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21 Mar 11:16pm Updated US slaps sanctions on 2 Chinese firms doing business with North Korea
The Trump administration on Thursday issued its first set of sanctions aimed at North Korea since the failed summit last month between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, going after two Chinese shipping companies that have helped Pyongyang evade restrictions imposed by the US and United Nations Security Council.
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In Golan Heights, Trump Bolsters Netanyahu but Risks Roiling Middle East 21 Mar 10:08pm Updated In Golan Heights, Trump Bolsters Netanyahu but Risks Roiling Middle East
Mr. Trump reversed decades of U.S. policy by declaring that Israel should have sovereignty over the Golan Heights — a move that has never been recognized internationally.
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21 Mar 9:48pm Updated The inside story of how John Roberts negotiated to save Obamacare
Adapted from "The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts" by Joan Biskupic. Copyright © 2019. Available from Basic Books.
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21 Mar 8:58pm Updated Supreme Court to meet behind closed doors to discuss mystery Mueller-related grand jury subpoena
The Supreme Court will meet behind closed doors on Friday to discuss whether to add cases to the court's docket next term, including one petition brought by a mystery company related to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
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Coast Guard’s Top Officer Pledges ‘Dedicated Campaign’ to Improve Diversity 21 Mar 8:45pm Coast Guard’s Top Officer Pledges ‘Dedicated Campaign’ to Improve Diversity
The commandant said the service, which has struggled to attract minorities, would bolster its efforts, though he admitted the military’s transgender policy could create a challenge.
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Re-emergence of Trump Aide Accused of Abuse Is ‘Deeply Troubling,’ Ex-Wife Says 21 Mar 8:30pm Updated Re-emergence of Trump Aide Accused of Abuse Is ‘Deeply Troubling,’ Ex-Wife Says
After the publication of an op-ed article by Rob Porter, the former White House staff secretary, Jennifer Willoughby wrote that he “has yet to publicly show regret or contrition for his actions.”
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Brexit: EU leaders agree Brexit delay plan 21 Mar 8:10pm Updated Brexit: EU leaders agree Brexit delay plan
Brexit can be postponed until 22 May if MPs back deal next week, or 12 April if they do not.
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On Washington: Trump’s Attacks on McCain Met With Silence From Many in Senate 21 Mar 7:56pm On Washington: Trump’s Attacks on McCain Met With Silence From Many in Senate
A number of Senate Republicans have refrained from weighing in on the president’s attack on the war hero, wary of antagonizing Mr. Trump and conservative voters.
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Trump Signs Executive Order Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses 21 Mar 7:51pm Updated Trump Signs Executive Order Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses
The order links some higher education funds to how colleges enforce free speech rights, a cause célèbre for conservatives who argue their voices have been silenced.
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Brexit delayed: UK gets two new deadlines after midnight talks 21 Mar 7:45pm Brexit delayed: UK gets two new deadlines after midnight talks
EU leaders have granted Theresa May's request to delay Brexit, giving the UK a two-tier extension.
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21 Mar 7:42pm Updated White House rejects Dem requests for info on Putin communications
The White House is rejecting a request from congressional Democrats to obtain documents tied to President Donald Trump's communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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21 Mar 7:31pm Updated California governor: Why I put a freeze on the death penalty
The heavy cost of the death penalty is one we can no longer afford, writes Gavin Newsom--not the financial burden on our justice system, nor the moral cost of unevenly and unfairly applying it based on race, income and mental disability.
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After Devin Nunes Sues @DevinCow, the Twitter Parody Gains a Half-Million Followers 21 Mar 7:02pm Updated After Devin Nunes Sues @DevinCow, the Twitter Parody Gains a Half-Million Followers
When the California congressman sued Twitter and several users, the cow account had 1,200 followers. It quickly surpassed his own following.
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21 Mar 7:00pm US sending diplomats to speak at migration summit -- in hardline Hungary
The US State Department is sending two high-level officials to a migration summit this weekend in Hungary -- a country whose controversial far-right ruling party has maintained a hardline anti-migration stance, with one of the strictest policies against immigrants in Europe, and has cracked down on civic organizations, the media and academic institutions.
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21 Mar 6:59pm On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Vice President Season Starts Early for 2020 Democrats
In the On Politics newsletter: Some 2020 Democrats are already thinking past the primaries and publicly mulling who they should choose as a running mate.
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Drug Company Protections Are Latest Stumbling Block for Nafta Rewrite 21 Mar 6:58pm Updated Drug Company Protections Are Latest Stumbling Block for Nafta Rewrite
Democrats say intellectual property provisions in the deal are a boon to the pharmaceutical industry and could undermine their push to make American health care more affordable.
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21 Mar 6:52pm ICE arrests drop as the agency shifts toward the surge of migrants at the southern border
US immigration arrests are down compared with last year, as illegal migrant crossings spike at the southern border and Immigration and Customs Enforcement has had to shift resources to the deal with the influx.
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21 Mar 6:47pm Updated On Politics With Lisa Lerer: V.P. Season Comes Early
Some 2020 Democrats are already thinking past the primaries and publicly mulling who they should choose as a running mate.
