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House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Has Been Shot in Virginia


Emergency services transported five injured people from the scene, said Michael Brown, chief of the Alexandria Police Department. Scalise was listed as in crticial condition in the hospital. "Shaken by the shootings, Kinzinger said he and his Congressional colleagues met today for "tears, hand holding and prayers". Rep. Juan Vargas, D-San Diego, tweeted: "My thoughts and prayers are with Rep. Read More »

Hamilton and Bottas race to one-two in Canada

TV replays showed that the fast-starting Verstappen, who later retired with technical gremlins, had nicked the nose of the Ferrari at Turn One, but the stewards took no action. Vettel then overtook Sergio Pérez two lap laters and had the race lasted just another two laps he would have very likely gotten past Ricciardo as well. Read More »

Special Counsel Investigating Donald Trump For Possible Obstruction Of Justice

A major test on that front will be whether the FBI is willing to release memos from former FBI Director James Comey of his conversations with President Donald Trump , now that they have been provided to Mueller. President Trump has so far made no comments on the latest report . Comey also suggested another factor in his termination was his declining to lift what Trump, during private phone conversations, described as the "cloud" of the bureau's Russian Federation probe hanging over his ... Read More »

Backed forces announce 'great battle' to capture Raqqa

USA -backed Syrian militias said they seized a major dam on the Euphrates river from Islamic State on Sunday, their latest gain as they push towards Raqqa city. In May, Kurdish fighters in the SDF wrested the city of Tabqa and a strategic dam there from ISIS. "Once ISIS is defeated in both Mosul and (Raqqa), there will still be a lot of hard fighting ahead ", he said . Read More »

Australian leader disappointed Trump parody became public


This combination of file photos shows, from left to right:. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull lampooned U.S. President Donald Trump in an audio that was leaked to the Australian media on Thursday. Pictures of Mr Turnbull and Mr Trump taken in NY in early May showed the pair looking uncomfortable as they sit in chairs preparing for talks. The prime minister's stab at comedy comes as Turnbull and Trump both suffer from low numbers in public opinion polls in their respective countries. Read More »

Trump Is Being Investigated For Obstruction of Justice, Says Washington Post


According to his Facebook page, Hodgkinson was a fervent supporter of Sanders, the feisty independent who battled Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination a year ago. Jeff Flake (R-Arizona), who was in the dugout, said the gunman had a high-powered rifle. Sanders said he was "sickened" by the attack. After Trump's visit, MedStar said Scalise, a Republican from Louisiana, had suffered injuries to internal organs and fractured bones during the shooting. Read More »

Palestinian mayor in West Bank brushes off his violent past

On the other hand, pushing the militant organization to the brink may very well lead to a new conflict with Israel. The secretary-general of the Red Crescent Society of the United Arab Emirates accused the Gaza-based terrorist organization Hamas on Monday of provoking Israeli forces by firing rockets from a field hospital during Operation Protective Edge in 2014, a war crime under worldwide law, Ynet reported . Read More »

How Warriors took back the crown, and how National Basketball Association rivals can compete

The Thunder surrendered a 3-1 series last season to allow LeBron James and the Cavs to break through for their first National Basketball Association crown. He averaged a triple-double throughout with 33.6 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists - the only player to ever do so. "I'm not in the front office, but I know our front office is going to continue to try to put our ball club, put our franchise in a position where we can compete for a championship year in and year out", said James. Read More »

Court lays bare grim details of Bill Cosby sex allegations

It was unsealed in 2015, just before the statue of limitations to criminally charge Cosby in the case expired. Cosby said it was on her second visit to his home that she rebuffed him. She added that the use of "intoxicants" in sexual assaults seem to exacerbate these issues in victims. "Yes", he answered, though he denied ever doing so without their knowledge and said the sexual encounters were consensual. Read More »

Freed US student 'brutalised' by North Korea captors - father

Warmbier was serving a 15-year prison term with hard labour in North Korea for alleged anti-state acts. A pair hugs and cries outside the plane carrying Otto Warmbier , a 22-year-old University of Virginia undergraduate student who was imprisoned in North Korea in March 2016. Read More »

Warriors release statement on possible White House visit

Kerr also addressed the reports about a team vote not to attend any events at the White House if they are invited, saying no such vote had taken place and it would be evaluated at a later time should they be invited by the Trump Administration. Read More »

