Six evasive or inaccurate statements in Barr’s Senate testimony

Attorney General William Barr appeared before Congress to defend his handling of the special counsel’s report. Here is a fact-check of his comments. What Was Said Barr: “I asked him if he was suggesting that the March 24 letter was inaccurate and he said no, but that the press reporting had been inaccurate. And that […]
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The Trump White House Is Loving Itself Some Bill Barr: He ‘Dismembered’ Democrats

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily BeastShortly after Attorney General William Barr’s Senate testimony ended on Wednesday, the Trump White House convened a conference call with surrogates and media allies. On it, Steven Groves, who serves as a deputy press secretary, assured listeners that the attorney general had not just done “a great job” but, according to a person on the call, “dismembered” Democratic lawmakers who sparred with him over whether the president had tried to obst...
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Trump Mocks ‘Very Nasty’ Kamala Harris and Other ‘Lunatics’ Who Questioned Attorney General Bill Barr

Hours after Senate Democrats grilled Attorney General William Barr on his handling of the Mueller report following the revelation that Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused Barr of creating “public confusion” with his initial summary, President Trump described the 2020 presidential candidates on the panel as “lunatics.”Calling into Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan Primetime for a friendly Wednesday night chat, the president applauded Barr for doing a “fantastic job” while parroting his oft-re...
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Barr skips session with House Democrats, escalates standoff

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr has informed lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee that he will skip a Thursday hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, escalating an already acrimonious battle between Democrats and the Justice Department. Barr’s decision — he cites a disagreement over the questioning — comes the same day the […]
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Trump says violence against people of all faiths must end

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says people of faith around the world have faced terrible hardship of late. Trump says violence and terrorism against people of all faiths must end, and that “all civilized nations must join together in this effort.” Trump spoke Wednesday to faith leaders at a White House dinner in honor […]
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Kline takes responsibility for White House security clearance process

Former White House personnel security director Carl Kline took responsibility for a security clearance process criticized for overruling multiple recommended denials for senior government officials, according to members of Congress who privately interviewed Kline on Wednesday.
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Kline takes responsibility for White House security clearance process, but Democrats vow to continue digging

Former White House personnel security director Carl Kline took responsibility for a security clearance process criticized for overruling multiple recommended denials for senior government officials, according to members of Congress who privately interviewed Kline on Wednesday.
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Senate Republicans rapidly closing the door on Moore nomination

The door to Stephen Moore's potential nomination to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors appears to be closing rapidly as Republican senators continue to make their concerns known to the White House, with several predicting it will be dead by week's end.
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Sajid Javid proposes legal protection for police who crash cars

Police drivers would be held to different driving standards to public when in road chasesPolice drivers will be held to different standards to the public if they are involved in a car crash while chasing a suspected criminal under changes put forward by the home secretary, Sajid Javid.Officers are currently held to the same standards as members of the public when involved in a crash during a pursuit and the Home Office argues this overlooks the training they receive. Continue reading...
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Jeremy Hunt: Russian TV station a 'weapon of disinformation'

Foreign secretary’s press freedom day speech ramps up British assault on RT Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt will on Thursday declare the Russian government-owned TV station RT to be a “weapon of disinformation” in a speech to mark World Press Freedom Day.The comments, to an audience in Ethiopia, mark an escalation of a British ministerial assault on the standards of the Russian broadcaster, originally known as Russia Today, which had faced repeated investigations into its output by the media regul...
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Kamala Harris to Return for Another Hollywood Fundraiser

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) will return to showbiz fundraising circles on June 3, as she headlines an event hosted by a group that includes a number of powerful Hollywood lawyers and Peter Chernin and his wife, Megan. The event will be held at Sam and Leah Fischer’s Hancock Park home, with tickets starting at $1,000 […]
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Barr’s Most Absurd Defenses Of Trump’s Obstructive Conduct

By now, it’s pretty clear that Attorney General Bill Barr thinks there was nothing unusual — let alone potentially criminal — about President Trump’s intervention in the federal Russia investigation. Not the repeated pushes to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, not the public fuming about being the innocent victim of a federal “witch hunt,” not the tweeted threats to the family of his former personal attorney. Trump was just upset that he was a target of an investigation he felt to be “unfair,...
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The Latest: Anti-'Obamacare' states file their arguments

The Latest on a court fight over former President Barack Obama's health care law (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Republican-led states challenging former President Barack Obama's health care law have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a judge's ruling that the law is unconstitutional.
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NY official: Trump golf workers object to wages, conditions

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York state attorney general’s office says it received complaints about wages and working conditions at a Trump golf club outside New York City after a news report quoted several workers in the country illegally saying they had been cheated out of pay. The attorney general’s confirmation Tuesday that it […]
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Taxpayers Picked Up A $1,000 Liquor Bill At Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Resort: Report

The president's staffers reportedly helped themselves to top-shelf liquor and then had the White House foot the bill.
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Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro passes on Senate run in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Joaquin Castro, the Texas Democrat who leads the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said Wednesday he was again passing up a Senate run despite hinting for months that 2020 might finally be his year. It makes Castro —whose twin brother, Julián Castro, is running for president — the latest in a line of […]
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White House Complains About Democrats’ ‘Baseless Attacks’ Against Barr

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders complained about Democrats’ ‘baseless attacks’ against Attorney General Bill Barr on Wednesday. “AG Bill Barr served President George H.W. Bush honorably as AG and has done the same for President Trump,” Sanders tweeted. “Democrats only disgrace and humiliate themselves with their baseless attacks on such a fine public servant.” The tweet is the White House’s first response after the Senate Judiciary Committee wrapped up its hearing with the ...
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Barr Waffles On Whether He’s Spoken To White House About Mueller Spin-Off Cases