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21 Mar 6:26pm Updated Mueller wait-and-see mode hangs over White House, too
The specter of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has loomed over all but a few months of President Donald Trump's presidency.
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Brexit: EU draft plans propose Brexit delay until 22 May 21 Mar 6:15pm Updated Brexit: EU draft plans propose Brexit delay until 22 May
But draft conclusions say if MPs do not approve PM's deal next week, a delay until 12 April could be offered.
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Trump Imposes North Korea Sanctions Amid Stalled Talks 21 Mar 5:54pm Updated Trump Imposes North Korea Sanctions Amid Stalled Talks
The Treasury Department is punishing two Chinese shipping companies for helping North Korea evade sanctions.
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21 Mar 5:49pm Bipartisan House group introduces anti-BDS resolution
A small, bipartisan group of House members introduced a resolution Thursday that condemns the boycott-Israel movement and reaffirms the commitment to a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict -- setting up what will likely become a tense debate among Democrats, who are divided on the issue.
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A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments 21 Mar 5:27pm Updated A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments
Sophisticated surveillance, once the domain of world powers, is increasingly available on the private market. Smaller countries are seizing on the tools — sometimes for darker purposes.
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Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Use Private Accounts for Official Business, Their Lawyer Says 21 Mar 5:25pm Updated Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Use Private Accounts for Official Business, Their Lawyer Says
Mr. Kushner and Mr. Trump’s use of private email accounts and an unofficial messaging service could violate federal records laws, a House committee chairman said.
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Bercow defends MPs after PM blames them for Brexit delay 21 Mar 5:18pm Updated Bercow defends MPs after PM blames them for Brexit delay
Theresa May is accused of "irresponsibility" and urged to "dial down the hate" by MPs.
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Trump Wants Robert Kraft at White House Super Bowl Celebration Despite Charges 21 Mar 5:01pm Updated Trump Wants Robert Kraft at White House Super Bowl Celebration Despite Charges
Mr. Trump has brushed aside worries about any negative effectthat the Patriots owner’s presence at an official event could have, according to people close to the president.
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Trump Wants U.S. to Recognize Israeli Sovereignty Over the Golan Heights 21 Mar 4:59pm Updated Trump Wants U.S. to Recognize Israeli Sovereignty Over the Golan Heights
Israel claimed the territory from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed it in 1981 in a move that has never been recognized internationally.
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21 Mar 4:58pm Updated Elijah Cummings: White House officials using personal accounts to do official work
House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings said Thursday his committee has obtained new information that several senior White House officials have used personal email and messaging accounts to conduct government business, asserting that President Donald Trump's son-in-law communicated with foreign leaders through a private messaging application that appears to lack adequate safeguards.
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21 Mar 4:50pm Updated The Point: Pete Buttigieg is the hottest candidate in the 2020 race right now
Don't look now but a(nother) skinny kid with a funny name is turning heads in the presidential race.
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21 Mar 4:48pm Updated Trump signs executive order on campus free speech
Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday afternoon aimed at improving transparency and promoting free speech on college campuses, part of a largely symbolic gesture to the President's conservative base announced at a conference for conservative activists earlier this month.
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21 Mar 4:47pm Updated Rep. Seth Moulton calls for wholesale electoral reform as he inches toward a 2020 run
Rep. Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat whom advisers say is inching closer to a 2020 run, is beefing up his policy positions ahead of a potential bid, releasing a plan for wholesale electoral reform on Thursday.
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Trump to Sign Executive Order Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses 21 Mar 4:10pm Updated Trump to Sign Executive Order Protecting Free Speech on College Campuses
The order would link some higher education funds to how colleges enforce free speech rights, a cause célèbre for conservatives who argue their voices have been silenced.
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Brexit: EU draft plans propose Brexit delay until May 21 Mar 3:55pm Updated Brexit: EU draft plans propose Brexit delay until May
EU leaders remain locked in discussions amid reports that they may offer a delay until 7 May.
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Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation Into Hackers for Hire 21 Mar 3:26pm Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation Into Hackers for Hire
Companies that hired former intelligence operatives are selling sophisticated hacking tools to government officials, who in some cases use them for nefarious purposes.
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Brexit: MoD prepares for no-deal in Whitehall bunker 21 Mar 3:17pm Brexit: MoD prepares for no-deal in Whitehall bunker
Defence officials say the preparations at their Whitehall HQ are part of wider cross government action.
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21 Mar 3:06pm Updated Nikki Haley is criticized for her comment on health care in Finland
The top Finnish envoy to the United Nations joined a chorus of people slamming Nikki Haley for saying the European nation's health care system is lacking compared to that of the United States.
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25 States Are at Risk of Serious Flooding This Spring, U.S. Forecast Says 21 Mar 2:42pm Updated 25 States Are at Risk of Serious Flooding This Spring, U.S. Forecast Says
With flooding already reaching historic levels in parts of the United States, federal scientists warn to expect more throughout the spring.
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Brexit: Draft plans propose UK to get delay to 22 May 21 Mar 2:31pm Updated Brexit: Draft plans propose UK to get delay to 22 May
A draft EU document says the delay would come with the condition MPs approve the PM's deal next week.
