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At North Carolina Rally, Trump Bets on Divisive Attacks as Way to Bolster Re-election Bid 17 Jul 11:49pm Updated At North Carolina Rally, Trump Bets on Divisive Attacks as Way to Bolster Re-election Bid
“These left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force for evil,” Mr. Trump told a packed arena in Greenville, N.C., to a crowd that seemed to relish his comments.
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House Votes to Repeal Obamacare Tax Once Seen as Key to Health Law 17 Jul 10:48pm Updated House Votes to Repeal Obamacare Tax Once Seen as Key to Health Law
The so-called Cadillac tax on high-cost health plans, a key way the Affordable Care Act was supposed to pay for itself, was dealt a blow by an unlikely foe: Democrats.
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Impeachment, Contempt Citations and More: 5 Major Issues Congress Voted On Today 17 Jul 9:33pm Updated Impeachment, Contempt Citations and More: 5 Major Issues Congress Voted On Today
The House wrestled with a busy, and divisive, agenda on Wednesday. Here’s a quick digest of some of the important issues it considered.
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17 Jul 8:50pm Labour peer Baroness Hayter sacked for Jeremy Corbyn criticism
Baroness Hayter is sacked as shadow Brexit minister for making "offensive" remarks, the party says.
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17 Jul 8:49pm State Department looking at redirecting Central American aid to Guaido
A State Department spokesperson confirmed to CNN Wednesday that the State Department is looking to redirect some funding originally designated for the Northern Triangle -- Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador -- to embattled Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.
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17 Jul 8:22pm Updated Trump celebrates House killing impeachment resolution
President Donald Trump on Wednesday celebrated news that the House of Representatives blocked an impeachment resolution proposed by a lone Democratic lawmaker during a campaign rally in North Carolina.
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Sanders Calls for Rivals to Reject Money From Health Care Industry 17 Jul 8:00pm Updated Sanders Calls for Rivals to Reject Money From Health Care Industry
In a speech in Washington, Bernie Sanders laid out his vision of “Medicare for all” and asked Democrats to join him in refusing money from health care PACs, lobbyists and executives.
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House Holds Barr and Ross in Contempt Over Census Dispute 17 Jul 7:31pm Updated House Holds Barr and Ross in Contempt Over Census Dispute
The House voted Wednesday evening to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress over the census dispute.
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17 Jul 7:08pm Updated House votes to hold Barr, Ross in criminal contempt over census dispute
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt over a dispute related to the Trump administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
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House Passes Intelligence Bill That Would Expand Secrecy Around Operatives 17 Jul 7:07pm Updated House Passes Intelligence Bill That Would Expand Secrecy Around Operatives
The measure also calls for intelligence agencies to conduct new reviews of influence operations by foreign adversaries, including Russia.
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17 Jul 7:01pm Updated Bernie Sanders to 2020 Democrats: Reject private insurance and pharma donations
Sen. Bernie Sanders will challenge Democratic primary candidates to reject donations from private health insurance and pharmaceutical interests during a Wednesday speech billed by his campaign as a rebuttal to intraparty criticism of "Medicare for All."
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17 Jul 6:41pm 3 blue states file suit against Treasury, IRS over state and local taxes workaround
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut aren't backing off from a legal fight with the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service.
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House Votes to Block Arms Sales to Gulf Nations, Setting Up Trump’s Third Veto 17 Jul 6:32pm Updated House Votes to Block Arms Sales to Gulf Nations, Setting Up Trump’s Third Veto
The measures would block the sale of billions of dollars of arms to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. No other foreign policy issue has made as big a rift between the president and Congress.
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17 Jul 6:25pm Updated House to vote on criminal contempt for Barr, Ross over census dispute
The House of Representatives is expected to vote on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt over a dispute related to the Trump administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
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17 Jul 6:21pm Microsoft says foreign hackers still actively targeting US political targets
Americans involved in the democratic process were heavily targeted by foreign government hackers in the past year, according to Microsoft.
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17 Jul 6:03pm Updated Trump sees political win in racist jabs that also surprised aides
President Donald Trump's initial racist jab at a foursome of Democratic congresswomen came as a surprise -- and not a pleasant one -- to many of his aides, who began texting about how to defend their boss' tweets minutes after he fired them off.
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17 Jul 5:57pm Updated Kamala Harris, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders come out on top in Quinnipiac California poll
California Sen. Kamala Harris, former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders are in a close race in California, according to a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday.
