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House Dems pressure WH on Kushner, Flynn security clearances

Cummings' letter criticized the White House for allowing fired national security adviser Michael Flynn to keep a security clearance despite concerns raised by then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates that he could be vulnerable to blackmail based on intelligence assessments that she reviewed; the letter raised "parallel concerns" about Kushner's security clearance over previously undisclosed calls to Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak and undisclosed meetings ... Read More »

Bodies found on 'ripped' USA destroyer

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The Navy said the dead United States crew were found by the divers. USA 7th Fleet commander Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin commended the courage and dedication of the "Navy family", referring to the incident as a "tough day". The captain, Commander Bryce Benson, suffered a head injury and was airlifted to shore, and Mr Aucoin said he is lucky to have survived. "Japanese investigators have questioned the crew of the ACX Crystal about the collision, and they say they'll be cooperating ... Read More »

Coalition of chaos? Uneasy PM May faces new Parliament

Others include a Civil Liability Bill , created to mitigate the "compensation culture" around motoring insurance claims, a bill focusing on domestic violence and abuse, and a bill preventing landlords from charging letting fees. Of 24 total pieces of law, eight major bills have been proposed to deal with Brexit . Corbyn also called for clarity on whether US President Donald Trump would visit Britain after the state visit was left out of the Queen's Speech . Read More »

Trump celebrates Georgia special election win in douchiest way

Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential election, a moderate faction of Democrats is calling for a widening of the party and a move toward the center. Ossoff told his supporters: 'The fight goes on'. As one Vox reporter put it , Handel's opponents anxious over her "record of cutting off Planned Parenthood funding while running Planned Parenthood and congressional Republicans' secret health care bill". Read More »

British, Irish PMs say both countries can build deeper ties

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Foster, whose party has been locked in talks with the U.K. Conservatives since Theresa May lost her majority in parliament in last week's election, said she hoped Brexit would benefit the Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom, Reuters reported . Read More »

Hamas: ISIS didn't kill female Israeli soldier

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Two Palestinians opened fire at and tried to stab a group of Israeli police officers , and simultaneously another Palestinian stabbed to death a border policewoman. It also mentioned that the two young Palestinians had been jailed in Israeli prisons before. He said it was a move to "confuse the media and distort the reputation of the Palestinian resistance". Read More »

Kushner Exploring Changes to His Legal Team

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The legal team, like the president, has come out ready to hit hard, even if not always quite accurately. According to the Post , Mueller plans to interview both officials soon, and also plans to question Richard Ledgett, who until recently held the No. Read More »

José Mourinho accused of £2.9m tax fraud

There has been no interest from any club in Real Madrid's star player Cristiano Ronaldo , who has threatened to leave Spain after running into problems with tax authorities, according to club president Florentino Perez . However, speaking in a recent interview with Onda Cero , club president Florentino Perez defended the Portuguese and this has pleased the 4-time Ballon d'Or victor, who is now understood to be willing to extend his stay in the Spanish capital. Read More »

Cyberattacks to get worse, ex-Homeland boss says

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FBI Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Bill Priestap testified Wednesday before the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russians also pushed false news reports and propaganda online, using amplifiers to spread their message. Jeannette Manfra, a cybersecurity official at the Department of Homeland Security, said the decentralized nature of USA elections means that an attempt to penetrate state systems and change results would be "virtually impossible" to accomplish without being detected. Read More »

Brexit: British Prime Minister Promises To Listen Closely

This Queen's speech is supposed to herald a parliament lasting two years , so there was speculation today that no date for Trump's visit has been scheduled for the near future. Many politicians and activists who opponse his policies have called for his official visit to be canceled . Forced to drop controversial policies that she won't be able to pass through Parliament, Mrs May has also had to significantly water down the central plank of her manifesto - social care reform. Read More »

Trump tweets taking place of White House press briefings

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But Mr Spicer has insisted on the conservative " The Laura Ingraham Show " that he isn't holding "fewer briefings", and the "reality is that we follow the same practice as past administrations". "But we're always looking for ways to do a better job of articulating the president's message and his agenda, and we'll continue to have those discussions internally". Read More »

