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4 Jun 9:46pm Updated Nadler rejects DOJ demand to delay Barr contempt vote after Dems propose limited Mueller report documents
The House Judiciary Committee and Justice Department traded letters Tuesday in an effort to kickstart negotiations for Congress to obtain documents from special counsel Robert Mueller's report, but the efforts did not appear to halt a looming vote next week to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress.
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Senators Look to Force 22 Votes Blocking Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia 4 Jun 9:45pm Senators Look to Force 22 Votes Blocking Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
A bipartisan group of senators will try to force votes rebuking the White House’s decision to circumvent Congress to sell munitions to Saudi Arabia.
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4 Jun 9:37pm Updated Analysis: These 2 Democrats have the highest 2020 upside
It's easy to look at a poll of the 2020 Democratic primary race and conclude that Joe Biden is the front-runner, with Bernie Sanders as the alternative if the former vice president falters.
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F.B.I., Pushing to Stop Domestic Terrorists, Grapples With Limits on Its Power 4 Jun 9:32pm Updated F.B.I., Pushing to Stop Domestic Terrorists, Grapples With Limits on Its Power
A debate has emerged over whether federal law enforcement has enough tools to fight racially motivated mass shootings and other attacks.
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House Votes to Give ‘Dreamers’ a Path to Citizenship 4 Jun 9:30pm Updated House Votes to Give ‘Dreamers’ a Path to Citizenship
The House voted Tuesday to give 2.5 million young undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship, a defiant gesture as President Trump pushes a crackdown on migrants.
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Federal Prosecutors Don’t Have to Disclose Secret Flynn Transcripts, Judge Says 4 Jun 9:28pm Federal Prosecutors Don’t Have to Disclose Secret Flynn Transcripts, Judge Says
The federal judge’s order means that prosecutors will not be required to make public highly classified conversations between Michael T. Flynn and a Russian diplomat.
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Talks Between Democrats and Justice Dept. in Doubt Over Barr Contempt Vote 4 Jun 9:26pm Talks Between Democrats and Justice Dept. in Doubt Over Barr Contempt Vote
House Democrats signaled willingness to renew negotiations over access to the full Mueller report and its evidence, but rejected a call to pre-emptively cancel the vote on the attorney general.
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Climate Change Takes Center Stage as Biden and Warren Release Plans 4 Jun 8:53pm Updated Climate Change Takes Center Stage as Biden and Warren Release Plans
Even former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has embraced the goals of the Green New Deal, showing just how far the Democratic field has moved on climate change.
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4 Jun 8:36pm Updated Republicans flirt with rebellion if Trump moves ahead on Mexico tariffs
Republican senators railed against President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs against Mexico in a private lunch on Tuesday with White House and Justice Department officials, who struggled to explain their legal process for implementing the new levies.
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Senate Republicans Warn White House Against Mexico Tariffs 4 Jun 7:49pm Updated Senate Republicans Warn White House Against Mexico Tariffs
In a contentious meeting at the Capitol, Senate Republicans told senior White House officials that they are prepared to resist tariffs on Mexico if President Trump pushes forward.
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4 Jun 7:42pm Updated First on CNN: White House directs Hicks, Donaldson to withhold White House documents from House panel
The White House has directed former officials Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson not to turn over any documents to the House Judiciary Committee relating to their time at the White House, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
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4 Jun 7:32pm Almost half of Democrats have decided who to vote for in 2020 -- but that may not stick
It's more than seven months until the Iowa caucuses and there are nearly two dozen candidates, but 44% of Democratic voters are already saying that they will definitely support their first choice for the nomination, according to the a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
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Johnson: No Halloween Brexit could mean Tories being wiped out 4 Jun 7:30pm Johnson: No Halloween Brexit could mean Tories being wiped out
Tory leadership front runner Boris Johnson has claimed the Conservative Party could be wiped out if it fails to deliver Brexit on 31 October.
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4 Jun 7:16pm House passes bill that would provide a pathway to citizenship for many undocumented immigrants
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would provide a pathway to citizenship for more than one million undocumented immigrants, a move that comes amid a fierce debate over illegal immigration.
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Man Who Threatened to Kill 2 Senators Who Supported Kavanaugh Gets 18 Months in Prison 4 Jun 6:59pm Updated Man Who Threatened to Kill 2 Senators Who Supported Kavanaugh Gets 18 Months in Prison
Ronald DeRisi, 75, of Long Island, left expletive-laden voice mail messages at the offices of two senators and threatened to assault and shoot them.
