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28 Mar 11:24pm Updated Paul Manafort will get his famous haute couture returned
In the end, Paul Manafort gets to keep the python jacket and the ostrich vest.
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28 Mar 11:13pm On Politics: It’s Trump’s Economy
Between trade, taxes and the Federal Reserve, President Trump is getting what we wants in the economy. But it may not last.
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28 Mar 10:39pm Updated Texas inmate seeks right to allow Buddhist spiritual adviser in death chamber
A Texas inmate is asking the Supreme Court Thursday night to step in at the last minute to block his planned execution, saying the state has refused to allow his Buddhist spiritual adviser to accompany him into the chamber.
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28 Mar 10:20pm Updated US attorney withdraws from consideration for No. 3 spot at Justice Dept.
US Attorney Jessie Liu has withdrawn herself from consideration for the No. 3 spot at the Justice Department, spokesperson Kerri Kupec said Thursday.
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28 Mar 9:26pm Updated DeVos reverses course on Special Olympics cuts after Trump orders funding
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos spent three days defending her plan to eliminate Special Olympics funding from next year's budget.
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28 Mar 9:12pm Updated Defense Dept. begins scouting sites for new border wall
The Defense Department has begun scouting sites along the US-Mexico border to erect new physical barriers that will be funded by the $1 billion recently transferred by the Pentagon, according to two department officials.
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28 Mar 8:51pm President Trump holds a rally in Michigan
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28 Mar 8:36pm Delaware joins effort to send electoral votes to winner of national popular vote
Delaware has joined a growing list of states that have passed laws to potentially allocate their electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote in future presidential elections.
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28 Mar 8:27pm Trump: ‘The Collusion Delusion Is Over’
President Trump was celebratory in Grand Rapids, Mich., at his first rally since the release of the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.
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If deal does not pass, we are surely heading back to the ballot box 28 Mar 8:18pm If deal does not pass, we are surely heading back to the ballot box
It was a time and date that the prime minister tried to etch into the nation's consciousness: 11pm on 29 March.
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Trump Owns the Economy Now, for Better or Worse 28 Mar 7:53pm Trump Owns the Economy Now, for Better or Worse
The Federal Reserve has halted rate increases. Tax cuts and tariffs have taken hold. Now the president must prove the naysayers wrong about the future.
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28 Mar 7:51pm Updated Trump set for first rally since Mueller investigation ended
President Donald Trump, making his first appearance before supporters since Robert Mueller ended his investigation, is set to speak during a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan Thursday night.
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Disaster Relief Bill at an Impasse Over Puerto Rico Aid 28 Mar 7:41pm Disaster Relief Bill at an Impasse Over Puerto Rico Aid
Senate Democrats may block legislation proposed by their Republican counterparts that would allocate billions of dollars across the country, citing a push for more aid for Puerto Rico’s recovery.
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Demands for Adam Schiff’s Head Highlight Chasm That Only Widened With Mueller’s Conclusion 28 Mar 7:40pm Updated Demands for Adam Schiff’s Head Highlight Chasm That Only Widened With Mueller’s Conclusion
Republicans on the Intelligence Committee called on its chairman, Representative Adam B. Schiff, to resign. He accused them of turning a blind eye to President Trump’s wrongdoing.
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Trump’s Pick for No. 3 Post at Justice Dept. Withdraws From Consideration 28 Mar 7:27pm Trump’s Pick for No. 3 Post at Justice Dept. Withdraws From Consideration
Jessie K. Liu is said to have faced opposition from the Senate Judiciary Committee because some members believed she was not a conservative enough choice.
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European Court Rules Against 9/11 Victims Seeking $1.6 Billion From Iran 28 Mar 7:26pm European Court Rules Against 9/11 Victims Seeking $1.6 Billion From Iran
At issue in the ruling is the post-World War II practice of keeping governments immune from lawsuits.
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28 Mar 7:12pm Updated Former NSA contractor pleads guilty after largest security breach in US history
Former NSA contractor Harold "Hal" Martin, accused of the largest known security breach in US intelligence history, pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to one count of willfully stealing classified information.
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Pete Buttigieg (It’s ‘Boot-Edge-Edge’) Is Making Waves in the 2020 Race 28 Mar 6:55pm Updated Pete Buttigieg (It’s ‘Boot-Edge-Edge’) Is Making Waves in the 2020 Race
Pete Buttigieg may have a challenging last name and an unconventional résumé. But he’s drawing big crowds and has jumped to third place in a poll of Iowa voters.
