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14 Mar 9:51pm Updated Cory Booker and Rosario Dawson are dating, she confirms
The 2020 Democratic field may have gained a contender Thursday with Beto O'Rourke -- but it officially lost an eligible bachelor in Cory Booker.
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Beto O’Rourke Imports a Texas Campaign Strategy to His First Day in Iowa 14 Mar 9:44pm Updated Beto O’Rourke Imports a Texas Campaign Strategy to His First Day in Iowa
The newest entry into the Democratic primary, Mr. O’Rourke traveled Eastern Iowa in a rented minivan, peppered his comments with Spanish and referred to Texas — a lot.
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Beto O’Rourke Enters the 2020 Presidential Campaign 14 Mar 9:37pm Updated Beto O’Rourke Enters the 2020 Presidential Campaign
The former Texas congressman’s near-miss Senate run last year propelled him to Democratic stardom.
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Mnuchin Vows to Protect Trump’s Privacy if Tax Returns Sought 14 Mar 9:22pm Updated Mnuchin Vows to Protect Trump’s Privacy if Tax Returns Sought
The Treasury Secretary told lawmakers that he would protect the president’s privacy if congressional Democrats try to access his tax returns.
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From the Trump Shuttle to Air Force One: A Self-Declared Aviation Expert 14 Mar 9:05pm From the Trump Shuttle to Air Force One: A Self-Declared Aviation Expert
The Boeing 737 crisis resonates with President Trump, who had a crash landing as an airline owner and feared his jet would go up in flames on the runway.
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14 Mar 8:58pm Updated Book: Trump letter firing Comey accidentally went to economic aide, not top lawyer
A top aide to President Donald Trump found out FBI Director James Comey would be fired when a letter terminating him was sent to the wrong printer, according to a new book, "Kushner, Inc."
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14 Mar 8:13pm New Mexico compound suspects charged in alleged plot to attack FBI and military personnel
Five suspects who lived on a New Mexico compound were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to provide material support in preparation for attacks on federal law enforcement officers and members of the military.
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Tech Firm in Steele Dossier May Have Been Used by Russian Spies 14 Mar 8:02pm Updated Tech Firm in Steele Dossier May Have Been Used by Russian Spies
A former F.B.I. cyberexpert found evidence that suggests that Russian spies used networks run by Aleksej Gubarev to hack the Democratic Party in 2016.
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Rosario Dawson Says She Is Dating Cory Booker, Confirming Rumors 14 Mar 8:02pm Rosario Dawson Says She Is Dating Cory Booker, Confirming Rumors
In an interview with TMZ on Thursday, Ms. Dawson said she was “just grateful to be with someone I respect and love and admire so much.”
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14 Mar 7:58pm Sanders Institute Suspends Operations as Senator Runs for President
A public policy group that was started by Bernie Sanders’s wife and son is temporarily suspending operations.
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Birch Bayh, 91, Dies; Senator Drove Title IX and 2 Amendments 14 Mar 7:45pm Birch Bayh, 91, Dies; Senator Drove Title IX and 2 Amendments
Mr. Bayh, from Indiana, was a force in laws barring sex discrimination, giving 18-year-olds the vote and providing for the removal of a president.
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14 Mar 7:36pm Senate Democrats press Mnuchin about his financial holdings
Senate Democrats pressed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin about his financial holdings on Thursday, calling on the former financier to explain why there have been delays in certifying his required ethics disclosures.
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14 Mar 7:34pm Embattled Trump appointee resigns from Department of Veterans Affairs
The top communications official at the Department of Veterans Affairs, John Ullyot, announced his resignation Thursday, according to an internal email obtained by CNN and a statement from Secretary Robert Wilkie.
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On Politics With Lisa Lerer: 2 Days in Congress, 3 Trump Rejections 14 Mar 7:32pm Updated On Politics With Lisa Lerer: 2 Days in Congress, 3 Trump Rejections
In the On Politics newsletter: There have been multiple bipartisan efforts in the House and Senate to rebuke the president over the wall, Saudi Arabia and the Mueller report.
