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Federal judge says Trump administration can’t stop funding sex-reassignment surgeries for military members

…from the Washington Post..

A second federal judge has halted the Trump administration’s proposed transgender military ban, finding that active-duty service members are “already suffering harmful consequences” because of the president’s policy.

The ruling Tuesday by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Garbis in a Maryland case comes just weeks after another judge in Washington blocked the administration’s proposal that would have stopped military recruitment of transgender men and women and possibly forced the dismissal of current service members, starting in March.

The preliminary injunction issued by the judge in Baltimore on Tuesday goes further than the earlier ruling by also preventing the administration from denying funding for sex-reassignment surgeries after the order takes effect.

In his 53-page order, Garbis said the transgender service members challenging the ban have “demonstrated that they are already suffering harmful consequences such as the cancellation and postponements of surgeries, the stigma of being set apart as inherently unfit, facing the prospect of discharge and inability to commission as an officer, the inability to move forward with long-term medical plans, and the threat to their prospects of obtaining long-term assignments.”…

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Donna Brazile reveals that she thought the Russians were in EVERYTHING at the DNC….

Which is EXACTLY what the Russians wanted….

America might have won the ‘Cold War’….But the Russian’s are aceing the new cyber wars across the globe…

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“We had so much shit in our entire technology ecosystem that we couldn’t clean it up.  Oh man, those Russians were on us like white on rice.  I mean, they were, Joe, they were destroying data, critical data, Joe. I had a walking list for precinct 89 in Washington, D.C. I know precinct 89, right? And the Russians went in there and corrupted all of our critical data.  All of our critical data.  So, I no longer trusted this damn list that I’ve had for over 20 years of knowing every frequent voter, every Democratic voter.”

— Donna Brazile, in an interview on Sirius XM, on the extent of the Russian hacking of the DNC’s computer systems….

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Alabama expects lower turnout for Special Senate election next month…

The state election officals are also not inclined to change the date from Dec 12…..

The state’s top election official Monday said he is lowering his prediction for turnout in Alabama’s December 12 special election, a potential measure of how sexual misconduct allegations have roiled the Senate race between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones.

In an interview with NBC News, Secretary of State John Merrill also said his office has just sent local election officials more detailed guidance for processing write-in votes, a result he said of a higher volume of inquiries than his office normally receives from voters across the state.

“As Alabamians, we believe that its best for Alabamians and Alabama election officials to administer Alabama election laws,” Merrill, a Republican, said.

If President Trump were to contact him about altering the date, Merrill said he would hear him out.

“But I don’t see any circumstance today based on what knowledge we have that that’s something that would even merit consideration,”…

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Democrats look to push GOPer’s on the Dreamers Immigration policy…

The Trump Admin is moving to expel ALL illegal immigrants it can find, wether they have had past promise’s from prior presidential admin or not….This has been the policy of John Kelly when he became Dept. of Homeland Security head less than a year ago….

His explanation was he is just following the law….

In his move up to the President’s chief of staff, he has placed  a deputy to him over at DHS…..She seems to be following her old boss , who is still her boss….

Kelly has also explained that if there is to be a change in the law?

It has to come from Congress….

That IS a problem….

This Congress has unable to do much of anything except run around in circles and have its members talk to the media….

With the Republicans in firm control of things?

It seems like their position is to keep stalling and let the government keep rounding up undocumented people and ship them out….

Democrats have signaled that they will try to force action on the ‘Dreamers’ program in the next two final weeks of the 2017 legisaltive calendar … or…They will move to shut down the government….

The fight over “Dreamers” is heating up as the legislative calendar winds down, setting the stage for a year-end clash that’s heightening the odds of a government shutdown.

Lawmakers headed into the long Thanksgiving recess are in stark disagreement over how, and when, to provide legal cover for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children — legislation both parties say they want after President Trump rescinded the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in September.

Behind Trump, GOP leaders are opposed to attaching any DACA provisions to legislation extending government funding, which expires Dec. 8. But Democratic leaders, pressured by their activist base and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, are insisting that the DACA protections be finalized before year’s end. Many Democrats are threatening to withhold support for an omnibus spending bill if the immigration language isn’t included.

With just 12 legislative days left on the calendar — and the Republicans laser-focused on enacting a tax overhaul before Christmas — GOP leaders have some tough decisions ahead. And the question of timing on DACA is becoming every bit as sticky as the substance of the bill.

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has repeatedly noted that Trump, in dismantling the Obama-era program, gave Congress until March 5 to come up with a legislative fix. With that in mind, the Speaker has suggested Republicans would be fine addressing the issue early next year.