VP Pence to host Ukraine's Poroshenko, Trump meeting unclear

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The president says it was a "great honor" to meet Poroshenko, and "a lot of progress has been made" in the relationship with Ukraine. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) says the new penalties are created to "maintain pressure on Russian Federation to work toward a diplomatic solution". Read More »

Varadkar to meet British PM as Brexit talks begin in Brussels

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The DUP has been urging May's government to give "greater focus" to the negotiations and that the DUP "can't be taken for granted". Talks between the two parties, who are largely aligned on domestic issues and Brexit, have dragged on for almost two weeks, fuelling deep political uncertainty as Britain begins talks on leaving the European Union. Read More »

In Scaled-Down Speech, Queen Elizabeth Promises 'Humility' in Negotiating 'Brexit'

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Signaling the importance of Brexit negotiations with the European Union, which will last until the spring of 2019, the queen will set out the government's program for two years, rather than one. Steve Treloar, LV's general insurance managing director, said: "The original proposals from government on tackling whiplash didn't go as far as we felt was necessary so we're pleased that they are now committing to making the changes that we've always been asking for". Read More »

Bat-Signal to light LA City Hall tonight

Addressing the crowd as the "citizens of Gotham", Mayor Garcetti said, "There will never be a Batman like Adam West - and there will never be another Adam West ". In remembrance of his portrayal of the Caped Crusader, for which he has been dubbed the Bright Knight, the Mayor and Chief of police will light the Bat-Signal which will then be projected onto City Hall's tower. Read More »

Girl owns 'How Far I Go' performance at preschool performance

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Neshin says Sophia has an agent and this little singing and dancing machine also models and acts. ( Inside Edition ) - A young girl in Florida showed the audience just how far she'd go when she stole the show at her preschool graduation. Unlike the other kids, who mostly stand still on stage, she throws her arms and stomps her feet along with the melody. What's Sophia's favorite part of her viral video fame? The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of Walt Disney Studios and this ... Read More »

Company sells 'shocked' Trump one-piece swimsuit for women

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The suit is on sale for $49.95 and can not be returned or exchanged. 'God Bless America!' A woman named Jenna was presumably being sarcastic when she commented: 'Makes My Body Great Again!' The presidential swimwear features an extreme close-up of Donald Trump with a shocked look on his face. Read More »

Queen Elizabeth announces laws to aid Brexit

While his predecessor Barack Obama said Britain would be "at the back of the queue" if it voted to leave the European Union , Trump initially promised a quick deal with the United Kingdom before appearing to prioritize an agreement with the bloc it is leaving. Read More »

College closes due to threats made after professor's posts

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Professor Williams, who teaches about race and racism, shared the article on his personal Twitter account using that hashtag; he also shared it on his personal Facebook page. The full letter from Klarides and Logan to Trinity College is below. I understand the concerns many have expressed, and I'm especially grateful for the inquiries we've received from members of our community who've asked whether what they're reading and hearing is accurate. Read More »

Iran's Khamenei ordered missile strikes on IS group targets in Syria: Guards

Lavrov said that the hotline has been efficient in the past, noting that "it's quite crowded both on the ground and in the air". On Sunday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said that all efforts made by the United States to change the Iranian government have ended up in failure over the past decades. Read More »

Republican convicted of assaulting reporter to join House

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Democrats from his home state sent the Republican, who pleaded guilty to body-slamming Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs earlier this month, an orange jumpsuit as he was sworn into office Wednesday. Instead of answering, Jacobs claimed Gianforte fought him and broke his glasses. Jacobs captured audio of the encounter. A Fox News reporter corroborated the account, saying she'd "watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the man, as he moved on top the reporter and began yelling ... Read More »

China tried but failed on N. Korea

Three other Americans are now being held captive, and according to the Associated Press , the arrest of one of them, teacher Tony Kim, caused Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to explore the potential of a travel ban in March. "It's a total disgrace what happened to Otto", Trump told reporters in the White House, where he was meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Proshenko. Read More »