Author: Domenico Montanaro

Is Trump Guilty Of Obstruction Of Justice? Comey Laid Out The Case

NPR Former FBI Director James Comey takes his seat to testify at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday. Andrew Harnik/AP All we want are the facts, ma’am. During his congressional testimony Thursday, James Comey played his best Sgt. Joe Friday, the protagonist of the 1950s Dragnet TV series known for that signature line. Asked if he thought President Trump obstructed justice, Comey, the fired FBI director, declined to give his opinion. “I don’t know,” Comey said. “That — that’s Bob Mueller’s job to sort that out.” Mueller is the former FBI director, who is now the...

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Why The Russia Investigation Matters And Why You Should Care

NPR Some people have FOMO that they might miss an Orlando Bloom waitress update. Others have a fear of missing out when it comes to the latest on whether Michael Flynn is going to turn over documents that have been requested by Congress — and what’s going to happen next in the Russia investigation. Your author is in the latter category — and doesn’t really know how much people care about Orlando Bloom and his waitryst (see what we did there?), but it was a trending Google search. There is a divide in this country — and it’s not...

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The Shadowy History Of Secret White House Tapes

NPR In 2003, reporters listen to the then-newly released 240 hours of Nixon White House recorded conversations at the National Archives in College Park, Md. Joyce Naltchayan/AFP/Getty Images Donald Trump wasn’t the first president to think the mainstream media was “fake news” — and determined to do something about it. In 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was irritated with reporting on a leaked conversation between himself and senators that portrayed his position toward the emerging threat of Germany as “the American frontier is on the Rhine.” In other words, FDR appeared to be pledging — in private — not to...

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Suspicious Timing And Convenient Reasoning For Trump’s Firing Of Comey

NPR Enlarge this image James Comey after testifying on Capitol Hill March 20. It was the first time he publicly acknowledged the FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump associates and Russia. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption toggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP The White House says President Trump fired James Comey because of how he handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Let that sink in for a moment. The president, who, as a candidate, campaigned before crowds that chanted, “Lock her up,” is telling the American people that he summarily fired the FBI director by letter, because he went...

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Say It Ain’t So: 129 People Have Already Filed To Run For President In 2020

NPR The 2020 election cycle might have already started. The Federal Election Commission shows that 129 people have filed to run for president in the next election. Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR There are way too many signs that the 2020 election is already beginning. Consider: -Here’s a crazy stat: 129 people have already filed to run for president in 2020, as of Friday afternoon. In fairness, in 2016, more than 1,700 filed. But… -One of them is President Trump. He’s not only already set up a reelection committee earlier maybe than anyone in history, but his campaign released...

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Donald Trump: Great For Ratings, But What About Governing?

NPR Through a video camera viewfinder, President Trump is seen addressing the crowd during the Conservative Political Action Conference in February. Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images Let’s get this out of the way: health care and border-wall funding are probably not happening this week. There isn’t even a bill written for health care, and while conservatives like the draft language that’s circulating, moderates don’t. It’s the same problem Republicans have had from the beginning — appeal to conservatives, lose the moderates; appeal to moderates, lose the conservatives. It’s like a water balloon — no matter which end...

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Trump’s First 100 Days: An ‘Entry-Level’ Presidency

NPR President Trump delivers remarks at the Treasury Department Friday. He announced his intention to unveil a tax plan before his 100 days are up Saturday. Shawn Thew/Pool/Getty Images With any new president, there’s a learning curve. But for President Trump, it’s been steeper than others. “Mount Everest” is how Barbara Perry, director of presidential studies at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, described it ahead of Trump’s 100th day in office, which is coming up Saturday, April 29. “It’s as steep as they come and ice-covered, and he didn’t bring very many knowledgeable Sherpas with him.”...

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A Special Election In Kansas Could Signal ‘Big League’ Problems For GOP, Trump

NPR President Trump recorded a robo call for the Republican in a special election in Kansas, signaling potential trouble for the GOP. It’s a race the party should have no trouble winning. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images A special election in Kansas Tuesday has Republicans sounding worried about an enthusiasm gap in the Trump era. Trump himself was apparently worried enough that he cut a robo call for Republican state party Treasurer Ron Estes. “On Tuesday, Republican Ron Estes needs your vote — and needs it badly,” the president says in the recorded call intended to boost Estes in the...

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