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31m Could this gun control push end differently? History says ... maybe
A group of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School got their first, bitter taste of gun control politics on Tuesday afternoon as Florida state House Republicans slammed the door on a debate over legislation the young activists were poised to champion.
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1h 1m Updated Trump to meet with people affected by school massacres amid calls for gun control
President Donald Trump will host a listening session Wednesday with people affected by some of the nation's highest-profile deadly school shootings, including the 1999 Columbine High School shooting, the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
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1h 12m Sessions weathers yet another Trump Twitter taunt
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is unlikely to go anywhere soon, despite President Donald Trump's public and private dressing-downs.
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1h 29m Updated Trump vs. Kelly vs. Kushner vs. Sessions vs. McMaster
The most common complaint in any White House when it comes to how the media cover a president and his administration is that there is way too much focus on palace intrigue and not nearly enough on policy proposals.
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2h Updated Schiff hopes Democratic memo will be released this week
The House Intelligence Committee's top Democrat says he hopes to release this week the Democratic memo that pushes back against Republican allegations of FBI and Justice Department surveillance abuses of a former Trump campaign adviser.
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North Korea Dropped Out of Meeting With Pence at Last Minute, U.S. Says2h Updated North Korea Dropped Out of Meeting With Pence at Last Minute, U.S. Says
Vice President Mike Pence had planned to secretly meet with North Korean officials at the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the State Department said.
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2h Updated New sealed filing in Manafort and Gates case
Paul Manafort and Rick Gates' case has added a new criminal charge or charges as of Wednesday, though whether the action is additional grand-jury approved indictments or indicates a coming a plea agreement remains a mystery.
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Fed Officials Say Economy Is Ready for Higher Rates2h Updated Fed Officials Say Economy Is Ready for Higher Rates
A strengthening economy is giving the Fed confidence that interest rates can rise, according to minutes of the most recent policymaking meeting.
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2h Trebek will moderate Pennsylvania gubernatorial debate
Answer: He is a quiz show host-turned-political debate moderator.
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Anti-Brexit red bus almost leaves red faces3h Anti-Brexit red bus almost leaves red faces
Anti-Brexit campaigners have launched their own big, red bus - but were almost left red-faced.
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Supreme Court Rules on Terrorism, Whistle-Blowers and Prisoners3h Supreme Court Rules on Terrorism, Whistle-Blowers and Prisoners
The justices issued four decisions, including one rejecting a bid to seize Iranian artifacts in a terrorism suit and another limiting whistle-blower protections.
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Mary Lou McDonald attacks Theresa May over talks stalemate3h Mary Lou McDonald attacks Theresa May over talks stalemate
Mary Lou McDonald says Theresa May is "facilitating the DUP blocking" power-sharing progress.
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NHS has 100,000 vacancies as finances worsen3h NHS has 100,000 vacancies as finances worsen
One in every 11 NHS posts in England are currently unfilled, a vacancy rate that regulators say has contributed to one of the most challenging winter periods in NHS history.
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NFU elects first female president3h Updated NFU elects first female president
Minette Batters, the first woman to lead the union in its 110-year history, warns against 'crashing out' of the EU.
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4h Updated NRA to participate in CNN town hall
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Trump to Discuss School Shootings With Survivors, Including Florida Students4h Trump to Discuss School Shootings With Survivors, Including Florida Students
The afternoon session in the State Dining Room will include those affected by school shootings in Parkland, Fla., Littleton, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.
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5h Kirsten Gillibrand swears off cursing for Lent
New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who last year made headlines for dropping the f-bomb in a speech, said Tuesday on CBS' "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" that she gave up "swearing" for lent.
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No secret German police files held on Corbyn5h No secret German police files held on Corbyn
German officials have revealed there are no Stasi records held on Jeremy Corbyn amid "spy" claims about the Labour leader.
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6h Updated Trump challenges Sessions to investigate Obama, Democrats on Russia
President Donald Trump, after being criticized for his response to Russia's election meddling, challenged Jeff Sessions, his attorney general, to launch an investigation into the Obama administration for failing to do enough to stop the 2016 election foreign interference.
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6h Updated Famed evangelist Billy Graham dies at 99
Evangelist Billy Graham -- a confidant to presidents, a guiding light to generations of American evangelicals and a globe-trotting preacher who converted millions to Christianity -- died Wednesday at the age of 99, his spokesman confirmed to CNN.
