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Dem loss in Georgia special election underscores challenges

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But for Republicans from the president on down, it was time to celebrate. Handel pushed back forcefully, pointing out that her sister was born without an esophagus - a pre-existing condition. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a political action committee backed by Ryan, spent $7 million on her behalf. The fact that that level of investment failed to pay off with a win against a Republican candidate widely viewed as uninspiring left Democrats frustrated and dispirited heading into the 2018 ... Read More »

Trump denies trying to obstruct Federal Bureau of Investigation probe, willing to respond under oath

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Disappointingly, Republican senators at the hearing for the most part tried to play the part of Trump defense lawyers, challenging or playing down Comey's testimony. Current and former Trump associates including Kushner, onetime campaign manager Paul Manafort, former adviser Carter Page and former national security adviser Michael Flynn are also the focus of the ongoing probes. Read More »

Republicans avoid election upset in Georgia

And Democrats are looking nearly incapable of translating the energy of their core supporters into actual election wins. In Georgia, Republican nominee Karen Handel beat back a challenge from Democratic hopeful Jon Ossoff , 52%-48%, in a suburban district north of Atlanta that was supposed to be ripe for an upset, because it was the kind of college educated, largely upper-income turf where Hillary Clinton had performed well against Trump. Read More »

Flint, Michigan airport evacuated after police officer stabbed

Multiple sources say Neville was at his post at the top of the escalators at Bishop when he was attacked from behind with a larger knife, similar to a Bowie knife. AP reports that witnesses heard the suspect shout "Allahu akbar", Arabic for "God is Great", during the attack. He was initially in critical condition but his condition is improving, and he's now listed in stable condition. Read More »

UK Police Subdue Man At London Mosque Incident

The latest attack raised fears of retaliation against Muslims. Organisers, who arranged the event under the banner of "No To Islamophobia - Unity with Finsbury Park Mosque", say the attack did not take place in a vacuum but occurred in a climate of sensationalist and irresponsible attempts to demonise Muslims by sections of the press, commentators and some politicians. Read More »

Trump meeting with North Korean leader unlikely

North Korea claimed Otto went into a coma from botulism , as reported by USA Today , but doctors in the US said they found no evidence of that being the cause of Otto's condition or death. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco said the office accepted the case of Otto Warmbier, who died Monday in a Cincinnati hospital. Read More »

Michigan airport evacuated after police officer injured

A law enforcement official said the stabbing appears to have been targeted against law enforcement. A witness told MLive that the officer was seen bleeding from the neck. "Right now we are still awaiting more information about the situation at Bishop Airport this morning", Mayor Karen Weaver said in a statement. "The cop was on his hands and knees bleeding from his neck", Brown said. Read More »

Ossoff's loss in Georgia is a gut punch for Democrats

Ossoff's loss and the narrower defeat, also on Tuesday, of Archie Parnell in South Carolina's fifth district, mean Democrats are zero for four in the special elections that have been called since Donald Trump was sworn in in January. "And I'm not sure that that's there yet". She said she has told Democrats to stop focusing on Russia's meddling in the 2016 election . Republican Ralph Norman beat Democrat Archie Parnell by around 3 percentage points in SC, closer than expected and a ... Read More »

May warned to end austerity if she wants DUP support

During a visit to London Monday Varadkar, told a press conference he was "very much reassured by what the prime minister had to say that the agreement, once it is reached, will be published so it will be there for everyone to see". Mr Coveney said he would highlight the particular issues facing Northern Ireland - in regard to the peace process and cross-border movement - when he met the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier in Luxembourg on Tuesday. Read More »

Brexit 'divorce bill' from European Union to be settled ahead of trade talks

LUXEMBOURG/BRUSSELS EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier assured Britons on Tuesday that he expects to compromise at times over the coming months as London and Brussels try to settle terms for British withdrawal from the European Union . "So, we each have to assume our responsibility and the consequences of our decisions". "The consequences are substantial". Mr Davis said the two sides hoped they could reach an agreement of citizens' rights "reasonably fast". Read More »

DUP says deal with Tories 95% complete

But she did say the government is looking forward to a planned state visit by the Spanish royal couple set for July. The failure to bridge differences casts doubt on Mrs May's ability to get her Queen's Speech through parliament , with senior minister Damian Green acknowledging it is possible that no agreement will be reached in time for the crunch Commons vote on the package on 29 June. Read More »

EU's Michel Barnier says 'consequences are substantial' at start of Brexit talks

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However, the British press doesn't share the same opinion and rushed to accuse the Brexit team of surrendering to Brussel's demands from the first day. "The most important thing I think now is for us to think about the new partnership, the deep and special partnership that we want to build with our friends", said Johnson, who campaigned in last year's referendum to leave the EU. Read More »

