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26 Feb 11:39pm Updated Republicans force climate-related hearing to adjourn after only 2 Democrats show up
House Democrats have been holding multiple hearings this month to highlight the impacts of, and science around, climate change, but Republicans managed to scuttle one session Tuesday after just 10 minutes when only two Democrats showed up.
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Democrats Issue Subpoenas on Trump’s Migrant Family Separations 26 Feb 11:35pm Updated Democrats Issue Subpoenas on Trump’s Migrant Family Separations
House Democrats issued subpoenas to three cabinet officials, but administration officials did not immediately say whether they would comply.
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26 Feb 9:59pm Trump Organization points to info removed from law firm website as it alleges conflict of interest
The Trump Organization has accused a law firm of removing references about its long-term relationship with the company from its website as the organization alleges a conflict of interest over a lawyer from the firm working for a House committee that's investigating the President's company.
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26 Feb 9:54pm Updated Michael Cohen apologizes to Senate panel for lying to Congress
Michael Cohen is finally at the starting line for his Capitol Hill gauntlet.
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26 Feb 9:46pm The Point: What Michael Cohen needs to answer for
Michael Cohen's moment is now.
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House Poised to Pass First Gun Control Bills in a Generation 26 Feb 8:58pm Updated House Poised to Pass First Gun Control Bills in a Generation
Gun control once sharply divided Democrats, but with the politics of guns changing, the House is about to pass the first major gun bills in a generation.
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26 Feb 8:54pm Updated The Point: 5 big questions for Michael Cohen
Michael Cohen's moment is now.
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Kushner on Mideast Tour to Promote Investment Plan as Part of a Path Toward Peace 26 Feb 8:20pm Kushner on Mideast Tour to Promote Investment Plan as Part of a Path Toward Peace
Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has been working on a blueprint for President Trump intended to resolve the decades-old dispute between Israel and the Palestinians.
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House Votes to Block Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration 26 Feb 8:13pm Updated House Votes to Block Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration
The House easily voted on Tuesday to block President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border, seeking to stop the diversion of funds to his wall.
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Drug Makers Try to Justify Prescription Prices to Senators at Hearing 26 Feb 8:12pm Drug Makers Try to Justify Prescription Prices to Senators at Hearing
Lawmakers, who along with President Trump have promised to address rising drug prices, pressed the heads of major drug companies to lower prices or risk legislative action.
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26 Feb 8:04pm Updated Michael Cohen disbarred in New York
The New York state Supreme Court in Manhattan has disbarred Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, after Cohen pleaded guilty last year to multiple felony charges, according to a decision released Tuesday.
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Trump Undermines Top Trade Adviser as He Pushes for China Deal 26 Feb 8:01pm Trump Undermines Top Trade Adviser as He Pushes for China Deal
Robert Lighthizer, the United States trade representative, must defend a trade pact that is shaping up to be less ambitious than he might once have hoped.
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Biden’s Family Is Urging Him to Run in 2020 26 Feb 7:56pm Updated Biden’s Family Is Urging Him to Run in 2020
In a self-reflective appearance in Delaware, Joseph R. Biden Jr. said he is still assessing whether to join the race, and wants to ensure he could make a “first-rate effort.”
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‘Executing Babies’: Here Are the Facts Behind Trump’s Misleading Abortion Tweet 26 Feb 7:46pm ‘Executing Babies’: Here Are the Facts Behind Trump’s Misleading Abortion Tweet
Infants are rarely born alive after abortion procedures, and if they are, doctors do not kill them.
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26 Feb 7:45pm Updated Breakfast With Kim Jong-un? Some American Reporters Came Close(ish)
When it turned out that the North Korean leader would be staying at their hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, U.S. journalists were abruptly moved.
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Architects of Bernie Sanders’s 2016 Race Part Ways With 2020 Campaign 26 Feb 7:44pm Updated Architects of Bernie Sanders’s 2016 Race Part Ways With 2020 Campaign
In a blow to the campaign, the consultants, who produced some of the most memorable ads in 2016, said that they had strategic differences with Mr. Sanders and his wife.
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26 Feb 7:36pm Cohen Says He Looks Forward to Telling ‘My Story’
The night before Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, was scheduled to testify before a House Committee, he said he was going to let the American people decide ‘“exactly who’s telling the truth.”
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Hillary Clinton Is Not a Candidate. She Looms Over 2020 Anyway. 26 Feb 7:34pm Updated Hillary Clinton Is Not a Candidate. She Looms Over 2020 Anyway.
After being first lady, senator, secretary of state and a presidential nominee, Mrs. Clinton remains a singular figure in Democratic presidential politics.
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Labour row erupts over Hezbollah ban 26 Feb 7:05pm Labour row erupts over Hezbollah ban
Backbench MPs criticised the leadership for not taking a stronger stance against the Lebanese group.
