Melania Trump slaps away husband's short, vulgar fingers

Worst vacay ever.

First Lady Melania Trump swatting away president Donald Trump's hand on the tarmac in Israel Video of the couple arriving at an airport in Israel shows President Donald Trump reaching out to hold his wife’s hand. But Melania, who was apparently not interested in touching her husband at that moment, appears to slap the president’s hand.

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Trump unleashes the power of the Orgasmic Orb

President Trump slips into bliss with his pals Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sis.

Here's the "real" story:

Trump attended the opening of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology on Sunday alongside his host, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, reported the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

As the lights dimmed, the three leaders officially "activated" the new center by placing their hands on an illuminated globe as a four-minute introduction video displayed on large screens behind them, according to local media.

(CNN)

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Trump places hand upon mysterious glowing orb in opening ceremony for Saudi anti-terror center

In this photo from the Saudi Press Agency, U.S. President Donald Trump is joined by Egyptian dictator Abdel Fatah al-Sisi and Saudi king Salman bin Abdulaziz at the opening of the so-called "Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology." The three men ceremonially "activated" the building by placing their hands upon a mysterious glowing orb and making wishes, or something. The internet is perplexed and fascinated by the event's perfect strangeness. Read the rest

Russia criminal investigation expands to include senior WH official close to Trump: WaPo

"The intensity of the probe is expected to accelerate in the coming weeks."

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Trump told Russians in Oval Office that Comey's firing relieved "great pressure," called FBI director "nut job"

Welp.

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Video shows Turkey's Erdogan watched from limo as his guards bashed protesters in Washington, D.C.

New video hit the internet today showing the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, looking on as armed security guards from his entourage violently attacked protesters demonstrating outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington.

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Kushner helped clinch $110 Billion Saudi Arabia arms deal with Lockheed before Trump's visit to kingdom

"What has changed... is that the House of Saud is now dealing directly with a member of the Trump family." Read the rest

Comey was so creeped out by Trump, he tried to hide in curtains to avoid Donald's weird hug

James B. Comey may once have tried to hide behind curtains to avoid Donald J. Trump, but the former FBI director's investigation could mean curtains for the Trump presidency.

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Washington State attorney general is a grandmaster chess player who knows how to beat Trump's game

"The key to restoring the rule of law is to blunt Trump's aggression and put him on the defensive," says Bob Ferguson, an internationally rated chess master and the attorney general for Washington State. He says Trump's opening move as president -- a Muslim ban -- was like the King's Gambit, "the most aggressive opening in chess." It's a poor choice in chess and politics, and Trump has been playing defensively ever since.

From Time:

First, we studied Trump's moves and prepared. During his campaign, Trump said he wanted to create "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States." His adviser Rudy Giuliani explained to Fox News, "When he first announced it, he said, 'Muslim ban.' He called me up. He said, 'Put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally.'" Like White sacrificing a pawn on the second move, the President telegraphed his intent to act aggressively. Once Trump told the nation he wanted the travel ban, we marshaled our resources and prepared arguments for the move we knew was coming.

Second, we did not accept Trump's playing field as he presented it. We blunted his action by moving the field of battle to the courtroom. In that setting, Trump was on the defensive. After all, it isn't the loudest voice that prevails before a federal judge--it's the Constitution.

Third, we capitalized on the weaknesses created by Trump's early moves. For example, Trump's team did little, if any, vetting of the travel ban.

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Sassy Trump: 'You Can't Let Them Get You Down'

Comedian and soothsayer Peter Serafinowicz brings us a new 'Sassy Trump' episode in which Trump addresses young people preparing to serve their country with all the mean things the haters are doing to be mean to him.

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GOP leader in 2016 said ‘I think Putin pays’ Trump

A month before Donald Trump became the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, his ally House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said privately among GOP peers on Capitol Hill that he believed Russian President Vladimir Putin makes payments to Trump.

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As Trump adviser, Flynn stopped a military plan Turkey opposed after being paid $500K as its agent

As Donald Trump's national security adviser, one of the first moves Michael Flynn made was aligned precisely with the wishes of Turkey. But Flynn had a secret. He'd been paid half a million dollars to represent the interests of the Turkish government. And team Trump knew.

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Trump team knew Flynn was under federal investigation when they made him national security adviser

Another hour, another bombshell in the accelerating pace of criminal and espionage inquiries into Donald Trump and his team.

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Robert Mueller, Ex-FBI Chief, appointed as special counsel in Trump-Russia investigation

The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including questions about contact between Russian officials and Trump campaign associates.

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Trump says "no politician in history... has been treated worse" than him

Speaking to U.S. Coast Guard graduates today, president Donald Trump said that no politician in history had been treated worse than him.

"Look at the way I have been treated lately, especially by the media," he said. "No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly. You can't let them get you down, you can't let the critics and the naysayers get in the way of your dreams."

Trump's White House is besieged by bipartisan questions about his alleged request to former FBI Director James Comey to halt an investigation into his former top national security aide.

He's really asking for it, isn't he?

Crises so far this week

Monday: Trump blurting classified info to Russian diplomats in meeting Tuesay: Trump told FBI Director to make investigation disappear Wednesday: Putin says he might release transcripts of Monday's chat. Read the rest

Troll of the year: Putin offers to release transcript of Trump's meeting with Russian diplomats

Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation, can vouch for Donald Trump's claim that no significant intelligence information was leaked to his foreign minister. This is because he has his own transcript of their meeting, of course, which he's happy to provide to America.

"If the US administration finds it necessary, we are ready to provide the record of the conversation between Trump and Lavrov to the Senate and Congress," Putin said.

The intervention by Putin could turn up the pressure on the White House to provide its own transcript of the meeting. The Senate intelligence committee has already demanded a briefing on what was said at the meeting from members of the Trump administration who were present. The episode is the latest woe for Trump, whose administration is engulfed in a series of scandals linked to Russia. His meeting with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak came a day after Trump fired FBI director James Comey, the man leading an investigation into contentious links between members of the President's campaign team and Russia.

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'Erdoğan's bodyguards' beat up protesters in D.C. while Turkish leader met Trump at White House

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House today.

While the two authoritarian heads of state chatted, Erdogan's thugs beat the crap out of Kurdish protesters nearby.

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