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Schumer: Trump should thank President Obama for economy

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Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said the two words Donald Trump should say in his State of the Union address about the economy are: "Thanks, Obama."

Schumer said on Tuesday that Trump should thank President Obama for the country's economic growth during his first State of the Union speech.

"If you're going to pat yourself on the back, give a shoutout to Barack Obama because he did even better than you in job creation," Schumer said, according to the Hill.

He added that Donald Trump was handed an "already healthy economy," but "two words we won't hear Trump say tonight about the economy: 'Thanks, Obama.' "

Sen. Chuck Schumer pointed to the 2.24 million jobs added in 2016 compared to the 2.06 million jobs added in 2017.

John Kerry considering presidential run in 2020: report

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Former Secretary of State John Kerry told Palestinian officials that he is strongly considering running for president in 2020 to take on Donald Trump, whom he said would soon be removed from office, according to a new report.

According to comments reported by the Israel newspaper Maariv, John Kerry told Palestinian officials that he was strongly considering a run in 2020 and hinted that Trump will likely not be in office much longer in strongly worded conversation Wednesday.

Kerry also commented on the ongoing efforts of the Trump administration to negotiate a peace plan between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and suggested that Abbas present his own peace plan in the wake of the White House's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital in December.

"Maybe it is time for the Palestinians to define their peace principles and present a positive plan," Kerry said during the interview.

Melania Trump furious after being blindsided by report of Trump Stormy daniel payment: Report

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Melania Trump was reportedly enraged by reports that Trump's personal lawyer arranged a hush-money payment to a porn star, prompting her to skip out on attending the World Economic Forum in Davos with her husband, according to the New York Times.

Tuesday's State of the Union address is set to be her first public appearance since news of the affair and payment went public earlier this month.

Melania's aides told the Times that she has been focusing on her “role and her family.”

A spokesperson for Melania said earlier this week that recent reports about the Trumps' marriage are “salacious” and “unrealistic scenarios being peddled daily by the fake news.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Will Not Attend Trump’s First State Of The Union

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will not attend Donald Trump's first State of the Union tomorrow, after not attending Trump's address to Congress last year.

Ginsburg did not attend Trump's address to Congress last year after attending all eight of President Obama's addresses.

The Associated Press reported that Ginsburg is scheduled to be at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island for her speaking tour on Tuesday.

While Ginsburg has been critical of Donald Trump in the past, her talk at the university was announced last August.

Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas also did not attend Trump's address.

Donald Trump will deliver tomorrow his first State of the Union address.

Justice Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements about me. Her mind is shot - resign! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 13, 2016

Hillary Clinton reads from 'Fire and Fury' in surprise Grammy appearance

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Hillary Clinton made a surprise appearance during the Grammys with an audition to record the audiobook of Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury," reading an excerpt about Donald Trump preferring to eat McDonald's because of his "fear about being poisoned."

The video [below] showed Hillary Clinton and several famous musicians, including John Legend, Cardi B, Snoop Dogg and Cher, reading extracts from Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury.

"He had a longtime fear of being poisoned — one reason why he liked to eat at McDonald’s. No one knew he was coming and the food was safely pre-made," Hillary Clinton read in a surprise appearance during the 60th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.

Following her reading, Grammys host James Corden entered the scene, exclaiming, "That's it — that's the one!"

"You think so?" Hillary Clinton replied with a smile. "The Grammy’s in the bag?"

WATCH:

On the hunt for a GRAMMY Award of his own, James Corde…

Graham: Everybody in the White House knows it would be the end of Trump's presidency if he fired Mueller

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After a report that Donald Trump tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last year, Sen. Lindsey Graham said it seems "pretty clear to me that everybody in the White House knows it would be the end of Trump's presidency if he fired Mueller." [VIDEO BELOW]

"I don't know if the story is true or not, but I know this: Mueller should look at it," Graham said on ABC's "This Week.

"The investigation needs to go forward without political interference, and I'm sure it will," Graham added. "As a matter of fact, I think Mr. Mueller is the perfect guy to get to the bottom of all this, and he will."

