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Trump received Presidential Daily Briefing on Russian bounty plot: report

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On Monday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump received a presidential daily briefing in the spring including the intelligence assessment that Russia was putting bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

“That assessment, the source said, was backed up by ‘several pieces of information’ that supported the view that there was an effort by the Russian intelligence unit — the GRU — to pay bounties to kill US soldiers, including interrogation of Taliban detainees and electronic eavesdropping,” reported Barbara Starr. “The source said there was some other information that did not corroborate this view but said, nonetheless, ‘This was a big deal. When it’s about US troops you go after it 100%, with everything you got.'”

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This report contradicts the claim by the White House that the president was not made aware of this intelligence — a claim that even Republicans have demanded clarification on.


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‘We need a new direction’: GOP ex-gov John Kasich explains why he’s backing Biden over Trump

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Gov. John Kasich (R-OH) explained why he is bucking his party to speak in support of Joe Biden for president at the Democratic convention.

"The reason I didn't support Trump the last time is, I was afraid that he would be a divider and not a unifier," said Kasich. "Unfortunately, as I've watched him over the last three and a half years now, he's continued to do that. I don't think the country does well when we're divided. And so I had to search my conscience ... I believe we need a new direction. We just can't keep going the way that we're going."

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CNN host catches Rick Santorum blaming Obama: ‘I’m giving you an opportunity to not be a hypocrite’

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Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Monday blamed former President Barack Obama after President Donald Trump took executive actions instead of negotiating a COVID-19 relief bill.

During an appearance on CNN's New Day program, host John Berman pointed out that Santorum had slammed Obama for the use of executive actions in 2014.

"How do you feel about it now when it's a Republican president?" Berman wondered.

"I would say, number one, some of the things the president is suggesting are proper use of executive action, like suspending the payroll tax temporarily," Santorum replied. "A couple of the executive actions are clearly fine. There's a couple that are not and I would say that President Obama has set the precedent, and that's the problem."

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‘This is going to be a nightmare’: WaPo business columnist says Trump’s executive orders will be disasters

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Washington Post economics columnist Catherine Rampell on Monday said that President Donald Trump's executive orders intended to provide economic relief to Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic have the potential to make things much worse.

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