WaPo: Jared Kushner Now a ‘Focus’ in Russia Investigation


A week after reporting a significant “person of interest” is the focus of the investigation of possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, the Washington Post revealed on Thursday that the person is Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser. From the Post‘s article published Thursday afternoon as reported by Matt Zapotosky, Sari Horwitz, Devlin Barrett, and Adam Entous: Investigators are focusing on a series of meetings held by Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and an influential White House adviser, as part of their probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and related matters, according to people familiar with the investigation. Kushner, who held meetings in December with the Russian ambassador and a banker from Moscow , is being investigated because of the extent and nature of his interactions with the Russians, the people said. … The Post has not been told that Kushner is a target — or the central focus — of the investigation, and he has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Target is a word that generally refers to someone who is the main suspect of investigators’ attention, though prosecutors can and do bring charges against people who are not marked with
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Chuck Todd to Perez: ‘You Didn’t Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is’ in Montana House Race

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During an interview with DNC Chairman Tom Perez on Thursday’s edition of MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” host Chuck Todd asked Perez why he didn’t take the Montana special election for the US House “seriously” sooner, and told Perez “you didn’t put your money where your mouth is.” Todd said, “[Y]ou caught a break here at the end. … But the question is whether the Democrats were there in time to take advantage. I know it’s late here. But you look at the spending advantage. The Republican Congressional Campaign Committee has outspent the Democrats 3 to 1. The Republican PACs, including one led by Speaker Ryan, has outspent the Democratic PACs in this race 16 to 1. Your own organization would not tell us how much money you’ve spent, but the RNC has spent almost a million dollars. The fact of the matter is, why didn’t you guys take this race seriously earlier? You did — you have lately, but you — the money, you didn’t put your money where your mouth is.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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DNC Chair Perez: We Can’t Compete With GOP in Fundraising Post-Citizens United, That’s Why It Needs to be Overturned

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On Thursday’s edition of MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez argued that post-Citizens United, the Democrats won’t be able to match the Republicans in fundraising, and “That’s why we need to overturn Citizens United, all the dark money that goes there and elsewhere.” After Todd asked Perez about the party’s investment in the Montana special election for the US House, Perez stated, “[I]n the world of post-Citizens United, we’re never going to match the Republicans dollar for dollar. That’s why we need to overturn Citizens United, all the dark money that goes there and elsewhere.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Carr: Forty Years of Sex Abuse Catalogued at Elite NH Prep School of Kerry, Mueller


One of the nation’s most exclusive prep schools – whose graduates include both former Secretary of State John F. Kerry and the new Russia probe special counsel Robert Mueller – has just issued a scandalous, astonishingly-detailed 73-page report outlining four decades of X-rated sexual abuse of students by faculty and administrators.
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Brent Bozell: Attack on Hannity Part of ‘Liberal Strategy to Monopolize the Media’


President of the Media Research Center Brent Bozell has criticized the left-wing attacks against Fox News host Sean Hannity, describing them as “part of the liberal strategy to re-establish their monopoly over television news.” On Wednesday, a number of companies including Cars.com, Peloton, and Leesa Sleep pulled their ads from Hannity following pressure from left-wing activists over Hannity’s pursuit of now-retracted claims made by Fox News that murdered DNC employee Seth Rich had contact with Wikileaks before his death. In a series of tweets, Hannity accused figures including George Soros, David Brock of Media Matters, and failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton of “liberal fascism,” after his advertisers were reportedly “inundated with emails” from left-wing groups asking them to stop advertising on the show. Now Bozell, whose organization the Media Research Center analyzes liberal bias across the mainstream media, has accused advertisers of “joining in the liberal cause and advancing the liberal strategy” and becoming “servants of the politically correct.” He also attacked the military financial services company USAA for “succumbing to the pressure of left-wing extremists,” adding that Hannity has “for decades been a fierce supporter of the military at every turn.” Please read my full statement slamming advertisers who are boycotting Hannity. pic.twitter.com/AkrbbmKxmi — Brent
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