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Notes from the first Tory leadership hustings 4 Jun 6:52pm Notes from the first Tory leadership hustings
Four contenders to become the next PM appealed to Tory MPs behind closed doors.
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Fact-Checking Trump in London 4 Jun 6:52pm Updated Fact-Checking Trump in London
President Trump, at two events on Tuesday in London, made inaccurate claims about trade, protests against him, Brexit and his approval rating.
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For Trump, London Visit Is a (Royal) Family Affair 4 Jun 6:42pm For Trump, London Visit Is a (Royal) Family Affair
The president’s children seemed to materialize overnight in London. But their appearance with the British royals was the culmination of a month’s planning.
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In Shift, U.S. Vows to More Aggressively Deport Migrant Families 4 Jun 6:30pm Updated In Shift, U.S. Vows to More Aggressively Deport Migrant Families
Mark Morgan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the stepped-up deportations were necessary to deter migrants at the southwestern border.
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4 Jun 6:25pm Shanahan approves punishments over Niger ambush, after long delay
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has approved the decision to discipline at least eight military officers over their role in the October 2017 Niger ambush that left four American soldiers dead and sparked a debate about the role of US troops in Africa after a Green Beret-led team found itself under attack by some 100 ISIS-linked fighters, according to two US officials familiar.
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4 Jun 6:08pm Updated Dinosaurs return to Smithsonian fossil hall after 5-year renovation
After five fossil-less years, T. rex is roaring back to the Smithsonian.
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4 Jun 5:54pm Biden campaign amends climate plan after being called out for lifting language from liberal groups
Former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign moved swiftly Tuesday to amend a climate change plan after questions arose about similarities between language in the proposal and progressive organizations' websites and letters.
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Stocks Jump as Fed’s Powell Suggests Rates Could Come Down 4 Jun 5:44pm Updated Stocks Jump as Fed’s Powell Suggests Rates Could Come Down
Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chairman, said the central bank was “closely monitoring” trade and “as always, we will act as appropriate” to sustain the expansion.
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Mexico Will Face Tariffs Next Week, Trump Vows 4 Jun 5:14pm Updated Mexico Will Face Tariffs Next Week, Trump Vows
At a news conference in London, the president says Republican senators would be “foolish” to try to stop him.
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Kids Sued the Government Over Climate Change. A Key Day in Court Has Arrived. 4 Jun 5:00pm Updated Kids Sued the Government Over Climate Change. A Key Day in Court Has Arrived.
A federal appeals court will hear a closely watched lawsuit brought by young people to compel the federal government to take action on climate change
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Justice Dept. Offers to Renew Talks With Democrats if Contempt Vote Is Deferred 4 Jun 4:36pm Justice Dept. Offers to Renew Talks With Democrats if Contempt Vote Is Deferred
House Democrats planned a vote next week to hold the attorney general in contempt over his refusal to provide lawmakers the Mueller report’s full text and underlying evidence.
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Markets Rally as Powell Suggests Fed Could Cut Rates if Economy Weakens 4 Jun 4:33pm Updated Markets Rally as Powell Suggests Fed Could Cut Rates if Economy Weakens
Jerome H. Powell, the Federal Reserve chairman, said the central bank was “closely monitoring” trade and “as always, we will act as appropriate” to sustain the expansion.
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4 Jun 4:21pm GOP lawmaker questions actress Busy Philipps on abortion in House hearing
Actress Busy Philipps testified before Congress at a hearing about abortion on Tuesday, squaring off briefly with Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert in the process.
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4 Jun 4:18pm Congress to investigate deepfakes as doctored Pelosi video causes stir
The House Intelligence Committee will next week examine the risks posed by deepfakes, artificial intelligence technology that can create realistic-looking fake videos, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff said Tuesday.
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4 Jun 4:16pm Judge orders key Mueller witness arrested on child porn charges be driven by FBI to Virginia for court appearance
A magistrate judge in Brooklyn on Tuesday ordered a man who had been a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and was arrested Monday on federal child pornography charges to be driven by FBI agents to Virginia on Wednesday for his next court appearance.
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White House Tells Two Witnesses, Including Hope Hicks, Not to Cooperate With Congress 4 Jun 4:15pm Updated White House Tells Two Witnesses, Including Hope Hicks, Not to Cooperate With Congress
Hope Hicks, a former White House communications director, and Annie F. Donaldson, the chief of staff to a former White House counsel, were told not to cooperate with a House inquiry.
