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19m States add intrusion sensors to election systems to thwart hacking
A growing number of states are installing a cyber-intrusion sensor system supplied by the Department of Homeland Security in response to fears that election systems my be hacked by foreign adversaries during the 2018 midterm elections and beyond.
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North Korea Presses Demand for End of War Amid Talk of Pompeo Visit37m Updated North Korea Presses Demand for End of War Amid Talk of Pompeo Visit
South Korea’s leader indicated that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was preparing for his fourth visit to the North.
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She’s Trying to Pull an Ocasio-Cortez. Her Target: Pete King.1h 21m Updated She’s Trying to Pull an Ocasio-Cortez. Her Target: Pete King.
Liuba Grechen Shirley, a Democratic newcomer campaigning as a working mother, is trying to take down New York’s most visible Republican congressman.
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1h 21m US ends funding for stabilizing Syria, stresses commitment to defeating ISIS
The US will end funding for stabilization efforts in Syria in another sign of President Donald Trump's intent to pull out of the long-running conflict.
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In a Divided Era, One Thing Seems to Unite: Political Anger2h Updated In a Divided Era, One Thing Seems to Unite: Political Anger
Disputes over politics have divided Americans’ homes, strained marriages, ruined friendships and invaded the workplace.
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Trump Asks S.E.C. to Study Quarterly Earnings Requirements for Public Firms2h Updated Trump Asks S.E.C. to Study Quarterly Earnings Requirements for Public Firms
The president said he wanted the Securities and Exchange Commission to weigh letting companies report results just twice a year.
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2h Updated CNN Poll: 6 in 10 say Trump too friendly toward Russia
Four in 10 Americans see Russia as an enemy of the United States, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, the largest share to say so since CNN polls began asking the question in 1999. And nearly 6 in 10 say Donald Trump has been too friendly toward Russia.
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2h Updated Rand Paul wants Trump to lift US travel sanctions on some Russian lawmakers
Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Thursday that he plans to ask President Donald Trump to lift sanctions on members of the Russian legislature so that they are able to travel to the United States.
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4h Updated Trump Cancels Military Parade, Blaming Washington Officials for Inflating Costs
The president said local politicians “wanted a number so ridiculously high” that he canceled a planned parade that the Pentagon had already postponed.
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Embracing Conspiracy Theory, Trump Escalates Attack on Bruce Ohr4h Embracing Conspiracy Theory, Trump Escalates Attack on Bruce Ohr
President Trump threatened to revoke “very soon” the security clearance of the little-known Justice Department official, who has been accused of having helped start the Russia investigation.
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4h Updated The Point: The Trump military parade was always a really bad idea
On Thursday night, the Pentagon said that it was shelving the much-ballyhooed military parade in Washington -- until at least next year. On Friday morning, President Donald Trump tried to explain why.
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Ministers bid to cut most polluting wood and coal burned at home5h Ministers bid to cut most polluting wood and coal burned at home
Defra proposes phasing out the most polluting wood and coal for burning at home.
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6h Updated Security clearances: What exactly can Trump do?
President Donald Trump's move to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance is unprecedented. And as Trump considers revoking the security clearances of more of his critics, security analysts say it could carry dire consequences -- even if they agree he holds the power to do it.
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6h Updated DC mayor taunts Trump after cancellation of military parade
President Donald Trump said Friday that he canceled a US military parade planned for Veterans Day weekend, blaming Washington city officials for inflating costs amid reports that indicated the event's price tag had soared over initial estimates.
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Minister vows to resign if prison reforms fail6h Minister vows to resign if prison reforms fail
The prisons minister has pledged to resign if his campaign to tackle drugs and violence in struggling jails is a failure.
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Gender Letter: When the Resistance Meets the Polls: A Historic Week for Women Politicians7h Updated Gender Letter: When the Resistance Meets the Polls: A Historic Week for Women Politicians
In an election year already dominated by a surge of women, and L.G.B.T. candidates, this week’s Democratic primary signaled that zeal is translating into votes.
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7h Updated A record number of women are running. How many can win? Part 3
As we pointed out last month and back in May, more women are running this year in congressional races than ever before, and while it is already a record-breaking election in that regard, their chances of making gains in Congress are less sure.
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7h Updated Manafort jury returns for day two of deliberations
The jury in the trial of former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will return to court Friday morning for its second day of deliberations.