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Mnuchin’s Hollywood Ties Raise Ethical Questions in China Talks 14 Mar 7:27pm Updated Mnuchin’s Hollywood Ties Raise Ethical Questions in China Talks
The Treasury Secretary is pressing China to give American movies greater access, raising conflict of interest concerns given his financial ties to the film industry.
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Birch Bayh, 91, Dies; Senator Drove Title IX and Other Historic Legislation 14 Mar 7:24pm Updated Birch Bayh, 91, Dies; Senator Drove Title IX and Other Historic Legislation
Mr. Bayh, from Indiana, was a force in laws barring sex discrimination, giving 18-year-olds the vote and providing for the removal of a president.
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Five Labour MPs quit roles to oppose new referendum vote 14 Mar 7:23pm Five Labour MPs quit roles to oppose new referendum vote
Four frontbenchers and a shadow ministerial aide quit to defy orders to abstain on referendum vote.
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Congress Has a Breaking Point. This Week, Trump Might Have Found It. 14 Mar 7:19pm Congress Has a Breaking Point. This Week, Trump Might Have Found It.
In threebipartisan votes, Congress this week rebuked President Trump over Saudi Arabia, blocked his border emergency declaration and demanded a public release of the special counsel’s report.
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Senate Rejects Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration, Setting Up First Veto 14 Mar 7:02pm Updated Senate Rejects Trump’s Border Emergency Declaration, Setting Up First Veto
The Senate voted to overturn President Trump’s national emergency declaration, delivering a bipartisan rebuke for what lawmakers in both parties saw as executive overreach.
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MPs bid to force party leaders into TV election debates 14 Mar 6:57pm MPs bid to force party leaders into TV election debates
A new law proposing forcing party leaders to take part in TV debates during election campaigns, following a Sky News petition, is due to be debated by MPs.
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Sir Vince Cable to quit as Lib Dem leader in May 14 Mar 6:56pm Updated Sir Vince Cable to quit as Lib Dem leader in May
Sir Vince Cable says he will step down after the English local elections in May.
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Trump Administration Warns Venezuela Not to Arrest Opposition Leader 14 Mar 6:54pm Trump Administration Warns Venezuela Not to Arrest Opposition Leader
The administration said that any attempts to arrest Juan Guaidó would be met with “immediate reaction” from the international community, though it was unclear what that would mean.
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DUP discuss Brexit deal with ministers 14 Mar 6:53pm Updated DUP discuss Brexit deal with ministers
Mr Varadkar urged the UK government to make clear the purpose of a further extension.
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Brexit: MPs vote by a majority of 211 to seek delay to EU departure 14 Mar 6:49pm Updated Brexit: MPs vote by a majority of 211 to seek delay to EU departure
The UK may not now leave the EU on 29 March, if EU member states agree to grant a delay.
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David Steel suspended by Lib Dems over Cyril Smith remarks 14 Mar 6:37pm David Steel suspended by Lib Dems over Cyril Smith remarks
David Steel told a child abuse inquiry on Wednesday that he had "assumed" former MP Cyril Smith was an abuser, but took no action.
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Ex-Liberal leader suspended over child sexual abuse inquiry evidence 14 Mar 6:35pm Ex-Liberal leader suspended over child sexual abuse inquiry evidence
Former Liberal leader Lord David Steel has been suspended from the Lib Dems following his evidence to the child sexual abuse inquiry about Cyril Smith.
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14 Mar 6:14pm Updated House Votes, 420-to-0, to Demand Public Release of Mueller Report
Four Republicans voted present but most joined in support as Democrats tried to pressure the attorney general to release the full findings once the inquiry concludes.
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14 Mar 6:11pm Updated Roger Stone could face consequences for book release at court
Roger Stone may be regretting ever publishing the paperback version of his 2016 campaign book.
