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4m Updated Health care state of play: This is the week senators vote (or not)
For anyone tracking Republicans' plans to repeal and replace Obamacare, this probably sounds familiar: it is possible GOP senators come back to Washington to vote on a health care proposal this week.
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1h 2m How the Trump-Sessions connection fell apart
Playing pundit again on Monday morning, President Donald Trump delivered a bleak assessment of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' standing in his administration.
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1h 8m US sees more signs North Korea is preparing another missile test
North Korea appears to be preparing for another missile test, according to a US Defense official. The official said that transporter vehicles carrying ballistic missile launching equipment were seen arriving in Kusong, North Korea on Friday.
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1h 18m Feinstein calls for Sessions to appear before judiciary committee
The Senate judiciary committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, has asked Chairman Chuck Grassley to call Attorney General Jeff Sessions to appear before the committee, following reports of the Russian ambassador claiming they discussed the presidential campaign and issues important to the Kremlin.
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1h 23m Updated Rep. Mo Brooks defends Senate ad invoking GOP baseball shooting
Congressman Mo Brooks is defending his latest Senate advertisement, despite facing criticism for invoking last month's GOP baseball shooting in the ad.
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1h 23m Updated Federal judge green-lights collection of voter data
A federal judge in DC declined to block President Donald Trump's voter integrity commission from collecting data on voters from 50 states in a ruling on Monday, handing a win to an administration inundated by lawsuits over the commission's request.
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1h 32m Updated Chuck Schumer just threw Hillary Clinton under the bus
In the 2016 campaign, there was no one more loyal to Hillary Clinton than her one-time Senate colleague Chuck Schumer. He defended his fellow New Yorker and the race she ran at every turn.
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Senate Heads Toward a Health Care Showdown Vote Tuesday1h 54m Senate Heads Toward a Health Care Showdown Vote Tuesday
After seven months of deliberation, Republicans have reached the moment when they have to vote, but they have yet to be told precisely what they will be voting on.
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Starmer accused of hypocrisy over law firm role3h Starmer accused of hypocrisy over law firm role
Tories are accusing Labour's Brexit spokesman of a conflict of interest and hypocrisy over his role as an adviser to the law firm that took on Theresa May on Article 50.
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Justice Dept. Nominee Says He Once Represented Russian Bank3h Justice Dept. Nominee Says He Once Represented Russian Bank
The nominee, Brian A. Benczkowski, did work for Alfa Bank, which was a subject of early scrutiny of possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. No link to the bank was found.
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Senate Heads Toward a Health Care Vote as Soon as Tuesday3h Senate Heads Toward a Health Care Vote as Soon as Tuesday
After seven months of deliberation, Republicans have reached the moment when they have to vote, but they have yet to be told precisely what they will be voting on.
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3h Updated Jared Kushner: ‘I Had No Improper Contacts’
The president’s adviser and son-in-law gave a brief statement following a meeting with congressional investigators looking into Russian influence in the 2016 election.
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4h Trump to speak to 40,000 at Boy Scouts gathering
President Donald Trump will speak to more than 40,000 people Monday at the Boy Scouts of America 2017 National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, the organization said in a news release.
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5h Kushner: I did not collude
Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law and senior adviser, said in a statement Monday to the Senate and House intelligence committees that he had no additional contacts with individuals who were or may have been Russian government representatives, beyond those that have already been publicly disclosed.
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Liam Fox downplays UK-US chlorinated chicken differences6h Updated Liam Fox downplays UK-US chlorinated chicken differences
The UK minister says chlorine-washed poultry is an issue for "the very end stage of one sector" of trade talks.
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6h Bernie Sanders to address NAACP national convention
Sen. Bernie Sanders will address the Republican agenda, specifically GOP plans for health care, in a speech at the NAACP national convention in Baltimore on Monday.
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The New Presidential Interview7h The New Presidential Interview
“I have now interviewed seven presidents — and with Mr. Trump the experience is strikingly different in almost every respect.”
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Trump Asks Why ‘Beleaguered’ Sessions Isn’t Investigating Clinton8h Trump Asks Why ‘Beleaguered’ Sessions Isn’t Investigating Clinton
In a tweet on Monday, President Trump returned to campaign rhetoric, suggesting that Hillary Clinton should be the subject of an investigation into Russian ties, not him.
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Richard Dawkins Event Canceled Over Past Comments About Islam8h Richard Dawkins Event Canceled Over Past Comments About Islam
A Berkeley radio station canceled an event promoting Mr. Dawkins’s new book, citing past comments and tweets that it said had “hurt people.”