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On Politics With Lisa Lerer: The Buttigieg Boomlet 28 Mar 6:45pm On Politics With Lisa Lerer: The Buttigieg Boomlet
In the On Politics newsletter: Many in the media have gone bananas for Mayor Pete Buttigieg. But are real people — i.e., voters — feeling the same?
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Day of reckoning for May as MPs vote again on part of Brexit deal 28 Mar 6:42pm Day of reckoning for May as MPs vote again on part of Brexit deal
A House of Commons vote that will give Theresa May's Brexit strategy a desperately needed lifeline - or potentially kill it off for good - is being held on the day the UK was supposed to leave the EU.
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28 Mar 6:18pm Updated Sources to CNN: During Puerto Rico visit, Trump talked about using nuclear football on North Korea
He was there to survey the path of destruction left by Hurricane Maria. But when President Donald Trump visited Puerto Rico in October 2017, the island's dire predicament was hardly the only topic on his mind.
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Grindr Is Owned by a Chinese Firm, and the U.S. Is Trying to Force It to Sell 28 Mar 6:08pm Updated Grindr Is Owned by a Chinese Firm, and the U.S. Is Trying to Force It to Sell
The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States is forcing a Chinese company to sell its stake in Grindr, a gay dating app, over national security concerns.
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N.S.A. Contractor Arrested in Biggest Breach of U.S. Secrets Pleads Guilty 28 Mar 6:07pm Updated N.S.A. Contractor Arrested in Biggest Breach of U.S. Secrets Pleads Guilty
The contractor, Harold Martin, was arrested in 2016, but investigators never found evidence that he had shared stolen classified information with anyone.
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28 Mar 5:48pm House lawmakers push for Puerto Rico statehood amid disaster relief debate
The latest effort to make Puerto Rico the 51st state was introduced in Congress on Thursday amid renewed focus on the commonwealth and the US government's response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
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Mueller Report Exceeds 300 Pages, Raising Questions About Four-Page Summary 28 Mar 5:47pm Updated Mueller Report Exceeds 300 Pages, Raising Questions About Four-Page Summary
The page count suggests the special counsel detailed his conclusions beyond Justice Department requirements. And it raises questions about what the attorney general might have left out of his summary.
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28 Mar 5:44pm Trump disavows Special Olympics cuts after DeVos spends a third day defending them
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told senators on Thursday that she was not personally involved in the decision to propose eliminating funding for the Special Olympics, but continued to defend the cut included in her department's budget.
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28 Mar 5:32pm Updated White House, Congress point fingers over nonexistent health care plan
As Republicans on Capitol Hill grapple with President Donald Trump's decision to thrust health care back onto their agenda, many are looking to the White House for guidance on a plan. But the White House doesn't have one, and aides are suggesting it could be up to Congress to determine what would replace the Affordable Care Act should the courts strike down the law.
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28 Mar 5:26pm Updated Trump expected to pick Fox News contributor as new State Department spokesperson
President Donald Trump is expected to pick Morgan Ortagus as the new State Department spokesperson, according to a senior administration official.
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28 Mar 5:17pm Trump announces FBI, Justice Department to review Jussie Smollett case
President Donald Trump again leaned into a controversial issue that has ignited his base -- the case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett -- when he announced Thursday that the Department of Justice would review Smollett's case after conservatives decried a prosecutor's decision Tuesday to unexpectedly dropped all charges against the actor, who was accused of staging a hate crime against himself in Chicago.
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28 Mar 5:13pm Updated DeVos accuses Democrats of playing politics over Special Olympics funding
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told senators on Thursday that she was not personally involved in the decision to propose eliminating funding for the Special Olympics, but continued to defend the cut included in her department's budget.
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In 2020 Southern Primaries, Victory for Democrats Begins with Black Women 28 Mar 5:09pm In 2020 Southern Primaries, Victory for Democrats Begins with Black Women
Kamala Harris and Beto O’Rourke took different approaches, but they both reached out to black women in campaign swings through the South recently.
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28 Mar 5:07pm Elizabeth Warren meets with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in Washington
Sen. Elizabeth Warren met with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive freshman lawmaker from New York, in Washington on Thursday.
