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The Judiciary Committee has a bipartisan bill on its agenda for Thursday's markup, which may be held over for a week before consideration. Given all of that, what McConnell should have said - and what he did say at another point in the interview - is that he thinks it is pointless to bring any sort of legislation that ties the president's hand vis a vis the special counsel to the floor because, even if it did pass the Senate, Trump would assuredly veto it.
  • California Rejects Border Duties for Troops

    California Rejects Border Duties for Troops

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    State officials have not rejected anything since the governor responded to the federal government last Wednesday with the proposed "Memorandum of Agreement Between the State of California and the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security".
  • ZTE kicked out of the US

    ZTE kicked out of the US

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    CHINESE TELECOMS OUTFIT ZTE has halted trading after was suspended from the United Kingdom and cut off from USA suppliers. "We're deeply concerned about the risks of allowing any company or entity that is beholden to foreign governments that don't share our values to gain positions of power inside our telecommunications networks", FBI Director Christopher Wray said at the time.
  • Advisor to Pence withdraws Following Trump objects

    Advisor to Pence withdraws Following Trump objects

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    But when Trump got wind of the agreement, he became furious. The president believed Lerner, a longtime Republican strategist, was a card-carrying member of the "Never Trump" movement because he helped the conservative Club for Growth create ads as part of a multi-million dollar offensive against Trump during the GOP primaries.
  • Assad 'Must Bear Responsibility' for Chemical Attack: Freeland

    Assad 'Must Bear Responsibility' for Chemical Attack: Freeland

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    Freeland made the comments on the sidelines of a major global summit in Lima, Peru, which U.S. President Donald Trump skipped last minute to deal with the recent chemical-weapons attack in Syria, which culminated in the launch of U.S., British and French strikes against Syrian targets on Friday night.
  • UK PM May ready to confirm military intervention into Syria

    UK PM May ready to confirm military intervention into Syria

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    On Thursday, Trump tweeted that an attack "could be very soon or not so soon at all!" The government said it is "highly likely" that Assad is responsible for the Douma attack, with ministers agreeing "it was vital that the use of chemical weapons did not go unchallenged".
  • Father arrested for flinging child off roof

    Father arrested for flinging child off roof

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    Captain Beetge said: "Due to the unsafe threat to the safety of the child police set out a plan to rescue the little girl and arrest the male and one of our officers successfully caught the girl as she was flung". He told me to call police and that I shouldn't go over there. Police also allegedly found notes written by Pedroso, in which she referred to her children as "bad" and said they were "beaten", according to CBS News .
  • Israel defence minister says sniper filmed shooting Palestinian 'deserves medal'

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    The PA had argued at the time that its decisions were caused by Hamas collecting government revenues in Gaza without sending them back to the Ramallah-based authority, whereas Hamas has accused the PA of deliberately applying further economic pressure on the impoverished coastal territory, which has been under an Israeli-imposed blockade for almost 11 years.
  • Why a teacher walkout could threaten Oklahoma's blood supply

    Why a teacher walkout could threaten Oklahoma's blood supply

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    Teachers are urging lawmakers to pass new legislation, arguing that schools in the state need more funding. "If the other schools are struggling to get the numbers, that's gonna really hurt what we have in the blood banks", Mr. Teachers went on strike last week after lawmakers passed a funding package that offered only about $50 million for schools, where students have grappled with outdated, crumbling textbooks and shortened weeks, and many teachers have been forced to pay for school ...
  • Senators: EPA Files Undercut Pruitt's Need for First-Class Travel

    Senators: EPA Files Undercut Pruitt's Need for First-Class Travel

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    Later, the EPA official, Kevin Minoli, said that he was referring the inquiry to the department's inspector general, which carries investigative powers that the ethics office does not. But while Pruitt has been ineffective at the kinds of regulatory rollbacks that could save industry money - and effective at undercutting the kind of work the EPA does to hold polluters accountable for environmental damages - he has been extremely effective at spending taxpayer money for his own needs.
  • Trump calls Mueller probe an 'attack' on US

    Trump calls Mueller probe an 'attack' on US

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    They proceed to only go ahead ... and I've this witch hunt continuously occurring for over 12 months now. In a press availability that was ostensibly about what the United States would do to respond to the grievous chemical attack in Syria, President Donald Trump took the opportunity to speak out strongly against the Federal Bureau of Investigation for raiding the offices and home of his personal attorney , Michael Cohen .
  • Trump said when he plans to meet with Kim Jong Inom

    Trump said when he plans to meet with Kim Jong Inom

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    Trump has disparaged the North Korean leader through Twitter since entering the White House. A second official said that confirmation had come through direct contact between American and North Korean officials. USA officials said on Sunday that Kim was open to discussing denuclearization, clearing the way for a historic sit-down between the two leaders. "I think it's going to be a very exciting thing for the world", he continued.
  • Alleged Syrian chemical attack 'crime against humanity'

    Alleged Syrian chemical attack 'crime against humanity'

