Supreme Court Temporarily Restores Trump’s Refugee Travel Ban
A U.S. Supreme Court justice on Monday issued a short-term order restoring President Donald Trump’s ban on thousands of refugees seeking entry to the country. The order issued by Justice Anthony Kennedy puts a lower court ruling on hold until the high court decides whether to grant the administration’s request for a longer-term order. Kennedy ordered those opposing the administration to file court papers by noon Tuesday. A federal appeals court ruled last week that the administration must temporarily admit refugees if a resettlement agency had promised that it would provide basic services for them. Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Easy decision.
Blames Comey, Russia, Wikileaks, Facebook, Fake News, Voter ID Laws, Sexism
And Misogyny For Losing
Hillary Clinton believes that were it not for James Comey, Russia, Wikileaks, Facebook, fake news, voter ID laws, or America's "endemic" sexism and misogyny, she would currently be president of the United States. In just under two minutes, Clinton rattled off eight separate excuses for losing the 2016 election. Clinton claims that, "If the election were on October 27, I would be your president," singling out James Comey in particular for re-opening an investigation into her mishandling of classified material. Grabien News
VOA VIEW: Hillary blames all, but herself.
Authorities in Florida warned residents that "going to prison over a pair of sneakers is a fairly bad life choice" following a series of burglary arrests as Hurricane Irma was slamming the state with heavy rains and winds. Fox
VOA VIEW: Looters should be given the maximum.
Lines Block Miami Beach Roads
Residents of Miami Beach who evacuated before Hurricane Irma’s arrival will have to wait until at least Tuesday afternoon before they can return to their homes. Miami Beach emergency officials said conditions remain dangerous until their crews can assess the damage in the light of day and clear the roads. They remind all residents that there will be a curfew Monday night beginning at 7 p.m. that runs through Tuesday at 7 a.m. No cars will be permitted to enter the city until Tuesday at noon. Those who leave the city will not be allowed to re-enter until Tuesday at noon. CBS Miami
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The Food Is Gone’
At dawn, people began to gather, quietly planning for survival after Hurricane Irma. They started with the grocery stores, scavenging what they needed for sustenance: water, crackers, fruit. But by nightfall on Thursday, what had been a search for food took a more menacing turn, as groups of people, some of them armed, swooped in and took whatever of value was left: electronics, appliances and vehicles. “All the food is gone now,” Jacques Charbonnier, a 63-year-old resident of St. Martin, said in an interview on Sunday. NY Times
See Racism In Hurricane Response
Some black and mixed-race residents of the hurricane-devastated French territory on the island of St. Martin are expressing anger at a perception that white tourists have been given priority during evacuations. The anger over perceived discrimination exposes underlying racial tensions that have long plagued France's far-flung former colonies - especially its Caribbean territories, where most of the population identifies as black, and is poorer than the white minority. AP
VOA VIEW: Tourists are always performed - no racism.