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8h Libertarians are wary, but sense opportunity under Trump
If there's one person relishing in Washington's Trump-era dysfunction, it's Libertarian Party Chairman Nicholas Sarwark, who sees the tumult as a prime recruitment opportunity.
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8h Updated A chill emanating from the White House reaches State Department
Talk of a potential "Rexit" at Foggy Bottom, new tests for President Trump on immigration, tax reform and media relations and a big challenge for the nation's oldest civil rights organization -- it's all part of our Inside Politics Forecast.
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Northern mayors angry over Crossrail 2 funding9h Northern mayors angry over Crossrail 2 funding
The Transport Secretary has come under fire for backing London's Crossrail 2 scheme after cutting plans for rail electrification in Wales and northern England.
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9h Updated Kushner: No additional contacts with Russians
Jared Kushner, the President's son-in-law and senior adviser, said in a statement Monday to the Senate and House intelligence committees that he had no additional contacts with individuals who were or may have been Russian government representatives, beyond those that have already been publicly disclosed.
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Political books to enjoy in Parliamentary recess10h Political books to enjoy in Parliamentary recess
Some suggestions on what MPs and peers could be reading on the beach, or in their constituency office.
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Chlorinated chicken imports not ruled out11h Chlorinated chicken imports not ruled out
The Government has refused to rule out lifting the ban on chlorinated chicken as part of a future US-UK trade deal after Brexit.
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11h Updated Huckabee Sanders: White House supports sanctions bill
A day after congressional negotiators announced an agreement on a Russian sanctions bill, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the administration was also on board.
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Boris Johnson: Hongi greeting could be mistaken in Glasgow pub11h Boris Johnson: Hongi greeting could be mistaken in Glasgow pub
The foreign secretary was taught the hongi greeting during his visit to New Zealand.
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The inside story12h The inside story
Anne McElvoy tells the inside story of the general election and what really went on behind the scenes.
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‘I Did Not Collude,’ Kushner Says in Prepared Remarks to Senators12h ‘I Did Not Collude,’ Kushner Says in Prepared Remarks to Senators
Jared Kushner said he was unaware of the agenda of a June 2016 meeting at which Donald Trump Jr. expected to learn damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
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U.S. Inflation Remains Low, and That’s a Problem13h U.S. Inflation Remains Low, and That’s a Problem
The Federal Reserve is struggling to hit its annual inflation target for the sixth straight year, suggesting that, once again, it may be too optimistic about the health of the economy.
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IMF downgrades UK and US growth forecasts13h IMF downgrades UK and US growth forecasts
Lower activity in the first quarter of 2017 suggests both will underperform the global economy.
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Johnson compares Maori greeting to headbutt14h Johnson compares Maori greeting to headbutt
Boris Johnson has compared New Zealand's traditional Maori greeting to a headbutt.
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£246m to make UK leader in battery technology15h £246m to make UK leader in battery technology
The first phase of a four-year £246m Government investment into battery technology is being launched to make batteries more accessible and affordable.
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IMF downgrades US and UK growth17h IMF downgrades US and UK growth
Lower activity in the first quarter of 2017 suggests both will underperform the global economy.
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Around the World With Music18h Updated Around the World With Music
A guide to music festivals and performances in Los Angeles, London, Tokyo and beyond.
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Scott Pruitt Spent Much of Early Months at E.P.A. Traveling Home, Report Says18h Scott Pruitt Spent Much of Early Months at E.P.A. Traveling Home, Report Says
The agency’s new chief spent 43 of 92 days from March through May in Oklahoma or traveling to or from the state, a watchdog group found.
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White House Memo: Anthony Scaramucci, New Communications Chief, Woos Trump on TV20h White House Memo: Anthony Scaramucci, New Communications Chief, Woos Trump on TV
Mr. Scaramucci, the hedge fund investor turned message strategist, took his tailored suits and butter-smooth style on his first official TV outing on Sunday.
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20h Trump administration transfers foreign terror suspect to US for trial in federal court
The Trump administration has transferred an Algerian terror suspect from Spain to the United States to be tried in federal court rather than at the Guantánamo Bay naval prison.
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U.S. Foresaw Better Return in Seizing Fannie and Freddie Profits20h Updated U.S. Foresaw Better Return in Seizing Fannie and Freddie Profits
Documents show that officials, citing a need to protect against losses, actually expected to generate more money for the Treasury. Shareholders say they were wronged.
