David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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The Navy released dramatic footage on Friday of a Russian warship coming dangerously close to an American vessel in the Philippine Sea.

As CNN reported, the Russian ship came within 50 to 100 feet of the American ship. The Russians claimed they had the right of way, according to CNN.

The U.S. Navy called the Russian approach “unsafe and unprofessional.”

“This unsafe action forced Chancellorsville to execute all engines back full and to maneuver to avoid collision,” Navy spokesman Clayton Doss told CNN.

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At least one person has been killed near a training site around the West Point Military Academy north of New York City, West Point confirmed on Thursday.

Twenty cadets and two soldiers were wounded in the accident, according to West Point.

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President Trump tweeted Wednesday that “nothing changes from the Mueller Report” after special counsel Robert Mueller made a rare public appearance to announce his resignation and put a bow on his two-year investigation.

As he wrote in the report, Mueller said Wednesday that Trump couldn’t be charged.

“If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” Mueller said, adding, “under long-standing department policy, a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office.”

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President Trump went after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Thursday during a White House event ostensibly about America’s farmers, calling the Democratic leader “crazy” and a “mess.”

Then he enlisted aides to defend how “extremely calm” he was a day earlier at meeting with Democrats that Pelosi described as a “temper tantrum.” After the meeting, Trump held a press conference where he raged against Democrats’ investigations of him.

The latest quarrel between Pelosi and Trump started when the House speaker on Wednesday morning accused the President of engaging in a “cover-up.” Pelosi made the remark after huddling with her caucus to discuss impeachment. The quip caused Trump to storm out of an infrastructure meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) later in the day, after which Trump headed straight to the White House’s Rose Garden to complain to the press corps.

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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin reacted to a judge’s ruling Wednesday in favor of House Democrats seeking financial information from banks that worked with President Trump, calling it a “win” for Democrats.

“Well, it’s another very important win, because the legal issue, fundamentally, is the same as the one (Monday) regarding the accounting firm that did the President’s taxes,” Toobin told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

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President Trump has made a surprise appearance in the White House’s Rose Garden to discuss — what else? — the Mueller report.

His podium is decked out with statistics about the Mueller investigation alongside the President’s mantra: “NO collusion, NO obstruction.”