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1h Updated US Air Force deploys B-52 bombers to Europe in message to Russia
The US Air Force recently deployed six nuclear-capable B-52 bombers to Europe for "theater integration and flying training" exercises with regional allies and NATO partners -- a move viewed as sending a strong message to Russia, which is celebrating the five-year anniversary of its military annexation of Crimea.
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1h 48m Updated John Hickenlooper explains why he went to see an X-rated movie with his mother
John Hickenlooper, the former Democratic governor of Colorado who is running for president, went into great detail on Wednesday evening explaining the time he took his mother to see an X-rated movie at a theater in the 1970s.
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Obama-Era Oil Leases Broke the Law by Not Assessing Climate Impact, Judge Rules2h Updated Obama-Era Oil Leases Broke the Law by Not Assessing Climate Impact, Judge Rules
The decision could present a threat to President Trump’s agenda to quickly expand oil and gas drilling by offering opponents a roadmap to legal challenges.
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2h Updated The Point: How Democrats fell out of love with impeaching Trump
Almost from the day that Donald Trump won the White House in 2016, a significant chunk of Democrats have wanted Congress to throw him out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue via impeachment. Which makes the latest finding on impeachment in a CNN-SSRS poll all the more intriguing.
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2h Updated Months After John McCain’s Death, Trump Keeps Feud With Him Alive
The president said he gave the Arizona senator “the funeral he wanted, and I didn’t get ‘thank you,’” escalating attacks on Mr. McCain that began over the weekend.
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Pentagon Opens Internal Inquiry of Acting Defense Chief’s Ties to Boeing4h Updated Pentagon Opens Internal Inquiry of Acting Defense Chief’s Ties to Boeing
Patrick M. Shanahan’s relationship with his former employers, and complaints that he disparaged Boeing competitors while at the Pentagon, have come under scrutiny.
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Fact Check: Fact-Checking Trump’s Misleading Claims on McCain, Tanks and G.D.P. Growth4h Fact Check: Fact-Checking Trump’s Misleading Claims on McCain, Tanks and G.D.P. Growth
President Trump, speaking in Ohio, exaggerated his role in Mr. McCain’s funeral, mischaracterized the senator’s record on veterans issues and cited misleading statistics on the economy and tanks.
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Bill to Set Terms on Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Is Approved by Florida House Panel4h Bill to Set Terms on Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Is Approved by Florida House Panel
Supporters say the measure is meant to resolve confusion. Opponents contend it would undermine an amendment approved by voters in November.
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4h Florida spa founder denies wrongdoing after Dems ask FBI to investigate her Trump connections
The former owner of a Florida massage parlor on Wednesday denied any wrongdoing after allegations she had sold access to President Donald Trump to Chinese clients.
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5h Judge expresses skepticism of return-to-Mexico asylum process
Twelve asylum seekers required to stay in Mexico for the duration of their immigration hearings presented themselves one by one before an immigration judge over nearly four hours Wednesday. Each case appeared to raise a similar set of questions about the new policy for Judge Jonathen Scott Simpson, and the hearing culminated in a dose of skepticism from the judge.
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5h MoveOn tells 2020 candidates to skip AIPAC
The liberal advocacy group MoveOn is urging 2020 presidential candidates to skip the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference in Washington next week.
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Fact Check: Trump’s Misleading Claims on John McCain, Tanks and G.D.P. Growth5h Updated Fact Check: Trump’s Misleading Claims on John McCain, Tanks and G.D.P. Growth
President Trump, speaking in Ohio, exaggerated his role in Mr. McCain’s funeral, mischaracterized the senator’s record on veterans issues and cited misleading statistics on the economy and tanks.
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5h Updated Fed, Dimming Its Economic Outlook, Predicts No Rate Increases This Year
The Federal Reserve lowered its growth forecast to 2.1 percent this year, far less rosy than White House projections, as it detected signs of a slowing economy.
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Theresa May manages to be both charming and offensive6h Theresa May manages to be both charming and offensive
When Tony Blair's government was introducing its unpopular tuition fees policy, quick-witted education secretary Alan Johnson announced he and his minister of state, the burly bruiser Charles Clarke, had embarked on a charm offensive to win over rebel MPs.