Laden’s Son Poised To Unify Terrorists Worldwide
One day in early November 2001, on a hillside south of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Osama bin Laden bade farewell to three of his young sons. In the shade of an olive tree, he handed each boy a misbaha—a set of prayer beads symbolizing the 99 names of God in classical Arabic—and instructed them to keep the faith. The scene was an emotional one. “It was as if we pulled out our livers and left them there,” one of the boys would later recall in a letter to his father. Having taken his leave, bin Laden disappeared into the mountains, bound for a familiar redoubt known as the Black Cave, or Tora Bora in the local Pashto dialect. The Daily Beast
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Than Half Of U.S. Teens Complete HPV Vaccinations
Despite concerted efforts to get more physicians and parents on board with vaccinating their children against HPV, experts say more work is needed. Despite concerted efforts to get more physicians and parents on board with vaccinating their children against HPV, experts say more work is needed. A recent report on HPV vaccinations in teenagers found that only 43% are completing the vaccination series required to prevent several types of cancer. More than 80% get other vaccines recommended at the same age. Preventive steps against human papillomavirus, which is transmitted sexually, are recommended for boys and girls at age 11 or 12. WSJ
Crashes Heading To Remove Confederate Statue
Officials said that a crane that was on its way to remove the Robert E. Lee statue at Lee Park in Dallas was involved in a crash that killed one person. According to officials, a semi-truck collided with the crane at SM Wright Freeway and Linfield Avenue. Dallas police responded to the accident just before 8:20 p.m. on Sunday. Officials said that the crane had just arrived in Dallas from Houston at around 7:45 p.m. on Sunday. Officials said that the crane had a left-turn arrow and was turning westbound on Linfield Avenue off of the freeway. CBS Dallas-Ft. Worth
Korea Seeks To Boost Olympic Ticket Sales
With five months to go before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics open, the Games are barely an afterthought for most South Koreans, with slow local ticket sales amid the biggest political scandal in years and a torrent of North Korean weapons tests. South Korea wants more than a million spectators for the Games that start in February and expects 70 percent to be locals. USA Today
To Host Senators Dinner Tuesday
President Trump will host a bipartisan dinner with senators on Tuesday, following his decision to side with Democratic lawmakers last Wednesday over a deal on the debt ceiling and Hurricane Harvey relief. Trump met with both Republican and Democratic leaders at the White House last Wednesday where he struck a deal with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to raise the debt ceiling and assure government funding until Dec. 15. By moving forward with Pelosi and Schumer's proposal, Trump discarded plans from Republicans which would extend the debt ceiling for six months or 18 months. Washington Examiner
VOA VIEW: Republicans better wake up.
Used Facebook Events To Organize Anti-Immigrnt Rallies On U.S. Soil
Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the U.S., including an August 2016 anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho, The Daily Beast has learned. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed to the Daily Beast that the social-media giant “shut down several promoted events as part of the takedown we described last week.” The company declined to elaborate, except to confirm that the events were promoted with paid ads. (This is the first time the social media giant has publicly acknowledged the existence of such events.) Daily Beast
Walmart Slash Hillary Clinton's 'What Happened' 40%
Two huge booksellers, Amazon and Walmart, have already cut the price of Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2016 tell-all by 40 percent -- and it isn't even available yet. Set to be released Tuesday, both have priced "What Happened?" at $17.99. Much of what's in her book has already been reported on, thanks to leaked copies of the Democratic presidential candidate's latest work. The price cut, however, has likely helped to boost sales. It is No. 1 on Amazon. Washington Examiner
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North Dakota Takes ‘Miss America’ Crown After Blasting Trump On Climate
Cara Mund is not worried that she may begin her year-long reign as Miss America by starting a Twitter war with the nation’s Tweeter-In-Chief. The 23-year-old Miss North Dakota won the crown Sunday night in Atlantic City after saying in an onstage interview that President Donald Trump was wrong to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord. Breitbart
VOA VIEW: What the hell did Mund know?
Francis Demurs On DACA
Despite his well-known calls for open-heartedness in dealing with migrants, Pope Francis reminded reporters Monday that immigration requires regulation, while declining to lay down a judgment on President Trump’s decision to abolish Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Breitbart
It’s Like To Be Smeared By The Southern Poverty Law Center
Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, was to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee about threats posed by domestic extremist groups. The hearing, scheduled for Tuesday, has been postponed because of Hurricane Irma. As a black conservative who has been smeared by the SPLC, I recommend against reinviting Mr. Cohen. When Morris Dees and Joseph J. Levin Jr. started the SPLC in 1971, it was needed and it had noble goals. In recent years, however, it has become a tool of the radical left. Wall Street Journal
Remarks Closed To Media At Conference In Hong Kong
Stephen Bannon will be speaking this afternoon at a Hong Kong conference, but the press will now be barred from listening to the media man and former White House chief strategist. Reporters won’t be allowed to attend the almost hour-long session at the CLSA investor forum, according to an email from Simone Wheeler, a spokeswoman with the firm, which is an overseas unit of Chinese brokerage Citic Securities Co. Wheeler had said Monday that media would be allowed to monitor Bannon’s comments via a live feed, with a subsequent moderated question-and-answer session off-limits to the press. Bloomberg
VOA VIEW: The liberal media will spin what Bannon says.