"I see no evidence Donald Trump wants to fire Mr. Mueller now," he continued. "I don't know what happened last year, but it's pretty clear to me that everybody in the White House knows it would be the end of Trump's presidency if he fired Mr. Mueller."

WATCH:

On the report that President Trump tried to fire R…

Hillary Clinton Responds to Report That She Kept Adviser After He Was Accused of Sexual Misconduct

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Hillary Clinton responded to a report that she protected a top aide accused of sexual harassment during her 2008 presidential campaign.

"A story appeared today about something that happened in 2008," Hillary Clinton tweeted. "I was dismayed when it occurred, but was heartened the young woman came forward, was heard, and had her concerns taken seriously and addressed."

A story appeared today about something that happened in 2008. I was dismayed when it occurred, but was heartened the young woman came forward, was heard, and had her concerns taken seriously and addressed. — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 27, 2018
"I called her today to tell her how proud I am of her and to make sure she knows what all women should: we deserve to be heard," she added in a separate tweet.

I called her today to tell her how proud I am of her and to make sure she knows what all women should: we deserve to be heard. — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 27, 2018
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Hillary Clinton gives a shout out to "the activist b----es supporting b----es" in a new video

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Hillary Clinton gave a shout out to "the activist b----es supporting b----es" in a new video, thanking supporters "for your feminism, for your activism, and all I can hope is you keep up the really important, good work." [VIDEO BELOW]

Hillary Clinton made the comments in a video posted to Twitter on Friday by Huffington Post commentator Alex Mohajer.

"Hey everyone, I just wanted to say thanks," she said in the video. "Thanks for your feminism, for your activism, and all I can hope is you keep up the really important, good work."

"And let me just say, this is directed to the activist b----es supporting b----es, so let’s go," Hillary added.

WATCH:

A message "to all the activist bitches supporting bitches" by the inimitable @HillaryClinton. pic.twitter.com/fnUfsJnUN4 — Alex Mohajer (@AlexMohajer) January 27, 2018
It's unclear exactly when or where the video was taken.

Colbert: Melania canceled Davos trip because she was afraid the weather would be 'too Stormy'

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Stephen Colbert on Wednesday mocked allegations that Trump had an affair with Stormy Daniels, saying "Melania canceled her trip to Davos, Switzerland, with her husband due to 'Stormy' weather." [VIDEO BELOW]

"Yes, there were logistical issues," Stephen Colbert said after Melania's excuse for canceling her trip to Davos with Donald Trump. "For instance, the weather. She was afraid it was going to be too Stormy."

Melania Trump's spokeswoman announced Monday that Melania would not attend the World Economic Forum with Trump due to "scheduling and logistical issues."

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Colbert's comments come after allegations published in In Touch magazine that Donald Trump in 2006 had an affair with an adult film star, Stormy Daniels.

But Melania has not made a public statement regarding the allegations.

New reports suggest Mueller is building an obstruction of justice case against Trump

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There are new reports indicate that Mueller's recent interviews pertain to whether Donald Trump obstructed justice by firing James Comey.

Bloomberg reported this week that the special counsel is close to finishing the investigation into obstruction of justice.

CNN has reported that Mueller has communicated to Trump’s legal team that Mueller would like to interview Trump on why he fired James Comey and Trump said Wednesday that he'd be willing to speak with him under oath.

Bill Barr, who served as attorney general under George H.W. Bush told the Hill that Donald Trump should be the last person interviewed for both investigations.

"Testimony under oath about the obstruction charges would be a bloodbath for Trump," former U.S. attorney Harry Litman wrote for Lawfare this week. 

The White House also believes it’s time to bring the investigation to a close.

There are questions about how the special counsel could prove Trump intended to obstruct justice without evidence of an un…

Former GOP lawmaker: If Trump has nothing to hide, why does he try to fire everyone who's investigating him?

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Former GOP Rep. Joe Walsh told his followers in a tweet Friday morning that Donald Trump's reported order to fire Robert Mueller last year might point to the likelihood that he was hiding something.

