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Did the White House just throw Roger Stone under the bus?

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It appears that President Donald Trump’s longtime friend is being thrown under the bus as his trial moves forward.

In a statement from deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley, the White House appears to now believe Stone “did something wrong.”

“We’ve had a lot of conversations in the last few days and I’ve heard from him [President Trump] not mention Roger Stone one time,” Gidley said. “I mean, listen, this has nothing to do with the president, it’s another attempt by the left and many of the mainstream media to tether Donald Trump to somebody who’s done something wrong on their own time with no connection or coordination with Donald Trump. And that’s what this is about, the president has done nothing wrong, but to try and link these two together is just ridiculous.”

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Stone never worked for Donald Trump, just like many key Trump advisors never officially worked for the president. Stone is a self-described “dirty trickster,” who now says he was framed. During the 2016 campaign, Stone bragged about talking with Wikileaks and its founder Julian Assange. Ahead of major data dumps by the site, Stone promoted the upcoming information that would be released with cagey tweets and quips on other social media.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson set Stone’s trial date for Nov. 5, 2019.


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Kellyanne Conway lashes out at Democratic voters as ‘racist and sexist’ at Ohio GOP dinner

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Making an appearance at a Republican Party dinner in Columbus, Ohio, Kellyanne Conway accused Democratic voters of being "racist and sexist," in a diatribe as she tried to boost the fortunes of her boss, President Donald Trump.

According to a report from Cincinnati.com, Conway attacked the leading Democratic presidential nominees before making her claim.

“Their top three candidates are white, career politicians in their 60s and 70s, which I have nothing against except they (Democrats) certainly do,” Conway reportedly told the crowd. “I don’t know why the heck the Democratic party electorate is so racist and sexist. I can’t figure it out.”

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Betsy DeVos’ DOE threatens to cut university funding for positive portrayal of Islam

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The U.S Department of Education threatened to pull federal funding from a Middle East studies course jointly run by Duke University and the University of North Carolina because it portrays Islam too positively.

The DOE ordered the universities to change their program or lose its federal grant money. In a letter to UNC, the department criticized the program, arguing that topics like Iranian art and film have “little or no relevance” to the Middle East studies program. The letter also argues that the program “appears to lack balance” because its programs are not focused on the discrimination faced by “religious minorities in the Middle East," including Christians and Jews.

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Wall Street is ignoring the omens of recession — here’s why

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The Federal Reserve seems a lot more concerned about the state of the economy than it’s been letting on.

The Fed lowered its target interest rate by a quarter point on Sept. 18, the second such cut since July – and the first reductions since the Great Recession more than 10 years ago.

Judging by the words of Fed Chair Jerome Powell, this isn’t that big a deal. In his statement following the decision, he said: “We took this step to help keep the U.S. economy strong in the face of some notable developments and to provide insurance against ongoing risks.”

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