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White House Signals Fight Over McGahn’s Records With Congress 7 May 10:56pm Updated White House Signals Fight Over McGahn’s Records With Congress
The White House counsel told the head of the House Judiciary Committee to redirect a subpoena for documents from Mr. McGahn to the White House.
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Top Senate Republicans Push for Cooperation on Disaster Relief Package 7 May 10:27pm Top Senate Republicans Push for Cooperation on Disaster Relief Package
Reaching a deal over a disaster relief package was threatened by the White House’s push for money for immigration law enforcement and assistance at the southwestern border.
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Trump Administration Seeks to Redefine Formula for Calculating Poverty 7 May 9:09pm Updated Trump Administration Seeks to Redefine Formula for Calculating Poverty
The proposal could result in cuts in federal aid to millions of low-income Americans.
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Trump Campaign Denounces ‘Dishonest’ Fund-Raising That Uses President’s Name and Picture 7 May 8:36pm Updated Trump Campaign Denounces ‘Dishonest’ Fund-Raising That Uses President’s Name and Picture
Several people close to Mr. Trump said the statement was aimed at a group run by David Bossie, one of his earliest political advisers and the deputy campaign manager of his 2016 campaign.
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European elections: How The Brexit Party and Change UK compare 7 May 8:31pm European elections: How The Brexit Party and Change UK compare
What are these would-be political insurgents offering and what do they have in common?
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Melania Trump Celebrates, With Superlatives, ‘Be Best’ Campaign 7 May 8:20pm Melania Trump Celebrates, With Superlatives, ‘Be Best’ Campaign
Without clear policy goals, the first lady has relied on the power of her brand to spread Be Best’s message. Her supporters think that’s enough.
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7 May 7:35pm Schiff, Nunes threaten to subpoena for Mueller evidence
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and the panel's top Republican, Rep. Devin Nunes, have both made requests to the FBI and Justice Department to be briefed on the counterintelligence information gathered in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
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Trump’s Opposition to Mueller Testimony Poses a Test for Barr 7 May 7:27pm Updated Trump’s Opposition to Mueller Testimony Poses a Test for Barr
The attorney general is on record saying he has no objections to the special counsel appearing before Congress.
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7 May 7:21pm Mueller fought release of Comey memos to prevent Trump and others from changing stories
Special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors didn't want former FBI Director James Comey's memos released because they feared that President Donald Trump and other witnesses could change their stories after reading Comey's version of events, according to an argument they made in a January 2018 sealed court hearing.
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News Analysis: Clash Between Trump and House Democrats Poses Threat to Constitutional Order 7 May 7:17pm News Analysis: Clash Between Trump and House Democrats Poses Threat to Constitutional Order
What were once isolated skirmishes over congressional inquiries are turning into an all-out war.
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Joe Biden Has Support From Older Black Voters. Is It Enough? 7 May 6:15pm Joe Biden Has Support From Older Black Voters. Is It Enough?
Mr. Biden is the early pacesetter in the South Carolina primary, buoyed by his long ties to elected officials there. But some question whether his support will endure.
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MPs move closer to banning wild animals in circuses 7 May 6:12pm MPs move closer to banning wild animals in circuses
The UK has moved closer to banning the use of wild animals in travelling circuses as MPs spoke out against the "outdated practice".
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Brexit: UK will take part in European elections, says David Lidington 7 May 6:07pm Updated Brexit: UK will take part in European elections, says David Lidington
The PM hoped to avoid the vote by getting a Brexit deal agreed, but her de facto deputy rules that out.
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7 May 5:41pm Tennessee GOP speaker faces calls to resign after top aide steps down amid scandal
Tennessee GOP state House Speaker Glen Casada faced calls on Tuesday to step down after his chief of staff resigned following reports that the top aide had made racist comments, sent sexually explicit messages to interns and allegedly tried to frame an activist.
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7 May 5:31pm Updated ‘Case Closed’: McConnell Urges Congress to Move On From Mueller Report
Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, called on Congress to move on from the Mueller report and issued his own verdict.
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Joe Biden, Stressing Obama Ties, Has Support From Older Black Voters. Is It Enough? 7 May 5:30pm Joe Biden, Stressing Obama Ties, Has Support From Older Black Voters. Is It Enough?