"He fired FBI Dir Comey. He tried to fire Asst FBI Dir McCabe. He wanted to fire Att Gen Sessions. He ordered the firing of Special Counsel Mueller. I could go on," Walsh said in a tweet Friday morning.

"For a guy who says he didn't do anything wrong, why does he try to fire everyone who's investigating him?"

Walsh's tweet comes a day after The New York Times reported that Donald Trump ordered his White House lawyer, Don McGahn, to fire Robert Mueller last June, but McGahn refused the order, threatening to resign from his position instead.

He fired FBI Dir Comey. He tried to fire Asst FBI Dir McCabe. He wanted to fire Att Gen Sessions. He ordered the firing of Special Counsel Mueller. I could go on.

For a guy who says he didn't do anything wrong, why doe…

Melania Trump skips Davos, makes unannounced trip to Florida

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Melania Trump has made an unscheduled solo trip to West Palm Beach, home of Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, after canceling plans at the last minute to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos with her husband, CNN reported.

Before arriving in Florida on Thursday, she made another unannounced visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., in recognition of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is on Saturday.

Days ago, Melania's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, announced at the last minute that Melania would not be accompanying Donald on his overseas trip to Switzerland. 

Melania and Donald Trump did not publicly celebrate their thirteenth wedding anniversary on Monday. 

Trump says he is willing to be interviewed under oath in Russia probe: 'I'm looking forward to it, actually'

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Trump is vowing to speak with Mueller under oath as part of his investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia’s election interference in 2016, saying “I'm looking forward to it.”

Donald Trump told reporters that he plans to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller and he expects the interview to occur in the next two to three weeks, but his lawyers are still determining the specifics.

"I'm looking forward to it," Trump said when asked whether he would submit to questioning by Mueller's team.

"I would do it under oath," he added.

Trump said he was willing to talk because of his belief there was "no collusion" between his campaign and Russia.  

"I couldn't have cared less about Russians having to do with my campaign. The fact is — you people won't say this but I'll say it — I was a much better candidate than her," Trump said, referring to Hillary Clinton.

Special counsel Robert Mueller presents Trump lawyers with long list of topics for Trump interview

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Special counsel Robert Mueller has informed Donald Trump's lawyers he wants to question Trump about a long list of topics, including his firing of former FBI Director James Comey, the firing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump's communication with congressional leaders asking them to end the Russia probe, according to a new report Wednesday.

CNN reported that Robert Mueller's team sent Trump's lawyers a list of potential interview topics. 

Mueller wants to know about Trump's reaction to Comey's May 2017 testimony on Capitol Hill, which reportedly angered Donald Trump. 

He also wants to learn more about Trump's outreach to intelligence leaders about the Russia investigation.

Attorneys for Donald Trump, as well as the spokesman for the office of the special counsel, declined to comment.

Joint fundraiser run by all former presidents has raised over $40 million for disaster relief

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A joint fundraiser run by all five living former presidents has raised over $40 million from over 100,000 donors to provide disaster relief for the victims of recent hurricanes in the US, according to a new report from the Hill.

The One America Appeal, founded by all five living past presidents to raise recovery funds for areas in the U.S. that were decimated by massive hurricanes over the summer, said in a statement that more than 110,000 donors helped raise the money for groups on the front lines of the relief efforts.

One America Appeal was founded after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and the surrounding area with severe flooding in August. 

It expanded its efforts to aid the recovery in Florida after Hurricane Irma, and in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria.

Biden: President Obama was blocked by McConnell from taking action against Russian interference before election

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Joe Biden said during an appearance at the Council on Foreign Relations that President Obama was blocked by GOP leader Mitch McConnell from taking action against Russian interference before the presidential election because he refused to sign a bipartisan declaration, making it impossible for Barack Obama to take unilateral action without the move being seen as a partisan attack. 

"The bottom line was it was tricky as hell. It’s easy now to say, 'Well, maybe we should’ve said more,'" Joe Biden said Tuesday.

"Initial intelligence community reports showed that Russia was attempting to delegitimize the United States' electoral process," Biden added. 