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In Show of Bipartisanship, House Approves a Sweeping Land Conservation Bill 26 Feb 6:54pm In Show of Bipartisanship, House Approves a Sweeping Land Conservation Bill
The measure, which has passed the Senate and now goes to President Trump, is the first significant land conservation bill in years.
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26 Feb 6:54pm Supreme Court to decide fate of WWI memorial cross in church and state dispute
The fate of a 40-foot-tall cross built almost a century ago to honor World War I veterans is at the center of a separation of church and state dispute at the Supreme Court Wednesday.
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May to MPs: Do your duty and back my Brexit deal 26 Feb 6:23pm May to MPs: Do your duty and back my Brexit deal
Theresa May has issued an impassioned plea to MPs to "do their duty" and vote for her Brexit deal.
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26 Feb 6:21pm House progressives unveil their Medicare for all bill
House progressive Democratic leaders are set to unveil their own sweeping version of Medicare for all Wednesday, looking to put their stamp on a key legislative priority that's pushing the party to the left both in Congress and the 2020 presidential primary.
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Aide to Roger Stone Must Testify in Russia Case, Appeals Court Rules 26 Feb 6:07pm Updated Aide to Roger Stone Must Testify in Russia Case, Appeals Court Rules
Ruling that Andrew Miller must comply with a subpoena, an appeals court upholds the legitimacy of Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel.
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Mind: When the Bully Is the Boss 26 Feb 5:55pm Updated Mind: When the Bully Is the Boss
Managers who aggressively “demand” excellence from their employees won’t necessarily produce it, researchers say.
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Democrats Prepare Subpoenas on Trump’s Migrant Family Separations 26 Feb 5:38pm Updated Democrats Prepare Subpoenas on Trump’s Migrant Family Separations
A House committee voted to authorize subpoenas that Democrats say are necessary to get to the bottom of the child separation policy, moments before another panel held its first hearing on the policy.
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26 Feb 5:35pm Updated 2020 Democrats are trying to redefine the idea of reparations
The issue of reparations -- usually interpreted as making financial amends to African-Americans for centuries of slavery, racism and inequality -- has again entered the political conversation after several Democratic presidential candidates expressed support for the idea.
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26 Feb 5:26pm Fact Check: Did Sanders win more young voters in 2016 than Clinton and Trump combined?
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont appeared at a CNN presidential town hall Monday night. During the event, he claimed that he was more appealing to young voters and young people of color in 2016 than Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.
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26 Feb 4:44pm Updated Appeals court backs AT&T acquisition of Time Warner
An appeals court has rejected the Justice Department's bid to overturn a ruling that cleared the way for AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner.
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26 Feb 4:43pm Updated Michael Cohen on Capitol Hill Tuesday, start of 3-day congressional gauntlet
Michael Cohen is finally at the starting line for his Capitol Hill gauntlet.
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26 Feb 4:40pm Powell deflects again when asked about Trump relationship
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell on Tuesday was again asked about his relationship with the White House in setting interest rate policy -- only this time, it was during testimony before the Senate Banking committee.
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26 Feb 4:19pm Trump and Trade Adviser ‘Disagree’ on What to Call Deal With China
In the Oval Office, President Trump quibbled with his top trade adviser, Robert Lighthizer, over the nature of a memorandum of understanding, or M.O.U. From now on, Mr. Lighthizer said, he won’t use that term.
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26 Feb 4:13pm Updated North Carolina GOP candidate will not run in new congressional election
North Carolina Republican Mark Harris will not run in the new election for the 9th Congressional District following November's disputed result caused by absentee ballot irregularities, his campaign announced Tuesday.
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Breakaway MPs launch second referendum bid 26 Feb 4:12pm Breakaway MPs launch second referendum bid
A breakaway group of MPs is spearheading a cross-party effort to pave the way for Theresa May to hold a second Brexit referendum.
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26 Feb 4:02pm Maria Butina continues to cooperate with prosecutors, will remain in jail
Unregistered Russian foreign agent Maria Butina will stay jailed in the US for yet another month, as she continues to help prosecutors with other cases following her guilty plea in December.
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Northern Ireland abortion protests held at Westminster 26 Feb 3:51pm Northern Ireland abortion protests held at Westminster
Opposing groups in the ongoing debate about abortion in NI stage simultaneous protests.
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Brexit: No-deal impact assessment published 26 Feb 3:15pm Updated Brexit: No-deal impact assessment published
It says there is "little evidence" that businesses are "preparing in earnest for a no-deal scenario".
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26 Feb 2:55pm Updated Trump administration officials point fingers on family separations
During a House hearing Tuesday, Trump administration officials drew clear distinctions about each agency's role in the controversial "zero tolerance" immigration policy that resulted in separating thousands of children from their families -- seemingly punting responsibility on the different facets of the policy which continues to have repercussions nearly a year later.
