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9 May 10:27pm Updated Chelsea Manning released from Virginia jail after 62 days
Former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning has been released from federal custody after 62 days. Manning was jailed for refusing to testify in front of a federal grand jury.
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On Politics With Lisa Lerer: How Donald Trump Jr.’s Subpoena Caused a Rift in the G.O.P. 9 May 9:25pm Updated On Politics With Lisa Lerer: How Donald Trump Jr.’s Subpoena Caused a Rift in the G.O.P.
In the On Politics newsletter: A surprising split between two Republican senators from North Carolina, and what it says about the party.
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9 May 9:14pm Updated James Comey CNN town hall
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Allies of Trump’s Son Declare War on G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel After Subpoena 9 May 8:40pm Updated Allies of Trump’s Son Declare War on G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel After Subpoena
After the Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr., his allies are forcing Republican senators to choose between the panel and the president’s family.
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Trump to Nominate Patrick Shanahan as Pentagon Chief 9 May 8:33pm Updated Trump to Nominate Patrick Shanahan as Pentagon Chief
The decision followed a monthlong ethics investigation that found that Mr. Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, had not acted improperly in official meetings when discussing military contractors.
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9 May 8:18pm Harris asks Barr to clarify whether Trump pressured him to investigate anyone
Sen. Kamala Harris Thursday asked Attorney General William Barr to clarify whether President Donald Trump ever pressured Barr to open an investigation into any individual.
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White House Memo: A Strategy Emerges to Counter House Democrats: Dare Them to Impeach 9 May 8:12pm Updated White House Memo: A Strategy Emerges to Counter House Democrats: Dare Them to Impeach
The president seems eager to force the hand of Democrats who are investigating him as if they were conducting an impeachment inquiry without actually calling it that.
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9 May 8:08pm Updated Comey to speak at CNN town hall two years after Trump fired him
Former FBI Director James Comey will appear at a CNN town hall Thursday night -- two years after being fired by President Donald Trump and in the midst of a constitutional battle over the report on the Russia investigation that he helped launch.
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Trump Welcomes the Red Sox to the White House, but Not All of Them Are There 9 May 7:17pm Trump Welcomes the Red Sox to the White House, but Not All of Them Are There
Among those who boycotted the celebration were Alex Cora, the manager, and two of the team’s stars, Mookie Betts and David Price.
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9 May 6:43pm House Democrats pass bill to roll back Trump guidance related to Obamacare
The House passed a bill Thursday afternoon aimed at shoring up protections for those with pre-existing health conditions, part of Democrats' plans for protecting the Affordable Care Act under the Trump administration.
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Trump Suggests Mueller May Testify; Pelosi Declares ‘Constitutional Crisis’ 9 May 6:27pm Updated Trump Suggests Mueller May Testify; Pelosi Declares ‘Constitutional Crisis’
The president also said he was “pretty surprised” his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was subpoenaed to testify before the Senate about contacts with Russians in the 2016 campaign.
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On Politics With Lisa Lerer: A Rift in the G.O.P. 9 May 6:24pm On Politics With Lisa Lerer: A Rift in the G.O.P.
A split between two Republican senators over the subpoena of Donald Trump Jr. tells us a lot about the state of the party.
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9 May 5:48pm Vermont lawmakers are trying to pass a constitutional amendment to protect the right to an abortion
As a handful of states seek to restrict access to abortions, Vermont lawmakers are taking steps to protect abortion rights in the state.
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9 May 5:39pm Updated Trump to nominate Shanahan as Defense Secretary
President Trump intends to nominate acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to be his permanent pick to replace James Mattis at the Pentagon, according to a tweet from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders.
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Peterborough by-election: Fifteen candidates to fight seat 9 May 5:19pm Updated Peterborough by-election: Fifteen candidates to fight seat
Fifteen candidates will fight for the seat whose previous MP was removed following a recall petition.
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Many Hospitals Charge Double or Even Triple What Medicare Would Pay 9 May 5:13pm Updated Many Hospitals Charge Double or Even Triple What Medicare Would Pay
A study of 25 states provides a rare glimpse of the stark disparities between what private insurers and the federal government paid for inpatient and outpatient care.
