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President Trump's lawyer accuses Comey of unlawfully exposing 'privileged' conversations

President Trump and White House officials. Comey did not explicitly draw any legal conclusions. We can also assume that special counsel Robert Mueller either knows what Comey is referring to or is very eager to find out. Comey said he felt like the president "was looking to get something in exchange for granting my request to stay on the job". Comey allowed, under questioning from Sen. Read More

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Kuwait tries to mediate crisis between Qatar, Arab nations

It was unclear how Trump's broadside against Qatar might affect the USA -led coalition fighting IS. Yemen's internationally backed government also severed relations with Qatar, as did the government in eastern Libya and the Maldives. But Trump in his evening conversation with Salman argued against isolating Doha, saying that restablishing unity on the Gulf Cooperation Council , where Qatar is a member, will be "critical to defeating terrorism and promoting regional stability". Read More

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Watch live streaming video of James Comey's testimony before Congress right here

Trump said restoring freedom also meant repealing and replacing the health care law enacted in 2010 by then-President Barack Obama, saying high deductibles and premiums have turned it into a "catastrophe". The ex-FBI director's testimony recounts his conversations with the apparent precision of a veteran lawman. The president has not yet publicly denied the specifics of Mr Comey's accounts but has broadly challenged his credibility, tweeting last month Mr Comey "better hope there are ... Read More

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Qatar says state news agency first hacked in April

Meanwhile, Sudan, Algeria and Iraq all expressed concerns about the diplomatic crisis around Qatar , urging all Arab countries concerned to avoid escalation and solve the problem through dialogue. Gargash said "not using the formidable media ownership in promoting an extremist agenda" was a condition for negotiations. In some of the strongest comments related to those efforts by a senior Gulf Arab official, Sheikh Khalid told the newspaper he doubted whether Qatar would change its ... Read More

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Officer had no reason to see Castile as a threat

Officer had no reason to see Castile as a threat

Toxicology reports show Castile had THC - the high-producing component of marijuana - in his system. Authorities say that a man is dead after being shot by police Wednesday evening after being pulled over in a traffic stop. Yanez shot Castile during a traffic stop after Castile said he had a gun. Yanez's attorney Earl Gray asked Reynolds if she knew there was marijuana in the auto while she was driving with Castile. Read More

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US Sen. Tom Cotton questions Comey on Trump, Russia

US Sen. Tom Cotton questions Comey on Trump, Russia

Comey accepts, setting up one of the most anticipated Congressional hearings in recent history. "I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct". "I mean, this is a president of the United States with me alone saying, 'I hope this.' I took it as, this is what he wants me to do". Why didn't Comey speak up sooner? Comey also made note of the fact that President Trump has tweeted that there may be tapes of their conversations. Read More

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Trump to Nominate Christopher Wray as FBI Director

Wray is a litigation partner at King & Spalding's Washington and Atlanta offices, handling white-collar criminal and regulatory enforcement cases, according to the firm. One I think people in law enforcement will all be thrilled to know that they've got a smart, independent voice and a person who has a great amount of integrity as anyone I've ever worked with. Read More

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Lawmakers Move Forward With Medical Marijuana Deal

Lawmakers Move Forward With Medical Marijuana Deal

Who exactly was to blame for the demise of the legislation depended on which house of the Florida Legislature you were standing in and who you were talking to. Lawmakers also included regional restrictions to discourage dispensaries clustering in urban areas. "I think it will eventually get addressed because people will be angry if they don't", said Ben Pollara, executive director of Florida for Care , an organization that advocates for medical marijuana. Read More

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The James Comey testimony is sensational, there's more to come

At a private dinner with Trump on January 27, Comey says that he rebuffed Trump's recommendation to investigate and debunk elements of an opposition-research dossier that alleged Trump had engaged in sex parties in Moscow. Comey replied that he could offer his honesty, and that when Trump said he wanted "honest loyalty", Comey answered, Comey paused and said, "You will get that from me". Read More

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In Shift, White House Refers Russia Questions to Outside Counsel

She said, "I take responsibility for every decision I made, but that's not why I lost". Trump tweeted shortly before 1 a.m. that "Despite the constant negative press covfefe ". It didn't help that Trump, seemingly aware of his typo, goaded the masses to figure out what "covfefe" meant. Dictionary publisher Merriam-Webster checked in with an eye-rolling tweet about people looking up "covfefe" on its website. Read More

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Driver already scoops up NY's 'COVFEFE' license plate

Driver already scoops up NY's 'COVFEFE' license plate

A NY driver claimed the personalized license plate bearing the letters "COVFEFE" a little more than an hour after Trump tweeted the "word" from his Twitter account after midnight Wednesday, only to remove the tweet six hours later. On May 31, President Trump took to Twitter to discuss only what we can assume was something about "fake news", but instead he created a new word thanks to a sleepy typo. Read More

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Los Angeles police shoot, kill man who had toy gun