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Fighting Next to U.S. Commandos, but Without the Same Training and Gear 17 Jul 5:36pm Updated Fighting Next to U.S. Commandos, but Without the Same Training and Gear
So far this year, two American bomb disposal soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan while embedded with Special Forces.
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Trump and Epstein Partied and Commented on Women in 1992 Video 17 Jul 5:33pm Updated Trump and Epstein Partied and Commented on Women in 1992 Video
The video provides a glimpse of Donald J. Trump in his element, sidling between a dance floor filled with N.F.L. cheerleaders and the sidelines at his Mar-a-Lago club.
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17 Jul 5:10pm Conservative PM candidates face final hustings
Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt make their last pitches to Conservative members before voting closes.
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Johnson rules out Farage pact as Tory rivals warn against early election 17 Jul 4:36pm Johnson rules out Farage pact as Tory rivals warn against early election
Boris Johnson ruled out a general election alliance with the Brexit Party as he and Jeremy Hunt used the final Tory leadership hustings to dismiss the idea of calling another snap national poll.
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A Key Piece of Obamacare Finds an Unlikely Foe: House Democrats 17 Jul 3:35pm Updated A Key Piece of Obamacare Finds an Unlikely Foe: House Democrats
The House will vote on Wednesday to repeal the so-called Cadillac tax on high-cost health plans, a key way the Affordable Care Act was supposed to pay for itself.
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17 Jul 3:30pm USDA: More than half of eligible workers refuse assignment to Kansas City
More than half of the employees from two research agencies at the Department of Agriculture slated to relocate from the Washington area have refused reassignment to Kansas City, the department said Wednesday.
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Sanders to Call for Rivals to Reject Money From Health Care Industry 17 Jul 3:24pm Updated Sanders to Call for Rivals to Reject Money From Health Care Industry
In a speech in Washington, Mr. Sanders will lay out his vision of “Medicare for all,” while saying all candidates should reject money from health care companies.
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17 Jul 3:10pm The Point: Rush Limbaugh just admitted Republicans have totally abandoned a core party principle
If you knew anything about the Republican Party in the decade leading up to the 2016 presidential election, it was this: They thought government spending was WAY out of control and believed we need to get the country's deficit spending and resultant soaring debt under control.
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17 Jul 2:50pm Updated Democrat says House likely to vote on impeachment resolution Wednesday
Democratic Rep. Al Green says the House is expected to vote Wednesday on his resolution to impeach President Donald Trump, in what amounts to the most direct challenge yet to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's handling of the impeachment question.
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17 Jul 2:07pm Updated Bullying in Parliament: MPs to consider extending inquiry
MPs agree to allow historical complaints to be looked at, but fewer than 30 attend the debate.
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With Name-Calling and Twitter Battles, House Republican Campaign Arm Copies Trump’s Playbook 17 Jul 1:44pm Updated With Name-Calling and Twitter Battles, House Republican Campaign Arm Copies Trump’s Playbook
House Republicans’ campaign arm, waging a no-holds-barred battle to reclaim the majority, has adopted an antagonistic strategy that includes calling lawmakers names.
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17 Jul 1:29pm Relatives of victims killed in 737 Max crashes accuse Boeing of prioritizing greed over safety
Relatives of victims who died in Boeing 737 Max crashes told Congress on Wednesday that the company made decisions that should be considered criminal and were driven by financial greed.
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House Democrats Move to Knock Out a Key Piece of Obamacare 17 Jul 1:29pm Updated House Democrats Move to Knock Out a Key Piece of Obamacare
The House will vote on Wednesday to repeal the so-called Cadillac tax on high-cost health plans, a key way the Affordable Care Act was supposed to pay for itself.
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5 Ways John Paul Stevens Made a Mark on the Supreme Court 17 Jul 1:25pm Updated 5 Ways John Paul Stevens Made a Mark on the Supreme Court
He was nominated to the Supreme Court by a Republican president, and even as Justice Stevens emerged as a leading liberal, President Gerald R. Ford remained a fan.
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17 Jul 1:22pm Updated Trump to get warm welcome at Greenville rally amid swirling controversy
President Donald Trump's racist tweets aimed at four Democratic congresswomen of color have injected drama and tumult into an already-divided Washington this week. On Wednesday evening, he will leave all that behind for friendlier territory, holding a campaign rally before an arena of supporters in Greenville, North Carolina.
