'Of course' Trump knew hush-money payments were wrong

‘Of course’ Trump knew hush-money payments were wrong

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, isn’t buying the president’s defense of his alleged role in hush-money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal. “Of course” Trump knew the payments were wrong, a morose Cohen told ABC’s “Good Morning America” in an interview that was slated to air […]

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Senate votes to stop US support for Yemen war

Senators have voted to recommend that the U.S. stop supporting the Saudi-led war in Yemen, directly challenging both Saudi Arabia and President Donald Trump in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s slaying. The bipartisan vote Thursday comes two months after the Saudi journalist’s killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and after Trump has equivocated […]

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A woman pays for her coffee with cryptocurrency at Ducatus cafe, the first cashless cafe that accepts cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, in Singapore December 21, 2017.

NYC, NJ target cashless businesses, alleging bias against the poor

Lawmakers in New York City and New Jersey are working to pass bills that would require retailers to accept cash, alleging that the growing cashless trend discriminates against low-income customers. Low-income, minority and less-educated households are more likely to have no bank accounts or rely on financial products that come from outside the banking system. […]

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Maria Butina appears in a police booking photograph released by the Alexandria Sheriff's Office in Alexandria, Virginia, U.S. August 18, 2018. 

Butina pleads guilty to conspiring to influence US politics through NRA

Multiple outlets have reported that Butina’s plea deal includes an agreement to cooperate with investigators. CNN reported Wednesday, citing a person familiar with the case, that Butina has already offered information to investigators about an American she allegedly conspired with, as well as a Russian official alleged to have directed her U.S. activities. Her violation […]

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A trailer is filled with soybeans at a farm in Buda, Illinois, July 6, 2018. 

China’s soybean purchase just a drop in the U.S. export bucket

So far this year, American farmers have sold some 8.2 million metric tons of soybeans to China, down from 21.4 million metric tons during the same period in 2017, according to the latest USDA figures. For the month of October, soybean sales to China fell from 7.1 million metric tons last year to just 300,000 […]

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George Soros

George Soros may not back candidate during 2020 Democratic primary

Soros, often a target of right-wing pundits and politicians, supported Barack Obama in the early stages of what would become the 2008 campaign, cutting checks for the eventual president’s campaign in the first couple months of 2007. The field of possible Democratic 2020 candidates continues to grow. Sanders is expected to run again, while Sens. […]

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President Donald Trumps former attorney Michael Cohen arrives at US Federal Court in New York on December 12, 2018, where he is expected to be sentenced after pleading  guilty to a number of charges. 

Trump’s ex-lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen sentenced to 3 years

And each of these crimes standing alone warrant considerable punishment,” Pauley said. The sentence of 36 months was on the low end of what prosecutors had suggested was appropriate for Cohen’s crimes, but much more than the sentence of no time behind bars that Cohen’s lawyers had requested. Federal prosecutors in New York had urged […]

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Secretary General of OPEC, Mohammed Barkindo (R), Russia Energy Minister Alexander Novak (L), Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid Al-Falih (C) hold a joint press conference during the 173rd Ordinary Meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna, Austria on November 30, 2017.

Shale growth may force OPEC into another production cut in April, Citi says

Oil prices have plunged nearly 30 percent since reaching year highs of more than $86 per barrel in early October over concerns of global oversupply and weakening demand. The U.S.-China trade war, political turmoil across European markets and fears of impending slowdown in global economic growth have also seriously clouded the demand outlook. And the […]

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President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen leaves federal court in Manhattan, New York, U.S., May 30, 2018.

Former Trump lawyer, fixer Michael Cohen faces sentencing in court

Michael Cohen, the former longtime personal lawyer and fixer for President Donald Trump, faces sentencing for a slew of crimes Wednesday morning, including ones potentially implicating Trump in illegal conduct. Cohen is due to hear his fate from a judge in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, where he earlier had pleaded guilty to charges lodged […]

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Democratic Representative-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York talks to reporters as she arrives for a class photo with incoming newly elected members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2018.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reveals inner workings of Congress

As a result of her high profile, Ocasio-Cortez’s unabashed takes on congressional life have frequently come under fire. Eddie Scarry, a writer for the Washington Examiner, disputed Ocasio-Cortez’s account of her financial hardships based on her clothing choices. “Hill staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now,” Scarry tweeted. “I’ll tell you […]

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