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28 Mar 5:02pm US Air Force grounds B-1 bomber fleet over safety concerns
The US Air Force ordered immediate inspections of its entire fleet of B-1 bombers Thursday over safety concerns related to its "drogue chute system" which is used to right the aircraft's ejection seat prior to the seat's main parachute deploying.
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28 Mar 4:54pm Updated Facebook Engages in Housing Discrimination With Its Ad Practices, U.S. Says
The Department of Housing and Urban Development sued the company for violating the federal Fair Housing Act by limiting who sees ads based on characteristics like race, religion and national origin.
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Brexit: MPs asked to vote on withdrawal agreement only 28 Mar 4:50pm Updated Brexit: MPs asked to vote on withdrawal agreement only
The Commons will vote on part of PM's deal but not the political declaration, government confirms.
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28 Mar 4:43pm Updated Judge orders Justice Dept. to turn over Comey memos
A federal judge has ordered that the Justice Department and FBI submit James Comey's memos in full to the court under seal, in a court case brought by CNN and other media organizations for access to the documents memorializing the former FBI director's interactions with President Donald Trump.
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28 Mar 4:23pm Critic’s Pick: ‘The Brink’ Review: Considering the Unlikely Charm of Stephen Bannon
This documentary trails the former White House adviser as he tours Europe and America promoting right-wing populist nationalism.
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News Analysis: Trump Owns the Economy Now, for Better or Worse 28 Mar 4:00pm Updated News Analysis: Trump Owns the Economy Now, for Better or Worse
The Federal Reserve has halted rate increases. Tax cuts and tariffs have taken hold. Now the president must prove the naysayers wrong about the future.
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28 Mar 3:48pm Exclusive: Defense Dept. begins scouting sites for new border wall
The Defense Department has begun scouting sites along the US-Mexico border to erect new physical barriers that will be funded by the $1 billion recently transferred by the Pentagon, according to two department officials.
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Supreme Court Refuses to Block Ban on Bump Stocks 28 Mar 2:59pm Updated Supreme Court Refuses to Block Ban on Bump Stocks
Challengers said the Trump administration exceeded its authority in banning the devices, which the Justice Department has said helps transform semiautomatic weapons into fully automatic machine guns.
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28 Mar 2:44pm Dems hit Interior Secretary nominee for pro-industry ties in confirmation hearing
Democrats did not hold back during acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt's confirmation hearing in the Senate on Thursday.
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Deal split deeply risky move for May as MPs smell a trap 28 Mar 2:38pm Deal split deeply risky move for May as MPs smell a trap
Extraordinary times calls for extraordinary metaphors. None more so than Labour MP Mary Creagh's assertion that "you cannot separate the goat's head".
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28 Mar 2:30pm Updated New documents raise questions over State Dept. move to rescind honor for Trump critic
Jessikka Aro, a Finnish investigative journalist with a history of breaking stories on Russian propaganda efforts, had been slated to receive a prestigious award in Washington along with several other women selected by the State Department for their courage in the face of great risks overseas.
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28 Mar 1:56pm With Green New Deal on ice, Democrat looks to fix roads for American cars
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, like all but two Senate Democrats, chose this week to vote "present" on the Green New Deal -- the anti-climate change infrastructure plan put forward by progressive Democrats.
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28 Mar 1:22pm Updated Trump Warns Russia to ‘Get Out’ of Venezuela
Russia, which landed two planes carrying military personnel in Caracas this week, has shown little sign of tamping down its involvement as the White House tries to oust President Nicolás Maduro.
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28 Mar 1:11pm Supreme Court denies request to halt bump stock ban
The Supreme Court denied a request Thursday to put the Trump administration's rule banning bump stocks on hold while legal challenges play out in lower courts.
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MPs asked to vote on withdrawal agreement only 28 Mar 1:11pm MPs asked to vote on withdrawal agreement only
Commons vote on EU withdrawal agreement planned for Friday in fresh bid to break Brexit deadlock.
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28 Mar 1:00pm Updated Jared Kushner interviewed by Senate Intelligence Committee
President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner returned to the Senate Intelligence Committee for a closed door interview Thursday as part of the committee's Russia investigation.
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It’s ‘Boot-Edge-Edge.’ And He’s Making Waves in Democratic Presidential Race. 28 Mar 11:55am Updated It’s ‘Boot-Edge-Edge.’ And He’s Making Waves in Democratic Presidential Race.
