(CNN)For President Donald Trump, a bad defeat is simply a spark for a future fight. The President reacted with characteristic defiance to Congress' repudiation of the national emergency declared in the cause of funding his border wall. "VETO!" he tweeted, promising to crush the insubordination of lawmakers who had tried, where many others had failed, to rein in his quest for power and contempt for constitutional norms. Trump's crisis management reveals defining attributes of this most unique of political careers: The irrepressible energy of a force of nature personality, a refusal to accept a loss and an instinctive reflex to seek a new opening. But it also showcases less positive traits, including his willingness to trample the truth for his own benefit, a selfish streak for which friendly foreign leaders sometimes pay the price and even a shockingly casual way of talking about political violence. Read More His full political arsenal was on display in a Trumpian masterclass of a … [Read more...] about 16 minutes that explain the Trump presidency
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Aided by Ivana Trump’s father, intelligence service with KGB ties targeted high-level government information, files show. The communist intelligence service in Prague stepped up its spying campaign against Donald Trump in the late 1980s, targeting him to gain information about the “upper echelons of the US government”, archive files and testimony from former cold war spies reveal. Czechoslovakia’s Státní bezpečnost (StB) carried out a long-term spying mission against Trump following his marriage in 1977 to his first wife, Ivana Zelníčková. The operation was run out of Zlín, the provincial town in south-west Czechoslovakia where Zelníčková was born and grew up. Ivana’s father, Miloš Zelníček, gave regular information to the local StB office about his daughter’s visits from the US and on his celebrity son-in-law’s career in New York. Zelníček was classified as a … [Read more...] about Czechoslovakia ramped up spying on Trump in late 1980s
Down near Austin’s Lady Bird Lake, there is little room to move. People are spilling into the road near stalls selling flags, T-shirts and lapel badges that read: ‘Science is not a Liberal Conspiracy’ and ‘Protect Kids Not Guns’. As 8pm approaches on this Saturday night in autumn, there are 50,000 people here; some reckon 60,000. Either way, it will come to be regarded as the largest political rally for a single candidate in the United States at least since the presidential election two years ago. And what is extraordinary about this one is that it is for a Democratic candidate for the US Senate, and is being held in deep red Texas. Beto O’Rourke isn’t just any candidate. He represents an energised Democratic party, one that is ploughing head-first into the midterm elections early next month with a renewed sense of optimism. Texas last saw a Democratic presidential candidate win more than 40 years ago, but O’Rourke is part of the … [Read more...] about Taking on Trump: Sweep of Democrat successes predicted in midterms
UNITED NATIONS -- World leaders will start trickling into New York on Tuesday for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly, but the big names, including President Donald Trump, won't show up to U.N. Headquarters until next week. More than 140 leaders will make their case to the UNGA this year on what is arguably the biggest world stage, but the biggest questions revolve, for the second year running, around Mr. Trump. Trump chairs the Council The American president's presence at the UNGA carries extra weight this year as the U.S. currently holds the monthly-rotating chair of the Security Council. The most intriguing event may be President Trump's chairing of a Council meeting -- his first time wielding the U.N. gavel. "Like it or not, unless the Pope or Kim Jong Un show up, all eyes are on Trump," one Security Council diplomat, who wished to remain anonymous, told CBS News. But his seat at the helm and all the global attention aside, the odds of Mr. Trump … [Read more...] about “All eyes” on Trump: U.N. to meet amid tension with U.S.
It's been a tough week for President Trump and his former associates. On Tuesday, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on eight separate counts-- five charges for tax fraud, two for bank fraud, and one count of failing to disclose a foreign bank account. The jury could not reach a consensus on the ten other counts against him. Separately, within minutes of the Manafort verdict, Mr. Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts, including two campaign finance violations relating to payments made in exchange for silence from porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal about their affairs with Mr. Trump. So how will all of this affect Mr. Trump? Much of that may depend on what special counsel Robert Mueller recommends in his report at the conclusion of his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. When asked if he thinks Mr. Trump could face impeachment in the next Congress, Sen. Chris … [Read more...] about Chris Van Hollen weighs in on Manafort and Cohen and their effect on Trump