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Joe Biden Issues Climate Plan That Aims Beyond Obama’s Goal 4 Jun 4:09pm Updated Joe Biden Issues Climate Plan That Aims Beyond Obama’s Goal
Rivals have questioned Mr. Biden’s commitment to combating climate change, but he has insisted that he is no moderate on the issue.
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4 Jun 3:51pm Republicans signal to White House not to nominate Ken Cuccinelli for immigration post
Republican lawmakers have privately signaled to the White House that President Donald Trump should not nominate Ken Cuccinelli as the head of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services -- or else he risks having another high-profile pick forced to withdraw, CNN has learned.
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4 Jun 3:35pm Analysis: Why Washington has turned on Big Tech
It's coming from left, right and center, but the message is clear: The US government and the political mood are turning on tech companies for being too big, crowding out competition, violating users' privacy, squeezing government for tax incentives and scrimping on wages for their lowest-paid employees.
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Trump Meets Farage and May in London: Live Updates 4 Jun 3:33pm Updated Trump Meets Farage and May in London: Live Updates
On the second day of his three-day state visit to Britain, the president spoke with Prime Minister Theresa May while protesters mobilized in London.
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Tory leadership: Malthouse becomes second MP to pull out 4 Jun 3:11pm Tory leadership: Malthouse becomes second MP to pull out
Housing Minister Kit Malthouse says there is an "appetite for this contest to be over quickly".
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Russia Could Unleash Fake Videos During Election, Schiff Says 4 Jun 3:02pm Russia Could Unleash Fake Videos During Election, Schiff Says
The House Intelligence Committee chairman said Russia may have concluded that it needs to use new tactics in the next presidential race.
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Elizabeth Warren Proposes ‘Aggressive Intervention’ to Create Jobs 4 Jun 2:42pm Updated Elizabeth Warren Proposes ‘Aggressive Intervention’ to Create Jobs
Ms. Warren laid out a theme of “economic patriotism,” pledging to intervene in markets and invest $2 trillion in climate-friendly industries over a decade.
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Tory leadership contest: Rule change agreed to limit candidates 4 Jun 2:26pm Updated Tory leadership contest: Rule change agreed to limit candidates
The aim is to speed up the process, with Theresa May's successor to be named in the week of 22 July.
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When Police Officers Vent on Facebook 4 Jun 1:56pm Updated When Police Officers Vent on Facebook
Emily Baker-White’s systemic look at officers on social media found thousands of racist, Islamophobic or otherwise offensive posts. Here’s how (and why) she did it.
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Trump’s London Visit in Pictures 4 Jun 1:44pm Trump’s London Visit in Pictures
On Day 2 of President Trump’s state visit to Britain, he set aside the royal pomp and turned his focus to diplomacy and trade.
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Trump UK visit: Protesters mix humour and expletives to make their point 4 Jun 1:37pm Trump UK visit: Protesters mix humour and expletives to make their point
Demonstrators deploy satire, candour and expletives as Donald Trump meets the UK prime minister.
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Powell, Eyeing Trade War, Suggests Fed Could Turn to Interest Rates if Needed 4 Jun 1:35pm Updated Powell, Eyeing Trade War, Suggests Fed Could Turn to Interest Rates if Needed
Fed Chairman Powell says the central bank is “closely monitoring” trade and “as always, we will act as appropriate” to sustain the expansion.
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Nigel Farage refuses to attend EU hearing into Arron Banks cash 4 Jun 1:29pm Updated Nigel Farage refuses to attend EU hearing into Arron Banks cash
He had been asked to attend a committee investigating payments from Leave campaigner Arron Banks.
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Tory leadership: Malthouse becomes second candidate to pull out 4 Jun 1:26pm Updated Tory leadership: Malthouse becomes second candidate to pull out
Housing Minister Kit Malthouse says there is an "appetite for this contest to be over quickly".
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4 Jun 1:25pm Updated Trump admin imposes new travel restrictions on Cuba
The US announced major new restrictions on US citizens traveling to Cuba on Tuesday, blocking the most common way Americans are able to visit the island -- through organized tour groups that license US citizens to travel automatically -- and blocking Americans from taking certain forms of travel, including yachts cruise ships, to the country.
