Tony Podesta steps down from lobbying group amid Mueller investigation

Tony Podesta steps down from lobbying group amid Mueller investigation

Tony Podesta, the brother of Hillary Clinton‘s former campaign chairman John Podesta, has stepped down from his namesake lobbying group citing the current news environment, according to a source familiar with the situation. Tony Podesta is viewed as one of the most prominent Democratic lobbyists in Washington. His firm, the Podesta Group, has been a subject of special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election in part because of its work…

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Facebook: Russia-linked posts distributed to 126M users

Facebook: Russia-linked posts distributed to 126M users

Facebook says a Russian group posted more than 80,000 times on its service during and after the 2016 election, potentially reaching as many as 126 million users. The company plans to disclose these numbers to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the testimony. The person declined to be named because the committee has not officially released the testimony. Twitter plans to tell the same committee that it has uncovered…

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Woman killed when 12-year-old boy jumps off highway overpass

Woman killed when 12-year-old boy jumps off highway overpass

A 12-year-old boy who police said jumped off a highway overpass in an attempted suicide took the life of a young woman instead. Marisa Harris, 22, was headed eastbound on Interstate 66 near the Cedar Lane overpass at around 4:15 p.m. when the boy came crashing down onto her 2005 Ford Explorer, Virginia State Police said in a statement. Harris was killed but her 23-year-old passenger and the 12-year-old boy both survived. The incident is…

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US special operations raid captures alleged Benghazi plotter

US special operations raid captures alleged Benghazi plotter

U.S. special operations forces conducted a raid in Libya this weekend that captured a militant believed to have played a key role in the deadly 2012 attack on the Benghazi consulate, according to U.S. officials. That attack killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American. According to an official, the militant captured by elite special operations forces this weekend was Mustafa al-Imam. He was transferred to a ship offshore at some point after the capture…

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11 times President Trump has called the Russia probes a ‘hoax’

11 times President Trump has called the Russia probes a ‘hoax’

President Donald Trump has sought to dismiss as a “hoax” the various federal investigations into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties to Trump associates. Here are 11 times he said this. “Why isn’t the House Intelligence Committee looking into the Bill & Hillary [Clinton] deal that allowed big Uranium to go to Russia, Russian speech money to Bill, the Hillary Russian “reset,” praise of Russia by Hillary, or Podesta Russian…

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Teen girl dies of burn injuries from California wildfire

Teen girl dies of burn injuries from California wildfire

A teenage girl died in a hospital three weeks after she was severely burned in a fire that tore through Mendocino County, California, raising the number of those killed in the state’s wildfires this month to 43. Kressa Shepherd, 17, died Sunday night at a Sacramento hospital, her aunt, Mindi Ramos, said Monday. Doctors at Shriners Hospital for Children noticed Kressa did not register pain during a change of the dressing on her burns, Ramos…

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Judge largely blocks Trump’s military transgender ban

Judge largely blocks Trump’s military transgender ban

A federal court judge in Washington, D.C., has largely blocked President Trump’s controversial ban on transgender people serving in the military. The judge, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, issued a preliminary injunction on Monday halting two portions of Trump’s presidential memorandum issued in late August, including his reinstatement of the ban on transgender service members that was in place before June 2016. Kollar-Kotelly also temporarily stopped Trump’s move to block recruiting openly transgender people for the military. However,…

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Bergdahl to get fair sentence despite Trump’s comments, judge says

Bergdahl to get fair sentence despite Trump’s comments, judge says

President Donald Trump‘s comments about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl do not mean the soldier can’t receive a fair sentencing, a military judge ruled on Monday as the soldier and captive took the stand for the first time. But those disparaging comments, including calling Bergdahl a traitor and suggesting he should be executed, will be considered a mitigating factor in his sentencing. Bergdahl faces up to life in prison after he pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior…

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Trump says ‘no collusion’ as White House, Democrats react to Russia probe charges

Trump says ‘no collusion’ as White House, Democrats react to Russia probe charges

In the wake of two indictments and a guilty plea in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, the White House insisted that the criminal charges have nothing to do with President Donald Trump or his campaign. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also said Trump has no intention of firing Mueller. “The president said last week, and I said several times before, there is no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the…

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ANALYSIS: Mueller makes bold first moves, how will Trump respond?

ANALYSIS: Mueller makes bold first moves, how will Trump respond?

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has shown his first cards – and they make statements by themselves. The next move belongs to President Donald Trump, setting up a clash that could reverberate through the rest of his presidency. On one level, the first action from Mueller’s team produced a narrow pair of indictments, plus a guilty plea by a peripheral Trump campaign player. Mueller this morning dropped charges on Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, and…

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