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Trump campaign lovers embroiled in bitter custody dispute

10 April 2018 3:09 pm

A custody battle over the child of two former Trump campaign staffers is unfolding in a Miami-Dade Court — and now in public. According to the public docket, both parties have now requested mental health evaluations…

Who is the real Cockburn?

9 April 2018 11:50 am

Cockburn has some US readers confused. ‘The author’s name is Cock-burn?’ one tweeted, in response to our Stormy Daniels story. ‘No, Co-burn,’ a helpful Brit tweeted in reply. There is confusion, too, over whether this…

Could Sebastian Gorka make a return to the White House?

4 April 2018 5:03 pm

Dr Sebastian Gorka, the much-maligned television personality, defence brain and former Trump official, is making moves again. At the moment, his recent career path seems remarkably similar to the one pursued by John Bolton, which…

Is Pete Hegseth really a suitable candidate for Secretary of Veterans Affairs?

24 March 2018 3:18 pm

President Donald Trump insists that there is no shortage of talent wanting to fill posts in his administration. But would a president who wasn’t desperate really be considering replacing former Veterans Affairs secretary Shulkin with…

What will Stormy Daniels tell CBS?

24 March 2018 8:20 am

Fake news alert! Or is it? Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump, is giving an interview to CBS 60 Minutes tomorrow night. What will she say? A…

Why did McMaster go?

23 March 2018 4:39 pm

Everyone wants to know what caused President Trump to dump national security adviser H.R. McMaster. Today’s papers are saying it was because McMaster, addressing the Munich Security Conference in February, said he had ‘incontrovertible’ evidence…

Outlandish warhawk Ralph Peters resigns from Fox News in moral protest

22 March 2018 5:37 pm

The age of Trump makes for strange bedfellows. This week retired Lt. Col. Ralph Peters suddenly finds himself a darling of the left. A man who called President Barack Obama ‘pussy’ and said of Islamic…

Remember the name Wayne Berman (amid talk of imminent John Kelly firing)

21 March 2018 12:44 pm

Washington lobbyist and longtime Republican operative Wayne Berman is in the running to replace John Kelly as White House chief of staff, a source in contact with the president tells Cockburn. Berman is currently a…

Bolton vs. Biegun vs. Kellogg: the race for National Security Advisor

16 March 2018 3:12 pm

Every day brings fresh reports of the imminent departure of H.R. McMaster. A Washington Post story on the subject elicited yesterday a classic non-denial denial from Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary. It should be pointed out…

The wild, wild world of Sheriff David Clarke

11 March 2018 9:08 pm

David Clarke, former sheriff of Milwaukee County, seemed made for Trump-era celebrity politics. Black, bearded and Stetson-wearing, he made his name with fiery conservative rhetoric, earning himself hundreds of thousands of dollars from speaking tours…

Kudlow vs. Navarro? The Race To Replace ‘Globalist Gary’

9 March 2018 4:16 pm

Cockburn has learned that Lawrence Kudlow, the CNBC star, former Reagan official and financier, is a major candidate to replace Gary Cohn as Donald Trump’s top economic advisor, according to a source familiar with the…

Immigration hardliner blocked as Homeland Security Chief

7 March 2018 12:46 pm

Immigration hardliner Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State, was offered and then denied the position of Homeland Security Secretary, according to a source familiar with the matter. The Kansan was apparently blocked by Sens.…

Watch: Sam Nunberg’s day of disaster

6 March 2018 6:52 am

Working for Donald Trump, or having worked for him, takes its toll. Sam Nunberg, the former aide who President Trump once left at McDonalds because his burger was taking too long, has now embarked on…

Gulp! The Spectator’s Taki plans drinks with Steve Bannon

5 March 2018 7:29 pm

A sneak peak from this week’s Spectator magazine, in which our seasoned High Life columnist Taki reveals the following: This week I’m going down to Zurich to hear a speech organised by Die Weltwoche —…

Who is blocking John Bolton?

2 March 2018 10:43 am

U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is blocking former Ambassador John Bolton from taking over as National Security Advisor, Cockburn has learned. John Bolton was first reported as heir apparent to McMaster by The National Interest…

Finally — the truth about Peter Thiel and Gawker

1 March 2018 12:57 pm

If one of his erstwhile victims turned around and punched the schoolyard bully in the nose, you would feel like he had it coming, wouldn’t you? What if the same erstwhile victim was handed a…

All you need is Kompromat! Did the New York Times fall for a great Trump-Russia hoax?

1 March 2018 11:00 am

The big story that British journos are now desperate to break is ‘How Russia hacked Brexit’. Once that rolls out, Britain can be like America, where nobody knows if Vladimir Putin is their true master…

Watch: Michael Wolff’s earpiece fail

26 February 2018 2:54 pm

Oh dear. It’s a common sight nowadays to see a politician down the line struggle to hear what their interviewer is saying as soon as the questions start to get difficult. Whether it’s bad weather…

Caption contest: Putin in cold water

14 February 2018 10:23 am

Next week at Davos, world leaders – including President Trump and Emmanuel Macron – will gather at the elite meet-up to flex their diplomatic muscles and prove how big a player they are on the…

Watch: Justin Trudeau mansplains mankind

14 February 2018 10:21 am

Justin Trudeau is no stranger to virtue signalling, but he has surpassed himself with his latest gesture. The Canadian PM was taking part in a Q and A at a university when he took a…

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