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4 Dec 10:12pm 4 men indicted in connection to Panama Papers investigation
Four men connected to the Panama Papers investigation have been indicted for their roles in allegedly defrauding the US government through international money laundering and wire fraud associated with Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
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4 Dec 10:06pm Updated Flynn Was a Key Cooperator and Deserves Little Prison Time, Mueller Team Says
Mr. Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the presidential transition.
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Bloomberg, Focusing on Climate Change, Says He Would Battle the Coal Industry 4 Dec 10:01pm Updated Bloomberg, Focusing on Climate Change, Says He Would Battle the Coal Industry
The billionaire philanthropist, appearing in Iowa as he mulls a presidential run, called climate change “the issue’’ for 2020.
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Mourners Stream Into the Capitol to Pay Tribute to George Bush 4 Dec 9:39pm Updated Mourners Stream Into the Capitol to Pay Tribute to George Bush
Among those visiting the Capitol were a group of disabled people, accompanied by Sully, Mr. Bush’s service dog, and people from across the country.
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Jon Meacham, Bush’s Biographer, Will Also Deliver a Eulogy 4 Dec 9:06pm Jon Meacham, Bush’s Biographer, Will Also Deliver a Eulogy
Mr. Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and former President George Bush forged a deeply personal connection that was unusual for most historians and their subjects.
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Three defeats for PM in Commons Brexit blow 4 Dec 8:53pm Updated Three defeats for PM in Commons Brexit blow
Ministers lose votes on legal advice and role of MPs as PM insists EU deal is "honourable compromise".
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The Commons is in control now, not government 4 Dec 8:52pm The Commons is in control now, not government
It was the worst legislative day for any sitting Government in four decades.
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4 Dec 8:49pm Updated C.I.A. Briefing on Khashoggi Solidifies Senators’ View of Prince Mohammed’s Complicity
“There is not a smoking gun, there’s a smoking saw,” Senator Lindsey Graham said after a briefing by the C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel.
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4 Dec 8:29pm Updated Unusual pattern of signatures emerges as North Carolina probes allegations in House race
As North Carolina officials investigate allegations that absentee ballots were tampered with in a tight congressional race, a review of some of those ballots revealed many were signed by the same small group of people -- some of whom are connected to a longtime operative working for the Republican candidate's campaign.
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House Republican Campaign Committee Says It Was Hacked This Year 4 Dec 8:19pm Updated House Republican Campaign Committee Says It Was Hacked This Year
The National Republican Congressional Committee said it had reported the breach to the F.B.I. but acknowledged that it had otherwise kept the hack secret for months.
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Maryland and District of Columbia Seek Business Records Related to Trump Hotel 4 Dec 8:13pm Maryland and District of Columbia Seek Business Records Related to Trump Hotel
The two governments issued subpoenas in their case claiming President Trump has conflicts of interest that violate the Constitution’s emoluments clauses.
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Reality Check: Are these councils defying the cuts? 4 Dec 8:12pm Reality Check: Are these councils defying the cuts?
Almost every council in the UK has made cuts since 2010.
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On Washington: A Funeral for a President, and a Fleeting Unity for a Nation 4 Dec 7:44pm On Washington: A Funeral for a President, and a Fleeting Unity for a Nation
The highly choreographed spectacle, a fitting bookend to the heavily scripted inaugural ritual, offers Americans a welcome chance for reflection.
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fact check : George Bush’s Legacy: Revisiting Past Claims 4 Dec 7:44pm fact check : George Bush’s Legacy: Revisiting Past Claims
As the nation remembers the former president, we assess some popular anecdotes about him, including his reaction to a grocery store scanner and whether Ross Perot cost him a second term.
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4 Dec 7:28pm Trump meets with Mattis and Republican lawmakers amid fears of defense budget cut
A day after President Donald Trump appeared to call the current Defense Department budget "crazy," Secretary of Defense James Mattis and key Republican lawmakers who oppose any defense budget cuts met with the President to discuss military funding.
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Disputed North Carolina Race May Hinge on a Shadowy Operative 4 Dec 7:23pm Updated Disputed North Carolina Race May Hinge on a Shadowy Operative
Officials are scrutinizing the work of L. McCrae Dowless Jr., who has worked for Democratic and Republican politicians in North Carolina, as they investigate claims of fraud.