Francis Questions Whether Trump Is Really ‘Pro-Life’
Pope Francis is questioning whether someone with President Trump’s views on immigration should really be considered “pro-life,” reigniting a feud between the major world leaders that famously boiled over during the presidential race. “I have heard the president of the United States speak,” Francis said aboard the papal plane on Monday, reported the National Catholic Reporter. “He presents himself as a pro-life man. If he is a good pro-lifer, he should understand that the family is the cradle of life and you must defend its unity.” Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Pope Francis is foolish to attack Trump.
Service Orders Media To Clear White House Grounds
White House journalists and media crews were ordered by the Secret Service to clear the North Lawn of the building on Monday. The security precaution happens on occasion in response to possible threats to the White House building, such as a suspicious package or a fence jumper. Law enforcement officials are paying particularly close attention to security today as it is September 11, the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. President Donald Trump was at the Pentagon at the time of the security alert, delivering a speech recognizing 9/11. Breitbart
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Sends Top Official To California
Mexico is sending a top cabinet-level diplomat to illegal alien-friendly California to help Mexican citizens living in the U.S. illegally avoid deportation in a post-DACA environment. President Trump’s efforts to enforce immigration law and build a wall along the border have galvanized the Mexican government into action, and according to an Associated Press story, its top priority is to protect Mexican citizens living in the United States. Mexico’s Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray is expected to meet Monday with Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislative leaders in California’s capital. Breitbart
Minister Demands Action
Amid reports that Iran is assisting North Korea with its nuclear program, Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren asked the international community at what point it would intervene. Oren, who is also the former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., tweeted, “British officials say Iran assists North Korean nuclear program. No surprise, but what’s the world going to do about it?” Earlier on Sunday, London-based newspaper the Telegraph cited unnamed senior British officials as saying that the likelihood North Korean scientists had managed its recent achievements in the nuclear arena without assistance from outside was nil. Iran was named as the most likely collaborator, with Russia second, the report said. Breitbart
John Heilemann: Breitbart ‘More Powerful Media Institution’ Than Fox News
NBC and MSNBC contributor John Heilemann told Chris Matthews on Monday that Breitbart News is more powerful and influential than Fox News when it comes to influencing elections. “Breitbart is a more powerful media institution and a more powerful media institution on the right than Fox News,” he said on Hardball. Heilemann added that “for the last 20 years, if Fox News decided to get behind a candidate, that was trouble for the incumbent.” But that is not the case today because, according to Heilemann, “if Steve Bannon decides to train all of Breitbart’s fire on an incumbent Republican … you’re going to have a vulnerable incumbent.” Breitbart
VOA VIEW: Breitbart is trying to make itself more important and powerful than they are.
Owners Of America: We Need Roy Moore In The Senate To Secure Concealed
Gun Owners of America (GOA) put out a September 11 press release rallying Alabama voters to support Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate in order to secure concealed carry reciprocity and suppressor deregulation. The release quoted GOA Chairman Tim Macy, who said, “Judge Moore has long been an articulate — and uncompromising — champion for gun rights. And he will fight just as hard for gun owners in the U.S. Senate. There are few men I trust more than Judge Moore.” Reciprocity legislation was introduced in the House on January 3, 2017, and companion legislation was introduced in the Senate.Google News
Kaepernick’s Foundation Gives $100,000 To Fund Illegal Alien Activists
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick may be on the outside looking in, as the national anthem protests he began continue without him. However, that doesn’t mean that he has been idle with his activism. Kaepernick’s newest cause is to fund illegal aliens so that they can fly to Washington D.C. to protest against President Donald Trump. Last week, Kaepernick directed his foundation to donate $100,000 to help protest Trump’s policy announcement on the DREAM Act, and Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Yahoo News
VOA VIEW: Kaepernick is a nobody and his money is meaningless.
