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22m Congress Is Writing Lots of Opioid Bills. But Which Ones Will Actually Help?
Despite some good ideas, addiction researchers say, the legislative effort falls short of the coordinated response the epidemic demands.
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Feature: How One Conservative Think Tank Is Stocking Trump’s Government22m Feature: How One Conservative Think Tank Is Stocking Trump’s Government
By placing its people throughout the administration, the Heritage Foundation has succeeded in furthering its right-wing agenda.
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1h 30m Updated US leaving UN Human Rights Council -- "a cesspool of political bias."
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the United States is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council Tuesday, accusing the body of bias against US ally Israel and a failure to hold human rights abusers accountable.
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Commons set for Brexit vote showdown2h Updated Commons set for Brexit vote showdown
MPs will vote on how much of a say Parliament should get if there is no Brexit deal.
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2h Updated Trump loses top operations official
Joe Hagin, the White House official who orchestrated logistics for the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will depart the administration next month, according to officials.
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Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration4h Updated Microsoft Employees Protest Work With ICE, as Tech Industry Mobilizes Over Immigration
Microsoft workers objected to the company’s work with immigration authorities, part of a wave of outrage over the Trump administration’s immigration policy.
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5h Updated Most vulnerable Republicans in 2018 taking heat over family separation
While President Donald Trump doubles down on the incendiary immigration rhetoric that excited his base in 2016, the most vulnerable Republicans in 2018 find themselves under renewed attack from Democrats over the administration's "zero tolerance" policy at the border.
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Kirstjen Nielsen Was a Target of Trump’s Immigration Ire. Now She’s His Protector.5h Updated Kirstjen Nielsen Was a Target of Trump’s Immigration Ire. Now She’s His Protector.
The homeland security secretary has become a top advocate for President Trump’s family separation policy as illegal border crossings continue to surge.
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G.O.P. Moves to End Trump’s Family Separation Policy, but Can’t Agree How5h Updated G.O.P. Moves to End Trump’s Family Separation Policy, but Can’t Agree How
But President Trump rejected one proposal, by Senator Ted Cruz, to end the separations by increasing personnel in immigration courts, suggesting that many of those judges could be corrupt.
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GCHQ director urges co-operation after Brexit6h GCHQ director urges co-operation after Brexit
Jeremy Fleming says the agency has helped foil at least four European terror plots in the past year.
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Culture secretary says schools should ban mobiles7h Culture secretary says schools should ban mobiles
Children should be banned from using their mobile phones at school, the culture secretary has said.
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Trump Is Said to Intend to Campaign for South Carolina Governor in G.O.P. Runoff7h Updated Trump Is Said to Intend to Campaign for South Carolina Governor in G.O.P. Runoff
The decision is a gamble that President Trump can lift Gov. Henry McMaster, one of Mr. Trump’s earliest supporters, to the Republican nomination at the last minute.
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7h Updated Ivanka encouraged him to act to stop separations, Trump tells lawmakers
Though she has remained publicly silent, Ivanka Trump has spoken to her father about the images of families being separated on the US-Mexico border, President Donald Trump told Republican lawmakers Tuesday evening.
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Washington’s Mayor Eyes a Second Term, With a New Supporter in Tow7h Updated Washington’s Mayor Eyes a Second Term, With a New Supporter in Tow
The adoption of a newborn adds Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, who won the Democratic primary, to the thin ranks of officials whose families reflect a living arrangement seen in millions of households nationwide.
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8h Fact Check of the Day: Explaining Trump’s Claim About Canadians Smuggling Shoes Because of ‘Massive’ Tariffs
President Trump said on Tuesday that Canadians were smuggling shoes across the border “because the tariffs are so massive.” But under Nafta, Canada does not charge a tariff on American shoe imports.
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8h Updated Congressional Hispanic Caucus members shout at Trump outside Capitol Hill meeting
In a dramatic scene on Capitol Hill, five Democratic members of Congress protested directly in front of President Donald Trump as he departed a Republican meeting Tuesday.