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Trump to Meet With Kim Jong-un, Despite North Korea’s Lapses, Bolton Says 4 Dec 7:11pm Updated Trump to Meet With Kim Jong-un, Despite North Korea’s Lapses, Bolton Says
John R. Bolton, the national security adviser, said the North’s lack of progress on ending its nuclear program left room for a new meeting, likely in early 2019, to be productive.
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4 Dec 7:10pm Updated House Republican campaign arm hacked during 2018 midterms
Emails from top officials at the National Republican Congressional Committee were hacked during the 2018 midterm elections, Republican sources tell CNN, exposing the GOP's House campaign arm to an intrusion by an "unknown entity."
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E.P.A. to Roll Back a Restriction on New Coal-Burning Plants 4 Dec 6:36pm E.P.A. to Roll Back a Restriction on New Coal-Burning Plants
The move will make it easier to build new coal plants in the United States, the latest signal that the federal government is embracing the industry.
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4 Dec 6:33pm Updated John Bolton says North Korea failure to meet commitments requires second Trump-Kim summit
National security adviser John Bolton said Tuesday that President Donald Trump believes he should hold a second summit with Kim Jong Un because the North Korean leader hasn't lived up to commitments he made during their first meeting.
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Trump Said Amazon Was Scamming the Post Office. His Administration Disagrees. 4 Dec 6:29pm Updated Trump Said Amazon Was Scamming the Post Office. His Administration Disagrees.
A task force concluded that package delivery, including for the online retailer, was subsidizing other parts of the service. But its report included recommendations that made online retailers uneasy.
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4 Dec 5:47pm DC and Maryland send subpoenas to Trump Org over hotel payments
The attorneys general of the District of Columbia and Maryland began sending subpoenas to the Trump Organization as well as five federal agencies and the state of Maine for financial records involving payments to President Donald Trump's businesses.
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4 Dec 5:36pm Updated Key Republican senator pushing McConnell for vote on criminal justice bill
With Congress eying to exit Washington in a few weeks, Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the influential Judiciary committee, dismissed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's claim that a major criminal justice reform bill could pass next year.
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In contempt: PM suffers three major setbacks as Brexit debate begins 4 Dec 5:25pm In contempt: PM suffers three major setbacks as Brexit debate begins
Theresa May suffered several major setbacks in a historic day for Brexit, as the biggest test of her divorce deal looms.
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Southwest Key, Leading Migrant Shelter Provider, Orders Internal Inquiry 4 Dec 4:56pm Southwest Key, Leading Migrant Shelter Provider, Orders Internal Inquiry
The move follows a New York Times article that detailed sloppy management practices and potential financial improprieties at the charity.
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4 Dec 4:54pm Updated Michael Flynn court filing likely to reveal new details in Russia probe
Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to reveal the extent of Michael Flynn's cooperation and insights into the dealings of Russians with the Trump campaign and administration a year after the guilty plea from President Donald Trump's former national security adviser.
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4 Dec 4:39pm Updated Mueller may be poised to lift the lid of his investigation
America may get its most intimate look yet inside Robert Mueller's secretive Russia investigation in the next four days, with a series of disclosures that have the potential to be greatly damaging for President Donald Trump.
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Mourners Stream Into the Capitol to Pay Tribute to President Bush 4 Dec 4:38pm Updated Mourners Stream Into the Capitol to Pay Tribute to President Bush
Among those visiting the Capitol were a group of disabled people, accompanied by Sully, Mr. Bush’s service dog, and mourners from across the country.
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4 Dec 4:22pm Trump retweets apparently false claim of Paris protesters chanting
President Donald Trump on Tuesday retweeted conservative activist Charlie Kirk, who claimed that protesters on the streets of Paris are chanting "we want Trump" but a corresponding video appears to show London.
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George Bush: A Life Through Letters 4 Dec 3:42pm Updated George Bush: A Life Through Letters
The 41st president was known in caricature as someone who mangled syntax. But in his hundreds of letters, he expressed a quiet and often poignant eloquence.
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4 Dec 3:24pm Updated US to withdraw from missile treaty in 60 days unless Russia reverses course, Pompeo says
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that the US will stop adhering to a decades-old nuclear treaty in 60 days unless Russia returns to compliance with the agreement.
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Michael Avenatti, After Flirting With Run, Says He Won’t Seek White House 4 Dec 3:22pm Updated Michael Avenatti, After Flirting With Run, Says He Won’t Seek White House
Mr. Avenatti, who gained prominence as the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, advocated a combative approach to President Trump.