President Obama faced a difficult choice about whether to speak out. If he publicly declared Russia was attempting to influence the election, Biden worried he'd be accused of "unilaterally" trying to tip the vote in Hillary Clinton's favor.

"What do you think would have happened?" Biden…

President Barack Obama just gave former staffers the wedding surprise of a lifetime

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When two former White House staffers asked President Barack Obama if he would attend their wedding, he suggested something even better: Officiating the ceremony.

President Obama officiated a wedding for two of his former White House staffers, Dana Remus and Brett Holmgren, in Washington over the weekend, according to Washingtonian.

Dana Remus, a former lawyer for President Obama's administration.

Brett Holmgren, who served as a special assistant to the president and on the National Security Council as senior director for intelligence programs.

"We had decided to invite him because he was such an important part of our lives, we asked him if he could attend the wedding, and as we discussed it, he was intrigued with the idea of officiating a wedding," Holmgren said, according to Washingtonian.

Brett Holmgren's mother told the magazine that Barack Obama gave "very sincere remarks" that "came from the heart," personally commending the kind of people they we…

Protests have erupted in Switzerland ahead of Trump's Davos trip: "Trump Not Welcome."

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Protests have erupted in Switzerland ahead of Donald Trump's visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos as thousands took to the streets in at least two major cities holding signs that read “Dump Trump” and “Trump Not Welcome.”

One protester told Reuters that Donald Trump is just one of the other people we disagree with. We’ve been protesting every year now against the World Economic Forum and if Trump comes or not we don't care.

In Zurich, 2,000 protesters marched toward the city’s financial district, carrying banners reading "No Trump, no coal, no gas, no fossil fuels" and "Dump Trump."

At least one person carried a sign reading "who was the shithole?" in reference to Trump's reported remarks about Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.

Impressionen der Anti #trump Demo in #zurich#WEF2018#wef18@StadtpolizeiZH@NZZ@tagesanzeiger@20minpic.twitter.com/NaM9PNnpCB — M. C. aus Z. (@mcaviglia) January 23, 2018
Unfortunatly coward Switzerland denied e…

Vast majority of Americans say Trump should be required to take mental health exam

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Vast majority of Americans say Donald Trump should be required to take an annual mental health examination while in office, according to a new CNN poll released today. 

77 percent of Americans said Trump should be required to undergo an annual exam that would check for mental health concerns like Alzheimer’s disease, and 82 percent said he should be required to take an annual physical exam.

The poll also found that only 37 percent of Democrats saying presidents should have the right to keep the information private, a 20-point drop from the 2004 results.

The poll comes amid national conversations about Donald Trump’s mental fitness for office. 

White House Dr. Ronny Jackson examined Donald Trump earlier this month, saying "There’s no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive issues."

"I’ve found no reason whatsoever to think the president has any issues whatsoever with his thought processes," Jackson said in a press briefing.

Mueller wants to question Trump as soon as next week about his firings of Comey and Flynn

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Special counsel Robert Mueller wants to question Donald Trump as soon as next week about his firings of former FBI Director James Comey and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to a new report.

Donald Trump's legal team could present conditions for Donald Trump to interview with Robert Mueller’s investigators as soon as next week, according to two people familiar with Mueller’s investigation told The Washington Post.

The Washington Post's report comes after The New York Times reported Tuesday that Jeff Sessions was interviewed last week by Special counsel Robert Mueller's team as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Justice Department confirmed that Jeff Sessions was questioned for several hours by Mueller’s investigators as part of the ongoing probe into collusion with Russia.

Melania Trump refusing to accompany Donald Trump on Trip to Davos, Switzerland

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Melania will no longer join her husband Donald Trump on his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland later this week, days after porn star Stormy Daniels was revealed to have said in a 2011 interview that she had an affair with Trump after he was married to Melania, according to a new report from CNN.

Melania Trump's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN that Melania will skip the trip over "scheduling and logistical issues."

Donald Trump will travel to the gathering of global elites later this week. 

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, made a $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 election to stay quiet about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump in 2006.

Poll: More Americans credit President Obama than Trump for economy

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Half of Americans credit President Obama with the state of the US economy, compared to 38 percent who credit Donald Trump, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.

