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18 Jul 10:18pm Updated Trump now says he holds Putin responsible for election interference
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he holds his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin personally responsible for Moscow's attempts to interfere in the 2016 US election.
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18 Jul 9:34pm Swalwell says Trump could be impeached if he sends ex-ambassador to Russia for questioning
Turning over former US Ambassador Michael McFaul to Russia for questioning would be grounds for impeaching President Donald Trump, Rep. Eric Swalwell declared on Wednesday.
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18 Jul 9:30pm Updated WH entertaining Russian proposal to interrogate Americans in exchange for Mueller investigation assistance
The White House said on Wednesday it is entertaining a proposal raised by Russian President Vladimir Putin to interrogate Americans in exchange for assistance in the ongoing US investigation into election interference.
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18 Jul 9:26pm WaPo: Trump loyalists reassign, remove VA employees
Staffers at the Department of Veterans Affairs loyal to President Donald Trump have reassigned or remove staffers perceived as disloyal to the President and his agenda for veterans, people familiar with the actions told The Washington Post.
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18 Jul 8:27pm US-backed Syrians holding nearly 600 foreign fighters
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces currently hold nearly 600 foreign terrorist fighters.
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18 Jul 8:05pm Prosecutors: Butina is a flight risk, has ties to Russian intelligence
Prosecutors on Wednesday said Mariia Butina should be held in jail until her trial, because her life in the US has been predicated on deception.
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18 Jul 7:54pm Cuomo willing to authorize criminal investigation of Trump Foundation
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo indicated Wednesday that he is willing to authorize a criminal investigation of the Trump Foundation, though it was not clear state prosecutors are ready to pursue one due to their ongoing civil lawsuit against the organization.
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18 Jul 7:06pm Senate resolution introduced to show support for US intelligence agencies
Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware introduced a resolution Wednesday to reaffirm support for the US intelligence community following President Donald Trump's comments Monday siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin over US intelligence agencies about election interference.
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18 Jul 7:01pm Senators coalesce around a Russia sanctions bill but hurdles remain
Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are forging ahead with plans to push back on the fallout from President Donald Trump's comments at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as lawmakers once again Wednesday are feeling the whiplash of the President's inconsistent comments on Russia.
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18 Jul 6:19pm Updated DNC alleges Secret Service blocked it from serving lawsuit to Jared Kushner
The Democratic National Committee tried and failed three times to serve Jared Kushner with a lawsuit at his Manhattan apartment and was turned away by a US Secret Service agent when it attempted to deliver the packet to the White House senior adviser's Washington, DC, home, according to court filings.
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18 Jul 6:11pm Updated Trump wades into Georgia GOP gubernatorial primary
President Donald Trump has taken a side in the Georgia Republican gubernatorial primary headed into a runoff next Tuesday, opting to back Secretary of State Brian Kemp.
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18 Jul 5:51pm Updated Special counsel still investigating Roger Stone
Robert Mueller's special counsel's office appears to still be investigating Trump adviser Roger Stone and working on a case in court involving one of his former associates.
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18 Jul 5:08pm Democrats push Trump administration to provide more details on government reorganization plan
Senate Democrats accused an Office of Management and Budget official of withholding data from Congress that justifies a sweeping Trump administration proposal to overhaul the federal government, including merging some departments and shifting some programs for different agencies.
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18 Jul 4:11pm Updated Prosecutors: Butina is flight risk, should stay in jail until trial
Prosecutors on Wednesday said Mariia Butina should be held in jail until her trial, because her life in the US has been predicated on deception.
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18 Jul 4:01pm The Point: Trump just said one thing, but meant something else -- again
This exchange, between President Donald Trump and ABC's Cecilia Vega at the close of a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, is breathtaking:
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18 Jul 3:54pm Updated Republicans poised to choose Charlotte for 2020 convention
Charlotte, North Carolina, is poised to host its second major-party convention in a decade after Republican officials voted Wednesday to recommend the city for the party's 2020 national convention.
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18 Jul 3:54pm Updated Sanders disputes that Trump said Russia no longer targeting US
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Russia is no longer targeting the United States and that no other president has ever been tougher on the country.
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18 Jul 3:53pm Updated Schumer demands Kavanaugh recuse himself from Mueller cases
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called the video showing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's desire to overturn a 1988 Supreme Court ruling upholding the constitutionality of an independent counsel "deeply, deeply troubling."
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18 Jul 3:09pm White House reveals range of topics for Trump-Putin meeting
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Wednesday listed a number of topics that were included in President Donald Trump's private one-on-one meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.
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18 Jul 2:56pm Updated Trump says Russia no longer targeting the US
President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Russia is no longer targeting the United States and that no other president has ever been tougher on the country.
