Trump aide’s email reportedly detailed offer for campaign to meet with Russia

Donald Trump made it clear at the beginning of his campaign that he wasn’t going to follow the normal rules or tone of politics. We’re keeping track of all the ways his presidency veers from the norm in terms of policy and rhetoric.

Trump aide’s email reportedly detailed offer for campaign to meet with Russia

President Donald Trump’s current deputy chief of staff sent an email referencing an effort to get Trump campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin together for a meeting in what appears to be yet more evidence of Russia’s attempts to ingratiate itself with the Trump campaign, CNN reported Wednesday.

Rick Dearborn, who sent the email, had not been previously publicly linked to the federal investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Sources with “direct knowledge of the matter” tell CNN that someone identified only as “WV” in Dearborn’s email wanted to set up the meeting between Putin and the Trump campaign.

It’s not clear if that meeting ever actually happened, or what its purpose was. Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos reportedly also sought to set up a meeting with Russians, but campaign officials seemed to have brushed his requests off.

Dearborn’s email was reportedly sent in July 2016, around the same time that Trump’s son Don Jr. Trump met with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer in order to get dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Dearborn did not respond to CNN’s requests for comment, and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declined to comment.

Trump seems to think you can just “clean” coal

“We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal, and it’s just been announced that a second, brand-new coal mine, where they’re going to take out clean coal,” he said at a campaign rally in Phoenix just seven months in his presidency. “They’re taking out coal, they’re going to clean it.”

Despite the president’s excitement, scrubbing coal down before it’s burned — or whatever Trump was implying makes coal cleaner — isn’t how clean coal works. In fact, the concept of clean coal is pretty bogus.

In 2008, the American Council for Clean Coal Electricity spent $40 million to make “clean coal” a household term. And Democrats and Republicans alike bought into it. They started to peddle the idea as a shortcut to a greener economy while continuing to promote using the vast stores of cheap, American coal.

But if clean coal worked at all, it would, in theory, work by either turning solid coal into a gas by applying heat and pressure, in a steamy, oxygen-rich environment or by trying to trap carbon from power plant exhaust.

Either way, though, the technology is still underdeveloped and ineffective, at least for now. Even the Department of Energy’s website concedes that “these technologies are not ready for widespread deployment on fossil fuel based power plants.”

Trump administration demands data on over a million visitors to anti-Trump site

The EFF, representing Dreamhost in the case, called the Justice Dept’s order ‘unconstitutional’.

The Trump administration is demanding web host provider Dreamhost turn over the logs of over 1.3 million visitors to an anti-Trump website it hosts, the company has revealed.

News of the Justice Department order landed Monday when the company took an unusual step of announcing that it had been in talks with the government to clarify and narrow the search warrant in an effort to comply, but had failed to reach an amicable resolution.

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Trump re-election campaign releases ad attacking ‘enemies’

President Donald Trump makes a statement in the Diplomatic Room at the White House on August 14, 2017.

Washington (CNN)The day after racially charged violence gripped Charlottesville, Virginia, President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign released an ad attacking his “enemies” for obstructing his agenda.

The ad slammed Democrats, the media and career politicians for what it said were attacks on and obstruction of Trump’s efforts while touting the President’s record so far of overseeing low levels of unemployment, record-high stock prices and what the ad called “the strongest military in decades.”

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Twitter suspends army of fake accounts after Trump thanks propaganda ‘bot’ for supporting him

Twitter suspended a number of fake accounts over the weekend that were using false names to spread pro-Trump propaganda.

In a tweet on Saturday, President Donald Trump expressed thanks to Twitter user @Protrump45, an account that posted exclusively positive memes about the president. But the woman whose name was linked to the account told Heavy that her identity was stolen and that she planned to file a police report. The victim asserted that her identity was used to sell pro-Trump merchandise.

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Trump Jr. releases email chain on conversations with Russian sources

Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday released a stunning chain of emails detailing his conversations about setting up a campaign meeting with a Russian lawyer who had offered compromising information on Hillary Clinton

The information “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” reads one of the emails from Rob Goldstone, who acted as an intermediary to set up the meeting.

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Trump misunderstood MIT climate research, university officials say

Massachusetts Institute of Technology officials said U.S. President Donald Trump badly misunderstood their research when he cited it on Thursday to justify withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.
Trump announced during a speech at the White House Rose Garden that he had decided to pull out of the landmark climate deal, in part because it would not reduce global temperatures fast enough to have a significant impact.
“Even if the Paris Agreement were implemented in full, with total compliance from all nations, it is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100,” Trump said. 
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White House has no clear plan for next steps in Syria after missile strike

Tensions mount with Russia as Sean Spicer says Assad must ‘abide by agreements not to use chemical weapons’ but fails to outline US objectives

The White House appeared to back away from wider military involvement in Syria less than 24 hours after launching Tomahawk missiles at one of Bashar al-Assad’s airbases.

The press secretary, Sean Spicer, refused to discuss any next steps – military or diplomatic – by the US in Syria, as the world struggled to understand Trump’s policy toward the grueling civil war.

Meanwhile, Syrian warplanes were reported to have taken off from the airbase targeted by the US missiles, suggesting that the military impact of the overnight attack had been minimal. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also said that government aircraft had bombed the outskirts of Khan Sheikhun, the town targeted in Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack

Spicer called the missile strike on the airbase “very decisive, justified and proportional” and entirely justified by “humanitarian purposes”.

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Trump says cyberattacks had “no effect” on election outcome after briefing

Four top intelligence officials briefed the president-elect Friday on a classified report on Russian hacking and interference in the election


Top intelligence officials briefed President-elect Donald Trump Friday on Russia’s hacking efforts to interfere with the U.S. election.

Following the briefing at Trump Tower in New York, Mr. Trump released a statement on what he called a “constructive meeting and conversation” saying that the cyberattacks had “no effect on the outcome of the election.”

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What’s their angle? Breaking down the Putin, Trump and Obama spy games

A tweet from the Russian government responding to US sanctions is shown.

President Barack Obama and his first secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, entered the White House in 2009 with visions of a “Russian reset.” But Obama will leave office next month in the midst of a shadowy Cold War-era fever dream, as Washington and Moscow are, once again, beset by accusations of diplomatic chicanery and outright espionage.

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Trump announces plans to dissolve his family’s foundation

President-elect Donald Trump announced Saturday afternoon that he plans to dissolve his family’s foundation in the wake of questions regarding possible conflicts of interest once he takes office.

Mr. Trump issued the decision in a press release, which said the Donald J. Trump Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to groups that support veterans, law enforcement officers and children.

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