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Kellyanne Conway violated US law and should be fired, federal watchdog says

White House spokesman says the agencys report that the counselor had violated the Hatch Act was deeply flawed A US federal watchdog is recommending that Kellyanne Conway, for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers. Conway should be removed from federal office, the US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) announced on Thursday. The watchdog agency made its recommendation after concluding that Conway violated a US law, known as the Hatch Act, that bars government employees from engaging in political campaign activity. In a report addressed to…

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US ambassador: Israel has right to annex parts of West Bank

David Friedman gives interview to New York Times and says: Israel has right to some, but unlikely all of disputed territory The US ambassador to Israel did not rule out an Israeli move to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, land the Palestinians seek for a state, in working on a proposal for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, dubbed by Donald Trump the deal of the century. It has not disclosed any of its details. In an interview with Axios last week White House adviser Jared Kushner cast…

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Michael Cohen: Trump’s lawyer advised me to lie about Moscow tower project

Recently released transcripts of a closed-door meeting show Cohen accusing Jay Sekulow of telling him to lie to Congress Donald Trumps two transcripts of closed-door interviews with Cohen from earlier this year, along with some exhibits from the testimony. Cohen, who is serving a three-year prison sentence, transcripts of interviews with the former attorney general Loretta Lynch and several other current or former justice department officials, including many who played key roles in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The Intelligence committee is also seeking more information about Cohens 2017 testimony…

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Extreme abortion laws shine light on Trump’s courting of religious right

Evangelical backing for a thrice-married celebrity is not as odd as it seems: on abortion, the supreme court and more, the president has delivered win after win After bowing his head in prayer, King Cyrus, deeply flawed men who nevertheless carried out Gods will. David Barker, director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University, suggests Christian evangelicals start with an assumption of human depravity that sets expectations low, so Trumps lying and philandering and Twitter rage and can be overlooked. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute…

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Mueller’s Trump-Russia report to be released on Thursday

William Barr will release a redacted version of the near 400-page report to Congress and the public, spokeswoman said Special counsel Robert Muellers said. Opponents of Trump hope the report will answer longstanding questions about his ties to Russia, including what transpired at Sign up for the US morning briefing Mueller is also expected to shed light on whether, once in the White House, Trump sought to obstruct justice, for example by firing James Comey as FBI director in May 2017, when the agency was heading the Russia investigation. But…

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Trump administration moves spark fears of new immigration crackdown

Trump denies plans for big action but officials suggest otherwise, raising prospect of renewed family separations Donald Trump insiders increase in migrant arrivals. A senior official told reporters the White House was crafting a plan that would target asylum-seekers anew and possibly bring back a version of Trumps deeply unpopular policy of family separations. Under a prospective policy the administration calls binary choice, migrant parents would be forced to choose between being detained with their children in jail-like facilities or agreeing to a separation under which children would be taken…

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Enough Russia: after Mueller, it’s time for Democrats to focus on America | Cas Mudde

With this distraction finally out of the way, its time to deal with issues that the majority of the electorate actually cares about Finally, the moment has arrived. After almost two years of feverish speculation about what it might unearth, Robert Muellers special counsel investigation has come to a close. Based on what we know so far, the Mueller report is good news for the Republican party in general, and for Donald Trump in particular. But it is also good news for the country. The special counsel found no evidence…

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Melania Trump parts company with husband’s agenda in ABC interview

First lady contradicts Donald Trumps America-first doctrine and backs chain migration while defending her fashion choices First lady Melania Trump has laid out a vision of the role of the US in the world that is markedly different from her husbands America-first policy, while seemingly breaking with the presidents stance on restricting immigration. Speaking to ABCs Tom Llamas in an interview recorded in Kenya last week, Trump also said the #MeToo movement had at times gone too far. If somebody is accused with stuff that its not correct as they…

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Trump campaign claims WikiLeaks not liable for releasing hacked emails

Campaign defends site in legal filing that departs from US policy, addressing questions central to Robert Muellers Russia inquiry The Trump campaign argued in a legal filing that WikiLeaks could not be held liable for publishing emails that were stolen by Russian hackers ahead of the 2016 US election because the website was simply serving as a passive publishing platform on behalf of a third party, in the same way as Google or Facebook. Questions about WikiLeaks publication of thousands of hacked emails, which it allegedly obtained following a plot…

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Living in fear every single day as immigration raids wreak havoc

For the 71,000 undocumented residents in Gwinett county, Georgia, roundups, raids and fear are a part of everyday life At 6.10am on a freezing, dark January morning, just moments before he opened Superior Tools & Equipment, Gustavo Ramirez caught a flash of blue light racing towards his shop. Shoppers were lining up outside his Norcross, Georgia, store to pick up nails, ladders and pieces of wood before a day of hard labor. He peered outside, expecting a police car to whiz by the strip mall. Instead, the car stoppedin front…

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Mitch McConnell moves Senate closer to vote on Kavanaugh nomination

Final vote could come Saturday as majority leader takes next step, while lawmakers await results of FBI investigation As Capitol Hill braced on Wednesday for the results of an FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault against Donald Trumps supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, moved the Senate closer to a vote on his nomination. The move by the Republican leader sets up a critical Friday that could determine whether Kavanaugh is seated on the supreme court. Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the…

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Trump officials move to restrict immigrants who use public benefits

Proposals mean permanent residence applicants could be judged a burden for receiving legal benefits like food aid The Trump administration on Saturday said it would propose making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to qualify for permanent US residency if they have received public benefits such as food aid, public housing or Medicaid. The proposed regulation from the Department of Homeland Security would instruct immigration officers to consider whether a person has received a range of taxpayer-funded benefits to which they are legally entitled in determining whether…

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Trump lawyer Giuliani: ‘scumbag’ Cohen is a traitor like Iago and Brutus

Ex-New York mayor gives rambling 32-minute CNN interview but wont say what very nasty relationship Mueller had with Trump Donald Trumps lawyer Rudy Giuliani has angrily compared Michael Cohen, the presidents former long-time lawyer, to famous traitors Benedict Arnold, Brutus and Iago. Youve got a really bad guy here, said Giuliani, during a 32-minute long, rambling interview on CNN on Monday. Cohen, whose premises and home were raided by the FBI in April on a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller concerning possible campaign finance law violations, has not been…

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Iran dismisses Trump’s late-night Twitter rant despite market jitters

Tehran officials careful to avoid kneejerk reaction to threats as rial hits all-time low Iran has dismissed July 23, 2018 Iranian officials were dismissive of Trumps tweet, which called on Rouhani to never, ever threaten the United States and be cautious, but the US presidents remarks provoked jitters in the Iranian market. The Iranian national currency was sent into a tailspin when trading opened on Monday, exacerbating months-old fluctuations that have prompted protests in Tehrans Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MeK), which is bent on regime change and has no visible support inside the…

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Trump shows he trusts an ex-KGB agent more than US intelligence

New line on Russia opens up an unprecedented chasm between London and Washington For those hoping the US president would refrain from making unwarranted concessions to Vladimir Putin, the omens were not good. Before his departure for Europe, Trump predicted the Putin conversation was likely to be easier than his discussions with his Nato allies exonerating Putin for much of his behaviour in the past decade. In so doing Trump went into the Helsinki conference chamber not quite naked, but at least pleading guilty on his countrys behalf. In the…

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