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19 Jul 8:58pm Updated Key Mueller witness George Nader hit with underage sex trafficking, child porn charges
George Aref Nader, who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, faces new charges of transporting a minor "with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity" and child pornography.
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Trump’s Art of Disavowing a Disavowal 19 Jul 8:50pm Updated Trump’s Art of Disavowing a Disavowal
After saying he was “not happy” with the “send her back” chant at his rally in North Carolina, President Trump reversed himself, just as he did in 2017 after the violence in Charlottesville, Va.
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Eugene Scalia, Trump’s Labor Pick, Has Fought for Corporate Clients 19 Jul 8:27pm Updated Eugene Scalia, Trump’s Labor Pick, Has Fought for Corporate Clients
Mr. Scalia, whom Mr. Trump plans to nominate as labor secretary, has been a go-to lawyer for businesses like UPS and SeaWorld.
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19 Jul 8:09pm Updated Tensions soar over tanker seizures as Trump again signals interest in talks with Iran
President Donald Trump said Friday he had authorized Sen. Rand Paul to speak with Iranian officials -- a day after denying he had done so -- but downplayed the significance of the outreach to Iran as tensions skyrocketed in the Persian Gulf.
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For 50 Years Since Apollo 11, Presidents Have Tried to Take That Next Giant Leap 19 Jul 5:32pm For 50 Years Since Apollo 11, Presidents Have Tried to Take That Next Giant Leap
President Trump is only the latest to propose returning to the moon and then heading to Mars. But he faces the burdens of history to accomplish what his predecessors could not.
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19 Jul 5:30pm Updated ACLU sues Alaska governor over court budget cuts penalizing abortion ruling
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy for retaliating against the state's courts for ruling in favor of abortion rights.
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19 Jul 5:22pm Louisiana asks Supreme Court to allow state abortion law to go into effect
Louisiana asked the Supreme Court Friday to allow a law to go into effect that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital -- a measure opponents have argued could decimate "safe and legal" abortions in the state.
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19 Jul 4:54pm US spy chief names first election security coordinator
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has created a new role to coordinate the US intelligence community's efforts to counter threats to election security amid rampant criticism that the various agencies' efforts are not coordinated well enough.
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19 Jul 4:38pm Oversight Chairman Cummings asks if DOJ guidelines kept Trump from being prosecuted
The House Oversight Committee is asking federal prosecutors in New York whether the Justice Department's policy against indicting a sitting President played any role in the decision not to indict President Donald Trump for his role in directing Michael Cohen to arrange hush-money payments to women alleging affairs during the 2016 campaign.
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E.P.A. Won’t Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children’s Health Problems 19 Jul 4:19pm Updated E.P.A. Won’t Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children’s Health Problems
The decision not to prohibit the pesticide, which has been linked to developmental disabilities, comes after years of legal wrangling.
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19 Jul 4:18pm Trump flip flops on use of debt ceiling in negotiations
Following a meeting with members of the Apollo 11 crew and their families, President Donald Trump told reporters he did not believe the debt ceiling should be used as a negotiation tool between lawmakers and the President.
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19 Jul 4:09pm Trump campaign and RNC spend more than $600,000 on law firm representing Hope Hicks
President Donald Trump's campaign and the Republican National Committee have paid more than $600,000 in legal fees to the law firm that represents Hope Hicks, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
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Examining Trump’s Claims About Representative Ilhan Omar 19 Jul 3:53pm Updated Examining Trump’s Claims About Representative Ilhan Omar
Here’s what he has claimed, and what we know.
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Intelligence Chief Names New Election Security Oversight Official 19 Jul 3:36pm Intelligence Chief Names New Election Security Oversight Official
A newly created post will oversee intelligence collection and analysis on foreign influence campaigns and efforts to attack election infrastructure.
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19 Jul 3:17pm Updated White House proposal and the Mulvaney factor loom debt ceiling fight
Negotiators are in the brink of a deal. Now comes the hard part.
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A Billionaire Makes His Case: ‘I Don’t See Myself as Rich’ 19 Jul 3:12pm Updated A Billionaire Makes His Case: ‘I Don’t See Myself as Rich’
Tom Steyer plans to spend $100 million of his own money to take on President Trump, whether anyone wants him to or not.
