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Putin compares James Comey to Edward Snowden

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has met with the Senate Intelligence Committee for more than three hours in a closed session as part of the panel's probe into Russian interference in USA elections. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Tuesday he's seen no basis for firing Robert Mueller , the former FBI director he appointed as special counsel to oversee an investigation into potential co-ordination between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian Federation. Read More »

Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan says Saudi king should resolve Gulf rift during Ramadan

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Al Udeid Air Base is home to more than 11,000 USA and coalition troops. America's largest airbase in the Middle East , al-Udeid, is in Qatar . The ongoing Qatar crisis has left Pakistan on a wrong page with Saudi Arabia . "U.S. 5th Fleet ships conduct similar port visits throughout the region as part of our normal operations", Urban said. Turkey and Qatar have both provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt - a broad movement whose Islamist goals are anathema to ... Read More »

Trump says Scalise condition 'difficult'

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A FBI Evidence Response Team inspects the third base side of the baseball field in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday, June 14, 2017, where a rifle-wielding attacker opened fire on Republican lawmakers at a congressional baseball practic. Following a day that saw most congressional business canceled, the House approved legislation offering health insurance tax credits to some veterans while committees pondered federal land management, cybersecurity and more. Read More »

Trump Calls The Health Care Bill He's Been Praising 'Mean'

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The Verify First Act passed 238-184. Republican Senate leadership is targeting a vote before the July 4 recess. They spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal a closed-door conversation. Trump said he wants the Senate version to be "more generous," the sources said. According to the latest polling , from Quinnipiac University, 44 percent of people expect health insurance costs will go up under the House Republican bill and 57 percent think fewer people with have insurance coverage. Read More »

CNN sues Justice Department for copies of Comey memos

Comey described the meetings and his note-taking in detail last week while testifying before the Senate intelligence committee. "Included was Comey's account of a February 14 meeting in the Oval Office in which he claims that Trump said of the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn , 'I hope you can let this go'". Read More »

Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russian Federation investigators

I would say that Republicans in Washington are nearly unanimous in the opinion that to do that would cause a political firestorm that would be yet another self-inflicted wound of the president's own making. In what became known as the Saturday Night Massacre, President Richard Nixon ordered then-Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire Cox. In addition, Mueller has added a former Clinton Foundation attorney to his investigative team. Read More »

Doctors say US student freed by North Korea has brain damage

Warmbier was arrested at North Korea's Pyongyang International Airport, while visiting the country as a tourist with Young Pioneer Tours. The father of an American college student released by North Korea and now hospitalized in a coma says his son was "terrorized and brutalized" by his captors. Read More »

Iran lawmakers briefed on Tehran attacks

The Intelligence Ministry said on June 8 that five men involved in the attacks were Iranians who joined IS in Iraq and Syria. The six assailants were killed by Iran's security forces. The ministry said the group returned to Iran in the summer of 2016 to carry out terrorist operations in religious places, and escaped when authorities broke up their cell. Read More »

Germany's Angela Merkel slams planned United States sanctions on Russian Federation

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The Republican-led Senate voted Wednesday to slap new sanctions on key sectors of Russia's economy and individuals over its interference in the USA election campaign and its aggression in Syria and Ukraine. If passed in the House of Representatives and signed into law by Trump, it would put into law sanctions previously established via former President Barack Obama's executive orders, including some on Russian energy projects. Read More »

Long history of security incidents, violence at Capitol

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Wenstrup "was getting some kind of scissors device to cut through the pants" to get to the wound on Scalise's hip. "He could have killed them all, had Capitol Hill police not taken him down that moment". Eventually, a member of the security detail "took the shooter down". Police has told media that "It was a deliberate attack" as the gunman knew that the Republicans were practicing. Read More »

President Trump: WAPO Obstruction of Justice Report is a "Phony Story"

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The three officials are Daniel Coats , director of U.S. national intelligence, Admiral Mike Rogers , chief of the National Security Agency , and Rogers's recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett . A spokesman for the DNI declined to comment to CNN . According to the Post , it did change after Trump fired Comey . But Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein , who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller. Read More »

How Trump Brought This Obstruction Of Justice Investigation Upon Himself

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Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, is leading an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. The Thursday morning tweet was Trump's first about the investigation since the shooting Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va.in which House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was critically injured . Read More »

Steve Scalise remains in critical condition, undergoes third surgery

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Socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders , for whom the shooter had campaigned, said he was "sickened" by a crime "against our most deeply held American values". Underscoring the day's mood, Reverend Patrick Conroy, the House chaplain, opened the day by seeking divine forgiveness "when we seem to forget that words matter and can become seeds that will bring bitter harvest". Read More »

