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Trump Denies Telling Comey to Drop Flynn Investigation

Minutes later, he added, "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" During a press conference later, Trump denied urging former FBI director James Comey to drop the investigation into Michael Flynn. "We have been so proud for centuries here to have free elections, fair elections, not influenced by foreign countries, not influenced by foreign powers, what this is really about is protecting that democracy", Klobuchar said.

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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal to Reinstate NC's Strict Voter-ID Law

When the law passed, North Carolina Republicans said voter ID is a sound requirement to increase the integrity of elections. The 4th Circuit ruling highlighted how North Carolina's law had restrictions of procedures that heavily affect African Americans to the benefit of one political party and to the disadvantage of the other.

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Trump assails 'witch hunt' after naming of special counsel

One of the drawbacks of the Mueller appointment, however, is that the statute under which it was made allows for his removal by the attorney general, or in this case, by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations into the matter.

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President Trump Denies Telling Comey to Back Off Flynn Investigation

Santos said he is committed to working with the United States and other countries in Latin America "to fight the other links in the chain", saying they will join forces to "seize cocaine in transit". I think it divides the country. Colombia was responsible for making 710 metric tons of cocaine previous year, compared to only 235 tons in 2013. Trump has long pledged a $1 trillion, 10-year plan to modernize USA roads, bridges, airports, the electrical grid and water systems, but has so far ...

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Ford to Cut One in Ten Salaried Workers in North America, Asia

The Dearborn automaker Ford said workers eligible for a voluntary reduction program, will be offered early retirement and special separation packages through the end of September. Ford also isn't likely to cut jobs in its emerging businesses, such as its research center in Palo Alto, California. But investors are clearly anxious that sales in the U.S., Ford's biggest market, are peaking.

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China Trade Deal: Commerce Secretary Ross Breaks Down What to Know

Exports to China will resume by July 16 after a 13-year ban. The administration announced on Thursday that China would begin importing US beef no later than July 16. In financial services, China pledged to grant market access to United States credit rating agencies and credit card companies and agreed to issue licenses to "two qualified U.S.

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Trumpet star Blanchard: Confederate statue removal historic

Lee, the last of four monuments the city is taking down because they have been deemed racially offensive, officials said . About two weeks later, the statue of Confederate president Jefferson Davis at the intersection of Jefferson Davis Parkway and Canal Street was taken down in the dark morning hours of May 11.

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Tom Price Defends Pre-Existing Coverage in GOP Health Plan

If the bill is passed in its current form in the Senate it would represent a major political victory for Trump and congressional Republicans and a devastating loss for millions of American who could be stripped of their coverage, including those with pre-existing medical conditions.

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Officials piece together events before nursing home shooting

The coroner says 43-year-old gunman Thomas Hartless died from a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head. A report via WHIO told of the slain police chief expecting his seventh child with his wife and had only been chief about three weeks when the deadly shooting occurred.

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Clinton and Comey reveal the uncomfortable truth about Trump's hugs

At one point during the White House event, Wittes said, Comey stood in a position so that his blue blazer would blend in with the Blue Room's blue drapes in an effort for Trump to not notice him. The narrative during the debates was that Clinton was the master preparer, endlessly doing mock debates and studying such that she might better school him on national television-and it worked! It's one of Trump's well-known maneuvers, seemingly meant to turn a handshake into a judo-inspired show ...

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Judge names heirs to Prince's fortune

The judge also said Prince's assets won't be distributed that might unfavourably affect any pending appeals. And until the appeals are resolved, Eide said the siblings won't be able to collect anything without his approval. A judge confirmed Prince's six siblings to be his rightful heirs in a ruling released Friday, bringing them a big step closer to collecting their shares of the music legend's multimillion-dollar estate.

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Israeli intel experts alarmed by Trump leak but play down any damage

Sure enough, despite the more anxious comments being made about Mr Trump by a dozen or so Republicans, including Mr McCain and Mr Amash, most are keeping quiet. The letter from the senators to White House Counsel Donald McGahn, seeks "all White House records memorializing interactions with Mr. Comey relating to the FBI's investigation of alleged ties between President Trump's associates and Russian Federation, or the Clinton email investigation, including all audio recordings, transcripts, ...