“I don’t think we should put artificial deadlines in front of the one we already have,” Ryan told reporters this month.

But a number of Republicans, moderates and conservatives alike, want to move more quickly….

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There was almost a agreement in September…But when GOPer’s saw Trump cutting a deal with Democrats?…They made sure they added things to derail the ‘agreement’…

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Federal Judge blocks Trump Admin Sanctuary City Money holdout policy…

This stop’s Attorney General Sessions efforts to force cities to cooperate and become a arm of the countries immigration/customs service…or lost funding for a wide range of programs….

The judges order permenatly orders the government to NOT go thru with its threats…

A federal judge on Monday permanent blocked President Donald Trump’s executive order that attempted to cut funding to so-called sanctuary cities, another legal blow to White House efforts to ramp up deportations and curb undocumented immigration.

U.S. District Judge William Orrick in San Francisco called Trump’s January order “unconstitutional on its face” in his ruling, which made permanent his injunction from April. The White House had threatened to cut federal law enforcement grants from cities that fought Trump’s efforts to combat undocumented immigration and said it would publicly shame localities that failed to comply with attempts to increase deportations.

“The counties have demonstrated that the executive order has caused and will cause them constitutional injuries by violating the separation of powers doctrine and depriving them of their Tenth and Fifth Amendment rights,” Orrick wrote.

The city and county of San Francisco and the county of Santa Clara had argued they could lose billions of dollars in federal funds each year. Lawyers for the U.S. Department of Justice said the order would apply to only a few grants and would involve far less money, an argument rejected by Orrick, who said it was written broadly in an attempt “to reach all federal grants.”

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera, who filed two lawsuits against the Trump administration, called the decision “a victory for the American people” and said the case was “a check on the president’s abuse of power.”

“This executive order was unconstitutional before the ink on it was even dry,” Herrera said in a statement. “This president and his administration have been trying to twist facts, stoke fears and demonize immigrants to score cheap political points. The American people are too smart for that.”…

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DC Comic’s Justice League did $94M last weekend domestically ….

Some people are VERY disappointed in those numbers…..

My oldest son saw the movie….

The 'Justice League' ensemble

He thought it was just Ok….(He raved about the new Thor Movie)

Justice League opened to a tepid $94 millionlast weekend, a figure that has set off a new round of murmurs in Hollywood. The weak ticket sales are proof that the wild success of Marvel’s grand comic-book experiment should be seen as an exception rather than the rule—that simply teaming up big-name heroes isn’t enough to ensure a financial win. In the five years since Marvel officially struck gold with The Avengers, every major studio has worked to plan scores of expensive franchise films intended to build up to a guaranteed payout, but audiences already seem to be growing tired of this scheme.

After the critical and financial triumph of Wonder Woman this summer ($821 million worldwide on a $150 million budget), it seemed like the DC Comics movies had finally turned their fortunes around. Earlier offerings like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were critically reviled but made decent money anyway; Wonder Woman outgrossed them both domestically, despite a lower opening weekend, showing that positive word of mouth still mattered even for an action-packed superhero film. Justice League was more in line with previous efforts, recording a 39 percent Rotten Tomatoes score(compared to Wonder Woman’s 92 percent)…..

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International numbers for Justice league are better….@$185M…..(Thor @ $739M)

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Trump Admin to end Haitian emergency illegal status protection for 60,000…

The acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine C. Duke has ruled that like the protected status for Nicaraguans….The same for Hailtians will be ended…..Following the view of her privious boss John Kelley….Their view is that Congress should be passing law to deal with this….

Congress probably won’t since they seem unable to come up with a law to protect the ‘Dreamers’ /DACA children brought to this country illegally that have been following the law and registering ….

Thier numbers are estimated from 500,000 to a million…

The Haitian ‘s involved could be around 60,000….

Duke has the Hatian dedline at July 2019 and the Nicaraguians at  January 2019 in hopes that either Congress will deal with the issue or those impacted will try other means to qualify to stay legally in the country…

….Immigration advocates have said it is wrong and unfair to consider sending large numbers of immigrants back to troubled countries, particularly Haiti. A report by the United Nations in January said the country is still mired in poverty and struggling to recover from a legacy of political upheaval and serial disasters, with about 2.5 million people still needing help.

The decision will upend the lives of thousands of Haitians in the U.S., many of whom have taken advantage of their legal status to put down roots, building careers and raising children, many of whom are American citizens.