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Melania Trump, a Mysterious First Lady, Weathers a Chaotic White House8h Updated Melania Trump, a Mysterious First Lady, Weathers a Chaotic White House
On many matters, Mrs. Trump has directed her East Wing to operate independently of the West Wing, and she is still keeping Washington at a distance.
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Some States Sitting on Piles of Cash, and Cities Want a Cut 8h Some States Sitting on Piles of Cash, and Cities Want a Cut
States like Ohio are placing their surpluses in rainy-day funds, but cities that have suffered because of cuts since the recession say it is time to loosen up.
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Stewart breaks with Labour over Brexit stance8h Stewart breaks with Labour over Brexit stance
Sir Patrick Stewart has signalled a break with Labour over Jeremy Corbyn's stance on Brexit, having supported the party for more than 70 years.
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E-cigarettes can be key weapon against smoking, say MPs9h Updated E-cigarettes can be key weapon against smoking, say MPs
E-cigarettes are much less harmful than tobacco and shouldn't be treated the same way, MPs warn.
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11h Updated Democrats weigh their options as Pelosi -- and others -- eye speakership
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is facing mounting pressure over her future, with calls from members of her own party to step aside as discussions about potential successors gain more traction -- both in the national spotlight and among members of Congress.
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A New Film Compares Democrats to Nazis and Trump to Lincoln. At This Screening, It Was a Hit.11h Updated A New Film Compares Democrats to Nazis and Trump to Lincoln. At This Screening, It Was a Hit.
Attendees at a viewing party in Ohio said the film, from the conservative provocateur Dinesh D’Souza, was a confirmation of a worldview they feel is often ridiculed.
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39 States Have Budget Surpluses. And Cities Want the Cash. 12h 39 States Have Budget Surpluses. And Cities Want the Cash.
States like Ohio are placing their surpluses in rainy-day funds, but cities that have suffered because of cuts since the recession say it is time to loosen up.
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Giving Others a Voice in Congress, One Hand-Delivered Letter at a Time12h Giving Others a Voice in Congress, One Hand-Delivered Letter at a Time
Since President Trump’s inauguration, a group of Washington-based volunteers have spent their lunch breaks and after-work hours delivering over 12,000 letters to Capitol Hill.
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Hunt: We would regret no-deal Brexit for generations15h Updated Hunt: We would regret no-deal Brexit for generations
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt calls a no-deal Brexit "a mistake we would regret for generations".
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17h Updated WSJ: Cohen reversed course on Stormy Daniels payment after Access Hollywood tape release
Michael Cohen informed a representative for Stormy Daniels he was willing to strike a deal to buy her silence only after the release of the now-infamous "Access Hollywood" recording where President Donald Trump can be heard talking about grabbing women without their consent, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
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The Paul Manafort Trial: What the Jurors Will Consider17h Updated The Paul Manafort Trial: What the Jurors Will Consider
In weighing whether to find Paul Manafort guilty or not of financial fraud charges, jurors will have to take into account evidence, witness credibility and other factors.
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Manafort Jurors Ask for Definition of Reasonable Doubt17h Updated Manafort Jurors Ask for Definition of Reasonable Doubt
The jury deciding the fate of President Trump’s ex-campaign chairman ended its first day of deliberations with four written questions to the judge. The answers might have been less than satisfying.
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Democrats Question Kavanaugh’s Testimony About Bush Nominee18h Updated Democrats Question Kavanaugh’s Testimony About Bush Nominee
Democrats say that files from the Bush White House show that President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee played a significant role in a nomination he distanced himself from.
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Revoking Clearance, Trump Aims Presidential Power at Russia Inquiry18h Updated Revoking Clearance, Trump Aims Presidential Power at Russia Inquiry
The move to revoke John Brennan’s security clearance may be the latest sign that the president is determined to punish anyone connected to the Russia investigation.
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For News Media, a Day of Solidarity in a Summer of Unease19h Updated For News Media, a Day of Solidarity in a Summer of Unease
Job losses, insults from President Trump and threats have made this a difficult time for many journalists. On Thursday, more than 300 publications responded by reaffirming what they do and why it’s important.
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Trump’s Military Parade Could Be Postponed Until 2019, Official Says20h Trump’s Military Parade Could Be Postponed Until 2019, Official Says
The decision came as Defense Department officials said that the event could cost more than $90 million.
