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Reporter’s Notebook: Inside the Senate chamber – an hour-long emotional swirl

Washington (CNN)All eyes were on the touching yet somber scene unfolding on the Senate floor: A line of senators waiting to greet their colleague John McCain, who stood at his Senate desk hosting an impromptu receiving line. That moment alone was poignant enough, but even more so up against the backdrop of the legislative drama on health care. McConnell: We have a duty to act McCain returns to Senate floor (full speech)

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Netflix to debut Disenchantment, a new animated series from The Simpsons creator Matt Groening, in 2018

The creator of the longest-running scripted primetime series ever, The Simpsons, is preparing to launch a new show for Netflix. The streaming service today announced it has ordered 20 episodes of an animated comedy series called Disenchantment, from The SimpsonscreatorMatt Groening. The first episodes are set to debut in 2018, the company says, and will be released ten at a time. The series is being produced for Netflix byThe ULULU Company, and will see Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein (The Simpsons, Futurama) serving as executive producers. Animation is being done…

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Top White House aides press Trump to pull back on Sessions criticism

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has publicly rebuked Attorney General Jeff Sessions, expressing regret for appointing him to the post and disparaging him as “beleaguered” and “very weak.” It’s there that several top White House officials have urged Trump to cut out his public criticism of Sessions, making a series of arguments in Sessions’ defense aimed at quelling the President’s frustrations with his attorney general, two sources close to the matter told CNN.

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Trump administration again pressures sanctuary cities

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration opened up a new salvo against sanctuary cities on Tuesday — moving to make immigration enforcement a pre-condition for receiving key law enforcement grants. Among the requirements: Letting federal authorities access detainees in jails to inquire about immigration status and giving the federal government 48 hours’ notice before any inmate they’re interested in is released.

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The Envirobot robo-eel slithers along the shore for science

The next time youre swimming in Lake Geneva, dont be surprised when you feel something eel-like and yet artificial touch your leg. That would be Envirobot, the latest biomimetic creation from Swiss researchers that autonomously swims around bodies of water and tests them for toxins and other factors. Its from lcole polytechnique fdrale de Lausanne, which also produced the salamander-like Pleurobot and some convincing imitation reptiles for a BBC nature documentary. But while Pleurobot was about studying animal locomotion and the others were for surreptitiously monitoring wildlife, Envirobot is meant…

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John McCain had the chance to do the right thing on healthcare. He failed | Lucia Graves

There are many reasons to respect the Arizona senator, but his remarkable stoicism and service cant excuse his yes vote in the Senate John McCain often gets cast as a truth-teller to Donald Trump, but his voting record says otherwise. And nowhere was that more clear than on Tuesday when, despite his own ill health, when it came to the decision of whether to take other peoples healthcare away, he cast a decisive vote in the wrong direction. Addressing his fellow lawmakers, McCain dreamed up entirely by men. Politics appears…

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Toyotas new solid-state battery could make its way to cars by 2020

Toyota is touting its progress on a new kind of battery technology, which uses a solid electrolyte instead of the conventional semi-liquid version used in todays lithium-ion batteries. The car maker said that its near a breakthrough in production engineering that could help it put the new tech in production electric vehicles as early as 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal. The improved battery technology would make it possible to create smaller, more lightweight lithium-ion batteries for use in EVs, that could also potentially boost the total charge capacity…

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Ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort tells Senate panel of Russia meeting

Committee rescinds subpoena after Manafort agrees to turn over notes, while Jared Kushner returns to Capitol Hill for second day of private testimony Donald Trumps former campaign chairman met Senate investigators Tuesday, providing his recollection of a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer and agreeing to turn over contemporaneous notes of the gathering last year, according to people familiar with the closed-door interview. Republican Chuck Grassley and Democrat Dianne Feinstein had also issued a subpoena for Paul Manafort to testify publicly during a Wednesday hearing before the committee. But…

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Trump to rally: GOP senators who oppose health bill ‘will have a lot of problems’

Trump speaks for an hour at campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio, and boasts of accomplishments while pledging once again to build that wall Donald Trump warned that Republican senators who dont support legislation repealing and replacing Obamacare will have a lot of problems. Speaking for an hour at a campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio, Trump took a victory lap after the Senate voted to begin debate on legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act. We are now one step closer to liberating our citizens from this Obamacare nightmare, he said.…

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James Bond film confirmed for 2019 but no word on who will play 007

New York Times have quoted anonymous sources saying Daniel Craig will reprise his role, but neither lead actor nor director have been confirmed He is the original international man of mystery so perhaps it is not surprising that there is still a cloak of secrecy over who will take on the mantle of James Bond in the secret agents next outing. Film company Eon Productions, which produces Bond movies, and Metro Goldwyn Mayer, which owns the rights to the long-running franchise, said on Tuesday that the latest instalment would be…

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