A top Justice Department official alerted the White House two weeks ago that “significant information requiring additional investigation” would further delay the security clearance process of Jared Kushner, the Washington Post reports.
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Shannon Edwards (R), “whose affair with a Pennsylvania congressman led to his resignation — and who’s pursuing her own run for the U.S. House — is accused of threatening to kill her husband,” the AP reports.
“Her husband claims in court records Edwards made multiple threats to kill him, including saying she would use a steak knife or hire a hit man. He’s seeking a divorce.”
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“Soon after the RNC came under pressure for paying legal bills for President Trump and his eldest son in the special counsel’s Russia probe, it started covering expenses for the president’s re-election campaign,” CNBC reports.
“The RNC is using campaign funds to pay Trump’s company more than $37,000 a month in rent, and to pay thousands of dollars in monthly salary to Vice President Mike Pence’s nephew, John Pence, party officials confirmed this week. The rent pays for office space in the Trump Tower in New York for the staff of Trump’s re-election campaign. John Pence is the Trump campaign’s deputy executive director.”
The arrangement “is highly unusual but legal, and it appears the RNC disclosed it correctly.”
Rick Gates, a former top official in President Trump’s campaign, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to conspiracy and lying to the FBI, striking a deal to cooperate and provide information to special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation, the Washington Post reports.
“The plea caps a tumultuous 24 hours for Gates in which he was hit with fresh charges, changed lawyers and admitted crimes.”
Bob Keefer, who writes for the Eugene Weekly and lives in Oregon, writes that he is running for governor of Kansas, citing the state’s lack of restrictions on who can run for the office.
His campaign slogan: “We’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry (D) and her police bodyguard, with whom she was having an affair, made regular early-morning visits to the City Cemetery, as recently as early January, WTVF reports.
“And the security video shows the pair left on one occasion after just 12 minutes. In other cases, it’s as long as 24 minutes.”
“In response to last week’s deadly shooting in Florida, two prominent gun safety groups are joining with Tom Steyer, the Democratic billionaire activist, in a push ahead of the midterm elections to register high school students to vote around gun issues,” Politico reports.
Andrew Sullivan: “There are times when I genuinely wonder whether I can hold up psychologically in our current politics and culture. My shrink tells me I am far from alone in this, and that everyone she listens to is consumed with a depression that swings from despair to rage to what can only be called learned helplessness. There are moments when everything I have come to believe in — reasoned deliberation, mutual toleration, liberal democracy, free speech, honesty, decency, and moderation — seem as if they are in eclipse. Emotionalism, tribalism, intolerance, lies, cruelty, and extremism surround us (and I have not been immune in this climate to their temptations either). Trump has turned the right into a foul, spit-flecked froth of racist reactionism, and he has evoked a radical response on the left that, while completely understandable, alienates me and many others more profoundly with every passing day. Hell, there have been many moments in the past couple of years when I have alienated the better part of myself. There is something about the current toxicity that has seeped into everyone.”
“And so I walk the dogs. And I meditate. And I smoke more weed in the evenings. And I browse the apps. And I find myself searching for figures outside this time and place who were in similar circumstances and yet kept their heads.”
“The federal agency that issues green cards and grants citizenship to people from foreign countries has stopped characterizing the United States as ‘a nation of immigrants,'” the New York Times reports.
“The director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services informed employees in a letter on Thursday that its mission statement had been revised to ‘guide us in the years ahead.’ Gone was the phrase that described the agency as securing ‘America’s promise as a nation of immigrants.'”
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) called for raising minimum age to buy firearms from 18 to 21, a break from National Rifle Association, the Washington Post reports.
Scott also called for a ban on “the purchase or sale of bump stocks.”
President Trump mocked Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) — without using his name — for his no vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, Axios reports.
Said Trump: “Remember, one person walked into a room when he was supposed to go this way (Trump enthusiastically gives a thumbs up) and he said he was going this way, and he walked in and he went this way (Trump throws his thumb down) and everyone said what happened? What was that all about? … I don’t want to be controversial so I won’t use his name. What a mess!”
Just two weeks ago, Meghan McCain told Politico that Trump had called her to say he would “back off” her cancer-stricken father.
In the letter obtained by ABC News, former Trump adviser Rick Gates writes to family and friends “despite my initial desire to vigorously defend myself, I have had a change of heart. The reality of how long this legal process will likely take, the cost, and the circus-like atmosphere of an anticipated trial are too much. I will better serve my family moving forward by exiting this process.”
He added: “The consequence is the public humiliation, which at this moment seems like a small price to pay for what our children would have to endure otherwise.”