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Scarborough fingers Bannon as leaker: He’s been ‘bragging’ he would sideline Kushner on Russia

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Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough on Friday revealed that some of his sources within the White House have hinted that White House chief political strategist Steve Bannon is behind some of the damaging leaks against Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

While discussing the latest problems facing Kushner, Scarborough said that people in the White House have told him that Bannon this past April boasted that he wouldn’t have to worry about Kushner much longer thanks to soon-to-be-revealed bombshells about his undisclosed meeting with a Russian bank official.

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“Steve Bannon was running around from — according to my sources, bragging to journalists a month and a half ago that he didn’t have to worry about Kushner and he was going to sideline Kushner because of Russia, that he had information on the Russian investigation, and that he was going to sideline Jared Kushner,” Scarborough said.

While Scarborough didn’t put too much weight on these boasts at the time, he says that they were shortly followed up stories about Kushner and Russia in major newspapers.

“Two days after I heard this, two days, front page New York Times story about the links between Kushner and Russia,” he said. “A coincidence? Absolutely not. Steve Bannon has been leaking, i believe, based on everything that I’ve heard, has been leaking these stories.”

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A Mexican judge has granted two people's requests to be allowed to use cocaine recreationally, the organization behind the cases said Tuesday, calling it a "historic step" -- though it must first be reviewed by a higher court.

The rulings, the first of their kind in Mexico, would allow the two petitioners to "possess, transport and use cocaine," but not to sell it, according to Mexico United Against Crime, an organization devoted to ending the Latin American country's "war on drugs."

The Mexico City court ordered the national health regulator, COFEPRIS, to authorize the petitioners' cocaine use in personal, recreational doses, the organization said.

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US President Donald Trump renewed calls on Tuesday to let Russia join the G7 -- thus making it the G8 again -- group of advanced industrialized countries.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump noted that his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, had wantedRussia out of what used to be the G8 "because Putin outsmarted him”.

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Three more major NRA leaders are out — as gun group continues downward spiral

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Tuesday, three more members of the National Rifle Association have stepped down making it a total of seven NRA board members to leave in the last several months, CNN reported.

The first three were board members who complained about the money NRA chief Wayne LaPierre used to pay for a Beverly Hills wardrobe. Their responsibilities were cut and they left shortly after.

Professional sports shooter Julie Golob left the board just one week ago before her three-year term was up.

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