The poll released Sunday found that 50 percent of Americans believe the Obama administration deserves credit for the U.S. economy, while 38 percent said the same of the Trump administration.

58 percent of Americans believe that the economy is in good shape, the highest number in 17 years, according to the poll.

Donald Trump said in a tweet that those participating in the Women’s March, a protest against him and his policies, should be celebrating the “unprecedented economic success and wealth creation” that has taken place during his administration.

Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 yea…

Donald Trump believes his hair has some kind of magic powers

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Stormy Daniels revealed in the full 2011 interview published by InTouch on Friday that Donald Trump believes his hair has some kind of magic powers, no matter what people say about it.

"I asked him about his hair," Stormy Daniels said during the interview. "I was like, ‘Dude, what’s up with that?’ and he laughed and he said, ‘You know, everybody wants to give me a makeover and I’ve been offered all this money and all these free treatments.’"

"And I was like, 'What is the deal? Don’t you want to upgrade that?' Come on, man," Daniels added. "He said that he thought that if he cut his hair or changed it, that he would lose his power and his wealth."

Then she said she laughed hysterically at him.

Emmanuel Macron: Trump must "respect all the countries."

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French President Emmanuel Macron criticized Donald Trump's alleged use of the word "shitholes" to describe certain countries while discussing immigration with lawmakers earlier this month, according to CNN.

"It's not a word you can use, we have to respect all the countries," Emmanuel Macron said in a new interview on the BBC's "The Andrew Marr Show." 

"I think a lot of our issues in both the Middle East and in Africa is due to a lot of frustrations due to a lot of past humiliations," Macron added.

The French President also said he has a "very direct relationship with Donald Trump."

Donald Trump faced accusations of racism for his reported comments at a White House immigration meeting with lawmakers, but he denied he is racist.

Cher: 'If you want a job done right, get a woman'

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Thousands of women turned out for a Women's March rally in Las Vegas that encouraged women to run for office, featuring speakers like Cher who told the crowd, "if you want a job done right, get a woman," according to CNN.

Cher, who has been a vocal opponent of Donald Trump, said during the event that "if you want a job done right, get a woman." 

"This is one of the worst times in our history, and that's why I honestly believe that women are going to be the ones that fix it," she added.

She also encouraged women to "own" their right to vote, saying "Just stay strong and remember, if you don't have a vote, you don't have a voice." 

President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards, who attended the event, called for women to run for office.

"Women have beaten the odds to elect our own. Last year we dared to hope for a better, brighter, more equal and inclusive world,” Richards said. “And this year we're going to go out …

4+ Of The Best Signs From The 2018 Women’s March

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Hundreds of thousands of women and men took to the streets in hundreds of cities around the world with one united message, "they won't remain silent while Trump's hateful political agenda harms millions of people." 

But Trump took to Twitter on Saturday to praise participants in the 2018 Women’s March, despite the fact that many of the protests were directed squarely at him.

Beautiful weather all over our great country, a perfect day for all Women to March. Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2018




For our country, the protest was aimed at encouraging women across the country to vote and get involved in the upcoming 2018 midterm elections.

Hillary Clinton: Women's Marches showed 'the power and resilience of women everywhere'

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Hillary Clinton said she wants to see "that same power in the voting booth this year." 

Hillary Clinton praised Women's March events around the country on Saturday, saying they showed "the power and resilience of women everywhere."

"In 2017, the Women’s March was a beacon of hope and defiance. In 2018, it is a testament to the power and resilience of women everywhere," she said. "Let’s show that same power in the voting booth this year." 

In 2017, the Women’s March was a beacon of hope and defiance. In 2018, it is a testament to the power and resilience of women everywhere. Let’s show that same power in the voting booth this year. #PowerToThePolls — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) January 20, 2018
Thousands of women took to the streets in hundreds of cities across the country, speaking out against Donald Trump on the anniversary of his inauguration and pushing for women's rights.

Los Angeles had its largest Women's March yet, with more…

GOP senator: "Our country was founded by geniuses, but it's being run by idiots"

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Republican Sen. John Kennedy on Friday told reporters that our country was founded by geniuses, but it's being run by idiots.

