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The Trump-Comey relationship

The testimony was posted without notice on the website of the Senate Intelligence Committee, instantly electrifying Washington, which has been on edge for days ahead of Comey's planned testimony. The directors of national intelligence and the National Security Agency say they are in discussions with the White House about whether their conversations with President Donald Trump are protected by executive privilege. Read More

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Thais in Qatar cautioned over Gulf state crisis

Thais in Qatar cautioned over Gulf state crisis

They said they are hopeful that Kuwait will help resolve the issue. Trump has previously described Saudi Arabia as "the world's biggest funder of terrorism", and said the country "funnels our petro dollars, our very own money, to fund the terrorists that seek to destroy our people while the Saudis rely on us to protect them". Read More

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House gives final OK to its budget; talks with Senate next

House gives final OK to its budget; talks with Senate next

Congress can't move on to next year's budget resolution - which sets up the framework for tax reform - until health care is complete, because of congressional rules. But with his approval ratings hovering around 40 percent, Trump never got that grace period, and although his core supporters show no signs of abandoning him, he is not providing the focused leadership usually essential to helping pass major legislation. Read More

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USA soccer greats cheer Nebraska girl barred after mistaken as boy

Her dad, Gerardo Hernandez said his daughter was "shocked" by the move. Then suddenly Mili, who has a short haircut, and her teammates were disqualified because the tournament officials said that Mili was a boy. The girl wears her hair cut short. Reporter: "Why didn't you all ask them why they had a boy playing on their girl's team for two months?" Reporter: "So you would say this girl who's now national headlines because of this discrepancy between her gender has nothing to do with the ... Read More

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Spicer Won't Say Whether Trump Has Confidence in Sessions

Spicer Won't Say Whether Trump Has Confidence in Sessions

U.S. President Donald Trump is defending his frequent 140-character messages on Twitter, saying it's his way of reaching the public without his words being filtered through traditional news outlets. On Monday, Trump took to Twitter to criticize the Justice Department's handling of the travel ban orders, both of which have been shot down by US federal courts. Read More

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Comey asked Sessions to run interference with White House

Comey asked Sessions to run interference with White House

Just days before, Comey had said in a congressional hearing the Federal Bureau of Investigation was indeed investigating whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian intelligence assets during the 2016 elections. Again, Coats decided not to act on the request. Comey made the request of Sessions one day after Trump asked that of the ex-FBI director in February, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing former and current law enforcement officials. Read More

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GOP legislative agenda incomplete, lags as Congress returns

GOP legislative agenda incomplete, lags as Congress returns

Republicans are deeply divided over the level of defense spending and potential structural reforms to social welfare programs such as Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. A revenue surplus this year helped House GOP leaders boost savings, and fix and renovation funds in the plan. The House would offer average 3.3 percent raises to public schoolteachers next year, compared with the Senate's proposal of 3.7 percent. Read More

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Which states have joined the climate alliance that commits to Paris agreement?

Announcing the United States withdrawal from the Paris deal on June 1, Trump claimed that India had made its participation in the agreement "contingent on receiving billions and billions and billions dollars in foreign aid". Since then, the U.S. was the only major country to actually back out of the accord, which did not sit well with the other signatories. " Americans don't need Washington to meet our Paris commitments, and Americans are not going to let Washington stand in the way ... Read More

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5 people reported dead in Orlando workplace shooting

5 people reported dead in Orlando workplace shooting

Authorities had no reports of any specific threats Neumann made to people at the company or anyone else, Banks said. "My boss is dead". The gunman, 45, was sacked from Fiamma in April, Demings said. A media staging area has been set up near the scene. Ther Sheriff's Office is still working to identify the victims, Demings said, whose ages range from 35 to 70s. Read More

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Trump peaks interest in climate change

Trump peaks interest in climate change

Climate change always finishes out of the money in public interest polling, but Trump's dissing of the Paris accord has gotten everyone's attention. "They've realized that climate change is not just a burden, it can be turned into an opportunity", said Xu Yuan, a climate change expert and professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Read More

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Trump Wishes Ex-FBI Director Comey Luck Ahead Of Testimony

Coats is set to testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, one day before Comey talks to the same panel. Two days after firing Comey last month, Trump called him a "showboat" in an interview with NBC News. However, that effort has largely stalled, both because of a lack of decision-making in the West Wing and concerns among some potential recruits about joining a White House under the cloud of investigation. Read More

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Pittsburgh, graduate transfer at odds over move to UNC

Pittsburgh, graduate transfer at odds over move to UNC

Johnson, though, intends to fight that stipulation of having to sit out a season. The 6-foot-8 forward graduated from Pittsburgh and has two years of player eligibility remaining for his transfer destination. "The NCAA is now evaluating the graduate transfer rule and its application to this situation". He posted 11.9 points per game (third most on Pitt) and shot 42 percent from 3-point range. Read More

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Accuser describes alleged Cosby sex assault: 'I was frozen'

Accuser describes alleged Cosby sex assault: 'I was frozen'

Aggravated indecent assault carries a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. On Tuesday, in a Pennsylvania courtroom, she told her story publicly for the first time. Mason said that he was called to her house months after the alleged incident occurred. Mason testified that Constand said she'd waited to come forward because she was embarrassed and was daunted by Cosby's strong standing at his alma mater Temple University, where she worked for the basketball program. Read More

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Obama says Paris climate agreement still as a chance

Obama says Paris climate agreement still as a chance

About 6,000 people have nabbed tickets to the speech hosted by the Chamber of Commerce at the Palais des Congres. "In Paris, we came around to the most ambitious agreement in history to combat climate change, an agreement that even with a temporary lack of USA leadership will still give our kids a fighting chance against climate change", Obama said . Read More