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19 Jul 3:08pm Thousands of prisoners released as new reform effort takes effect
Nearly 3,100 federal inmates will walk out of prison on Friday as a provision of the sweeping criminal justice reform act passed by Congress takes effect.
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N.S.A. Contractor Who Hoarded Secrets at Home Is Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison 19 Jul 3:07pm N.S.A. Contractor Who Hoarded Secrets at Home Is Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison
The case of Harold T. Martin III, who took home classified material undetected for nearly 20 years, was a major embarrassment for security officials.
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19 Jul 2:47pm Updated Ocasio-Cortez gets Republican challenger for congressional seat
Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will face a 2020 Republican challenge from a Jamaican-American businesswoman who says that she will better represent and more effectively attract jobs to the district.
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19 Jul 2:46pm Judge upholds a Trump admin alternative to Obamacare
The Trump administration has the authority to make it easier to buy a less expensive alternative to Obamacare coverage, a federal judge ruled Friday.
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Emily Thornberry taken to hospital after bike accident 19 Jul 2:40pm Emily Thornberry taken to hospital after bike accident
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry was taken to hospital after being knocked off her bicycle in Westminster.
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19 Jul 2:39pm Labour MP Emily Thornberry taken to hospital after bicycle accident
The shadow foreign secretary was cycling when she was involved in a collision in Westminster.
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Ilhan Omar Returns to Minneapolis for Hero’s Welcome 19 Jul 2:17pm Updated Ilhan Omar Returns to Minneapolis for Hero’s Welcome
After a week of attacks from President Trump and his supporters, Representative Ilhan Omar returned to her district Thursday night for a hero’s welcome.
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19 Jul 2:10pm Analysis: Joe Biden gets a high-risk, high-reward debate slot
Former Vice President Joe Biden finds himself in a precarious position on CNN's debate stage in Detroit.
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Why the Democratic Debates Are Starting to Feel Like a Reality Show 19 Jul 2:02pm Updated Why the Democratic Debates Are Starting to Feel Like a Reality Show
The Democratic National Committee has all but encouraged performative breakout moments, and candidates must try to go viral or risk being left behind.
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Anxious Democratic Governors Urge 2020 Field Not to Veer Too Far Left 19 Jul 1:54pm Updated Anxious Democratic Governors Urge 2020 Field Not to Veer Too Far Left
“I think it scares people,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico said of a proposal to eliminate private health insurance. Other governors echoed similar concerns.
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19 Jul 1:54pm Alleged American ISIS fighter to appear in New York court
An alleged American ISIS fighter and former Brooklyn-resident will appear in federal court in Brooklyn Friday, according to a spokesman for the Department of Justice's Eastern District of New York.
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19 Jul 1:40pm Updated Trump administration weighs allowing no refugees into US next year
The Trump administration floated the possibility of admitting zero refugees next year during a recent meeting with officials from the Department of Homeland Security, State Department, the Pentagon and other agencies, according to sources familiar with the meeting.
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As America Debates Abortion, Hollywood Seeks the Realities 19 Jul 1:27pm Updated As America Debates Abortion, Hollywood Seeks the Realities
Series and films depicting abortion in a matter-of-fact way have markedly increased, a scholar finds. Writers say they’re showing what they know.
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19 Jul 1:26pm Labour MP Emily Thornberry in hospital after bicycle accident
The shadow foreign secretary was cycling when she was involved in a collision in Westminster.
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19 Jul 1:14pm Updated The Point: Is Twitter making it harder for Democrats to win in 2020?
There's a great piece in The New York Times Friday where Jonathan Martin talks to a trio of female Democratic governors who voice their concern that the party's 2020 nomination fight is shifting too far left, ideologically speaking. One section really jumped out at me:
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BeLeave: Pro-Brexit group founder wins £20k fine appeal 19 Jul 1:11pm BeLeave: Pro-Brexit group founder wins £20k fine appeal
The founder of pro-Brexit campaign group BeLeave has won his appeal against a £20,000 fine imposed by the Electoral Commission.
