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The President's former 'fixer' says his actions were at the direction of Trump and he regrets his blind loyalty
President Donald Trump's former "fixer" Michael Cohen paid the head of a small technology company thousands in 2015 to rig online polls and elevate Cohen's character to benefit Trump's presidential campaign, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.


Nancy Pelosi: Trump's been very silent for more than 24 hours
Speaking at her weekly press conference, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump has been unusually silent over the last 24 hours as the partial government shutdown drags on.


Analysis: Giuliani just contradicted 18 months of 'no collusion' talk
If you know anything about the White House's reaction to the ongoing special counsel probe into Russia interference in the 2016 election, it's these two words: "No collusion."


Don Lemon: Giuliani 'out-Giulianied' himself
CNN's Don Lemon breaks down Rudy Giuliani's interview with Chris Cuomo and suggests there's a method to Giuliani's false claims.


House Republicans join Dems to rebuke Trump on Russia moves
The House issued a symbolic rebuke Thursday to the Trump administration on Russia, overwhelmingly passing a resolution against lifting sanctions on companies tied to oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a Kremlin ally.


Trump: Dems' party hijacked by radical left
President Donald Trump blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for preventing a deal to end the partial government shutdown during a Missile Defense Review announcement from the Pentagon.


Pennsylvania Republican congressman resigns
Rep. Tom Marino, a Pennsylvania Republican, announced Thursday he'll resign from Congress to pursue a private sector job, after just starting his fifth term in Congress.


CNN hosts confront freshman lawmaker over controversial tweets
The first Somali-American elected to Congress, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), was pressed on her controversial tweets regarding Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Israel.


Trump cancels Pelosi's overseas trip due to shutdown and suggests she fly commercial


They created GoFundMe pages to survive the shutdown. That may be against the law
It's a real catch-22.


As White House preps for Mueller, Trump team may borrow from Clinton playbook
The White House is quietly readying its strategy to mitigate the political fallout once special counsel Robert Mueller wraps up and House Democrats have investigations in full swing, sources tell CNN.


Opinion: Cracks emerging in GOP ranks over shutdown's toll
Something has gone wrong in the past 48 hours with Mitch McConnell's well-oiled Senate machine. Though the GOP majority leader eventually prevailed, 11 of his Republican colleagues stood on the Senate floor this week and voted to maintain sanctions on companies tied to Russian oligarch and President Vladimir Putin ally Oleg Deripaska, despite direct requests from the White House and McConnell.


Colbert pokes fun of SOTU fight
Late-night hosts poke fun at the latest move in the government shutdown fight to delay the State of the Union address.


Analysis: Definitive Democratic 2020 rankings
There's been lots (and lots) of action in the 2020 Democratic primary race over the past month, but few actual changes.


Inside GM plant where nooses and 'whites-only' signs hung
It took 14 months for the noose to show up.


The surprise border where drugs are coming from
CNN's John Avlon checks President Trump's claim that the southern border wall would stop the flow of drugs in the US.


Suspect in Jayme Closs kidnapping applied for job the day she escaped
The man charged with kidnapping Jayme Closs applied for a warehouse job at a liquor distributor in Superior, Wisconsin, just hours before the 13-year-old escaped from captivity, a manager at Saratoga Liquor Company told CNN.


Fears of housing downturn may have been overblown
The housing market is flashing signs of a bounce back in 2019.


Israeli exchange student found dead in Australia after 'horrific' attack
A 21-year-old exchange student has been found dead in suburban Melbourne, Australia -- a city consistently ranked among the world's safest places to live.


Melting ice could flood Brooklyn Bridge
A pair of environmental reports reveal the world has both the warmest oceans and the greatest loss of Antarctic ice ever measured. CNN's Jennifer Gray explains what that could mean for the world's sea levels.


Car bomb kills at least 8 in Colombia
At least eight people were killed Thursday after a car bomb detonated in the Colombian capital of Bogota, the country's Health Ministry told CNN en Español.