“This administration has no plan in place for the children who are U.S. citizens but may now lose their parents and caregivers to deportation,” said Amanda Baran of the Washington office of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, a advocacy group for immigrants.

The group called on Congress to change the law to allow immigrants currently covered by temporary status to stay.

Immigrants affected by the order said they worried for their future….

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With Trump No Foreign Policy/State Dept….The Senate moves into the vacuum…

Donald Trump’s Foreign Policy consists of threats from last years campaign and in-action….

His Sec of State is in the process of taking his department apart  by neglect….

His Sec of Defense spend his first six months on airplanes going around the planet assuring foreign leaders that his boss would NOT just ignore pass agreements other president’s had done…

With all of this and President who STILL has the hots for the Russian President…What does the Congress do?

It seems that the Republicans have begun to band together to keep and eye on the Excutive branch….

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“Clearly, Congress has taken on a stronger role. You see that with the sanctions bill we passed with Russia—and, by the way, also with North Korea and Iran—that discretion that is normally given to the president has been taken over by Congress in our role as the policy arm of government,” Cardin told me. “We have been more prescriptive on the responsibilities of the president on foreign policy, and that’s Congress’s prerogative, and we’ve done that under President Trump. Yes, we are taking a more active role.”

Corker offered a highly symbolic – or at least seriously trollish — signal of how far he’s willing to take his feud with Trump last week when he held a hearing on the president’s authority to order a nuclear strike – the first time in 40 years that such an issue has been discussed on Capitol Hill. The session was widely – and correctly, Cardin said – interpreted as a senatorial rebuke of the president’s loose and inflammatory rhetoric about the “fire and fury” he might unleash against North Korea. “Congress is looking for a way to assert itself in that regard,” Cardin said….

Congress isn’t about the wrest control of nukes – or any other major levers of international power – away from the commander-in-chief anytime soon. Despite post-Vietnam efforts to rein in the imperial presidency, the executive branch retains nearly all the control over American foreign policy. And many members of Congress are just as happy to punt when it comes to taking responsibility for decisions of war and peace that might prove unpopular with voters, a fact painfully underscored when President Obama decided to seek authorization for a retaliatory strike on Syria after a chemical weapons attack on its own citizens—and members of Congress all but hid under their desks.

So no one’s suggesting Congress has suddenly grown a spine under Trump.

But the bipartisan talk of constraining and at times openly contradicting the president is something genuinely different about Trump’s Washington, and it already extends to a wide range of issues on the foreign policy front – a contrast to the fractured politics of such domestic issues as health care and taxes, where consensus is as elusive as the election results would suggest….

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Trump goes after Sen. Flake on the tax bill….

Typical Donald Trump….

When in doubt attack….

He knows the Republican Senator from Arizona does NOT like him …..

He needs his vote though for any tax cut bill…

So what does Donald Trump do?

He disses the guy….

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Donald Trump and perhaps his top congressional GOP critic are sparring again, this time with Sen. Jeff Flake’s office disputing the president’s claim that the Arizona Republican plans to oppose the party’s tax overhaul plan.

The president started the duo’s latest back-and-forth with a Sunday evening tweet predicting the retiring Flake — whom he mocked by referring to him as “Flake(y)” — will “be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is ‘toast.’”

Losing Flake would put the bill in serious jeopardy of failing, robbing Trump of a year-end legislative victory.

Trump wrote that Flake is “unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on ‘mike’ saying bad things about your favorite President…..

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The migration of Puerto Rican’s to the US mainland, mainly Florida…

With the reliefe and rebuilding on the island moving slowly?

families from the island are buying plane tickets and flying to the mainland USA…..

Mostly in Florida the closet state to the island….

The vast number of new families is gonna tax esisiting services in that state…..

There have been efforts to send some of the recent arrivals to other states, especially up North where there are more jobs and services….

But the distance and maybe even the weather are going to be keep those numbers low….

Oh, yea….I’d think the majority of displaced Puerto Rican’s aren’t gonna vote Republican, eh?

“If they are not finding a house, or hotel, or need to find some independent living, we need to make sure we don’t have a crisis situation,” said Ms. Jacobs, the Orange County mayor. “The situation could deteriorate quickly.”

But so far, no plan has emerged.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will not bring in mobile trailers, said Daniel Llargues, a spokesman, something it did on a small scale in Florida after Hurricane Irma. The agency also provides rental assistance. Beyond that, long-term housing is a local issue. The situation is so dire that at a recent round table there was talk of buying an abandoned motel to house people.

