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Trump to unveil list of conservative judges to fill lower federal courts

Among the nominees are four lawyers who once served as Supreme Court law clerks. "We look forward to making an announcement later today", White House spokeswoman Kelly Love told TPM in an email. The job requires approval by the Senate. Republicans should schedule hearings and confirm as many nominees that Trump can send them over the course of his first term - especially with Democrats powerless to stop them, thanks to their own actions. Read More »

Ryan says House health bill coverage sufficient

I just think that's irresponsible. "We're not going to rush it", Republican Senator John Thune of South Dakota said . If there's a lesson to be reminded of this week as the American Health Care Act moves to the U.S. Even though the bill has passed the House, there are major roadblocks ahead in the Senate, where the bill is expected to undergo significant changes. Read More »

Hamas elects Haniya as new chief of Islamic movement

Nakhala said the new Hamas policy formally accepting the idea of a state in the territories occupied by the Zionist entity in the 1967 Six-Day War would "lead to deadlock and can only produce half-solutions". His position got enhanced in Hamas during Al-Aqsa Intifada because of his relationship with Sheikh Ahmed Yassin and because of the Israeli assassinations of the movement's leaders. Read More »

Merkel's conservatives could govern with Greens, FDP-German poll

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The Christian Democrats won about 32 per cent of the vote, while the Social Democratic Party trailed with about 27 per cent, partial results and projections showed. Although receiving just 3.5 percent of the vote, former junior coalition partners the SSW - a party representing the interests of Danish and Frisian minorities in the state - will keep some seats, as it is not subject to the same hurdle as other parties. Read More »

Clashes in France during May Day marches

In a speech before the gilded statue in Paris of Joan of Arc, his heroine, Jean-Marie Le Pen urged French voters to back his daughter in Sunday's runoff. He had arrived by bus with a group of supporters from the northern France FN stronghold of Henin-Beaumont to hear Le Pen. Cedric Villani, a high-profile mathematician and commentator wrote in the left-wing Liberation newspaper Tuesday that abstaining "is the equivalent of giving half of one's vote to Marine Le Pen in the most important ... Read More »

How Donald Trump told James Comey - 'You're FIRED'

Justin Amash from Michigan's 3rd District says an independent commission needs to continue the investigation into Russian Federation. "The firing of James Comey is the latest, and perhaps most clear, example of the Trump administration's actions to impede accountability and transparency.‎ We now need not only a fully independent investigation into President Trump's ties with Russian Federation, but an inquiry into his unprecedented decision to replace the Director of the FBI". Read More »

French prosecutors investigate hacking of Macron campaign

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Le Pen, whom the chief rabbi of France and the CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities have decried as risky to democracy and minorities, received 34.2 percent of the vote compared to the 65.8 percent for the centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron, according to a report by Le Monde based on exit polls from Sunday's final round of the elections. Read More »

Trump's shifting stances on FBI Director James Comey

This man is the president of the United States. "I must be out of my mind to be following Bob Mueller,"' he said at the time . "I think you're looking at the wrong set of facts here, Anderson", Conway shot back. Clinton was interviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 3.5 hours. Appearing during a congressional oversight hearing, Comey once again defended his recommendation not to charge Clinton. Read More »

Chelsea beat Middlesbrough, one win away from EPL title

It's great to score three goals, to create many chances and also to keep another clean sheet". "We are close and in football nothing is done until it's done". In this situation we showed a great will and desire to win the title. "On Friday, we have an opportunity to win and to take a title". We have the possibility to win the title without the wait for the Tottenham result. Read More »

Freed Chibok girls meet Nigerian leader

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In this photo released by the Nigeria State House, Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari , centre, meets with Chibok school girls recently freed from Nigeria Extremist captivity in Abuja, Nigeria , Sunday, May. The girls were handed over on Saturday in exchange for Boko Haram suspects after negotiations. Militants have killed more than 20,000 people, forced over 2.5 million to be displaced and adbucted thousands of women, forcing them into sexual slavery or marriages with its fighters. Read More »

White House says Trump has no Russian Federation dealings

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Separately Monday, former Obama officials said he had raised general concerns about Flynn with Trump and had told the incoming president there were better people for the national security post. He didn't directly say whether he advised President-elect Donald Trump not to make Flynn the national security advisor, but he did say that he and Flynn didn't see "eye to eye". Read More »

Trump Vows Peace Push After Meeting Abbas - But Scant Details

Abbas insisted that Palestinians were not preaching hatred. "I will do whatever is necessary to facilitate the agreement", he said. However, he said that any agreement can not be imposed by the United States , or by any other nation. Israel has rejected a return to the 1967 borders, the territorial lines drawn before the Six Day War. He also declined to clearly endorse an independent Palestinian state at the time. Read More »

Former Trump security adviser 'warned about foreign payments'

Flynn complied with the law", Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House oversight committee, said on Tuesday. In a rare show of bipartisan unity, Cummings and Chaffetz, the senior members of the House Oversight Committee, both said that requests to have documents declassified regarding the retired Army general's allegedly unauthorized acceptance of payment from Russian Federation and Turkey went ignored by the Trump White House. Read More »

Ex South Carolina Police Officer Enters Guilty Plea In Shooting

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A white police officer pleaded guilty to shooting and killing a black man who ran from a traffic stop. OLGIN: Michael Slager pled guilty to objectively using unreasonable deadly force when he tried to arrest Walter Scott. Slager claimed during his state trial that he was justified in shooting Scott because he feared for his life. The confrontation began as a result of Slager pulling Scott over for a broken brake light. Read More »