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House committee wants Comey to testify about Trump, Russia probe

A Reuters reporter asked White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Wednesday if the president planned to hire his own lawyer. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has demanded memos, recordings and other materials that Comey may have prepared, with a deadline of next week.

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Trump shared 'highly classified' info with Russians, says report

Chrystia Freeland and Harjit Sajjan dined with their USA counterparts for foreign affairs and defence - Rex Tillerson and James Mattis. During an off-camera press gaggle Tuesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he couldn't comment on the reports that Israel was the source, but he echoed Dermer's statement.

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Justice Official Knew Trump Planned to Fire Comey, Senators Say

After Thursday's meeting, senators of both political parties said the public's window into multiple ongoing congressional investigations into Russia's meddling in last year's presidential election and any collusion by the Trump campaign could be constrained now that a special counsel has been appointed to lead the Justice Department's probe into the matter.

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KFF: AHCA could increase premiums for 6.3M people with pre-existing conditions

The study from the consulting firm Avalere finds that the cuts to coverage for non-disabled children would come as a result of a new cap on Medicaid payments that the bill would impose, known as a per capita cap. More women than men have medical conditions that would've disqualified them for individual coverage before the ACA - 29.4 million women versus 22.8 million men, which isn't entirely explained by pregnancy, Kaiser found.

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Mueller heading investigation on Trump, Russia

His appointment, by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, was a striking shift for the Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly insistent calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor. "I said, 'There's no place I'd rather be'". Friends and former colleagues say it's been tough to see him in such a hard spot, especially when they consider him to be upright, impartial and an unlikely political pawn.

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President Donald Trump establishes Election Integrity Commission to study voter fraud

The man Donald Trump appointed Thursday to be vice chair of a commission to investigate voter fraud repeatedly backed Trump's unfounded charge that millions voted illegally in the 2016 election. Kobach advised Trump's transition team and has been a leading GOP proponent of tighter voting regulations. Based on an extrapolation of previous election studies , Richman determined more than 800,000 noncitizens likely voted in the 2016 presidential race, significant, but not almost enough to ...

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Lieberman Is Frontrunner for FBI Director Pick

Joseph Lieberman departs the White House after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump May 17, 2017 in Washington , DC. At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, Rosenstein was briefing the Senate about his decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the independent Trump-Russia probe.

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Rosenstein faces Senate day after upending political world

But senators present at a closed-door meeting with Mr Rosenstein say the deputy attorney general knew about Mr Comey's impending dismissal the day before he wrote the memo. The White House pointed to Rosenstein's memo last week as justification for Trump's abrupt decision to dismiss Comey. Trump claimed that the report on Comey's memo was not true.

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UK police say Assange still faces arrest

We have won the Assange case. Earlier this month, Assange, via his lawyer, demanded that the arrest warrant against him be suspended since the United States had declared that they meant to imprison him. "At this point, all possibilities to conduct the investigation are exhausted". She told a news conference in Stockholm that the investigation could be reopened if Assange returns to Sweden before the statute of limitations lapses in 2020.

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VanCantfort: Magical thinking on GOP health care bill

Devine explains that the MacArthur amendment paved the way for Republicans to abolish taxes on high income families that would have paid for health services to needy people who can not afford care without help. Consumers would be able to deduct the cost of their health insurance premiums from their taxes. While the so-called "repeal-and-replace" bill would kill numerous ACA's taxes (except the Cadillac Tax), much of the popular health-related provisions of Obamacare would remain intact.

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Donald Trump: FBI inquiry is 'biggest witch-hunt in history'

The comments were Trump's first since reports emerged that he asked sacked FBI Director James Comey in February to drop his probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn over his Russian Federation links. "If your implication is that the White House wants this, I think that's wrong", said Senate judiciary chair Chuck Grassley Wednesday night. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said Democrats should take a lesson from the appointment of a special counsel.