Grilled about the dozen or so non-public cases that were spun off from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Attorney General Bill Barr couldn’t say definitively Wednesday whether or not he discussed those cases with the White House. “It’s possible a name of a case was mentioned,” Barr told Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. But pressed by Blumenthal, at first he could only say that he couldn’t “recall” whether he discussed the cases with the...
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Burble, burble, babble. After weeks of silence, May finally speaks

So pointless were their exchanges, it was if Jezza and the PM had agreed to avoid any difficult topics Theresa May hadn’t been able to achieve anything very much by trying to look busy, so doing nothing had to be worth a try. At least that way, she was in with a shout of not actively making things worse. So for the past three weeks the prime minister has been on a self-imposed retreat. No public appearances, not a word spoken. A chance to block out the outside world, realign her chakras and cont...
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Republicans holding 'ongoing discussions' with White House on Stephen Moore, top Senate leader says

The second-ranking Senate Republican said Wednesday afternoon that there are "ongoing discussions and conversations" with the White House about Stephen Moore's potential nomination to the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
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The Guardian view on the Gavin Williamson sacking: a man who leaked ambition | Editorial

There are good reasons for leaking in the public interest. But the desire to be prime minister is not one of themThe chaos of Brexit has provided a number of political shocks which have seen parliamentary institutions lose their credibility with the voters. Yet none have been quite as dramatic as tonight’s sacking from the cabinet by the prime minister of defence secretary Gavin Williamson. An investigation had found “compelling evidence” that Mr Williamson was behind the leak of a controversial...
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See Kamala Harris stump William Barr during hearing

During Attorney General William Barr's Senate hearing following the release of the Mueller report, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) asks Attorney General William Barr whether President Trump or anyone in the White House suggested that he open an investigation into anyone.
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Mazie Hirono to Bill Barr: 'You should resign.'

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono burned Bill Barr to a crisp at today's bizarre Capitol Hill hearing. “You lied to Congress,” Senator Hirono [D-HI] said to Trump's handpicked Attorney General and coverup guy. “America deserves better. You should resign.” Sen. Mazie Hirono to Attorney General William Barr: "Now we know more about your deep involvement in trying to cover up for Donald Trump ... America deserves better. You should resign" https://t.co/UyviQ1DWt6 pic.twitter.com/jOqsQv5uXT — ABC N...
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Russia says US engaged in Venezuela 'information war', denies reports it told Maduro to flee

The crisis in oil-rich Venezuela has a number of interested parties, one of which is Russia. On Wednesday, Russia rejected allegations put forth by Trump administration members Mike Pompeo and John Bolton that the Russian government had “persuaded Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro not to flee the country the previous day, calling the assertion a calculated attempt to demoralise the army and escalate the crisis there,” Reuters reports. Excerpt: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told broadc...
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Cabinet ministers split over customs union Brexit deal with Labour

Sceptics say it would not command majority among MPs or survive backbench changesFollow all the latest political news on our live blogCabinet ministers are bitterly divided over whether Brexit talks with Labour should broach the possibility of a customs union, with several sceptical that such a deal could even command a majority in parliament or survive hostile backbench amendments.A senior cabinet minister suggested a deal involving a customs union could be backed by as few as 90 Tory MPs and w...
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Barr testimony: Democrat tells attorney general to resign for lying to Congress – live

Watch live as Trump’s attorney general testifies after Mueller criticized his summary of the Trump-Russia investigation reportSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 7.20pm BST The Washington Post’s fact checkers awarded four Pinocchios to Joe Biden’s claim that “all” of the GOP tax cut “went to folks at the top and corporations.”About 80% of taxpayers got a tax cut, thought the top 1% got about 20% of the total cuts. 7.09pm BST Asked repeatedly by Sen. Mazie Hirono whether ...
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Trump’s GOP allies press for action on disaster aid bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is displaying new flexibility on giving disaster aid to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as President Donald Trump’s GOP allies increasingly lose patience with a weekslong standoff over a widely backed bill. A new Senate GOP offer is aimed at breaking the logjam and offers greater flexibility in delivering already-appropriated funding […]
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Barr Defends Himself—and Trump—Over Mueller in Blistering Senate Session

The Asahi Shimbun/GettyDemocrats accused Attorney General Bill Barr of misleading Congress and dissembling for President Trump the day after it was revealed Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused Barr of sowing confusion about his investigation. At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) accused Barr of engaging in “masterful hairsplitting” to defend previous testimony about handling of the Mueller Report. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) went further, likening ...
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Eight reasons why comedians make good leaders

If you were browsing Netflix's comedy section recently, you might have noticed the Ukrainian sitcom, Servant of the People. In it, an ordinary history teacher is unwittingly elected president of the Ukraine. In an unusual turn of events, the star of that series, comedian Volodymyr Zelensky, was recently actually voted in as the next president of Ukraine. While there's no doubt Zelensky is a popular comedian – does he really have what it takes to lead the country? As part of my ongoing doctoral r...
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Study: Jon Stewart leaving ‘Daily Show’ helped Trump win presidency

A new study used Comedy Central ratings and political survey data to examine whether the departure of Jon Stewart from "The Daily Show" had a causal effect on the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.The researchers found that it had a 1.1 percent effect on voter turnout, an amount that could've proved decisive in such a narrow election.The researchers used causal language in the study, but cautioned that Stewart's departure was one of many factors that decided the election. None Jon Stewar...
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