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Trump: Fake News Is Even Worse Than Recent Poll Shows!

President Donald Trump believes a new poll showing that nearly half of Americans believe the news media is inventing stories about his administration is actually low-balling the issue. On Wednesday night he tweeted, quoting a poll that Fox News reported on , but was actually published by Politico ...

Bipartisan Group Of Governors Urge Congress To Stabilize Health Market

A bipartisan group of governors on Wednesday night sent a letter to Congressional leaders urging them to pass legislation to stabilize Obamacare's individual health market. “We urge Congress to quickly pass legislation to stabilize our private health insurance markets and make quality health ...

Obama Letters To Ex Girlfriend Made Public At Emory University

WASHINGTON — A young Barack Obama questioned his place in the world and his racial identity, agonized over whether he'd make enough money as a community organizer, and lamented his incompatibility with his ex-girlfriend in 30 pages of letters he wrote to her that are now being archived by Emory ...

Trump Flip Flop On Bipartisan Health Bill Proves He's An Unpredictable Force

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic trading partner as he kicks thorny policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants. His rapid backpedal on a short-term health care fix this week is the latest example to leave Republicans ...

Admin Reportedly Wrote Statement On Niger Attack But WH Never Released It

Staff with the National Security Council wrote a statement for President Donald Trump addressing the deadly attack on American soldiers in Niger soon after the attack occurred earlier in October, but the President never released the statement, Politico reported on Wednesday. The draft was circulated ...

Some Tourists Think They Were Hit In Cuba Attacks As Well

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to ...

Obama To Campaign For NJ And Virginia Dem Gubernatorial Candidates Thursday

WASHINGTON — Former President Barack Obama is returning to the campaign trail to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they gear up for next month's elections. Thursday's events mark the first time the former president is stepping back into the political ...

This Is How UF Is Preparing For Richard Spencer’s First Post-C'Ville Speech

White nationalist Richard Spencer is slated to give his first speech since the fatal rally in Charlottesville, Virginia on Thursday at the University of Florida, and with tensions running high, the Gainesville community is grappling with conflicting approaches on how to respond. The university ...

Google Briefs House, Senate Intel Committees Ahead Of Hearings

WASHINGTON — Tech giant Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media. Officials from Google talked to investigators behind closed doors in recent weeks as part of ...

CNN: Kelly Caught Off-Guard By Trump's Comments About His Son's Death

White House chief of staff John Kelly did not expect President Donald Trump to bring up his son's death in 2010 in Afghanistan, CNN reported late Wednesday, days after Trump claimed that former President Barack Obama did not call Kelly at the time. CNN reported, citing multiple unnamed White House ...

Everything Is Fine

Russia ran a Tennessee Republican Party twitter account that had 10 times more followers than the Twitter account of the actually Tennessee GOP.

HuffPost: Roy Moore's Charity Accepted Donation From Nazi-Founded Group

Roy Moore’s charitable foundation accepted a $1,000 donation from a group founded by an open Nazi sympathizer in 2005, HuffPost reported Wednesday, citing public tax records. The Foundation to Defend the First Amendment was founded by Nazi sympathizer Willis Carto, according to HuffPost. ...

Dem Senators Request GAO Probe Of Trump's Bogus Voter Fraud Commission

Three Democratic senators wrote to the U.S. Government Accountability Office Wednesday requesting  an investigation into President Trump's much-criticized, sketchy voter fraud commission. The senators, Michael Bennet , Amy Klobuchar , and Cory Booker , say that the commission has not ...

Despite Bipartisan Breakthrough, Senate Remains Stuck In Health Care Hell

By Wednesday afternoon, after President Donald Trump had cycled through multiple positions on a deal to stabilize the Affordable Care Act's individual market—from qualified support to outright rejection and back again—the usually reserved Sen. Patty Murray had had it. “The President ...

Judge Rules Gov't To Allow Abortion For Undocumented Teen Immigrant

WASHINGTON — A judge has ordered the federal government to allow a pregnant 17-year old immigrant who entered the country illegally to undergo an abortion. U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan ordered Wednesday that authorities either transport the woman or allow her to be transported by ...

Voter Fraud Commissioner Demands More Info On What Commission Is Up To

Criticisms that President Trump's voter fraud commission is not operating transparently are now coming from within the hen house. A Democratic member of the commission sent a letter to its executive director seeking more information about the communications among commissioner members, with federal ...

Goodell: NFL Anthem Policy Remains The Same Although 'Everyone Should Stand'

NEW YORK — In the face of fan unrest and accusations from the president about the league being unpatriotic, the NFL is not changing its national anthem policy to require players to stand. Commissioner Roger Goodell and several owners said Wednesday at the league's fall meetings that altering ...

