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33m The Point: The story behind that viral photo of the past 4 presidents all in the same place
The photo was striking: Four past presidents and three first ladies -- as well as current first lady Melania Trump -- standing together. The image quickly went viral -- a symbol of the strength and continuity of American democracy.
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Deported to Libya, Ex-Gitmo Detainees Vanish. Will Others Meet a Similar Fate?41m Deported to Libya, Ex-Gitmo Detainees Vanish. Will Others Meet a Similar Fate?
Senegal deported two former Guantánamo detainees to Libya, raising fears of a broader collapse of Obama-era resettlement deals under President Trump.
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Government could intervene over Express takeover1h 13m Government could intervene over Express takeover
Culture Secretary Matt Hancock is to consider intervening in Trinity Mirror's £126.7m deal to buy newspapers including the Daily Express and Daily Star.
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EU Withdrawal Bill suffers third Lords defeat on human rights charter1h 25m Updated EU Withdrawal Bill suffers third Lords defeat on human rights charter
Peers vote to keep the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in force after Brexit.
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Windrush: UK citizenship fees and language tests waived1h 46m Updated Windrush: UK citizenship fees and language tests waived
Compensation is also promised - as Labour warns against "token" sums for those affected.
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The Healing Edge: ‘Whole Again’: A Vet Maimed by an I.E.D. Receives a Transplanted Penis1h 58m Updated The Healing Edge: ‘Whole Again’: A Vet Maimed by an I.E.D. Receives a Transplanted Penis
A young soldier whose genitals were destroyed underwent extensive reconstructive surgery that doctors hope to offer to others who were wounded at war.
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2h Federal judiciary may create informal harassment complaint system
Four months after the federal judiciary was jolted into a #MeToo moment by allegations of sexual harassment against California US appeals court judge Alex Kozinski, officials are moving toward a new complaint channel for court employees.
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2h White House state dinner details: Military display, French-American fare
French-American fusion is on the menu Tuesday as the White House prepares for the Trump administration's first state visit.
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Emmanuel Macron Heads to White House to Lobby Trump on Iran2h Emmanuel Macron Heads to White House to Lobby Trump on Iran
As he arrives for the first state visit of Mr. Trump’s presidency, Mr. Macron hopes to persuade the American leader not to scrap the nuclear agreement with Tehran.
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2h Rod Rosenstein gets his day at the Supreme Court
Rod Rosenstein, the embattled deputy attorney general, will take a break from supervising the Russia investigation on Monday to make his debut before the Supreme Court and argue a technical sentencing guidelines case.
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Windrush: Amber Rudd vows speedy compensation for hardship3h Windrush: Amber Rudd vows speedy compensation for hardship
Labour warns against "token sums" as the home secretary promises to waive British citizenship fees.
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3h The Point: The 2018 election is going to be a referendum on Hillary Clinton????
A new story on Fox News Channel carries this intriguing headline: "Hillary Clinton, not on ballot, is star of GOP midterm plan."
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Citizenship fees waived for Windrush generation3h Citizenship fees waived for Windrush generation
People from the Windrush generation and their children living in Britain will have citizenship fees waived, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced.
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4h The Point: Kellyanne Conway was dead wrong when she tried to play the gender card
On Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union," White House senior counselor Kellyanne Conway got very mad when host Dana Bash asked her about a number of tweets sent by her husband that were quite critical of President Trump.
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5h Updated Melania Trump looks to history for inspired state dinner with the Macrons
It is three days before the most important dinner party she has ever hosted, but Melania Trump is not at the White House, triple-checking details. Instead, she's in Houston, Texas, to pay her respects to one of her predecessors, Barbara Bush.
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6h Obama to deliver Mandela event speech in latest contrast with Trump
Former President Barack Obama will deliver a high-profile address in July marking the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth as he continues to shape his post-White House platform.
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6h Updated No need for Trump to pardon personal lawyer at this point, adviser says
There is currently "no need" to pardon President Donald Trump's personal attorney, Michael Cohen, White House Legislative Affairs Director Marc Short said Monday.
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Amazon Echo trial to help elderly and disabled people6h Amazon Echo trial to help elderly and disabled people
As many councils struggle with budget issues to deliver services such as social care, new technology is being used in one trial area.