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20h El Salavadoran immigrant mom sues US to be reunited with baby who needs to breastfeed
Weeks after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to bring families separated at the border back together, an El Salvadoran woman has filed a federal lawsuit in Washington asking to be reunited with her infant daughter who needs to be breastfed.
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20h Updated Pennsylvania sex abuse report provides crucial test for Pope Francis
The Vatican broke its silence on Thursday about a Pennsylvania grand jury report that detailed decades of sexual abuses by priests and cover-ups by bishops, calling the accusations "criminal and morally reprehensible."
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20h Updated El Salavdoran immigrant mom sues US to be reunited with baby who needs to breastfeed
Weeks after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to bring families separated at the border back together, an El Salvadoran woman has filed a federal lawsuit in Washington asking to be reunited with her infant daughter who needs to be breastfed.
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Pelosi, Under Threat in Her Own Party, Says She Is Building Bridge to New Leaders21h Updated Pelosi, Under Threat in Her Own Party, Says She Is Building Bridge to New Leaders
Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, is confronting threats from different corners of her party, and attacks from Republicans, in a test of her grip on her caucus.
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White House Memo: Once Dry Discussions, Cabinet Meetings Are Now Part of the Trump Show21h White House Memo: Once Dry Discussions, Cabinet Meetings Are Now Part of the Trump Show
The president alternates between gentle and pointed quizzing of his cabinet secretaries in a ritual with a story line that has become almost comically consistent.
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Meet the Special Counsel Team: So Careful They Won’t Even Disclose Their Shake Shack Orders21h Updated Meet the Special Counsel Team: So Careful They Won’t Even Disclose Their Shake Shack Orders
The trial of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, has provided the public with its first extended glimpse of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators.
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21h The Point: Just how many secret tapes does Omarosa actually have?
On Thursday afternoon, with the furor over Omarosa Manigault Newman's tell-all memoir of her year in the White House slightly fading, reality TV's favorite villain struck again.
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Cuomo vs. Nixon? He’d Rather Campaign Against Trump22h Updated Cuomo vs. Nixon? He’d Rather Campaign Against Trump
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s motivation behind his recent attacks on the president has more to do with his re-election this year than any ambitions in 2020.
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Education Department Opens Civil Rights Inquiry Into Abuse at Ohio State22h Education Department Opens Civil Rights Inquiry Into Abuse at Ohio State
The inquiry keeps a harsh spotlight on the university, drawing additional scrutiny to how officials handled claims of sexual misconduct by a team doctor.
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Omarosa Manigault Newman Releases Tape of Lara Trump’s $15,000-a-Month Job Offer22h Omarosa Manigault Newman Releases Tape of Lara Trump’s $15,000-a-Month Job Offer
The audio is the latest in the trickle of recordings that Ms. Manigault Newman has made public to bolster the credibility of her book, “Unhinged.”
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22h Updated Manafort jury ends first day of deliberations without a verdict
Paul Manafort's fate -- and possibly the future of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election -- is now in the hands of 12 men and women from Northern Virginia.
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23h Trump properties took in $1.7 million from Republican groups in the first half of 2018
Republican campaigns, committees and outside groups have spent more than $1.7 million at Trump properties through the first six months of 2018, with over half of that spending coming from the Republican National Committee, according to a CNN analysis of FEC filings.
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23h Republicans compare Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Venezuelan dictator
The Republican National Committee on Thursday took a heavy swipe at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez -- the 28-year-old Latina who unseated a long-serving Democratic congressman in New York's June primary -- comparing her to Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro.
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Trump’s Military Parade Could Cost $92 Million, Official Says23h Trump’s Military Parade Could Cost $92 Million, Official Says
The parade, scheduled for November, comes after years of tight budgets at the Pentagon.
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24h Updated Architect of bin Laden raid issues stunning rebuke of Trump
Retired Adm. William McRaven, the man who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, issued a stunning rebuke of President Donald Trump's decision to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan on Thursday, defending the former spy chief as "one of the finest public servants I have ever known."
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24h Cuomo vs. Nixon? He’d Rather Campaign Against Trump.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s motivation behind his recent attacks on the president has more to do with his re-election this year than any ambitions in 2020.
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U.S. and China to Rekindle Trade Talks as More Tariffs Loom24h U.S. and China to Rekindle Trade Talks as More Tariffs Loom
The meeting, to be held in Washington this month between midlevel officials, comes as the Trump administration is preparing more tariffs on Chinese goods.