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18 Jul 2:54pm Rep. Jim Jordan interviewed in OSU investigation
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan has been interviewed in the investigation at Ohio State University into alleged abuse by an OSU team doctor, according to a spokesperson in Jordan's office.
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18 Jul 2:10pm Updated Campaign arm for House Democrats raises record-breaking $15.2 million in June
The committee charged with delivering a House majority for Democrats in the midterm elections raised $15.2 million in the month of June, its best fundraising month of the 2018 cycle so far and the latest sign of Democratic enthusiasm ahead of November.
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18 Jul 1:16pm Updated Secret Service agent dies after suffering stroke on the job
A United States Secret Service agent died after suffering a stroke while supporting President Donald Trump's trip to Scotland over the weekend, the Secret Service and multiple law enforcement sources tell CNN.
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18 Jul 1:10pm Key Republican looking at whether Trump translator should come before Congress
Sen. Bob Corker, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says he is looking into whether it is appropriate to ask President Donald Trump's translator from the one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to testify or turn over her notes from the summit.
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18 Jul 1:03pm Updated EPA rolls back Obama-era coal ash regulations
As one of his first major acts as acting director of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler signed and finalized new standards overseeing coal ash, the leftover waste created by power plants that burn coal. The new rules are a revision of 2015 regulations that were put into place by the Obama administration after two significant industrial coal ash spills.
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18 Jul 12:48pm Why the US is obligated to defend Montenegro
The country of Montenegro was thrust into the limelight after President Donald Trump was asked whether the US would come to the military aid of the most recent member of NATO.
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18 Jul 12:24pm Updated Senators considering what their options are after Trump-Putin summit
Senators in both parties said Tuesday there are a broad set of ideas under consideration to push back against President Donald Trump aligning with President Vladimir Putin at their summit in Helsinki.
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18 Jul 11:50am The Point: Democrats should maybe slow their roll on pushing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as their next big star
Since her massive upset victory over New York Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley last month, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been touted as the fastest-rising star in the Democratic firmament. Potential 2020 presidential contenders seized on her victory as a sign that unapologetic liberalism is where the party is headed. Suddenly would-be national candidates were falling all over themselves to call to abolish ICE. Think pieces over What It All Means -- including in this space -- were launched.
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18 Jul 11:22am Trump versus US intelligence on Russian election interference
The US government is convinced Russia interfered in the 2016 election, the operation was ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin, and it was designed to help Donald Trump win. The US intelligence community announced these conclusions in a bombshell report in January 2017.
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18 Jul 11:02am Updated Trump seems to question US commitment to defending all NATO allies
President Donald Trump seemingly questioned the United States' commitment to defending all NATO allies in an interview that aired Tuesday evening.
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18 Jul 9:00am Updated Trump falsely claims Queen reviewed honor guard for first time in 70 years
US President Donald Trump has wrongly claimed that Britain's Queen Elizabeth II reviewed her honor guard for the first time in 70 years during his visit to the United Kingdom last week.
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18 Jul 8:59am Updated Trump keeps up defense of Helsinki performance
President Donald Trump on Wednesday continued to defend his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a day after walking back his remarks in which he would not endorse US intelligence findings on Russian election meddling over Putin's denial.
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18 Jul 7:41am Updated Support for abortion rights depends on how you ask the question
Justice Anthony Kennedy's resignation from the Supreme Court and President Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh have created the possibility of a more conservative Supreme Court overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision, reopening the issue of abortion in American politics.
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18 Jul 7:28am Ex-FBI head James Comey urges public to vote Democratic
Former FBI Director James Comey is urging "all who believe in this country's values" to vote for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections.
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18 Jul 7:25am Updated Durbin calls for investigation of abuse allegations at shelter for separated children
Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin says the United States is investigating allegations of abuse at a Chicago facility that houses children separated from their parents at the Mexican border.
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18 Jul 7:13am Updated Onetime Trump critic Rep. Martha Roby survives runoff challenge in Alabama, CNN projects
Alabama Republicans are set to decide Tuesday whether they'll tolerate a member of Congress criticizing President Donald Trump, even if Trump has since given his blessing to the candidate.
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18 Jul 5:17am Updated Trump, facing fury, says he misspoke with Putin
President Donald Trump was upbeat immediately after his news conference with Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, but by the time he returned stateside, his mood had soured considerably amid sustained fury at his extraordinary embrace of the Russian leader.
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18 Jul 5:16am Immunity sought for witnesses, venue change denied as Manafort trial nears
Special counsel Robert Mueller is asking a federal court to provide immunity for five unidentified witnesses slated to testify against former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort at his financial crimes trial beginning next week.
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18 Jul 1:28am Updated GOP Rep. Will Hurd: Trump should not meet one-on-one with world leaders
Republican Rep. Will Hurd is advising against President Donald Trump having solo meetings with other world leaders because "too much is at stake."
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