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Trump weighing firing special counsel in Russian probe, close friend says

Rosenstein says the attorney general would be the only one who could fire Mueller . Rosenstein's testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee occurred just hours before Sessions was to testify in a public hearing before another Senate panel about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and his involvement in the firing of another Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, James Comey . Read More »

President Trump Admits: 'I Am Being Investigated for Firing the FBI Director'

Heck was referring to the growing number of legal teams forming as a result of the special counsel investigation into whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election. "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" "The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired ", she said in a statement ... Read More »

Hospital: US congressman Scalise still in critical condition

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His wife and their two young children flew in from New Orleans, Louisiana, to be with him. According to Sava, the bullet fractured upon entering Scalise's hip. Suffering relatively minor injuries were two Capitol Police officers, David Bailey and Crystal Griner, and House GOP aide Zack Barth. FILE - In this March 8, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. Read More »

Cuba condemns Trump's 'hostile rhetoric' but still wants to talk

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Trump's new policy retains key aspects of Obama's reforms, leaving full embassies in Washington and Havana and letting US cruise and airlines continue service to Cuba , although it will make travel harder by requiring most Americans to come in groups and banning payments to military-linked businesses. Read More »

Trump appears to confirm he's under investigation on Twitter

His comments follow a report that former FBI Director Robert Mueller is examining whether Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey . " Witch Hunt ", the president said on Twitter . So this particular tweet coming from Trump on Friday morning went off like a siren. Mr. Trump's latest tweets drew a concerned statement from Sen. Read More »

Dreamers to stay, at least for now

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DACA allows for immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, known as " Dreamers ", to obtain work permits and remain in the country legally. Trump paired the action with an announcement it is withdrawing a second Obama-era program that would have protected from deportation as many as five million additional undocumented immigrants who are the parents of USA citizens. Read More »

Play ball! GOP, Dems to battle as 1 - Team Scalise

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When the president intoned three words he said have brought Americans together for generations - "Let's play ball" - cheers rang out. Scalise suffered a trans pelvic gunshot wound, Dr. "Just because I'm passionate, just because a Republican is passionate about the things they believe in, that's not license for somebody to go take a gun and shoot one of us", said Murphy. Read More »

Newt Gingrich: Trump Cannot Obstruct Justice

Now, with a Republican in power, Gingrich has changed his tune. He encouraged the audience to read Arthur Miller's "The Crucible", saying "that's the mentality of the left right now". Referring to his own wife, Callista, Gingrich added , "That's when Callista and I learned that a Trump candidacy was likely-and a Trump presidency was possible". Read More »

US Open Day Three

Open at Erin Hills . At that point in the third round, 15 golfers were still on the course. "It was a bit of a roller coaster". "Getting married kind of chills you out, and I don't want to put on too much of a show for her out there", he said on Friday, hinting at past outbursts on the golf course. Read More »

Trump mocks Federal Bureau of Investigation for failing to prove 'Russian Collusion'

Anonymous leakers have claimed Mr Trump asked his former FBI director to pledge his loyalty, and pressured him to drop an investigation into one of his former staffers - allegations Mr Comey confirmed in his Senate testimony . The Post , less than a month ago, reported Kushner was under FBI " scrutiny " in the Russian Federation investigation. Through a spokesman, Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, blasted the Post's report, though he stopped short of denying it. Read More »

Steve Scalise conscious, spoke with wife on Saturday, sources say

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Scalise underwent another surgery on Saturday and "continues to show signs of improvement", MedStar Washington Hospital Center said in a statement . Scalise's security detail and other police officers shot and killed the assailant, James Hodgkinson of IL, who had lashed out against President Donald Trump and other Republicans over social media. Read More »

The Note: The White House stressing Sessions

A Trump friend who was spotted visiting the White House on Monday later told a PBS interviewer that the president was indeed mulling over firing Mueller . White House officials said late Monday that Ruddy was at the White House that day, but said he hadn't meet with the president and never spoke with him about the issue. Read More »

India police fire tear gas to curb Darjeeling protests

Upping the ante, GJM activists, including the women's wing, came out on the streets in hundreds to protest an alleged police raid on the residence of party assistant General Secretary Binay Tamang. She, however, did not directly blame the BJP for the violent agitation, which she claimed was supported by insurgent groups of the northeast and some foreign countries. Read More »

Representative Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious' after shooting

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Hodgkinson was shot by police at the scene of the attack and later died of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso. Scalise remains in critical condition , but his vital signs reportedly stabilized. After his visit to the Congressman's bedside, who he called a "true friend and patriot", President Trump tweeted , "Rep. Steve Scalise , one of the truly great people, is in very tough shape - but he is a real fighter". Read More »

Portuguese radio says 25 people killed in forest fires

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Latest from the SFGATE homepage: Click below for the top news from around the Bay Area and beyond. At least 43 people have died in a forest fire in Portugal . 'The priority now is to save those people who could still be in danger'. A wildfire in central Portugal killed at least 25 people and injured 16 others, a lot of them burning to death in their cars, the government said on June 18, 2017 . Read More »

