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Mueller just abruptly reversed course on his bail agreement with Manafort

Mueller reverses course on Manafort bail dealSpecial counsel Robert Mueller has abruptly reversed course on a bail agreement his office struck with Paul Manafort's legal team last week that would have allowed him to be released from GPS monitoring.

Manafort evidently failed to tell the government that he was ghost-writing a draft op-ed about his work in Ukraine as late as November 30. He was working on it with "a longtime Russian colleague" who is "assessed to have ties to Russian intelligence," according to the special counsel's court filing.

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Supreme Court lets Trump fully impose latest travel ban

Supreme Court lets Trump travel ban proceedThe Supreme Court has given President Donald Trump the go-ahead to implement the newest version of his travel ban policy in its entirety.

Lower court rulings had exempted from the travel restrictions foreigners with "bona fide" family or business or educational ties to the United States, but the justices issued a stay Monday that allows Trump to carry out the new policy even on those with U.S. connections, at least for now.

The third iteration of Trump's travel ban sought to limit to varying degrees issuance of visas for travel to the U.S. by citizens of eight countries, six of which are majority Muslim.

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Trump is elephant in the room at Kennedy Center Honors

Julie Andrews at Kennedy Center Honors

In joyous celebration of US’s cultural achievements – and ethnic diversity –president is never mentioned by name.

Betsy DeVos nodded gently to a hip-hop beat. Wilbur Ross sat a few seats away from the Star Wars director JJ Abrams. Steven Mnuchin clapped robotically from a balcony shared with Gloria Estefan and Lionel Richie.

The biggest night on Washington’s cultural calendar delivered the usual mix of politicians and celebrities on Sunday but lacked the one person who is both: President Donald Trump.

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Billy Bush: It was Trump's voice on "Access Hollywood" tape

Access Hollywood tape of TrumpFormer NBC television host Billy Bush accused U.S. President Donald Trump of “indulging in some revisionist history” for reportedly telling allies it was not his voice making lewd remarks as the men waited to film a segment for “Access Hollywood” in 2005.

“He said it. ‘Grab ’em by the pussy,'” Bush wrote in an editorial published in the New York Times on Sunday.

The New York Times reported last month that Trump has been privately telling aides and allies, including at least one U.S. senator, that the voice on the recording was not his.

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NRA member offered ‘Kremlin connection’ to Trump aide: report

NRA operative offered Trump campaign back channel to PutinA member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) told Trump campaign adviser Rick Dearborn in an email last year that he could coordinate a meeting between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

“Putin is deadly serious about building a good relationship with Mr. Trump,” Paul Erickson wrote in the May 2016 email to Dearborn, which included the subject line "Kremlin Connection," according to the newspaper.

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Emails Dispute Claim That Flynn Acted Alone on Russia

Emails dispute WH cliames that he acted aloneWhen President Trump fired his national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, in February, White House officials portrayed him as a renegade who had acted independently in his discussions with a Russian official during the presidential transition and then lied to his colleagues about the interactions.

But emails among top transition officials, provided or described to The New York Times, suggest that Mr. Flynn was far from a rogue actor. In fact, the emails, coupled with interviews and court documents filed on Friday, showed that Mr. Flynn was in close touch with other senior members of the Trump transition team both before and after he spoke with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, about American sanctions against Russia.

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White House counsel McGahn interviews with Mueller's office

WH counsel McGahn interviewed by Mueller team

White House Counsel Don McGahn became the latest Trump administration official to be interviewed by Robert Mueller's special counsel office just hours before former national security adviser Michael Flynn was indicted for lying to the FBI under the probe.

McGahn arrived Thursday morning for interviews with Mueller's team, according to the Washington Post, after CNN reported in September that McGahn was on a list of Trump administration members who could potentially be interviewed as witnesses.

The top lawyer in the Trump administration was scheduled to return Friday for a second round of testimony, but was allowed to delay his second appearance in order to assist the White House manage the fallout from Flynn's Friday indictment.

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