"Our country was founded by geniuses, but it's being run by idiots," Kennedy told reporters hours before the government was set to enter a shutdown.

Sen. Orrin Hatch made similar remarks on the Senate floor, saying that the Senate has “some really stupid people.”

"This is the greatest country in the world, but we do have some really stupid people representing it from time to time, and with that, I probably have gone too far saying that, but it's true and it's disappointing to me," Sen. Orrin Hatch said.

The two Republicans’ comments come as Congress barrels towards the first government shutdown since 2013.

WATCH:

"Our country was founded by geniuses, but it's being run by idiots," Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) says as government shutdown looms. pic.twitter.com/xBIT6fYG9H — CBS News (@CBSNews) January 19, 2018

DNC chairman Tom Perez: 'The Republican Party Is Officially Dead'

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Tom Perez declared in a new interview on Politico's "Off Message" podcast that the Republican Party is no longer the "party of Lincoln."

The chair of the Democratic National Committee, Tom Perez said that the GOP is now defined by its current stewards — namely insurgent figures, like Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell.

"The party of Lincoln is officially dead," Perez said during the interview. "It has become the party of Donald Trump, Roy Moore, Joe Arpaio, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell."

Joe Arpaio, the a controversial former Arizona county sheriff, was convicted last year of ignoring a federal court order to stop racially profiling suspects. But Donald Trump eventually pardoned him.

Tom Perez also criticized Paul Ryan for his response to Trump's reported comments decrying immigration from "shithole countries." 

"It’s 'unfortunate' when it rains before a Nats game," Perez told Politico. "It’s unconscionable when s…

President Obama Is Returning to Politics in 2018, and Trump Should Be Worried

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President Obama is preparing to break his silence and hit the campaign trail in support of Democratic candidate around the country ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, according to a new report from Politico.

President Obama is set to begin endorsing down-ballot candidates, making fundraiser appearances and campaigning for Democrats. He's reportedly already discussing plans with Tom Perez and Eric Holder.

"He's going to be out there for candidates, he’ll be out there helping us in meaningful ways, not just in fundraising," Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez told Politico.

"The guy was a state senator in ’04 and he was president of the United States four years later," Perez said. "He knows something about winning elections and building a brand."

It's Michelle's Birthday! President Obama wishes Michelle happy birthday in heartfelt post

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President Barack Obama took to his Instagram account today to wish his wife, Michelle, a happy birthday in heartfelt post.

President Obama wrote:

"You’re not only my wife and the mother of my children, you’re my best friend. I love your strength, your grace, and your determination. And I love you more each day. Happy Birthday, Michelle Obama."

You're not only my wife and the mother of my children, you're my best friend. I love your strength, your grace, and your determination. And I love you more each day. Happy Birthday, @MichelleObama A post shared by Barack Obama (@barackobama) on Jan 17, 2018 at 12:52pm PST

Michelle Obama also posted on Instagram account a photo of flowers she received from President Obama and wrote:

"Thank you Barack Obama for the beautiful flowers waiting for me in the office this morning. You're my best friend, biggest fan, and getting notes and flowers from you will never get old."

She also extended her gratitude to people around the…

Bannon is planning to tell Mueller everything he knows about the Trump-Russia scandal: report

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Steve Bannon is reportedly planning to drop his resistance and “answer any questions” asked by special counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators when he appears before a grand jury as part of the ongoing probe into collusion with Russia, according to a new report.

NBC News reported early Wednesday that Steve Bannon intends to "answer any questions" asked by the special counsel. 

Similarly, Axios reported that Bannon "intends to fully cooperate with Robert Mueller."

The Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Steve Bannon to come back again on Thursday, after he declined to answer investigators' questions, according to MSNBC.

Michelle Obama: "Thank you Barack Obama for the beautiful flowers waiting for me in the office this morning"

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It's Michelle Obama's Birthday. Michelle Obama is celebrating her birthday today and posted on Instagram account a photo of flowers she received from her husband President Barack Obama.

