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Trump’s legal team is ‘taking cues’ from Freedom Caucus extremist Jim Jordan to fight Democratic oversight: report

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Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio has been an influential figure on the far right. The Ohio Republican is popular with the Tea Party, he was a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, and his influence on the far right is so strong that, according to a report by Melanie Zanona and Andrew Desiderio for Politico, President Donald Trump’s legal team is “taking cues from Jordan, adopting many of his arguments and even asking a federal judge to obtain documents from Jordan in order to build their legal case against Democrats’ myriad investigations targeting the president.”

The 55-year-old congressman, in an interview with Politico, emphasized that he isn’t actually coordinating with the White House. Yet as Zanona and Desiderio point out, he is having a strong impact on Trump’s legal strategy.

Jordan has encouraged Donald Trump, Jr. to defy a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Zanona and Desiderio note that Trump’s legal team — including William Consovoy — has been “picking up on the same lines of attack” encouraged by Jordan and Rep. Mark Meadows, who “have teamed up to highlight what they say is a coordinated Democratic effort to politically damage the president ahead of his reelection bid.”

In 2019, Zanona and Desiderio observe, Trump’s legal team is promoting “a restrictive view of Congress’ oversight authority” and doing so with Jordan’s encouragement. Jordan, they write, is a textbook example of Republican politicians “broadly resisting Democrats’ attempts to investigate alleged crimes committed by the president”—with Consovoy “parroting many of Jordan’s talking points.”

Zanona and Desiderio conclude their article by noting that during a recent Fox News interview, Jordan had some advice for Donald Trump, Jr. regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena: ignore it and don’t show up.

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Lara Trump snarls at critics of ‘send her back’ for pushing a ‘biased, racially-charged narrative’

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Lara Trump, the wife of President Donald Trump's son Eric, has accused CNN anchor Anderson Cooper of pushing a "biased, racially-charged narrative" after he criticized her recent defense of the Trump administration over the "send her back" scandal.

This article first appeared on Salon.

"Anyone insinuating that there was some premeditated plan to orchestrate the “send her back” chant is obviously desperate to continue pushing a biased, racially-charged narrative. #FakeNews," Trump posted to her Twitter account on Saturday. She included a link to the Washington Examiner, a right-leaning newspaper which included a quote from Cooper blasting Trump for supposedly "lying" about her role in whipping up a crowd to chant "send her back" about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

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Trump’s trade war with China has led to foreign investments in the US drying up: report

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Not only are U.S. manufacturers and farmers feeling the devastating brunt of Donald Trump's ongoing trade war with China -- among other countries -- now the New York Times reports that foreign investors no longer see America as a safe bet to park their money.

According to the report, "the once steady flow of Chinese cash into America, with Chinese investment plummeting by nearly 90 percent since President Trump took office."

With the report stating, the drop-off "stems from tougher regulatory scrutiny in the United States and a less hospitable climate toward Chinese investment, as well Beijing’s tightened limits on foreign spending," one analyst blamed the increasingly hostile trade relationship between the two countries.

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Marvel reveals next star-studded superhero films at Comic-Con

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Marvel unveiled its bumper slate of new superhero movies Saturday, wheeling out a who's who of Hollywood stars and prompting a collective meltdown at Comic-Con as it ended frenzied speculation over the most lucrative franchise in film history.

Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Rachel Weisz were brought on stage in San Diego to join Marvel film stalwarts such as Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in the upcoming -- and sure to be multi-billion-grossing -- movies.

"I can spend 90 minutes talking about what we've done or I can spend some time talking about what we're about to do," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, drawing rapturous screams from thousands packed into the world's largest pop-culture fan convention.

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