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Productivity growth strongest since financial crisis7h Updated Productivity growth strongest since financial crisis
The UK sees a second quarter of productivity growth and wages rise more than expected.
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UK setting out post-Brexit transition period position7h Updated UK setting out post-Brexit transition period position
A "status quo" period of "around two years" is proposed - and Tory Brexiteers might not be happy.
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Minister asked: Corbyn betrayed his country?7h Minister asked: Corbyn betrayed his country?
A minister is asked for his reaction to claims by the defence secretary that Jeremy Corbyn "betrayed his country" and a security minister comparing Labour's leader to Kim Philby.
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Trump Attacks Obama, and His Own Attorney General, Over Russia Inquiry7h Updated Trump Attacks Obama, and His Own Attorney General, Over Russia Inquiry
President Trump attacked his own attorney general on Wednesday, asking in a Twitter post why Jeff Sessions has not been investigating Democrats for Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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PMQs: John Bercow reminds MPs about harassment in Commons7h PMQs: John Bercow reminds MPs about harassment in Commons
The Speaker steps in to remind noisy MPs that "huge numbers" of viewers "disapprove of this sort of behaviour".
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PMQs: Corbyn and May on UK and EU Brexit negotiations7h PMQs: Corbyn and May on UK and EU Brexit negotiations
The Labour leader criticises a speech by the foreign secretary, while the PM jokes about press stories linking him to a Czech spy from the Cold War era.
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8h Trump Attacks Obama — and His Own Attorney General — Over Russia Inquiry
President Trump attacked his own attorney general on Wednesday, asking in a Twitter post why Jeff Sessions has not been investigating Democrats for Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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8h Updated Kentucky Democrat wins state House seat in Trump stronghold
Democrats claimed a landslide victory in a special election for a Kentucky House district that voted heavily for Donald Trump in 2016.
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8h Updated Political scientists rate Trump as worst ever, but you should be skeptical
You may have read about the new study from political scientists that ranks President Donald Trump as the worst president ever. There's nothing inherently wrong with the study, and the political scientists who worked on it are well-respected. Most Americans, though, don't rank Trump as the worst president ever, even if most disapprove of the job Trump is doing.
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Brexit transition will not be indefinite - minister8h Brexit transition will not be indefinite - minister
A Government minister has insisted there will be a "fixed date" for the end of the Brexit transition period, after a leaked document emerged which appeared to suggest it could last "indefinitely".
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Ex-Save the Children boss Justin Forsyth apologises over texts8h Ex-Save the Children boss Justin Forsyth apologises over texts
Former Save the Children boss Justin Forsyth was accused of commenting on what female staff wore.
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Wages and productivity boost for economy10h Wages and productivity boost for economy
The UK sees a second quarter of productivity growth and wages rise more than expected.
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PM orders review into Primodos and vaginal mesh10h PM orders review into Primodos and vaginal mesh
The Prime Minister has ordered a review of public health scandals involving the pregnancy test drug Primodos, the use of vaginal mesh implants and the anti-epilepsy drug sodium valproate.
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UK unemployment rises for first time in two years10h Updated UK unemployment rises for first time in two years
UK unemployment rose last month but the number of people in work also increased, official figures show.
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Corbyn demands damages from Tory MP over spy claim10h Corbyn demands damages from Tory MP over spy claim
Jeremy Corbyn has demanded an apology and a donation to charity from a Conservative MP who claimed the Labour leader sold British secrets to "Communist spies".
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Theresa May to meet DUP and Sinn Féin leaders11h Theresa May to meet DUP and Sinn Féin leaders
Theresa May will host party leaders a week after talks aimed at restoring power sharing collapsed.
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11h Updated Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials, but they canceled
Vice President Mike Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials, including Kim Jong Un's sister, during his politically charged visit to the Olympics earlier this month, his office confirmed on Tuesday.
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11h How AR-15-style guns, such as the one used in Parkland shooting, are legal
After multiple instances of gun violence -- such as the Parkland, Florida, high school mass shooting that left 17 dead -- some gun control advocates have called for a ban on AR-15-style guns, similar to one the US had in place until it expired in 2004.
