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PM's former aides Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill set for £35000 payouts

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She told the BBC Today programme: "It was pretty dysfunctional". "We would be able to speak freely if they weren't around, and if they were around, you don't speak". Conservative central office confirmed that Hill had also resigned. We welcome this commitment, which can provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond. Read More »

In shadow of terror, British election tighter than expected

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Making the announcement outside 10 Downing Street after a 20-minute audience with the Queen yesterday, a solemn Mrs May kept her speech short, saying that she will form a government "that will provide certainty" and lead the country into the complex Brexit negotiations while sticking to the timetable. Read More »

4 takeaways from Sessions' feisty testimony to Congress about Russian Federation

In his testimony on Tuesday, Sessions addressed media reports that he may have had a third previously undisclosed meeting with Kislyak at Washington's Mayflower Hotel a year ago. But Trump later told a television interviewer that he'd fired Comey over his handling of the Russian Federation investigation. Upon President Trump's request, on April 9th AG Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein wrote a letter and memo, respectively, to the president about Comey's mismanagement of the ... Read More »

Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice

The effort to muddy the waters surrounding the investigation is coming amid growing White House concern that the probe could detract from the president's agenda for months or years to come. The New York Times reported that Trump had been waved off the idea by advisers. Still, Gingrich said any special counsel with an agenda can "all of the sudden find something procedural and technical to latch onto". Read More »

Celebrities React to Virginia Shooting at Congressional Baseball Practice

The FBI will be handling the investigation and will treat the shooting as an attack on a federal officer. Meanwhile, security has been tightened at the Capitol Hill and regular proceedings were canceled or postponed. Paul said Scalise's presence on the field guaranteed a quick response time by Capitol Hill police. Speaker Paul Ryan tweeted - "This morning the hearts of the whole House are with @ SteveScalise , the courageous Capitol police, staff, and all those who were in harm's ... Read More »

Trump has 'no intention' of firing special counsel Mueller - White House

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Rosenstein would be the one to fire Comey, which he repeatedly assured senators Tuesday he would not consider without "good cause". "No, I have not", he said. Mueller is widely respected by both Democrats and Republicans, but at the moment, the president is supposedly considering firing him! The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment but has said President Trump's business interests do not violate the country's Constitution. Read More »

OH couple's death investigated as double homicide

George Brinkman, an employee and family friend, has been charged with murder for the couple's deaths. Three adults have been found dead at a home in North Royalton, police confirm. It was not known how Taylor or her daughters died, investigators said. The Johns were killed after the three women were killed in North Royalton, the sheriff said. Read More »

Death toll rises to 12 in London's towering inferno

Commander Stuart Cundy of the Met Police said: "Sadly I can confirm that there are now 12 people that have died that we know of". According to reports, 20 people are in critical care and 74 were taken to the hospital, although many residents are still missing . Read More »

Egypt pushes ahead with islands deal after clashes

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Members voted by a show of hands, not by names as demanded by some members. " There is nothing in the agreement that violates the constitution ", Kamal Amer , chairman of the defence committee, told the house on Wednesday before the vote. Read More »

Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, Washington Post reports

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Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee last week and confirmed that he gave Mueller the memos he wrote detailing his interactions with Trump ahead of his firing. It is often erased in moments of anger, when simmering grievance boils over into rash action, exemplified by the firing of Comey after a weekend of brooding at his resort in Bedminster, New Jersey. Read More »

Sessions Tells Senate Little, is Accused of Impeding Probe

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The former Republican U.S. senator from Alabama, one of Trump's most avid supporters on the campaign trail, will likely have to explain why he told lawmakers in January he had no dealings with Kremlin officials previous year. -He denied that he recused himself from overseeing the Russian Federation investigation because he wasn't forthcoming about Russian Federation meetings. Read More »

Jeff Sessions Testified Before the Senate Intelligence Committee

SESSIONS: I would say that I have consulted with senior career attorneys in the department. Mark Warner , the vice chairman of the Senate intelligence committee. When asked by Sen. Mr. Trump subsequently said he had planned to fire Mr. Comey all along, regardless of Mr. Rosenstein's judgement. Are they written down at the Department of Justice? "Certainly I can assure you, nothing improper, if I had had a conversation with him". Read More »

UK Elections: Will Theresa May Coalition Hold Up?