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6h Updated Former Trump confidante Hope Hicks to cooperate with House Democratic probe into Trump
Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director and long-time confidante of President Donald Trump, plans to turn over documents to the House Judiciary Committee as part of its investigation into potential obstruction of justice.
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Could New York City Get Real Casinos? State Leaders Are Listening6h Updated Could New York City Get Real Casinos? State Leaders Are Listening
With upstate casinos struggling and the state facing budget woes, a plan to allow full-fledged casinos in New York City is being weighed as a solution.
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6h Updated FAA: Boeing 737 MAX to get software update
Boeing has developed a software patch and pilot training program to address issues with the Boeing 737 MAX identified in the October Lion Air crash, the Federal Aviation Administration said Wednesday.
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Council tax increase: Why am I paying the police so much?6h Council tax increase: Why am I paying the police so much?
A bigger portion of your council tax will go to police this year. But why? And what is it used for?
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How Companies Learned to Stop Fearing Trump’s Twitter Wrath7h Updated How Companies Learned to Stop Fearing Trump’s Twitter Wrath
Two years into President Trump’s term, many businesses appear to be increasingly prioritizing their balance sheets over political backlash caused by his efforts to compel them to build and hire.
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7h Updated ‘Gone by Tonight’: Trump, Maps in Hand, Predicts the Collapse of ISIS
President Trump updated an earlier assertion that the territory held by the group in Syria was “100 percent” reclaimed, despite reports of continuing fighting.
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May scorns MPs ahead of Brexit delay showdown7h May scorns MPs ahead of Brexit delay showdown
Theresa May will head to Brussels to ask EU leaders to delay Brexit, after pouring scorn on MPs for not backing her deal.
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Devin Nunes Sued a Parody Cow, and It Conquered Twitter7h Updated Devin Nunes Sued a Parody Cow, and It Conquered Twitter
When the California congressman sued the account, it had 1,200 followers. That quickly ballooned to 467,000, more than his own following.
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7h Updated The Point: The impossible awkwardness of Conway vs. Conway vs. Trump
On Wednesday morning, the leader of the free world tweeted this:
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8h Updated CNN Poll: Support for impeachment falls among Democrats
Support for impeaching President Donald Trump has fallen 7 points since December, a CNN Poll conducted by SSRS finds, following Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi calling impeachment "so divisive to the country."
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8h Schumer renews push to name Senate building in honor of McCain
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer announced on Wednesday that he plans to renew his push to name a Senate office building in honor of the late Sen. John McCain.
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8h Trump: McCain Was ‘Not My Kind of Guy’
President Trump continued his criticism of the late Senator John McCain during a speech at a tank plant in Lima, Ohio, on Wednesday.
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8h Judge: Government must consider climate change in oil drilling leases
Federal agencies must "take a hard look" at the impact of oil and gas drilling on climate change, a federal judge ruled late Tuesday, directing the Bureau of Land Management to revisit environmental decisions made by the Obama administration.
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8h US Air Force orders review of training procedures in wake of Ethiopia Airlines crash
The US Air Force chief of staff has ordered a review of training procedures for military pilots of large cargo and transport planes, including Air Force One, in the wake of the Ethiopian airlines crash earlier this month.
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9h Nevada Democrats announce changes to 2020 caucus
Nevada Democrats proposed extensive changes to their 2020 caucus on Wednesday, recommending in-person early voting and a way for voters to caucus absentee as a way for the process to be more open to Democrats.
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9h Updated Border Patrol facility over capacity as government struggles to keep pace in the Rio Grande Valley
Inside a converted warehouse here, one of the largest migrant processing facilities in the country, rows of undocumented migrants filled chain-link cells when CNN visited last week.
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9h Updated Racial bias in jury selection case prompts rare question from Justice Clarence Thomas
Several members of the Supreme Court expressed concern over allegations of racial bias in the jury selection system on Wednesday in a case concerning a Mississippi death row inmate who was tried six times for murder.
