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Not going to comment on Kushner: Trump's NSA

The Washington Post said Kushner's secret communications proposal was made December 1 or 2 at Trump Tower in NY, according to intercepts of Russian communications that were reviewed by United States officials. "It's not something that I've in any way been involved with or have any knowledge of", McMaster said at a press briefing in Italy of the revelation that Kushner talked about communications in his discussion with Russia's US ambassador in December. Read More »

Bill Kristol: Back Channels 'Suspicious' Only When Kushner Involved

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As Trump and his entourage prepared to return to the USA from Italy on Saturday, McMaster and National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn fielded questions at a news briefing about reports that Kushner discussed establishing a backchannel line of communication between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin. Read More »

House gives final approval to bill with transgender bathroom ban

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That proposal sounds a lot like segregation of trans kids, some critics argue. Bathrooms divided us then, and it divides us now. "America has long recognized that separate but equal is not equal at all", said Rep. Schools must have a "single occupancy" facility, for students who do not want to do that. "I can tell you separate restrooms for transgender kids are also based on fear, not fact". Read More »

Axios: Trump tells 'confidants' US will leave Paris climate deal

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Multiple White House meetings on the matter were delayed in recent weeks, and Trump advisers ultimately said he would not make a decision until after he returns to Washington from a nine-day, five-stop worldwide trip. President Donald Trump is causing quite the stir amongst climate change groups. President Trump can still shift gears. Merkel said the leaders agreed to "act against protectionism". Read More »

IRGC general killed in Iraq's Mosul

In February, Iraqi forces closely backed by the USA -led coalition launched the operation for western Mosul , initially planning to clear it of ISIS fighters south-to-north. The push for the city's west began the following month. "We're waiting for death at any moment, either by bombing or starving", one said. The United Nations expressed deep concern for the hundreds of thousands of civilians behind Daesh lines, but the Iraqi army has given assurances that it will do its best to save ... Read More »

Family, friends hail men who died trying to stop attack

The mother of a United States man who died protecting two young women from anti-Muslim harassment has called him "a hero" who "will remain a hero on the other side of the veil". Her daughter is African-American and was with a friend who was wearing a hijab, she said. Dyjuana Hudson said the attacker "was saying that Muslims should die". Read More »

Police Say 'Large Part' Of Manchester Attack Network Held

Its main focus is cooperation between the surveillance agencies such as the UK's GCHQ and the US National Security Agency in intelligence gathering and analysis. "We don't believe in killing innocents", Ramadan Abedi said before he was detained in Tripoli . Hafidah was close with Salman Abedi's brother Hashem . Read More »

North Korea to unleash new anti-aircraft weapon

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North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and test-fired almost 30 missiles since past year. He claims that his country's new anti-aircraft weapon will "completely spoil the enemy's wild dream to command the air". The Pukguksong-2 is a land-based version of a submarine-launched ballistic missile in development. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had characterized the launch as a "challenge to the world". Read More »

Kushner back channel with Russia involved Syria policy, reports and source say

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McMaster said simply, "No". An FBI investigation into Trump's possible collusion with Moscow as well as Russia's alleged meddling in the USA 2016 presidential election recently pointed to a current White House official as a "person of interest" in the probe.On Friday, the Washington Post and New York Times reported that Mr Kushner had wanted to use Russian facilities to avoid United States interception of discussions with Moscow .The FBI regularly monitors the communications of ... Read More »

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies need 'to pay their fair share

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Only five members now meet the target: Britain, Estonia, debt-laden Greece, Poland and the United States, which spends more on defense than all the other allies combined. Another Democrat, Rep. Jared Huffman of California, more subtly critiqued Trump's decorum at the summit, retweeting a video showing Trump pushing aside another leader. Read More »

Trump's budget slashes billions in Medicaid, CHIP funding

Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee that "receipts now are coming a little bit slower than expected". The administration has privately informed GOP leaders that it would like Congress to act before the annual August recess. Democratic Representative Pramilla Jayapal of Washington said that that cuts to food stamps, payments to the disabled , and other programmes are "astonishing and frankly immoral". Read More »

Texas law boosts security for judges

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He said since "opponents of pro-life legislation can not win in Texas at the ballot box", he won't be surprised if the issue ends up in court. The Texas Legislature approved a sweeping package of new abortion limits Friday, despite the legal challenges they're likely to provoke and almost a year after the U.S. Read More »

ACLU Cheers Appellate Ruling on Travel Ban: 'We Won'

In the decision, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Roger Gregory writes that the executive order "in text speaks with vague words of national security , but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination". Read More »

G7 breaks up without US agreement on climate

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The lobbying essentially ended in a stalemate, with Trump remaining opaque about his intentions regarding the 2015 pact as he prepared to return home after a nine-day overseas trip. "Do we get closer to stability in the Middle East if we continue to polarize, if we continue to divide?" he asked . But Mr. Cohn also said the Paris emission targets "would be highly crippling to USA economic growth". Read More »