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Party leader Arlene Foster seemed buoyant as she arrived at May's Downing Street office - and her good mood just kept on going. The U.K. started the two-year withdrawal process in March and Barnier said the negotiating phase will need to be completed by November 2018. Read More »

Ohio Congressman misses GOP baseball shooting by minutes

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The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson , a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party". The players ran from the first base side of the field across a basketball court and either jumped a fence into a nearby dog park or ran up the hill and crossed the street toward the coffee shop, he said. Read More »

Echo Chamber: Senators Ask Jeff Sessions Same Question About Russians 12 Times

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Similar to former FBI Director James Comey, who testified before the same committee last week , Sessions came out ready to defend himself. Sessions' testimony did not provide any damaging new information on Trump campaign ties with Russian Federation or on Comey's dismissal, but his refusal to discuss conversations with Trump raised fresh questions about whether the White House has something to hide. Read More »

A look at the victims of the congressional baseball practice shooting

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He reportedly survived and is now in police custody. "Let me be as clear as I can be: violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms", Sanders said. Two U.S. congressmen representing parts of the Philadelphia suburbs sent prayers to their Republican colleagues after a gunman opened fire on a practice for the annual congressional baseball game Wednesday morning. Read More »

Travel ban: Where things stand and what comes next

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Earlier in the month, the government asked the Supreme Court to stay the Hawaii injunction. (AP Photo/Haven Daley, File). Rather than focusing on Trump campaign statements as the Virginia-based court did, the 9th Circuit said the language in the executive order itself did not make a rational case for why a travel ban was needed. Read More »

Gunman who shot congressman had history of anti-GOP activity

Legislators and others on the field run for cover, and one man, whose identity is not known, lies still in the middle of the field at Eugene Simpson Stadium Park in Alexandria, Virginia. Lawmakers noted their good fortune in having armed protectors on hand - "Thank God", they exclaimed over and over - and said otherwise the shooter would have been able to take a huge deadly toll. Read More »

Grenfell Tower fire: Why is blaze 'unprecedented'?

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She said: "Neighbours had been watching it all night, they said the cladding went up like a nightdress by a fire - it just went whoosh". "The fire started on the upper floors. Pancras tube station, when a blaze which started underneath a wooden escalator ended up killing 31 people. Former chancellor and now editor of the Evening Standard George Osborne tweeted: "Just seen this bad tower block fire near my home in W London ". Read More »

Sen. Chris Coons: Sessions' Tone, Testimony 'Deeply Troubling'

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Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation in March after revelations that he had failed to disclose two meetings previous year with Russia's ambassador to Washington , Sergei Kislyak. Comey suggested this indicated the attorney general's awareness that it was improper for Trump and Comey to meet alone together, given the specter of the Department of Justice's investigation into Russia's election meddling and possible ties with the Trump campaign. Read More »

At least 6 dead in massive London high rise fire

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The blaze early Wednesday in the 24-story building in west London's North Kensington district also injured 74 others, 18 of them critically, and left an unknown number missing. I told her to leave by the stairs but she said she had been told to stay inside her flat. "I spoke to a lady that lives on the 21st floor". "She dropped the baby", he said. Read More »

Who was present during the GOP baseball practice shooting

Scalise, the House of Representatives majority whip (shown above with Stefanik), and two law enforcement officers were among those injured in the shooting . "The gunman was over by the third base dugout with a clear view of the field", the Rep. Jeff Flake , R-Ariz., told CNN . "I had to down again". "I hear Steve Scalise over near second base scream". Read More »