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26 Feb 2:52pm Updated HHS docs show thousands of alleged incidents of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors in custody
The Department of Health and Human Services received more than 4,500 complaints of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors from 2014-2018, according to internal agency documents released Tuesday by Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch.
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Theresa May offers MPs Brexit delay vote 26 Feb 2:48pm Updated Theresa May offers MPs Brexit delay vote
If Theresa May can't get her deal through Parliament, MPs will vote on ruling out no-deal or delaying Brexit.
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Political Memo: For Kamala Harris, a Strong Start, but With Some Notable Stumbles 26 Feb 2:30pm Political Memo: For Kamala Harris, a Strong Start, but With Some Notable Stumbles
There is no soft entry for presidential candidates these days, as Ms. Harris learned when she softened earlier comments on some issues, or sidestepped questions on others.
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Brexit: a guide to possible amendments 26 Feb 2:21pm Updated Brexit: a guide to possible amendments
MPs will put forward their proposals for next steps ahead of votes on Wednesday - but what do they want?
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26 Feb 2:13pm Top Bernie Sanders consultants part ways with 2020 campaign
Top media consultants to Sen. Bernie Sanders announced their departure from his 2020 presidential campaign on Tuesday, in a major shakeup only one week after Sanders formally embarked on his second bid for the White House.
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26 Feb 1:33pm How the Daley dynasty could return to power in Chicago
America's third largest city chooses its next mayor on Tuesday, with a field of more than a dozen candidates running to replace two-term Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is retiring. The race has largely flown under the national radar until recently, when Bill Daley, the former Commerce secretary and chief of staff to Barack Obama (not to mention the son and brother of past Chicago mayors) began to surge in the polls.
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26 Feb 12:57pm Thousands of immigrant children were sexually abused in custody, HHS documents say
The Department of Health and Human Services received more than 4,500 complaints of sexual abuse against unaccompanied minors from 2014-2018, according to internal agency documents released Tuesday by Florida Democratic Rep. Ted Deutch.
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26 Feb 12:42pm Updated Trump bets it all on friendship with Kim
President Donald Trump was looking to flatter his new friend in Singapore when he struck upon an unusual compliment.
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26 Feb 12:14pm House committee to subpoena HHS, DHS DOJ for family separation documents
The House Oversight Committee voted Tuesday to subpoena the departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services for documents related to family separation at the southern border.
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PM commits to votes on no-deal Brexit or Brexit delay 26 Feb 11:06am PM commits to votes on no-deal Brexit or Brexit delay
Theresa May has promised MPs votes on a no-deal Brexit or a delay to Brexit, if the House of Commons once again rejects her EU withdrawal agreement.
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26 Feb 10:36am House Judiciary chair slams Trump administration over family separation, slow document turnover
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler slammed the Trump administration's controversial policy that separated thousands of children from their families, as Democrats take their first major opportunity to grill department leaders on how children were treated.
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Drug Makers Will Try to Justify Prescription Prices to Senators at Hearing 26 Feb 10:15am Drug Makers Will Try to Justify Prescription Prices to Senators at Hearing
Lawmakers and President Trump have promised to address rising drug prices; a hearing on Tuesday could be the first step to legislation to lower costs.
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26 Feb 10:13am Updated Michael Cohen faces Capitol Hill gauntlet starting Tuesday
Michael Cohen is finally at the starting line for his Capitol Hill gauntlet.
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Theresa May buys herself yet more time on Brexit 26 Feb 9:48am Theresa May buys herself yet more time on Brexit
The prime minister is getting good at making statements she does not want to make on issues she does not necessarily agree with. 
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Rust Belt, Sun Belt or Both? Democrats Seek the Best Route to the White House 26 Feb 9:47am Updated Rust Belt, Sun Belt or Both? Democrats Seek the Best Route to the White House
Democrats are split over whether to redouble their efforts to win back the industrial heartland, or turn their attention to more demographically promising states like Georgia and Arizona.
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26 Feb 9:38am Updated Democrats blast absent Trump with oversight offensive
The reckoning that has been due for the Trump administration ever since Democrats won the midterm elections is about to hit with full force, with a multi-front oversight offensive targeting the President and his senior officials.
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Pound rises amid Brexit delay speculation 26 Feb 9:21am Updated Pound rises amid Brexit delay speculation
Sterling hits a 21-month against the euro as markets price in a possible Article 50 extension.
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Planned in Michael Cohen’s Testimony: A Litany of Accusations Against Trump 26 Feb 9:08am Planned in Michael Cohen’s Testimony: A Litany of Accusations Against Trump
Mr. Cohen’s plans were laid out in broad strokes by a person familiar with what he intends to say.