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For Clues to Howard Schultz’s Leadership, Look Beyond Starbucks9h For Clues to Howard Schultz’s Leadership, Look Beyond Starbucks
Mr. Schultz, a possible presidential contender, is best known for his wildly successful coffee company. But his time as an N.B.A. owner left a very different legacy.
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10h Trump eyes auto tariffs in EU standoff
President Donald Trump placed more pressure on the stalled trade talks with the European Union Wednesday, threatening tariffs on European automobiles if no deal is reached.
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10h Top House Democrats invoke pre-WWII Germany in referencing Trump words, actions
Two powerful House Democrats have invoked Adolf Hitler's actions in Germany and the treatment of Jews during World War I and in the 1920s to warn against the direction the US is moving in, with both saying Donald Trump's presidency presents an unprecedented threat to democracy.
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‘Florida Is Tired of Being a Cheap Date’: Andrew Gillum Wants to Help Democrats Win in 202010h ‘Florida Is Tired of Being a Cheap Date’: Andrew Gillum Wants to Help Democrats Win in 2020
In an interview, the former mayor and rising Democratic star confirms he’s not running for president, and outlines his plans to mobilize Florida voters for the election.
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Brexit: EU says short delay is possible if MPs back deal11h Updated Brexit: EU says short delay is possible if MPs back deal
The EU indicates a short extension beyond the Brexit date of 29 March is possible but only if MPs back agreement.
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Fed Holds Rates Steady and Predicts No Increases in 201911h Updated Fed Holds Rates Steady and Predicts No Increases in 2019
The Federal Reserve updated its 2019 economic projections on Wednesday and telegraphed where it sees interest rates heading.
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12h Updated Mississippi death row inmate, after six trials, claims race discrimination
Curtis Flowers, an African-American man on death row, was tried five times for the 1996 murder of four people inside a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi. But it was only in 2010, after his sixth trial, that a conviction stuck and Flowers was sentenced to death.
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Clarence Thomas Breaks a Three-Year Silence at Supreme Court12h Clarence Thomas Breaks a Three-Year Silence at Supreme Court
Justice Thomas asked questions in the case of Curtis Flowers, who has been tried six times for murder. The court will decide whether jury selection was marred by racial discrimination.
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13h Trump to host Netanyahu just two weeks before Israeli elections
President Donald Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for a dinner and talks at the White House next week, just two weeks before Israeli elections that will determine whether Netanyahu stays in power.
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Brexit: EU says delay is possible if MPs back deal13h Updated Brexit: EU says delay is possible if MPs back deal
The EU indicates a short extension beyond the Brexit date of 29 March is possible but only if MPs back agreement.
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13h Updated CBP releasing some migrants due to overcrowding in Texas detention facilities
Customs and Border Protection has begun releasing some migrants apprehended crossing the Texas border illegally with notices to appear in court because of limited space in detention facilities in the Rio Grande Valley.
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Voter ID trials ruled lawful by High Court judge14h Voter ID trials ruled lawful by High Court judge
A crowdfunded campaign to stop voters needing ID has been rejected by the High Court.
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14h Updated For Trump, Brazil’s President Is Like Looking in the Mirror
Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil is an echo of Trump: a brash nationalist whose populist appeal comes partly from his use of Twitter and his history of making crude statements.
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Brexit: Theresa May vows not to delay departure beyond June14h Updated Brexit: Theresa May vows not to delay departure beyond June
The prime minister has written to the EU's Donald Tusk to ask for Brexit to be postponed for three months.
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15h Updated Why Democrats hate the Electoral College and Republicans love it
Funny thing. Democrats, who keep losing elections where they get more votes, want to get rid of the Electoral College and Republicans, who keep winning elections where they get less votes, want to keep it.
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Stephen Hepburn: Sex harassment claims investigated by Labour15h Updated Stephen Hepburn: Sex harassment claims investigated by Labour
Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn is accused of targeting a female party member in a restaurant in 2005.
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PM hints she could quit in event of long Brexit delay16h PM hints she could quit in event of long Brexit delay
Theresa May has hinted she could be prepared to resign if she is faced with the prospect of a long delay to Brexit.
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Brexit: Your simple guide to the UK leaving the EU17h Updated Brexit: Your simple guide to the UK leaving the EU
Feeling a little lost about what's going on with Brexit? Here's our basic guide.