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4 Dec 3:19pm Updated Trump, Self-Styled ‘Tariff Man,’ Issues China a Warning
Giving himself the nickname on Twitter, the president said he would impose additional tariffs if China did not live up to promises made on the G-20 sidelines.
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4 Dec 3:13pm Updated Melania Trump hosts Laura Bush for White House visit
Melania Trump is hosting former first lady Laura Bush at the White House on Tuesday for a special tour of the holiday decorations.
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4 Dec 3:10pm Updated Bob Dole helped out of his wheelchair to salute George H.W. Bush
Former Sen. Bob Dole was helped out of his wheelchair Tuesday to salute former President George H.W. Bush as he laid in state at the Capitol Rotunda.
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House Republican Campaign Arm Says It Was Hacked This Year 4 Dec 2:36pm House Republican Campaign Arm Says It Was Hacked This Year
The National Republican Congressional Committee said it had reported the breach to the F.B.I. but acknowledged that it had otherwise kept the hack secret for months.
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Former leader Nigel Farage quits UKIP 4 Dec 2:25pm Updated Former leader Nigel Farage quits UKIP
The Brexiteer says he does not recognise the party anymore and criticises links with Tommy Robinson.
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4 Dec 1:59pm Updated Trump now praising Kirstjen Nielsen after border drama
President Donald Trump has warmed to his Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in recent weeks, sources tell CNN, at least temporarily easing the tension in an explosive relationship that was once seen as untenable.
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Honoring George Bush: Here Are the Events and the Ceremonies 4 Dec 1:54pm Updated Honoring George Bush: Here Are the Events and the Ceremonies
The former president will be remembered this week in Houston, Washington and College Station, Tex.
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Bush’s Coffin Arrives at Capitol, Where the Former President Will Lie in State 4 Dec 1:30pm Updated Bush’s Coffin Arrives at Capitol, Where the Former President Will Lie in State
President Trump does not plan to deliver a eulogy at George Bush’s funeral service Wednesday at Washington National Cathedral.
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4 Dec 1:25pm Protesters Rally Against ‘Power Grab’ in Wisconsin
Protesters gathered at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison to oppose Republican legislation that would diminish the power of the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general.
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Theresa May opens five days of Brexit debates ahead of vote 4 Dec 1:22pm Theresa May opens five days of Brexit debates ahead of vote
After the government is ruled to be in contempt of Parliament over its Brexit advice, Theresa May opens a debate on the EU withdrawal agreement.
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Nigel Farage announces he is quitting UKIP 4 Dec 1:17pm Nigel Farage announces he is quitting UKIP
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has announced he is quitting the party.
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In the Age of Trump, Can Scandal Still Sink a Politician? 4 Dec 1:13pm Updated In the Age of Trump, Can Scandal Still Sink a Politician?
President Trump has defied the old conventions around troublesome pasts and political careers. But it’s unclear whether the same rules apply to the Democrats running to unseat him.
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Brexit vote: Can the government avoid defeat in the Commons? 4 Dec 1:01pm Brexit vote: Can the government avoid defeat in the Commons?
It may be that the Commons does not even get to the crunch vote on the government's motion next Tuesday.
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BBC drop plans for Brexit TV debate between May and Corbyn 4 Dec 1:01pm BBC drop plans for Brexit TV debate between May and Corbyn
The broadcaster had offered to air a debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday.
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4 Dec 12:45pm Michael Avenatti rules out 2020 bid
Attorney Michael Avenatti said Tuesday that he will not run for president in 2020, ending months of speculation about his potential interest in a White House bid.
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Brexit: Full legal advice to be published after contempt vote 4 Dec 12:38pm Updated Brexit: Full legal advice to be published after contempt vote
The government will publish its legal advice in full, after MPs find it in contempt of Parliament.
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COP24, the New Round of Global Climate Talks, Has Begun. We Answer Three Key Questions. 4 Dec 12:37pm COP24, the New Round of Global Climate Talks, Has Begun. We Answer Three Key Questions.
Negotiators from nearly 200 countries are gathering in Poland over the next two weeks to try to put global climate negotiations back on track.