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14 Mar 5:56pm Jared Kushner seized the reins of American diplomacy by circumventing Rex Tillerson, new book says
President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner told former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to back off on foreign affairs and worked to cut him out of key diplomatic relationships as Kushner grabbed control of US foreign policy in the early days of the administration, according to a new book chronicling the lives of Kushner, his family and his wife, Ivanka Trump.
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Prosecutor on Mueller’s Team, Andrew Weissmann, Plans to Leave Soon 14 Mar 5:18pm Prosecutor on Mueller’s Team, Andrew Weissmann, Plans to Leave Soon
The coming departure of Mr. Weissmann, who led the cases against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, is another sign the inquiry is winding down.
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14 Mar 5:16pm NATO report says only 7 members are meeting defense spending targets
Despite many European countries boosting their defense budgets, only seven of the 29 NATO allies are currently reaching the recommended spending target of 2% of gross domestic product, according to NATO's annual report, which was published Thursday.
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Sir Vince Cable to stand down as Lib Dem leader 14 Mar 5:15pm Sir Vince Cable to stand down as Lib Dem leader
Sir Vince Cable has revealed he will stand down as leader of the Liberal Democrats in May.
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14 Mar 5:06pm Pence hosts Irish prime minister and his partner at Naval Observatory
Vice President Mike Pence hosted Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and his same-sex partner at the Naval Observatory for the Friends of Ireland breakfast on Thursday.
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14 Mar 5:05pm Updated Four things we learned from the national emergency vote
President Donald Trump is preparing to issue what is likely to be the first veto of his presidency to protect his national emergency declaration. A critical mass of Republican senators -- 12 in total -- joined Democrats Thursday to pass a resolution rescinding that declaration, despite efforts by both Hill Republicans and the White House to avoid the embarrassment.
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14 Mar 5:00pm Updated House passes resolution calling for public release of Mueller report
The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution calling for special counsel Robert Mueller's report to be released to the public once it is completed.
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MPs vote to delay Brexit - so what happens now? 14 Mar 4:17pm MPs vote to delay Brexit - so what happens now?
MPs have voted for Brexit to be delayed beyond 29 March, the date originally scheduled for the UK's departure from the EU - so what happens now?
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Where Beto O’Rourke Stands on the Issues 14 Mar 4:15pm Updated Where Beto O’Rourke Stands on the Issues
As he starts his presidential campaign, here’s a look at where Mr. O’Rourke stands on issues like immigration, criminal justice, gun control and health care.
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David Steel: Lib Dems launch investigation over Cyril Smith remarks 14 Mar 4:05pm Updated David Steel: Lib Dems launch investigation over Cyril Smith remarks
David Steel told a child abuse inquiry on Wednesday that he had "assumed" former MP Cyril Smith was an abuser, but took no action.
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Bloody Sunday: Soldier F faces murder charges 14 Mar 3:55pm Updated Bloody Sunday: Soldier F faces murder charges
The sole prosecution is seen as a "terrible disappointment" by some of the families of the 13 people killed.
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Brexit: MPs vote by a majority of 210 to seek delay to EU departure 14 Mar 3:55pm Brexit: MPs vote by a majority of 210 to seek delay to EU departure
The UK may not now leave the EU on 29 March, if EU member states agree to grant a delay.
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Brexit: MPs vote by 412 to 202 to seek delay to EU departure 14 Mar 3:18pm Updated Brexit: MPs vote by 412 to 202 to seek delay to EU departure
The UK may not now leave the EU on 29 March, if EU member states agree to grant a delay.
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Afghan Official Warns of U.S. Deal With Taliban ‘That Doesn’t End in Peace’ 14 Mar 3:09pm Afghan Official Warns of U.S. Deal With Taliban ‘That Doesn’t End in Peace’
Hamdullah Mohib, the Afghan national security adviser, said that negotiations were “increasing the legitimacy of the Taliban” and “decreasing the legitimacy of the Afghan government.”
