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NBC News contradicts CNN: ‘Golden showers’ memo is ‘disinformation’ and was not shown to Trump

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A new NBC News report contradicts reporting from CNN about a 35-page dossier about Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia that was then posted online by Buzzfeed.

A senior U.S. intelligence official told NBC News that Trump was not briefed on the two-page summary, which directly contradicts CNN’s report, and the addendum was prepared for the briefing only to provide an example of unvetted “disinformation.”

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The official, who had knowledge of the preparation for the meeting with Trump, said the two-page summary of the unsubstantiated material was intended to illustrate for the president-elect the difference between raw intelligence and analyzed intelligence.

U.S. intelligence officials told Trump on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed a campaign to “undermine public faith” in the democratic process and to hobble Hillary Clinton’s election chances.

CNN reported Tuesday that multiple U.S. officials said both Trump and President Barack Obama were briefed on the two-page summary of findings gathered by a former British intelligence operative, who alleged that Russia had gained compromising information on the president-elect.

The dossier, which contains lurid allegations that Trump paid prostitutes to perform a “golden showers” show in Moscow, was originally generated as anti-Trump opposition research at the direction of his Republican primary rivals.

Some of the claims in the dossier have circulated for months, and Mother Jones reported on some of them in late October.

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BBC reported that the former British spy was not the only source claiming that Russia had sex tapes that could embarrass the president-elect.

Trump agreed with a spokesman for the Kremlin who dismissed the findings as a “complete fabrication and utter nonsense,” and his former campaign manager described the reports as “fake news.”

The intelligence officials who briefed Trump and Obama also had available unvetted “disinformation” about the Clinton Foundation, NBC News reported, but that was also not shared with Trump.

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CNN reported that Sen. John McCain delivered a copy of the document to FBI Director James Comey last month, and The Guardian reported that the FBI applied for a warrant from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court over the summer to monitor four members of Trump’s team for possible contacts with Russian officials.

That warrant may have been granted in October, the newspaper reported, but it’s not clear whether any warrants led to a full investigation of the claims.

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Vigilante mob traps multi-racial family in campground after accusing them of being ‘antifa’

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Police in Clallam County, Washington, are investigating an incident where a family of four was falsely accused of being members of antifa by people at a campsite they were staying at, the Peninsula Daily News reports.

The family, who is multi-racial, were trapped in the campground after someone cut down trees and placed them across the roadway, preventing their exit from the area.

After the family arrived at the campground, they went shopping for camping supplies and confronted “by seven or eight carloads of people in the grocery store parking lot,” according to Sgt. Ed Anderson of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Department.

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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Good riddance to very bad rubbish: Here are 5 of the ugliest moments in the Steve King Hall of Shame

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On, Tuesday, June 2, there was a major bombshell in Iowa politics: far-right Rep. Steve King, in Iowa’s 4th Congressional District, lost a GOP primary battle to Iowa State Sen. Randy Feenstra. It remains to be seen whether a Republican or a Democrat will win that seat in November, but one thing is for sure: it won’t be King, whose history of racism, homophobia and religious extremism is so disturbing that even GOP voters in a conservative district in Iowa finally rejected him.

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