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4 Dec 12:29pm Updated C.I.A. Director Briefs Senators on Khashoggi Killing
Gina Haspel will try to assuage concerns about Saudi Arabia in an attempt to continue American military support for the kingdom’s bombing campaign in Yemen.
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North Carolina’s Election Turmoil: What We Know and Don’t Know 4 Dec 12:29pm Updated North Carolina’s Election Turmoil: What We Know and Don’t Know
The race in the state’s Ninth Congressional District has been upended by allegations of absentee ballot fraud, which the state elections board is investigating.
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Brexit: MPs find government in contempt of Parliament 4 Dec 12:28pm Brexit: MPs find government in contempt of Parliament
Here is the moment the voting figures were announced and the government was told to disclose its Brexit legal advice.
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Ministers to publish full Brexit legal advice 4 Dec 12:08pm Ministers to publish full Brexit legal advice
The government will publish its legal advice in full, after MPs find it in contempt of Parliament
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Baroness Osamor joins the House of Lords 4 Dec 12:00pm Baroness Osamor joins the House of Lords
A former Labour councillor, whose daughter is an MP, now sits in the Lords after being nominated by Jeremy Corbyn.
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BBC pulls out of Brexit TV debate between May and Corbyn 4 Dec 11:53am Updated BBC pulls out of Brexit TV debate between May and Corbyn
The broadcaster had offered to air a debate between Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn on Sunday.
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4 Dec 11:51am Trump warms to Nielsen after caravan drama
President Donald Trump has warmed to his Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in recent weeks, sources tell CNN, at least temporarily easing the tension in an explosive relationship that was once seen as untenable.
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4 Dec 11:33am Updated C.I.A. Director to Brief Senators on Khashoggi Killing
Gina Haspel will try to assuage concerns about Saudi Arabia in an attempt to continue American military support for the kingdom’s bombing campaign in Yemen.
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4 Dec 11:16am Joe Biden sure sounds like he is going to run for president in 2020
Officially, Joe Biden remains undecided about whether he will run for president for a third time in 2020.
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Brexit Debate: How should this Tory MP vote? 4 Dec 11:05am Brexit Debate: How should this Tory MP vote?
Conservative MP Johnny Mercer does not know which way he is going to vote on the PM's Brexit deal.
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Who called whom a racist over immigration? 4 Dec 11:02am Who called whom a racist over immigration?
Former deputy chair of UKIP Suzanne Evans and Labour’s Angela Eagle clash on European immigration
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What Brings U.S. Presidents Together? Often, Their Funerals 4 Dec 10:57am What Brings U.S. Presidents Together? Often, Their Funerals
Five living presidents may attend the funeral service for George Bush on Wednesday. We look at other times when that many presidents have gathered.
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Brexit: Legal steps for Parliament to take UK out of EU 4 Dec 9:52am Brexit: Legal steps for Parliament to take UK out of EU
The Clerk of Legislation in the House of Commons explains how Parliament will handle the legal stages of the UK leaving the EU.
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4 Dec 9:41am Updated Washington Post: Bush family plans to avoid Trump criticism at funeral
Former President George H.W. Bush's family intentionally planned a state funeral for him that will avoid criticism of President Donald Trump despite the long-running animosity between the two families, The Washington Post reported Monday night.
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4 Dec 9:18am Shutdown state of play: Short term government funding expected. Then what?
Congress has four days before funding for some government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, runs out and results in a partial government shutdown.
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4 Dec 8:53am Updated Joe Biden believes he is the "most qualified person in the country to be president"
During a stop for his book tour in Missoula, Montana, Monday night, former Vice President Joe Biden discussed his 2020 prospects, saying he believes that he is the "most qualified person" to be president, noting a decision is coming in the next two months, and acknowledging he's a "gaffe machine."
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Brexit: Theresa May to open five days of crunch debate 4 Dec 8:48am Updated Brexit: Theresa May to open five days of crunch debate
The prime minister will open five days of debate as a row over legal advice on her deal intensifies.
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Why Michael Cohen, Trump’s Fixer, Confessed to It All 4 Dec 8:31am Updated Why Michael Cohen, Trump’s Fixer, Confessed to It All
Mr. Cohen has told friends that he wanted to speed up the process by confessing his crimes quickly so that he could begin serving any sentence he receives.
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4 Dec 8:20am 2019 elections: Legal challenge to extend voter ID checks
An Essex voter is crowdfunding for a legal case, as he does not have photo ID, and would not be able to vote.