Indiana Legislators React To CBO Score On GOP Health Care Bill

This week the Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the Republican health care bill known as American Health Care Act . According to the Congressional Budget Office, the number of uninsured people would increase by 14 million next year, and by 2026, 51 million USA citizens below age 65 will have no insurance, based on the estimates of the CBO and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT). Read More »

Clarence Thomas Joins SCOTUS Libs, Strikes Down Racist Gerrymandering

House of Representatives. "I applaud today's Supreme Court decision that reaffirmed that using race as the predominant factor in redistricting is unconstitutional". The court tries to make an artificial distinction between gerrymandering by race and by partisanship, but since blacks tend to vote uniformly Democratic, the two are really one and the same. Read More »

Northland projects included in final version of bonding bill

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If part of the budget is not in place by June 30, some agencies could shut down. Gov. Mark Dayton says he hasn't decided whether to veto the budget bill. Peter. "I'm not going to put up votes for what is a lousy deal", Bakk said. Larson said it makes sense to upgrade the steam system at the same time other work is going on along that downtown corridor. Read More »

Durbin rips Republican health care bill after CBO report

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When House Republicans narrowly passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA ) a few weeks ago, they did so without waiting for an analysis of the bill's impact by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office . Low-income people are most likely to lose coverage because of the bill's deep cuts in Medicaid, which provides health coverage to poor and disabled people. Read More »

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Second Episode Lands Early June

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Set to the backdrop of "Awesome Mixtape #2, ' Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team's adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos". Visitors will see the Collector showing off his latest acquisitions, the Guardians , in customized display cases. Suddenly, Rocket appears, telling guests he needs their help. Read More »

Fewer insured under GOP bill

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It would reduce the federal deficit over the 2017-to-2026 period by $ 119 billion - $32 billion less than the savings booked from the original bill. Republicans have sought to unravel Obamacare since its passage and Trump promised on the campaign trail to repeal it, saying it is too costly and an overreach by government in the healthcare market. Read More »

Gregg Allman From The Allman Brothers Died At The Age Of 69

And, yet, the sweetly gruff Mr. Allman has always been praised for his genuine love for music , his fans, his family and his collaborators. Peter Frampton tweeted , "So sad to hear Gregg Allman passed away I admire him so much & had the honour of jamming wth him recently". Read More »

Partial health care bill expected

If the AHCA becomes law, people with pre-existing conditions - like cancer - could wind up in what are called " high risk pools " in which there are few healthy people. Brooks says validates key changes he insisted upon in the original bill. Neal did not respond to a follow-up email asking if Jenkins' statement meant he would support a preliminary bill that does not protect the most vulnerable West Virginians, or it's an acknowledgment that the House-passed bill does not protect those people. Read More »

The Congressional Budget Office Has Scored Trumpcare 2.0, And It Wasn't Kind

That's according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released Wednesday. But that would be partly because policies would typically provide fewer benefits and sicker people would be priced out, it concluded. "Leadership is going to spend this recess trying to develop a product [so] that we will have a base of a Senate bill, based on all these discussions, based on what the House did, based on the CBO score ", he said . Read More »

Trump rows shadow acrimonious G7 summit

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Trump "is isolating the US from its most important allies and those allies stood strong in the face of backsliding", Heather Coleman, climate director at Oxfam America, said in a statement referring to the Paris Agreement policy of not weakening climate-related commitments over time. Read More »

Italy's Taormina hosts G7 summit

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At the close of the day's talks, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said six of the G-7 nations - Italy , Britain, France, Germany , Canada and Japan - confirmed "our commitment and our determination" to the Paris Agreement establishing goals for reducing greenhouse gases. Read More »

Joe Straus to Dan Patrick: House won't budge on bathroom bill

Action on the tax, education and budget fronts is scheduled to resume at 10 a.m. Tuesday along with an effort to wrap up voting on bills related to requirements of abortion providers and the exemption of public health facilities from state law granting access to people carrying concealed weapons. Read More »

Jurors selected for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial

According to TMZ , the fallen comedian's lawyers are outraged that the current 11-person jury only consists of one Black person, which, in their minds, already puts their client at a disadvantage. Of the initial pool of 100 potential jurors on the first day of selection, however, only about 15 appeared to be non-white. The case against Cosby has attracted worldwide publicity that the judge hopes to shield from jurors during the trial. Read More »

Carter national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski dies at 89

We are remembering my father tonight with the love of his life who inspired him and shared in his wonderful life over six decades. Mika Brzezinski made an announcement through Instagram , saying that her farther - a renowned political scientist and a diplomat - has "passed away peacefully". Read More »