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Under Trump, Border Patrol Steps Up Searches Far From the Border12h Under Trump, Border Patrol Steps Up Searches Far From the Border
The Border Patrol is aggressively using a ittle-known authority to set up checkpoints and search private property to crack down on illegal immigration.
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Lord quits after sexual harassment claims emerge13h Lord quits after sexual harassment claims emerge
A Liberal Democrat peer has left his frontbench role after sexual harassment allegations emerged.
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Pro-Brexit Tory MPs set out demands in letter to Theresa May13h Pro-Brexit Tory MPs set out demands in letter to Theresa May
Tory group urges clean break with the EU - Labour says the PM is too 'weak' to stand up to them.
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Right-Wing Media Uses Parkland Shooting as Conspiracy Fodder14h Updated Right-Wing Media Uses Parkland Shooting as Conspiracy Fodder
Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and Jack Kingston express suspicion toward the teenage survivors. The website Gateway Pundit claims they were coached.
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Kushner Resists Losing Access as Kelly Tackles Security Clearance Issues15h Updated Kushner Resists Losing Access as Kelly Tackles Security Clearance Issues
Jared Kushner, frustrated about the issue and concerned that Mr. Kelly has targeted him personally with the directive, has told colleagues that he is reluctant to give up his high-level access.
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15h Updated Trump moves to ban bump stocks
President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he has directed his attorney general to propose changes that would ban so-called bump stocks, which make it easier to fire rounds more quickly.
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15h Dutch lawyer pleads guilty to lying about interaction with Rick Gates
A European lawyer pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to investigators in Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation, after he covered up his discussions with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates and a business associate based in Ukraine in September 2016, while the Trump campaign operation was in full swing.
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15h Updated These Florida lawmakers accepted money from the National Rifle Association
One week after a gunman stormed the hallways of their school in a deadly rampage, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are heading to the state capitol to demand lawmakers take action on gun control.
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Trump Moves to Relax Rules on Cheaper Health Insurance18h Updated Trump Moves to Relax Rules on Cheaper Health Insurance
Under current rules, such “short-term, limited-duration insurance” cannot last for more than three months. Under the proposal, the limit would be 364 days.
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18h Updated Trump Moves to Regulate ‘Bump Stock’ Devices
The president asked the Justice Department to propose regulations that would ban “bump stocks,” which can convert a semiautomatic gun into an automatic weapon.
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Trump Tries to Shift Blame to Obama for Not Countering Russian Meddling18h Updated Trump Tries to Shift Blame to Obama for Not Countering Russian Meddling
President Trump suggested that the Obama administration did not do enough to prevent the Kremlin’s influence campaign.
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Former Skadden Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Lying in Russia Investigation18h Updated Former Skadden Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Lying in Russia Investigation
The lawyer admitted lying in an interview with the special counsel about conversations he had with Rick Gates, who served on the Trump campaign.
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19h Updated NYT: Kushner is pushing back on giving up his access to classified info
White House officials Jared Kushner and John Kelly are privately feuding over Kushner's access to classified information despite having only an interim security clearance, according to a report in The New York Times.
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20h Trump tweets call to strengthen background checks
President Donald Trump called for reforming background checks for gun purchases in a tweet on Tuesday night.
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21h Updated The Point: Trump and Romney are friends now! Barf.
On Monday night, President Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney's Utah Senate candidacy. He did so, of course, via Twitter:
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22h Man pleads guilty to threatening New York congressman
A New York man pleaded guilty to threatening to kill GOP Rep. John Katko last fall, US Attorney James Kennedy's office announced Tuesday.
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22h CNN key House races: New Pennsylvania maps help Democrats in several districts
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court gave Democrats a boost in their effort to gain control of the House this week when it unveiled new congressional district maps and ordered them implemented in time for the midterm elections. 
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New York Times Leads Polk Winners With Four Awards22h New York Times Leads Polk Winners With Four Awards
Among the winners of the annual journalism awards were reports on the Russia investigation and the #MeToo movement.
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Justices Won’t Hear Case on Waiting Period for Gun Purchases22h Updated Justices Won’t Hear Case on Waiting Period for Gun Purchases
Justice Clarence Thomas dissented, saying the court had turned the Second Amendment into a “constitutional orphan.”
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22h Updated Mueller charges lawyer with lying about interaction with Rick Gates
Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed a charge against a lawyer for lying to investigators about his interaction with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates in September 2016.