"Thank you Barack Obama for the beautiful flowers waiting for me in the office this morning," Michelle Obama said in a caption on Instagram.

"You're my best friend, biggest fan, and getting notes and flowers from you will never get old."

She also extended her gratitude to people around the country who sent her cards and posted on social media for her birthday.

"And to the many people from around the country who sent cards and posted on social media, you have no idea how much we love hearing from you," Michelle Obama said.

"I know birthdays can sometimes be bittersweet (54!), but your messages of hope, generosity, and warmth have always reminded me how lucky and blessed we are."

Thank you @BarackObama for the beautiful flowers waiting for me in the office th…

Top Intel Dem: Trump ordered Bannon not to answer questions during his congressional testimony

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Congressman Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said on Tuesday evening that Donald Trump ordered Steve Bannon not to answer questions during his congressional testimony even after being hit with a subpoena, calling the move a "breathtaking...gag order by the White House," according to a new report from the hill.

Steve Bannon refused to answer questions related to his time in the White House during 10 hours of testimony before the panel. 

Adam Schiff told reporters that the White House ordered Bannon to refuse again to answer any questions concerning the time during the transition and his time in the administration.

"The scope of this assertion of privilege—if that’s what it is—is breathtaking," Adam Schiff said. "It goes well beyond anything we’ve seen in this investigation … This was effectively a gag order by the White House."

"The witness declined to answer questions based on the instruction of the White House."

House Intel Subpoenas Steve Bannon After He Refuses To Answer Questions On Russia Investigation

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The House Intelligence Committee slapped Steve Bannon with a subpoena in the middle of his closed-door testimony today after he refused to answer questions about his time in the Trump White House, according to a new report from the hill

When Bannon was first questioned, he tried to claim "executive privilege" to avoid answering some questions related to his work with Donald Trump.

"I certainly think that when the committee expects an executive privilege, when does that attach is the question that is sort of dominating the day. You know, at what time does it attach? During the transition or during the actual swearing in?" Rep. Tom Rooney told reporters. 

The move to issue a subpoena during the middle of an interview is a departure from how committee lawmakers have handled other witnesses who have declined to answer certain questions.

Donald Trump condemned by pastor during sermon while Mike Pence 'sits in pews red-faced': report

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The pastor at a Maryland church condemned Donald Trump's comments calling Haiti and African nations "shithole countries" at a service attended by Mike Pence, causing Pence to quickly become red-faced.

The New York Daily News reported Monday that People attending the mass said Mike Pence was red-faced as the Rev. Maurice Watson spoke out against Trump's remarks.

"I stand today as your pastor to vehemently denounce and reject any such characterizations of the nations of Africa and of our brothers and sisters in Haiti," Watson said at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Largo.

"And I further say: Whoever made such a statement, whoever used such a visceral, disrespectful, dehumanizing adjective to characterize the nations of Africa, whoever said it, is wrong. And they ought to be held accountable."
Watson never mentioned Donald Trump by name, but his reference was clear to everyone including Mike Pence.

Lewandowski warned that Trump and Republicans have "a real problem" if Democrats retake the House

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Corey Lewandowski warned that Donald Trump and Republicans have "a real problem" if Democrats retake the House, noting that Democrats have some "good opportunities" to win back seats and will likely file articles of impeachment against Trump if they take back the chamber.

"The real concern right now is the Democrats are exceptionally motivated to run a campaign against this president. And if that's the case, they may have some good opportunities in front of them in the 2018 cycle," Lewandowski said in an interview with John Catsimatidis on New York radio station AM 970.

"If you look at the numbers, I think we've got 32 or 33 Republican members of Congress who have already announced they are not seeking reelection. The problem with that is the Democrats only have to take back 24 seats in the House in order to take over," Lewandowski added.

"Their goal is to first and foremost stop the president’s agenda. And, I think, their secondary go…

Joe Biden: Americans are 'living through a battle for the soul of this nation'

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Joe Biden said in a tweet that american values are being challenged but that the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. provides an example of how to respond.

