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Rick Perry’s Focus on Gas Company Entangles Him in Ukraine Case 7 Oct 11:37pm Updated Rick Perry’s Focus on Gas Company Entangles Him in Ukraine Case
The energy secretary pushed for changes at Naftogaz with Ukraine’s new president as President Trump sought inquiries into political opponents.
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7 Oct 10:15pm Updated Turkey to send troops into northern Syria as US pulls out of area, White House says
In a remarkable announcement late Sunday night, Washington said Turkey will soon begin a military incursion into northern Syria.
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Trump Impeachment Inquiry: What Happened Today 7 Oct 10:12pm Updated Trump Impeachment Inquiry: What Happened Today
The House has issued more subpoenas and a second person is now being protected as a whistle-blower.
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Seeking Ukraine Aid Records, House Subpoenas White House Budget Office and Pentagon 7 Oct 7:40pm Updated Seeking Ukraine Aid Records, House Subpoenas White House Budget Office and Pentagon
Democrats are looking for information that could reveal whether President Trump’s decision to withhold security aid from Ukraine was tied to his bid to pressure its government to investigate rivals.
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7 Oct 7:33pm Updated Republican Sen. Rob Portman criticizes Trump for asking Ukraine and China to investigate Biden
Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, on Monday criticized President Donald Trump for requesting that Ukraine and China investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a notable break from the majority of congressional Republicans, who have defended the President or remained silent.
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7 Oct 7:31pm The Point: Can Trump possibly win 45 states in 2020?
At a meeting of White House senior staff last week, acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney made a bold prediction: If the House impeaches Donald Trump, he will win 45 states in his 2020 reelection race. 
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7 Oct 7:15pm Updated Extreme measures being considered to protect whistleblower identity if they talk to Congress
The House Intelligence Committee and lawyers for the whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Donald Trump's conduct are discussing extreme measures to protect the individual's identity amid growing concerns about his or her safety, according to several sources familiar with the process.
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Supreme Court Weighs Ending Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases 7 Oct 7:14pm Supreme Court Weighs Ending Non-Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Criminal Cases
A confusing 1972 decision allowed convictions by split verdicts in state courts, though not federal ones. The justices struggled with whether to overrule it.
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7 Oct 6:36pm Updated Sarah Sanders was the first guest on a new USDA podcast
Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders joined Agriculture Sonny Perdue as the first guest on his new podcast, "The Sonnyside of the Farm."
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Legal Team Says It Represents a Second Whistle-Blower Over Trump and Ukraine 7 Oct 6:31pm Updated Legal Team Says It Represents a Second Whistle-Blower Over Trump and Ukraine
The new whistle-blower, who is said to have firsthand knowledge of the president’s dealings, has been interviewed by the intelligence community’s inspector general’s office.
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Impeachment Fight May Help a New NAFTA Deal 7 Oct 6:28pm Updated Impeachment Fight May Help a New NAFTA Deal
As a delegation of Democrats heads to Mexico, the impeachment battle could be a plus when it comes to ratifying a new North American trade agreement.
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Trump’s No. 1 Obsession (No, It’s Not Impeachment) 7 Oct 6:06pm Trump’s No. 1 Obsession (No, It’s Not Impeachment)
In their new book, our colleagues write about the issue the president is sure to focus on in 2020.
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7 Oct 5:49pm Updated Extinction Rebellion protests: UK arrests as global demonstrations begin
Environmental activists are targeting key sites in central London as part of global protests.
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7 Oct 5:27pm Updated Heidi Allen: Former Tory MP joins Liberal Democrats
The former Conservative says she will fight her South Cambridgeshire seat for her new party.
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7 Oct 4:47pm Updated Extreme measures being considered to protect whistleblower identity if he talks to Congress
The House Intelligence Committee and lawyers for the whistleblower who filed a complaint about President Donald Trump's conduct are discussing extreme measures to protect the individual's identity amid growing concerns about his or her safety, according to several sources familiar with the process.
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7 Oct 4:17pm Amy Klobuchar raised $4.8 million in third quarter, an uptick from her second quarter haul
Sen. Amy Klobuchar raised $4.8 million in the third quarter of 2019, her 2020 presidential campaign announced Monday.
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No-deal Brexit would push borrowing above £100bn, IFS warns 7 Oct 4:16pm No-deal Brexit would push borrowing above £100bn, IFS warns
A no-deal Brexit would see government borrowing rise to almost £100bn a year and overall debt reaching levels not seen since the 1960s, a leading economic think-tank has warned.
