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Kate Riga

Kate Riga is a news writer for Talking Points Memo based in New York City. Before joining TPM, Kate was the political reporter for The Southampton Press. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and a native of Philadelphia.

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The ever-closing gap between the White House and Fox News narrowed further on Friday when Fox News host Sean Hannity announced that Trump’s lawyers Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani will guest host his radio show.

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is preparing subpoenas for those connected to the infamous Steele dossier, according to a Friday Hill report.

Goodlatte will reportedly call DOJ official Bruce Ohr, his wife Nellie Ohr and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, among others.

Per the Hill, Goodlatte could issue the orders to come in for interviews as soon as next week to continue to delve into FBI decision making during the 2016 election.

Investigating the Steele dossier has been a pet interest of many Republicans since they found out that the Hillary Clinton campaign funded some of the research in it.

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As some NFL players begin their preseasons with protests during the National Anthem, President Donald Trump threatened to “suspend” them “without pay,” no matter that he neither pays nor has any control over players’ salaries.

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Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been all over the map this week on the likelihood and scope of a hypothetical President Donald Trump-Special Counsel Robert Mueller sit down.

On Monday, Giuliani said the legal team was sending a letter expressing “real reluctance” about answering obstruction questions, the main wrench in the works for an interview. On Tuesday, he said he’d be willing to give Mueller some “wiggle room” on obstruction questions, suggesting that they were inching closer to a compromise. On Thursday, he said that Mueller was setting up a “perjury trap” and angrily speculated that Mueller was going to ask Trump questions he already knew the answers to to catch him lying.

Finally, also on Thursday, Giuliani told CBS’ Major Garrett that he is “more optimistic” than he has been in weeks that a sit down will occur, giving it “50-50” odds.

He said that he expects an answer from Mueller to team Trump’s counter proposal on Monday.

Giuliani reportedly also asserted that Trump had the authority to fire former FBI director James Comey and that he did not obstruct the case surrounding Michael Flynn, and thus he feels confident Mueller will agree to bar questions pertaining to Trump’s possible obstruction of justice while in office.

Giuliani added that he does not anticipate a subpoena battle, saying that Mueller won’t want the case to bleed into the midterms.

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After ostrich-skin jackets, the city of New Britain, Connecticut may be the strangest thing to have attracted attention from the Paul Manafort trial, according to a Wednesday Hartford Courant report.

The city, located southwest of Hartford, has a street called “Paul Manafort Drive,” named after the currently relevant Paul Manafort’s father, a former mayor.

A petition was started back in November, when Manafort Jr. was indicted, to change the name to George Springer Drive in honor of the New Britain resident turned Astros star.

Despite the small movement, Mayor Erin Stewart told the Courant that there are no plans to rename the street.

“The street is named after the father,” she said. “Mr. Manafort served the city for a long time, he was a war veteran. You can’t control what your kids do and what they don’t — that doesn’t take away from the service that the father gave to the city.”

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