Corrections officer: Warning signs with threats to come
CNN's Alisyn Camerota talks with Eric Young, a federal corrections officer who is working without pay during the partial government shutdown.


What the ultra-wealthy spend their money on
What grabs the attention of the wealthiest people in the world? Who are they? And where did all that money come from?


Millions of oysters cleaning NY's filthy harbor
The New York Harbor for years has been polluted and depleted of marine life. But one nonprofit is working to clean the murky water and revive its long-lost ecosystem — one oyster at a time.


NBA fans can tweet with referees now


Ford to make all-electric version of its F-150 truck


Alex Rodriguez plays prank on fan
Former MLB All-Star Alex Rodriguez had some fun with a confused fan.


Prince Philip was in a car accident. He's fine.
Great Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, was involved in a traffic accident Thursday but he was not injured, Buckingham Palace told CNN.


Gymboree's 2nd bankruptcy to kill the brand
It's the end of the line for Gymboree.


Ford unveils most powerful street-legal car ever
At the Detroit Motor Show, Ford unveiled the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 with more horsepower than can be found even in its GT supercar.


What's wrong with $180 million soccer star?


'Stealth condition' found to multiply risk of cancer and chronic conditions, study reveals
A "stealth condition" which is one of the western world's most common genetic disorders is causing far higher levels of cancer and chronic health conditions than previously thought, a UK study has revealed.


Adorable moment baby hears for the first time
See the moment a baby hears for the first time after being fitted for a hearing aid.


Trump is fraying nerves inside the Pentagon
Two years into his presidency, Donald Trump is fueling unprecedented uncertainty and anxiety inside the Pentagon. In private conversations over the past month, many of them unsolicited, more than a dozen key military officers, enlisted personnel and senior civilians have expressed worry and concern to CNN. None of the officials have spoken publicly about this, as military law prohibits active-duty personnel from criticizing a sitting president.


Trump takes on border wall, acknowledges Syria blast in Pentagon speech
In his first public appearance since Tuesday -- amid a 27-day government shutdown and 24 hours after the death of four Americans in Syria -- President Donald Trump delivered a meandering speech at the Pentagon on Thursday.


US: ISIS appears to be behind 4 American deaths
The initial US assessment of the deadly bombing in Syria that killed four Americans is that ISIS was behind the attack, two US officials said Thursday.


Trump: Military will soon be most powerful ever
President Trump says the US Military will soon be "more powerful than ever before" while speaking at the Pentagon.


Bergen: Trump's Syria morass
The suicide attack that killed four Americans, including two US soldiers, on Wednesday in Manbij, Syria, is a vivid reminder of the confused and confusing state of US policy in Syria, a confusion that has been engendered almost entirely by President Donald Trump.


How Brexit could ruin your vacation
It's prime time to start booking summer vacations, but for millions of people, the persistent threat of Britain crashing chaotically out of the European Union could transform their annual break into a misery of delays, cancellations and bureaucratic nightmares.


Park visitors cut down protected Joshua trees
There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who take it upon themselves to go to understaffed national parks to keep them clean during the government shutdown, and then those who set up illegal campsites and cut down Joshua trees in the national park of the same name.


Satan selfie statue too 'seductive' for some
How would you feel if you spotted a horned figure perching near a bridge, cell phone in hand, snapping a selfie?


Australia wants you to stop taking wombat selfies
Australia is home to some of the world's creepiest creatures (drop bears, anyone?), but it's also home to some of the cutest.


Betty White turns 97
With a career spanning nearly eight decades, actress Betty White celebrates her 97th birthday on January 17.


Massive, spinning ice disc forms in Maine
A spinning disc of ice measuring almost a football field in diameter has formed in the freezing waters of the Presumpscot River in Maine.


Paris Jackson speaks out after treatment facility reports
Paris Jackson has responded to reports she's entered a treatment facility as she deals with her emotional health.