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17h The impossible awkwardness of Conway vs. Conway vs. Trump
On Wednesday morning, the leader of the free world tweeted this:
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17h Kellyanne Conway: How she became the ultimate Trump White House survivor
Kellyanne Conway is a consistent figure in the otherwise revolving-door world of the Trump White House.
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What You Need to Know About Wednesday’s Fed Meeting17h Updated What You Need to Know About Wednesday’s Fed Meeting
The Federal Reserve will update its 2019 economic projections on Wednesday and telegraph where it sees interest rates heading.
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Donald Trump Jr. Scolds Theresa May Over Brexit: ‘Was It All a Ruse?’17h Donald Trump Jr. Scolds Theresa May Over Brexit: ‘Was It All a Ruse?’
In an op-ed for a British newspaper, President Trump’s eldest son said his father’s advice had been ignored and accused “European elites” of derailing the process.
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Brexit: What happens now?17h Updated Brexit: What happens now?
After failing twice to get her Brexit deal through Parliament, Theresa May is now requesting an extension.
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Trump Has Two Words for Kellyanne Conway’s Husband: ‘Total Loser’18h Updated Trump Has Two Words for Kellyanne Conway’s Husband: ‘Total Loser’
The president’s attack on George T. Conway III, the spouse of one of his closest advisers, came after Mr. Conway questioned his mental fitness.
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18h Progressive groups to host April summit with 2020 candidates
A group of progressive organizations will host a summit with 2020 presidential candidates in Washington, DC, next month, aiming to reinforce their issues heading into next year's Democratic primary.
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Brexit: Theresa May will not ask EU for long extension18h Updated Brexit: Theresa May will not ask EU for long extension
No 10 suggests MPs need "more time" to agree a deal as EU leaders prepare to consider UK request.
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Brexit: How can Article 50 be extended?19h Updated Brexit: How can Article 50 be extended?
MPs have voted to seek a delay to Brexit, so how does this process work?
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20h Polls show Bernie Sanders popularity among all voters is plummeting
One of the arguments Bernie Sanders' fans made during the 2016 Democratic primary was that he was more electable than Hillary Clinton. His favorable ratings with the general electorate were far higher than Hillary Clinton's. Indeed, Sanders maintained fairly high favorable ratings with all voters as late as 2018.
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20h Moderate Democrats see a path for Biden
Before Joe Cunningham won his race to represent the South Carolina Lowcountry, a coastal House district not held by a Democrat in nearly 40 years, former Vice President Joe Biden endorsed him, campaigned for him -- and picked up his tab for fried chicken and a jalapeño-flecked waffle at Page's Okra Grill in Mount Pleasant.
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21h Understanding The Times: How The Times Decides What to Investigate
Rebecca Corbett and Dean Murphy, who lead our investigations team, answer questions about how they decide which projects to pursue, where they get tips and whether their jobs are as thrilling as the movies make them out to be.
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Advert for loans to fund Brexit stockpiling banned by watchdog22h Advert for loans to fund Brexit stockpiling banned by watchdog
An advert for a short-term loan company has been banned after it suggested people might need to borrow in order to stockpile food for Brexit.
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9 Fund-Raisers in 1 Night: Democrats Vow Reform in N.Y., but Money Still Flows23h 9 Fund-Raisers in 1 Night: Democrats Vow Reform in N.Y., but Money Still Flows
Albany has long been a magnet for back-room influence peddling through lobbyist donations, and that tradition is being upheld with gusto.
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Brexit: Theresa May to formally ask for delay24h Updated Brexit: Theresa May to formally ask for delay
The PM will write to the EU asking for Brexit to be postponed, amid reports of a cabinet row.
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U.S. Pressures Iraq Over Embrace of Militias Linked to Iran25h Updated U.S. Pressures Iraq Over Embrace of Militias Linked to Iran
The push against the Iraqi groups by top American officials has fueled tensions between the two nations and within the Trump administration.
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26h On Politics: Pompeo’s Iran Plan Deepens Tensions
Mike Pompeo wants to designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group, which the U.S. has never done with a unit of another government’s military.
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