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News Analysis: For Trump and Putin, Sanctions Are a Setback Both Sought to Avoid21h News Analysis: For Trump and Putin, Sanctions Are a Setback Both Sought to Avoid
The expansion of American sanctions against Russia can be viewed as a result of two world leaders’ overplaying their hands.
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Small Businesses Split Over Republican Health Plans22h Small Businesses Split Over Republican Health Plans
Small-business owners, some of the most vocal opponents of the Affordable Care Act, are divided over Republican plans to reverse much of the law.
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White House Signals Acceptance of Russia Sanctions Bill23h Updated White House Signals Acceptance of Russia Sanctions Bill
President Trump expressed anger at Republicans who abandoned him on the legislation and forced his hand.
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23h Updated Official: Kushner leading WH outreach on Jerusalem crisis
The White House is reaching out to international leaders to quell the crisis in Jerusalem, a senior administration official confirmed to CNN on Sunday.
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UK and US to start talks on post-Brexit trade deal23h UK and US to start talks on post-Brexit trade deal
Liam Fox says it is too early to say exactly what would be covered in a potential post-Brexit deal.
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25h Democrats seek to unify under a new economic agenda
Democrats will soon unveil an economic agenda that leaders hope will bring progressives and moderate Democrats who voted for President Donald Trump together, creating a united front ahead of next year's midterm elections.
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Former chief whip: Corbyn was 26h Former chief whip: Corbyn was "the greatest rebel ever"
Former Labour Chief Whip Baroness Armstrong describes Jeremy Corbyn as "the greatest rebel ever".
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29h Updated Can Trump stop Mueller?
Robert Mueller's appointment as special counsel to lead the Russia probe in May caught President Donald Trump by surprise.
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29h Updated Jeff Sessions had a totally terrible week
Everyone knew President Donald Trump wasn't happy with Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to recuse himself from the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling into the 2016 election. No one -- until this week -- knew just how unhappy he was.
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Jeremy Corbyn: Student debt write-off not a commitment30h Updated Jeremy Corbyn: Student debt write-off not a commitment
Labour leader says he was "unaware of the size" of student debts when promising help during election.
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32h Longtime Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak heads home
Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak left the United States for Russia on Saturday after concluding his tour of service as ambassador to the US, a spokesman for the Russian Embassy said,
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Fox: Brexit transition should end by 202232h Fox: Brexit transition should end by 2022
A senior Cabinet minister has said it is "not a huge deal" if a transition period before Brexit takes full effect lasts up until 2022.
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33h Updated WaPo: Sessions discussed Trump campaign with Russian ambassador, according to intel intercepts
Attorney General Jeff Sessions met with the Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak to discuss Trump campaign matters during the 2016 presidential election, according to US intelligence intercepts, The Washington Post reports.
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Consultation on changing legal gender to be launched34h Updated Consultation on changing legal gender to be launched
Justine Greening launches a consultation to "reduce the stigma faced by the trans community".
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Corbyn stokes fears MPs could be deselected34h Corbyn stokes fears MPs could be deselected
Jeremy Corbyn has opened the door to deselections of MPs critical of his leadership, by saying that it is a matter for local parties.
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Brexit: Liam Fox sets election deadline for EU transition35h Updated Brexit: Liam Fox sets election deadline for EU transition
Liam Fox says he would not want any interim arrangement after Brexit to "drag on" beyond 2022.
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Transpeople to be able to choose sex more easily35h Transpeople to be able to choose sex more easily
Transgender people will be able to choose their sex more easily as part of equalities reforms announced by the Government.
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Jeremy Corbyn: I never said we would write off student debt36h Jeremy Corbyn: I never said we would write off student debt
Jeremy Corbyn says that his party did not give a commitment to write off student debt during the election campaign.
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Corbyn: I never promised to abolish student debt37h Corbyn: I never promised to abolish student debt
Jeremy Corbyn has said he "never promised" to write off student debt during the General Election campaign.
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Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers39h Blood donation rules relaxed for gay men and sex workers
Accurate blood tests mean more groups can give blood safely, experts say.
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41h Updated The many unearthed interactions between Trump-world and Russia, documented
The White House acknowledged this week that President Donald Trump met Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 dinner for an hour -- a meeting that went undisclosed for weeks until it came out in press reports. This non-disclosure follows a pattern when it comes to some meetings between Trump associates and Russians. The interactions span back to the in-person meeting at Trump Tower in the summer of 2016 between senior Trump campaign officials and a group of well-connected Russians.
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