Jeff Sessions Denies Discussing Election With Russians In Senate Testimony


Comey; his knowledge of pressure tactics wielded by the president on Comey; and his awareness of any taping system in the White House . But for Texas Sen. "In light of reports regarding Mr. Comey's testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, it is important that I have an opportunity to address these matters in the appropriate forum", Sessions wrote over the weekend. Read More »

What we know about the Congressional baseball victims

Mr Spicer said the president was also briefed by Mr Scalise's medical team, met Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner, who was shot in the ankle during the attack in Alexandria, Virginia, and thanked police who gathered at the hospital. "Members get threats on a regular basis and have trouble determining which are real", House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer told reporters. The violence that struck a ballfield in Alexandria, Va., on Wednesday abruptly plunged what had been a routine start to the ... Read More »

Trump Being Investigated Over Possible Obstruction of Justice


Sen. Sessions , sometimes feisty, frequently forgetful, spent a good deal of time simply refusing to answer questions. The Democrats' suit is the third such suit since Trump assumed the presidency. "The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy and it's unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI ". Attorney General Jeff Sessions rebuked Democratic senators Tuesday by repeatedly crushing their questions surrounding the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation ... Read More »

Chuck Schumer Spoofs Trump Roundtable Meeting


US President Donald Trump has praised himself for what he claimed to be one of the best legislation records compared to nearly all other presidents before him. "It is the greatest privilege of my life to serve as vice president ", Vice President Mike Pence offered, according to a Washington Post account of the event. Read More »

Muslims save several precious lives ahead of the Grenfell Tower fiasco

Prime Minister Theresa May's office said she was "deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life" in the fire. But it was another politician who led the calls for those responsible for the upkeep of the building to face criminal action. "We always take all concerns seriously and these will form part of our forthcoming investigations", it said in a statement. The statement did not address the residents' allegations. Read More »

In tweet, Trump claims 'total and complete vindication' after Comey testimony


The House intelligence committee sent a letter Friday asking White House counsel Don McGahn whether any tape recordings or memos of Mr Comey's conversations with the president exist now or had existed in the past. "I'll tell you about that maybe sometime in the very near future", he said. In his testimony, Comey also said Trump had asked him in January to pledge loyalty to the president, an unusual request that would put in doubt the independence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Read More »

Activists investigating factory linked to Ivanka Trump go missing in China


Hua Haifeng, 36, has been held by police and accused of illegally using "eavesdropping equipment", said Li, who rejected the accusation. An activist investigating working conditions at a supplier for Ivanka Trump's brand in China has been detained, his NGO said Wednesday, putting another spotlight on Chinese business activities linked to the U.S. Read More »

Owen Smith returns to Labour's shadow cabinet


Owen Smith, MP for Pontypridd, was appointed shadow Northern Ireland secretary in an olive-branch move from the Labour leader who has been under pressure to bring his party's moderates back into the fold. Mr Corbyn said: "I look forward to working with the strengthened shadow cabinet as we prepare a government in waiting to carry out our manifesto for the many, not the few". Read More »

Virginia shooter identified as man from Belleville, Illinois


Hodgkinson, who was 66, was fatally shot by police. Authorities confirmed that Capitol Police officers were on scene when the shooting happened and exchanged gunfire with the shooter. According to the Washington Post , the shooter's name is James T. Hodgkinson. The charges were dropped. Hodgkinson had a valid Firearms Owner's ID. Read More »

Suspect in congressional shooting was Bernie Sanders supporter, strongly anti


Hodgkinson also had arrests in his background for a series of minor offences and at least one more serious offence. Records indicate he has not been involved in any legal cases since 2011. Republican lawmakers were practicing for Thursday's annual charity congressional baseball game . "You've got to be kidding me", Orear told The Washington Post . Read More »

Mueller probing whether Trump obstructed justice


Comey said he believed Mueller would look into Trump for obstruction of justice. A spokesman for Trump's lawyer told NBC: "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". Former FBI Director details meetings with Trump. The White House has been inconsistent with its public messaging about the dismissal - initially saying Trump took the recommendations of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about Comey's ... Read More »

Local lawmakers respond to baseball practice shooting

Various sources have identified the now deceased gunman as 66-year-old James Hodgkinson of IL. Earlier Wednesday, Trump called for unity across party lines during a subdued statement from the White House. But Slater said authorities were still working to determine a motive and had "no indication" Hodgkinson knew about the ball practice ahead of time. Scalise was fielding balls at second base when he was shot, according to lawmakers present. Read More »