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May 26, 2017

5-26-2017 Political Nuggets….

Washington Brief

  • A day after he was charged with assaulting a journalist, Greg Gianforte (R) won Montana’s special election – 50 percent to Democrat Rob Quist’s 44 percent – to fill the House seat previously held by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. In his victory speech, Gianforte apologized for the incident involving the reporter. (The New York Times)
  • A federal appeals court upheld an injunction blocking President Donald Trump’s executive order that seeks to temporarily prohibit immigration from six predominantly-Muslim countries. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will seek a review of the decision by the Supreme Court. (BuzzFeed News)
  • Trump urged other North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders to increase their military spending. He refused to publicly support NATO’s core tenet that an attack on one member is an attack on all of NATO. (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Federal investigators who are probing Russia’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and related matters are said to be focusing on meetings held by Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser. Kushner held meetings in December with a banker from Moscow and the Russian ambassador to the United States. (The Washington Post)

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