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Ex-CIA chief warned Russian Federation against election interference

Chaffetz had invited Comey to speak at Wednesday's hearing. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment. The House intelligence committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and any links to the Trump campaign will subpoena former national security adviser Michael Flynn , according to reports on Wednesday. Read More »

Greg Gianforte keeps low profile; Montana votes

The incident has drawn extra attention to the race to replace Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, considered a bellwether, in its final hours. House Speaker Paul Ryan on May 25 called on Gianforte to apologize, although Ryan himself seemed to view the news media as a separate species. Read More »

House GOP sticking with Montana candidate despite assault

Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin announced the misdemeanor assault charge shortly before midnight Wednesday in a written statement , about six hours after the incident. Montanans can register to vote and vote on the same day so the 700,000 overall registered voters could rise. Audio of the incident was later released in which Gianforte can be heard yelling at Jacobs to "get the hell out of here". Read More »

U.S. candidate urged to apologise after alleged attack on reporter

The chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, congressman Steve Stivers, also weighed in, saying: "From what I know of Greg Gianforte , this was totally out of character, but we all make mistakes". The incident occurred Wednesday at a campaign event for Gianforte, who is running in a Montana special election to replace the House seat vacated by now-Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Read More »

Bill Could Turn Back Page, Return Power To Texas Board Of Ed

If the nonpartisan CBO determines that the bill doesn't pass muster for reconciliation, Democrats would be able to filibuster the measure, which could send the bill back to House Republicans to amend and hold another vote. They prevailed in court, and the Supreme Court directed the Legislature to write a new formula by June 30. "Over time, it would become more hard for less healthy people (including people with preexisting medical conditions) in those states to purchase insurance because ... Read More »

57% disapprove of GOP health care bill

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The trouble, according to Quinnipiac, all began after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey . Disapproval is up 5 points to 53 percent. This new poll conducted by Harvard's Center for American Political Studies with Harris Insights and Analytics found that that 65 percent of voters believes the media is full of "fake news ". Read More »

Senate Bills Seek Tougher Great Lakes Pipeline Standards

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Senators are championing legislation that would enact stricter standards for operators of pipelines that run under the Great Lakes, and create new authority to shut them down if operators don't meet those benchmarks. "We won the fight to restore full funding for GLRI for this fiscal year, and I will continue to help lead the effort in the Senate to do so again next year - just like I did when President Obama proposed cutting the program". Read More »

Montana newspapers pull endorsements of Gianforte

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The audio recording , published by The Guardian shortly after the incident, reveals Jacobs' and Gianforte's conversation. Here is everything you need to know about Ben Jacobs from The Guardian . "At no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte ", Acuna wrote in her account on the Fox News website. Read More »

Senate issues subpoenas targeting Michael Flynn's businesses

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Brennan responded that he had seen information about contacts between Russian and USA actors that led him to believe the matter should be investigated further by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but declined to say whether or not he saw direct links between Trump and Russia. Read More »

23M more uninsured with GOP health bill

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The Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday released its assessment of the American Health Care Act passed recently by the House of Representatives and now before the Senate . In states that made moderate changes to their markets, representing about one-third of the USA population, premiums would fall 20 percent on average. Read More »

Appeals court deals blow to Trump administration travel ban

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The countries were not chosen because they are predominantly Muslim but because they present terrorism risks, the administration says. But either way, only the Supreme Court can clear the path to enforcement of the order. Among these are numerous states, immigrant agencies, universities, the American Constitution Society, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and various law agencies, all asserting they would be affected by the travel ban. Read More »

Uninsured rise by 23 mn under Republican health bill: forecast

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The CBO estimated that the original bill would have stripped 24 million people of their health coverage but would have cut the deficit by $151 billion over the next decade. "We'll get 'em", Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said when asked if GOP leaders would round up the votes they'll need to pass a bill . Read More »

Dr. Beach names Florida's Siesta Beach best beach in US

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Beach, a professor at Miami's Florida International University. Siesta Beach's fine, white sand , placid water and clean facilities led to the top spot. Siesta Beach first topped the list in 2011, and came in second past year behind Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve in Oahu, Hawaii . In recent years, he has given extra points to beaches that prohibit smoking, saying cigarette butts are not only environmentally damaging, but can ruin the experience for beach-goers. Read More »

Greg Gianforte keeps low profile, Montana votes

Markwayne Mullin, a Republican from Oklahoma and former mixed martial arts fighter, said that most people probably have the wrong image of a body-slam - associating it more with a WWE move where someone is dramatically picked up in the air and tossed down, as opposed to a more typical takedown used in real wrestling. Read More »

White Man, 1 White Woman Selected For Cosby Jury During Day 2

Cosby, in an interview last week, said he thinks race "could be" a motivating factor in the accusations against him. Jurors can not not be excluded on the basis of race or gender, and McMonagle said that prosecutors had used challenges to remove two black women while accepting white jurors who gave similar answers to questions. Read More »

