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Top Trump aide emailed campaign officials about proposed contact with Putin

Congressional investigators looking into connections between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections have found an email from a senior Trump aide that references “a previously unreported effort to arrange a meeting last year between Trump campaign officials and Russian President Vladimir Putin,” CNN reports.

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Yet another Russian ambassador turns up dead, this time in a swimming pool

Mirgayas Shirinskiy (photo) is the fourth senior Russian diplomat to “unexpectedly” die this year under.

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Trump obsessed with Russia probe, rage-dialing GOP over legislation to ban him from firing Mueller

Yesterday, we learned that President Donald Trump chewed out Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell over matters related to the open investigation into Russia, and Trump. Today, we learn from a Politico report that Trump also “clashed with multiple GOP senators,” not just McConnell, over Russia.

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Sassy Trump Talks Nazis

It was supposed to be Infrastructure Week, but neo-Nazis and Charlottesville happened. Sassy Trump was in a real pickle.

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Justice Department to downsize scope of warrant for DreamHost's user data on anti-Trump site Disruptj20

The Justice Department will scale back a very broad request for data connected to an anti-Trump website, after accusations the demand violated the free speech rights of politically engaged citizens.

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Trump Afghanistan plan? More air strikes likely, and training Afghan air force

President Donald Trump's speech on military policy in Afghanistan didn't provide much in the way of specifics about troop numbers or other measures of force commitment or our long-term goals. All that vagueness led to tea-leaf-reading today. Reuters spoke with the top general of the U.S. Air Force, and learned the USAF may intensify air strikes in Afghanistan and expand training of the Afghan air force.

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Trump enraged that McConnell won't 'protect' him from Russia investigations: NYT

Buried in the New York Times' extraordinary piece on how Mitch McConnell, Senate GOP leader, privately doubts whether President Donald Trump can salvage his administration? This amazing detail that sure doesn't make Trump look innocent on Russia and corruption.

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5,000 orange ecstasy tablets shaped like Trump's head seized by German police

Make America MDMA again.

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Total Eclipse of the Pug

Best solar eclipse 2017 video ever.

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Yes, Trump viewed #Eclipse2017 without glasses. 'Don't look,' an aide shouted.

Yup. He really did.

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'It was literally cold and dark': Total solar eclipse viewed throughout the U.S.

In the NASA image above, today's total solar eclipse is seen above Madras, Oregon. Photo by Aubrey Gemignani for NASA. Below, our moon blocks out the sun during the solar eclipse in Depoe Bay, Oregon.

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Bannon back at Breitbart after Trump White House ouster: 'I've got my hands back on my weapons'

Hold on to your butts, America. Steve Bannon is, as an ally told one reporter, “unchained” after being relieved of his White House duties as Trump's strategic advisor

In an interview this evening, Bannon tells the Weekly Standard he's returning to run Breitbart.com, as he was before becoming Trump's campaign manager exactly one year and one day ago today.

Bannon will become Executive Chairman of the white supremacist “alt-right” publishing firm. “I built a f***ing machine at Breitbart,” Bannon said, “And now I’m about to go back...and we’re about to rev that machine up.”

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Bannon Out of White House as Trump's Chief Strategist

Steve Bannon is out of the White House, a year and one day after he became then candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign manager. Read the rest

This is a really neat aluminum spiral video

“This is what you get when you iron a Slinky,” said one commenter.

So soothing and gorgeous.

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When there's just way too much crazy Trump news

We are all the cat hiding in the sink because an uninvited dog is visiting.

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Samsung and Foxconn to back cable-free phone tech by Tony Fadell of iPod and Nest fame

Tony Fadell is best known "one of the fathers of the iPod" at Apple, and as the former CEO of Nest. We've agreed to forget that he led the Google Glass division for a while, too. Today, news broke that the serial inventor and investor is now working with companies including Samsung Electronics and Foxconn's parent company, Hon Hai Precision Industry, to develop new technology that would allow mobile phone devices to “transfer large amounts of data without using wires or WiFi connections.”

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