WaPo: Trump Promised $25K To Grieving Military Father But Never Sent A Check

President Donald Trump promised a grieving father $25,000 after his son, an Army corporal, was killed in Afghanistan in June. But he never followed through on the promise, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. Chris Baldridge told the Post that when Trump called him a few weeks after his ...

He Shouldn't Be President

Another simply bizarre new thread in the Trump bereavement call story. The Post called the families of service members who've died in the line of duty since Trump became President. There were some good stories, some bad; some had never heard from the President. There were a lot of what you might ...

Trump To Meet With Puerto Rico Governor Amid Hurricane Aid Backlash

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Donald Trump and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello will meet Thursday to discuss the recovery and rebuilding effort on the island after it was ravaged by back-to-back hurricanes. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Rosello will ...

White House: Kelly Thought Trump's Call To Soldier's Widow Was 'Respectful'

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday said President Donald Trump's chief of staff John Kelly thought Trump's phone call to the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger was “respectful” and “completely appropriate.” “He thought the call was ...

White House Says There's No Recording Of Trump's Call With Soldier's Widow

The White House on Wednesday said President Donald Trump did not record his phone call with the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger, though he claimed to have “proof” that Rep. Frederica Wilson’s account of his remarks was not accurate. “What proof does President ...

White House: Trump Opposes Senate Deal To Stabilize Obamacare

Alice Ollstein contributed reporting from Washington, D.C. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that President Donald Trump does not support a bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare’s individual market, reversing the White House's stance once again. But as Sanders ...

Editor's Brief

Yes, Trump is making a total mess of the Alexander-Murray deal.

This Captures It Perfectly

At almost exactly the same moment that Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters in the White House briefing room that President Trump opposes the Alexander-Murray deal to stabilize Obamacare, Sen. Lamar Alexander himself was telling reporters, including TPM's Alice Ollstein, that he didn't think Trump ...

Rick Perry: Brouhaha Over Calls To Families Of Fallen Soldiers ‘Asinine’

Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry brushed off the controversy that President Donald Trump started by criticizing the way past presidents treated the families of fallen soldiers, by calling the debate “asinine” and a “waste of time.” “It even boils down to splitting ...

Russian Troll Farm Ran Twitter Account Posting In Tennessee GOP's Name

A Twitter account that posted under the Tennessee Republican Party's name was actually run by the St. Petersburg-based Russian troll farm that purchased ads on Facebook and recruited as many as 100 unwitting activists in the United States, according to a new Russian report. Russian business ...

Sessions Won't Make 'Blanket Commitment' On Not Jailing Journalists

Attorney General Jeff Sessions would not give a straight answer to Sen. Amy Klobuchar's request to confirm that he will not put reporters in jail “for doing their jobs.” “I don't know if I can make a blanket commitment to that effect,” Sessions said during his hearing in ...

Sessions Won't Say If He Was Aware Of Trump's Draft Letter On Comey Firing

Attorney General Jeff Sessions refused to say on Wednesday whether he was aware of a draft of a letter that President Donald Trump reportedly wrote arguing that James Comey should be fired as FBI director because of the way he handled the Russia investigation. Trump reportedly dictated a letter ...

Key Stuff Here

Alice Ollstein got hold of the memos Dems and GOPs are circulating to members to whip support for the Alexander/Murray Obamacare stabilization bill. It gives a pretty clear sense of the rough sled Republicans could be heading into, as I noted yesterday.

Pence's Brother Launches Run For IN Congressional Seat VP Held For 12 Years

INDIANAPOLIS — Greg Pence, one of Mike Pence's older brothers, launched a campaign Wednesday for the eastern Indiana congressional seat that the vice president and former governor represented for 12 years. A campaign announcement video touts Greg Pence as a Republican who believes in ...

Mississippi's Jefferson Davis Elementary School Renamed In Honor Of Obama

The Jackson, Mississippi public school district board of education voted to change the name of one of its magnet elementary schools — named for the President of the Confederacy during the civil war — in honor of former President Barack Obama. The name change for the Jefferson Davis ...

How Both Sides Are Trying To Sell Their Bipartisan Obamacare Deal

Senators who have haggled for months over a deal to stabilize Obamacare's individual market released the draft text of their bill late Tuesday night, and have since been attempting to sell the plan to their wary colleagues. The proposal would fund cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers for two ...

