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National security adviser says what he's heard about Russia aiding Trump re-election doesn't 'make any sense'
National security adviser says what he's heard about Russia aiding Trump re-election doesn't 'make any sense'Trump's National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien doesn't believe there's anything to the reports about Russia once again interfering with the U.S. presidential election.In an interview set to air on ABC News' This Week on Sunday, O'Brien denied being aware of U.S. intelligence reports that Russia is interfering to help Trump secure a second term in the oval office. He did acknowledge he hasn't sought out any information about the reports, but he said he considers it a 'non-story' based on leaks from a Congressional hearing. 'All I know is that the Republicans on the side of the House hearing were unhappy with the hearing and said that there was no intelligence to back up what was being said,' O'Brien said.O'Brien said the Trump administration has been 'very tough' on Russia and has urged Moscow to stay out of U.S. elections, adding that if anyone came forward with something different, he'd be willing to take a look at it more closely. For now, though, he says the report doesn't "make any sense."Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was also briefed that Moscow was attempting to aid his Democratic primary campaign. Read more at The Associated Press and ABC News.More stories from theweek.com Bernie Sanders thanks 'multigenerational, multiracial coalition' as he declares 3rd primary victory White House reportedly to ask Congress for coronavirus funds but the amount may not be enough The stunning Southern Baptist controversy over Donald Trump and Russell Moore, explained

Trump gives Defense Department power to abolish bargaining rights for civilian unions
Trump gives Defense Department power to abolish bargaining rights for civilian unionsPresident Trump has given the Department of Defense the legal authority to abolish the collective bargaining rights of its civilian labor unions, representing some 750,000 workers.

Trump's National Security Adviser Conveniently Forgets His Boss' Ties to Russia
Trump's National Security Adviser Conveniently Forgets His Boss' Ties to RussiaPresident Trump's national security adviser has expressed bewilderment at the idea of Russia wanting to boost Trump in the 2020 election'apparently forgetting entirely about the Kremlin's effort to sway the vote in 2016 and the president's penchant for echoing Russian propaganda. Instead, he dredged up a decades-old trip that Bernie Sanders took to Moscow.'Well, there are these reports that they want Bernie Sanders to get elected president,' Robert O'Brien told ABC News' This Week, according to a transcript. 'That's no surprise. He honeymooned in Moscow.''I haven't seen any intelligence that Russia is doing anything to attempt to get President Trump reelected,' O'Brien told George Stephanopoulos in the interview set to air Sunday. He said reports of an intelligence briefing where officials were told the Kremlin is trying to give Trump a helping hand in 2020 were a 'non-story' and that he'd heard 'from the briefers that that's not what they intended the story to be.''So, look, who knows what happened over at the House and the Intelligence Committee, but I haven't seen any evidence that Russia is doing anything to attempt to get President Trump reelected,' he said.O'Brien declined to respond directly when Stephanopoulos reminded him of recent reports that Russia tried to hack the Ukrainian gas company where Trump and his allies have claimed former vice president Joe Biden'the president's potential opponent in the 2020 race'abused his power to cover up corruption implicating his son.'Well, look, I'm not going to get into specific intelligence issues, but'with respect to Ukraine,' O'Brien said, going on to note that the 'Russians and the Chinese and others like to sow disruption' in American politics.As for Trump, O'Brien said he'd seen 'zero intelligence' that Moscow has been trying to help him, insisting that it doesn't 'make any sense' that they would.'Why would Russia want the president who has rebuilt the American military, who has given the Ukrainians lethal arms, javelin missiles and has sanctioned the Russians far more than any president in recent history, why would they want him reelected' I mean, that just doesn't make common sense,' he said.While distancing Trump from Russia, O'Brien made no mention of the 2016 election, after which more than a dozen Russian nationals and companies were indicted for a social-media effort to sway the vote towards Trump. Trump himself has continued to defy the U.S. intelligence community and cast doubt on Russia's involvement in 2016 election interference, choosing instead to chase Kremlin-peddled conspiracy theories that Ukraine was actually to blame for election meddling. O'Brien's remarks come after reports surfaced this week that officials had been briefed on Russia continuing to try and help Trump by interfering in the 2020 election. One day after reports on that briefing broke, The Washington Post reported that Sanders' campaign had also been warned about Russia trying to aid his presidential campaign. Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill were also said to be notified of Russia's efforts to help the Democratic frontrunner.The Sanders campaign has since tried to point the finger at the administration for the reports on the Russia briefing, specifically at Trump's new acting intelligence chief, Richard Grenell.Grenell, a Trump loyalist and the U.S. Ambassador to Germany, was tapped to take over the position after Trump reportedly blew up at then-Acting Director of Intelligence Joseph Maguire for allowing the briefing where an official said Russia was once again trying to help his campaign. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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One day, about a decade ago, a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic director saw something at her own clinic---and it made her instantly pro-life.

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Senate Considering Blowing Up the Remainder of Its Rules
It would be a mistake to shoot ourselves in the head because of a fear that someone else may eventually do it for us.

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