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4h Updated On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week
It’s been a busy week in American politics. Here are some of the stories you might have missed.
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Halt prison pepper spray plan, ministers urged4h Halt prison pepper spray plan, ministers urged
Campaign group's analysis suggests the spray is too often used "unsafely and inappropriately".
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Texas Judge Strikes Down Obama’s Affordable Care Act as Unconstitutional4h Updated Texas Judge Strikes Down Obama’s Affordable Care Act as Unconstitutional
The ruling was over a lawsuit filed this year by a group of Republican governors and state attorneys general. A group of intervening states led by Democrats promised to appeal the decision.
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Mueller Rejects Flynn’s Attempt to Portray Himself as Victim of the F.B.I.4h Updated Mueller Rejects Flynn’s Attempt to Portray Himself as Victim of the F.B.I.
Michael T. Flynn, the president’s former national security adviser, had cooperated with the special counsel, but in asking for leniency, he stoked an unfounded theory about potential evidence he did not lie to investigators.
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Trump Names Mick Mulvaney Acting Chief of Staff5h Updated Trump Names Mick Mulvaney Acting Chief of Staff
In Mr. Mulvaney, President Trump chose a hard-line conservative and former congressman with a deep understanding of how Congress works and a personal chemistry with Mr. Trump.
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5h Updated Mattis writes letter of recommendation for Reince Priebus to join the Navy
Defense Secretary James Mattis has written a letter of recommendation for former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to join the Navy as a reserve officer, the Pentagon confirmed Friday.
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The Weekly Standard, Pugnacious to the End, Will Cease Publication6h Updated The Weekly Standard, Pugnacious to the End, Will Cease Publication
The decision to shutter the conservative magazine was contentious, with one of its founders calling the closing a “murder” and “an entirely hostile act.”
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7h Updated WNYC: Ivanka Trump involved in negotiations for Trump Hotel rentals during inauguration
President Donald Trump's inaugural committee spent funds on hotel rooms and meals at the Trump International Hotel in Washington DC and also rented space there at rates negotiated partly by Trump's daughter and adviser Ivanka Trump, WNYC and ProPublica reported Friday.
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7h Updated Trump lawyers seek to pause evidence collection in foreign gifts lawsuit
President Donald Trump's personal lawyers are trying to pause evidence collection in a fight over the constitutionality of the revenue of his Washington hotel, according to a new request to a federal court to stay the case.
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7h Updated Mueller continues to be interested in interviewing Trump
Special counsel Robert Mueller's team continues to be interested in interviewing the President Donald Trump, two sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.
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Jon Kyl to Leave Arizona Senate Seat, Setting Up Tussle Over His Replacement8h Updated Jon Kyl to Leave Arizona Senate Seat, Setting Up Tussle Over His Replacement
Mr. Kyl, appointed after the death of John McCain, will depart on Dec. 31. Gov. Doug Ducey and Republicans in Washington may differ over who should be named to replace him.
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North Carolina Republican Says He Chose to Hire Controversial Operative8h North Carolina Republican Says He Chose to Hire Controversial Operative
Mark Harris, the Republican candidate in the Ninth Congressional District, denied wrongdoing and said he hired L. McCrae Dowless Jr. because of his work on a past campaign.
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For Kushner, Criminal Justice Has Been a Personal Issue and a Rare Victory8h For Kushner, Criminal Justice Has Been a Personal Issue and a Rare Victory
Jared Kushner played a major role in moving forward a bipartisan policy that has thwarted lawmakers for years.
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Fred Greenstein, Scholar Who Saw Six Ways to Read Presidents, Dies at 888h Fred Greenstein, Scholar Who Saw Six Ways to Read Presidents, Dies at 88
He devised a check list to evaluate performance in the Oval Office, emotional intelligence being No. 1. And as a scholar of Eisenhower, he liked Ike.
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8h Army Charges Special Forces Soldier in 2010 Killing of Afghan
The murder charge against Maj. Mathew L. Golsteyn came after he twice admitted to the shooting that took place during the battle for the city of Marja.
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Trump’s Push for Trade Win Could Undermine Sanctions Enforcement9h Trump’s Push for Trade Win Could Undermine Sanctions Enforcement
President Trump’s suggestion that he could intervene in the arrest of a Huawei executive could put his sanctions enforcement strategy at risk.
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9h Potential largest offshore wind farm in the world auctioned off for record price
The rights to establish wind farms off the Massachusetts coast sold for a record-setting $405 million total on Friday, according to federal officials.
