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Trump has no black senior White House staff

(CNN)None of President Donald Trump’s senior White House officials are black. “I was the only African-American at the table. If I left, which I did, when I left, there has been no new appointment of an African-American assistant to the President, which means that people are making decisions about us, without us,” Manigault Newman said Sunday in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” ‘Focused on getting results’ Don Lemon rips Trump over personal attack A lack of diversity in the Trump administration extends beyond the West Wing and into…

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Prosecution rests in Paul Manafort trial

Alexandria, Virginia (CNN)Prosecutors rested their case Monday afternoon in the trial against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. “If I had my recommendation … the loan would not be made,” Brennan said in court Monday. Brennan, who wrote a memorandum about a second $6.5 million loan the bank extended to Manafort, said he had given the loan a rating of “4.” But in court Monday, he said he shouldn’t have done that. A very stable, high-quality loan would get a rating of “1,” and any rating less than “4” wouldn’t…

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Think debate has turned toxic? I have the podcasts for you | Rhik Samadder

I get something close to high listening to opponents being civil, disagreeing with decency and humour. It is the only way forward in the this polarised age I got called viper-tongued by a total stranger on the internet the other day, which is quite something. I looked to see if I had defrauded any indigenous people of their lands, but I hadnt. Im not even sure what it was in connection with. Doesnt matter, I suppose; its just nice to check in with the fans. The way we talk to…

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Kavanaugh v. Giuliani: can a president be subpoenaed?

Washington (CNN)Here are the stories our D.C. insiders are talking about in this week’s “Inside Politics” forecast, where you get a glimpse of tomorrow’s headlines today. “They are insisting the President was only there because they were doing renovations to the White House,” CNN’s Kaitlan Collins said. “Even though they did not mention these renovations before the President left to go to New Jersey.” Trump brought with him a table affixed with the presidential seal, in case anything needed to be signed. And the White House is releasing daily descriptions…

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Hawaii House primary is another test of an Ocasio-Cortez style candidate’s appeal

Washington (CNN)The latest test of the progressive insurgency’s strength comes Saturday in Hawaii’s Democratic congressional primary. The House race is another test of the progressive insurgency after Ocasio-Cortez’s stunning upset of the No. 4-ranking House Democrat, New York Rep. Joe Crowley. This time, progressives’ preference is state Rep. Kaniela Ing, a 29-year-old member of the Democratic Socialists of America who backs single-payer health care, tuition-free college and has advocated housing measures to create millions of new units and prohibit unfair evictions. Ocasio-Cortez visited Hawaii on Thursday to campaign with Ing.…

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Are You Pound-Proof Yet? The Brexit Endgame Is About to Begin

Time is running out to position for a disorderly Brexit. That’s the chorus growing louder among pound traders and strategists, with Morgan Stanley joining the said to be preparing for a failure to secure an accord on future economic ties with the EU, the European Council meeting in October and the U.K. Parliament vote on the final exit agreement in December or January are potential flash points, according to the U.S. bank. The pound fell to the lowest level in almost a year against the dollar Thursday, with losses deepening…

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Dollar Debt Will Be Elusive to Turkey as U.S. Sanctions Bite

The summer holiday in the bond market may be a long one for Turkey. New dollar issuance, including government and corporate-sector bonds, has dried up, with no sales recorded since April, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. And with corporate-bond losses among the worst in emerging markets amid a plunge in the lira, the dollar-debt market may be shut for some time to come. Quiet Summer Turkish bond sales have dried up since April as uncertainties deterred issuers

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Gates Says He Committed Crimes With Manafort: Trial Update

The trial of Paul Manafort resumed Monday afternoon with Rick Gates, Manafort’s former right-hand man, taking the witness stand to testify against his former boss. Gates is the prosecution’s star witness in the tax- and bank-fraud trial of Manafort in Alexandria, Virginia. Gates Says He Stole From Manafort (5:34 p.m.) Gates told jurors that when he worked for Manafort he submitted fake expense reports, which brought him hundreds of thousands of dollars that he didn’t deserve. Manafort’s lawyers claim Gates embezzled millions. The testimony elicited by prosecutors is intended to…

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Trump voicing concerns about son being entangled in Mueller probe

(CNN)President Donald Trump is concerned about whether his son Donald Trump Jr. might have exposure in the special counsel’s Russia investigation, leading to his increasingly frenzied public agitation over Robert Mueller, sources close to the White House tell CNN. Asked about CNN’s latest reporting on the President’s mindset, a source close to Trump Jr. said he’s not concerned and maintains he did nothing wrong Earlier this week, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa, told CNN, “If he misled the committee, he’s lying to Congress.…

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Jeremy Corbyn: Labour is not a threat to Jewish life in Britain

Labour leader admits party has been too slow in tackling antisemitism within its ranks broken his silence over the antisemitism row engulfing Labour, acknowledging the party has a real problem over the issue but strongly rejecting the idea that it poses any threat to the Jewish community in the UK. Writing in the Guardian following increasing calls for him to take a lead and address the concerns of many Jewish groups, the Labour leader accepted that the partys incomplete adoption of an internationally recognised definition of antisemitism had caused genuine…

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WWE wrestler Kane gets elected mayor of Knox County, Tennessee

What a difference a campaign for mayor makes.Image: Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images/George Pimentel/WireImage When you hear the name Kane, one of your first thoughts might be of the towering, mask-wearing WWE wrestler. Politics probably wouldn’t be the first thing to spring to mind. SEE ALSO: 7 celebrities that could run for president in 2020 but really shouldn’t That’s all about to change, though. On Thursday, Glenn Jacobs — the man behind the mask — got elected as mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. A little bit of Election Night TV magic.…

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The far right is at its strongest since the 1930s, and the media is helping | Owen Jones

Prominent far-right figures being given airtime on the BBC, LBC and ITV are not being properly challenged on their views, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones The far right is on the march, and it is being legitimised and enabled by parts of the mainstream media. The shambolic interview of contempt of court was allowed to present himself as a legal expert. His link to the far-right Breitbart website was not mentioned. His claim that there was nothing far-right about us was not challenged, despite his sympathy for Donald Trump from…

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Jeremy Hunt on Brexit: ‘We are heading for no deal by accident’

Probability of exit without deal increasing by the day, UK foreign secretary says The Brexit process is currently heading for no deal by accident, the foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has said during talks in Austria, stepping up his warnings about a potential collapse in talks. This is not project fear, this is project reality, Hunt told a press conference in Vienna alongside his Austrian counterpart, Karin Kneissl. We have to make a decision on Britains future relationship with the EU by the end of this year and we have to…

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‘A Brexited flatland: Peter Gabriel hits out after Womad stars refused entry to UK

Festival co-founder urges government to make it easier for international artists to perform in Britain The musician Peter Gabriel has expressed alarm over UK foreign policy after a number of international artists were unable to perform at artists declined invitations to perform at Womad, with many citing the difficulty of entering the country under the automated visa system that first created issues for the festival in 2017. Whether their perceptions are real or inflamed, the reality is that artists are deciding that the hassle and cost of entering the UK…

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Jeremy Hunt makes ‘terrible’ gaffe about his wife in China

British foreign secretary refers to his Chinese wife as Japanese during debut visit to Beijing Jeremy Hunt, Britains new foreign secretary, has made an awkward debut in China when he sought to curry favour with his hosts by mentioning his Chinese wife, but accidentally referred to her as Japanese. China and Japan have been traditional rivals for centuries. Although relations have improved somewhat recently, they remain touchy due to issues such as Japans bloody occupation of parts of China in the 1930s and 40s. Hunt, who was on his first…

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