Her company wants you fitted with the right bra - at home
Heidi Zak thought she was going to revolutionize the way women buy bras. But two years after she launched her company, ThirdLove, she was still trying to attract customers.


Drought woes? This tech can literally make it rain
Don't call them the weather gods, but this company can actually make it rain.


Pelosi welcomes Trump to big leagues
On Wednesday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduced President Donald Trump, and her expanded Democratic caucus, to the big leagues.


Karen and Mike Pence's astonishing moral hypocrisy


Bryan Cranston, quadriplegic? Wake up, Hollywood
In the newly released movie "The Upside," Bryan Cranston plays a quadriplegic billionaire who befriends an ex-con-turned-caretaker. Cranston, an able-bodied actor, has been sharply criticized for accepting the role of a disabled character. However, Cranston has defended himself -- calling it a "business decision."


I work for the government. Now it's hurting my family
When I first received a call to interview for my current position as a program assistant with the USDA, I had to think, "Which job was this?" I could not quite remember, since I had applied to many jobs and the government hiring process can take months.


To win as a parent, keep it weird and break the rules
When you hear the word "woman," what do you picture?


Putin must be grinning as he watches Trump
Every day, it seems, brings another load of disturbing information about President Donald Trump's interactions with Russian President Vladimir Putin. A few days ago, we learned that Trump's behavior was so troubling that the FBI opened a counter-intelligence investigation to find out if Trump was working, "on behalf of Russia against American interests." The probe merged with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, so we don't know what Mueller may have concluded.


Where the threat to free speech really lies
Something nasty is happening on the grounds of London's Palace of Westminster. And I don't mean the latest horse-trading over Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit legislation.


How to save 20% on your mortgage payments


Fastest way to pay off $10,000 in credit card debt


Motley Fool issues rare "Ultimate Buy" alert


Miley Cyrus ends baby speculation
Miley Cyrus wants you to focus on an egg, but not hers.


Netflix creating its own 'Space Force'
Out-of-this-world news for fans of "The Office," outer space and subtle jabs at President Donald Trump: Steve Carell is set to star in a TV series called "Space Force" for Netflix.


'Fyre' torches 'influencer' culture
"Fyre" -- Netflix's version of a pair of dueling documentaries -- is positively bonkers, a feature-length look at the planned Fyre music festival that went spectacularly awry. But beyond the first-person accounts, it's a larger examination of the ability to sell consumers an image, and an "influencer" culture built around turning eager social-media users into marketing ambassadors.


Jason Reitman to direct new 'Ghostbusters'
The Reitmans are keeping the franchise in the family.


Microsoft invests $500 million in affordable housing
Microsoft is investing $500 million to make homes more affordable in the Seattle area, making it the latest major tech company to wade into local housing issues.


Hitachi shelves $20 billion nuclear power plant in UK
Hitachi has shelved plans for a $20 billion nuclear power plant in the United Kingdom, raising questions over future energy supplies in the country.


SpaceX won't develop Mars spaceship at LA port
SpaceX has abandoned plans to open up shop at the Port of Los Angeles.


This tech is transforming business travel
If you travel for business, you've likely interacted with artificial intelligence (AI).


Ocasio-Cortez to train fellow members of Congress on Twitter 
Freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who frequently captures national attention with her social media posts, will be giving her Democratic colleagues in the House of Representatives a little lesson: how to use Twitter in a more effective way.


The public is at odds with Karen Pence's new school's policy on homosexuality
Second lady Karen Pence has taken a job as an art teacher at a Christian school in Northern Virginia that bans gay students, parents, and employees.


In a 'funk' as 2020 decision looms, Beto O'Rourke hits the road
Beto O'Rourke is on the road -- but he doesn't seem to know where it's leading.


Scientists create 'planetary health diet' to save lives and the planet
An international team of scientists has developed a diet it says can improve health while ensuring sustainable food production to reduce further damage to the planet.


  

  

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