Pete Buttigieg may have a challenging last name and an unconventional résumé. But he’s drawing big crowds and has jumped to third place in a poll of Iowa voters.
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28 Mar 11:52am Updated Mueller report more than 300 pages, sources say
The confidential report by special counsel Robert Mueller is more than 300 pages, according to a Justice Department official and a second source with knowledge of the matter.
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Brexit: Government plans to hold new vote 28 Mar 11:48am Updated Brexit: Government plans to hold new vote
But it is not clear whether Friday's debate will amount to a third "meaningful vote" on PM's deal.
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Democrats Assail David Bernhardt’s Ethics at Senate Hearing on His Nomination to Be Interior Secretary 28 Mar 11:33am Democrats Assail David Bernhardt’s Ethics at Senate Hearing on His Nomination to Be Interior Secretary
Lawmakers must decide whether Mr. Bernhardt, who has faced conflict-of-interest criticisms, is the right person to oversee some 500 million acres of public land as well as the nation’s coastal waters.
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28 Mar 11:21am Maria Butina, in jail for over 8 months, will finally be sentenced in late April
Maria Butina, the Russian woman prosecuted for participating in a conspiracy for Russia to gain political influence in the US will be sentenced in late April, a federal judge said on Thursday.
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28 Mar 11:20am Updated Trump announces FBI, Justice Department probe into Jussie Smollett case
President Donald Trump again leaned into a controversial issue that has ignited his base -- the case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett -- when he announced Thursday that the Department of Justice would review Smollett's case after conservatives decried a prosecutor's decision Tuesday to unexpectedly dropped all charges against the actor, who was accused of staging a hate crime against himself in Chicago.
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Fred Malek, 82, Republican Fund-Raiser and Presidential Adviser, Dies 28 Mar 11:17am Updated Fred Malek, 82, Republican Fund-Raiser and Presidential Adviser, Dies
Mr. Malek spurred the party from its slump after 2008, helping Republicans to capture 84 governorships over the next decade.
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David Bernhardt, Former Oil Lobbyist and Trump’s Pick to Lead Interior Dept., Faces Senate Panel 28 Mar 11:13am Updated David Bernhardt, Former Oil Lobbyist and Trump’s Pick to Lead Interior Dept., Faces Senate Panel
Lawmakers must decide whether Mr. Bernhardt, who has faced conflict-of-interest criticisms, is the right person to oversee some 500 million acres of public land as well as the nation’s coastal waters.
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Almost half of Britons unconvinced by May replacements - Sky poll 28 Mar 10:59am Almost half of Britons unconvinced by May replacements - Sky poll
Almost half of the British public are unconvinced by the likely candidates to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, according to an exclusive Sky Data poll.
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28 Mar 10:40am House intelligence Republicans call on Chairman Adam Schiff to resign
The nine Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have signed a letter calling on House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff to resign as chairman, Rep. Mike Conaway, the Republican who led the panel's Russia investigation, said Thursday.
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28 Mar 10:34am Updated Prominent Democratic lawyer Greg Craig close to being charged in case stemming from Mueller probe
Federal prosecutors are close to bringing charges against Greg Craig, a prominent Democratic lawyer and former White House counsel in the Obama administration, in a case that originated with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to people familiar with the matter.
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28 Mar 9:51am Facebook Engages in Housing Discrimination via Its Ad Practices, U.S. Says
The Department of Housing and Urban Development sued the company for violating the federal Fair Housing Act by limiting who sees ads based on characteristics like race, religion and national origin.
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Three arrested in Labour anti-Semitism probe 28 Mar 9:48am Three arrested in Labour anti-Semitism probe
Police say two men in their 50s and a woman in her 70s were arrested during March.
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28 Mar 9:45am The app that tells you when the US House of Representatives is voting
For more than a century, bells have been used in the Capitol to alert lawmakers when it's time to vote. It's a system that still operates in present day with loud buzzing sounds indicating not only the time, but the type of activity in the House chamber.
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28 Mar 9:42am Updated Twitter is considering labeling Trump tweets that violate its rules
Twitter is considering labeling tweets that violate its rules but should remain on the platform because they're in the public interest.