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Trump Said He Wanted to Work With Democrats on Surprise Medical Bills. Then He Attacked Democrats. 9 May 5:01pm Updated Trump Said He Wanted to Work With Democrats on Surprise Medical Bills. Then He Attacked Democrats.
The president attacked individual Democrats as he rolled out what his administration hoped would be a bipartisan initiative.
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9 May 4:46pm Rod Rosenstein bids farewell to Justice Department
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, said goodbye to the Justice Department on Thursday.
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U.S. Seizes North Korean Ship for Violating Sanctions 9 May 4:40pm Updated U.S. Seizes North Korean Ship for Violating Sanctions
The Justice Department said it was the first time the United States has seized a North Korean cargo vessel for international sanctions violations.
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9 May 4:34pm Democratic lawmakers introduce legislation to improve maternal health, particularly for black mothers
Two Democratic lawmakers this week introduced legislation that would provide sweeping changes to Medicaid, which covers nearly half of all births in America, in order to improve maternal health outcomes and lower mortality rates among new mothers, particularly African-American women.
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9 May 4:33pm Updated Trump wants to end surprise medical bills
President Donald Trump is turning his attention to one of the most frustrating and costly aspects of America's health care system for patients -- surprise medical bills.
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9 May 4:02pm Updated Valerie Plame announces run for Congress in New Mexico
Valerie Plame, the former CIA officer whose identity was revealed during the George W. Bush administration in 2003, is running for Congress to represent northern New Mexico.
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Valerie Plame, Outed C.I.A. Agent, Will Run for Congress in New Mexico 9 May 3:52pm Valerie Plame, Outed C.I.A. Agent, Will Run for Congress in New Mexico
“My career in the C.I.A. was cut short by partisan politics, but I’m not done serving our country,” said Ms. Plame, who is running for the House as a Democrat.
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9 May 3:40pm Fact Check: Fact Checking Trump’s Inaccurate Tariff and Trade Claims in Florida Rally Speech
President Trump, at a rally on Wednesday night, wrongly described the revenue generated from tariffs on China and exaggerated the effect of a trade deal with South Korea.
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When the Red Sox Go to the White House, the Team Picture Will Be Incomplete 9 May 3:36pm Updated When the Red Sox Go to the White House, the Team Picture Will Be Incomplete
Among those who have said they will boycott the meeting are Alex Cora, the manager, and two of the team’s stars, Mookie Betts and David Price.
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9 May 3:35pm Young American held in China makes plea to come home
An American woman who has been prevented from leaving China for almost a year made an emotional plea this week for her family to be able to return home.
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These Female Veterans Reached Congress. Now They Want to Recruit Others. 9 May 3:33pm Updated These Female Veterans Reached Congress. Now They Want to Recruit Others.
The Service First Women’s Victory Fund will raise money for Democratic candidates with national security backgrounds.
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9 May 3:31pm Updated US seizes North Korean cargo ship, alleging sanctions violations
The United States has seized a North Korean cargo ship, alleging sanctions violations by the country, the Justice Department said Thursday.
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9 May 3:22pm DC court disbars Paul Manafort after convictions
Former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort has been formally disbarred in Washington, the capital's court of appeals announced Thursday.
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9 May 3:07pm Fact check: Trump continues to mislead on immigration and Puerto Rico disaster funding
During his rally in Florida Wednesday night, President Donald Trump hit on a lot of familiar themes -- the strong economy, building the wall, defeating ISIS and the 2020 election.
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Mordaunt: Veterans will not be pursued unfairly over historical events 9 May 2:49pm Updated Mordaunt: Veterans will not be pursued unfairly over historical events
Defence Secretary Penny Mordaunt says service personnel will not be "victims of unfounded allegations".
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Trump Says Barr May Decide Whether Mueller Testifies Before Congress 9 May 2:31pm Updated Trump Says Barr May Decide Whether Mueller Testifies Before Congress
The president also said he was “pretty surprised” his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was subpoenaed to testify before the Senate about contacts with Russians in the 2016 campaign.
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9 May 1:46pm Stalled disaster relief package shows Congress-White House split
A disaster relief funding package that stalled in Congress this week has exposed strained ties between Capitol Hill and the White House, after one top Senate Republican described "disagreements" with a top Trump administration official over the proposal aimed at helping states stricken by recent hurricanes, flooding and wildfires.