Macron's En Marche captures landslide victory in France

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His fledgling Republic on the Move! - contesting its first-ever election and fielding many candidates with no political experience at all - was on course to deliver him a legislative majority so crushing that Macron's rivals fretted that the 39-year-old president will be able to govern France nearly unopposed for his full five-year term. Read More »

As Comey testimony looms, Trump to push infrastructure plan

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Besides, even if Trump invoked the privilege, Comey would still be able to testify unless the White House somehow got a judge to issue an injunction, which experts say would be highly unlikely. Don't we, as the American people, deserve the right to know and shouldn't our FBI investigate such claims? He said, while he likes Mr. Comey, he believes he is "probably upset" about getting firing by President Trump . Read More »

Swiss prosecutors confirm 25 investigations linked to FIFA

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Jorge Luis Arzuaga, 56, admitted to participating in a five-year bribery scheme today in the Eastern District of NY, making him the first banker among the 20-plus officials now convicted in the scandal plaguing FIFA , short for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Read More »

Blumhouse drops trailer for Groundhog Day slasher 'Happy Death Day'

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Blumhouse Produtions has been making horror movies - often successful ones, for eight years. Much like the original comedy film which saw Bill Murray's character trapped in a time loop, repeating the same day over and over, in this new take on that particular trope, Happy Death Day sees the leading lady of the film trapped in her own hellish time loop. Read More »

Man arrested outside Parliament

London police said a man with a knife was arrested Friday in front of the British Parliament. The man was arrested near the UK Parliament on Friday. There were shouts of "knife knife knife" before the man was brought down by a taser, according to a journalist who witnessed the incident. "There are no reports of any injuries". Read More »

Trump Denounces Reports Of Widening Russia Probe

The three names being mentioned in USA media are Daniel Coats , the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers , the head of the National Security Agency , and Richard Ledgett , until recently Mr Rogers' deputy. That prompted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint Robert Mueller - himself a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director - as special counsel the following week. Read More »

United Kingdom leader holding alliance talks with NIreland party chief

An agreement between the Tories and DUP is thought to be close, with Mrs May saying the talks had been "productive" and emphasising the need for "stability" in government. Labour's unexpectedly strong second-place showing has thrown national politics into disarray. The Prime Minister did not mention the ongoing deliberations as she addressed MPs but called on Parliament to "come together in a spirit of national unity" to deal with the challenges facing the country. Read More »

Former Tory PM John Major intervenes over 'fragile' DUP deal

Arlene Foster and DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds entered Downing Street at around 12:40 p.m. (1140 GMT, 7:40 a.m. EDT). British leader Nigel Farage said that "all seem to be happy about the results of the British elections , but 85% of British voters voted for parties that advocate leaving the single market and the European Union ". Read More »

Deputy AG: No cause to fire special counsel Mueller

The Times report said that Trump considered firing Mueller, something TheDC's source confirmed. The top Democrat on the House Intelligence committee says Congress would not sit still if President Donald Trump chose to fire the special counsel leading the investigation into Russian interference in the US election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. Read More »

No reason to fire special counsel: US Justice Dept

The report comes a day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions , a close aide of Trump , vehemently denied any role in Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 United States polls and dismissed accusations that he discussed such an effort with Russian officials as an "appalling and detestable lie". Read More »

Reeling from shooting, Washington tunes in for Congressional Baseball Game

The charities are the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington , Washington Literacy Center , the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and, after Wednesday's shooting , the Capitol Police Memorial Fund . Some Republican lawmakers blamed the shooting on vitriolic political rhetoric, particularly rising from the left in the era of Mr Trump. "While the president would like to attend the game and show his support for all of these courageous public servants, he has been advised that there ... Read More »

London police launch criminal investigation over fatal apartment blaze

The fire appeared to be extinguished early Wednesday but flames rose again by 11:15 am. Fire swept through a high-rise apartment building in west London early W. "We like to think of ourselves as "roughty, toughty" and heroes - they are heroes - but they have feelings". It may be - and I just don't know - it may be that ultimately some victims remain unidentified. Read More »

Trump friend floats possibility of his firing special counsel in Russian probe

What's more, regulations in the Justice Department would not allow Trump to fire Mueller himself. Rosenstein testified that he is the only one who has the authority to fire Mueller, who was appointed following the May 9 ousting of James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, and that he had seen no good cause to do so. Read More »