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Brexit: MPs urged not to travel home alone as tensions rise 21 Mar 2:00pm Updated Brexit: MPs urged not to travel home alone as tensions rise
MPs are urged to take taxis home and not travel alone as tensions rise over crunch Brexit votes.
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Brexit: Military steps up preparations in case of no deal 21 Mar 1:15pm Brexit: Military steps up preparations in case of no deal
The armed forces have activated a team in a nuclear bunker under the Ministry of Defence to step up preparations for a no-deal Brexit, Sky News can reveal.
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Joe Biden Weighing Unique Steps to Reassure Voters Concerned About His Age 21 Mar 1:13pm Joe Biden Weighing Unique Steps to Reassure Voters Concerned About His Age
The former vice president is considering naming a running mate earlier in the primary than is customary, and the possibility of serving only one term.
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21 Mar 1:11pm Updated Anatomy of a feud: How Trump attacks
To his supporters, he's the counterpuncher who won't relent in his own self-defense, even long after a perceived slight. To most everyone else, he's a begrudged bully who refuses to allow old vendettas to die — even after the foe in question has.
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21 Mar 12:35pm Billionaire charged in Florida prostitution sting donated $50,000 to RNC last month
John Childs, a billionaire financier charged in a Florida prostitution sting, donated $50,000 last month to the Republican National Committee, newly filed campaign reports show.
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Brexit: What happens next as PM chases delay? 21 Mar 11:44am Brexit: What happens next as PM chases delay?
The prime minister is requesting a three-month delay to Brexit from EU leaders.
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21 Mar 11:22am Updated Analysis: Some Democrats want to completely overhaul the US government
The list of big systemic changes that some Democratic presidential candidates are pushing is long and getting longer.
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21 Mar 11:04am 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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UK interest rates on hold amid Brexit impasse 21 Mar 10:30am Updated UK interest rates on hold amid Brexit impasse
Bank of England says the outlook will depend "significantly on the nature and timing of EU withdrawal".
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For Clues to Howard Schultz’s Leadership, Look Beyond Starbucks 21 Mar 10:07am Updated 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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21 Mar 9:41am 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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Brexit: Revoke Article 50 petition crashes Parliament website 21 Mar 9:37am Updated Brexit: Revoke Article 50 petition crashes Parliament website
More than 900,000 people sign a petition on the Parliament site calling for Brexit to be cancelled.
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Corbyn calls for compromise to avoid no-deal Brexit 21 Mar 9:05am Corbyn calls for compromise to avoid no-deal Brexit
The Labour leader held meetings with senior EU figures on alternatives to Theresa May's Brexit deal.
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Bill to Set Terms on Voting Rights for Ex-Felons Is Approved by Florida House Panel 21 Mar 8:56am Updated 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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Brexit: Theresa May at Brussels EU summit to urge short delay 21 Mar 8:47am Updated Brexit: Theresa May at Brussels EU summit to urge short delay
The PM heads to an EU summit, hours after a speech telling the nation she was "on their side".
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21 Mar 8:39am Gillum launches voter registration drive in Florida aimed at beating Trump in 2020
Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, who lost a bid for Florida governor in November, is launching a voter registration effort with the intent of denying Donald Trump a second term.
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Biden Weighing Unique Steps to Reassure Voters Concerned About His Age 21 Mar 8:18am Updated Biden Weighing Unique Steps to Reassure Voters Concerned About His Age
The former vice president is considering naming a running mate earlier in the primary than is customary, and the possibility of serving only one term.
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After Devin Nunes Sues a Parody Cow, It Surpasses Him on Twitter 21 Mar 8:11am After Devin Nunes Sues a Parody Cow, It Surpasses Him on 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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21 Mar 7:39am Trump claims he wants Mueller findings public. Hmm.
Donald Trump, the President who refused to release his tax returns, just made an unexpected gesture towards transparency, saying he'd be happy for Americans to see Robert Mueller's final report.
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Last chance to back TV election debates campaign 21 Mar 6:56am Last chance to back TV election debates campaign
A Sky News petition to make televised debates a regular fixture of general election campaigns is closing today, having attracted more than 140,000 signatures and sparked a debate in Parliament.
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The Fight to Tame a Swelling River With Dams Outmatched by Climate Change 21 Mar 5:00am The Fight to Tame a Swelling River With Dams Outmatched by Climate Change
Along the Missouri, John Remus controls a network of dams that dictates the fate of millions. ‘It was not designed to handle this.’
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21 Mar 5:00am Beto O’Rourke Went to Iowa. So What Do Iowans Think?
Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, has joined a crowded presidential field. We followed him as he tested his frenetic campaign style in Iowa, where the first caucus votes will be cast in February 2020.
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21 Mar 2:13am On Politics: Fed Says No Rate Increases in 2019
Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chairman, said interest rates would remain unchanged and provided a fairly downbeat economic assessment.
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21 Mar 1:28am 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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21 Mar 12:40am 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 Rules 21 Mar 12:17am 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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21 Mar 12:10am 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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