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4 Jun 1:12pm ICE acting director says migrant family deportations are an option
Immigration and Customs Enforcement is exploring options to arrest and deport families who have gone through their legal proceedings and have been ordered to depart the US, new acting ICE Director Mark Morgan said on Tuesday.
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M4 relief road: Newport motorway plans scrapped 4 Jun 1:09pm Updated M4 relief road: Newport motorway plans scrapped
First Minister Mark Drakeford scraps the scheme due to its cost and impact on the environment.
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Trump Meets May in London: Live Updates 4 Jun 12:35pm Updated Trump Meets May in London: Live Updates
On the second day of his three-day state visit to Britain, the president spoke with Prime Minister Theresa May while protesters mobilized in London.
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4 Jun 12:19pm Virginia governor calls special session to take up gun control measures in the wake of Virginia Beach shooting
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam called a special session of the state legislature to take up gun-control measures in the wake of Friday's mass shooting in Virginia Beach.
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4 Jun 12:04pm Updated NY prosecutors want Paul Manafort sent to Rikers Island
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could be headed to Rikers Island, the notorious prison in New York City, if prosecutors get their way.
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Trump’s U.K. Trip in Pictures 4 Jun 11:49am Updated Trump’s U.K. Trip in Pictures
On Day 2 of President Trump’s state visit to Britain, he set aside the royal pomp and turned his focus to diplomacy and trade.
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Change UK splits as six of 11 MPs become independents 4 Jun 11:44am Updated Change UK splits as six of 11 MPs become independents
The party splits just four months after it was formed, announcing Anna Soubry as its new leader.
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4 Jun 11:22am The Point: Nancy Pelosi just proved she still has control over the impeachment fight
Ever since special counsel Robert Mueller's unexpected public statement about his findings regarding Russia's interference in the 2016 election and potentially obstructive behavior by Donald Trump, calls to impeach the President have picked up considerable steam.
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Trump Vows to Move Ahead with Tariffs on Mexico 4 Jun 11:19am Trump Vows to Move Ahead with Tariffs on Mexico
At a news conference in London, the president says Republican senators would be “foolish” to try to stop him.
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4 Jun 11:14am Trump reaffirms his intention to impose tariffs on Mexico
President Donald Trump says tariffs are likely to go into effect on Mexico next week.
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Trump Suggests a Boycott of AT&T to Punish CNN 4 Jun 11:14am Updated Trump Suggests a Boycott of AT&T to Punish CNN
The president apparently didn’t like what he watched during a long flight to Britain. Investors yawned after his call for action.
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Trump’s London Trip in Pictures 4 Jun 11:13am Trump’s London Trip in Pictures
On Day 2 of President Trump’s state visit to Britain, he set aside the royal pomp and turned his focus to diplomacy and trade.
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4 Jun 11:02am Updated Trump says Brexit should and will happen during UK news conference
Britain's exit from the European Union will happen and should happen, President Donald Trump said Tuesday during a news conference alongside outgoing UK Prime Minister Theresa May.
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Tories poised to change rules for leadership election 4 Jun 10:57am Tories poised to change rules for leadership election
The Conservatives are poised to change the rules for leadership elections to eliminate candidates with little support, a senior party source has told Sky News.
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For Trump, U.K. State Visit Is a (Royal) Family Affair 4 Jun 10:54am Updated For Trump, U.K. State Visit Is a (Royal) Family Affair
The president’s children seemed to materialize overnight in London. But their appearance with the British royals was the culmination of a month’s planning.
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Change UK loses six of its 11 MPs 4 Jun 10:52am Change UK loses six of its 11 MPs
The party - only formed in February - announces its new party leader is Anna Soubry after the split.
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Powell, Eyeing Trade War, Says Fed Will Act to Sustain Expansion 4 Jun 10:50am Updated Powell, Eyeing Trade War, Says Fed Will Act to Sustain Expansion
Fed Chair Powell says the central bank is “closely monitoring” trade and “as always, we will act as appropriate” to sustain the expansion
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4 Jun 10:40am Nancy Pelosi just proved she still has control over the impeachment fight
Ever since special counsel Robert Mueller's unexpected public statement about his findings regarding Russia's interference in the 2016 election and potentially obstructive behavior by Donald Trump, calls to impeach the President have picked up considerable steam.
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Tory leadership contest: Rule change proposed to limit candidates 4 Jun 10:24am Tory leadership contest: Rule change proposed to limit candidates
The 1922 Committee of backbenchers suggests increasing the number of MP nominations needed to eight.