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17 Jul 1:13pm Updated Feds end investigation into Trump Org and hush money payments
Federal prosecutors in New York have ended their investigation into the Trump Organization's role in hush money payments made to women who alleged affairs with President Donald Trump and have been ordered by a judge to release additional information connected to their related probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, according to court documents filed Wednesday.
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17 Jul 1:08pm Brexit: Peers back move to prevent shutdown of Parliament
Supporters of the measure hope to stop a future PM bypassing Parliament to push through a no deal.
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17 Jul 12:04pm Updated 2nd Mississippi gubernatorial candidate says he will not be alone with a woman who is not his wife
A second Republican candidate for Mississippi governor said he would not be alone with a woman who is not his wife in a professional or personal setting, after fellow candidate state Rep. Robert Foster's decision to deny a female reporter's request to accompany him on a campaign trip for the same reason.
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House to Vote on Contempt Citations for Barr and Ross Over Census Question 17 Jul 11:47am Updated House to Vote on Contempt Citations for Barr and Ross Over Census Question
The House is expected to vote Wednesday evening to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress.
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17 Jul 11:44am Nuclear Regulatory Commission considering plan to reduce inspections
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is considering a plan to reduce the number of inspections it conducts, according to a document posted to its website.
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17 Jul 11:17am Analysis: John Paul Stevens: Unassuming but impactful over his 99 years
To the very end, John Paul Stevens was a different kind of Supreme Court justice and a distinctive individual. He died at age 99 on Tuesday, practically with pen in hand, having just finished his third book and deeply engaged in debate on the law.
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17 Jul 11:05am Updated 2nd federal judge blocks Trump admin from adding citizenship question to census
A second federal judge has issued an order permanently blocking the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census in any form, despite the Trump administration's insistence it has abandoned plans to add the question on the census.
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Once Trump Talked About ‘American Carnage.’ Now He Says Critics Should Leave. 17 Jul 10:56am Once Trump Talked About ‘American Carnage.’ Now He Says Critics Should Leave.
President Trump spent much of his campaign essentially disparaging America. In office, however, he has wrapped himself in the flag.
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17 Jul 10:44am Muslim Conservatives speak out after criticism of the party over Islamophobia
They warn the party must become proactive in tackling the issue at grassroots level.
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17 Jul 9:40am Debt ceiling talks progress but time running out
Everyone on Capitol Hill -- Republicans and Democrats, leaders and chairmen and chairwomen -- is saying the right thing publicly about the efforts to reach a sweeping two-year budget and debt ceiling agreement.
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Trump Sets the 2020 Tone: Like 2016, Only This Time ‘the Squad’ Is Here 17 Jul 9:31am Updated Trump Sets the 2020 Tone: Like 2016, Only This Time ‘the Squad’ Is Here
The president boasted of “marrying” Nancy Pelosi to four progressive congresswomen of color, betting that he can cast the entire Democratic Party as radical.
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John Paul Stevens: Canny Strategist and the ‘Finest Legal Mind’ Ford Could Find 17 Jul 9:15am Updated John Paul Stevens: Canny Strategist and the ‘Finest Legal Mind’ Ford Could Find
Justice Stevens’s confirmation hearings in 1975 were the last not to be broadcast live on television. He was confirmed by unanimous vote.
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17 Jul 8:56am Updated President Trump may finally have broken Washington
President Donald Trump might finally have broken Washington.
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The Republicans Who Voted to Condemn Trump’s Remarks (and Other Things to Know) 17 Jul 8:49am The Republicans Who Voted to Condemn Trump’s Remarks (and Other Things to Know)
Only four Republicans broke with their party to vote against President Trump. They were joined by Representative Justin Amash, who recently left the party to become an independent.
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Roger Stone Is Barred From Social Media After Posts Attacking Russia Inquiry 17 Jul 8:48am Updated Roger Stone Is Barred From Social Media After Posts Attacking Russia Inquiry
Mr. Stone, a longtime informal adviser to President Trump, had long complained about the Russia investigation online even after a judge ordered him to keep quiet.
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17 Jul 8:34am Updated Anti-Semitism: May and Corbyn clash over anti-racism records
The PM calls on the Labour leader to apologise for anti-Semitism failings in heated Commons exchanges.
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17 Jul 6:58am Labour poverty pledge: What does it mean?
Labour is promising to end in-work poverty in its first term if it wins the next election.