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Polk Awards Honor Articles on Russia Investigation and #MeToo Movement23h Updated Polk Awards Honor Articles on Russia Investigation and #MeToo Movement
Journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who uncovered ties between the Trump campaign and Russia were among the winners of the George Polk Awards.
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23h Senior HHS official placed on leave for promoting unfounded claims and conspiracy theories on social media
A top official at the Department of Health and Human Services has been placed on administrative leave after a CNN KFile inquiry while the agency investigates social media postings in which he pushed unfounded smears on social media.
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23h Updated Trump to award Medal of Valor to 12 Americans
President Donald Trump will award the Medal of Valor to 12 Americans on Tuesday, the highest possible decoration for bravery by public safety officers.
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23h Sarah Sanders cryptically hints at action against Russia
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, seeking to blunt criticism that the Trump administration has not punished Russia over its 2016 election meddling, cryptically hinted Tuesday that an unpublicized action had already been taken.
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Why a Republican Plan for Paid Leave Has Stirred Concern About Social Security 24h Updated Why a Republican Plan for Paid Leave Has Stirred Concern About Social Security
A proposal would allow people to collect Social Security after a birth, but there’s a catch.
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U.S. Misses Deadline to Repatriate Detainee Who Pleaded Guilty24h U.S. Misses Deadline to Repatriate Detainee Who Pleaded Guilty
The lapsing of the deadline for the Guantánamo detainee was another blow to the military commissions system, although the Pentagon was still hoping to transfer him to Saudi Arabia.
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Brexiteer MPs pressure May with divorce demands list25h Brexiteer MPs pressure May with divorce demands list
More than 60 Tory backbenchers have turned up the heat on Theresa May by publishing a series of key demands on Brexit.
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Economic Scene: Come the Recession, Don’t Count on That Safety Net26h Updated Economic Scene: Come the Recession, Don’t Count on That Safety Net
Republicans seek a leaner welfare system tying government benefits to hard work. But such benefits are worthless when there is no work to be had.
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Corbyn: Spy stories show press is worried by Labour government26h Updated Corbyn: Spy stories show press is worried by Labour government
Labour leader warns right wing press barons "change is coming" and accuses them of printing "lies".
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26h Updated Army awards medals to students killed in Florida shooting
The US Army is awarding medals for heroism to three students killed in last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
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27h Updated Haley snubbed by Palestinian leader at UN
Pledging she "will not shut up," US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that the Trump administration will not change its decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
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Former Skadden Lawyer Accused in Russia Investigation of Making False Statements27h Former Skadden Lawyer Accused in Russia Investigation of Making False Statements
The attorney was interviewed by the special counsel about work he did in Ukraine with Rick Gates, who went on to serve on President Trump’s campaign.
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Thousands cancel Oxfam donations over Haiti scandal28h Updated Thousands cancel Oxfam donations over Haiti scandal
Around 7000 people stop donating to the charity after revelations that some staff used prostitutes in Haiti.
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28h Updated Political scientists rank Trump last, Lincoln first in presidential greatness survey
Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan enjoyed upward bumps in their greatness rankings, while President Donald Trump was ranked historically low, according to a presidential "greatness" survey released Monday.
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Stormont deadlock: NI secretary commits on budget clarity28h Stormont deadlock: NI secretary commits on budget clarity
Karen Bradley declines to immediately reimpose direct rule from Westminster, as she updates MPs.
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Theresa May urges opposition peers to retire to cut size of Lords29h Updated Theresa May urges opposition peers to retire to cut size of Lords
The PM also vows to end "automatic" peerages for judges, police officers and other senior figures.
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Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU29h Updated Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU
A guide to how the UK will leave the European Union after the 2016 referendum.
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Will Boris Johnson give up plastic pens for Lent?30h Will Boris Johnson give up plastic pens for Lent?
The foreign secretary is asked by Rebecca Pow whether he will join a campaign by Conservative MPs to reduce their plastic consumption during Lent.
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Stormont deadlock: NI Secretary to update MPs on way forward30h Stormont deadlock: NI Secretary to update MPs on way forward
Karen Bradley is due to update MPs following the collapse of talks to restore the Stormont assembly.