White House Confirms Trump's Speech on Cuba in Miami on Friday

More details about the changes are expected to be released Friday, when the new policy is set to take effect. "Our view is we are", Tillerson said. In practice, however, many recent changes to boost ties to Cuba will stay as they are. "But whatever reduction we do see in travel is direct proof of how much the military is benefiting from the current policy". If travel to Cuba is reduced, "You'd have a lot of people whose income would fall dramatically", she said. Read More »

Philando Castile's Mother Calls for Federal Prosecution of Yanez

Thousands protested last night in Minnesota after the acquittal of the police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop previous year; 18 were arrested. Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, though sentencing guidelines suggest around four years is more likely. Read More »

Doctor says Rep. Scalise's vital signs stable

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Dr Jack Sava described how a bullet from an assault rifle entered Mr Scalise's hip and went through his pelvis, shattering blood vessels, bones and internal organs. Representatives for MedStar Washington Hospital Center and Scalise offered no updates on his condition on Thursday morning. U.S. Capitol Police Special Agent Crystal Griner is in stable condition after suffering gunshot wounds. Read More »

Lobbyist shot is expected to make full recovery

The bullet damaged blood vessels, bones, and internal organs, Sava said. So Young Pak, director of media relations at MedStar Washington Hospital Center where Scalise is being treated, gave no additional details about his condition. Scalise's office had initially stated Wednesday that the Congressman was in stable condition, stating prior to his first surgery that "the Whip was in good spirits and spoke to his wife by phone". Read More »

Trump again lashes out at Russian Federation probe, says he is being investigated

The new allegations against Trump center on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the inquiry's direction. "Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked at one point. He followed that up 12 minutes later with a second tweet: "Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, "bleached" ... Read More »

Tougher Russia Sanctions Measure Moves Ahead in US Senate

Flynn had been misleading about his phone conversations late last December that reportedly included talks with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, just as then-president Barack Obama was ordering new sanctions on Russia over its alleged election meddling. Read More »

Gov. McAuliffe calls for gun control in wake of Alexandria shooting

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Also, one man was shot outside a shopping center near a major sports arena in New York City on Wednesday but it was not immediately clear who opened fire or how badly the victim was hurt, police said. "If there is a change from this I hope that people on both sides begin to temper the more extreme and hysterical political rhetoric", he said. After all, we recently experienced the horror of another Congress Woman, Gabby Giffords, being shot with 6 others who were killed . Read More »

The breakdown of the Cosby jury, by race and gender

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According to Constand , on the night of the alleged assault she complained of tension and trouble sleeping while visiting Cosby to discuss her pursuit of a career in sports broadcasting. Bill Cosby supporters stand with a sign outside the Montgomery County Courthouse where Cosby is waiting for deliberations to finish on the ninth day of his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S. Read More »

Donald Trump Jr. Contradicts Father's Account of Private Meeting With Comey

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ABC Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in the Rose Garden on Friday asked Trump about Comey's statement to Congress the. "Lordy, I hope there are tapes", Comey had said on Thursday. The first lady tweeted the news on Sunday evening after she arrived at the White House with Trump and their 11-year-old son, Barron. Trump refused to say whether those private exchanges were taped, a matter at the heart of the conflicting accounts of what passed between them. Read More »

Dems, GOP join on ball field as they don't in Congress

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Two Capitol Police officers sustained relatively minor injuries, as did a congressional aide, and they have been released from hospitals. Lobbyist Matt Mika was shot multiple times and critically injured and remained hospitalized. Doctors say the bullet injured internal organs, fractured bones and broke a bone in his leg. "We'll just do an initial surgery to go in, stop the bleeding, control any contamination, and then once the patient has been stabilized and is out of shock, the patient ... Read More »

Terry McAuliffe: 'We Lose 93 Million Americans a Day to Gun Violence'

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McAuliffe said , "I think we need to do more to protect all of our citizens", while making sure to tell the audience that "this is not what today is about". Americans should definitely be able to go dance in a nightclub , or play in a baseball field, or be able to observe their own religious events without the fear of being gun down. Read More »

Savannah celebrates Juneteenth in honor of freed slaves

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Gainesville residents celebrated a historic landmark of freedom Saturday with the annual Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom at the Midtown Greenway. This was Cleveland's first celebration of a significant date in African/American history. "We're just so happy for this day", said Marilyn Jackson, Daughters of Mary Magdalene President. "So this is a day to celebrate freedom and remember where we've come from - how we've grown not only as a culture but as a nation". Read More »

DC and MD sue Trump, alleging business dealings violate constitution

The Justice Department said on Friday those plaintiffs did not suffer in any way and had no standing to sue, and that it was unconstitutional to sue the President in his official capacity. According to the complaint , "U$3 ncertainty about whether the President is acting in the best interests of the American people, or rather for his own ends or personal enrichment, inflicts lasting harm on our democracy". Read More »