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Theresa May Nears a Deal With Right-Wing Democratic Unionists

Talks between Theresa May's Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party, DUP , over a minority government deal were "constructive" and "going well", the DUP leader said Tuesday. May is under pressure to take on a more cross-party approach to the negotiations surrounding Brexit . Like Sinn Fein , which was pro-Remain, it wants special status for Northern Ireland . Read More »

More Trust Comey Than Trump — Politico Poll

Mueller, the former FBI director, was put in charge of the investigation after Trump fired Comey and public pressure mounted for a special counsel to take over. After broadcasting the assurances he had received from Comey in a firing letter , on May 9, Trump claimed "total and complete vindication" following Comey's testimony . Read More »

White House Says Trump Has 'No Intention' To Fire Special Counsel

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Well, it requires having the appropriate resources, which I believe we do have and always have had to conduct the investigation and making good decisions about how to go about conducting the investigation. In his interview, Ruddy said Trump had interviewed Mueller for the position of Federal Bureau of Investigation director several days before Rosenstein appointed him special counsel. Read More »

London mayor demands cancellation of Trump's planned visit to UK

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan on Tuesday said he doesn't care about President Trump's tweets criticizing his comments in the wake of the London attack that left at least seven dead. Almost two million people signed an online petition seeking to stop Trump making a state visit after he was invited during Prime Minister Theresa May's trip to the USA in January. Read More »

Wife of congressional baseball shooting suspect tells of disbelief

Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-South Carolina, said he encountered a man in the parking lot near the field, later identified as the gunman, who "asked me if the team practicing was a Democrat or Republican team". The shooter had published a derogatory cartoon about Mr. Scalise on his Facebook page . Court records show that his legal trouble started in the 1990s with arrests for resisting police and drunken driving. Read More »

Congressional Baseball Game carries on, one day after shooting

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Authorities identified the gunman as James Hodgkinson , a 66-year-old home inspector from the St Louis suburb of Belleville, Illinois. James Hodgkinson , the man suspected of opening fire on congressmen and staffers at a GOP baseball practice Wednesday morning, was a fierce opponent of President Donald Trump , according to initial accounts and a review of his social media. Read More »

Adams tells Theresa May she's in breach of the Good Friday Agreement

The Conservatives are considering an arrangement in which the Northern Ireland party backs May on the budget and her confidence motions and the DUP stands to make huge gains from the deal. "We are starting", Barnier said on Twitter . If the parties still can not agree a deal by June 29, then the Northern Irish assembly's powers returned to the United Kingdom government . Read More »

Special counsel reviewing whether Pres. Trump obstructed justice

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency head Mike Rogers have agreed to interviews with Mueller and his team. The Senate Intel Committee leaders met with Mueller a day after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein answered questions about Mueller's independence during the Appropriations Sub-committee hearing, and a report that President Donald Trump was considering firing the Special Counsel . Read More »

Pres. Trump: Obstruction of Justice Probe "Phony Story"

Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation. He also was a top supporter of Trump during the campaign. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Adm. " The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal ", a spokesman for Trump's legal team, Mark Corallo, said. Read More »

Health care reform is looming!

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A couple Republican senators have told reporters it's part of the debate on Trump/Ryancare. At issue are the numerous taxes that ObamaCare created to help pay for the 2010 health law. The danger to it is giving House and Senate members the chance to add riders or amendments or whatever else to lessen the bill's effectiveness. The president's admission that the House measure is " mean " should not be taken seriously as an actual statement of values, because Trump himself has ... Read More »

Vladimir Putin mocks James Comey by offering asylum in Russian Federation

At a congressional hearing this month, Comey said Trump asked him to drop an investigation into contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials, while the USA president has accused Comey of not telling the truth. Putin said the global conjuncture and low prices in traditional goods, oil and gas, chemicals had a "bigger" effect on the Russian economy than the sanctions. Read More »

Trump has no intention to fire Mueller

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She spoke to reporters as Trump returned to Washington from an event in Wisconsin. Rosenstein, who has the sole ability to fire Mueller given that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from matters relating to the investigation, told the panel he had seen no evidence of good cause for letting Mueller go and that he would not follow any theoretical order to fire him absent such evidence. Read More »