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9h Iowa students drop union push amid challenge, fearing rollback of Obama-era wins
Students at the Iowa's Grinnell College pulled back Friday from a campaign to expand their two-year-old union over concerns that a Republican-dominated board in Washington could use it to strip all or most student workers of the right to bargain collectively.
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10h Michigan gov signs controversial minimum wage, paid sick leave laws
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed two controversial measures into law Friday that critics say go against the will of voters by watering down changes to the state's minimum wage and medical leave rules after Republicans removed more aggressive proposals from the November ballot.
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11h VA secretary gave inaccurate answers on pro-Confederate ties during confirmation process
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie gave inaccurate answers to senators during his confirmation process about pro-Confederate speeches he delivered in 2009.
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Trump Kicks Away Obama Traditions Even at the Dinner Table11h Updated Trump Kicks Away Obama Traditions Even at the Dinner Table
Gone are the days of local chefs parading through the East Wing, running cooking demonstrations on the South Lawn or making agnolotti for a state dinner.
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12h Updated 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in Border Patrol custody is identified
Her name was Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, and she had traveled with her father from a rural indigenous community in Guatemala's Alta Verapaz region.
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12h Immigration Arrests and Deportations Are Rising, I.C.E. Data Show
The increase is the result of a Trump administration immigration crackdown reversing a policy that prioritized foreigners with criminal records or who posed security threats.
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12h Updated Justice Department says Russia investigation has cost roughly $25 million since May 2017
The cost of the Justice Department's ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election is now roughly $25 million, according to a new report filed Friday by the special counsel's office.
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Chris Christie Drops Out of Consideration for White House Chief of Staff12h Updated Chris Christie Drops Out of Consideration for White House Chief of Staff
The former governor of New Jersey said he was not offered the job but had met with President Trump and had a good discussion.
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12h Updated Mystery Mueller mayhem at a Washington court
Fridays at the DC federal courthouse are typically days of high alert for the press corps trying to discern what special counsel Robert Mueller's next legal action will be.
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Elizabeth Warren, Speaking to Black Graduates, Warns ‘The Rules Are Rigged’12h Updated Elizabeth Warren, Speaking to Black Graduates, Warns ‘The Rules Are Rigged’
The government “has systematically discriminated against black people in this country,” the senator and likely presidential hopeful warned.
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12h Updated Christie takes himself out of running for White House chief of staff
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came to the White House to meet with President Donald Trump Thursday to discuss the chief of staff role, but two sources familiar with the discussion said no offer was made.
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12h Elizabeth Warren takes on race issue in commencement speech
Sen. Elizabeth Warren addressed her own race to a graduating class of students at a historically black university on Friday.
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Brexit: More assurances for MPs possible says May13h Updated Brexit: More assurances for MPs possible says May
Theresa May is seeking "further clarification" to satisfy MPs after "robust" exchange with EU chief.
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13h Updated Michael Cohen says Donald Trump knew hush payments were wrong
President Donald Trump's former attorney and "fixer" Michael Cohen admitted that he knew what he was "doing was wrong" when he arranged payments during the 2016 election to silence women who claimed to have had affairs with Trump and that Trump was "very concerned" about how revelations of the affairs may impact the election.
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White House Says ‘Horrific, Tragic’ Death of Migrant Girl Is Not Its Responsibility13h Updated White House Says ‘Horrific, Tragic’ Death of Migrant Girl Is Not Its Responsibility
A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died from dehydration while in Border Patrol custody in what Trump administration critics called a casualty of hard-line immigration policy.
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14h ‘It’s Time to Change the Rules,’ Warren Tells Graduates in Speech on Racism
Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts and a possible contender for the 2020 presidential race, spoke to graduates of Morgan State University, a historically black college in Baltimore, about racial discrimination and wealth inequality.
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14h Updated Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl to resign at end of this year, leaving Gov. Ducey to make another appointment
Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl will step down from the US Senate at the end of this year, a few months after being appointed to fill the late Sen. John McCain's seat.
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15h gender letter: Sisterhood in the Halls of Congress, and You’re Invited
The Democratic newcomers have a message for you: We’re cool, we’re transparent and we’ve got each others’ backs.
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Who’s in the Middle of a Spat Between the U.S. and China? Canada15h Updated Who’s in the Middle of a Spat Between the U.S. and China? Canada
Canada is in a tricky spot, boxed in the middle between its two largest trading partners, and worried about having to choose sides.
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15h Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks at naturalization ceremony on the anniversary of Bill of Rights signing
Standing before 31 men and women from 26 different countries, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg recalled her own family's history of making their way to the United States.