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19 Jul 1:09pm Updated Darren Grimes: Brexit campaigner wins appeal against £20,000 fine
BeLeave founder Darren Grimes says the Electoral Commission's punishment has "taken a huge toll".
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19 Jul 12:05pm Joe Biden gets a high-risk, high-reward debate slot
Former Vice President Joe Biden finds himself in a precarious position on CNN's debate stage in Detroit.
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19 Jul 12:01pm Protester admits calling MP Anna Soubry a Nazi
James Goddard, 30, who was arrested outside Parliament, admits public order offences.
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Here Are the Lineups for the Next Democratic Debates 19 Jul 11:20am Updated Here Are the Lineups for the Next Democratic Debates
Kamala Harris and Joe Biden will face off again on the debate stage later this month, and Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren will headline the other half of the two-night event.
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19 Jul 10:57am Updated Joe Biden, Kamala Harris will face off again as lineups for CNN Democratic primary debates are set
The nightly lineups for CNN's two-night Democratic primary debate will be selected on Thursday.
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19 Jul 10:37am Man who shouted abuse at MP Anna Soubry admits offences
James Goddard, 29, who was arrested outside Parliament, admits public order offences.
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19 Jul 10:17am Updated Trump picks son of former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as next secretary of labor
President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he will nominate Gene Scalia, former Justice Antonin Scalia's son, as secretary of labor.
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Iran’s Foreign Minister Proposes Modest Deal to End Impasse With U.S. 19 Jul 9:07am Updated Iran’s Foreign Minister Proposes Modest Deal to End Impasse With U.S.
The Iranian foreign minister sounded philosophical if nothing came of efforts to restart negotiations to the nuclear accord that President Trump has jettisoned.
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Call Him a Progressive, Tom Steyer Asks, but Don’t Call Him Rich 19 Jul 8:53am Updated Call Him a Progressive, Tom Steyer Asks, but Don’t Call Him Rich
Mr. Steyer plans to spend $100 million of his own money to take on President Trump, whether anyone wants him to or not.
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Labour antisemitism: Corbyn aide wanted to influence party’s panel 19 Jul 8:16am Labour antisemitism: Corbyn aide wanted to influence party’s panel
Jeremy Corbyn's top aide instructed party officials to compile a dossier setting out how Labour's highest disciplinary body could be challenged, leaked emails have revealed.
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19 Jul 8:00am How Jerome Powell stopped a US default -- in 2011
In May of 2011, then-Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner issued a stark warning letter to Congress: the US government had hit the debt limit and would no longer be able to pay its bills past August 2. That gave Congress exactly 11 weeks before America's wallet would be empty.
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19 Jul 7:13am Updated Brexit: MPs call on EU to protect UK citizens in no-deal scenario
A cross-party group warns 1.3 million British citizens living in Europe could lose their rights.
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Intelligence committee: New PM must make Huawei decision quickly 19 Jul 6:27am Intelligence committee: New PM must make Huawei decision quickly
The intelligence and security committee of parliament has called for the next prime minister to quickly make a decision on Huawei's role in the UK's 5G infrastrucutre.
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Tuition-Free College Could Cost Less Than You Think 19 Jul 5:00am Tuition-Free College Could Cost Less Than You Think
Making a tuition-free college education available to everyone who wants one is an immensely worthwhile — and realistic — goal, a Harvard economist says.
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What ‘Send Her Back’ Tells Us About Trump’s 2020 Campaign 19 Jul 12:59am Updated What ‘Send Her Back’ Tells Us About Trump’s 2020 Campaign
In the On Politics newsletter: The president’s attacks on four congresswomen, and the response by his base, gave a sense of his re-election campaign.
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Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant as G.O.P. Frets Over Ugly Phrase 19 Jul 12:37am Updated Trump Disavows ‘Send Her Back’ Chant as G.O.P. Frets Over Ugly Phrase
But as the crowd chanted at his re-election rally in North Carolina, President Trump looked around and seemed to bask in the enthusiastic refrain.
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19 Jul 12:17am On Politics: Biden-Harris Rematch to Headline Second Debates
In a live television spectacle involving cards, boxes and a triple-split-screen, CNN revealed who will face off in the next set of Democratic debates.
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