Mr. Biden is the early pacesetter in the South Carolina primary, buoyed by his long ties to elected officials there. But some question whether his support will endure.
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Are Trump’s Tariffs Bolstering the U.S. Economy? Nope 7 May 5:10pm Are Trump’s Tariffs Bolstering the U.S. Economy? Nope
President Trump says that his protectionist trade policies have accelerated economic growth, but little evidence supports that claim.
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7 May 5:05pm Trump administration opens the door to pushing more poor people off benefits
The Trump administration has taken a step toward changing the way the poverty threshold is calculated, a move that could strip many low-income Americans of their federal benefits.
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U.S. Cyber Command Bolsters Allied Defenses to Impose Cost on Moscow 7 May 5:02pm U.S. Cyber Command Bolsters Allied Defenses to Impose Cost on Moscow
Deployments to allied countries give the American military an early look at Russian online weapons and new tactics Moscow may intend to use on the United States.
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Trump’s Taxes: N.Y. Lawmakers Move Closer to Allowing Release of His State Returns 7 May 4:08pm Updated Trump’s Taxes: N.Y. Lawmakers Move Closer to Allowing Release of His State Returns
As a standoff builds in Washington over the president’s federal tax returns, New York’s Legislature is moving quickly to allow the release of Mr. Trump’s state returns.
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7 May 4:07pm US denies sinking Arctic Council declaration over climate change
The US State Department on Tuesday denied that it had prevented the Arctic Council from signing a joint declaration after a meeting of the intergovernmental body ended with the release a short statement that did not include the phrase "climate change" instead of a formal declaration.
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Prince of Wales: UK-German bonds must endure after Brexit 7 May 3:33pm Updated Prince of Wales: UK-German bonds must endure after Brexit
The Prince of Wales says relations are "in transition" due to Brexit, as he begins a tour of Germany.
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7 May 3:28pm Iran moving ballistic missiles by boat, US officials say
Intelligence showing that Iran is likely moving short-range ballistic missiles aboard boats in the Persian Gulf was one of the critical reasons the US decided to move an aircraft carrier strike group and B-52 bombers into the region, according to several US officials with direct knowledge of the situation.
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Biden, Stressing Obama Ties, Has Support From Older Black Voters. Is It Enough? 7 May 2:19pm Updated Biden, Stressing Obama Ties, Has Support From Older Black Voters. Is It Enough?
Mr. Biden is the early pacesetter in the South Carolina primary, buoyed by his long ties to elected officials there. But some question whether his support will endure.
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7 May 2:10pm The Point: McConnell just raised the stakes for Democrats on impeachment
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Tuesday morning to deliver a very clear message to Democrats: You continue to push the Mueller report -- and everything around it -- at your political peril.
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7 May 2:02pm Chinese spies stole NSA hacking tools, report finds
Chinese hackers acquired and used National Security Agency hacking tools in 2016 and used them to carry out cyberattacks, a new report has found.
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7 May 1:58pm Why Trump upended the US-China trade talks
President Donald Trump emerged from a briefing at the end of last week convinced China was stalling after months of forward progress in trade negotiations. Frustrated, Trump sent shockwaves through global markets by threatening to hike tariffs, catching everyone off guard.
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Brexit: Theresa May meets Sir Graham Brady amid calls to resign 7 May 1:57pm Brexit: Theresa May meets Sir Graham Brady amid calls to resign
The meeting with Sir Graham Brady comes as the PM is under pressure to set a firm resignation date.
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7 May 1:56pm Senators Question F.B.I. Director About Spying Accusation
During a Senate hearing, the F.B.I. director, Christopher A. Wray, defended the bureau against an accusation by the attorney general that agents spied on the Trump campaign during its Russia inquiry.
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Trumpism is coming to Britain - and Farage is leading the charge 7 May 1:37pm Trumpism is coming to Britain - and Farage is leading the charge
On an unseasonably chilly May afternoon, Nigel Farage looks out at the rows of empty seats at Fylde AFC, a Lancashire football club, the site of the latest of his Brexit Party rallies (eight and counting). 
