Jul 9, 2017

Priebus: Trump "absolutely did not believe" Putin's denial

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WH Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that President Trump "absolutely did not" take Vladimir Putin at his word when he denied Russia interfered in the U.S. election. Sums it up: Priebus alternated sentence to sentence whether Trump believes Russia "probably" interfered or "did" interfere.

The current position: "It doesn't mean they're off the hook, but what it mean is that we're not going to forgo progress simply because we have a disagreement in regards to this meddling in the United States election."

Priebus also said he has "no idea" why Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner decided to meet a Kremlin-connected lawyer during the election to discuss adoption, adding, "there was nothing to it, it was a 20 minute meeting."

Quote of the day: "He was a star in Hamburg, and no one can take that away."

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Joe Biden places second in Nevada caucuses, ahead of Pete Buttigieg

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden a Nevada Caucus watch party in Las Vegas on Saturday. Photo: Ronda Churchill/AFP via Getty Images

Former Vice President Joe Biden secured second place in the Nevada Democratic caucuses with former Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigieg third, according to NBC News projections Sunday.

Why it matters: It's a boost for Biden, who's widely tipped to be endorsed by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) on Wednesday, ahead of this week's South Carolina primary.

By the numbers: With almost 88% of precincts reporting, Biden has 20.9% of the Nevada votes and Buttigieg has 13.6%.

Flashback: Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucuses

Editor's note: This is a developing news story. Please check back for updates.

Sanders reveals free childcare plan for preschoolers

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age four.

Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

Exclusive: Trump's "Deep State" hit list

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The Trump White House and its allies, over the past 18 months, assembled detailed lists of disloyal government officials to oust — and trusted pro-Trump people to replace them — according to more than a dozen sources familiar with the effort who spoke to Axios.

Driving the news: By the time President Trump instructed his 29-year-old former body man and new head of presidential personnel to rid his government of anti-Trump officials, he'd gathered reams of material to support his suspicions.