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Memorable words from the National Spelling Bee

Memorable words from the National Spelling Bee

She is the first solo national spelling bee champ since 2013. Ananya correctly spelled the word " marocain " to win the annual event. She gets more than $40,000 in cash and prizes. "The definition is a nonsense word made up by the 45th president of the United States in a late-night tweet", Camerota said. A 12-year-old girl from California has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee after a tense final in Washington . Read More

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Donald Trump likely to withdraw from Paris climate deal

Donald Trump likely to withdraw from Paris climate deal

Bush and ratified by the Senate in the early 1990s. " Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement is just the latest example of his Administration's hostility towards facts and science". In a rare statement on his successor's policies, Obama said: "Even in the absence of American leadership; even as this administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future, I'm confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead ... Read More

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Carter's defense lawyer blames texts partly on prescription drug

It's a type of drug known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Defense attorney Joseph Cataldo said that the boy had tapped Carter to help him carry out his mission to commit suicide . Roy was sitting in his pickup in the parking lot of a store in July 2014 as the truck filled with carbon monoxide. MA doesn't technically have a law against encouraging someone else's suicide, hence the manslaughter charge. Read More

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Pro-Trump group attacks Comey ahead of his testimony

Pro-Trump group attacks Comey ahead of his testimony

On March 20, Comey confirmed in testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that the FBI was investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election. So the logical path for Comey is to say he was uncomfortable, but avoid assigning intent to Trump's actions. That bombshell announcement made clear to everyone, including the president who later fired him, that the investigation was very real. Read More

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Trump's UK visit on despite criticism, says foreign secretary

Trump's UK visit on despite criticism, says foreign secretary

The Prime Minister said party politics should be "put to one side" after the USA president blasted Sadiq Khan in tweets that were widely condemned by politicians of all stripes . "MSM is working hard to sell it!" he tweeted the next day. Speaking on Channel 4 News , Khan said Britain should not be "rolling out the red carpet to the president of the United States of America in the circumstances where his policies go against everything we stand for", when asked whether the visit should ... Read More

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Visit Florida budget cut vetoed by governor

Visit Florida budget cut vetoed by governor

They aren't rethinking their huge giveaways to the charter school industry, though they're still leaving per-pupil public school funding among the nation's lowest . Negron added that the Senate would also seek to dip into reserves to offset $100 million in cuts that legislators had made to hospitals during the session that wrapped up in early May. Read More

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Twitter users, blocked by President Trump, cry censorship

Twitter users, blocked by President Trump, cry censorship

On Tuesday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer was asked about whether Trump's tweets are also official statements by the President, and he said that they were. One tweet said "Greetings from Pittsburgh, Sir". "YOU ARE THE LEAKER, you bloody idiot". That we've survived this long is because of you. "God, you're embarrassing", her first message said. Read More

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QB Justin Fields decommits from Penn State

QB Justin Fields decommits from Penn State

While Fields holds offers from virtually every major program in the country, 24/7 Sports lists Florida, Florida State and Georgia - in that order - as the now most-likely destinations for 6-3, 221-pounder. Fellow five-star recruit, Harrisburg pass rusher Micah Parsons , decommitted earlier in the spring, as did Wyoming Valley West offensive lineman Chris Bleich . Read More

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5 people dead in Orlando business incident

5 people dead in Orlando business incident

He paused at least once to reload. John Robert Neumann Jr., armed with a handgun, a large hunting knife and possibly some smaller knives, walked into Fiamma through a rear door. "On June 5, 2017 , Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel from the Orlando office responded with the Orange County Sheriff's Office to an incident involving an active shooter at a business on Forsyth Road in Orange County ". Read More

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Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire

Alabama executes man for 1982 murder-for-hire

Wicker's two sons witnessed the execution but did not make a statement to the media. In a telephone interview on Monday Arthur maintained his innocence but acknowledged that his chance of another stay was diminishing. Stone said her father was hampered in the early days of his case by inadequate legal counsel as he missed key filing deadlines. Arthur has won multiple execution delays, partly because his attorneys have pursued appeals arguing lethal injection procedures would be painful ... Read More

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Man's death involving deputy, her husband ruled homicide

Man's death involving deputy, her husband ruled homicide

The video clearly shows the deputy's husband on top of Hernandez's back with a strong chokehold around his neck. "I concur", Carroll said to KHOU on Thursday . Neither was his wife - the deputy. They said Shauna Thompson helped her husband restrain Hernandez and that the incident ended with a motionless Hernandez being rushed to a hospital. Read More

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Trump wishes ex-FBI boss 'luck' for blockbuster testimony

Trump wishes ex-FBI boss 'luck' for blockbuster testimony

Even as he sought to lower expectations about Thursday's hearing, Lankford said he takes it and all of the Intelligence Committee's work very seriously. However, Comey will nearly certainly not be able to discuss details of the ongoing Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, which is now overseen by a special counsel, according to local media reports. Read More

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Russian hackers attacked U.S. voting software supplier, government report says

Russian hackers attacked U.S. voting software supplier, government report says

A United States government contractor has been arrested on suspicion of leaking top-secret information to a news outlet. - Winner was a linguist in the US Air Force and speaks Pashto, Farsi and Dari, her mother, Billie Winner said . While the name of the company is unclear, the report refers to an undisclosed product made by VR Systems - an electronic voting services and equipment vendor in Florida that has contracts in eight states, including NY. Read More

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George and Amal Clooney welcome birth of twins

Don't you know the 12-week rule?' Of course he doesn't. He was speaking after the news of the couple's pregnancy was revealed by CBS's The Talk host Julie Chen. Massive congratulations are in order for Amal and George Clooney , after his rep confirmed to People that she had given birth to their baby twins . Read More

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