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White House Signals Fight With Congress Over McGahn’s Records 7 May 1:21pm Updated White House Signals Fight With Congress Over McGahn’s Records
The White House counsel told the head of the House Judiciary Committee to redirect a subpoena for documents from Mr. McGahn to the White House.
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7 May 1:01pm Oregon House passes bill removing religious, philosophical exemptions for vaccines
The Oregon state House passed a bill Monday that would limit the options for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children, including on religious or philosophical grounds.
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7 May 12:21pm Updated Pompeo abruptly cancels trip to Germany
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo abruptly canceled a scheduled trip to Germany where he was planning to meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel "due to pressing issues," the State Department said early Tuesday.
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Governments set out Northern Ireland talks plan 7 May 12:07pm Updated Governments set out Northern Ireland talks plan
Talks involving five main parties were announced after murder of journalist Lyra McKee last month.
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7 May 12:03pm Updated Mitch McConnell just dared Democrats to keep pushing impeachment
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Tuesday morning to deliver a very clear message to Democrats: You continue to push the Mueller report -- and everything around it -- at your political peril.
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F.B.I. Director Defends Bureau Against Spying Accusations: ‘That’s Not the Term I Would Use.’ 7 May 12:00pm F.B.I. Director Defends Bureau Against Spying Accusations: ‘That’s Not the Term I Would Use.’
The comments put the head of the F.B.I. in direct conflict with Attorney General William P. Barr, who has said he is reviewing the bureau’s investigation.
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F.B.I. Director Defends Spying Accusations: ‘That’s Not the Term I Would Use.’ 7 May 12:00pm F.B.I. Director Defends Spying Accusations: ‘That’s Not the Term I Would Use.’
The comments put the head of the F.B.I. in direct conflict with Attorney General William P. Barr, who has said he is reviewing the bureau’s investigation.
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European elections: What pay can UK MEPs expect? 7 May 11:16am Updated European elections: What pay can UK MEPs expect?
The UK will take part in the European elections, what pay and benefits can MEPs expect?
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How Chinese Spies Got the N.S.A.’s Hacking Tools, and Used Them for Attacks 7 May 11:14am How Chinese Spies Got the N.S.A.’s Hacking Tools, and Used Them for Attacks
The latest case of cyberweapons escaping American control raises questions about the United States’ expensive and dangerous digital arsenal.
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Trump Advisers Accuse China of Reneging on Trade Commitments 7 May 11:00am Updated Trump Advisers Accuse China of Reneging on Trade Commitments
A trade war that seemed to be on the brink of ending now appears likely to be prolonged as President Trump threatens to impose more tariffs on China.
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Brexit: European elections will go ahead, says senior minister 7 May 10:26am Brexit: European elections will go ahead, says senior minister
Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington says "regrettably" a Brexit deal will not be completed in time.
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EU elections will go ahead as Brexit deadlock continues 7 May 10:10am EU elections will go ahead as Brexit deadlock continues
Britain will take part in the European Parliament elections on 23 May, a government minister has confirmed.
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7 May 9:39am Analysis: Red counties are doing better under Trump -- but not as well as blue cities
Large, mostly Democratic-leaning, metropolitan centers are consolidating their dominance of the national economy even as smaller, mostly Republican-leaning communities at their periphery show clear signs of economic revival under President Donald Trump, according to an extensive new analysis of regional economic dynamics published Tuesday.
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U.S. Pressure Keeps Climate Change Off the Agenda for Arctic Group 7 May 9:39am U.S. Pressure Keeps Climate Change Off the Agenda for Arctic Group
The disagreement left the Arctic Council, which was formed to help protect the region's fragile environment, unable to issue a joint declaration for the first time in its history.
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Michael Crick on 1994 Eastleigh by-election Keith House interview 7 May 9:31am Michael Crick on 1994 Eastleigh by-election Keith House interview
A political correspondent says he feels "really bad" about an infamous TV interview he did with a 24-year-old councillor about Lib Dem by-election successes.
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Brexit: Theresa May to meet Sir Graham Brady amid calls to resign 7 May 9:15am Updated Brexit: Theresa May to meet Sir Graham Brady amid calls to resign
The meeting with Sir Graham Brady comes as the PM is under pressure to set a firm resignation date.