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Former Conservative MP joins Liberal Democrats 7 Oct 4:12pm Former Conservative MP joins Liberal Democrats
Former Conservative MP Heidi Allen has joined the Liberal Democrats, the party has said.
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President Endorses Turkish Military Operation in Syria, Shifting U.S. Policy 7 Oct 3:43pm Updated President Endorses Turkish Military Operation in Syria, Shifting U.S. Policy
The operation would sweep away American-backed Kurdish forces near the border in Syria. The White House said U.S. forces “will no longer be in the immediate area.”
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Trump Declares ‘Time for Us to Get Out’ of Syria as Republicans Object 7 Oct 3:43pm Updated Trump Declares ‘Time for Us to Get Out’ of Syria as Republicans Object
President Trump’s decision to clear the way for a Turkish military operation drew criticism from top Republicans. The president pivoted Monday morning, saying he would prevent Turkey from going too far.
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How Will Bernie Sanders’s Heart Attack Affect His Campaign? 7 Oct 3:38pm How Will Bernie Sanders’s Heart Attack Affect His Campaign?
As a leading candidate in an extremely tight race, Mr. Sanders will inevitably face questions about the viability and intensity of his campaign going forward.
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Supreme Court Opens New Term With Argument on Insanity Defense 7 Oct 3:32pm Supreme Court Opens New Term With Argument on Insanity Defense
The justices, who drew on law, moral philosophy and history, appeared to find the question tangled and difficult.
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7 Oct 3:23pm Jimmy Carter needed stitches after falling at home, but he traveled to Nashville anyway
Undeterred by a fall Sunday morning, former President Jimmy Carter traveled to Nashville in the evening, where he spoke on stage at the iconic Ryman Auditorium alongside former first lady Rosalynn Carter.
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7 Oct 3:11pm Updated A legal loophole is setting accused military rapists free
The tension and anticipation were palpable as the three women, victims of sexual assault, gathered for the first time. But then, their anxiety gave way to a sense of relief and familiarity.
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7 Oct 2:16pm Updated Ex-special envoy for Ukraine resigns from top post at McCain Institute
Former US special envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker, who has become a key player in House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, announced Monday he is stepping down as executor director of Arizona State University's McCain Institute.
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7 Oct 2:01pm McAleenan leaves speech after being drowned out by protesters
Acting Homeland Secretary Kevin McAleenan was prevented from speaking at an event Monday morning in Washington after repeated interruptions by protesters.
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Acting Homeland Security Chief Booed Off Stage at Georgetown Law 7 Oct 1:55pm Acting Homeland Security Chief Booed Off Stage at Georgetown Law
Protesters shut down a speech by Kevin K. McAleenan, the latest effort by opponents of the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration policies to let their grievances be known to policymakers.
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PM urged to stop Trump imposing tariffs on Scotch whisky 7 Oct 1:36pm PM urged to stop Trump imposing tariffs on Scotch whisky
Boris Johnson has been urged to try and stop Donald Trump imposing 25% tariffs on Scotch whisky.
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Mar-a-Lago Won’t Host Anti-Muslim Group’s Gala, Trump Organization Says 7 Oct 1:32pm Mar-a-Lago Won’t Host Anti-Muslim Group’s Gala, Trump Organization Says
The group, ACT for America, is considered the largest anti-Muslim group in the United States. It had planned its annual banquet at the president’s club in Florida.
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7 Oct 1:27pm Updated Graham rips into Trump for removing troops from Syria
Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of President Donald Trump's strongest Republican defenders in Congress, blasted Trump Monday over his decision to remove US troops from northern Syria as Turkey plans a military offensive in the region, saying it was "shortsighted and irresponsible."
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7 Oct 1:27pm Brexit: Labour, Lib Dems and SNP at odds over no-deal tactics
The SNP tells Labour and Lib Dems to "grow up" amid arguments over how best to stop a no-deal exit.
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Trump Declares ‘Time for Us to Get Out’ of Syria as Allies Object 7 Oct 1:09pm Updated Trump Declares ‘Time for Us to Get Out’ of Syria as Allies Object
President Trump’s decision to clear the way for a Turkish military operation drew criticism from top Republicans. The president pivoted Monday morning, saying he would prevent Turkey from going too far.
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Elizabeth Warren’s Big Challenge: Winning Black Voters 7 Oct 12:41pm Updated Elizabeth Warren’s Big Challenge: Winning Black Voters
African-Americans were essential to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton winning competitive primaries like Ms. Warren faces in 2020. For now, Joe Biden has far deeper support.
