had opened the door in an airport terminal around 2:45 a.m. Read More »

Jason Chaffetz to Resign From Congress June 30

Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Thursday he will resign from Congress next month, a move that calls into question the future of the House Oversight Committee's investigation of President Donald Trump and his campaign's ties with Russian Federation. Read More »

New Orleans Prepares To Take Down Statue Of Gen. Robert E. Lee

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Lee statue is scheduled to be removed. City officials are trying to divorce New Orleans from symbols celebrating the Confederacy. As many onlookers cheered Friday, a crane hoisted the statue of Confederate Gen. Beauregard. Earlier removals happened after nightfall, a precautionary measure due to security concerns for contractors and workers involved in the effort. Read More »

Trump calls appointment of special counsel a 'witch hunt'

Trump wrote in Twitter postings on Thursday morning. He did not provide examples or evidence of any alleged "illegal acts". "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar responded, "This is a truth hunt". Read More »

Comey prepared extensively for his conversations with Trump

Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, said , after leaving a closed-door briefing with Rosenstein for the full Senate on Capitol Hill. In his first on-camera remarks amid burgeoning scandals engulfing his White House, President Trump denied he asked then-FBI Director James Comey to scuttle an investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn. Read More »

Man tried to get into airline cockpit

Basden returned it to the man when he came out. He said the man scowled at him, took the laptop, opened it and closed it and then tried to sit in another seat in first class. “She jammed the cart in that the doorway and she just said, ‘Youre not coming in here, ” Lee Lorenzen said. Passenger Allison Forberger, an eyewitness who lives in Kapolei, Hawaii, was seated right behind first class. Read More »

Trump told Russians that firing 'nut job' Comey eased pressure from investigation

The acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director, Andrew McCabe, has called the case "highly significant" but said there had been no effort by the White House to impede the inquiry. The President also reiterated that he was not personally under investigation. Pelosi told The Associated Press in an interview Friday that "every day the president gives us more reason to believe that he does not respect the office that he holds". Read More »