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7 May 9:06am Jill Biden offers intimate glimpse of upbringing, marriage in new memoir
Jill Biden is married to one of the country's most well-known and gregarious politicians, but in many ways, she's the opposite -- a reserved introvert who admits being a political spouse has not come naturally.
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NI politicians gather for fresh Stormont talks 7 May 8:45am Updated NI politicians gather for fresh Stormont talks
Talks involving five main parties were announced after murder of journalist Lyra McKee last month.
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U.S. Scuttles Arctic Accord on Climate Change Policy 7 May 8:36am U.S. Scuttles Arctic Accord on Climate Change Policy
The disagreement left the Arctic Council, which was formed to help protect the region's fragile environment, unable to issue a joint declaration for the first time in its history.
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7 May 8:28am Analysis: Can Trump be forced to accept electoral defeat?
There have been numerous contested elections in US history, including as recently as 2000, when the Supreme Court essentially called it for George W. Bush.
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7 May 7:35am Updated Hundreds of former Justice officials assert Trump would be facing felony charges if he were not President
Hundreds of former Justice Department officials said in an open letter released Monday that President Donald Trump would be facing multiple felony charges stemming from the Russia investigation if he were not President.
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Jess Phillips MP on rape threats and power 7 May 7:35am Jess Phillips MP on rape threats and power
Jess Phillips spoke to the Victoria Derbyshire programme about rape threats made against her by UKIP candidate Carl Benjamin.
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Stormont talks: Fresh attempt to restore NI devolution 7 May 6:32am Stormont talks: Fresh attempt to restore NI devolution
Talks involving five main parties were announced after murder of journalist Lyra McKee last month.
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7 May 6:03am Red counties are doing better under Trump -- but not as well as blue cities
Large, mostly Democratic-leaning, metropolitan centers are consolidating their dominance of the national economy even as smaller, mostly Republican-leaning communities at their periphery show clear signs of economic revival under President Donald Trump, according to an extensive new analysis of regional economic dynamics published Tuesday.
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UKIP candidate investigated over rape comment 7 May 5:41am UKIP candidate investigated over rape comment
A police investigation has been launched into whether a UKIP election candidate broke the law by suggesting he "might" rape a Labour MP.
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Rising knife crime linked to council cuts, study suggests 7 May 5:30am Updated Rising knife crime linked to council cuts, study suggests
Areas with larger cuts to youth services were more likely to see a knife crime rise, a study suggests.
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7 May 5:29am Updated Donald Trump is more popular than ever before
Donald Trump is the only president in modern history to never crack 50% job approval in Gallup's weekly tracking poll of how Americans perceive the job that the president is doing. 
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UKIP leader to stand down in June 7 May 3:55am UKIP leader to stand down in June
Gerard Batten will quit after the European elections so a raft of candidates can run for the job.
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PMs back building Holocaust memorial next to parliament 7 May 3:38am PMs back building Holocaust memorial next to parliament
All five living prime ministers have backed the building of a Holocaust memorial next to the Houses of Parliament, with Theresa May saying it is the right thing to do.
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7 May 12:27am On Politics: Trade Deal With China Is in Jeopardy
President Trump is facing pressure to show that the pain of his trade war will be worth it for the companies and consumers caught in the middle.
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United States Rattles Arctic Talks With a Sharp Warning to China and Russia 7 May 12:21am Updated United States Rattles Arctic Talks With a Sharp Warning to China and Russia
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking in Finland at a meeting of the Arctic Council, warned both countries against “aggressive” actions in the region.
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‘Black Leadership Matters’: Why a Racial Rift Is Growing Among N.Y. Democrats 7 May 12:11am Updated ‘Black Leadership Matters’: Why a Racial Rift Is Growing Among N.Y. Democrats
A progressive push, fueled by newly energized activists, has alienated the old guard of black leaders, igniting an internal battle with racial overtones.
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Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace 7 May 12:09am Updated Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace
A dire United Nations report, based on thousands of scientific studies, paints an urgent picture of biodiversity loss and finds that climate change is amplifying the danger to humanity.
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