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Cohen Says ‘Of Course’ Trump Knew Hush Payments to Women Were Wrong16h Updated Cohen Says ‘Of Course’ Trump Knew Hush Payments to Women Were Wrong
In his first public comments since he was sentenced to three years in prison, President Trump’s former personal lawyer said he was “done being loyal to President Trump.”
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New Brexit referendum logical, says Tony Blair16h Updated New Brexit referendum logical, says Tony Blair
MPs may end up backing a new referendum "if none of the other options work", the former PM says.
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16h CNN and The Des Moines Register to release first 2020 Iowa caucus poll Saturday
With the midterm elections over and attention turned to the next election cycle, CNN and The Des Moines Register will release their first polling Saturday on Iowa's 2020 presidential caucuses.
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Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations16h Updated Trump Inaugural Fund and Super PAC Said to Be Scrutinized for Illegal Foreign Donations
Federal prosecutors in New York and Washington are examining whether people from several Middle Eastern countries used straw donors to obscure donations to the funds.
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17h Updated 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in Border Patrol custody
A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died last week, hours after she was taken into Border Patrol custody, the Department of Homeland Security said.
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Trump Improvises New Defense in Hush Money Payments17h Updated Trump Improvises New Defense in Hush Money Payments
The president again dismissed the campaign violations that his former lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, is accused of committing at his behest and said they were civil violations at best.
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18h Updated Trump offers new alternative facts to explain his problems, but ...
President Donald Trump sought the open arms of Twitter and Fox News to creatively explain away inconvenient facts about his legal peril and his promised border wall before GOP senators dragged him back to reality with a rebuke from his own party for ignoring a cold-blooded murder OK'd by a foreign colleague.
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By George! Busy Osborne takes on his ninth job18h By George! Busy Osborne takes on his ninth job
George Osborne has joined his brother's Silicon Valley venture capital firm, in a move believed to be his ninth job since leaving government.
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Anneli Roberts, aka Pigletish, on mental health help19h Anneli Roberts, aka Pigletish, on mental health help
Anneli Roberts started to write about her mental health journey two years ago when she was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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Brexit: No visa but Britons will pay €7 to travel to EU countries19h Updated Brexit: No visa but Britons will pay €7 to travel to EU countries
Britons will not need a visa but will have to apply for a travel document, which lasts for three years.
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19h Updated Trump inaugural committee under criminal investigation, source says
President Donald Trump's 2017 inaugural committee is currently being investigated by federal prosecutors in New York for possible financial abuses related to the more than $100 million in donations raised for the event, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
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19h Updated CNN Poll: Fewer support impeaching Trump
With Democrats set to take control of the House in January, speculation abounds about whether the new majority would impeach the President.
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May: Still work to do on Brexit deal19h May: Still work to do on Brexit deal
PM says "further clarification" to reassure MPs is possible after EU leaders rule out renegotiation.
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Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal20h Updated Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal
The PM says her Brexit deal is "at risk", as her performance at an EU summit is called "bad" by diplomats.
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May and Juncker share quiet Brexit word at EU summit21h May and Juncker share quiet Brexit word at EU summit
Theresa May shares a quiet word with Jean-Claude Juncker at the start of Friday's Brussels summit.
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How could another Brexit referendum work?22h How could another Brexit referendum work?
Tony Blair has renewed his call for another referendum, but is there enough time?
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The Paris Accord Promised a Climate Solution. Here’s Where We Are Now.23h The Paris Accord Promised a Climate Solution. Here’s Where We Are Now.
The world is not on track to meet its goals under the Paris climate agreement, even as warnings grow more dire. How did we get to this point?
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Revealed: How much it will cost to travel to the EU after Brexit26h Revealed: How much it will cost to travel to the EU after Brexit
Millions of Britons travelling to the EU will have to pay €7 (£3.60) for visa-free travel from 2021, a Brussels chief has told Sky News.
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27h Updated The Point: Why the National Enquirer cooperation deal is a VERY big problem for Donald Trump
On Wednesday, while the political world was focused on the news that former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen had been sentenced to three years in prison for a variety of crimes, something else of potentially huge import got somewhat glossed over: American Media Inc., the parent company of the National Enquirer, admitted it had helped facilitate a hush payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and agreed to cooperate with the ongoing investigation being run by the Southern District of New York.
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28h On Politics: Senate Votes to Withdraw U.S. Support for Saudi Arabia’s War in Yemen
The Senate voted against American military support to Saudi Arabia after the kingdom’s crown prince was accused of ordering the murder of a dissident journalist.
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