"Dr. King said that change ‘comes through continuous struggle.’ As we celebrate his legacy today, we’re once again living through a battle for the soul of this nation," Joe Biden said via Twitter.

Dr. King said that change “comes through continuous struggle.” As we celebrate his legacy today, we’re once again living through a battle for the soul of this nation. We'll win this battle by following his example: standing up, getting involved, and demanding our voices be heard. — Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 15, 2018
Joe Biden responded last week to Trump comments, which calling Haiti and African countries "shithole countries," saying Trump’s remarks are “not what a president should believe.”

It’s not how a president should speak. It’s not how a president should behave. Most of all, it’s not what a president shou…

President Bill Clinton: Accusation that foundation paid for daughter's wedding a 'personal insult'

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President Bill Clinton on Saturday took to Twitter to deny allegations that Clinton Foundation funds were used to pay for his daughter Chelsea Clinton's wedding.

"No Clinton Foundation funds — dedicated to Haiti or otherwise —were used to pay for Chelsea's wedding," President Clinton wrote via Twitter. "It's not only untrue, it's a personal insult to me, to Hillary, and to Chelsea and Marc."

No Clinton Foundation funds—dedicated to Haiti or otherwise—were used to pay for Chelsea’s wedding. It’s not only untrue, it’s a personal insult to me, to Hillary, and to Chelsea and Marc.https://t.co/YEHqqYrsxW — Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) January 13, 2018
The allegation first surfaced in November of last year, after WikiLeaks published emails from Hillary Clinton's campaign in which John Podesta discussed the wedding and 'resources' from the Foundation being used.

President Clinton's response comes after Donald Trump reportedly called African nat…

Trump's name 'is NOT on the guestlist for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding'

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We all know that Donald Trump really wants an invitation to the Royal Wedding! But that invitation won’t be coming, according to a new report from Daily mail.

"Although the guest list hasn’t yet been announced, there is no reason he would be invited," a Royal Household sourcetold Daily mail. 

"Although the wedding is being attended by the Queen, it isn’t an official, state occasion. It is a family event," the source said.

"Unless the President was a close personal friend, which he is not, there would be no protocol, no reason for him to be invited," the source added. "Harry and Meghan have made clear that this is very much an occasion and a celebration for their close family and friends."

It looks like Donald Trump faces a second setback following the cancellation of a planned visit to Britain next month.

Dem lawmaker to Trump: I support an immigration system like the one your grandfather used to come to US

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Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu said he supports a merit system based on the same criteria that allowed your grandfather to immigrate to America, referring to Trump's grandfather, who came to America from Germany at the age of 16, did not speak English well, was poor, and started off as a barber.

"Dear Donald Trump: Your grandfather came to America at the age of 16, did not speak English well, was poor, and started off as a barber," Ted Lieu tweeted. "So yes, I will support a merit system based on the same criteria that allowed your grandfather to immigrate to America." 

Dear @realDonaldTrump: Your grandfather came to America at the age of 16, did not speak English well, was poor, and started off as a barber. So yes, I will support a merit system based on the same criteria that allowed your grandfather to immigrate to America. https://t.co/enfOJskDWp — Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 14, 2018
Donald Trump said Sunday morning via Twitter that he wants “people coming into our…

President Clinton: Working in Haiti, for the [United Nations] and as a private citizen, is one of the great honors of my life.

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President Bill Clinton fired back at Donald Trump after reports surfaced that Trump demanded to know why the U.S. admits so many immigrants from "shithole countries," like Haiti, El Salvador and several in Africa.

President Clinton said in a tweet that the countries Trump described with his comments "do not exist."

"I’ve traveled and worked in Haiti, and across Africa and Central America. The countries the president described with his epithet do not exist," President Clinton tweeted.  

I’ve traveled and worked in Haiti, and across Africa and Central America. The countries the president described with his epithet do not exist. Some thoughts as we remember those lost in Haiti eight years ago today: https://t.co/iXJwEAo2f6 — Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) January 12, 2018
President Clinton also expressed his admiration for the people of Haiti on the eight-year anniversary of the earthquake that took the lives of thousands of people on the island.

"Working in H…