Naxals attacked CRPF jawans as they were having lunch

The 25 CRPF jawans , who were killed in the deadliest Naxal ambush in recent history in Chhattisgarh's Sukma on Monday, were having lunch when a hail of bullets and grenades hit them. "We are proud of the valour of our @crpfindia personnel. It can be done again for speedy identification of the perpetrators of the attack in order to bring them to justice", said the official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Read More »

Tory Candidates Won't Be Charged With Criminal Offences Over Election Expenses

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Last year, the Electoral Commission, the British election watchdog, announced it had launched an investigation into allegations the Conservative Party broke spending rules during the 2015 election. "While the role of the Commission is to regulate political finances and campaign spending, the role of the CPS is to consider whether any individual should face criminal charges, which is a different matter with different consideration and tests". Read More »

South Koreans vote for new leader after months of political vacuum

Moon was born during the Korean War on January 24, 1953, to parents who had fled from North Korea to the South in December 1950. Moon told his jubilant supporters gathering at the Gwanghwamun square in central Seoul Tuesday night that the election was "a great victory of great people" as most of local media outlets viewed his victory as assured. Read More »

Some names Trump might consider in picking a new FBI chief

July 5, 2016: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump calls the FBI's decision not to bring criminal charges against Clinton the greatest example yet that the system is "rigged". Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who's up for re-election next year, tweeted that he couldn't explain Trump's decision. Not since the infamous "Saturday Night Massacre" at the height of the Watergate scandal has the delicate relationship between the White House and the Federal Bureau of Investigation been ... Read More »

Freed Chibok girls arrive in Abuja

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Three years after close to 300 Nigerian school girls were abducted by Boko Haram, several dozen who are newly freed arrived in their nation's capital to meet the president. "Apart from the Chibok group there are so many other children in there, thousands who are not with their families today because of the armed conflict that is raging in the northeast of Nigeria ". Read More »

Wildfire continues to spread in southern Georgia

The wildfire was sparked by lightning April 6 and has since burned nearly entirely within the Okefenokee refuge boundaries - and some public forest land in north Florida - for the past month. The area of evacuation for St. George is to the east side of Highway 121 from Crawford Loop Road south to Highway 94. At least 79 people have been evacuated in the community, which has around 2,000 people, the Associated Press reported . Read More »

Trump insists no evidence of collusion with Russia

But progress has been slow, with Democrats accusing Republicans of stalling the investigation to protect the White House . She was sacked over a dispute about Trump's travel ban on certain Middle Eastern countries. She said this gave Russians prime blackmail material. Trump has said he has no ties to Russian Federation and isn't aware of any involvement by his aides in Moscow's interference in the election. Read More »

White House meeting on Paris climate accord postponed

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The Paris accord calls for limiting the global average temperature increase since the industrial revolution to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) or less — a goal that has been called ambitious. One option said to be under consideration is full withdrawal from the Paris accord, fulfilling Trump's campaign promise to " cancel " the deal as president. Read More »

President Trump Signs 'Religious Liberty' Executive Order

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Rather, it directs the IRS to evaluate political expression by religious nonprofits using the same criteria it employs for judging expression by nonreligious tax-exempt groups. Revoking a religious organization's tax exemption risks accusations that the government is crushing religious freedom. Do you support or oppose them? The law requires them to stop short of endorsing candidates, but their leanings are often not a mystery. Read More »

Trump Spars with Clinton Over Accusations FBI Contributed to Election Loss

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As for Comey, he told Congress on Wednesday he was "mildly nauseous" at the notion his decisions to disclose the Clinton email probe might have swayed the 2016 election. He likened the site to "intelligence porn" and said it pushed out information to damage the United States . "We need to know whether there was anything improper going on between the Trump campaign and the Russians, or if these allegations are just a partisan smear campaign that manipulated our government into chasing ... Read More »

UK's Theresa May Maintains Strong Lead in Weekend Opinion Polls

Meanwhile, Labour slumped to become the third largest party in Scotland's councils, and was kicked out of power in its Glasgow heartland for the first time in nearly 40 years. "The Tories are the party of the "rape clause" and hard Brexit". To show they can't take Scotland for granted. The Liberal Democrats increased their share of the vote by 7%, but lost almost 40 seats in total. Read More »

U.S. Navy SEAL from Falmouth killed in Africa

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An AFRICOM spokesperson tells Newsweek that the service member was killed after coming under "small arms fire" and that two other USA personnel were wounded in the incident and are receiving medical treatment. The United States finally withdrew after two US Black Hawk helicopters were shot down by rebels in 1993, killing 18 troops whose bodies were dragged through the streets of Mogadishu . Read More »

Liberal 'wins' S. Korean presidency

North Korea's state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) singled out the conservative candidate who was gaining momentum in the short campaign's final days with the headline "Hong Joon-Pyo is human trash like a detective during the Japanese occupation". Read More »

Trump calls Macron to congratulate him on election win

He will try to balance his views with the worries of millions of French workers. Trump, similarly wasted little time in extending his congratulations, despite earlier having backed Le Pen. The economy is the electorate's main concern, and Macron will have to tackle high unemployment and sluggish growth while also addressing the worries of blue-collar workers about globalization and immigration. Read More »