Malcolm Turnbull desperately needs some Donald Trump luck
- Malcolm Turnbull will want to use this week's visit to the US to promote the benefits of corporate tax cuts rather than exchanging helpful hints with Donald Trump on how to deal with sex scandals.
- That's because despite his coarseness, his erratic nature, his boasting, his thin skin, his bluster, his abrupt reversals, his own version of "fake news", political reality is always more constrained – particularly given the checks and balances in the US political system that limit Trump's ability to do just as he wants.
- The game of bluff is obviously high risk, particularly given an increasingly aggressive posture by China under Xi Jinping in areas like the South China Sea. Yet even if China and the US can't live with one another easily, they can't live well without each other either.
- Despite trade tensions and the prospect of Trump pushing China by imposing more sanctions, mutual economic needs mean the game of bluff is not out of control so far.
Kremlin says there's no significant evidence of Russian meddling in US election
- The Kremlin reacted to the indictment of Russian nationals for illegal interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
- Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call Monday that the U.S. charges did not contain any proof that the Russian state had been involved in such activity, according to Reuters.
- On Friday, the Department of Justice indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for interference in the 2016 presidential election.
- The indictment said that a Russian propaganda arm had overseen a conspiracy to favor President Donald Trump over his campaign rival Hillary Clinton.
- A separate investigation is examining whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russians, which Trump denies.
Trump Slams 'Insecure' Oprah and Says He Hopes She Runs for President
- Donald Trump has insulted Oprah Winfrey and challenged the TV star to challenge him in the 2020 presidential election.
- The president tweeted about Winfrey late Sunday night after watching her host a “60 Minutes” panel discussion in which she addressed the problems with the national discourse.
- Trump reacted by tweeting that Winfrey was “very insecure” and had asked “biased and slanted” questions.
- Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes.
- Some suggested Winfrey was soft-launching a presidential bid after her Golden Globes speech last month.
- However, despite many people’s desire for a high-profile challenger from the left, Winfrey has repeatedly denying being interested in a presidential bid.
- In 1999, when Trump was considering a presidential run on the Reform Party ticket, he told Larry King he would like Winfrey to be his running mate.
Trump calls Oprah Winfrey 'insecure,' says he hopes she runs for office
- In a late Sunday night post on Twitter, President Donald Trump called media mega-celebrity Oprah Winfrey "insecure" after watching the television icon's "60 Minutes" show.
- Donald Trump tweet: Just watched a very insecure Oprah Winfrey, who at one point I knew very well, interview a panel of people on 60 Minutes.
- Winfrey, a talk show host, actress and philanthropist, made her debut on "60 Minutes" as a correspondent in September last year with a story about the political divide in the U.S. She accepted the Golden Globes' Cecil B.
- DeMille Award for lifetime achievement last month, and gave an acceptance speech that explored issues of race, gender and other social and political hot buttons.
- Her speech gave rise to speculation of a potential presidential bid in 2020, but Winfrey has denied any such plans.
Trump tweet angers survivors of Parkland shooting
- Washington (CNN) - Students who survived the Parkland, Florida, shooting laid into President Donald Trump after he linked the FBI's failure to follow up on a report about the school shooter and the resources expended on the Russia investigation.
- Many students who survived the Parkland shooting have been vocal about what they experienced, and about the action they want to see from those in power.
- Alex Wind, a survivor, told CNN's Fredricka Whitfield that he did not plan to attend a listening session Trump has scheduled on Wednesday with high school students and teachers, and that the President needed to reach out to the students.
- Emma Gonzalez, speaking in the same interview, said she suspected his scheduled listening session could be a sign Trump does not want to face outraged victims of the shooting.
A former top Trump campaign aide has reportedly agreed to plead guilty, testify against Paul Manafort
- Rick Gates' decision to plead guilty is a reversal for the former Trump deputy campaign manager, who initially pleaded not guilty in October after being indicted on charges similar to the ones Manafort is facing.
- CNN reported last week that Gates was negotiating a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
- By cooperating with Mueller, Gates can expect "a substantial reduction in his sentence," The Times reported, adding that a prison of term of 18 months is likely.
- By pleading guilty, Gates joins two other Trump associates— former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign foreign-policy adviser George Papadopoulos — in cooperating with Mueller.
- Both Flynn and Papadopoulos pleaded guilty last year to lying to the FBI.
- Sunday's report could put pressure on Manafort to reverse his not-guilty plea.
Trump Criticizes Everyone But Russia for 2016 Election Meddling
- President Donald Trump spent much of his weekend hammering the FBI, Democrats, Robert Mueller’s investigation and his own national security adviser over Russia’s efforts to sway the 2016 election that he won.
- There was no message to the Russians to cut out the interference described in Mueller’s indictments on Friday, or calling for action to combat it other than to say “get smart, America!” He suggested the FBI missed signals that may have prevented the deadly school shooting in Florida because it was expending too much effort on the Russia probe.
- He said Sunday on Twitter that “Liddle’ Adam Schiff, the leakin’ monster of no control” and top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, is blaming former President Barack Obama for not doing more to stop Russian meddling.
Trump supporters have their own dating websites now — and they're already sparking controversy
- The Wisconsin Gazette reported that Trump.Dating previously hawked its intent to "deport liberals from your love life," although that boast has since been taken off the front page.
- In addition to the typical categories, the site includes choices like "Scandinavian," "Polynesian," "Eastern European," "Western European," "Mediterranean," and "Eskimo," a term used to label the indigenous people of Alaska, Canada, and Greenland that is considered offensive and inaccurate.
- The interests section — which doubles as the "attributes you'd seek in a date" category — includes some fairly standard boxes, like "movies/videos," "wine tasting," "fitness/exercise", and "nightclubs/late night." It also features "military men/women," "country western," "police/firefighters," and "single parents" as check-boxes.
- TrumpSingles, on the other hand, promises to "make dating great again," but doesn't include much messaging on its front page.
Republicans and Democrats slam Trump after he rages on Twitter about Mueller's Russia indictments
- On CNN's "State of the Union," Schiff, who is the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, pushed back on Trump's self-congratulatory rhetoric.
- Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press" that Trump is not understanding the most important part of the revelations about Russian meddling.
- Russian Foreign Ministry Photo via AP Lankford, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, added that "it is an open question" whether more people in the US were involved in the Russian meddling.
- Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a Trump ally, said the president must come to terms with the extent of the Russian interference.
- Experts told Business Insider's Sonam Sheth that the Mueller indictments dealt the White House a massive "black eye", and should force Trump to impose stricter sanctions on Russia.
Facebook is under fire after one of its execs railed against the Russia coverage in a tweet that Trump cited
- Rob Goldman, vice president of ads at Facebook, took to Twitter on Friday to critique what he sees as inaccurate news coverage of Russian advertising buys.
- By Saturday, his tweets became talking points for President Donald Trump, who used them as evidence in his efforts to discredit the US media institutions that cover his administration.
- Following news that special counsel Robert Mueller will charge 13 Russian nationals for election interference, Goldman tweeted that he believes most Americans are still misinformed about what actually happened with the social media site.
- Jay Rosen, a media scholar at New York University, said Goldman either doesn't understand or is "cavalier" about his role in organized efforts by the Trump administration to discredit mainstream news sources.