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Republicans Move to Defuse Family Separation Crisis Through Legislation8h Updated Republicans Move to Defuse Family Separation Crisis Through Legislation
But President Trump rejected one proposal, by Senator Ted Cruz, to end the separations by increasing personnel in immigration courts, suggesting that many of those judges could be corrupt.
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8h Updated Michael Cohen is hiring an experienced criminal lawyer in New York
President Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen is hiring Guy Petrillo, a former chief of the criminal division of the US attorney's office in Manhattan and an experienced trial lawyer, a source familiar confirmed.
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Bush Veteran Joseph Hagin to Leave Trump White House Post9h Updated Bush Veteran Joseph Hagin to Leave Trump White House Post
Mr. Hagin, who was a deputy chief of staff to President George W. Bush and served in the same role for President Trump, will step down on July 6.
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Trump Administration Withdraws U.S. From U.N. Human Rights Council9h Updated Trump Administration Withdraws U.S. From U.N. Human Rights Council
The United States joins Iran, North Korea and Eritrea as the only countries that refuse to participate in the world’s most important human rights body.
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Governors Refuse to Send National Guard to Border, Citing Child Separation Practice9h Governors Refuse to Send National Guard to Border, Citing Child Separation Practice
The debate over the issue has seeped into state-level politics, as a growing number of governors declared that they will not deploy troops given ‘cruel’ rule.
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9h Updated Trump huddling with Republicans during crucial week on immigration
President Donald Trump will meet with Republicans Tuesday on Capitol Hill at a pivotal moment -- both for his presidency and his party -- as the GOP-controlled House of Representatives prepares to hold major votes on two very different immigration bills this week.
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9h Will Republicans find their courage to stand up to Trump?
Over the past 48 hours, a who's who of Republican congressional leaders -- and governors -- have come forward to protest the Trump administration's policy of family separation at the border.
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9h Updated New Trump Rule Rolls Back Protections of the Affordable Care Act
The Trump administration issued a final rule making it easier for small businesses to band together and offer insurance that is exempt from many requirements of the 2010 health law.
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Investigators Questioned Giuliani as Part of Leak Inquiry, He Says10h Investigators Questioned Giuliani as Part of Leak Inquiry, He Says
The president’s lawyer was interviewed as part of an inspector general investigation into leaks to the news media by the F.B.I. during the 2016 campaign.
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Fact-Checking the Trump Administration’s Case for Child Separation at the Border10h Fact-Checking the Trump Administration’s Case for Child Separation at the Border
The president, the attorney general and the secretary of homeland security have used lots of figures and interpretations of recent history to explain recent policy changes. Not all of it has been accurate.
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10h How Kirstjen Nielsen Became the Face of Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy
The secretary of homeland security is under increased scrutiny for the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal border crossings and the decision to separate children from their parents. Here’s how she arrived at this moment.
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10h Sens. McCain and Coons call on Pompeo to withdraw immigration nominee
A bipartisan pair of senators penned a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urging him to withdraw the Trump administration's nominee to a high-profile role over concerns that he has "spread misinformation" about immigrants and displayed a "lack of empathy" towards refugees.
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11h Updated Trump to huddle with Republicans during crucial week on immigration
President Donald Trump will meet with Republicans Tuesday on Capitol Hill at a pivotal moment -- both for his presidency and his party -- as the GOP-controlled House of Representatives prepares to hold major votes on two very different immigration bills this week.
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11h Updated White House deputy chief of staff to leave
Joe Hagin, the White House official who orchestrated logistics for the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will depart the administration next month, according to officials.
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F.B.I. Agents Gave Trump a Weapon Against Mueller. Republicans Are Wielding It.11h F.B.I. Agents Gave Trump a Weapon Against Mueller. Republicans Are Wielding It.
