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Donald Trump slams Michael Moore's Broadway show as 'total bomb'; filmmaker fires back

President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday evening that although what he was about to say was “not at all presidential,” he was compelled to say that “Sloppy Michael Moore” had failed on Broadway.

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Trump was referring to documentary filmmaker Michael Moore’s one-man play, “The Terms of My Surrender.”

The play – which Moore talked up in promos asking “Can a Broadway Show Bring Down a Sitting President?” – has completed a 12-week, 88-show run.

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“While not at all presidential, I must point out that the Sloppy Michael Moore Show on Broadway was a TOTAL BOMB and was forced to close. Sad!” Trump tweeted.

>> See the tweet here

Moore fired back in a series of tweets blasting Trump's presidency.

"You must have my smash hit of a Broadway show confused with your presidency – which IS a total bomb and WILL indeed close early. NOT SAD," he wrote.

>> See the tweets here

Playbill said that while Moore's show was “not a box-office front-runner,” it “did play its fully scheduled run.”

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“Moore’s show began performances July 28 at the Belasco Theatre, where it opened officially Aug. 10. It was reported in May – when the show was announced – that it would play a 12-week limited engagement,” Playbill wrote. “While the show was not a box-office front-runner (grossing less than half of its potential most weeks and drawing in a capacity hovering in the mid 70 percentile), it did play its fully scheduled run.”

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

JFK Files: 7 things to know from document release

President Donald Trump on Thursday released a bulk of the remaining sealed documents related to the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, shielding only about 300 remaining files from the public as authorities review whether their release will affect national security.

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The documents did not include any bombshell revelations, although they provided further insight into the events surrounding the Nov. 22, 1963 shooting death of Kennedy in Dallas.

Here are eight things to know from the latest batch of released documents:

1. British newspaper got tip about ‘big news’ ahead of assassination

An anonymous tipster warned a British newspaper reporter by phone that “big news” was coming and that the reporter should contact the American Embassy in London just 25 minutes before Kennedy was shot, according to an FBI memo dated Nov. 23, 1963.

The Cambridge News reporter, who informed police of the call after learning of Kennedy’s death, was not identified.

>> Related: 2,800 JFK assassination records released, hundreds more under review

“The caller said only that the Cambridge News reporter should call the American Embassy in London for some big news and then hung up,” said the memo, from FBI Deputy Director James Angleton to the bureau’s Director J. Edgar Hoover.

2. FBI was tipped off one day before Oswald was killed

An unidentified man tipped FBI agents off to a threat against Lee Harvey Oswald’s life one day before he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby, Hoover said in a memo dated Nov. 24, 1963.

“There is nothing further on the Oswald case except that he is dead,” Hoover said in the opening line of the memo.

Hoover said authorities contacted Dallas police after receiving the call, from a calm-sounding man who claimed he was part of a committee organized to kill Oswald.

“We at once notified the Chief of Police and he assured us Oswald would be given sufficient protection,” Hoover said in the memo. “This morning we called the Chief of Police again warning of the possibility of some effort against Oswald, and he again assured us adequate protection would be given. However, this was not done.”

3. Hoover worried that Oswald’s death would leave doubts about his guilt

In the same memo, Hoover worried that Oswald’s abrupt death would leave lingering questions over his guilt.

“The thing I am concerned about, and so is Mr. (Deputy Attorney General Nicholas) Katzenbach, is having something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin,” Hoover wrote.

He discussed the need to find and share concrete evidence against Oswald while also protecting America’s international relations, which could have been damaged by the various threads of the investigation.

4. Group claimed to have evidence that President Lyndon B. Johnson was in the KKK

In a memo dated April 17, 1964, an FBI official wrote about a claim that President Lyndon B. Johnson, who was sworn in after Kennedy’s assassination, had been a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

A confidential informant claimed to have contacted a man who said that he had “documented proof that President Johnson was formerly a member of the Klan in Texas during the early days of his political career.”

The proof was not provided.

5. Cuban ambassador reacted to assassination news with ‘happy delight’

In a document dated Nov. 27, 1963, CIA officials wrote that the Cuban ambassador to Canada and his staff reacted with “happy delight” when they learned of Kennedy’s assassination.

They were ordered by higher-ups in Havana to keep a somber appearance in public.

>> Related: Photos: The life and death of President John F. Kennedy

“When it was announced in Canada that an official requiem high mass would be held (the ambassador) decided that on basis his instructions from Havana he would have to attend although he made it clear that he would not do so if he had any personal choice in the matter,” the CIA document said.