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Brexit: Corbyn reaction to May statement on EU deal 26 Feb 8:19am Brexit: Corbyn reaction to May statement on EU deal
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn describes the prime minister's handling of Brexit negotiations as "grotesquely reckless".
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Brexit: May statement on future votes and Article 50 extension 26 Feb 8:12am Brexit: May statement on future votes and Article 50 extension
Theresa May tells MPs she does not want to extend Article 50 but MPs will get to vote on delaying Brexit if they reject her deal and a no-deal exit.
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Theresa May to offer MPs no-deal Brexit vote 26 Feb 8:10am Updated Theresa May to offer MPs no-deal Brexit vote
Theresa May to propose Commons votes on no-deal Brexit and Brexit delay, if MPs reject her plan next month.
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Brexit: Theresa May facing no-deal revolt after cabinet meets 26 Feb 7:18am Brexit: Theresa May facing no-deal revolt after cabinet meets
Three ministers threaten to resign unless Theresa May agrees to remove the threat of a no-deal exit.
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Brexit: Theresa May facing no-deal revolt as cabinet meets 26 Feb 6:48am Updated Brexit: Theresa May facing no-deal revolt as cabinet meets
Three ministers threaten to resign unless Theresa May agrees to remove the threat of a no-deal exit.
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Brexit: How Labour MPs and their constituencies voted in 2016 26 Feb 6:47am Brexit: How Labour MPs and their constituencies voted in 2016
The Labour Party has said it will back a second referendum on Brexit, offering people the opportunity to remain in the European Union.
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How can Article 50 be extended and Brexit delayed? 26 Feb 6:40am How can Article 50 be extended and Brexit delayed?
A top EU official believes delaying Brexit is a "rational solution" with government ministers also in favour of extending Article 50 - but how can it be done?
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26 Feb 6:31am Trump Kim summit: What does a win for North Korea look like in Hanoi?
The stakes are high for Trump-Kim round two.
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26 Feb 6:09am Analysis: Why Democrats are not afraid of gun control anymore
The House of Representatives this week is poised to pass its most significant gun control legislation since President Bill Clinton's first term -- and in the process highlight a fundamental transformation in the Democratic Party's center of gravity.
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26 Feb 6:06am Drug executives to testify on Capitol Hill about rising drug prices
Executives from seven major drug companies will be grilled about the high cost of their medications at a Senate panel on Tuesday morning.
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Paternal leave rights equalised to maternity rights 26 Feb 5:11am Paternal leave rights equalised to maternity rights
A father explains why he did not regret taking up the offer of six months paid paternity leave after the birth of his son.
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Michael Cohen Is Said to Have Plans to Go Negative on Trump During Testimony 26 Feb 5:00am Michael Cohen Is Said to Have Plans to Go Negative on Trump During Testimony
Mr. Cohen’s plans were laid out in broad strokes by a person familiar with what he intends to say.
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How the Politically Unthinkable Can Become Mainstream 26 Feb 5:00am How the Politically Unthinkable Can Become Mainstream
Policy ideas once dismissed out of hand are now being widely discussed. The Overton window is one way to understand what’s happening.
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Fiona Onasanya: Speeding MP released from prison 26 Feb 4:49am Updated Fiona Onasanya: Speeding MP released from prison
Fiona Onasanya was handed a three-month jail term for perverting the course of justice.
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Ex-Labour MP released from prison after a month 26 Feb 4:13am Ex-Labour MP released from prison after a month
Former Labour MP Fiona Onasanya has been allowed to leave prison after serving a month of her three-month sentence for lying about a speeding charge.
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Brexit: Theresa May facing revolt ahead of cabinet meeting 26 Feb 3:52am Updated Brexit: Theresa May facing revolt ahead of cabinet meeting
Three ministers threaten to resign unless the prime minister agrees to remove the threat of no-deal Brexit.
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Fresh Brexit vote should include Remain but not no-deal - Labour 26 Feb 2:42am Fresh Brexit vote should include Remain but not no-deal - Labour
Labour's Sir Keir Starmer has told Sky News a second EU referendum should be a "basic choice" between a "credible Leave option and Remain" - but voters should not have the option of a no-deal Brexit.
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26 Feb 1:05am Updated On Politics: In 2020, Should Democrats Head North or South?
Democrats are split over what would be the best path to the White House. Should they try to win back the industrial heartland, or turn their attention to the Sun Belt?
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26 Feb 12:52am Key players at the Trump-Kim summit
When President Donald Trump sits across from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam, this week, he will be flanked by a delegation of officials not always in agreement on the best strategy to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.
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26 Feb 12:06am New report from environmental group details reduced enforcement at EPA
There has been a drastic drop in the enforcement of environmental regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Trump administration, an advocacy group will say in a report issued to Congress on Tuesday.
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