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Government to pay for safer cladding 9 May 1:43pm Updated Government to pay for safer cladding
Ministers had previously said owners of private residential tower blocks in England should foot the bill.
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Esther McVey announces Conservative leadership bid 9 May 1:22pm Updated Esther McVey announces Conservative leadership bid
The ex-work and pensions secretary says she has enough support from MPs to launch a campaign.
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9 May 1:01pm Updated Giuliani previews potential 2020 attack dog role with Biden-Ukraine story
It was two weeks after the release of the Mueller report, and Rudy Giuliani was eager to chat. As President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Giuliani has spent much of the past year going on TV to defend his client on a number of fronts—casting doubt on the special counsel's investigation, taking shots at Trump's former fixer Michael Cohen, and generally serving as the President's chief public defender.
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China ‘Broke the Deal’ on Trade, and Trump’s Retaliation Starts Friday 9 May 12:44pm Updated China ‘Broke the Deal’ on Trade, and Trump’s Retaliation Starts Friday
President Trump plans to raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to 25 percent from 10 percent.
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Amber Rudd to reduce maximum penalty for benefit claimants 9 May 12:41pm Amber Rudd to reduce maximum penalty for benefit claimants
Claimants failing to meet conditions will see the maximum penalty cut from three years to six months.
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Economists warn over impact of customs union Brexit 9 May 12:20pm Updated Economists warn over impact of customs union Brexit
Research for the People's Vote campaign says leaving the single market would reduce economic growth.
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9 May 12:03pm US-China talks loom as trade deal hangs in the balance
A consequential round of trade talks between the United States and China was set to begin Thursday evening in Washington as the looming prospect of increased tariffs spooked businesses and investors.
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Pelosi Declares Nation Is in a ‘Constitutional Crisis’ 9 May 11:56am Updated Pelosi Declares Nation Is in a ‘Constitutional Crisis’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the nation is in a constitutional crisis, with the executive branch of government broadly refusing to cooperate with the legislative branch.
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9 May 11:04am Updated Taliban Open New Front Against Aid Workers While Talking Peace
The group was unusually harsh in its rhetoric toward main target, pointing out U.S. ties, even as peace talks with American envoys continued in Qatar.
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9 May 10:58am Updated Pelosi Declares Nation is in ‘Constitutional Crisis’
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the nation is in a constitutional crisis, with the executive branch of government broadly refusing to cooperate with the legislative branch.
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9 May 10:34am Bipartisan group of attorneys general urge Congress to pass marijuana banking bill
A bipartisan group of attorneys general from 33 states and five territories are urging Congress to advance a bill that would allow cannabis businesses access to the federal banking system.
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The Subpoena and Contempt Fight Between Trump and Congress, Explained 9 May 10:26am Updated The Subpoena and Contempt Fight Between Trump and Congress, Explained
Here is how Trump’s use of executive privilege to thwart congressional oversight, and lawmakers’ threat to hold his aides in contempt, could play out.
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9 May 10:24am Updated Former intelligence analyst charged with leaking classified docs to reporter
A former intelligence analyst for the National Security Agency and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency was arrested Thursday morning and charged with providing classified information and documents to a reporter.
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Former minister would stand to succeed Theresa May 9 May 10:15am Former minister would stand to succeed Theresa May
Esther McVey has declared she wants to succeed Theresa May as party leader.
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Elizabeth Warren, Unveiling Opioid Plan, Says Sackler Name Should Come Off Harvard Buildings 9 May 10:13am Elizabeth Warren, Unveiling Opioid Plan, Says Sackler Name Should Come Off Harvard Buildings
Ms. Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate, also said she would donate the funds she received from the Sacklers, who are behind OxyContin.
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9 May 9:53am Fact Check: Fact Checking Trump’s Inacurrate Tariff and Trade Claims in Florida Rally Speech
President Trump, at a rally on Wednesday night, wrongly described the revenue generated from tariffs on China and exaggerated the effect of a trade deal with South Korea.