6. Oswald met with a KGB officer connected to sabotage, assassination unit

In a CIA memo dated Nov. 23, 1963, officials wrote about a phone call intercepted a month earlier in Mexico City from Oswald to the Soviet Embassy. According to investigators, Oswald spoke in “broken Russian” and inquired about a “telegram to Washington.”

Officials determined that the call was likely related to getting “Soviet support for a U.S. passport or visa matter.”

During the call, investigators learned Oswald met with Valeriy Vladimirovich Kostikov, the Soviet consul and a known KGB officer, on Sept. 28, 1963.

>> Read the newly released documents on the National Archives website

Kostikov was described as “a case officer in an operation which is evidently sponsored by the KGB’s 13th Department (responsible for sabotage and assassination).”

7. Soviet officials believed Kennedy death was part of ‘ultraright’ conspiracy

Communist Party and Soviet Union officials believed that Kennedy’s vice president was involved in his assassination, according to an FBI report dated Dec. 2, 1966.

In September 1965, a source told the FBI that KGB officials in Moscow ordered agents to “develop all possible information concerning President Lyndon B. Johnson’s character, background, personal friends, family, and from which quarters he derives is support in his position as President of the United States.”

“Our source added that in the instructions from Moscow, it was indicated that ‘now’ the KGB was in possession of data purporting to indicate President Johnson was responsible for the assassination of the late President John F. Kennedy,” the report said.

Authorities didn’t elaborate on what the purported data contained.

10-year-old immigrant with cerebral palsy detained after emergency surgery now with her family

UPDATE Nov. 3: The Associated Press reported Friday that the ACLU has said authorities released the 10-year-old girl to family. 

Original story, Oct. 26:

A 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who came to the United States from Mexico illegally when she was an infant was detained by Border Patrol agents after undergoing emergency gall bladder surgery in Texas, according to multiple reports.

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Leticia Gonzalez, an attorney for Rosa Maria Hernandez, told The Associated Press that the girl has “difficulty understanding exactly what’s taking place” and is closer in development to a child who’s 4 or 5 years old.

Rosa Maria was intercepted Tuesday morning by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents while she and her cousin, a U.S. citizen, were being taken by ambulance from Laredo to Corpus Christi, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Rosa Maria was traveling to get emergency surgery and, on the way, she passed through an immigration checkpoint in Freer, the newspaper reported.

Family members told the San Antonio Express-News that Border Patrol agents told them Tuesday that Rosa Maria had to either go back to Mexico or face a lengthy detention process. 

Family members declined to take her to Mexico and authorities transferred her to a children’s shelter 150 miles away in San Antonio on Wednesday, according to the Express-News.

Gonzalez told the Caller-Times that she asked authorities to release Rosa Maria to family members who are U.S. citizens, but that they refused. She said doctors suggested in hospital discharge papers that Rosa Maria be released to family members post-surgery.

"At this point, our argument to (immigration officials) is there is a doctor's directive, why aren't you following it?" Gonzalez told the Caller-Times.

Rosa Maria’s mother, Felipa Delacruz, told the newspaper that federal agents waited outside her daughter’s hospital room while she was recovering. Delacruz does not have legal immigration status and is in Laredo, the Caller-Times reported.

In a statement released to The Associated Press, Customs and Border Protection officials stood by their decision to detain Rosa Maria, saying that agents were “committed to enforcing the immigration laws of this nation.”

“Once medically cleared, she will be processed accordingly,” the statement said.

U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, blamed the Trump administration for adopting “callous policies” toward immigrants.

“They’re treating her like a hardened convict,” Castro said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Trump security: Florida city wants $1.1 million in police equipment

Citing the increased security demands that come with President Donald Trump’s frequent visits to neighboring Palm Beach, Mayor Jeri Muoio wants to spend $1.1 million for a pair of special police vehicles and a patrol boat.

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Muoio hopes to get $525,000 of the money from the Florida Legislature. Rep. Rick Roth, R-West Palm Beach, will sponsor the city’s appropriations request in Tallahassee.

Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach is across the Intracoastal Waterway from West Palm Beach. Presidential motorcades routinely venture through West Palm Beach along Southern Boulevard and other routes, and West Palm Beach is often the staging area for demonstrations by Trump’s supporters and protesters.