North Carolina gerrymandered districts suppressed black votes, Supreme Court rules

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Its review concluded that race was the predominant factor in drawing the two districts at issue. They were unanimous in rejecting one of the districts and split 5 to 3 on the other. The ruling was a rebuke to North Carolina Republicans but the districts in question have already been re-drawn. The new map has likewise been challenged in court by critics who call it overly partisan . Read More »

Trump's budget director defends plans to cut social programs

Through a mix of the House-passed ObamaCare repeal bill and a new set of rules and requirements, the budget proposal cuts more than $1.4 trillion from Medicaid , the healthcare program for the poor and disabled. They are "limited" by revenue only because they're hell bent on cutting taxes on the wealthiest people. "Members of both parties are already expressing outrage over this request, and I will be fighting to make sure it never becomes a reality". Read More »

Most Americans don't believe key points of Trump's narrative on Comey

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Enrollment statistics by the state elections board show there are 5.8 million enrolled Democrats in NY versus 2.7 million Republicans. Meanwhile, 37 percent approve of Mr. "He is holding on to 90 percent of his voters and his ratings are still above approval ratings for both the Democratic and Republican parties", Penn said. Read More »

Estimated 23 million would lose health insurance under Republican bill - CBO

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The Congressional Budget Office planned to release its estimate Wednesday of what impact the GOP's House-passed health care overhaul would have on coverage and premiums. "Congress must act so that people across the country can pay less for healthcare coverage and finally get relief from a failing law". It did not guess which states might do that, but the report says that one-sixth of the population could be subject to that instability. Read More »

Senate Intel panel issues subpoenas to Flynn businesses

The two senators also addressed Flynn's argument that the committee's document request lacked specificity. Warner explained the importance of continuing the Senate investigation even in light of the Justice Department's decision. Representative Adam Schiff , the House intelligence committee's top Democrat, told reporters Mr Flynn declined to turn over records to the committee, and he said it will be "following up with subpoenas". Read More »

Trump to meet with anxious EU and NATO leaders

At NATO's gleaming new headquarters, Trump returned to his longstanding call for member nations to pay their fair share, lecturing leaders like German chancellor Angela Merkel and new French President Emmanuel Macron about contributing more as they stood listening in awkward silence. Read More »

President Trump In Brussels For NATO Leaders Summit

President Donald Trump's first appearance at a summit of the alliance's leaders. North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders observed a moment's silence in honour of the victims of bomber Salman Abedi, before a speech in which Mr Trump said: "The recent attack in Manchester in the United Kingdom demonstrates the depths of the evil we face with terrorism". Read More »

Ben Carson: "Poverty is a state of mind"

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In his role in President Donald Trump's cabinet, Carson oversees several federal programs, like the Section 8 housing program aimed at helping lift impoverished families out of poverty. Carson has spoken at length in the past about personal responsibility and its intersection with poverty, bemoaning systemic dependence on public assistance. Read More »

Brennan warned Russian against election meddling

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Flynn's testimonial production of documents makes clear that he has more than a reasonable apprehension that any testimony he provides could be used against him", Robert K. The Post reported this week that Trump personally asked top intelligence officials to deny the existence of any evidence of Russia-Trump campaign collusion, a request they found inappropriate. Read More »

Why The Russia Investigation Matters And Why You Should Care

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Until he was sacked, Mr. Comey was in the thick of an investigation into ties between associates of President Trump and Russian Federation and possible collusion involving the presidential election. Trump spoke to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers after then-FBI Director James Comey revealed in March that the bureau had launched a probe into alleged collusion. Read More »

Texas men's basketball to host Ole Miss in 2018 Big 12/SEC Challenge

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The Jayhawks play Texas A&M while the Wildcats will face Georgia on January 27. "We look forward to another year of competing in this great mid-season event", Coach Lon Kruger said in a press release. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise the contests of the fifth annual event matching every Big 12 squad with 10 members from the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Read More »

New developments in Manchester attack probe

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However, pictures of the debris from the blast appearing to show bloodstained bomb fragments and the backpack used to transport the device were subsequently leaked to The New York Times , sparking an angry reaction from British officials. It is understood the decision to suspend intelligence-sharing over the Manchester bombing involves the "law enforcement" authorities rather than the intelligence agencies. Read More »

New Jersey's Newark Airport reopens after plane engine fire

Two planes on the runway at Austin-Bergstrom International airport Wednesday night bumped into each other's wings, causing noticeable damage to at least one of the aircrafts, airport officials confirmed. According to the Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, emergency response teams are at the scene and no injuries have been reported . The Boeing 757 was headed to San Francisco from Newark, New Jersey, when the control tower notified the United Airlines crew of the apparent flames while the ... Read More »

US, Turkey in dispute over fight in Washington

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State Department's Diplomatic Security Service and the U.S. Secret Service, the spokeswoman said . Shannon stressed that the USA position on the PKK was unchanged, and that Washington stands resolute with Turkey against the designated terror group. Read More »