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Gen. Michael Hayden: Trump White House Unable to Admit Basic Facts

President Barack Obama warned Donald Tru. "Never really believed there was collusion between Trump & Russia. until he just put that twitter header up", commented a social media user. "In looking at what the intent was of the executive order - which was derived in part of an analysis of facts outside of the face of the order - that is part of what led to our conclusion that it was not lawful", she told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee when questioned by Sen.

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Shootings by man who was freed early prompt changes at court

Of those 64 guns, there were 21 shotguns, 20 rifles, 18 handguns, three airguns and the rest were not specified. In this May 13, 2017 photo, Amanda Patterson, left, of Pataskala, Ohio, says a prayer with her sons, Connor, 4, foreground, and Samuel, 2, at a makeshift memorial outside the Kirkersville Police Department in Kirkersville, Ohio.

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Mostly Sunny & Hot Today, Storms/Showers Possible This Evening

Severe weather will be possible especially southeast of the turnpike with a hail, wind , and tornado threat. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 69. Temperatures are in the mid 80s with south winds at 10-15 miles per hour. Wind: SE 5 miles per hour. Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. There's a 20 percent chance of rain after 2 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58 degrees.

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White House: Trump staffer's Western Wall comment does not reflect administration policy

Another says, more simply: "The embassy - the PM supports moving it". "Moving the embassy will force the other side to cope with the lie they are formulating that Israel has no connection to Jerusalem, and will lead them to understand that Israel will remain forever and that its capital will be Jerusalem ".

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Rubio praises Trump for new Venezuela sanctions

Uruguay's United Nations ambassador, Elbio Rosselli, this month's council president, said his government favors a regional approach and is working with many other countries to help the political factions in Venezuela resolve the crisis. Anti-government protesters stand around burning tires serving as a road barricade, in Caracas, Venezuela , Thursday, May 18, 2017. Despite having the world's largest known oil reserves, Venezuela is facing a shortage of many basic items, including food and ...

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WATCH THIS: Trump: No Politician In History Has Been Treated More Unfairly

He received a standing ovation when he finished speaking. Trump dismissed Comey last week citing his handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while at the State Department. A senior White House official told CBS News the administration's efforts to broker a deal with Russian Federation over Syria have not advanced as planned, in large part because of what they see as bogus media reports about the president's alleged ties to Moscow.

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Trump tweets 'best thing' would be to cancel future press briefings

No one from the White House. "That is dangerously close to obstruction of justice". But if there is to be an independent investigator, he should look into other questions. "This Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story". Senators said Thursday that they did not discuss that point with him. "I went off of the information that I had when I answered your question".

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Trump Wants Michael Flynn Back in White House

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who on Wednesday made the surprise decision to appoint former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russian probe, yesterday directly contradicted Trump's claim that his memo outlining Comey's failings was a reason for Comey's ouster last week.

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Flynn Has Not Responded to Subpoena: Senate Intel Chair

Flynn's lawyers said he would not honor the subpoena, and that's not a surprise to the committee, but we'll figure out on Gen. Flynn what the next step, if any, is", Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said at the time. Alptekin told the AP in an email that he is not a target of the investigation and has not been contacted by authorities. Amid Justice interest, Trump formally chose Flynn as his national security adviser.

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Lieberman, Keating Join The FBI Director Mix

Joe Lieberman was among his top choices for the job. The Trump White House is under pressure to find a candidate who is likely to win Senate approval quickly and without controversy, and time is short for him to do so before leaving on his nine-day foreign trip.

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Donald Trump warns fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey over leaks to media

He said in an interview on Thursday with NBC News that Comey gave him this assurance during the White House dinner and in two phone conversations. Trump's top spokesman refused to comment on whether listening devices are active in the Oval Office or elsewhere, a non-denial that recalled the secretly taped conversations and telephone calls that ultimately led to President Richard Nixon's downfall in the Watergate scandal.

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Former US Rep. Anthony Weiner faces charges in sexting case

Disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty on Friday in federal court to a charge of transferring obscene material to a minor. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the criminal charges had yet to be filed publicly with the court.


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