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Trump insists ‘Russian Witch Hunt is a Fraud’ until the pee tape is proven

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President Donald Trump cherrypicked claims by an investigative journalist to push back against a salacious dossier linking him to Russia.

The president quoted portions of an interview with Yahoo News reporter Michael Isikoff, who conceded that some of the most outrageous details reported by former British spy Christopher Steele might never be proven.

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“Russia Dossier reporter now doubts dopey Christopher Steele’s claims!” Trump tweeted.

Trump quoted the journalist’s remarks from John Ziegler’s Free Speech Broadcasting podcast, which were reported by Fox News and other conservative outlets.

“When you get into the details of the Steele Dossier, the specific allegations, we have not seen the evidence to support them,” Isikoff said, according to Trump’s tweets and capitalization. “There’s good grounds to think that some of the more sensational allegations WILL NEVER BE PROVEN AND ARE LIKELY FALSE.”

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Many of the claims originally found in Steele’s dossier have been backed by evidence turned up by special counsel Robert Mueller, and former federal prosecutor Chuck Rosenberg and Harvard Law student Sarah Grant said those findings essentially confirm “both specifically and thematically” aspects of the dossier.

The most salacious claim made in Steele’s dossier, regarding allegations about Trump directing Russian prostitutes to urinate on a Moscow hotel bed where Barack Obama and his wife had once slept, has not yet been proven.

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The dossier suggests that Russian president Vladimir Putin may have recorded evidence of that dalliance that he uses to blackmail the U.S. president.

Isikoff, however, agreed that “Steele was clearly onto something,” broadly speaking, and said the Kremlin had interfered with the 2016 campaign to help Trump and had contacts with multiple associates of the president — but Trump ignored those statements to claim vindication.

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“Thank you to Michael Isikoff, Yahoo, for honesty,” Trump tweeted. “What this means is that the FISA WARRANTS and the whole Russian Witch Hunt is a Fraud and a Hoax which should be ended immediately. Also, it was paid for by Crooked Hillary & DNC!”

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Dick Cheney raising money for Trump’s re-election — with White House staffers Ivanka and Jared: report

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney is raising money for President Donald Trump's re-election at a fundraiser in a ritzy western resort town.

"Former vice president Richard B. Cheney and his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), are to appear at a lunch fundraiser Monday in support of President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee, according to an invitation to the event," The Washington Post reported Saturday. "The luncheon fundraiser in Jackson, Wyo., will feature White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, along with acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney as 'special guests,' according to the invitation, which was obtained by The Washington Post."

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‘Go back to Harlem!’: Florida woman has n-word laced meltdown after bumping black woman’s shopping cart

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On Saturday, the Atlanta Black Star reported an incident in Florida, in which a white woman screamed racial slurs at a black woman at a Publix supermarket in Miami after their shopping carts jostled each other.

After the woman allegedly banged into Nicki Johnson's cart, she refused to apologize, saying, "I didn't hit you with my cart, and f**k you,  you f**king n****r."

Johnson whipped out her cell phone camera, and began recording the incident, saying "You, why don't you call me a n****r again?"

"You thinking I'm sorry?" snapped the woman. "Let me tell you something, I don't have to call you anything. Get away from me, I will call security and there are surveillance videos. Get away from me!"

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‘I’m a nurse, what are you?’: Tennessee lawmaker humiliates anti-choice activists in brutal public grilling

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Anti-choice activists in Tennessee were unprepared for the grilling they got from a Democratic Party lawmaker when making the case for a bill that would outlaw abortion before many women knew they were pregnant.

One of the speakers in favor of the fetal heartbeat bill was Baptist Pastor Randy Davis, who was questioned by state Sen. Katrina Robinson (D-Memphis).

"How many women executive pastors do you have in your convention?" Robinson asked Davis. "Or senior pastors."

"None," Davis replied.

"So is it the same ideology that restricts access to women being able to lead a congregation that leads you all to support women not being able to make a medical decision about their body?" Robinson asked.

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