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Will Trump Be Impeached Or Resign? Betting Odds Indicate POTUS Will Likely Be Removed In First Term

President Donald Trump’s first months in office have been mired in controversy, following an ongoing F.B.I. investigation into his campaign’s ties to Russia, several controversial executive orders and the repealing of dozens of financial and federal regulations former President Barack Obama signed during his tenure in the Oval Office.

Now, it appears the new president’s days leading the country might just be numbered, according to those betting on his potential impeachment at Ladbrokes, a U.K. betting house. The odds of Trump’s impeachment have increased from nearly half to a 10/11 chance of happening Monday.

Those betting on the president’s political longevity have taken an unprecedented interest in putting their money where their mouths are. People have continued to flood the betting house to place odds on Trump’s removal from elected office, Jessica Bridge, a spokesperson for Ladbrokes, told news outlet Inverse on Monday.

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US Senate panel says “no indications Trump Tower was subject of surveillance” after Donald Trump wiretap claim

There are “no indications” that Trump Tower was under surveillance by the US government before or after the election, a Senate committee has said.

The statement from Republican Senator Richard Burr, Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, dismissed Donald Trump’s claim his phones were tapped.

Mr Trump had accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the presidential race.

Mr Burr joins a cadre of lawmakers who have rejected the allegation.

Earlier on Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan also said “no such wiretap existed”.

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House intelligence chiefs: we have seen no evidence for Trump’s wiretap claim

The top Republican and Democrat on the House intelligence committee said they have still not seen any evidence to support Donald Trump’s extraordinary claim that Barack Obama tapped his phones at Trump Tower.

“We don’t have any evidence that that took place and in fact I don’t believe – just in the last week of time, the people we’ve talked to – I don’t think there was an actual tap of Trump Tower,” the committee chairman, Devin Nunes, a Republican from California and a supporter of Trump’s campaign, said during a joint press conference with the panel’s top Democrat on Wednesday.

The committee has asked that the justice department provide information by 20 March.

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No one seems to want credit for the GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill

Even as major leaders of the Republican party are publicly campaigning in favour of the passage of the American Health Care Act — their bid to repeal and replace Obamacare — it seems as if no one wants full credit for the bill.

Both House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump’s teams have pushed back on taking on full responsibility for the contents of the AHCA, biling it as a team effort.

Képtalálat a következőre: „No one seems to want credit for the GOP's Obamacare replacement bill”

White House spokesman Sean Spicer was asked directly about efforts by both Trump spokesperson Kellyanne Conway and Health and Human Secretary Tom Price to push back on reporters calling the bill “Trumpcare.”

“The president is proud of it. The president is proud of the fact that we’re working with Congress. But this is a bill that is not his, it’s a joint effort that we’ve worked with the House and the Senate on,” Spicer said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

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Donald Trump: I’ll send troops to Mexico to stop ‘bad hombres’

President Trump in a phone call with his Mexican counterpart threatened to send U.S. troops to stop “bad hombres down there” unless that country’s military does more to control them, and scrapped with Australia’s prime minister in another call.

“You have a bunch of bad hombres down there,” Trump told Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, according to the excerpt given to The Associated Press.

“You aren’t doing enough to stop them. I think your military is scared. Our military isn’t, so I just might send them down to take care of it.”

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It Took The Secret Service 5 Days To Realize A Gunman Had Shot At The White House

Secret Service fence jumper

The Secret Service is coming under renewed scrutiny after a man scaled the White House fence and made it all the way through the front door before he was apprehended.

An in-depth report from The Washington Post details how the Secret Service reportedly failed to identify and respond to a 2011 shooting attack on the White House.

The elite law enforcement agency tasked with protecting the president didn’t realize that bullets had hit the White House until five days after a gunman shot at the upstairs residence that houses the first family, according to the Post.

It wasn’t until a housekeeper noticed broken glass and a chunk of cement on the floor that the Secret Service realized what had happened. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama were out of town the night of the attack, but their youngest daughter Sasha was home.

At least seven bullets hit the White House that night.

From the Post:

Secret Service officers initially rushed to respond. One, stationed directly under the second-floor terrace where the bullets struck, drew her .357 handgun and prepared to crack open an emergency rifle box. Snipers on the roof, standing just 20 feet from where one bullet struck, scanned the South Lawn through their rifle scopes for signs of an attack. With little camera surveillance on the White House perimeter, it was up to the Secret Service officers on duty to figure out what was going on.

Then came an order that surprised some of the officers. “No shots have been fired. . . . Stand down,” a supervisor called over his radio. He said the noise was the backfire from a nearby construction vehicle.

The the gunman, Oscar R. Ortega-Hernandez, was eventually arrested, but the lack of initial response to the serious threat is concerning.

The Post also reports that it was “sheer luck” that Ortega-Hernandez was identified at all. He crashed his car seven blocks from the White House and left his gun inside.

This report comes a little over a week after an intruder armed with a knife managed to scale a White House fence and run into the building. Despite the incident, Obama said he has “full confidence” in the Secret Service.

A former Secret Service agent wrote in The Washington Post this week that the agency is “in over its head protecting the White House” and “isn’t prepared to hold back a coordinated attack … by multiple invaders.”

Secret Service morale has reportedly been declining during the past few years.

Obama: ‘Russia Doesn’t Make Anything’

Obama has tried to focus U.S. foreign policy on Asia, a response to China’s economic and military might. But for months, that “pivot” has been overshadowed by a flurry of international crises, including Russia’s support for separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russia is the world’s third-largest oil producer and second-largest natural gas producer. Europe relies heavily on Russian energy exports, complicating the West’s response to the Ukraine crisis.

Obama downplayed Moscow’s role in the world, dismissing President Vladimir Putin as a leader causing short-term trouble for political gain that will hurt Russia in the long term.

“I do think it’s important to keep perspective. Russia doesn’t make anything,” Obama said in the interview.

“Immigrants aren’t rushing to Moscow in search of opportunity. The life expectancy of the Russian male is around 60 years old. The population is shrinking,” he said.

Obama told Putin last week that he believes Russia violated the 1988 Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty designed to eliminate ground-launched cruise missiles.

Speaking of Russia’s “regional challenges,” Obama said in the interview: “We have to make sure that they don’t escalate where suddenly nuclear weapons are back in the discussion of foreign policy.”

Obama described U.S. tensions with China as “manageable.”

China is engaged in territorial disputes with its neighbors in the oil-rich South China Sea, and frequently skirmishes with the West over intellectual property issues.

“One thing I will say about China, though, is you also have to be pretty firm with them, because they will push as hard as they can until they meet resistance,” Obama told the Economist.

“They’re not sentimental, and they are not interested in abstractions. And so simple appeals to international norms are insufficient,” he said.

Obama said he believes trade tensions will ease when China shifts “from simply being the low-cost manufacturer of the world” and its companies begin making higher-value items that need intellectual property protections.

“There have to be mechanisms both to be tough with them when we think that they’re breaching international norms, but also to show them the potential benefits over the long term,” he said.

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