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Brexit: Process in deadlock as MPs seek consensus 28 Mar 9:16am Updated Brexit: Process in deadlock as MPs seek consensus
Theresa May is still seeking support for her deal in return for her resignation after MPs vote on other options.
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28 Mar 9:13am Updated HUD charges Facebook with housing discrimination in ads
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is charging Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act.
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Trump Criticizes Central American Nations a Day After U.S. Signed a Security Agreement With Them 28 Mar 8:50am Updated Trump Criticizes Central American Nations a Day After U.S. Signed a Security Agreement With Them
The Homeland Security chief said the agreement would confront the “root causes of the crisis on our border,” but Mr. Trump said the countries are doing “Nothing.”
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28 Mar 8:14am Updated Florida Mayor Wayne Messam announces 2020 presidential bid
Wayne Messam, the little-known mayor of Miramar, Florida, announced Thursday that he is running for president, launching a campaign that will look to accomplish the unlikely: Turning the mayor of the 140,000-person town into the next president of the United States.
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Trump Criticizes Central American Nations a Day After U.S. Signed a Policing Agreement With Them 28 Mar 8:10am Trump Criticizes Central American Nations a Day After U.S. Signed a Policing Agreement With Them
The Homeland Security chief said the agreement would confront the “root causes of the crisis on our border,” but Mr. Trump said the countries are doing “Nothing.”
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Labour antisemitism: Three arrested by police 28 Mar 8:00am Labour antisemitism: Three arrested by police
Police have arrested three people as part of an investigation into alleged antisemitism among Labour Party members.
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28 Mar 7:47am Updated Cory Booker is using an Oscar-nominated documentary to boost his 2020 bid
As he introduces himself to voters on the 2020 campaign trail, Sen. Cory Booker has a powerful tool most others don't: an Oscar-nominated documentary.
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28 Mar 6:21am Interior secretary nominee faces hearing despite lack of details over his 2 years at agency
Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will testify in front of senators for his confirmation hearing ahead of a vote that could make him the next secretary of one of the largest departments in the federal government.
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28 Mar 6:16am Analysis: Pete Buttigieg just got his best national poll so far
The Mayor Pete Buttigieg mini-boomlet has officially arrived.
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Brexit: DUP confirms it will not back withdrawal deal 28 Mar 6:11am Updated Brexit: DUP confirms it will not back withdrawal deal
The party says it will not support Theresa May's Brexit deal despite her promise to quit as PM.
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Amy Klobuchar Proposes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan 28 Mar 6:00am Amy Klobuchar Proposes $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
The first policy rollout of Ms. Klobuchar’s campaign for president would fix a wide range of the country’s infrastructure, from roads and bridges to water systems and internet access.
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Feature: How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American Politics 28 Mar 5:00am Feature: How the Battle Over Israel and Anti-Semitism Is Fracturing American Politics
The growing prominence of the B.D.S. movement — and the backlash to it — is widening fault lines from college campuses to Capitol Hill.
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On Washington: Frustrated Democrats Intensify Demand for Big Institutional Changes 28 Mar 1:41am Updated On Washington: Frustrated Democrats Intensify Demand for Big Institutional Changes
Liberal activists are calling for ending the Senate filibuster and expanding the Supreme Court, but others in the Democratic Party are urging caution.
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Lawmakers Rough Up Pompeo Over Proposed State Department Cuts 28 Mar 1:35am Updated Lawmakers Rough Up Pompeo Over Proposed State Department Cuts
In congressional testimony, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tried to defend a cut of more than 23 percent to a requested budget for the United States diplomatic apparatus.
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Labour to outline National Grid ownership plans 28 Mar 1:13am Labour to outline National Grid ownership plans
Labour is set to outline how it will transfer the UK's National Grid to public ownership.
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28 Mar 1:08am Trump and Comey clash over outcome of Mueller probe
The ill feeling between Former FBI Director James Comey and the President who fired him burst back into the open in dueling interviews on Wednesday that followed the end of the Robert Mueller investigation.
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Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky 28 Mar 12:26am Judge Blocks Medicaid Work Requirements in Arkansas and Kentucky
The ruling is a blow to the Trump administration, which has approved work requirements in seven other states and is reviewing applications from eight others.
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28 Mar 12:22am On Politics: Inside the White House Fight Over Obamacare
Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, spent years in Congress saying the health care law should be repealed. He brought that argument to the Oval Office.
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