Moore Maintains Solid Majority Support, Double-Digit Lead Over Luther Strange
Yet another poll has come out of Alabama showing conservative Roy Moore leading establishment-backed Luther Strange in the U.S. Senate GOP primary runoff, this time showing Moore’s lead back up to 15 percent. Moore, per a new poll from the firm Strategic National, is up at 51 percent while Strange still lags under 40 at just 36 percent. The poll shows 14 percent are undecided. The survey of 800 likely voters, conducted Sept. 6 to Sept. 7, has a margin of error of 3.5 percent. It’s the latest in a long line of polls showing Strange, who was appointed into the U.S. Senate seat vacated by now Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year, significantly underwater. The Hill
To Vote On Watered-Down New Sanctions
The U.N. Security Council was scheduled to vote late Monday on a new, watered-down sanctions resolution against North Korea that eliminates initial U.S. demands to ban all oil imports to the country and freeze international assets of the government and its leader Kim Jong Un. The draft resolution, agreed to late Sunday after final negotiations between the U.S. and China, the North's ally and main trading partner, also eliminates a U.S. proposal to authorize the use of force to board nine named ships, which it said violated previous U.N. sanctions resolutions, to carry out inspections. ABC News
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Blasts Climate Change
Pope Francis has sharply criticized climate change doubters, saying history will judge those who failed to take the necessary decisions to curb heat-trapping emissions blamed for the warming of the Earth. Francis was asked about climate change and the spate of hurricanes that have pummeled the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean recently as his charter plane left Colombia on Sunday and flew over some of the devastated areas. ABC News
Keys Compared To a "War Zone"
Hurricane Irma has battered the Florida Keys, destroying roadways and isolating residents who didn't evacuate the string of islands, prompting one county's emergency management director to call the situation a possible "humanitarian crisis." Irma's powerful eye landed in the Keys as a Category 4 hurricane Sunday morning, swelling waterways to an estimated 10 to 15 feet in some areas, CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano reports. CBS Miami reporter David Sutta had a hard time describing the devastation on Monday. CBS News
Going To Take A Long Time To Dig Out Of This"
Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said Monday that it's going to take awhile for her state to recover from Hurricane Irma, which made landfall over the weekend and continues churning its way up Florida's west coast. "It's going to take a long time to dig out of this," Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, said in a phone interview on CBS News' live-streaming network CBSN. CBS News
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Is The Civil Rights Test Of Our Time'
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a New Mexico Democrat, made a plea for amnesty on Saturday, as she delivered the Democrats' weekly radio address. She called DACA the "civil rights test of our time." For five years, DACA has unlocked the great potential of 800,000 dreamers. These young patriots made the most of their opportunity to pursue the American Dream, and in turn, they have provided tremendous social and economic gains for communities across this nation. In my mind, dreamers make our country better. They define the American Dream. They help define who we are as Americans. Unfortunately, President Trump cowardly eliminated protections for these hopeful Americans. CNS
Tropical Storm Irma lashed Jacksonville, Fla., on Monday with steady rain and 50 mph wind gusts after leaving millions in the state without power overnight, weather officials said. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood emergency along the St. John's River, warning that flood waters, currently at their highest level in history, could rise further. A storm surge flooded Jacksonville's downtown area, and JEA, the city's electric utility, reported at least 267,000 customers were without power. Officials closed major bridges. UPI
Tops $20 Trillion
The federal debt officially surpassed $20 trillion for the first time on Friday, as the debt subject to the legal limit set by Congress jumped $317,645,000,000 in one day--following President Donald Trump's signing of a spending-and-debt-limit deal that will fund the government through Dec. 8. At the close of business on Thursday, Sept. 7, according to the Daily Treasury Statement for Friday, the total debt of the federal government was $19,844,587,000,000 and the portion of it subject to the legal limit set by Congress was $19,808,747,000. After President Trump signed the legislation suspending the debt limit, the total debt immediately jumped to $20,162,177,000,000 and the portion of it subject to the limit jumped to $20,126,392,000,000, according to the Daily Treasury Statement for Sept. 8, 2017. CNS
VOA VIEW: Spending is not good.
