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Trump claims Manafort’s sentencing is proof that he didn’t collude with Russia in White House rant

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that the sentencing hearing for his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, provided evidence that he did not collude with Russian operatives.

Speaking with reporters at the White House, Trump said he had “no idea” when special counsel Robert Mueller would be finished with his investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 elections.

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“I can only tell you one thing, again, that was proven today. No collusion. There’s no collusion,” the president said, after Manafort received an additional 43 months in prison.

“There’s no collusion and there hasn’t been collusion and it was all a big hoax. And you know it. It was done and stated by the Democrats, because they lost an election that they should have won, because the electoral college it’s a big advantage for Democrats, not for Republicans. And they should have, and I ran the clock out.”

“We ran the whole thing, ran up the east coast from North Carolina to Pennsylvania. Then we go up to Wisconsin and Michigan, states that hadn’t been won for many, many years. We won those states,” Trump continued.

“And they said, how do we solve this horrible problem. We lost an election that in theory some people — I didn’t, but some people thought they were going to win, right? And they said, I have an idea. Let’s blame Russia. It was a hoax. It was all a big hoax.”

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“You don’t call Russia when you go to Florida. Russia won’t help you much,” Trump concluded.


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So-called ‘limited’ nuclear war would actually be very bad and kill tens of millions, warns new report

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"We urgently need sensible action to reduce and eliminate nuclear risk."

Even a limited nuclear war would be catastrophic and kill millions, a new study finds, despite the belief of the Pentagon that the U.S. military could effectively and safely use nuclear weapons in a conflict.

The report, which Princeton University's Science and Global Security Lab presents in video form, affirms the position of anti-nuclear war activists that no use of nuclear weapons is sensible—or safe.

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Mike Pompeo heads to Saudi Arabia after US blames Iran

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was to fly to Saudi Arabia Tuesday to discuss possible retaliation after Washington said it had proof that attacks on Saudi oil installations originated in Iran.

Vice President Mike Pence announced that Pompeo was on his way to Saudi Arabia to "discuss our response."

"As the president said, we don't want war with anybody but the United States is prepared," Pence said in a speech to the Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington.

"We're locked and loaded and we're ready to defend our interests and allies in the region, make no mistake about it," he said, echoing President Donald Trump's words on Monday.

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‘I’ve heard enough’: Representative refuses to ask Lewandowski questions because it’s giving him ‘a platform’

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In a brief moment of the Corey Lewandowski hearing Tuesday, Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) refused to allow the top Trump advisor any more time to promote himself or his political campaign.

She probed whether President Donald Trump had ever promised to pardon Lewandowski, which he refused to answer.

"The president did indicate that he’s going to support your Senate campaign. Didn’t he?" Scanlon asked. But Lewandowski said he wasn't sure.

"Okay. Well, I just want to know for the record when Mr. Lewandowski asked for the committee to give him a little break an hour and a half, two hours ago, he took the time during that recess to launch his Senate campaign website with a tweet," she continued. "And I think that fact says an awful lot about the witness’ motivation to appear here today and I’ve heard enough. I yield back."

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