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Trump ‘simply tunes out’ National Security Adviser HR McMaster during briefings: report

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Donald Trump’s aversion to formal briefings leads him to “simply tune out” his National Security Adviser, H.R. McMaster, Axios reports.

A source detailed the president’s preferred style of communication—short and informal. According to Axios, McMaster, a career military man with a penchant for “crisp, linear” and highly-detailed briefings, can not effectively communicate Trump, who “sometimes simply tunes McMaster out,” a source said.

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Axios notes the president ”likes to be discursive and will frequently turn to others or meander into other subjects” during the middle of McMaster’s briefings. He reportedly even once no-so-jokingly asked to other attendees at a meeting, ”can you believe this guy?”

Trump reportedly misses former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was “spontaneous” in his briefings and jived well with the president. Flynn resigned from his role as national s security adviser less than one month after assuming the position after it was revealed he lied about discussing sanctions with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the transition.


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Trump-appointed judge delivers major blow to president’s efforts to keep his taxes secret

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President Donald Trump on Monday suffered yet another legal defeat in his quest to keep his tax returns a secret -- and it came at the hands of one of the president's own appointees.

CNN reports that Trump-appointed Judge Carl Nichols the of United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that the president cannot sue the state of New York in his court to prevent the release of his taxes.

In his ruling, Nichols found that Trump's attorneys failed to establish a so-called "conspiracy jurisdiction" based on his accusations that New York Attorney General Letitia James is a co-conspirator with House Democrats in a plot to improperly reveal the president's personal financial information.

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‘It’s not a game show’: Soledad O’Brien reams CNN host for fretting over impeachment TV ratings

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Soledad O'Brien, a former CNN host, slammed the network over the weekend for what she referred to as "Cillizza-level inanity," referring to contributor Chris Cillizza.

In a Sunday segment on CNN's Reliable Sources, host Brian Stelter wondered about the ratings for the "first episode" of the public impeachment hearings.

"I hate to talk this way," Stelter said. "Will the Democrats put on a powerful first episode? Will they convince people to keep watching?"

"Why is CNN so stupid about important shit?" O'Brien wrote on Twitter. "This is Cillizza-level inanity. Brian should be ashamed of himself."

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McConnell refuses to buy into Matt Bevin’s election ‘irregularities’ complaints: ‘We’ll have a different governor in three weeks’

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't sound like he'll spend any of his political capital fighting to overturn Gov. Matt Bevin's apparent election loss.

The Kentucky Republican agreed that Bevin appeared to have lost his re-election bid to Democrat Andy Beshear, but he declined to say whether the governor should concede the race, reported the Lexington Herald Leader.

“I’m sorry Matt came up short," McConnell said, "but he had a good four years and all indications are, barring some dramatic reversal on the recanvass, we’ll have a different governor in three weeks."

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