Sessions Urges Congress To Reauthorize FISA 'Promptly'
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is urging Congress to "promptly" reauthorize a section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act scheduled to expire at the end of the year. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats also signed the letter, addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. In the letter, addressed Sept. 7 but made public on Monday, Sessions and Coats say Congress must "promptly reauthorize, in clean and permanent form" Section 702 of FISA. Washington Examiner
Wrong With Nancy?
What is wrong with Nancy Pelosi? That question is coming up again as the House Minority Leader was seen on Saturday repeatedly telling the GLAAD audience to clap and botching simple words. Speaking of San Francisco, Pelosi said, “Our city is blessed with a large LGBTQ community, and a strong history of legacy— of advocacy…” A painfully awkward moment came when she had to tell the gay rights group to applaud for President Obama. “And we were very proud of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and President Obama was so very much a part of that,” Pelosi said, inserting an applause line for Obama. But no one clapped. “Let’s hear it for President Obama,” Pelosi said after the silence. “That’s an applause line,” she continued, “I’ll tell you when it’s an applause line if we’re not kind of in sync.” Pelosi told the crowd to applaud for her efforts to “end discrimination.” The American Mirror
Pence, Mattis, Sessions Fail To Name ‘Radical Islamic Terrorism’
On the sixteenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, Islamic terrorist attacks, President Donald Trump did not once mention the terms “radical Islam” or “Islamic terrorism” during a commemoration ceremony at the Pentagon. Those phrases were also not mentioned in speeches by other Trump administration senior officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Instead of naming the enemy, Trump seemingly went out of his way to use other descriptors in his speech, including “terrorists who attacked us,” “barbaric forces of evil and destruction,” “horrible, horrible enemies,” “enemies of all civilized people,” and “enemies like we’ve never seen before.” The Hill
Korea Observes 9/11 With Threat Of ‘Greatest Pain And Suffering In History’
North Korea’s foreign ministry threatened the United States with “the greatest pain and suffering it had ever gone through in its entire history” on Monday, the 16th anniversary of the Al Qaeda attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon in 2001. In a statement broadcast by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), Pyongyang warned the American delegation at the United Nations against attempting to pass a new round of sanctions against the regime in response to its test of an alleged hydrogen atomic bomb this month. Google News
Navy Dispatches Carrier To Help Operations In Florida Keys
The U.S. Navy dispatched the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln and two other ships to the Florida Keys to help with search-and-rescue operations after Hurricane Irma slammed the region. Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., said, "I just hope everyone survived," after a flyover of the hurricane-battered Keys yielded what the governor said were scenes of devastation. He said boats were cast ashore, water, sewers and electricity were knocked out, and "I don't think I saw one trailer park where almost everything wasn't overturned." Fox News
At Hemingway Home In Key West Safe After Hurricane Irma
The cats at the Ernest Hemingway home in Key West are reportedly safe after Hurricane Irma wreaked havoc in the Florida Keys on Sunday. The 54 cats are safe and accounted for at the property, Dave Gonzales, the curator for Hemingway Home and Museum, told MSNBC on Sunday. “The cats are accustomed to our voices and our care. We love them. They love us. We all hung out together,” Gonzales said. Fox News
Panel Heads To New Hampshire In Search For Proof Of Voter Fraud
In November, President Donald Trump claimed "serious voter fraud" in New Hampshire. In January, he said 3 to 5 million undocumented immigrants voted illegally -- allowing Hillary Clinton to win the national popular vote. In February, he said thousands of people had been bused to New Hampshire from Massachusetts to vote illegally in the swing state. None of those claims have been proven. But on Tuesday, Trump's "Election Integrity" commission is in New Hampshire to look for evidence. CNN
Pulls Texas Aid Offer As It Grapples With Earthquake