The three items Muoio hopes to add are:

  • A “mass casualty incident response truck” to provide medical supplies such as IV bags, stretchers, trauma dressing, tarps, tourniquets, lights and generators “to treat a large number of victims.” Muoio estimated its cost around $400,000.
  • An “incident command vehicle” with an estimated $500,000 price tag. It would serve as a command post that could be used by federal and local authorities for incidents such as “protests, special events, bomb/SWAT events, natural disaster…or an act of terrorism,” according to a city description. It would replace the city’s current, 14-year-old vehicle, which “lacks capability to effectively interface with body cameras and drone technologies.”
  • A police patrol boat, estimated to cost $200,000. The craft would improve protection during waterfront events, such as Sunfest and the Palm Beach Boat Show, and also increase inspection and protection of bridges to Palm Beach during presidential visits and “thwart threatening attempts to travel to Mar-a-Lago.”

“We really want to make sure that we have all of the equipment we need for our police and fire department should there be a mass casualty (incident), so we can patrol the Intracoastal as necessary, and to be prepared,” Muoio said in a recent interview.

“We’re the place where the protests occur, so we have to make sure that protesters are safe and orderly.”

Roth agreed.

“The city of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach have an undue burden. The federal government needs to help, and they are, and maybe the state needs to help as well,” said Roth, who said he’s looking for someone in the Senate to champion the city’s request in that chamber.

The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is the lead local law enforcement agency in helping the Secret Service protect the president when he visits.

The federal government recently approved a $1 million reimbursement to local taxpayers for security costs incurred when Trump stayed at Mar-a-Lago as president-elect. More than 95 percent of that money went to the Sheriff’s Office, with $11,355 going to West Palm Beach. The county is still waiting for approval of about $3.5 million in federal funding to cover law enforcement costs during Trump’s seven trips to Mar-a-Lago as president between February and April.

Democrats helped fund Trump-Russia dossier: 6 things to know

The Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign helped pay for research that was later included in an infamous dossier that detailed salacious accusations against President Donald Trump and allegations of connections between his campaign and Russian officials, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

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The newspaper reported that attorney Marc E. Elias, who was representing both the DNC and the Clinton campaign, retained a Washington firm called Fusion GPS for information on Trump in April 2016. The firm subsequently hired Christopher Steele, a former British intelligence officer who would go on to pen the controversial dossier, according to the Post.

Here are six key things to know:

1. What is the “Steele Dossier?”

The so-called Steele Dossier, which was obtained by BuzzFeed and published in January, is a compilation of memos that includes lewd and unverified allegations against the president. It was compiled by Steele and focused on connections between Trump and Russian operatives, including claims of Trump campaign officials and surrogates sharing information with the Russian government.

2. Are any of the allegations true?

Multiple investigations have been launched into whether or not Trump or his campaign officials colluded with Russian officials to win the election.

The most salacious allegations made in the dossier, including a claim that Russian operatives secretly filmed Trump in a compromising position at a Russian hotel in 2013, have not been verified and might never be, according to the Post. However, despite the president’s claims that the dossier is fake, Sen. Sheldon White House, D-Rhode Island, said to Reuters earlier this month, “A good deal of his information remains unproven, but none of it has been disproven, and considerable amounts of it have been proven.”

He did not elaborate.

3. Did Clinton or the DNC know about the dossier?

The Post reported that Fusion GPS officials gave Steele’s reports and other information to Elias, citing people familiar with the matter.

It was not immediately clear whether that information was then shared with DNC officials, or with the Clinton campaign.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was chair of the DNC when Fusion GPS was hired in 2016, told Fox News that she was unaware of the arrangement.

4. Who did know about the dossier?

Both Trump and former President Barack Obama were briefed on the dossier in a two-page synopsis attached to a larger report on allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election, CNN reported in January.

The briefing, which was classified, was presented by four senior U.S. intelligence chiefs, including then-FBI Director James Comey.

Comey declined to discuss the dossier during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in June, citing the sensitive nature of the information.

>> Related: Read James Comey’s complete testimony before the Senate committee

5. Were Republicans involved in the dossier?

Before being hired by the DNC and the Clinton campaign, Fusion GPS was collecting information on Trump on behalf of “an unknown Republican client,” the Post reported.

The client, apparently a GOP donor, paid for information on Trump’s background up until he won the Republican nomination, according to the Post.

6. What has Trump said about the dossier?

The president has repeatedly called the Steele dossier fake. He told reporters on Wednesday that, in light of the Post report, “The whole Russian thing is what it’s turned out to be.”

“This was the Democrats coming up with an excuse for losing an election,” he said.

Trump tweeted about the dossier Saturday, writing that the Justice Department or FBI “should immediately release who paid for it.”