WATCH LIVE: White House Holds Press Briefing At 2:30 PM ET

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders is scheduled to give an on-camera press briefing at 2:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Watch live below:

Sessions: 'I Do Not Believe' I've Talked To Voter Fraud Commission 'Directly'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said during a hearing in the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday he did not “believe” he had any conversations “directly” with members or staff of President Trump's voter fraud commission. Documents surfaced in a legal case against the ...

Roy Moore Incorrectly Says Kneeling During Anthem 'Against The Law'

Roy Moore, the Republican candidate to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ seat in the U.S. Senate, incorrectly said Wednesday that football players who take a knee during the national anthem are breaking the law. “It’s against the law, you know that?” Moore told Time in an ...

Still Hanging Onto The Election, Trump Pounces On Comey Clinton Memo Draft

President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning latched onto the release of a completely redacted early draft of former FBI Director James Comey's statement on the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Trump claimed that the documents that appear to show that Comey began ...

Despite Claims, Trump Didn't Call Family Of At Least 3 Soldiers Killed Overseas

WASHINGTON — After her Army son died in an armored vehicle rollover in Syria in May, Sheila Murphy says, she got no call or letter from President Donald Trump, even as she waited months for his condolences, wrote to him to say “some days I don't want to live,” and still heard ...

Bannon Backs Flake Challenger: ‘We’re Building A Grassroots Army’

Continuing his campaign against the Republican elite, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon rallied for Sen. Jeff Flake’s front-running challenger Tuesday evening, telling the crowd of rightwing activists that GOP establishment is going to “reap the whirlwind” and ...

Trump Says Congresswoman 'Totally Fabricated' His Comments To Widow

The morning after a congresswoman said President Donald Trump made “insensitive” comments to the widow of a soldier killed in Niger, the President hit back on Twitter, accusing Rep. Frederica Wilson of fabricating his comments and claiming that he has “proof.” Democrat ...

Judge: Newest Travel Ban Has 'Same Maladies' As Previous Version

HONOLULU — Just hours before President Donald Trump's latest travel ban was to take full effect, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the revised order, saying the policy has the same problems as a previous version. The revised order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its ...

Dems Scold CIA Watchdog Nominee For Not Reading Senate Torture Report

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's independent watchdog has told Congress that he's never read the Senate's so-called torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency's treatment of terror suspects after 9/11. Christopher Sharpley, who has been deputy ...

Rep. Wilson: Trump Told Soldier's Widow 'He Knew What He Was Signing Up For'

After baselessly accusing President Barack Obama of failing to call the families of fallen soldiers earlier this week, on Tuesday, President Donald Trump himself called the families of the soldiers who were killed in Niger earlier in October. However, it appears Trump's comments to one widow did not ...

Trump Changes Mind, Says He's Not A Fan Of Bipartisan Health Care Plan

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is reeling after President Donald Trump reversed course and opposed the agreement and top congressional Republicans and conservatives gave it a frosty reception. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty ...

Senate Committee Will Question Sessions About Private Talks With Trump

WASHINGTON — Democratic senators plan to press Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his private communications with the president when he appears before a Senate committee Wednesday to discuss his leadership of the Justice Department. The routine oversight hearing is Sessions' first appearance ...

Virginia Will Show Whether Democrats Can Defeat Trump-Style Race-Baiting

Virginia's off-year gubernatorial races have long been an early sign of the national political mood ahead of midterm elections. This year, the contest in the commonwealth is testing something even bigger: Whether Democrats can navigate charged racial issues and win key races in the age of Donald ...

"He Knew What He Signed Up For," Trump Tells Army Widow

A disturbing report out of Florida. This comes from the local ABC affiliate in Miami-Dade … U.S. President Donald Trump told U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson's widow Tuesday that “he knew what he signed up for …but when it happens it hurts anyway,” when he died serving in ...

President Comments on Alexander-Murray Proposal

Here's the President's comment on the Alexander-Murray Obamacare stabilization proposal from his speech this evening at the Heritage Foundation. “And I'm pleased the Democrats have finally responded to my call for them to take responsibility for their Obamacare disaster and work with ...

White House: Trump Spoke To Families Of Soldiers Killed In Niger, 13 Days Later

President Donald Trump on Tuesday spoke to the families of four Green Berets killed in Niger earlier in October, according to the White House, almost two weeks after the soldiers died. “President Trump spoke to all four of the families of those who were killed in action in Niger,” White ...

Fox News Poll: Democrat Jones Tied With GOPer Moore In Alabama Senate Race

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore and former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones are tied in their race for Attorney General Jeff Sessions' vacated Senate seat, according to a poll released Tuesday by Fox News. According to the survey, Moore and Jones are tied at 42 percent among ...