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Employees turn their back on Agriculture secretary over being relocated to Kansas City

(CNN)Employees from the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, two Department of Agriculture research agencies, stood and turned their backs to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in silent protest at an all-hands meeting Thursday. “Following a rigorous site selection process, the Kansas City Region provides a win win — maximizing our mission function by putting taxpayer savings into programmatic outputs and providing affordability, easy commutes, and extraordinary living for our employees,” Perdue said. “The Kansas City Region has proven itself to be hub for all things…

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Nancy Pelosi on Trump’s personal attack from Normandy: ‘I felt really sorry for him’

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that it was “beyond inappropriate” for President Donald Trump to lash out at her and call her a “nasty, vindictive, horrible person” while being interviewed in Normandy. “When he then came on TV later in front of those same tombstones and started saying all this stuff, it was so beyond inappropriate. I felt really sorry for him.” This is a breaking story and will be updated. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/13/politics/pelosi-trump-sorry-for-him/index.html

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Jeremy Hunt claims Merkel is willing to renegotiate Brexit deal

Foreign secretary says chancellor told him Brussels would listen if new PM had right approach The Conservative leadership hopeful Jeremy Hunt has claimed Angela Merkel would be willing to renegotiate the UKs Brexit deal and possibly the Irish border arrangements opposed by Eurosceptics. The foreign secretary said he had spoken to the German chancellor on the sidelines of D-day commemorations last week and she had indicated that the EU was willing to negotiate on the package if a new prime minister had the right approach. His claim flies in the…

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One person dead, 22 injured in accident near West Point training site

Washington (CNN)One US Military Academy cadet died Thursday in a vehicle accident near an academy training site, and 20 other cadets and two soldiers were injured, the academy said. The US military academy is located in New York, a 45-minute drive away from New York City, according to the academy. Cadets take part in field training exercises during their second summer at West Point. That training “is designed to familiarize and train each Third Class cadet in basic and advanced individual Soldier skills,” according to the West Point website. “Training…

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Exclusive: Homeland Security watchdog finds ‘egregious’ conditions at ICE facilities in 2018

Washington (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security inspector general found expired food and dilapidated bathrooms during unannounced visits to four immigrant detention facilities in 2018, according to a report released Thursday. President Donald Trump has railed against the swell of migrants, threatening tariffs against Mexico and pushing for additional barriers along the border. More than 144,000 migrants were encountered or arrested at the US-Mexico border in May, a roughly 32% increase over April and the highest monthly total in 13 years, Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday, including over 11,000 unaccompanied…

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What to know about Douglas Emhoff, Kamala Harris’ husband, after that onstage protester moment

(CNN)When an animal rights protester leapt on stage Saturday to confront Kamala Harris, one of the people who rushed onstage to grab him was her husband Doug Emhoffa man unknown to most voters, but who is a constant presence at her side on the campaign trail. The courtroom versus the campaign trail Until the Saturday incident, the Brooklyn-born Emhoff had been a quietly supportive presence who was often spotted backstage or at the edge of Harris’ crowds at both her campaign events and book tour events this year. Unlike other…

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Trump teases ‘big league statement’ on immigration at US-Mexico border

(CNN)President Donald Trump teased on Thursday that he has a “major statement” forthcoming on illegal immigration into the United States from the southern border. The President said his announcement is expected either Thursday or Friday. “This is a big league statement. We are going to do something very dramatic on the border because people are coming into our country,” Trump said. Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan, traveling in Guatemala, said Thursday morning he has spoken with Trump but did not say anything about a possible announcement. “In all honestly…

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It just got harder for Democrats not to impeach Trump

Washington (CNN)Robert Mueller ended his two-year stint as special counsel with a bang disguised as a whimper: In a 10-minute statement announcing his resignation and the closure of the special counsel’s office, the former FBI director sent a very clear message to anyone listening: I didn’t charge Donald Trump with obstruction because I couldn’t. Mueller says the special counsel’s hands were tied by the OLC opinion when it came to charging Trump with obstructing the Russia probe. Mueller notes that “the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice…

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Pelosi continues to resist impeachment, but says ‘nothing is off the table’

Washington (CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler resisted pressure from the left to open an impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, following special counsel Robert Mueller’s announcement he’s closing his office and would not provide information beyond his already public report in any appearance before Congress. “You don’t bring an indictment, or you don’t bring an impeachment unless you have all of the facts,” she said. But one Democratic House member told CNN’s Jim Acosta there is growing pressure on Pelosi to launch impeachment proceedings. Members are “growing…

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A private group says it’s started building its own border wall using millions donated in GoFundMe campaign

Sunland Park, New Mexico (CNN)A group that raised millions of dollars in a GoFundMe campaign says it has broken ground on a project to build its own stretch of border wall on private property. “It’s amazing to me how crowdfunding can successfully raise a lot of money, and how many Americans care about this,” said Kobach, who’s now general counsel for We Build the Wall. A half-mile stretch of wall on the site is nearly finished, Kobach said, costing an estimated $6 million to $8 million to build. The main…

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Trump meets Japanese Emperor as he begins business portion of state visit

Tokyo (CNN)After a day of casual diplomatic male bonding, President Donald Trump entered the more stately portion of his visit to Japan on Monday, honoring the country’s newly enthroned Emperor and sitting for trade- and security-focused talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. From there it was into hours of sit-down talks with Abe, who hopes to cement his status as Trump’s top global friend. “It’s a very important thing, not only in Japan, but all over the world they’re talking about it,” Trump said of his visit, which came a…

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Everyone knows it will be a disaster Mays invisible campaign

As the PM recedes from view, her colleagues are more interested in the race to succeed her than the European elections The room is booked, the camera tripods assembled, the crowd of eager, political types including a healthy smattering of aides, wannabes and reporters in place, ready for the event to get under way. The appointed time ticks past, but thats OK: indeed, for a campaign event, its almost a positive. It suggests the big speaker is late because he or she is in demand somewhere else, that the crowd…

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Mnuchin: ‘I am not violating the law’ by refusing to hand over Trump’s tax returns

Washington (CNN)Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday rebuffed claims by House Democrats that his refusal to comply with a congressional request for President Donald Trump’s personal tax returns is a violation of the law. Neal has fought for six weeks to obtain Trump’s returns in order to determine whether the IRS is following its policy of annually auditing the president. Mnuchin told a Senate panel last week that Treasury officials would be willing to help members of the Ways and Means Committee examine the process without seeing the President’s returns.…

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Approximately 200 DHS volunteers have deployed to the border, amid other personnel shifts

(CNN)The Department of Homeland Security is shifting personnel from various agencies to the southern border to assist with the surge of migrants arriving from Central America, according to DHS officials. Volunteers include personnel from the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and US Secret Service. However, all DHS component agencies were asked to provide volunteers. The ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Gary Peters, was critical of the moves, saying that “Congress must address the challenges at the Southern border without jeopardizing security at the…

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