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24h GOP congressman appears on anti-Muslim radio show
A Florida congressman has made three appearances on a radio show hosted by two people who regularly espouse fringe anti-Muslim comments.
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25h ISIS remains a regional and global threat despite battlefield losses, Pentagon says
ISIS very much remains a threat and is "well positioned" to rebuild, despite being driven to only a few small towns on the banks of the Euphrates River in Syria, the Pentagon said Wednesday.
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26h Democrats threaten to sue for Kavanaugh documents
Senate Democrats are threatening to sue for documents related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's record, the latest escalation in a partisan battle over the court.
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26h Analysis: Two opposing arguments that America is under attack
On this one thing there is agreement: America is under attack.
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26h US prepared to add sanctions on Turkey if pastor not released
Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said Thursday the United States is prepared to put additional sanctions in place against Turkey if the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not release American pastor Andrew Brunson, who has been held since 2016.
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A New U.S. Post to Pressure Iran, and a Stark Challenge Ahead26h Updated A New U.S. Post to Pressure Iran, and a Stark Challenge Ahead
The job of special envoy will be filled by Brian Hook, who said withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear accord has opened new avenues of diplomacy despite strained relations with Europe.
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26h Corey Stewart used racist stereotypes to disparage NFL players in 2017 campaign event
Corey Stewart, the Republican nominee for US Senate in Virginia, used racist stereotypes to disparage NFL players who protest during the National Anthem in an online exchange with his supporters last year.
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26h Updated CNN Poll: Brett Kavanaugh nomination has lowest public support since Robert Bork
Donald Trump's second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, receives a cooler public reception than nearly every nominee for the last four administrations, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. Women are a driving force behind the tepid response, with fewer than three in 10 saying Kavanaugh ought to be confirmed.
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27h Trump tells Sessions to sue certain opioid companies
President Donald Trump urged his Attorney General Jeff Sessions to sue certain pharmaceutical companies that have contributed to the opioid crisis in the United States.
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27h Updated Senate report finds issues with Trump administration handling of unaccompanied minors
The Department of Health and Human Services is not taking responsibility for unaccompanied minors once they're placed with sponsors, according to a Senate subcommittee report released Wednesday, an issue the subcommittee's Republican chairman called an "incredibly difficult issue."
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28h Updated Here are the newspapers telling Trump journalists are not the enemy
About 350 newspapers in the United States will have editorials Thursday decrying President Donald Trump's description of the media as the "enemy of the people."
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Ex-C.I.A. Director John Brennan Strikes Back After Trump Revokes His Security Clearance28h Updated Ex-C.I.A. Director John Brennan Strikes Back After Trump Revokes His Security Clearance
The White House cited “erratic” behavior by Mr. Brennan, who has frequently been a fierce critic of the president.
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Big City: Ignore, Condescend, Dismiss: Debate Playbook for Men Facing Women28h Updated Big City: Ignore, Condescend, Dismiss: Debate Playbook for Men Facing Women
An offer to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez highlights how male candidates often use debates to diminish female opponents, perhaps increasingly at their peril.
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28h Space Force: To 37% and beyond
President Donald Trump called in June for creating a US Space Force, a new branch of the military designed to protect US assets in space. And he was serious. Vice President Mike Pence made the request official last week, although Congress will have to weigh in.
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Little-Known Justice Dept. Official Makes Trump’s Security Clearance List29h Updated Little-Known Justice Dept. Official Makes Trump’s Security Clearance List
Critics said the inclusion of Bruce Ohr on the list of those whose clearances were revoked or under review was an abuse of presidential power and an intrusion on the independence of law enforcement.
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Trump Says Newspapers Are ‘in Collusion’ on Championing a Free Press29h Updated Trump Says Newspapers Are ‘in Collusion’ on Championing a Free Press
The president lashed out after more than 200 newspapers, including The New York Times, published editorials about the dangers of the Trump administration’s repeated attacks on the news media.
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29h Trump and other politicians mourn the loss of singer Aretha Franklin
Politicians were among the many mourning the loss of legendary singer Aretha Franklin Thursday and paying tribute to the storied legacy of the "Queen of Soul".
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29h Updated Politicians mourn the loss of singer Aretha Franklin
Politicians were among the many mourning the loss of legendary singer Aretha Franklin Thursday and paying tribute to the storied legacy of the "Queen of Soul".