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As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma30h Updated As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma
President Trump’s efforts to undermine the health law have widened the gap between those who get government aid and those who don’t, deepening resentments.
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Ousted UKIP leader rekindles romance with model31h Ousted UKIP leader rekindles romance with model
Ousted UKIP leader Henry Bolton is back in a relationship with the woman whose racist messages led to his sacking.
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Lawyer Accused of Making False Statements in Russia Investigation31h Updated Lawyer Accused of Making False Statements in Russia Investigation
The attorney was interviewed by the special counsel about work he did in Ukraine with Rick Gates, who went on to serve on President Trump’s campaign.
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The Lone Star Long Shot Who Wants to Topple Ted Cruz31h Updated The Lone Star Long Shot Who Wants to Topple Ted Cruz
Representative Beto O’Rourke is making a long-shot bid to defeat Ted Cruz and become the first Democrat in Texas to win a statewide office since 1994.
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Corbyn Czechoslovakia spy claims: Kavanagh and Nunns31h Corbyn Czechoslovakia spy claims: Kavanagh and Nunns
Some newspapers continue to cover claims about the Labour leader's alleged contact with a Czechoslovakian diplomat and agent in the 1980s.
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Currie, Cook, Howe, Profumo and Stonehouse resignations31h Currie, Cook, Howe, Profumo and Stonehouse resignations
A countdown of five of the most headline-grabbing goodbyes to political life.
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31h Updated Trump to Pennsylvania Republicans: Fight newly drawn congressional map
President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that Republicans should take a newly drawn map of congressional district lines in Pennsylvania to the US Supreme Court.
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Gove backs seasonal workers scheme for UK farms after Brexit32h Gove backs seasonal workers scheme for UK farms after Brexit
Environment Secretary says the case for special arrangements for seasonal workers is "compelling".
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33h Poll: Majority blames Congress, Trump for not doing more to prevent mass shootings
A majority of Americans blame Congress and President Donald Trump for not doing more to prevent mass shootings, a new Washington Post/ABC News poll finds.
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33h Updated US show of force sends Russia a message in Black Sea
The US Navy is ramping up its presence in the Black Sea as part of a bid to counter Russia's increased presence there, a US military official tells CNN.
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Rapper Ice Cube name-checked by MP in basketball debate34h Rapper Ice Cube name-checked by MP in basketball debate
Rapper Ice Cube is name-checked by Labour MP Alex Sobel leading a debate about basketball in the UK.
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Ex-UKIP leader Henry Bolton back with girlfriend Jo Marney35h Ex-UKIP leader Henry Bolton back with girlfriend Jo Marney
Henry Bolton hints at possible wedding bells after saying he is back together with Jo Marney.
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35h The places that will decide the 2018 midterm elections
Red pockets. Romneyland. Blue-collar blues.
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International Development Committee to quiz Oxfam bosses36h Updated International Development Committee to quiz Oxfam bosses
Committee to quiz charity chief amid criticism over its handling of sexual misconduct claims by staff.
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Damian Green says Kate Maltby incident was not inappropriate37h Damian Green says Kate Maltby incident was not inappropriate
Damian Green doesn't think he acted inappropriately towards journalist Kate Maltby
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Rob Porter’s Charisma and Ambition Disguised Flare-ups of Anger38h Updated Rob Porter’s Charisma and Ambition Disguised Flare-ups of Anger
The White House aide who resigned in a domestic abuse scandal that engulfed the White House was known for his ambition at Harvard and on Capitol Hill.
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40h Updated Court releases new Pennsylvania congressional maps, could help Democrats
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court released new congressional district lines Monday, replacing the old Republican-drawn maps in time for the state's May primary.
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40h Updated Trump blames Obama for inaction over Russia meddling
President Donald Trump remained focused on the Russia matter on Monday, questioning in a tweet why his predecessor didn't act to prevent Moscow from interfering in US elections.
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40h Updated Trump endorses Mitt Romney for Senate
President Donald Trump said Monday he supports Mitt Romney's bid for the US Senate from Utah, endorsing a former rival and major figure within the Republican Party.
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40h Updated GOP congressional candidate defends AR-15 giveaway
A Kansas congressional hopeful said Monday that he's sticking by his campaign giveaway of an AR-15 rifle despite criticism in light of last Wednesday's mass school shooting in Florida.
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