Mexico will no longer send the emergency aid offered to Texas after Hurricane Harvey, to focus on those affected by a deadly earthquake and Hurricane Katia that struck the eastern state of Veracruz last week, the Mexican Foreign Ministry said Monday. In a statement, the ministry said the decision was taken in light of the changed circumstances in both countries, and the fact that the need for help in Texas had diminished. Mexico offered to deliver aid to Texas in late August, after the state was struck by Hurricane Harvey and flooding. But Mexico is now grappling with the aftermath of two natural disasters. CNN
$150 Billion Misfire: How Forecasters Got Irma Damage So Wrong
Twenty miles may have made a $150 billion difference. Estimates for the damage Hurricane Irma would inflict on Florida kept mounting as it made its devastating sweep across the Caribbean. It was poised to be the costliest U.S. storm on record. Then something called the Bermuda High intervened and tripped it up. “We got very lucky,” said Jeff Masters, co-founder of Weather Underground in Ann Arbor, Michigan. If Irma had passed 20 miles west of Marco Island instead of striking it on Sunday, “the damage would have been astronomical.” A track like that would have placed the powerful, eastern eye wall of Irma on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Bloomberg
Hints That Its Diplomatic Spat With U.S. May Worsen
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov alluded Monday to a further reduction in the number of U.S. diplomatic staff on Russian territory, signaling that the tit-for-tat spat with the United States is far from over. Speaking during a visit to Jordan, Lavrov indicated that there was some way to go yet before the U.S. and Russia have absolute parity in the number of diplomatic staff in each other’s country. CNS
Asks For Case Against Arpaio To Be Thrown Out
Despite public and legal opposition to President Trump's pardoning of Joe Arpaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County, Ariz., the Department of Justice has formally endorsed the move. On Monday, the DOJ filed court papers requesting the criminal conviction against Arpaio be negated and the case dismissed. Because the president pardoned Arpaio before the judgement and sentencing, or before the appeals process could play out, DOJ officials said the ex-sheriff should not face legal consequences. "The government agrees that the court should vacate all orders and dismiss the case as moot," DOJ lawyers wrote in Monday's filing. Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt in July after he continued to racially profile and detain immigrants without cause, despite a federal court order to stop the practice. Arpaio lost his bid for re-election in 2016. UPI
Shortage Buffets The National Weather Service
The vital work done at the National Weather Service has once again been thrust into the spotlight, thanks to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. However, the agency is so understaffed that a recent Government Accountability Office report warned that "employees are fatigued and morale is low." As of July, the NWS, which has a workforce of about 4,300, had 668 vacant positions, according to the National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO), the union representing NWS employees. CBS
Haven’t The 9/11 Defendants In Guantanamo Been Put On Trial?
At the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a $12 million courtroom sits empty on an abandoned runway. The Expeditionary Legal Complex was built in 2007 in the expectation it would be used for the trial of terrorists accused of murdering nearly 3,000 people with twin attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001. But 10 years later, and 16 years after 9/11, no one has been brought to trial in that courtroom. Five defendants sit in a high-security prison nearby, waiting for a court date that is perpetually delayed. Meanwhile, the bill to the U.S. taxpayer has reached an estimated $300 million. NBC News
Probes Pose Loyalty Test For Team Trump
Lawyers representing Donald Trump’s current and former aides are giving their clients one simple piece of advice: don’t lie to protect the president. As special counsel Robert Mueller and congressional investigators prepare to question high-ranking aides — including Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus and Sean Spicer — in the coming weeks, Trump’s long history of demanding his employees’ complete loyalty are being put to the test. POLITICO
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