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4 Jun 10:09am Trump says Mexico tariffs likely to go into effect
President Donald Trump says tariffs are likely to go into effect on Mexico next week.
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Trump state visit: US President turns down meeting with Corbyn 4 Jun 9:34am Trump state visit: US President turns down meeting with Corbyn
The US President reveals he turned down a meeting with the Labour leader during his state visit.
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Six Change UK MPs quit party months after its creation 4 Jun 9:04am Six Change UK MPs quit party months after its creation
Six Change UK MPs have quit the party, including its current leader.
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4 Jun 8:35am Judge removes lead prosecutor in case against Navy SEAL charged with murder
A Navy judge has removed the lead prosecutor in the case against a Navy SEAL charged with murdering a wounded person and shooting at noncombatants in Iraq, citing potential conflicts of interest over the prosecutor's decision to use an email tracker in corresponding with the defense team.
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Biden Issues Climate Plan That Aims Well Beyond Obama’s Goal 4 Jun 8:04am Updated Biden Issues Climate Plan That Aims Well Beyond Obama’s Goal
Rivals have questioned Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s commitment to combating climate change, but he has insisted that he is no moderate on the issue.
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Cleverly withdraws from Tory leader race 4 Jun 7:19am Updated Cleverly withdraws from Tory leader race
The Brexit minister says it has "become clear" that it is "unlikely" he would progress to the final two.
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Welsh Government scraps M4 relief road 4 Jun 7:08am Updated Welsh Government scraps M4 relief road
The Welsh Government will not build the £1.4bn M4 relief road, First Minister Mark Drakeford decides.
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4 Jun 7:07am Updated Trump clan makes play for royal treatment
At a grand banquet table in a red-carpeted Buckingham Palace ballroom, the Queen, a couple of princes, dukes and duchesses, and lords and ladies were intermixed with the family Trump: a President, a first lady, four of his five children, and two of their spouses.
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Trump meets May on day two of state visit 4 Jun 7:01am Updated Trump meets May on day two of state visit
The leaders hold talks at Downing Street as protests against the president's visit are held outside Parliament.
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4 Jun 6:46am Pete Buttigieg Finds a Friendly Crowd at MSNBC Town Hall
In the absence of hardball questions, Mr. Buttigieg delved into policy, at points appearing to work through the details of his ideas in real time.
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Trump to meet May on day two of state visit 4 Jun 6:06am Updated Trump to meet May on day two of state visit
The US president says Britain can have "a very substantial" deal with the US after it leaves the EU as protests against his visit get under way.
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First MP pulls out of Tory leadership race 4 Jun 6:05am First MP pulls out of Tory leadership race
James Cleverly has pulled out of the race to be Britain's next prime minister, saying it is "highly unlikely" he would have won.
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4 Jun 6:02am CNN Poll: Biden continues to lead crowded Democratic field
Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to be the top pick for the Democratic nomination for president among Democrats and Democratic-leaning registered voters, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, but his support has faded some since just after the official launch of his campaign.
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Trump to Meet May in London: Live Updates 4 Jun 5:23am Updated Trump to Meet May in London: Live Updates
On the second day of the president’s three-day state visit to Britain, he is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May, while protesters are expected to turn out in force.
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Donald Trump to hold talks with Theresa May amid protests 4 Jun 5:00am Updated Donald Trump to hold talks with Theresa May amid protests
Protests are expected as President Trump holds meetings with business leaders and politicians.
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Trump to Meet May Amid Protests in London: Live Updates 4 Jun 4:47am Updated Trump to Meet May Amid Protests in London: Live Updates
On the second day of the president’s three-day state visit to Britain, he is scheduled to meet with Prime Minister Theresa May, while protesters are expected to turn out in force.
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4 Jun 4:21am The California State Bar has taken the first step to disbar Michael Avenatti
The State Bar of California filed to place attorney Michael Avenatti on involuntary inactive status on Monday.
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Biden’s First Run for President Was a Calamity. Some Missteps Still Resonate. 4 Jun 4:21am Updated Biden’s First Run for President Was a Calamity. Some Missteps Still Resonate.
In 1988, Joe Biden was prone to embellishment. Hints of that linger today. But unlike then, his message to voters is clear: He’s a stabilizing statesman in a tumultuous time.
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4 Jun 12:58am On Politics: Pettiness and Pageantry
During his state visit to Britain, President Trump dined with the queen and hurled insults at the mayor of London.
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