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Brexit Article 50: Tusk to ask EU to consider long extension 14 Mar 2:40pm Updated Brexit Article 50: Tusk to ask EU to consider long extension
The European Council president's intervention came hours before UK MPs voted to seek a Brexit delay.
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Theresa May holds all the cards on Brexit - for now 14 Mar 2:28pm Theresa May holds all the cards on Brexit - for now
Theresa May has won support for her plan to extend Article 50 by a margin of 210, meaning the UK will not leave the European Union as planned on 29 March.
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14 Mar 2:17pm Three Republican senators made last-ditch effort to try to help Trump avoid defeat
The White House is bracing for an embarrassing rebuke when the Senate votes on a resolution Thursday to overturn President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration to build a wall along the US border with Mexico.
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14 Mar 2:14pm Updated National emergency vote: Senate Republicans on track to rebuke Trump on marquee campaign issue
Some Senate Republicans will join with Democrats on Thursday to rebuke President Donald Trump on the central pledge of his presidential campaign, the animating issue of his presidency and the defining action of the last few months.
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14 Mar 2:10pm Updated Mitch McConnell gets choked up on Senate floor in farewell speech for longtime aide
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave a tearful and personal send-off Thursday to one of his longtime aides, a rare show of emotion on the Senate floor from the Kentucky Republican.
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14 Mar 2:00pm Updated House Votes Overwhelmingly to Demand Public Release of Mueller Report
House Republicans joined Democrats to demand the public release of the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on his investigation of Russia and the president.
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14 Mar 2:00pm Updated Shanahan says he has not been briefed on issues with Boeing jets
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told Senate lawmakers Thursday that he has not spoken to anyone in the administration about the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft and has not been briefed on any of the problems related to the aircraft despite working for the contractor for 31 years prior to taking a job at the Pentagon.
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Why Texas Is Nearing Battleground Status (It’s Not Just About Beto) 14 Mar 1:45pm Updated Why Texas Is Nearing Battleground Status (It’s Not Just About Beto)
Hispanics represent the (elusive) upside for Democrats, but it’s a shift in white voters that is making the biggest difference.
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14 Mar 1:39pm Bernie Sanders in the 1970s urged nationalization of most major industries
Bernie Sanders advocated for the nationalization of most major industries, including energy companies, factories, and banks, when he was a leading member of a self-described "radical political party" in the 1970s, a CNN KFile review of his record reveals.
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Mnuchin Faces Ethics Questions Over Ties to Film Industry 14 Mar 1:34pm Updated Mnuchin Faces Ethics Questions Over Ties to Film Industry
The Treasury secretary’s push on behalf of Hollywood in China talks could be a conflict of interest.
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14 Mar 1:19pm Ex-Sen. Birch Bayh, author of constitutional amendments and Title IX, dies at 91
Birch Bayh, a three-term US senator whose tenure left a lasting mark on the Constitution and the world of sports, died Thursday, his son, Evan, said.
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Senate Prepares to Reject Emergency Declaration over Trump’s Objections 14 Mar 12:13pm Updated Senate Prepares to Reject Emergency Declaration over Trump’s Objections
President Trump took to Twitter to convince Senate Republicans not to block his national emergency declaration, but more senators announced they would buck him.
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14 Mar 12:00pm Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an unlikely fitness role model
A day after returning home from the hospital following cancer surgery in December, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was back working out with her trainer, Bryant Johnson.
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Pentagon Pushes for Weaker Standards on Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water 14 Mar 10:44am Updated Pentagon Pushes for Weaker Standards on Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water
The Defense Department is pitted against the E.P.A. in a dispute over how aggressively to clean up contaminated sites, including military bases.
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14 Mar 9:59am Education Dept. reviewing if any federal regulations were violated in college admissions scheme
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said her department is reviewing whether any Education Department regulations were violated in connection with the college admission bribery scheme laid out by prosecutors this week.
