Report: Jared Kushner Adds Charles Harder to Legal Team in Russia Probe

Senior White House aide Jared Kushner has hired attorney Charles Harder to represent him in special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing Trump-Russia investigation, Vanity Fair reports. Citing sources familiar with the matter, the report claims Kushner may have grown nervous after Reince Priebus, President Trump’s former chief of staff, testified Friday before lawyers on Mueller’s team. Harder is well known for representing Hulk Hogan in a defamation lawsuit against Gawker Media that ultimately led to the news site’s shutdown. He has also represented Melania Trump and, until recently, disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. It was not immediately clear when Harder joined Kushner’s team. Kushner has been at the center of the Russia investigation for his foreign business interests and presence at a meeting last year between Donald Trump Jr. and a Kremlin-connected lawyer who allegedly promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.


Congresswoman: Trump Told Slain Soldier’s Widow ‘He Knew What He Signed Up For’

A congresswoman is alleging that President Trump told the widow of a slain U.S. soldier, “he knew what he signed up for.” According to Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), the president made the remark to the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed earlier this month during an ambush in Niger. “Yes, he said it,” Wilson said. “It’s so insensitive. He should have not have said that. He shouldn’t have said it.” Wilson was with Myeshia Johnson, the soldier’s widow, in a limousine at the time of the call and overheard it over speaker phone, according to The Washington Post. Wilson said she wanted to “curse him out” for making Johnson break down and cry. “He was talking off the cuff, saying the same thing over and over again,” Wilson was quoted as saying.


Mandalay Bay Security Guard to Appear on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’

The Mandalay Bay security guard credited with saving lives by distracting gunman Stephen Paddock during the Las Vegas Strip massacre earlier this month will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday. Questions have swirled about the whereabouts of the security guard, Jesus Campos, since he reportedly vanished last week after promising to do a series of TV interviews. But Campos, who was wounded after confronting Paddock during the Oct. 1 shooting that killed 58 people, had reportedly been waiting to open up about his ordeal to TV host Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres announced the news late Tuesday, saying Campos had visited her at NBC’s Studio 11 for a pre-taped episode due to air Wednesday. “Tomorrow, the first people to encounter the Las Vegas shooter are here—security guard Jesus Campos and building engineer Stephen Schuck,” DeGeneres tweeted.

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U.S. Threatened to Use Navy SEALs to Free Family Held in Pakistan

The United States threatened to send Navy SEALs into Pakistan to rescue an American and a Canadian and their three children being held hostage there by the Taliban-linked Haqqani network. David Hale, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, told that country’s government directly that the U.S. would deploy SEAL Team 6 to rescue the family if the government did not intervene to win their release. A CIA drone discovered the family last month as it was “circling a remote valley in northwest Pakistan,” according to The New York Times. The mother and father were kidnapped in October 2012.


George Saunders Wins the Man Booker Prize

Author George Saunders won the 2017 Man Booker prize Tuesday for his experimental first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo. Saunders’ win marks the second year in a row an American author claimed Britain’s most prestigious literary prize. Speaking to The New York Times after receiving his award Tuesday, Saunders said he was glad the judges had appreciated his “weird” and unconventional novel. “I didn’t do it just to be fancy, but because there was this emotional core I could feel, and that form was the only way I could get to it,” he said. The novel, set in a cemetery in 1862, focuses on Abraham Lincoln’s grief over his dead 11-year-old son, Willie, and features extensive dialogue among an entire community of ghosts. Lola Young, the chair of judges, said in announcing the decision Tuesday that the novel “stood out because of its innovation, its very different styling; the way in which it paradoxically brought to life these almost dead souls, not quite dead souls, this other world.”


Gordon Hayward’s Ankle Snaps in Half in First Celtics Game

Boston Celtics star Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome injury on Tuesday night when he fell to the ground and his ankle snapped in half. Hayward, 27, had just signed a four-year $128 million deal with the Celtics over the summer and was just six minutes into his first game with the team when the injury occurred. The injury is similarly gruesome to when former Louisville star Kevin Ware snapped his tibia in 2013.


Top Kelli Ward Aides Ditch Campaign, Claim She Won’t ‘Drain the Swamp’

On Tuesday, two staffers on Kelli Ward’s campaign to primary Republican senator and Trump critic Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced their resignations, apologizing for their roles in her Senate run. Dustin Stockton, Ward’s former chief strategist, and Jennifer Lawrence, who served as her press secretary, issued a statement late Tuesday afternoon “apologiz[ing] for propping up” Ward and her “blind ambition.” The two are a couple and they are both former Breitbart reporters. They are bashing Flake’s primary challenger on the eve of Ward’s campaign kickoff fundraiser, where Laura Ingraham and Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon are both set to appear. “When we walked into the campaign, we thought that Kelli was up to…drain the swamp, and after a while, we saw her bringing in people from the political consultant class,” Lawrence told The Daily Beast in a brief phone call on Tuesday. “The people of Arizona need to know what is going on.” The Ward campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Trump Threatens McCain: ‘I Fight Back and It Won’t Be Pretty’

President Trump on Tuesday threatened Sen. John McCain, who on Monday railed against the president’s “half-baked nationalism.” The president was asked by a talk-radio host about the Arizona Republican’s warning against Trump’s brand of “spurious nationalism... cooked up by people who had rather find scapegoats than solve problems.” Trump’s response: “People have to be careful because at some point I fight back. You know, I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point I fight back and it won’t be pretty.” Trump has a long history of throwing ugly barbs at the long-time Republican lawmaker. During the 2016 GOP primaries, then-candidate Trump dismissed McCain’s experience as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, saying: “He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”


Hawaii Federal Judge Halts Trump’s Latest Travel Ban

A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the implementation of the Trump administration’s third and latest iteration of its travel ban on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported. The ban, which was set to take effect on Wednesday, barred the entry of travelers from Syria, Libya, Iran, Yemen, Chad, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela. The decision from Judge Derrick K. Watson stops the ban temporarily at least, though there are still travel restrictions from North Korea and Venezuela. The previous two versions of Trump’s travel ban were also blocked by the courts.