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Brexit: Government insists UK will leave customs union8h Updated Brexit: Government insists UK will leave customs union
The government rules out a U-turn on customs after a House of Lords defeat on its Brexit bill.
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Brexit: Five steps to understanding the EU Customs Union8h Brexit: Five steps to understanding the EU Customs Union
Five steps to understanding it, ahead of a symbolic vote on the issue this week.
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10h Shania Twain apologizes after saying she would have voted for Trump
Singer Shania Twain has apologized for saying she would have backed Donald Trump if she had been eligible to vote in the 2016 US presidential election.
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12h Updated Trump considering pardon for boxer Jack Johnson
President Donald Trump said Saturday that he is considering granting a posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson on the advice of actor Sylvester Stallone.
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Government insists UK will leave customs union12h Updated Government insists UK will leave customs union
Before a Commons debate this week, the government says it will not change its position.
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Setting Tone for Post-Presidency, Obama Will Speak in South Africa on Tolerance12h Setting Tone for Post-Presidency, Obama Will Speak in South Africa on Tolerance
Barack Obama does not plan to take on President Trump directly, but an adviser said the former president would not shrink from confronting the divisive issues around his successor.
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£6m pledge for children of alcoholics12h Updated £6m pledge for children of alcoholics
The government funding will go towards mental health services and outreach programmes for parents.
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13h Updated 4 presidents come together to pay tribute to Barbara Bush
A touching photograph of several generations of presidents paying tribute to the late Barbara Bush is being warmly and widely circulated on social media.
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China, Feeling Left Out, Has Plenty to Worry About in North Korea-U.S. Talks15h Updated China, Feeling Left Out, Has Plenty to Worry About in North Korea-U.S. Talks
Beijing fears that a grand deal with the North’s longtime enemies could diminish its influence over Pyongyang, experts said.
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Amazon’s Critics Get New Life With Trump’s Attacks on the Company15h Updated Amazon’s Critics Get New Life With Trump’s Attacks on the Company
Many of Amazon’s opponents have struggled for years to be heard. Now they have the country’s most powerful bullhorn — President Trump — on their side.
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Hillary Clinton Avoids Direct Reference to Comey Memos in Speech16h Hillary Clinton Avoids Direct Reference to Comey Memos in Speech
Hillary Clinton once again compared President Trump to authoritarians, and glancingly referred to the newly declassified memos by James Comey, the former F.B.I. director.
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17h Romney fails to secure Utah GOP nomination, will face primary
Mitt Romney did not win the Utah Republican Party's nomination on Saturday, meaning he must compete in a June primary election as he seeks to replace retiring US Sen. Orrin Hatch.
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Trump Rejects Notion He Has Made Too Many Concessions to North Korea17h Updated Trump Rejects Notion He Has Made Too Many Concessions to North Korea
President Trump, in defending his actions before a planned summit meeting, incorrectly claimed that North Korea had “agreed to denuclearization.”
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18h Updated Nashville mayor calls for stricter gun control after Waffle House shooting
As police search for the gunman who killed four people at a Tennessee Waffle House, the mayor of Nashville is saying "enough is enough" and calling for stricter gun-control laws.
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State and Local Jobs Under Siege as a Middle-Class Gateway18h Updated State and Local Jobs Under Siege as a Middle-Class Gateway
Even as private employers have rebounded from the recession, the public sector’s ranks have withered, and pay and benefits have lagged.
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19h WSJ: Trump to ask North Korea to dismantle nuclear arsenal before talking sanctions relief
President Donald Trump will ask North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to dismantle the country's nuclear arsenal without conceding significant ground on economic sanctions, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
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Texas Boy Killed by Truck as His School Held a Walkout on Guns20h Updated Texas Boy Killed by Truck as His School Held a Walkout on Guns
The boy had been trying to cross a busy highway in El Paso. He was not participating in the protest and was part of a group of students headed to a park, officials said.
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As Another Pence Runs for Congress, His Business Record Raises Questions21h Updated As Another Pence Runs for Congress, His Business Record Raises Questions
Greg Pence, the vice president’s brother, is mounting something of a stealth campaign, years after leading a chain that went bankrupt and being sued over personal debts.
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23h Four presidents come together to pay tribute to Barbara Bush
A touching photograph of several generations of presidents paying tribute to the late Barbara Bush is being warmly and widely circulated on social media.