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4 Dec 8:08am Updated The Point: Donald Trump has surrounded himself with liars
President Donald Trump has lying on his mind today.
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Taxpayers treated unfairly by HMRC, says House of Lords report 4 Dec 6:46am Updated Taxpayers treated unfairly by HMRC, says House of Lords report
HMRC's powers on tackling tax avoidance are undermining justice, says a House of Lords report.
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Brexit: Food prices could rise 10%, says Bank governor 4 Dec 6:46am Updated Brexit: Food prices could rise 10%, says Bank governor
The Bank of England governor tells MPs food prices could rise 5-10% if there is no Brexit deal.
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Article 50: Law officer says UK can cancel Brexit 4 Dec 6:21am Article 50: Law officer says UK can cancel Brexit
The non-binding opinion was delivered by the European Court of Justice's advocate general.
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Rail chaos: GTR ordered to spend £15m on improvements for passengers 4 Dec 6:10am Updated Rail chaos: GTR ordered to spend £15m on improvements for passengers
GTR is ordered to pay out to improve services for passengers by the Department for Transport.
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Carney warns no-deal could see 10% shopping bill hike 4 Dec 5:18am Carney warns no-deal could see 10% shopping bill hike
Mark Carney has warned that a no-deal Brexit could see average food shopping bills rise by 10%.
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4 Dec 5:09am Fare Evasion Is Skyrocketing on New York City’s Subway. Here’s Why.
Subway officials say nearly 4 percent of subway riders do not pay fares. Some cannot afford it, but are others protesting poor service?
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What Brings U.S. Presidents Together? Often, Each Other’s Funerals 4 Dec 5:00am What Brings U.S. Presidents Together? Often, Each Other’s Funerals
Five living presidents may attend the funeral service for George Bush on Wednesday. We look other times when that many presidents have gathered.
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Law officer says UK can cancel Brexit 4 Dec 4:01am Updated Law officer says UK can cancel Brexit
The UK should be able to unilaterally revoke its withdrawal from the EU, according to a top European law officer.
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UK can halt Brexit by revoking Article 50, says EU law officer 4 Dec 3:13am UK can halt Brexit by revoking Article 50, says EU law officer
The UK can halt Brexit by unilaterally revoking the Article 50 notification, a top EU law officer has said.
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4 Dec 3:00am Fare Evasion Is Skyrocketing on New York City’s Subway. Here’s Why
Subway officials say nearly four percent of subway riders do not pay fares. Some cannot afford it, but are others protesting poor service?
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4 Dec 2:37am Updated The Point: Why Bruce Springsteen thinks Donald Trump is going to win again in 2020
Bruce Springsteen isn't a big fan of President Donald Trump.
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4 Dec 12:37am Updated Why George H.W. Bush wanted Trump at his funeral
George H.W. Bush can perform one last, posthumous service to his country this week by orchestrating a rare moment of unity and a short-term truce in the rancorous politics swirling around the crisis-stricken Trump presidency.
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Fourth Soldier Dies After Coordinated Bomb Blast in Afghanistan 4 Dec 12:28am Updated Fourth Soldier Dies After Coordinated Bomb Blast in Afghanistan
The death of Sgt. Jason M. McClary makes the roadside bombing that killed him and three others the deadliest attack on American troops in Afghanistan since 2015.
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4 Dec 12:22am Updated On Politics: Trump Calls Trade Truce a Success, but Doubts Linger
President Trump promised rapid benefits from his trade cease-fire with China. But there have been no concrete commitments, and deep divisions remain.
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Brexit vote: Will MPs back PMs deal in Commons? 4 Dec 12:16am Brexit vote: Will MPs back PMs deal in Commons?
MPs are set to decide whether to back Theresa May's deal. But, as Leila Nathoo explains, it's not going to be straightforward.
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Johnny Mercer MP asks Plymouth voters for Brexit advice 4 Dec 12:15am Johnny Mercer MP asks Plymouth voters for Brexit advice
Johnny Mercer takes to the streets of Plymouth to ask the public what he should do in the Parliamentary vote on 11 December.
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Brexit legal advice: MPs to vote on contempt of Parliament motion 4 Dec 12:11am Brexit legal advice: MPs to vote on contempt of Parliament motion
MPs will decide if the government broke Parliament's rules, before moving on to debate the UK's EU deal.
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