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Labour submits press complaint over wreath story29h Labour submits press complaint over wreath story
Labour has complained to the press regulator about the coverage by six Fleet Street newspapers of Jeremy Corbyn's controversial visit to a cemetery in Tunisia in 2014.
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30h Aretha Franklin and the US presidents: A look back
Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday, was beloved and admired by many, including presidents.
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30h Aretha Franklin and U.S. Presidents
"The Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin met with many U.S. Presidents throughout her career. The legendary singer passed away on Thursday, August 16, at age 76.
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Trump Says Newspapers Are in ‘Collusion’ on Championing a Free Press30h Trump Says Newspapers Are in ‘Collusion’ on Championing a Free Press
The president lashed out after more than 200 newspapers, including The New York Times, published editorials about the dangers of the Trump administration’s repeated attacks on the news media.
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Pelosi Talks of ‘Bridge’ to New Leader as Democrats Test Her Strength30h Updated Pelosi Talks of ‘Bridge’ to New Leader as Democrats Test Her Strength
Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, is confronting threats from different corners of her party, posing the most serious test of her 15-year grip on the caucus.
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Cuomo Says America ‘Was Never That Great’ in Jab at Trump Slogan31h Updated Cuomo Says America ‘Was Never That Great’ in Jab at Trump Slogan
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s remark drew immediate criticism from his Republican opponent, Marcus Molinaro, who said the governor owed the nation an apology.
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The Questions the Jurors in the Manafort Trial Will Be Asking31h Updated The Questions the Jurors in the Manafort Trial Will Be Asking
In weighing whether to find Paul Manafort guilty or not of financial fraud charges, jurors will have to take into account evidence, witness credibility and other factors.
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Melania Trump’s Parents Ignite Debate Over ‘Chain Migration’32h Melania Trump’s Parents Ignite Debate Over ‘Chain Migration’
Readers debate who deserves to get a family visa to immigrate to the U.S., citing as examples their own families’ stories and the stories of families they know.
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33h Updated Red-state Democrats take friendly fire on Supreme Court nominee
Democratic senators facing tough races in Republican-leaning states are the target of a new ad from a Democratic group that pressures them to vote down President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.
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33h Updated The Point: The definitive ranking of 2020 Democrats
Because Donald Trump is, well, Donald Trump, a lot of attention has been paid to his hostile takeover of the Republican Party -- and how he continues to consolidate that power.
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33h Updated Trump Revokes Ex-C.I.A. Director John Brennan’s Security Clearance
The White House cited “erratic” behavior by Mr. Brennan, who has frequently been a fierce critic of the president.
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Scottish education secretary defends tests for P1 pupils34h Scottish education secretary defends tests for P1 pupils
John Swinney says there are "mixed opinions" about P1 assessments, but insists they are "important".
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Ian Paisley: North Antrim recall petition opens35h Updated Ian Paisley: North Antrim recall petition opens
A by-election will be triggered if 10% of constituents in North Antrim sign the petition.
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In Kentucky House Race, a Battle of Ideology vs. Résumé36h In Kentucky House Race, a Battle of Ideology vs. Résumé
A year ago, Representative Andy Barr was thought to hold a safe House Republican seat in Kentucky. Then came the candidacy of the Democrat Amy McGrath.
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Football club chairmen back second Brexit referendum36h Football club chairmen back second Brexit referendum
Two football club chairmen in Brexit-supporting areas have warned the sport could suffer because of Britain's decision to leave the EU.
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37h Updated The Point: The Democratic wave is growing
With Labor Day rapidly approaching, one thing is becoming clear: All signs point to the Democratic wave growing rather than shrinking in the final weeks of the 2018 election.
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37h Updated CNN Poll: Democratic advantage grows in race for Congress
Democrats now lead Republicans by 52% to 41% in a nationwide generic Congressional ballot according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS and released Tuesday. The blue lead has increased slightly from eight percentage points in June of this year to an 11 percentage point difference in the most recent poll.
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Hungary’s Leader Was Shunned by Obama, but Has a Friend in Trump41h Hungary’s Leader Was Shunned by Obama, but Has a Friend in Trump
Prime Minister Viktor Orban joins a growing roster of right-wing or euroskeptic leaders in Europe to have secured President Trump’s backing.
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