Payday Lenders Have a Pal at the White House

During a recent appearance on "Meet the Press," unofficial Trump advisor Corey Lewandowski called for the removal of Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

His statement seemed to come out of nowhere, prompting NBC's Chuck Todd to seek an explanation: Did Lewandowski happen to have "a client that wants" Cordray fired?

"No, no," he insisted, "I have no clients whatsoever."

That emphatic denial stood unchallenged for two days — until the New York Times revealed Lewandowski's ties to Community Choice Financial, an Ohio-based company that was a major client of his former consulting firm before offering his new firm a $20,000-a-month retainer for "strategic advice and counsel."

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Military leaders openly defy Trump

Military pushes back on Trump's transgender ban

© Getty Top members of the military are openly opposing President Trump's move to ban transgender troops, breaking with their commander-in-chief on whether the policy is necessary.Trump said on Thursday that he's doing the military “a great favor" by instituting the ban, but several service leaders don't see it that way.

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Twitter: Cardboard Cory

Senator Cory Gardner Hasn't Held a Town Hall in Over a Year, so His Constituents Have Been Taking a Cardboard Cutout of Him to Events

August recess is supposed to be the time when members of Congress return home to their states and districts to meet with their constituents, but many are nowhere to be found. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) last participated in a solo, public townhall in March 2016, so his constituents are highlighting his absence by bringing a cardboard cutout of the senator to public events across the state of Colorado. Indivisible groups have organized to bring "Cardboard Cory," as he's called, to events so constituents can ask him questions.

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Horrifying: Polling indicates Republicans would suspend the Constitution so Trump could ignore the 2020 elections

Scarborough: Republicans who would favor postponing election should hide their faces in 'shame'

© Getty Images "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough ripped Republicans in a new poll who said they would support delaying the 2020 presidential election if President Trump called for the postponement to ensure only eligible American citizens can vote. "If you believe this, hide your face in shame."

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Russian jets are baiting Trump because he's unhinged

Unarmed Russian Air Force jet overflies the Pentagon, Capitol, CIA

An unarmed Russian Air Force aircraft overflew the US Capitol, the Pentagon, Central Intelligence Agency and Andrews Air Force Base at low altitude on Wednesday as part of a longstanding treaty that allows the militaries of the United States and Russia to observe the other from the air, according to two people familiar with the flight.

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After the FBI raided Trump's campaign manager's house, Trump called for FBI director's firing

Trump called for acting FBI director's firing hours after FBI agents raided Paul Manafort's home

An incriminating fact-pattern emerges.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post broke news that "FBI agents raided the Alexandria home of President Trump's former campaign chairman late last month, using a search warrant to seize documents and other materials, according to people familiar with the special counsel investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election."

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