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Ex-Intelligence Analyst Charged With Leaking Information to a Reporter 9 May 9:40am Ex-Intelligence Analyst Charged With Leaking Information to a Reporter
This is the latest example of the Justice Department’s efforts to find and prosecute officials who provide reporters with sensitive information.
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9 May 8:49am Updated Senate Intelligence Committee subpoenas Donald Trump Jr.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. for him to return and testify again, and the committee is now at a standoff with Trump's eldest son, according to sources familiar with the matter.
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9 May 7:37am Is American democracy on the brink
The constitutional showdown between President Donald Trump and House Democrats is taking a grave new twist that threatens to embroil the nation in a deep political and legal nightmare that could last for years.
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European elections 2019: Labour can unite our country, says Corbyn 9 May 7:25am Updated European elections 2019: Labour can unite our country, says Corbyn
Jeremy Corbyn launches his party's European elections campaign, promising to end Conservative "chaos".
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Pentagon Has Redirected Money to Build 256 Miles of Border Barriers, Shanahan Says 9 May 7:09am Updated Pentagon Has Redirected Money to Build 256 Miles of Border Barriers, Shanahan Says
Patrick M. Shanahan, the acting defense secretary, said 63 miles of barriers could be built over six months, as immigration officials reported a surge in migrant crossings.
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Critic’s Pick: ‘The River and the Wall’ Review: Taking a Side on the Rio Grande 9 May 7:00am Critic’s Pick: ‘The River and the Wall’ Review: Taking a Side on the Rio Grande
Adventurers are tested by treacherous terrain and dangerous currents as they aim to document the potential effects of a border wall on wildlife and residents.
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9 May 6:53am Updated Analysis: Joe Biden is the clear 2020 front-runner now
The lengthy run-up to Joe Biden's official entrance into the 2020 race was, in a word, shaky. Which makes his flawless execution of the early days of his actual candidacy all the more impressive.
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Gauke: Brexit deal will return as soon as possible 9 May 5:15am Updated Gauke: Brexit deal will return as soon as possible
The justice secretary says a vote on the PM's Brexit deal will take place "as quickly as we can".
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Former Tory businessman revealed as Brexit Party candidate 9 May 4:19am Former Tory businessman revealed as Brexit Party candidate
The Brexit Party has announced its candidate for the Peterborough by-election sparked by the first successful recall petition against a sitting MP.
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Gauke: Brexit bill will be introduced as soon as possible 9 May 4:00am Gauke: Brexit bill will be introduced as soon as possible
The justice secretary says a bill implementing a Brexit deal will be introduced "as quickly as we can".
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Tory MP Mercer withdraws support from PM over veterans 9 May 3:52am Updated Tory MP Mercer withdraws support from PM over veterans
Johnny Mercer says he has withdrawn support for the PM over the historical prosecution of veterans.
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Unsafe cladding to be replaced on 170 high-rise residential buildings 9 May 2:18am Unsafe cladding to be replaced on 170 high-rise residential buildings
The government is to replace unsafe cladding on around 170 high-rise residential buildings at a cost of £200m.
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E.P.A. Leaders Disregarded Agency’s Experts in Issuing Asbestos Rule, Memos Show 9 May 1:23am Updated E.P.A. Leaders Disregarded Agency’s Experts in Issuing Asbestos Rule, Memos Show
The rule, issued in April, restricted the use of asbestos, a known carcinogen, but agency scientists and lawyers had called in two memos for a ban.
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Why Markets Aren’t Sweating the U.S.-China Trade War Much: The ‘Trump Put’ 9 May 12:43am Updated Why Markets Aren’t Sweating the U.S.-China Trade War Much: The ‘Trump Put’
The president has tended to back off whenever markets and the economy have looked soft.
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9 May 12:21am On Politics: House Panel Recommends Holding Barr in Contempt
The Judiciary Committee voted to recommend that the attorney general be held in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over the full Mueller report.
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9 May 12:19am Fact Check: Trump’s Inaccurate Tariff and Trade Claims in Florida
President Trump, at a rally on Wednesday night, wrongly described the revenue generated from tariffs on China and exaggerated the effect of a trade deal with South Korea.
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9 May 12:02am Government reports Obamacare coverage gains are starting to retreat
The coverage gains achieved by the Affordable Care Act are starting to erode.
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