In the second day of hearings over a damaging Justice Department report, Republicans cast the F.B.I. as part of an out-of-touch bureaucracy biased against President Trump.
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Newsbook: Read These 3 Books on the Toll of Migration on Children11h Updated Newsbook: Read These 3 Books on the Toll of Migration on Children
A treatise on immigration, an undocumented immigrant torn away from her son and a teenager’s treacherous journey to reunite with his mother.
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11h Updated Democratic senator calls for DHS secretary resignation amid family separations at the border
Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono on Tuesday called for the resignation of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, accusing her of lying for President Donald Trump over US immigration policies.
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12h Updated Trump officials roll out new rule for small business health insurance plans
The Trump administration is taking the final step Tuesday in its plan aimed at making health insurance policies cheaper for some small businesses.
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They Wanted to Raise $1,500 for Immigrant Families at the Border. They Got Over $5 Million.12h They Wanted to Raise $1,500 for Immigrant Families at the Border. They Got Over $5 Million.
A couple started a Facebook page to fund legal defenses for families separated at the border. It became the site’s largest single fund-raiser ever.
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Commerce Secretary Shorted Stock as Negative Coverage Loomed12h Updated Commerce Secretary Shorted Stock as Negative Coverage Loomed
Wilbur L. Ross Jr. says his bet against the stock in a Kremlin-linked shipping firm was an effort to divest, not to profit from forthcoming news articles.
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12h Updated Giuliani says he was interviewed earlier this year about leaks regarding Clinton investigation
Rudy Giuliani said Tuesday he was interviewed by the Department of Justice inspector general earlier this year about comments he made during the election that there was more information to come on Hillary Clinton.
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12h Trump Assails Critics of Immigration Policy
President Trump defended his actions against illegal border crossings during a speech to the National Federation of Independent Business.
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12h Updated US expecting North Korea to return troop remains in coming days
The Trump administration is expecting North Korea to return up to 200 sets of remains believed to be US servicemembers who died during the Korean War, according to four administration officials.
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How Anti-Immigration Passion Was Inflamed From the Fringe12h Updated How Anti-Immigration Passion Was Inflamed From the Fringe
Jeff Sessions and Stephen Miller once shouted from the sidelines. Now they’re the driving force behind the policy separating immigrant children from parents.
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Senate Aide’s Lawyers Ask Judge to Order Trump to Stop Discussing Case12h Senate Aide’s Lawyers Ask Judge to Order Trump to Stop Discussing Case
The president has described James A. Wolfe, the former aide accused of lying to the F.B.I., as a “very important leaker,” comments the lawyers argue bias the case against him.
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12h Updated Fact-checking Trump on immigration, family separations
President Donald Trump on Tuesday delivered a stream-of-consciousness-style speech on immigration as furor over his administration's separation of families at the border reaches a fever pitch.
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Bulletin board: Why The Times Did Not Publish the Stephen Miller Audio13h Bulletin board: Why The Times Did Not Publish the Stephen Miller Audio
Readers have raised questions about our decision not to use audio of an interview with Stephen Miller, President Trump’s senior policy adviser, on “The Daily.”
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GCHQ chief stresses UK role in stopping European attacks13h GCHQ chief stresses UK role in stopping European attacks
GCHQ has played a vital role in stopping terror attacks in at least four other European countries in the last year, the head of the intelligence agency has said.
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Governors Refuse to Send National Guard to Border, Citing Trump’s Child Separation Policy13h Updated Governors Refuse to Send National Guard to Border, Citing Trump’s Child Separation Policy
A growing number of governors have declared that they will not deploy troops, asserting their opposition to a policy they have called “inhumane.”
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13h Warren wants to put a hold on nominee to lead CFPB
Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced she's putting a hold on the nomination for Kathy Kraninger to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau until she turns over documents related to her role in the administration's "zero tolerance" policy that has been separating undocumented children from their parents.