Representative Darren Soto, an Orlando congressman of Puerto Rican descent, said new apartment rental units are being built at a brisk pace. But there are not enough, and only some will offer low rents. Until more units are ready, he said, “we will have to be vigilant to make sure no one falls off their housing.”

Some Puerto Rican community leaders are encouraging the newcomers to head north to New York or Philadelphia, where state benefits are more robust and there are fewer new arrivals.

“The reality is these families are here, and we put out the welcome mat, so now it is our responsibility that their transitions are seamless,” said Marucci Guzmán, the executive director of Latino Leadership, a grass-roots group in Orlando that has helped hundreds of newly arrived Puerto Ricans. “This is not the land of Mickey Mouse, and the streets aren’t paved with gold.”

Even for those who have found a safe place to land, the heartbreak of leaving the island remains…..

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Trump would be ok with no Obamacare Repeal provision in Senate tax bill?

Republicans get the floor pulled out from them AGAIN on efforts to make changes in the Affirdable healthcare law also known as Obamacare….

Conservative want something done against the law….But have unable to get anything done due to not having enough votes to do so from their OWN Senate party lawmakers….

Looks like this effort won’t work either…

But?

Even if Trump gets the mandate removed from the tax bill?

There is a growing resisitance to the effects the bill would have on hig taxed blue states….

“If we can repeal part of Obamacare as part of a tax bill … that can pass, that’s great,” White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “If it becomes an impediment to getting the best tax bill we can, then we are OK with taking it out.”

It was too soon to say whether eliminating the repeal of the so-called individual mandate would increase the bill’s chances of passing. The provision was not an impediment now, Mulvaney said.

Republican senators who have been critical of the plan said that some middle-income taxpayers could see any benefits of the tax cuts wiped out by higher health insurance premiums if the repeal of the Obamacare mandate goes through.

Among them was Senator Susan Collins, one of a handful of Republicans who voted in July to block a broader Republican attempt to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

“I don’t think that provision should be in the bill. I hope the Senate will follow the lead of the House and strike it,” Collins said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”….

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The voters of New Orleans elect their first woman Mayor….

Props to NOLA!….

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LaToya Cantrell, a City Council member who first gained a political following as she worked to help her hard-hit neighborhood recover from Hurricane Katrina, won a historic election Saturday that made her the first woman mayor of New Orleans.

The Democrat will succeed term-limited fellow Democrat Mitch Landrieu as the city celebrates its 300th anniversary next year.

“Almost 300 years, my friends. And New Orleans, we’re still making history,” Cantrell told a cheering crowd in her victory speech.

The leader in most polls before the runoff election, she never trailed as votes were counted….

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Fall behind on your student loan payments…. lose your job?

Money to go to school!…..

Student Loans!….

Trouble?….

Few people realize that the loans they take out to pay for their education could eventually derail their careers. But in 19 states, government agencies can seize state-issued professional licenses from residents who default on their educational debts. Another state, South Dakota, suspends driver’s licenses, making it nearly impossible for people to get to work.

As debt levels rise, creditors are taking increasingly tough actions to chase people who fall behind on student loans. Going after professional licenses stands out as especially punitive.

Firefighters, nurses, teachers, lawyers, massage therapists, barbers, psychologists and real estate brokers have all had their credentials suspended or revoked.

Determining the number of people who have lost their licenses is impossible because many state agencies and licensing boards don’t track the information. Public records requests by The New York Times identified at least 8,700 cases in which licenses were taken away or put at risk of suspension in recent years, although that tally almost certainly understates the true number….

By the late 1980s, the government’s losses climbed past $1 billion a year, and state agencies started experimenting with aggressive collection tactics. Some states garnished wages. Others put liens on borrowers’ cars and houses. Texas and Illinois stopped renewing professional licenses of those with unresolved debts.

The federal Department of Education urged other states to act similarly. “Deny professional licenses to defaulters until they take steps to repayment,” the department urged in 1990….

“I really do want to pay the loans back,” she said. “How do you think I’m going to be able to pay it back if I don’t have a job?”….

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Focus Group Results Show Trump In Danger Of Losing Part Of His 2016 Voter Base

by Susan Wright @ Red State…

During the 2016 election cycle, Donald Trump managed to pull in a lot of diverse voters. Besides the partisan Republican crowd, there were independents who couldn’t see themselves voting for Hillary Clinton, and reportedly, even Democrats, disgusted by the shenanigans that gave them Hillary Clinton as their nominee, rather than Bernie Sanders.

That last group was like the Bizarro World opposites of the NeverTrumper delegates that attempted to stop a Trump nomination on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, last year.

