Melania Trump speaks out on husband’s alleged affairs: ‘It’s not a focus of mine’

The first lady says she loves Donald Trump and has much more important things to think about than rumors of his philandering Melania Trump says she loves Donald Trump and has much more important things to think about than allegations he cheated on her with a porn star, a Playboy…

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Saudi shares tumble after journalist’s disappearance

Markets rise in Abu Dhabi and Dubai; Trump issues threats of severe punishment Saudi Arabias stock market tumbled in early Sunday trade on concerns about relations with the international community following the disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Riyadh and a US resident, Donald…

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Paul Manafort reportedly close to Mueller plea deal to avoid second trial

Reports say Manafort, who was convicted on eight counts of fraud last month, likely to enter guilty plea in court on Friday Paul Manafort, Donald Trumps former campaign chairman, is close to reaching a plea deal with prosecutors to avoid a second trial on further criminal charges, according to reports.…

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Brett Kavanaugh set to be confirmed to supreme court in major win for Trump

Final vote on Saturday expected to fall along party lines after key Republicans Susan Collins and Jeff Flake give Kavanaugh seal of approval Judge confirmed as a US rage-fuelled rancorous divided America. The final vote in the Republican-controlled Senate, which was poised to fall almost entirely along party lines in…

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The truth is that Trump has a point about globalisation | Larry Elliott

His belief that the nation state can cure economic ills is not without merit, says Guardian columnist Larry Elliott Once every three years the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank hold their annual meetings out of town. Instead of schlepping over to Washington, the gathering of finance ministers and…

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Trump doesnt think Stormy Daniels hush-money deal is valid, his lawyer says

Trump will not sue Daniels for breaking agreement. Move could kill attempts by Daniels attorney to force the president to testify Donald Trump does not believe porn actor and director Stormy Daniels hush-money deal, which his former personal lawyer said was done to influence the 2016 presidential election, is valid…

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‘Good job Jeff’: Trump blames Sessions as Republicans charged before midterms

President says legal actions against very popular congressmen have put victories in doubt Donald Trump has mounted another extraordinary attack on his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, blaming him for charges against two congressmen that he said jeopardised Republican chances in the forthcoming midterm elections. On Monday afternoon, the president voted…

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While You Were Offline: Donald Trump Meets a Full-Courthouse Press

When this week started, I genuinely thought that I’d be writing about Madonna’s surreal VMA appearance or perhaps Cher’s continuing Abba tributes. Alas, that was not to be. It turned out to be a week in which all manner of big political events happened around the President of the United…

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David Pecker: Trump confidant and National Enquirer boss was given immunity in Cohen case

The media mogul reportedly met with prosecutors as part of the inquiry into Donald Trumps ex-lawyer, Michael Cohen David Pecker, reported. Pecker, a longtime friend of Trump, was initially subpoenaed by federal investigators four months ago. News of the media figures help in an investigation that is likely to prove…

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Trump and ‘collusion’: what we know so far about Mueller’s Russia investigation

The special counsel has secured multiple indictments, and an agreement with Paul Manafort that could pose a threat to Trump The comedian and activist Randy Credico met last week with investigators working with special counsel Robert Mueller. He came away impressed. I think these people know everything already, Roger Stone,…

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Six Big Questions After the Cohen and Manafort Bombshells

The hour of 4 pm Tuesday, potentially one of the most consequential hours in the history of the American presidency, made clear that history books will almost certainly note Donald Trump’s surprise 2016 election win with an asterisk. Just minutes apart, in courtrooms in New York and outside Washington, DC,…

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American democracy is in crisis, and not just because of Trump | Simon Tisdall

Dark money, unchecked presidential power and a politicised supreme court are wrecking the worlds flagship democracy, says foreign affairs commentator Simon Tisdall Nineteen months into the Trump presidency, US democracy is running into serious trouble but it is not all, or even mostly, Donald Trumps fault. This crisis of governance…

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Michael Cohen: at least 12 tapes handed to investigators after raid on Trump lawyer

Files passed to government following reports lawyer taped a phone call with Trump about possible payout to ex-Playboy model At least 12 audio files have been handed to the US government as part of the cache of material seized from Donald Trumps personal lawyer Michael Cohen, according to a new…

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