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    At Monday's emergency meeting, several Security Council members believed that the Syrian government was responsible for Saturday's chemical attack in Douma , while Russian Federation claimed that the whole incident was a fabrication. "Everybody's going to pay a price, he will, everybody will". Trump said there was little question that Syria was responsible for the apparent weekend attack, although the government of President Bashar Assad denied it.
  • Fire at Trump Tower kills one, police say

    Fire at Trump Tower kills one, police say

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    It said the four firefighters had "non-life threatening" injuries and the blaze had been brought under control. An investigation is ongoing. Plus, Brassner had reportedly still been alive when Trump issued his tweet . The president tweeted that the fire was out, and had been "very confined" as the tower is a "well built building". Multiple street closures slowed foot and vehicle traffic surrounding the tower, from East 55th Street to East 57th Street from Fifth Avenue to Madison ...
  • IDF 'did not target journalist' killed in violent anti-Israel protest

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    Sources in Gaza have confirmed that journalist Yaser Murtaja has died after being shot in the abdomen by an Israeli sniper while covering the protests. Israel's army said it "does not intentionally target journalists". Gaza's economy has been devastated by years of Israeli military attacks and a joint Israeli-Egyptian blockade.
  • North Korea Hold Secret, Direct Talks

    North Korea Hold Secret, Direct Talks

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    That work has been led by Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo , Trump's pick to become secretary of State. The lines of dialogue between North and South Korea were reopened in January for the first time in two years, culminating in the North Koreans attending the Winter Olympics.
  • Bus headed to Masters crashes in Georgia; 9 injured

    Bus headed to Masters crashes in Georgia; 9 injured

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    Eastern, but the ABC station cited a sheriff's office report that several were taken to Augusta University Medical Center, with five in serious condition and two in fair condition. He said passengers told authorities the bus had drifted off the edge of the road twice before it veered a third time and crashed. According to CBS affiliate WRDW , no golfers were on the bus.
  • 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' to Premiere at Cannes

    'Solo: A Star Wars Story' to Premiere at Cannes

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    Two-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi's psychological thriller " Everybody Knows ", starring Javier Bardem , Penelope Cruz and Ricardo Darin, is set to open the 71st Cannes Film Festival , Variety reports. The festival runs from May 8 to May 19. Days after the announcement, Howard was named as the new director for Solo: A Star Wars Story . The film is released in France on 23 May, two days before it makes its debut in USA cinemas.
  • Arabs ask United Nations chief to investigate Gaza killings

    Arabs ask United Nations chief to investigate Gaza killings

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    The Friday rally was the start of a six-week long protest expected to reach its peak on May 15, the day Israel celebrates its establishment. Hamas has said the protests would culminate in a "March of Return ", implying the demonstrators would at some point try cross the border fence into Israeli territory.
  • Defunct Chinese space lab plunges into Ocean

    Defunct Chinese space lab plunges into Ocean

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    The Tiangong-1 "mostly" burnt up above the vast ocean's central region, China's Manned Space Engineering Office said. The report says that most of the space station burned up on re-entry somewhere over the middle of the South Pacific Ocean.
  • Mueller OK'd to probe Manafort-Russia collusion allegations

    Mueller OK'd to probe Manafort-Russia collusion allegations

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    A federal judge tore into all of the legal arguments that a lawyer for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort made on Wednesday in his long-shot civil case to convince her that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has run amok and should be reined in.
  • China family find lost daughter after 24-year search

    China family find lost daughter after 24-year search

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    A daughter was reunited with her family Tuesday after 24 years of going missing in Chengdu , China. In 2017, the family had a breakthrough in their search when a police sketch artist read about Wang and made a decision to produce an image of what Qifeng would look like now.
  • Prince Philip Hospitalized for Hip Surgery

    Prince Philip Hospitalized for Hip Surgery

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    George's Chapel in Windsor, which is also the venue for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding on May 19, CNN reported. Prince Philip , the Duke of Edinburgh, was admitted to King Edward VII Hospital for hip surgery. It said that the hospital admission and surgery were planned ahead of time. Last June, he spent two days in hospital as a precautionary measure for an infection.
  • Parkland students receive clear backpacks as part of enhanced security

    Parkland students receive clear backpacks as part of enhanced security

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    Student Josh Gallagher said , "This clear backpack idea is to give us kids a false sense of security and now has enraged most of the students here at MSD". Another student tweeted a photo of her clear backpack that had nothing but a handwritten note inside which read: 'This bag contains everything politicians care about, besides money'.
  • Putin, Erdogan launch Turkey's 1st nuclear reactor

    Putin, Erdogan launch Turkey's 1st nuclear reactor

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    The two-day trip to Turkey is Putin's first visit to a foreign country since he was reelected last month, and will also include talks with Iran 's Hassan Rouhani on Syria . The project was launched with Erdogan declaiming "in the name of God!" and work immediately began on the site, with the first concrete pouring as celebratory fireworks were set off.
  • Ichiro of old: A homer stolen at top of the fence

