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Billionaire President : Donald Trump with more trouble ahead?
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Trump gets a pass from Senate Republicans

A growing number of GOP senators have said the White House staffer who joked about Sen. John McCain dying should apologize — but not to the president when he visited the Hill Tuesday.

"We were very positive in there," Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby said. "We mainly listened."

Outside the room, crises and controversies may be swirling around the president and his allies. Inside, the mood was one of calm confidence, said those present, with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul telling NBC News Trump was "very optimistic" about the GOP's hopes of keeping or expanding its Senate majority.

"He thinks our chances in 2018 are much better than have been reported," Paul said.
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Trump Watch: The real-world consequences of President Trump's decisions



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https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/16/polit...index.html

Trump's Korea hopes thrown into turmoil


Welcome, President Trump, to the infuriating, indecipherable game of North Korean nuclear diplomacy.

An unexpected series of threats from the enclosed Stalinist state threatened to nix next month's planned summit in Singapore between Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and sink White House hopes of a spectacular foreign policy success.

The warning delivered a jolt of reality, underscoring that despite weeks of positive steps by North Korea and Trump's gusher of praise for Kim, the process of negotiating with the inscrutable state remains as treacherous as ever.

First, North Korea shocked Washington by lashing out at US-South Korea military drills, saying they could lead to the summit being scrapped. Then in a more ominous development, it warned that if the White House required the dismantling of its nuclear arsenal up front, there was little point in talking.
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Seth Meyers: ‘The phrase ‘drain the swamp’ is now devoid of all meaning’


“After all your scandals, the phrase ‘drain the swamp’ is now devoid of all meaning,” Meyers shot back. “Trump’s cabinet has had one corruption scandal after another. And his personal fixer was literally selling access to the president. Trump didn’t drain the swamp. He bottled it and sold it as Dr Trump’s miracle healing elixir.”
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Trump's simple worldview is good for his enemies and bad for his allies
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Giuliani: Mueller's team told Trump's lawyers they can't indict a president


Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has informed President Donald Trump's attorneys that they have concluded that they cannot indict a sitting president, according to the President's lawyer.

"All they get to do is write a report," Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told CNN. "They can't indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling, they acknowledged that to us."

That conclusion is likely based on longstanding Justice Department guidelines. It is not about any assessment of the evidence Mueller's team has compiled.

A lack of an indictment would not necessarily mean the President is in the clear. Mueller could issue a report making referrals or recommendations to the House of Representatives.

The inability to indict a sitting president has been the position of the Office of Legal Counsel in the Justice Department since the Nixon administration and reaffirmed in the Clinton administration, but it has never been tested in court.
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In Rebuke of Trump, Tillerson Says Lies Are a Threat to Democracy


In a veiled rebuke of President Trump, former Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson warned on Wednesday that American democracy was threatened by a growing “crisis of ethics and integrity.”

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“If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer grounded in facts, then we as American citizens are on a pathway to relinquishing our freedom,” he said in a commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va.

Even small falsehoods and exaggerations are problematic, Mr. Tillerson said. He did not mention Mr. Trump by name, although the president is prone to both.

“When we as people, a free people, go wobbly on the truth even on what may seem the most trivial matters, we go wobbly on America,” he said.
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Here’s Why Trump’s Approval Rating Has Gone Up


And the president’s approval rating went up.

In fact, since the start of this year, the percentage of Americans looking on their nation’s leader favorably has risen steadily. This week, that figure hit sights unseen since James Comey’s last days at the FBI.
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Trump’s North Korea Nobel buzz could die with John Bolton

Is Trump’s biggest obstacle to a deal with North Korea his own national security adviser?

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National security adviser John Bolton (right) is famously contemptuous of what he considers naïve U.S. diplomacy with foreign adversaries who can only be trusted to cheat and lie.
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Man yelling 'anti-Trump' rhetoric opens fire at President's Miami-area golf resort

The man who opened fire early Friday at the Trump National Doral Golf Club had been yelling "anti-Trump ... rhetoric" there, Miami-Dade police Director Juan Perez said.

The suspect was identified as Jonathan Oddi, 42, of Doral, Florida. Oddi is in stable condition after police shot him in an exchange of gunfire, Perez said. A Doral police officer suffered broken bones but was not shot, the official said.

The gunman took a flag from a pole in the rear of the complex, brought it into the hotel lobby, draped it over a counter, yelled rhetoric against President Donald Trump and fired a gun into the air -- at the roof and chandeliers, Perez said.
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