Gunman in Virginia park shooting identified as IL man

The 66-year-old IL man who opened fire early Wednesday on members of Congress practicing for a charity baseball game, raged against President Trump and once singled out House Majority Whip Steve Scalise , who was wounded in the attack. Clair County. But court records show Hodgkinson had run-ins with the law. Lyndon P. Evanko, Hodgkinson's former attorney, did not remember the circumstances of the charge but told CBS News that Hodgkinson never did anything violent. Read More »

David Bowie's favourite London studio lands heritage plaque

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David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust album sounded unlike any album before it and precious few ever since. Singer/songwriter Billy Bragg and Bowie's lifelong friend, painter George Underwood, unveiled the historic badge on the side of Trident Studios in St Anne's Court, Soho, where the late music icon recorded Hunky Dory and The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust, on Thursday (15May17). Read More »

CNN files lawsuit seeking Comey's Trump memos

In the letter, Grassley also stressed that the committee is obligated to look into the Justice Department's handling of the probe surrounding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private e-mail use a year ago, citing Comey's testimony last week that he was concerned the department "could not credibly complete the investigation and decline prosecution without grievous damage to the American people's confidence in the justice system". Read More »

Trump expresses more frustration over Russian Federation investigation

The Post cited five people familiar with the situation. Trump asked Comey to end the agency's investigation of Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser, and also to make some sort of public statement that he was not personally under investigation in order to clear "the cloud" hanging over his presidency, according Comey's testimony. Read More »

Growth worries push stocks lower, Fed hike lifts dollar

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Spot gold hit a session low of $1,256.65 on Wednesday, its weakest since May 26 after the US Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the second time in three months. GREECE DEBT: Attention in Europe will also turn to talks to get Greece the next batch of its rescue loans in time for it to avoid default in July. The main obstacle to an agreement is a difference of opinion between the eurozone and the International Monetary Fund over Greece's long-term debt outlook. Read More »

Scalise's condition after shooting 'more difficult' than thought

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The congressional game, which dates to 1909 and is a summertime tradition on Capitol Hill , is a rare example of bipartisanship in an increasingly polarized Washington. "We need to have free speech , we need to have spirited discussions, we need to not make it personal or demonize people". It's got to stop . Trump sat by Scalise's bedside during the half-hour visit, which Press Secretary Sean Spicer called "emotional". Read More »

US moves to reassure Qatar with arms sale, joint exercise

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It's still business as usual for Qatar as Washington signed a preliminary agreement to sell it $12 billion in Boeing (BA) F-15 fighters Wednesday despite President Trump accusing Doha of funding terrorist groups. Qatar is home to the biggest USA air base in the Middle East, Al-Udeid. There is no indication as to whether this was a long-planned operation, or if the warships' presence is a sign of support from the Pentagon. Read More »

Virginia Shooter's Neighbors: "He Would Treat You Really Jerky"

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The FBI says Hodgkinson left his IL home months ago, and he was living out of a van in Alexandria, where he frequented the YMCA, and even engaged in conversations with the former mayor. When asked further about their living situation, she said it was a personal matter. Capitol police guarding the House majority whip then fatally shot Hodgkinson. Read More »

GOP baseball practice shooter James T. Hodgkinson has died

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More than a dozen GOP lawmakers were there with staff. Watson said he learned of Hodgkinson's connection to the Virginia shooting shortly after 9:30 a.m., when he arrived at the department for a meeting. Mika's family said the lobbyist was shot multiple times and was in critical condition following surgery. His neighbor wasn't a stranger to local law enforcement though. Read More »

Japan thanks U.S. for strong policy against North Korea

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On Friday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously approved adding 14 North Korean individuals and four North Korean companies or organizations to its blacklist over the country's weapons program. The US military said last Tuesday that it "successfully intercepted an intercontinental ballistic missile target" in a test conducted amid concerns over the North's weapons program. Read More »

Gerry Adams says Tory-DUP deal in breach of Good Friday Agreement

It's hard to think what Theresa May imagined she would achieve with her snap invitations to Downing Street but then this is prime minister who is becoming increasingly renowned for her poor judgment. "We will oppose any deal which undermines the Good Friday agreement", Sinn Fein's president, Gerry Adams , told reporters outside May's Downing Street residence. Read More »

Mass Food Poisoning Outbreak at Iraqi Camp Kills Two

She wouldn't speculate whether the poisoning might have been intentional. Iraqi forces, consisting of the Iraqi federal police and the elite Rapid Response Division, advance in the old city in western Mosul on 17 March 2017 during the ongoing offensive to retake the city from Islamic State group fighters. Read More »