Man threatened to assassinate Trump, feds say

Authorities charged a man on Tuesday with threatening to assassinate President Donald Trump after federal investigators said he made a series of threatening calls, including one in which he said he would blow Trump’s "white brains out," according to multiple reports.

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James Anthony Jackson made repeated calls to a pair of U.S. Secret Service field offices earlier this month, The Detroit News reported, citing a criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday.

“Better watch Donald Trump,” Jackson said in a call earlier this month to the Secret Service field office in Chicago, according to the News. “Y’all think someone playing with yo (expletive), I am going to blow white brains out … his (expletive) head.”

He also called the Secret Service field office in Detroit, according to court records.

“Y’all messing with my wires,” Jackson said in a call on Oct. 18, according to the Detroit Free Press. “I’m going to blow Trump’s brains out.”

Investigators said it appeared that Jackson was attempting to mask the number he was calling from, according to the News. It was traced to James Jackson Profit Group LLC in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the Free Press reported. Court records cited by the newspaper showed the address was for an outreach group that Jackson visited on Oct. 6.

Jackson is also accused of threatening a woman who told authorities that she had met Jackson, who went by the name “Jamie,” online.

Jackson told her that he was “going to cut off her head and parade it in front of the White House for Trump,” the Free Press reported, citing court records.

The News reported that Jackson was in custody Wednesday in Washington state following his arrest in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He is expected to appear in court in Spokane, Washington, on Friday for a detention hearing.

Trump tombstone at elementary school's Halloween party stirs controversy

A Halloween party at an elementary school in Gloucester, Massachusetts, featured a controversial decoration – a tombstone with the president's name on it

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Apparently, one of the parents brought the tombstone labeled "Don Trump" to West Parish Elementary School's recent "Halloween Happenings" party. 

"It's not a place to put out a political agenda of any kind. And it upsets me that somebody would think it was appropriate to expose young children to it," said Amanda Orlando Kesterson, chair of the Gloucester Republican Committee. 

It's no surprise Kesterson is defending a Republican president, but she also maintains she would do the same for any president, regardless of politics.

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"I had very many difficulties with many of the things President Obama did ... but the office of the president deserves respect," Kesterson said. 

She says the tombstone wasn't removed even after she complained to the principal about it. 

"While, according to the parent, this was designated to be humorous, a number of attendees rightfully felt that it showed disrespect," Telena S. Imel, the principal of West Parish Elementary, said in a statement. "In planning future events, it will be made clear to organizers that school is not the place to engage in or display political agendas or opinions." 

George H.W. Bush apologizes after actress Heather Lind accuses him of sexual assault

Former President George H.W. Bush is apologizing to an actress who claims he groped her during a private screening.

The incident allegedly took place in 2014.

Actress Heather Lind, who works on the AMC show "Turn Washington’s Spies," said the former president, now 93, grabbed her behind and told her a dirty joke right before a photo was taken.

Lind detailed the entire incident in a now-deleted Instagram post.

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She claims former first lady Barbara Bush saw the whole thing and just rolled her eyes.

Bush's spokesman, Jim McGrath, issued an apology in a statement to People Wednesday morning. 

“President Bush would never – under any circumstance – intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humor offended Ms. Lind,” the statement said.

By late Tuesday, Bush’s office issued another statement.

“At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures,” the statement said. “To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke -- and on occasion, he has patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner. Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, Pres. Bush apologizes most sincerely.”

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Sen. Jeff Flake announces he will not seek re-election

Sen. Jeff Flake, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, announced Tuesday that he won’t seek re-election in 2018 amid the tumultuous state of U.S. national politics.

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Flake, R-Arizona, told The Arizona Republic that he has become convinced "there may not be a place for a Republican like me in the current Republican climate or the current Republican Party."

Trump-Corker feud reignites amid tax reform push

President Donald Trump and Sen. Bob Corker renewed their simmering feud on Tuesday morning, with the president writing in a tweet that Corker “couldn't get elected dog catcher” after the Tennessee Republican urged the White House to leave tax reform to Congress. 

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“Bob Corker, who helped President O give us the bad Iran Deal & couldn't get elected dog catcher in Tennessee, is now fighting Tax Cuts,” Trump wrote in the first of a series of tweets blasting the senator.

>> Related: Trump-Corker feud heats up as senator says president's threats could lead to 'World War III'

“Corker dropped out of the race in (Tennessee) when I refused to endorse him, and now is only negative on anything Trump. Look at his record!”

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