Iran says it fired missiles targeting Daesh in Syria

Senior Iranian officials tied to its Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, or IRGC, also are seeking confrontation, and have warned that the recent missile strikes in Syria were meant as a message to the United States and Israel . The developments added to already-soaring regional tensions and reflect the intensifying rivalry among the major players in Syria's civil war that could spiral out of control just as the fight against the Islamic State group in its stronghold of Raqqa is gaining ... Read More »

US Supreme Court to hear Wisconsin redistricting case

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Walker said in the end, he believes the the plan will be upheld by the US Supreme Court . Gerrymandering is the practice of one party packing as many voters of the other party into the fewest districts possible. This will be the landmark case that either shuts down Republican cheating or allows Republicans to use DeVos math to win elections. Rather than issue a ruling, however, the high court said it will hear the case on the merits. Read More »

China nursery blast: Eight dead in Jiangsu explosion

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China in the past witnessed knife attacks on kindergarten school children by disgruntled people. Experts cite stress and feelings of inadequacy resulting from a highly demanding and rapidly changing society as contributing factors, along with shortcomings in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses. Read More »

Ex-Obama Homeland Security Chief Johnson to Face Intelligence Panel

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J. Alex Halderman (Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Michigan); Connie Lawson (President-Elect of National Association of Secretaries of State and the Secretary of State of Indiana); and Steve Sandvoss (Executive Director of the Illinois State Board of Elections). Read More »

Simon Coveney urges North's parties to reach deal

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He said: "A lot of the things people are concerned about are devolved to the Northern Ireland Assembly and I don't think the social matters will be central issues. Mr Coveney said a deal was "do-able" but there were differences between the parties that needed to be bridged. Leaders on both sides of the Irish Sea have expressed alarm that Brexit could lead to the restoration of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, with fears that such a move would affect the peace process. Read More »

Qatar row: US shifts tone as Turkish troops arrive in Doha

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The United Arab Emirates is calling for a monitoring system to ensure that Qatar respects any future agreement to end the standoff with its Gulf neighbors. Reminding the Saudi government of its legal obligations, the Interior Ministry said Riyadh must compensate for the damage, punish the forces behind such an "irresponsible" action, and immediately release the detainees, whose families are deeply anxious about their health conditions. Read More »

Most Expensive House Race in US History Comes Down to the Wire

And turnout, never good in America, is even worse in special elections . "There's no question that money in politics is a major problem, which is one of the reasons that we need campaign finance reform so that candidates and campaigns will spend more time talking to voters and discussing the issues and less time raising money", Ossoff said . Read More »

Former Glee star comes out as transgender

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I love you, everyone and see you soon. From there she made her way to the stage of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show, the latter that saw her gain more attention has she sang a Celine Dion cover. In 2013, Zyrus came out as lesbian , later addressing an obvious image change. I would change, like, this look: "Cut my hair and wear boy clothes and everything, but that's all". Read More »

Trump to speak on Comey tapes this week

Spicer said he's made it clear since he was hired that he wanted to do things "better" than previous administrations by giving access to other news outlets that "haven't had it". Meanwhile, press briefings are taking on an increasingly diminished role. America's top intelligence officials have concluded that Russian Federation undoubtedly interfered in America's 2016 presidential campaign. Read More »

May still working on supply deal with DUP

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Miller became a target for severe criticism from pro-Brexit newspapers like the Daily Mail and potential claimants in this new landmark legal case have been told to expect lots of attention from the press. The Queen's Speech lacked the usual level of pomp and pageantry, with the Queen ditching her traditional red velvet Robe of State and crown for a blue day dress and hat, and swapping her horse-drawn carriage for a auto. Read More »

By staying in office, UK´s Theresa May courts disaster

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As election results became clear early Friday morning, May called for a "period of stability" during the country's challenging times. Following David Cameron's Brexit debacle on June 23, 2016, this marks the second time in less than a year that an over-confident, Conservative Party leader has been wrongly convinced of the British electorate's readiness to support his or her political mandate. Read More »

United Nations: Refugee displacement at seven-decade high

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Of the 65.6 million people forcibly displaced globally, 10.3 million became displaced past year, about two-thirds of them (6.9 million) fleeing within their own countries. The Spectator Index estimates that Turkey is home to about 2.7 million, Lebanon to 1.1 million and Jordan to about 657,000 Syrian refugees . The number of new asylum claims remained high at two million. Read More »