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13h Turkey to get F-35 jets Thursday despite opposition from Congress
Despite opposition from the US Congress, Turkey is set to receive its first F-35 Joint Strike Fighters on Thursday during a ceremony in Fort Worth, Texas, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
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14h Updated The Point: The family separation crisis could cost Republicans the House
The most telling statement of the ongoing border crisis involving the separation of families came Monday night from Ohio Republican Rep. Steve Stivers.
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14h Updated House GOP presses DOJ watchdog on bias in Clinton investigation
House Republicans went on the attack Tuesday over the Justice Department watchdog report on the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton investigation, charging that the bias exhibited by key FBI officials did affect the decision not to charge Clinton.
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14h Senate staffer charged with lying to FBI requests Trump gag order
James Wolfe, former security director for the Senate Intelligence Committee charged with lying to FBI agents, filed a motion on Tuesday to prevent anyone involved with his case -- up to and including President Donald Trump -- from speaking publicly about the case.
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Trump Derides Border Security, but Calls Plan to Add Immigration Judges ‘Crazy’14h Trump Derides Border Security, but Calls Plan to Add Immigration Judges ‘Crazy’
Mr. Trump rejected a proposal by Senator Ted Cruz to end family separations by boosting personnel in immigration courts, suggesting that many of those judges could be corrupt.
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Medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed by government15h Updated Medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed by government
Families of epileptic children welcomed the move, which does not change rules on recreational use.
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15h Updated The Point: Ted Cruz and Jimmy Kimmel are better at raising money for charity than they are at playing basketball
Sen. Ted Cruz can now add basketball scrimmage champion to his resume.
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16h Updated Exactly how much trouble is the Trump Foundation in?
Last Thursday, the attorney general of New York sued the Trump Foundation, alleging that the organization affiliated with the President of the United States and his family had broken a number of laws governing charitable groups. "As our investigation reveals, the Trump Foundation was little more than a checkbook for payments from Mr. Trump or his business to nonprofits, regardless of their purpose or legality," said Barbara Underwood, the Empire State's AG.
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16h Updated Trump Jr. pulls out of fundraiser for George P. Bush due to immigration criticism
Donald Trump Jr. has withdrawn from a fundraiser for George P. Bush in New York because of criticism stemming from the Bush family -- notably Jeb Bush -- a source with knowledge of events confirms to CNN.
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16h Updated Vulnerable Republican briefly supported conservative immigration bill, cutting against his moderate image
Rep. Mike Coffman, a vulnerable Republican in Colorado's Sixth Congressional District, briefly supported the conservative immigration proposal authored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, going against the moderate immigration profile the Republican is looking to cut ahead of the 2018 midterms.
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Trump Threatens Tariffs on $200 Billion in China Goods, Escalating Fight16h Trump Threatens Tariffs on $200 Billion in China Goods, Escalating Fight
President Trump’s threat was the latest volley in a dizzying trade dispute that has pitted the world’s two largest economies against each other.
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Most Britons want medicinal cannabis legalised: Poll17h Most Britons want medicinal cannabis legalised: Poll
There has been a substantial rise in the number of Britons who think cannabis use for medicinal purposes should be made legal, according to a Sky Data poll.
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17h Updated Republicans craft bill to keep detained families together
Republican negotiators are inching closer to finding a way to keep parents and families together when they are detained at the border in a bigger bill they hope will get a vote this week as public and political pressure to change the current practice hits a fever pitch.
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Labour Brexit donor John Mills broke TV influence rules17h Labour Brexit donor John Mills broke TV influence rules
John Mills - founder of the Labour Leave campaign - is threatened with being stripped of his broadcast licence.
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17h Trump Calls on Military to Create Space Force
During a speech at a meeting of the National Space Council, President Trump said he would direct the Pentagon to establish a sixth branch of the armed forces.
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17h George Takei: At least during my internment, I was not taken from my parents
Actor George Takei argued that "in one core, horrifying way," the family separations occurring at the United States' southern border are "worse" than the Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.
