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US Navy jet crashes in Death Valley National Park, injuring 7

(CNN)A US Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashed Wednesday in Death Valley National Park, at a spot known to aviation enthusiasts as Star Wars Canyon, according to park spokesman Patrick Taylor, who told CNN that seven visitors suffered minor injuries as a result. “The cause of the crash is currently under investigation,” Bock added. The F/A-18 had been assigned to the “Vigilantes” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 151 based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California. US Naval Air Forces had issued a tweet earlier Wednesday confirming a crash had taken…

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Senate Intelligence Committee releases first volume of its investigation into Russian election hacking

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence today released the first volume of its bipartisan investigation into Russia’s attempts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. elections. Helmed by Select Committee Chairman Richard Burr, the Republican from North Carolina, and Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner, who serves as Vice Chairman, the committee’s report Russian Efforts Against Election InfrastructureThrough two and a half years the committee has held 15 open hearings, interviewed over 200 witnesses, and reviewed nearly 400,000 documents, according to a statement and will be publishing other volumes from its investigation…

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US Navy sails warship through contested waterway as Beijing warns Taiwan

Washington (CNN)The US Navy sailed a warship through the Taiwan Strait Wednesday, a move that came on the same day Beijing warned that it would not rule out using force against self-governed Taiwan to block any move toward formal independence. In a national defense white paper released Wednesday, China took aim at what it considers pro-independence or separatist forces in the far western region of Xinjiang, Tibet and Taiwan, claiming they were a threat to national security and social stability. The paper accused Taiwan’s democratically elected government of “pursuing a…

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Trump accuses Iran of lying as possible US-UK cracks appear on Gulf security

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump said Monday he is less inclined to make a deal with Iran as Tehran claimed to have arrested CIA operatives and US allies announced their own effort to secure shipping in the Persian Gulf, in a possible sign of division with Washington. “Heavy heart’ Trump made his comments as the US and Iran continue to accuse each other of lying about tanker seizures, drone shootdowns and more, adding to the confusion surrounding escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf. The President spoke shortly after Iran claimed that…

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Donald Trump’s accusers: ‘The forgotten’ women of the #MeToo movement

(CNN)Each woman remembers without a shadow of a doubt exactly what they were wearing the moment they say Donald Trump assaulted them. Leeds, McGillivray and Carroll have never met, but they have become familiar with one another’s stories. And all three are grappling with the same question: What does justice and accountability look like when the man they say attacked them is the most powerful person in the world? Over the past few years, the #MeToo movement has swept the nation and empowered women to speak out and be heard.…

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House chaplain prays to cast ‘spirits of darkness’ from Congress

(CNN)You know things are bad in Congress when the chaplain’s morning prayer on the House floor sounds like an exorcism. In a brief interview afterward, Conroy said the echo was intentional. But he added that his prayer, which he wrote himself, was more inspired by traditional blessings for homes or other buildings. “Anoint your servants here in the House with a healing balm to comfort and renew the souls of all in this assembly,” Conroy prayed. “May your spirit of wisdom and patience descend upon all do that any spirit…

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Trump’s race tweets send Washington into midsummer madness

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump might finally have broken Washington. Only four Republicans voted with the Democrats. The rest of their party instead tried to censure Speaker Nancy Pelosi — surreally accusing her of breaking the chamber’s arcane manners when she said Trump’s rhetoric was “disgraceful and disgusting” and “racist.” At one point, the presiding officer, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Missouri, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, laid down his gavel and walked out in frustration. Republicans twisted themselves in knots to avoid angering constituents by condemning the President’s tweets, and…

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House of Representatives orders Pentagon to investigate whether ticks were once used as biological weapons

(CNN)The US House of Representatives has ordered an investigation into whether the Department of Defense experimented with ticks and other insects as biological weapons. The most common disease spread by ticks is Lyme disease, which can cause multiple symptoms including fever, muscle aches, joint pain, rash and facial paralysis. If left untreated, it could lead to arthritis, nervous system problems and heart problems, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, nearly 30,000 cases of Lyme Disease are reported to the CDC, which also says that more…

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Graham declines to condemn racist Trump tweets and calls Democratic congresswomen ‘a bunch of communists’

Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of President Donald Trump’s strongest allies on Capitol Hill, declined on Monday to condemn the President over his racist tweets against several minority members of Congress, instead calling them a “bunch of communists.” “You don’t need to — they are American citizens. They won an election. Take on their policies,” he said. Graham added that if the group of lawmakers are made “the face of the future” of their party, “You will destroy the Democratic Party.” Shortly after Graham made the comments, Trump shared…

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ICE is expected to begin rounding up undocumented immigrants in nine US cities today

Washington (CNN)Immigration authorities are expected to begin conducting raids in nine cities today, targeting about 2,000 undocumented immigrants who courts have ordered to be removed from the country, a US official has said. ICE raids on undocumented immigrants to begin soon In February, ICE sent around 2,000 letters to families who already had received final orders of removal by judges in absentia, asking them to self-report to ICE offices by March. The upcoming operation is expected to target approximately 2,000 people, the senior immigration official said. According to Immigration and…

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Diplomats express solidarity with UK ambassador’s verdict on Trump

Washington (CNN)After Britain’s ambassador to the US resigned Wednesday following personal attacks by President Donald Trump, one of the most powerful expressions of support for the UK envoy was only 23 words long — but it spoke volumes, diplomats and foreign envoys said. Moreover, they said, Darroch was only echoing assessments they hear from both sides of the aisle in Congress and staff inside the White House — views reflected on TV and in newspapers almost every day. “The important thing to say is that Ambassador Darroch was not reporting…

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Labour antisemitism whistleblower: ‘In 30 years Ill be very proud of myself’

Louise Withers Green says she is scared about abuse but hopeful for partys redemption It was in February, while on holiday with her former Labour colleagues in Berlin, that Louise Withers Green decided she had to speak out about her role in investigating antisemitism in the party. The former disputes officer visited the German capital with a number of ex-staffers, all of whom had quit working for the party. Being in the city that had been at the heart of anti-Jewish genocide convinced them they had to take public action.…

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Here’s why Donald Trump can totally win in 2020

Washington (CNN)Electability, many liberal Democrats will tell you this cycle, is a farce. It doesn’t really exist. It’s simply a scare tactic used by establishment, centrist Democrats to keep voters from choosing a true-blue liberal for the nomination to run against President Donald Trump in 2020. THE POINT — NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! Biden’s lead over Trump is explained, somewhat, by the fact that Biden is a…

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What is Nancy Pelosi’s deal with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

(CNN)Nancy Pelosi doesn’t make her feelings about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez much of a secret. “All these people have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” Pelosi told Dowd. “But they didn’t have any following. They’re four people and that’s how many votes they got.” That comment echoes what Pelosi said of AOC (and her closest allies, including Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts) in an April interview with USA Today. “While there are people who have a large number of Twitter followers, what’s…

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Trump hits back over UK ambassador’s leaked memos

US president criticises Kim Darroch, saying he has not served Britain well Donald Trump has said Britains ambassador to the US has not served the UK well as he hit back following the leak of confidential internal memos that presented an unflattering portrait of the president and his administration. Earlier, the Foreign Office ordered an inquiry into the leaking of the cables, written by the ambassador, Kim Darroch, in which Trumps White House is described as uniquely dysfunctional and inept. Darroch said in the memos that media reports about vicious…

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