    Ichiro of old: A homer stolen at top of the fence

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    The Indians took a 2-0 lead on Encarnacion's leadoff homer in the fourth, which hit the hand-operated scoreboard in left field. While the Mariners can turn to Daniel Vogelbach to play designated hitter during Cruz's potential absence, they can't realistically expect him to replicate the production the normal starter does on a nightly basis.
  • Crash that Killed Family May Have Been Intentional

    Crash that Killed Family May Have Been Intentional

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    The crash killed Washington state married couple Jennifer and Sara Hart, as well as three of their adopted children; 19-year-old Markis Hart, 14-year-old Jeremiah Hart and 14-year-old Abigail Hart. Clark County Sheriff's Office obtained a searched warrant Thursday to retrieve items such as computers, credit cards, and bank statements to help the ongoing investigation for a probable cause.
  • Declan Donnelly to host Saturday Night Takeaway alone, ITV confirms

    Declan Donnelly to host Saturday Night Takeaway alone, ITV confirms

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    Following rumours that Saturday Night Takeaway could be dropped from ITV's schedule, Dec confirmed to their 6.83 million followers on Twitter that the series would continue. He thanked them for their "very, very, warm reception", before adding: "I've got twice the amount of work to do so we're going to crack on and say hello to our star guest announcer Mr Stephen Merchant".
  • Sessions defers GOP demand for another special counsel

    Sessions defers GOP demand for another special counsel

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    Sessions announced on Thursday that a federal prosecutor was evaluating certain issues involving the FBI, but said he would not appoint a second special counsel at this point. U. S. Attorney John Huber of Utah can do something about it. Nonetheless, his decision not to appoint a special counsel, at least for now, is nearly certain to disappoint Republicans.
  • SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 carrying 10 communication satellites to space

    SpaceX successfully launches Falcon 9 carrying 10 communication satellites to space

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    The launch will be the fifth SpaceX is contracted to conduct for Iridium . "We're working with NOAA to address these restrictions in order to hopefully be able to bring you live views from orbit in the future", the SpaceX engineer said. Five launches have been completed since January 2017. In total, 81 satellites are being built, with 66 in the operational constellation, nine serving as on-orbit spares and six as ground spares, reports Iridium Communications.
  • ICE: Pregnant Women No Longer Automatically Released

    ICE: Pregnant Women No Longer Automatically Released

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    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the new policy was part of Trump's executive order past year directing the agency to sweep up anyone caught in the country illegally, The Washington Post reported . That order scrapped the Obama-era prosecutorial discretion policy instructing officers to deprioritize detaining and deporting certain immigrants. Twelve detainees died in ICE custody in 2017, the deadliest year since 2009 .
  • Met Office predicts wet and wintry Easter weekend in Lincolnshire

    Met Office predicts wet and wintry Easter weekend in Lincolnshire

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    The chance for precipitation is 60 percent during the day and 70 percent over night. "This low-pressure system and associated front will bring some heavy rain and warm, moist air into the country". "Easter is always a busy period on the road network and we'd urge all motorists to make sure they do their bit to check their vehicle is roadworthy before setting off over this period".
  • Driver attempts to run over soldiers in France

    Driver attempts to run over soldiers in France

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    On Thursday morning, a stolen auto tried to ram French soldiers near Varces (Isère), reports Le Dauphiné libéré , quoting sources close to the file. Radouane Lakdim , a Moroccan-born French national, fired at a group of policemen returning from a jog before storming the Super U store and shooting dead two people.
  • Nobel Winner, Malala Makes Emotional Return To Pakistan

    Nobel Winner, Malala Makes Emotional Return To Pakistan

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    While she has been hailed by supporters as a champion against extremism, some Islamist hard-liners in Pakistan and elsewhere have criticized Yousafzai, calling her a mouthpiece for Western cultural views. In 2012, Yousafzai and her classmates were attacked by Taliban gunmen on a bus ride home from school in Swat Valley, Pakistan . He also referred to the militants who wounded Yousafzai and the battle Pakistan is still fighting.
  • Kenyans make fun of JKIA drama with Miguna challenge

    Kenyans make fun of JKIA drama with Miguna challenge

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    Miguna Miguna was previously deported to Canada on 6 February in a crackdown on politicians who attended a mock inauguration of the opposition leader, Raila Odinga , to protest against the re-election of the Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta .
  • Pope says he's 'saddened' by Russian mall fire

    Pope says he's 'saddened' by Russian mall fire

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    Investigators said fire exits had been illegally blocked, the public address system had not been switched on, the fire alarm system was broken, and children had been locked inside the cinemas. "I mourn together with all the people", said the 28-year old computer expert Alexei Ivanov in St. Petersburg. The head of Russia's Investigative Committee , Alexander Bastrykin, said ticket collectors and other staff fled the scene, leaving movie-goers locked inside.
  • Rep. Richmond responds to decision in Alton Sterling shooting

    Rep. Richmond responds to decision in Alton Sterling shooting

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    Veda Washington-Abusaleh, Sterling's aunt, was in tears after meeting. "When you see those other. videos of Blane Salamoni killing Alton Sterling , you'll cry again", Sandra Sterling said. The LA Attorney General says officers tried to make a lawful arrest of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge. State investigators received the case in May 2017 after the U.S.