Los Angeles police shoot, kill man who had toy gun

When officers responded and observed the suspects, an officer-involved shooting occurred, Lopez said. Las Vegas police say a drowning was reported Tuesday afternoon at the northern Las Vegas home. The initial police radio call of an "officer down" overstated the extent of the officer's injury, and a dispatcher described the officer as having been shot in the arm. Read More

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Pelosi joins Cuomo to rally Democrats in New York

Pelosi joins Cuomo to rally Democrats in New York

Cuomo told the crowd that President Trump's administration had broken New York's "cardinal rule". He specifically referenced Collins and Rep. John Faso , who not only supported the House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, but also pushed an amendment that would shift the local cost of Medicaid outside New York City on to the state. Read More

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DOJ Presents Trump's Stymied Travel Ban to Highest Court

President Donald Trump called for a " travel ban " in a series of tweets Monday. A key issue before the justices in whether Trump's comments during the 2016 president campaign, including calling for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States ", can be used as evidence that his order was meant to discriminate against Muslims. Read More

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State budget negotiations to get underway

State budget negotiations to get underway

The Senate affirmed 2 percent pay raises for state employees not affiliated with the Kansas Highway Patrol. But the next two-year budget is a different story. "We've done everything about this and that, but not the budget". Before the Legislature reached a final agreement, the Senate proposed a $217.7 billion budget, compared with the $218.1 billion budget proposed by the House. Read More

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Illinois House won't take up budget bills on last day of session

Illinois House won't take up budget bills on last day of session

The rating actions largely reflect the severe deterioration of Illinois' fiscal condition, a byproduct of its stalemated budget negotiations, now approaching the start of a third fiscal year. "Instead of working toward a bipartisan compromise, the Senate Democrats walked away from the negotiating table, passing a permanent $5.4 billion income tax hike while failing to pass crucial reforms needed to grow the economy, create jobs and provide the property tax relief IL taxpayers deserve". Read More

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Trump tries to boost legislative agenda in Congress

Trump tries to boost legislative agenda in Congress

The gathering included Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , and his No. 2, Senator John Cornyn, along with House Speaker Paul Ryan and his deputies, Representatives Kevin McCarthy and Steve Scalise.Buffeted by criticism on many fronts, Trump wants faster action from his fellow Republicans who control Congress , pressing lawmakers to finish the job of dismantling the Obamacare healthcare law and move on quickly to another of his priorities: tax cuts.McConnell said Senate Republicans ... Read More

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Hawaii enacts law to align goals with Paris climate accord

FILE - In this December 13, 2016 file photo, scientists hold signs during a rally in conjunction with the American Geophysical Union's fall meeting in San Francisco. Top Texas leaders have had little public comment on the withdrawal from the global accord, although the state's attorney general praised the move. Track news about pro-microgrid cities and states. Read More

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Countdown at '0' for free state college scholarships

Countdown at '0' for free state college scholarships

Andrew M. Cuomo said in a statement Tuesday. "Students are absolutely asking, as are our neighbors, about the Excelsior program", said Kathy Coley, senior director of communications at Farmingdale State. Students are to be notified within 24 to 48 hours about their Excelsior awards. Informational sessions were held at colleges throughout the state. Christine Casalinuovo-Adams, MCC's Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management says, "We've had inquiries since the information was ... Read More

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Jeff Sessions offered to resign after rising tension with Trump

Unfortunately, it is the exact opposite of what this same White House said only a day ago . The news network reports that Trump only found out about the recusal shortly before that wonderful press conference in which Sessions displayed his legal acrobatic skills as he simultaneously avoided admitting any guilt and distanced himself from the probe into Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Read More

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Shelter-in-place issued in parts of Bucks County

Shelter-in-place issued in parts of Bucks County

The prisoner was being transported when the escape occurred on Sunday night near Bristol and Lower State roads. Some schools in the Central Bucks district were put on lockdown after a resident reported seeing Daniel Selby this morning. Selby stands 6-feet tall with a scruffy beard and had on red handcuffs when he fled, police said. Central Bucks police don't consider Selby armed or risky. Read More

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Army vows cooperation with Afghanistan in wake of Kabul attack

The death toll in one of Afghanistan's worst terrorist attacks has jumped from 90 to at least 150, President Ashraf Ghani said, one week after the enormous blast shook Kabul . But some analysts were sceptical that the Kabul Process meetings would lead to peace talks. "We have seen other attempts at peace but majority haven't been here in the Afghan capital, majority have been outside of the country", Glasse said. Read More

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White House defends Trump as scathing tweets raise concern

White House defends Trump as scathing tweets raise concern

President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have had a series of heated exchanges in the last several weeks after Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, a source close to Sessions told CNN Tuesday. Sessions' recusal and Comey's surprising ouster from the Federal Bureau of Investigation came amid a growing probe into the extent of Russia's meddling into the 2016 election and ties between Trump's campaign and the Russian government. Read More

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