Author: Jessica Taylor

Trump Son Admits To Meeting Russian Lawyer With Offer Of ‘Helpful’ Info For Campaign

NPR Enlarge this image The president’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., admitted Sunday in a statement that he met with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 who was said to have had information helpful to his father’s campaign against Hillary Clinton. He said the lawyer did not end up giving any information. Jeff Vinnick /Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Jeff Vinnick /Getty Images President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., admitted Sunday to meeting last summer with a Russian attorney because she “might have information helpful to” his father’s campaign. The meeting was first reported by the New...

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Trump Fails To Reach Beyond Base, As Independents’ Disapproval Grows

NPR President Trump speaks about policy changes he is making toward Cuba at the Manuel Artime Theater in the Little Havana neighborhood on June 16 in Miami. Joe Raedle/Getty Images President Trump’s support has eroded with independent voters since he took office. Though he still clings to a loyal base of supporters, his overall disapproval among Americans has reached record highs, according to a new NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll. Just 37 percent of Americans approve of the job Trump is doing just over five months into his tenure, while 51 percent disapprove. Forty percent of those polled strongly disapprove of...

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Just 17 Percent Of Americans Approve Of Republican Senate Health Care Bill

NPR Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-K.Y. (left), and Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, speak to members of the media outside the West Wing of the White House on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. Alex Wong/Getty Images Americans broadly disapprove of the Senate GOP’s health care bill, and they’re unhappy with how Republicans are handling the efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a new NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist poll. Just 17 percent of those surveyed say they approve of the Senate’s health care plan, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Fifty-five percent say they disapprove,...

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BREAKING NEWS: Comey Agrees To Testify Before The Senate Intelligence Committee

NPR Then-FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee during an oversight hearing earlier this month before he was fired by President Trump. Eric Thayer/Getty Images Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in an open session. “The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the...

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Report: Trump Told Russians He Fired ‘Nut Job’ Comey Because Of Investigation

NPR U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) next to Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergei Kislyak at the White House in Washington on May 10. Russian Foreign Ministry Photo/AP President Trump told Russian officials last week he had fired the “nut job” FBI Director James Comey in order to ease the pressure of the mounting investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, according to a report from the New York Times. “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump told the Russian foreign minister and...

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Some Vulnerable Republicans Begin To Question Timing Of Comey’s Firing

NPR Enlarge this image Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia, seen at the Capitol in March, is among the Republicans questioning the timing of FBI Director James Comey’s firing. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption toggle caption J. Scott Applewhite/AP In response to President Trump’s surprising firing Tuesday night of FBI Director James Comey, congressional Republicans largely maintained a united front and resisted calls for a special prosecutor to helm the ongoing investigation into Russia and the election. However, cracks in that unity began to emerge in the day that followed, with key senators and some vulnerable House members voicing concern...

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Georgia Democrats See Chance To Send A Message With Special Election Upset

NPR Campaign signs and map adorn the walls of Democratic congressional candidate Jon Ossoff’s campaign office in Chamblee, Ga. Jessica Taylor/NPR Democrats in Georgia’s 6th District aren’t exactly used to the fact that they might actually win something. “It’s just so wonderful to have a potential for a progressive Democrat to capture the district, and to send a message that we don’t approve of the Trump agenda and the direction he’s taking the country in,” Bruce Johnson said as he gathered at Jon Ossoff’s campaign office on Saturday morning to begin knocking on doors ahead of Tuesday’s Johnson, 58,...

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Why The Freedom Caucus Shouldn’t Worry About Primary Threats From President Trump

NPR Freedom Caucus chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., talks about health care earlier this month and conservatives’ opposition to the health care bill proposed by GOP leadership and the White House. Mark Wilson/Getty Images Since the Republican health care bill died recently, President Trump has been looking to shift blame for the early failure in his administration. Last week, he found an easy scapegoat — the conservative House Freedom Caucus, that had voiced reservations about the Affordable Care Act replacement plan from the outset. In a series of tweets, the president raised the specter of even backing primary challengers...

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