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Supreme Court Avoids an Answer on Partisan Gerrymandering18h Updated Supreme Court Avoids an Answer on Partisan Gerrymandering
The decisions were a setback for critics of partisan gerrymandering, who had hoped that the Supreme Court would decide the cases on their merits and rule in their favor.
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Peter Hitchens and Caroline Lucas on drug laws and policy19h Peter Hitchens and Caroline Lucas on drug laws and policy
Debating William Hague's call for decriminalisation with columnist Peter Hitchens and Green MP Caroline Lucas.
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Corbyn mocked over England World Cup tweet19h Corbyn mocked over England World Cup tweet
Ahead of the Three Lions' opening World Cup match against Tunisia, Jeremy Corbyn used Twitter to wish England luck in Russia.
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19h Updated Why Trump is digging in on separating families at the border
Logic suggests that the White House, under crushing political pressure, would be forced to back down on its hardline immigration policy amid outrage over searing depictions of kids separated from their parents at the southern border.
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Govt paves way to cannabis medicinal legalisaton21h Govt paves way to cannabis medicinal legalisaton
Sajid Javid has declared it is "time to review" the medicinal status of cannabis, but promised it is "not a first step" to legalising the drug for recreational use.
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All 4 Living Former First Ladies Condemn Trump Border Policy That Separates Families21h All 4 Living Former First Ladies Condemn Trump Border Policy That Separates Families
Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama have joined a chorus of criticism aimed at the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy.
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Neil Hamilton to run for UKIP Senedd leader21h Updated Neil Hamilton to run for UKIP Senedd leader
The former Conservative MP is to take on Caroline Jones in a ballot of Welsh members.
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All 4 Living Former First Ladies Decry Trump Border Policy That Separates Families22h Updated All 4 Living Former First Ladies Decry Trump Border Policy That Separates Families
Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama have joined a chorus of criticism aimed at the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy.
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22h Updated Analysis: Women are the wave, but also the wall, for Democrats in 2018
Democrats are banking on a surge of female candidates to help them recaptumre the House of Representatives this November. But Democrats may not benefit as much as they hope from this dynamic unless their historic roster of female nominees can help the party solve its greatest remaining challenge with female voters.
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EU demands Britain quit European Arrest Warrant22h EU demands Britain quit European Arrest Warrant
Britain will be forced to leave the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) deal after Brexit, the EU's chief negotiator has said.
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How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country23h Updated How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country
In communities across the country, the billionaire conservatives are waging a sophisticated fight against new rail projects and bus routes.
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24h Updated Trump demands credit for getting along with Kim Jong Un
President Donald Trump continued to defend his budding relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday, demanding credit for his role in making "initial steps toward a deal" by establishing a personal rapport with the young dictator during last week's summit in Singapore.
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Trump Threatens Tariffs on Another $200 Billion of Chinese Goods25h Updated Trump Threatens Tariffs on Another $200 Billion of Chinese Goods
President Trump’s threat was the latest volley in a dizzying trade dispute that has pitted the world’s two largest economies against each other.
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Senate Votes to Reinstate Penalties on ZTE, Setting Up Clash With White House25h Updated Senate Votes to Reinstate Penalties on ZTE, Setting Up Clash With White House
The Trump administration had agreed to allow ZTE, a Chinese telecom firm accused of violating American sanctions, to remain in business, and vowed to stop the Senate measure.
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Cannabis debate: I appealed to the prime minister25h Cannabis debate: I appealed to the prime minister
Hannah Deacon, whose son suffers from epilepsy, says she was given a pledge by Theresa May
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Trump Resisting a Growing Wrath for Separating Migrant Families28h Updated Trump Resisting a Growing Wrath for Separating Migrant Families
President Trump and members of his cabinet dug their heels in amid a growing outcry over his policy of separating families at the border.
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