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Sarah Sanders: We've Got to Get Back to Draining the Swamp

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White House press secretary Sean Spicer's absence from a press briefing triggered wild speculation he was on the outs with President Donald Trump - despite his deputy's announcement he was at Naval Reserve training . Not because they're particular fans of Spicer himself, but because Melissa McCarthy's Saturday Night Live impersonation of the press secretary is the one thing keeping them going in these dark and troubled times. Read More »

Acting FBI Chief: Comey Firing Has No Impact on Russia Probe

Rosenstein drafted the memo that Trump used as a rationale to fire Comey. In an interview with Lester Holt on NBC News Thursday night, the president said: "It was set up a while ago, and frankly, I could have waited, but what difference does it make?" "I can tell you that the majority, the vast majority of Federal Bureau of Investigation employees, enjoyed a deep and positive connection to Director Comey", said McCabe, who called it the "greatest privilege and honor in my professional ... Read More »

Sally Yates Was the Real Blackmailer

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One of Flynn's calls with Kislyak came on December 29, the day Obama levelled sanctions on Russian Federation in retaliation for the election hacking. White House officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, had insisted that Mr Flynn did not discuss US-imposed sanctions with Mr Kislyak during the presidential transition period. Read More »

Video showing bullying of 8-year-old is released

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The email from the homicide detective, which was shared with The Associated Press, describes what he saw in the surveillance video. The school said it released the surveillance video to be "completely transparent" and reminded the public that "no charges resulted" from an investigation into Gabriel's death. Read More »

United Nations climate talks begin in Germany amid uncertainty over USA stance

Trump will "not be making an announcement regarding that agreement until after he returns from the G7", said White House spokesman Sean Spicer Tuesday, referring to a meeting in Sicily that ends May 27. Reuters reported comments by Macron's spokeswoman, Laurence Haim , confirming the 10 minute conversation touched upon terrorism, the economy, and climate change. Read More »

Here's what's in Trump's 'religious liberty' executive order

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The executive order directs the IRS to ease enforcement of the law and promises regulatory relief for religious groups who object to providing contraceptive coverage to employees. A draft of the executive action on Wednesday didn't include language exempting religious organizations from Obama-era regulations requiring protections for gay men, lesbians and others, according to the official, adding anything that's illegal now would still be illegal. Read More »

Ex-Ohio State G Lyle arrested on PI charge

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Per Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office records , Lyle was taken into custody at 2:09 AM this morning, and charged with public intoxication, criminal mischief to a vehicle, and disorderly conduct. UPDATE: JaQuan Lyle is no longer a part of the Ohio State basketball program. On the court, this is a significant loss for Ohio State. Lyle played in 31 games last season, making 23 starts and averaging 29.3 minutes per game. Read More »

Resident heard shots, screaming in Ohio killings

Hartless was found dead with the employees, Marlina Medrano, a nurse, and 48-year-old Cindy Krantz, a nurse's aide. Law enforcement officials gather outside the scene of a shooting outside the Pine Kirk nursing home in Kirkersville, Ohio on Friday, May 12, 2017. Read More »

Comey may get chance to publicly defend himself against Trump

It was a moment in history that he recounted three years later to a captivated congressional audience. But after Mr Comey's dismissal, Politico reported that the president "had grown enraged by the Russian Federation investigation" and was "frustrated by his inability to control the mushrooming narrative around Russia". Read More »

Trump sees 'fast' decision over new Federal Bureau of Investigation director

In Congressional Testimony, Comey disclosed the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election. Trump's administration - embroiled in a deepening crisis over the sacking and its shifting explanation of events - is interviewing the first candidates for the post on Saturday, US media reported . Read More »

Stephen Colbert responds to Trump criticisms with glee: 'I won'

In typical Trumpian fashion, the commander-in-chief also took credit for Colbert's recent ratings bump saying "his show was dying" before the talk show host began "attacking me". "And you were admirably restrained, but now you did it". But now you did it... The Late Show with Stephen Colbert airs weeknights (11:30 p.m.) on CBS. Read More »

Walker to tell Republicans he's 'ready' for run

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Check back for regular updates on the Republican Party of Wisconsin state convention. Scott Walker will tell Republican supporters this weekend that he's "ready" to run for re-election, but will stop short of announcing an official campaign effort. Read More »

Former DNI James Clapper Reveals Comey Was 'Uneasy' About Dinner With Trump

In a statement, Grassley said that Comey had previously briefed him and the panel's top Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and that the lawmakers "heard nothing that contradicted the president's statement". Trump also referred to Mr. Comey as a "showboat" and "a grandstander". If Trump, as he keeps saying, thinks the Russian Federation case is a hoax, and that he can make it vanish by canning Comey, he's wrong. Read More »

Ukraine bans Russian contestant from Eurovision song contest

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Israel's IMRI will open the show and Alma from France will close the 2017 competition. Each country holds their own nationwide song competition to pick a favorite; the winners go to the Eurovision final where the best song is chosen by votes from a panel of judges from each country, and also by telephone voters all over the world. Read More »

Repeal Of Obama-era Methane Emission Limits Narrowly Fails In Senate

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Oil and gas lobbyists have argued the measure forces costly upgrades and monitoring at drilling sites at a time the industry has already addressed the problem of escaping methane, the principal component of natural gas. McCain said in a statement he is concerned that the Interior Department rule may be " onerous ", but said passage of a resolution undoing the rule through the Congressional Review Act would have prevented the federal government from issuing a similar rule in the future. Read More »

Trump says he could name Federal Bureau of Investigation head by next week

However, the former FBI chief's sudden firing has raised suspicions that Trump may have done so as a cover-up for the Russian Federation investigations Comey was actively working on. Check back for more as Trump continues to tweet . Asked by Pirro if Spicer would remain on the job, Mr. Trump said that "he's doing a good job but he gets beat up". Read More »

Justice Department directs federal prosecutors to charge maximum sentences

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The Trump administration called for tougher charges and longer prison time for criminals in a move to return to strict enforcement of federal sentencing rules, according to a memo the U.S. The memo itself cites the need to reserve mandatory minimum sentences for the highest level of drug offenders and the prosecutor's role in doing so given federal case law that requires judges follow mandatory minimums enacted by Congress when criminals are convicted under those statutes. Read More »

Amtrak Engineer Charged By Penn AG Over Fatal 2015 Crash

But Philadelphia Municipal Court President Judge Marsha Neifield ordered the district attorney to charge Bostian at the urging of attorneys representing dozens of the victims . He had become aware, through radio traffic, that a nearby commuter train had been struck by a rock. The automated system notifies an engineer if the train is speeding and applies the brakes automatically if the engineer does not respond. Read More »

Attorney General To Seek 'Most Serious' Charges On Suspects

He notes that the change is policy is in line with the Justice Department's responsibility "to fulfil our role in a way that accords with the law, advances public safety, and promotes respect for our legal system". For years, members of Congress from both parties have been trying to pass the Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders and give judges more sentencing discretion. Read More »

Amber Rudd: One in five NHS England trusts hit by cyber attack

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The assault is part of an attack that has affected organisations in about 100 countries, including the United States, India, China, Russia and Spain, disrupting power and telephone companies. But @MalwareTechBlog warned that the "crisis isn't over" as those behind it "can always change the code and try again". The malware is also known as Wana DecryptOr, WannaCryptor or WCRY and uses a file extension.wcry. Read More »