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Gove and bosses to hold recycling scheme summit 17 Jul 6:36am Gove and bosses to hold recycling scheme summit
The chief executives of Asda, Greggs and J Sainsbury will hold talks with Michael Gove this week amid growing concern that a series of recycling initiatives will impose unsustainable costs on an already-embattled sector.
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States Are Making Progress on Opioids. Now the Money That’s Helping Them May Dry Up 17 Jul 5:59am Updated States Are Making Progress on Opioids. Now the Money That’s Helping Them May Dry Up
Billions in federal grants for treatment and prevention programs are set to end next year. The Trump administration has not said whether it will seek to extend them.
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17 Jul 5:36am Labour pledges to end in-work poverty in first five years
The party says it will eliminate the "modern-day scourge" if it wins the next election.
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17 Jul 5:09am Parliament: MPs to consider extending bullying inquiry
A government motion would amend the independent complaints scheme to investigate historical complaints.
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It May Not Seem That Way, but Politicians Often Do What Voters Want 17 Jul 5:00am It May Not Seem That Way, but Politicians Often Do What Voters Want
Data limitations once made the question hard to answer, but not anymore.
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Do Service Dogs Help Treat PTSD? After Years of Research, the V.A. Still Doesn’t Know 17 Jul 5:00am Do Service Dogs Help Treat PTSD? After Years of Research, the V.A. Still Doesn’t Know
The V.A. was mandated to study the use of service dogs as a mental-health treatment for veterans almost a decade ago. But repeated setbacks have held up the results.
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17 Jul 3:30am House of Representatives orders Pentagon to investigate whether ticks were once used as biological weapons
The US House of Representatives has ordered an investigation into whether the Department of Defense experimented with ticks and other insects as biological weapons.
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Top Myanmar Generals Are Barred From Entering U.S. Over Rohingya Killings 17 Jul 3:11am Updated Top Myanmar Generals Are Barred From Entering U.S. Over Rohingya Killings
Myanmar’s commander in chief, Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, was among those named by the State Department as responsible for atrocities against Rohingya Muslims.
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Planned Parenthood Ousts President, Seeking a More Political Approach 17 Jul 2:41am Updated Planned Parenthood Ousts President, Seeking a More Political Approach
Dr. Leana Wen was removed after 8 months in office, as the group sought a more aggressive political leader to combat recent efforts to roll back access to abortions.
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17 Jul 2:26am Updated Trump blames Obama as he reluctantly bans F-35 sales to Turkey
President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Turkey will be banned from purchasing American F-35 fighter jets after acquiring a Russian air defense system, but made no mention of sanctions that the US is legally required to impose after Turkey purchased the Russian equipment.
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Labour peers slam Corbyn over antisemitism in newspaper ad 17 Jul 2:16am Labour peers slam Corbyn over antisemitism in newspaper ad
Labour peers have taken out a newspaper advert accusing Jeremy Corbyn of "failing the test of leadership" by allowing antisemitism to "grow in our party".
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William Dannemeyer, California Archconservative, Dies at 89 17 Jul 2:09am Updated William Dannemeyer, California Archconservative, Dies at 89
A seven-term Orange County congressman, he favored curbs on people with AIDS and laws against sodomy and opposed abortion rights and environmentalists.
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17 Jul 2:08am This one word is a telltale sign Trump is being dishonest
President Donald Trump told a dramatic story on Twitter last month.
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17 Jul 1:10am Updated On Politics: House Condemns Trump’s Attacks as Racist
It was the first time in more than 100 years that the House has approved a measure aimed at rebuking the president.
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5 Takeaways From the 2020 Democratic Fund-Raising Reports 17 Jul 12:56am Updated 5 Takeaways From the 2020 Democratic Fund-Raising Reports
Second-quarter totals show a lower tier of candidates burning through cash trying to stay viable, while the leaders banked millions. Elizabeth Warren now has more than 300 people on her payroll.
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House Condemns Trump’s Attack on Four Congresswomen as Racist 17 Jul 12:17am Updated House Condemns Trump’s Attack on Four Congresswomen as Racist
The House voted largely along party lines to formally condemn President Trump’s comments on four minority congresswomen as racist, after an hourslong brawl.
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Red Cross to World’s Cities: Here’s How to Prevent Heat Wave Deaths 17 Jul 12:07am Red Cross to World’s Cities: Here’s How to Prevent Heat Wave Deaths
The disaster relief agency issued new guidlines to help city leaders cope with rising global temperatures.
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