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GOP's pursuit of health care overhaul comes with risks

A group of 13 Republican senators are holed up behind closed doors to decide the next steps for the American Health Care Act , the Obamacare replacement bill that will affect the future health insurance of all Americans. "Generous, kind, with heart. And this is a great plan", Trump said. Many Republican senators who attended the meeting dodged questions afterward. Read More »

Hamas: Cutting electricity to Gaza would be 'catastrophic'

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The some two million residents of the coastal enclave have dealt with electricity shortages for years and now have electricity for only about four hours a day after its only power station closed. "Pulling no punches about the potentially enormous impact of both the crisis with Abbas and the increasingly untenable position of Hamas' Qatar-based leadership, the article asserted that Hamas may no longer be able to sustain itself". Read More »

Jury in Cosby's sexual assault trial resume deliberations

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The jury got the case Monday afternoon. For example, she said the assault that occurred at his Cheltenham home was the only time she was ever alone with Cosby. Cosby did not testify but his past deposition was read aloud in court. In a tense cross-examination, defense attorneys pointed out that several of Constand's initial statements to police, including the date of the alleged assault, were later proved to be false. Read More »

Poll 'mess': British PM May apologises

While a deal with the DUP would help May stay in power to open Brexit talks that are due to begin next week, it would also risk destabilizing the political balance in Northern Ireland by increasing the influence of pro-British unionists. Read More »

James Comey-Leaked Memos Now in Possession of FBI

I'm not going to say I want you to pledge allegiance. He said he leaked some of those notes last month, hoping to prompt the naming of a special counsel. SEN. SUSAN COLLINS , R-Maine: I found him to be credible, candid and thorough. Legal scholars disagree over whether a sitting president can be prosecuted, but the White House Counsel's office has argued against it, deciding in at least two instances not to indict a president, Seidman said. Read More »

Who else but Trump to call for a nation full of apprentices?

Perhaps a trained anthropologist could explain why Trump believes he can be vindicated by lies, especially when nearly everyone believes Comey and nearly nobody believes him; but probably not. "What are you afraid of?" However, the most recent budget for the federal government passed with about $90 million for apprenticeships, and Trump so far isn't proposing to add more. Read More »

Who could fire special counsel Robert Mueller

Comey himself had a riveting appearance before the same Senate panel last week, with some key moments centered on Sessions. White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Monday that Ruddy did not speak with Trump about firing Mueller as special counsel and other White House aides suggested the Newsmax CEO was only speaking for himself. Read More »

Police investigate CBD indecent assault

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The driver later drove into the basement carpark of Crown Casino, ramming into the foyer. "I think he (was going) almost 50-60 km/h". It comes just a week after the city placed concrete bollards in Bourke Street Mall to prevent cars from being able to drive up onto the pedestrian area. Read More »

'N. Korean drone took pictures of anti-missile system'

South Korea said it has recovered a crashed North Korean drone that was spying on a controversial US-built missile system that is being deployed in the country. The reclusive country warned the US about its recent military drills with South Korea as well as its missile defense system, THAAD, installed in South Korea in April. Read More »

Winners and losers from the United Kingdom election

Britain's election is providing another night of political shock and surprise. Corbyn's Labour party told the BBC this morning that it was ready to form a minority government in the House of Commons. He said it was impossible to predict whether she would still be prime minister at the end of the year. The DUP is a socially conservative group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and had links to Protestant paramilitary groups during Ireland's sectarian "Troubles". Read More »

Kingmakers in DUP can shape nature of Brexit deal

The DUP seized the last SDLP stronghold in South Belfast, wrested back South Antrim from the UUP and saw off the challenge of the Alliance Party and Sinn Fein in East and North Belfast respectively. In a call with the Prime Minister, Mr Kenny spoke of his concern that talks between the Conservatives and DUP over a "confidence and supply" agreement could harm the peace process. Read More »

Pentagon knocks down long-range missile in test

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Boeing serves as the prime contractor on the GMD program and collaborates with an industry team to integrate updates to the system: Raytheon says that its Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle served as the ICBM's interceptor; Raytheon also is behind the X-band and AN/TPY-2 radar systems used during the test. Read More »

AG Jeff Sessions Might Use This "Privilege" To Avoid Talking About Trump

But the subject of his recusal remains a sensitive issue for the attorney general. "I've never received any detailed briefing on how hacking was occurred or how information was alleged to have been taken", Sessions said. During his opening remarks he reminded the senators that he was their "colleague in this body for 20 years". "If there were good cause, I would consider it", Rosenstein testified. Read More »

US Ambassador to Qatar suddenly resigns

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Each of Saudi Arabia , Egypt , the UAE and Bahrain severed their ties with Qatar earlier this June. Qatar, for its part, strenuously denies accusations that it is a supporter of terrorism, calling recent moves to diplomatically isolate it as "unjustified". Read More »

Trump Commits '100 Percent' to Testifying Under Oath

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It was the first public appearance of Comey since his firing in May. Since Comey's testimon, y a handful of Democratic lawmakers have called for the president to be asked to provide sworn testimony as part of the investigation into his ties with Russian Federation. Read More »

Attorney General Sessions to talk publicly to US Senate panel

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Sessions requested to appear before that committee instead of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, as originally scheduled. The former Federal Bureau of Investigation director said he contacted Sessions after a meeting with Trump in the Oval Office where Sessions and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, were asked to leave and Comey was alone with the president. Read More »

World Cup 2030 to be held in North and South Korea?

He spoke about the need to "exterminate a handful of people plotting schemes" to block Japan-South Korean ties from moving forward. President Moon Jae-in poses with FIFA President Gianni Infantino at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Monday. He also expressed hope that the two countries would "get along well" and not to have relations tangled with "trivial matters". Moon, in his turn, said that sanctions and pressure alone were not enough to settle the issue, and stressed the need to bring North ... Read More »

White House says Trump looks forward to scheduling UK trip

The White House says President Donald Trump still looks forward to scheduling a trip to the United Kingdom. Following the briefing, a CNN panel took Spicer apart for his continued footsie with the press on what would seem to be a simple yes-or-no question. Read More »

Megyn Kelly Is Standing Behind Her Interview With Alex Jones

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The interview was an attempt to inextricably link the president with Mr. Jones and his past commentary on the 9/11 terror attacks and the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre, she said. "I couldn't believe it at first", Jones said on his radio show in 2014. Multiple advertisers have told NBC that they don't want to be anywhere near Megyn Kelly's forthcoming interview with controversial media personality Alex Jones. Read More »