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7 Oct 12:34pm Kamala Harris proposes six months paid leave for all workers in new plan
California Sen. Kamala Harris on Monday announced a plan for working families that would allow up to six months of paid family and medical leave.
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Blame game as opposition Brexit talks end in division 7 Oct 12:02pm Blame game as opposition Brexit talks end in division
The latest opposition talks on how to avoid a no-deal Brexit have ended in acrimony, with a blame game breaking out between the parties involved.
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7 Oct 11:40am McAleenan leaves speech after being drowned out by protestors
Acting Homeland Secretary Kevin McAleenan was prevented from speaking at an event Monday morning in Washington after repeated interruptions by protesters.
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7 Oct 10:50am Updated 90 former national security officials praise whistleblower
Ninety former US national security officials wrote a letter Sunday praising the anonymous whistleblower whose recent complaint about President Donald Trump's communications with Ukraine touched off a firestorm, leading House Democrats to launch an impeachment inquiry into Trump.
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7 Oct 10:17am Judge dismisses no-deal Brexit court move
Lord Pentland says he must trust Boris Johnson to write a letter to the EU requesting an extension if no deal is agreed.
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New York Democrats Balance Impeachment Issue With Local Concerns 7 Oct 10:13am Updated New York Democrats Balance Impeachment Issue With Local Concerns
In three distinct enclaves of New York, lawmakers found that voters were curious about impeachment, but far more preoccupied with regional issues.
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7 Oct 9:45am READ: Ruling in Trump tax return lawsuit
A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit brought by President Donald Trump in his effort to block a subpoena issued by the Manhattan district attorney's office for eight years of Trump's tax returns.
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7 Oct 9:19am Stephen Hepburn: Labour MP suspended amid sexual harassment inquiry
Stephen Hepburn, the Jarrow MP, is alleged to have targeted a party member at a curry house in 2005.
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7 Oct 8:55am Updated Judge dismisses no-deal Brexit challenge
A court rules against those seeking to force Boris Johnson to write to the EU seeking a Brexit delay.
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Trump Endorses Turkish Military Operation in Syria, Shifting U.S. Policy 7 Oct 8:39am Updated Trump Endorses Turkish Military Operation in Syria, Shifting U.S. Policy
The operation would sweep away American-backed Kurdish forces near the border in Syria. The White House said U.S. forces “will no longer be in the immediate area.”
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Labour MP suspended by party over sexual harassment claim 7 Oct 8:27am Labour MP suspended by party over sexual harassment claim
A Labour MP has been suspended from the party following an allegation of sexual harassment.
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New York City Wants to Put a Climate Change ‘Laboratory’ on Governors Island 7 Oct 8:10am Updated New York City Wants to Put a Climate Change ‘Laboratory’ on Governors Island
The island, which has an unusual history and considerable real estate potential, could host a complex devoted to climate policy under the plan, which is in its early stages.
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7 Oct 6:50am Updated Jennifer Arcuri refuses to answer Boris Johnson relationship questions
The businesswoman denies the PM showed her favouritism because of their friendship when he was London mayor.
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7 Oct 6:45am Updated Trump Organization says controversial right-wing group will not host event at Mar-a-Lago
The Trump Organization on Sunday said it would not host an event put on by a controversial right-wing group that has advertised its annual gala would take place next month at Mar-a-Lago.
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PM triumphs in new court case over no-deal Brexit delay row 7 Oct 6:23am PM triumphs in new court case over no-deal Brexit delay row
Campaigners have had their legal bid to get a judge to force Boris Johnson to delay Brexit to avoid no-deal dismissed.
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7 Oct 6:02am Bernie Sanders to take on DNC over convention funding
If Sen. Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic Party's nomination in 2020, he plans to halt all corporate donations to the party's convention next summer. This as party leaders actively court donors for millions of dollars to pay for the event scheduled to take place next July.
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7 Oct 3:27am Updated Jennifer Arcuri shuts down Boris Johnson relationship questions
The US businesswoman is at the centre of a row over the PM's actions when he was London mayor.
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7 Oct 3:17am New twists put Republicans on spot in impeachment saga
Washington's impeachment battle over President Donald Trump's conduct with Ukraine is intensifying with news of a second whistleblower while new testimony this week brings the prospect of more stunning revelations to deepen the crisis.
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7 Oct 12:19am Weekend bombshell: new whistleblower(s)
Bombshell this weekend... a new whistleblower being represented by Mark Zaid and Andrew Bakaj, the lawyers for the original whistleblower, according to CNN's Jake Tapper, Pamela Brown and Zachary Cohen.
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