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Hope Hicks Quits After Being Grilled by Investigators

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Former lingerie Model, Hope Hicks is resigning as White House communications director, The New York Times reported. Hicks is a long-serving aide to President Donald Trump, from before his days as a candidate, and her resignation comes a day after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee over its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The report also quoted Trump as saying “Hope is outstanding and has done great work for the last three years.” Hicks said she had “no words” to express her gratitude to the president.

Hope Hicks has occasionally told fibs on behalf of her boss, but they only amounted to white lies, according to what little we’ve heard spill out after her closed-door testimony Tuesday with congressional investigators.

Hicks was interviewed for nine hours Tuesday by the panel investigating Russia interference in the 2016 election and contact between Trump’s campaign and Russia. One of Trump’s closest aides, Hicks was his spokeswoman during the 2016 presidential campaign and is now White House communications director.

The top Democrat on the intelligence panel, California Rep. Adam Schiff, said after the meeting was over that Hicks answered questions about her role in Trump’s campaign and answered some questions about the transition period between the election and the inauguration. But she would not answer any questions about events since Trump took the oath of office, similar to some other White House officials who have spoken to the committee. Schiff said Hicks did not assert any type of executive privilege, but said she had been advised not to answer.

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ICE Barricades Entrances to Prevent Protestors from Entering Government Building

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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers barricaded an employee and visitor entrance Wednesday to prevent activists from performing an “occupation” of the agency’s D.C. headquarters.

Several dozen activists had intended to enter the building to protest Trump administration deportation and border detention policies, but arrived to find temporary fencing and a line of officers blocking their way.

Amid heavy rain, activists chanted slogans anyhow, including “quit your jobs!” at Department of Homeland Security guards and ICE employees who peered from windows.

The protest was organized by Movimiento Cosecha and was advertised in a press release as a demonstration by “undocumented activists and allies,” as similar protests occur in other cities.

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NRA Weird Starts Political Campaign Ads Against Ocasio-Cortez

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Claiming that 22 year old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a threat to America, the NRA has started pushing political ads that attack candidates that they don’t support.

“Left-wing socialists have infiltrated our nation and want to fundamentally change the country we love,” NRATV host Grant Stinchfield warns. “The socialist movement in America is real. It is dangerous. And it is more powerful than you may think.”

 

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WATCHDOG: NRA Russian Dark Money Funded Pro-Trump Ads Illegally

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Watchdogs say an unknown amount of Russian dark money funneled through the National Rifle Association helped Donald Trump win the presidency.

The NRA is claiming they only received a few donations from Russia, but refuses to allow its books to be audited.

Robert Maguire is an investigator with the Center for Responsive Politics, which runs opensecrets.org. He said the dark money loophole that allows nonprofits to take limitless donations without reporting the source means we can’t really tell how much foreign money was spent in the 2016 presidential election.

“It’s safe to assume that what we’re seeing is the tip of the iceberg,” Maguire said. “The problem is that there’s no way to track that.”

But that figure does not include large payments from U.S. subsidiaries of companies owned by Russian oligarchs. Investigators have found such payments went to others in Trump’s orbit.

Direct foreign funding of American campaigns is illegal and could be politically toxic.

Maguire said the problem is that it might also be invisible.

And he pointed out that in the 2016 presidential race, the NRA spent three-times what it had supporting Mitt Romney in 2012 – and the money came just as big GOP donors were distancing themselves from Trump.

“The NRA spent more money than it has in any previous cycle,” Maguire said. “Without the NRA stepping into that vacuum, it would have severely impacted the chances that he would have won the election.”

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Maguire said the NRA got what it paid for. After the Parkland shooting, Trump said he might back some gun-control measures – until the National Rifle Association got involved.

“The NRA in a matter of weeks had two private meetings with the president,” Maguire observed; “and we saw those sort of initiatives kind of fade away.”

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