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John Kelly was ‘horrified’ when Trump said Cohen’s FBI raid was an ‘attack on our country’: report

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White House chief of staff John Kelly was reportedly “horrified” by President Donald Trump’s public outburst about his personal attorney Michael Cohen being raided by the FBI.

CNN reported Wednesday that according to a source with knowledge of the matter, Kelly, a retired four-star general, was upset by the president’s “highly-charged” display in which he called the raid an “attack on our nation” and slammed the attorney general, the deputy attorney general and the special counsel investigating him.

The report on Kelly’s reaction comes amid weeks of speculation about the chief of staff’s decreasing power in the West Wing. Other White House sources told the Associated Press that Trump no longer confides in Kelly, who was once considered the “adult in the room” in the West Wing, because he was “tired of being told no.” The president reportedly did not let his chief of staff in on his now-infamous phone call congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on winning what many consider a “sham” election.

Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that Kelly implored Trump to fire his embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt — but the president has yet to do so.

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Here’s why Trump and Putin are only frenemies at this point

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President Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran has hit an obstacle: Russia.

While the United States insists that Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone in international airspace last week, Russia rejected the charge on Tuesday and supported Iran’s claim that the Global Hawk drone with a 116-foot wingspan was shot down over Iranian territory.

A top Russian official stated Moscow’s intelligence findings at a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, according to Haaretz, the Israeli daily.

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How the GOP is embracing more ruthless power grabs in the face of huge political challenges

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On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases highlighting the collision between partisan power grabs and setting the ground rules for two of the most important elections in America—those for U.S. House and state legislative chambers.

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

One ruling concerns whether the Trump administration can add a question to the 2020 census that asks if anyone residing in that address is not a U.S. citizen. The other concerns whether hyper-partisanship is unconstitutional when state legislatures run by a single party draw electoral districts to maximize their party’s likelihood of winning elections.

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Hope Hicks may have implicated Jared Kushner in a coverup

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks frustrated Democrats last week when she refused to answer multiple questions about her time in the White House.

However, Mother Jones' David Corn and Dan Friedman noticed one bit of Hicks's testimony that shines a negative light on Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

When asked about her false statement in December 2016 that there had been no contact between members of the Trump campaign and Russian government officials, Hicks said she consulted several top officials who worked for the campaign before making the statement, including Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon -- and Jared Kushner.

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