Whatever the makeup, Trump got the right people voting for him, in the right places, at the right time, and it worked.

Now, however, with the first year of his first term near to completion, it seems the novelty of voting for a wacky chaos candidate may be wearing off, for some.

A recent online focus group of voters from Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan seems to indicate that Trump could lose a chunk of his 2016 supporters, heading into the 2018 election, and well-ahead of his 2020 reelection bid.

That particular chunk would be those who were previously Obama voters, but chose to back Trump in 2016.

It was a former Obama campaign manager, Jim Messina, who put together the focus group.

“The white Obama-Non-Clinton voters we surveyed were clear: If the economy does not improve measurably, they are not going to give Trump a second chance—and they already have a clear reason to explain his failure: Twitter,” Messina explains in a Politico op-ed.

“The members of our focus groups worried that Trump was so pre-occupied with picking Twitter fights and the general chaos of his administration that he was not focusing on making the economy better,” he added.

They’re not the only ones who have expressed concerns over President Trump’s inability to act as if his intellect is at least, to some degree, advanced beyond that of a 13-year old mean girl on social media…..

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The Russian’s meddling in the British / Eurorpean Brexit…

Russian fingerprints seem to be coming up across the pond in the British /European Union action…

Russian President Putin’s people seem to be busy around the planet…

New investigations released this week suggest the Russians meddled in Britain’s historic referendum last year to leave the European Union, placing an already weakened Prime Minister Theresa May in a most awkward position — just when she needs to be her strongest in Brexit negotiations.

The evidence that the Russians, with possible support from the Kremlin, bombarded British targets with social media tweets and posts was splashed on the nightly news and front pages in Britain.

Even so, the prime minister and her office stressed that Russian propaganda had “no direct successful influence” on the Brexit vote.

Critics of May say an admission that Russia tried to dupe British voters could raise questions about the Conservative Party’s mandate to extricate Britain from the European Union.

The specter of Russian meddling also stokes internal discord among the Tories, who are divided between those who demand May secure a total, complete exit from Europe vs. those advocating a “soft Brexit.” There is also a small but stubborn rearguard of Conservatives who say Brexit is a historic blunder.

Labour Party politicians blame the prime minister for what appears to be a muddled message on Russian meddling. ….

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The Russian efforts to subvert the American President is becoming clearer…

It is becoming increasing clear that in end when Robert Mueller presents his final report Americans and the world will probably be presented with the view of an Russina full blow effort to subvert the American President into an asset for their use….

We know that Russina President knew that such an effort would never work with Hillary Clinton, who was a former Secretary of State and whose husband had been President for eight years….

But a New York Real Estate guy, who owed monety to Russian’s and who liked the adoration that could thrown on him in trips to Moscow?…He was, and appear’s to have been an easy mark….

And STILL is trying to cuddle up to the Russian President…

One can come to no other conclusion as the steady reports of the Russian contact’s become public…

In addition, Mueller is bound to produce charges from his garnd juries against just about EVERYBODY who has sat down with his FBI agents and prosecutors and lied about this…..That is sure to include Donald Trump’s son, Donald Jr. and Jared Kushner….

The President is sure to write pardon’s for the those two….

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But it will remain to be seen if the New York State Attorney General will or has impaneled his own grand jury to go after the Trump family and others where the pardon’s don’t count….

A senior Russian official who claimed to be acting at the behest of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia tried in May 2016 to arrange a meeting between Mr. Putin and Donald J. Trump, according to several people familiar with the matter.

The news of this reached the Trump campaign in a very circuitous way. An advocate for Christian causes emailed campaign aides saying that Alexander Torshin, the deputy governor of the Russian central bank who has been linked both to Russia’s security services and organized crime, had proposed a meeting between Mr. Putin and Mr. Trump. The subject line of the email, turned over to Senate investigators, read, “Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite,” according to one person who has seen the message.

The proposal made its way to the senior levels of the Trump campaign before Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and a top campaign aide, sent a message to top campaign officials rejecting it, according to two people who have seen Mr. Kushner’s message.

Though the meeting never happened, Mr. Torshin’s request is the latest example of how the Russian government intensified its effort to contact and influence the Trump campaign last year as Mr. Trump was closing in on the Republican presidential nomination. It came just weeks after a self-described intermediary for the Russian government told a Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, that the Russians had “dirt” on Mr. Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, in the form of “thousands of emails.”

Soon after Mr. Torshin’s outreach fizzled, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, arranged a meeting at Trump Tower after being told that a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin would bring damaging information about Mrs. Clinton to the meeting….

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