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Rep. Seth Moulton enters 2020 race

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton is the latest Democrat to enter the 2020 presidential race, launching a longshot bid Monday that would make the 40-year-old Marine Corps veteran the youngest president in American history. In a campaign video, the Democrat touted his military service and time in Congress and explained why he believes he should be…

Democrats wrestle with impeachment question

Democrats are still grasping for an effective response to Robert Mueller’s report after leaving an opening for President Donald Trump to mount a furious and fact-twisting weekend victory lap. The party’s House majority is scheduled to hold a conference call at 5 p.m. ET Monday to discuss next steps following the report. And Democratic House…

Defense Department announces deaths of US service members in Iraq and Qatar

The US Department of Defense over the weekend identified two US service members killed in non-combat related incidents in Iraq and Qatar. Army Spc. Ryan Dennis Orin Riley, 22, of Richmond, Kentucky, died Saturday in Ninawa Province in Iraq. Riley was supporting the effort against al Qaeda as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to…

The 5 biggest 2020 stories to watch this week, ranked

With 288 days until the Iowa caucuses and a record number of Democratic candidates, the 2020 election is already in full swing.¬†Every Sunday, I’ll tell you the 5 BIG storylines you need to know to understand the upcoming week on the campaign trail. And they’re ranked — so the #1 story is the most important…

Giuliani knocks Mueller’s investigators as ‘unfair’ to Trump

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani went after special counsel Robert Mueller’s team on Sunday, calling the investigators “unfair” to his client, President Donald Trump. Giuliani, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union,” even went as far as to characterize one member of Mueller’s team as a “hitman” as he described the special counsel’s…

Cain and Moore wouldn’t shift the Fed. A Trump 2020 victory might

President Donald Trump’s selection of former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain and former Trump campaign adviser Stephen Moore to fill two open seats on the Federal Reserve board has unleashed a wave of anxiety about the independence of the world’s most powerful central bank. But even if they were to make it through Senate confirmation…

Pentagon, DHS considering designating fentanyl a WMD, memo says

Top military and Homeland Security officials are considering classifying fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, according to an internal DHS memo. The synthetic opioid, blamed in health surveys for surging drug overdose deaths in the United States, has for decades concerned national security officials because of its potential widespread lethality in terror attacks, and…

What we learned watching Robert Mueller for 18 months

Editor’s Note: When special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the US election, CNN, like most news organizations, endeavored to learn what we could about the famously secretive team’s work. So, in addition to other newsgathering efforts, CNN had journalists who stood outside their offices. Journalists often call this a stakeout.…

Prosecutors want Maria Butina to serve 18 months, exceeding expectations

Prosecutors have gone beyond previous expectations to ask for 18 months of jail time for Maria Butina in a case where they’ve alleged scandalous actions — and had to walk back some of them — yet still accuse the Russian woman of seeking to hurt the US in her work as a foreign agent. “Activities…

Welcome to the post-Mueller presidency

Donald Trump’s presidency — or at least his first term — will be measured this way: Before the Mueller Report (BMR) and After the Mueller Report (AMR). BMR ran from the start of Trump’s presidency — when the FBI investigation that would become special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe was already underway — until this past…

Fact check: Erik Prince’s public claims vs. the Mueller report

Erik Prince, the founder of the controversial private security firm Blackwater, makes a number of appearances in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Noted for his ties to the United Arab Emirates, Prince was a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump during the campaign and spent time around senior officials with the Trump transition team, including…

9 countries and 3 US agencies to investigate initial 737 Max certification

Government officials from civil aviation authorities in nine countries, as well as members of the three US federal agencies, will investigate how the 737 Max airplane was initially certified, according to a release from the Federal Aviation Administration. The group, called the Joint Authorities Technical Review, will begin work on April 29, and will review…

Mueller’s report leaves open possibility of post-White House criminal exposure for Trump

Special counsel Robert Mueller abided by Justice Department guidelines that a sitting president can’t be indicted, but in preparing the detailed 448-page report, the long-time law enforcement official has teed up an investigation into obstruction that could outlive President Donald Trump’s time in the White House and his temporary immunity. In declining to reach a…