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23h Tom Perez defends DNC lawsuit against Trump camp, Assange
Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez on Sunday defended a new lawsuit alleging a wide-reaching conspiracy by the Trump campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and others to interfere in the 2016 election to the detriment of the Democratic Party.
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‘I Was Trump Before Trump Was Trump’ 24h Updated ‘I Was Trump Before Trump Was Trump’
Republican candidates all over are parroting the president, spouting his catchphrases and donning his hats as they try to show loyalty.
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Windrush: Corbyn says PM ignored immigration policy warnings26h Updated Windrush: Corbyn says PM ignored immigration policy warnings
The Labour leader says Theresa May is responsible for the effects of a "hostile" migration policy.
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Neo-Nazi Rally Draws About Two Dozen People and Upends a Small Georgia City26h Updated Neo-Nazi Rally Draws About Two Dozen People and Upends a Small Georgia City
The rally, which was held outside of Atlanta, was monitored by more than 700 law enforcement officers from 42 agencies.
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27h Updated Conway: Trump defending Cohen because of unfair treatment
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Sunday that President Donald Trump believes his personal lawyer Michael Cohen is being treated "unfairly" by federal authorities, making the remarks in an attempt to defend Trump's latest tweets on the matter.
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27h The Strategy for Some G.O.P. Candidates? Sound Like Trump
As the midterm elections approach, some Republican candidates are not only embracing President Trump’s policies but also his tone and catchphrases.
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Windrush scandal: Facing the threat of deportation28h Windrush scandal: Facing the threat of deportation
The scandal of the Windrush generation has brought into focus the government's wider approach to immigration status.
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28h Updated Corker offers tepid endorsement of Republican running to replace him
Outgoing Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker on Sunday defended his praise of the Democrat running in the race to replace him, but said he still plans to support the Republican nominee.
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Macron Takes a Risk in Courting Trump, but Has Little to Show for It29h Updated Macron Takes a Risk in Courting Trump, but Has Little to Show for It
The French president leaves on Monday for a state visit to Washington, where he will try, once again, to close the gap with President Trump on climate change, Iran and trade.
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Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with new child-protection laws29h Updated Jeremy Hunt threatens social media with new child-protection laws
The health secretary wants action from the sites on underage use, bullying and screen-time limits.
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Texas Boy Dies After Being Hit by Truck During School Walkout on Guns30h Texas Boy Dies After Being Hit by Truck During School Walkout on Guns
The boy had been trying to cross a busy highway in El Paso. He was not participating in the protest and was part of a group of students headed to a park, officials said.
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As Another Pence Runs for Congress, His Business Record Faces Scrutiny31h As Another Pence Runs for Congress, His Business Record Faces Scrutiny
Greg Pence, Vice President Mike Pence’s oldest brother, is mounting something of a stealth campaign, years after leading a convenience store chain that went bankrupt and being sued over personal debts.
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Windrush: Benjamin Zephaniah wants immediate action32h Windrush: Benjamin Zephaniah wants immediate action
Poet Benjamin Zephaniah is not convinced by promises of compensation for those affected by the scandal.
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May accused of racism over Windrush scandal33h May accused of racism over Windrush scandal
A senior Labour frontbencher has personally accused Theresa May of racism and leading an "institutionally racist" Government.
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Town crier explains what local councils actually do33h Town crier explains what local councils actually do
A town crier took to the streets of Norwich ahead of the local council elections on 3 May.
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A Shadowy War’s Newest Front: A Drone Base Rising From Saharan Dust36h A Shadowy War’s Newest Front: A Drone Base Rising From Saharan Dust
Air Force personnel are working to complete a $110 million airfield that will be used to strike extremists in West and North Africa, a region where most Americans have no idea the country is fighting.
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Mitt Romney Fails to Bypass Utah Primary for U.S. Senate38h Updated Mitt Romney Fails to Bypass Utah Primary for U.S. Senate
Fair-right delegates at the Republican Party’s state convention narrowly preferred Mike Kennedy, adding him to the ballot. Mr. Romney had already secured his spot by collecting signatures.
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The Mass-Shooting Survivor Network39h The Mass-Shooting Survivor Network
“Talking to others has helped me realize that I’m not a crazy person.”
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