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Battle Lines Drawn Ahead of Public Impeachment Hearings

First witnesses will testify Wednesday

(Newser) - The first public presidential impeachment hearings this century begin at 10am Wednesday—and the White House is preparing for battle. President Trump has engagements including a Wednesday meeting with Turkey's President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan that will keep him from live-tweeting the House Intelligence Committee proceedings, but his campaign plans... More »

Man: Slashing 'Baby Trump' Was Matter of Good vs. Evil

'I get so mad about people not taking a stand,' he says

(Newser) - An Alabama man charged with criminal mischief in the slashing of a towering "Baby Trump" balloon has defended his actions, saying it was a matter of good versus evil. reports Hoyt Deau Hutchinson called the syndicated radio "Rick & Bubba Show" on Monday to describe what... More »

Court Looks Ready to Give Trump Wish on Immigrants

But we won't know fate of DACA for sure until the spring

(Newser) - It's a big day for Dreamers—the nickname given to young US immigrants brought here illegally by their parents. The Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments on whether the Trump administration can end an Obama-era program that protects the immigrants from deportation and allows them to work legally. No... More »

Nikki Haley Praises Trump as Capable, 'Truthful'

But Rex Tillerson disagrees with another claim by the former UN ambassador

(Newser) - Nikki Haley is making the rounds plugging a new book, and on Tuesday she delivered a robust defense of President Trump on the Today show, reports Politico . "I talked to him multiple times, and when I had issues, he always heard me out,” said the former ambassador to... More »

Sean Spicer Loses His Latest Gig

Ex-WH press secretary has gotten the boot from 'Dancing With the Stars'

(Newser) - After what the Washington Post calls "weeks of controversy with low scores," former press secretary Sean Spicer finally got axed Monday on Dancing With the Stars, in the show's ninth week. Spicer hasn't exactly been a judges' favorite—at one point, Carrie Ann Inaba said, "... More »

Defense Official Said to Inform Congress on Ukraine Aid: Testimony

Laura Cooper told House panel she suggested legal ways to block the money

(Newser) - Transcripts of House testimony released Monday showed that Defense officials immediately questioned the legality of President Trump putting a hold on military aid to the Ukraine. Laura Cooper, who oversaw Ukraine policy for the Pentagon, said acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told a meeting that Trump had... More »

Aides Asked Her to Undercut Trump to 'Save Country': Haley

Tillerson and Kelly wanted UN ambassador to join resistance, book says

(Newser) - Rex Tillerson and John Kelly were trying to save the country by undermining President Trump, Nikki Haley says, and they wanted her to help. The former UN ambassador makes the claims about Trump's former secretary of state and chief of staff in a new memoir, With All Due Respect,... More »

US to Keep 500 or So Troops in Syria: General

Defeating ISIS is still the goal, Milley says

(Newser) - At least 500 US troops are staying in Syria to fight ISIS after the withdrawal ordered by President Trump, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs said Sunday. "The objective will remain the same: the enduring defeat of ISIS," Gen. Mark Milley said on ABC's This Week, the... More »

Baby Trump Balloon Has Met Its End

Protest symbol stabbed as president gets warm welcome at Alabama-LSU game

(Newser) - President Trump appears to have found his sports sweet spot after getting booed at the World Series and a mixed reception at an MMA fight : The commander in chief got a warm welcome in the Deep South at a college football game between Alabama and Louisiana State, reports CNN . Per... More »

Germans Celebrate the Fall of Berlin Wall, Tweaking Trump

Pro-democracy group sends an original section to White House

(Newser) - With the help of leaders from other European nations, Germany marked the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago with ceremonies, reenactments and an examination of the historic event's meaning. "The Berlin Wall, ladies and gentlemen, is history, and it teaches us: No wall that keeps people... More »

Ivanka Trump: Unlike Bidens, Family Didn't Profit From Office

(Newser) - Ivanka Trump brushed off criticism that her family has profited from the presidency and said Friday that a big difference between her family and Democrat Joe Biden's is that President Trump amassed his fortune before he entered politics, while Biden's wealth is "derivative" of his time in... More »

'Anonymous' Book on Trump Is a Brutal Takedown

Author likens him to an addled nursing home patient; White House denounces author

(Newser) - The Washington Post and Rachel Maddow of MSNBC have gotten early copies of the forthcoming book about President Trump written by "Anonymous," and it delivers the expected scathing critique. A Warning depicts an unhinged, sexist, unqualified president who is putting the nation in genuine peril. The White House,... More »

US Envoy Rips Syria Withdrawal

'We didn't try' to stop Turkey's invasion, diplomat writes

(Newser) - A senior American diplomat has written a highly critical assessment of the Trump administration's abrupt withdrawal of troops from northeast Syria last month, a decision that paved the way for an attack on US-allied forces in the area, officials said Thursday. In an internal memo, William Roebuck, the top... More »

Trump Ordered to Pay $2M

Judge orders president to pay up in order to resolve lawsuit over Trump Foundation

(Newser) - A New York judge has ordered President Trump to pay $2 million to resolve a lawsuit alleging he misused his charitable foundation to further his political and business interests, the AP reports. The Trump Foundation said after the ruling Thursday that money raised by the penalty will go to several... More »

Which Has More Words, Trump's Twitter Feed or Ulysses?

Trump's Twitter feed

(Newser) - On Nov. 3, President Trump reached a very 21st-century milestone: As of this tweet posted that day, in which he berated Democratic "Fixers," he had tweeted more words while in office than James Joyce wrote in his epic Ulysses. And that's not counting Trump's retweets. As... More »

Impeachment Inquiry: Major New Phase Starts in 7 Days

Rep. Adam Schiff announces first public hearings

(Newser) - Mark your calendars: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Wednesday announced what the AP calls a "major new phase" of the impeachment inquiry. Public impeachment hearings will begin next Wednesday, Schiff said. Politico reports first up will be William Taylor , the top US diplomat in Ukraine, and Deputy... More »

Erdogan Announces Capture of Baghdadi Wife, With Trump Dig

Turkey's president appears to reference Trump's post-raid address

(Newser) - Turkey is heralding another victory against the Islamic State: the capture of one of former ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's wives. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made the announcement Wednesday during a speech at Ankara University, adding an apparent dig at President Trump's post-raid address to the nation. Following... More »

She Flipped Off Trump. She Also Just Flipped an Election

Juli Briskman won a seat in Virginia on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors

(Newser) - Juli Briskman was fired for giving President Trump the middle finger. Now, the former government contractor is an elected official herself. Briskman was fired in late 2017 after flipping the president's motorcade the bird in Sterling, Va., while riding her bike, with her employer saying she'd violated its... More »

Trump Responds to Killing of American Mormons

It's time to eradicate drug cartels in Mexico, and the US will help, he says

(Newser) - The murder of women and children in a Mormon family in Mexico has President Trump calling for the eradication of drug cartels—with US help. All the victims have dual US-Mexico citizenship, reports CNN . "This is the time for Mexico, with the help of the United States, to wage... More »

Rand Paul Starts a New Chant at Trump Rally

'Do your job!' is plea to media to print whistleblower's name

(Newser) - Rand Paul didn't just speak in support of President Trump at a Monday night rally in Kentucky, he got the crowd revved up with a whole new chant: "Do your job!" The chant emerged after Paul implored the media to identify the whistleblower who instigated the Trump... More »

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