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DUP talk to government about Brexit deal 14 Mar 9:28am DUP talk to government about Brexit deal
Speaking from the US, Arlene Foster said there are tests the deal must meet before her party will back it.
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14 Mar 9:00am Trump ally caught in crossfire as White House clashes with GOP over Saudi Arabia
Idaho Republican Sen. James Risch, the new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, decided last week to hold a classified briefing from administration officials on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Brexit: PM to bring third Brexit deal vote to Commons 14 Mar 8:41am Updated Brexit: PM to bring third Brexit deal vote to Commons
The vote is due in the coming days, after MPs decide later whether to ask the EU to delay Brexit.
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Senate Confirms Neomi Rao to Replace Brett Kavanaugh on Key Appeals Court 14 Mar 8:37am Updated Senate Confirms Neomi Rao to Replace Brett Kavanaugh on Key Appeals Court
Ms. Rao, who heads a White House office on regulatory affairs, was confirmed, 53-46, for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals in Washington.
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White House Memo: Trump on Tech: Planes Are ‘Too Complex to Fly,’ and ‘What Is Digital?’ 14 Mar 8:14am Updated White House Memo: Trump on Tech: Planes Are ‘Too Complex to Fly,’ and ‘What Is Digital?’
Experts cite the need to bolster the nation’s infrastructure and science initiatives, but President Trump has often embraced a 1950s approach to technology.
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Four Brexits and a Divorce: What do MPs want? 14 Mar 7:49am Four Brexits and a Divorce: What do MPs want?
Cross-party groups of MPs have spent months working on their own ideas for leaving the EU.
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14 Mar 7:39am Mnuchin prepares to face off with House Democrats
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will face lawmakers on Thursday for his first public appearance since Democrats seized control of the House, a rendezvous that will likely include grillings on everything from tax refunds to Russian sanctions to whether he would agree to release President Donald Trump's tax returns.
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Bloody Sunday soldier faces murder charges 14 Mar 7:24am Updated Bloody Sunday soldier faces murder charges
A former British soldier faces murder charges over the killing of two people in Londonderry in 1972.
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14 Mar 7:18am What the judges got wrong on the Manafort cases
Ask any judge to name the hardest part of his or her job and almost always the response will be "sentencing." As a prosecutor, I did hundreds of sentencings and I understand the challenge: a judge must combine technical determinations of law with decidedly unscientific human judgment about the essential nature of the person being sentenced.
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14 Mar 7:07am On Politics: Beto O’Rourke Enters 2020 Race
Mr. O’Rourke joined the race for president this morning, bringing his relentless campaign style and legion of donors.
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Bloody Sunday soldiers await prosecution decision 14 Mar 6:17am Updated Bloody Sunday soldiers await prosecution decision
Charges, including murder and attempted murder, are being considered against 17 British Army veterans.
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14 Mar 6:00am Who Is Beto O’Rourke? | 2020 Presidential Candidate
The former Texas congressman, who rose to national stardom during his unsuccessful 2018 Senate run, is joining a crowded Democratic field.
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Views from Sunderland: Will Brexit happen on 29 March? 14 Mar 5:58am Views from Sunderland: Will Brexit happen on 29 March?
As MPs hold crunch votes in parliament, people in pro-Leave Sunderland share their Brexit frustrations.
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What is a no-deal Brexit? 14 Mar 5:37am Updated What is a no-deal Brexit?
MPs rejected leaving the EU without a deal at any time and in any circumstances - what does it mean?
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Brexit: MPs to vote on delaying leaving the EU 14 Mar 2:58am Updated Brexit: MPs to vote on delaying leaving the EU
The PM will also make a third attempt to get her deal through Parliament in the coming days.
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Can Polls Be Predictive This Early? Yes, if Old Rules Still Apply 14 Mar 2:11am Updated Can Polls Be Predictive This Early? Yes, if Old Rules Still Apply
Joe Biden would be a strong contender for 2020 if the past were a reliable guide, but things have gotten strange in recent presidential primaries.
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