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San Juan’s mayor was invited to a White House conference call — then told she couldn’t speak during it

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The night before President Donald Trump was set to land in the American territory of Puerto Rico, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz was invited onto a White House conference call on one condition — that she couldn’t speak during it.

According to The Independent, Cruz said she was completely unaware of the president’s itinerary, and that she learned online about her supposed rejection of an invitation to meet with the president — an invite she says she never got.

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“I read in tweet that someone said I got an invitation to see him,” she told The Independent. At the time, she hadn’t.

Cruz has since announced that she will meet with the president despite his Twitter attacks on her over the weekend, which she believes he did “just to spite” the island territory.

“I will use this opportunity to reiterate the primary message: this is about saving lives, not about politics,” Cruz said in a statement. “This is also about giving the people of Puerto Rico the respect we deserve; and recognizing the moral imperative to do both.”


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The real DC showdown: Pelosi vs. Trump

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Love her or hate her, Nancy Pelosi is a classy, effective and persuasive Speaker.

Repeatedly through the Trump presidency, she has stepped up to offer just the right gesture, just the right opinion, just the right level of evenness or passion that proves effective in making the role of leadership believable.

Along the way, she manages to count votes, keep her caucus in line and stand up for a totally understandable and admirable bar of justice and American value, for the Constitution itself.

Her statements yesterday in outlining in measured tones the reasoning that Donald Trump’s actions have left “no choice” but moving forward towards impeachment were well-said, logical, and belied the emotion behind them.

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Trump’s tax cuts and tariffs have been even more disastrous than skeptics predicted: Paul Krugman

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In a column celebrating the first anniversary of Donald Trump declaring himself "Tariff Man," New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman attempted to explain the president's love of tariffs and noted that the negative economic impact in the past year has surpassed even the worst expectations.

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Trump’s undermining of efforts to fight Putin detailed in ex-CIA agent’s disturbing new column

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A recently retired CIA agent reveals that President Donald Trump was a "wild card" that prevented a full-scale effort to combat Russian aggression against the U.S. and its allies.

Marc Polymeropoulos, who retired from the agency in June, said in column posted at Just Security that the CIA issued an informal "call to arms" in the wake of Kremlin interference in the 2016 election, but those efforts were hampered by Trump's relationship with Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

"The Call to Arms required a whole-of-agency effort to counter the Kremlin," Polymeropoulos wrote. "It involved moving resources and personnel inside CIA. Most importantly, it required a change in mindset, similar to what occurred within the Intelligence Community after 9/11, that an 'all-hands-on-deck' approach was required."

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