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Attack on U.S. lawmakers: what we know

His demeanor was "calm", witness Falisa Peoples said . His posts on social media blasted the president and Republican lawmakers, The Washington Post reported. "He has a security detail there", Meehan said. "He was a sitting duck". Even Governor Terry McAuliffe said more lives were saved because of the bigger security team that was with Congressman Steve Scalise . Read More »

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urges speedy Brexit talks after UK vote

The European Parliament's Brexit co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, said: "Yet another own goal, after Cameron now May , will make already complex negotiations even more complicated". But as Gardner warns, without getting the strong majority she wanted, May remains beholden to the Euroskeptics in her party. "I thought surrealism was a Belgian invention", quipped Verhofstadt, a former Belgian prime minister. Read More »

Mueller probe now examining possible obstruction

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was given the opportunity "to separate fact from fiction and to set the record straight" on the swirling charges of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the firing of FBI Director James Comey for investigating it all. Read More »

Japan approves contentious bill against planning crimes

The lower house had cleared the Bill on May 23. Despite objections at home and from overseas, the Diet on June 15 enacted anti-conspiracy legislation that allows law enforcement authorities to arrest and punish people even in the planning stages of a crime. Read More »

Under pressure to soften Brexit, May meets Northern Irish 'kingmakers'

British Prime Minister Theresa May sought Monday to rally lawmakers from her Conservative Party behind her leadership amid doubts over her ability to remain in power following last week's disastrous election result. "We await the position of the United Kingdom", said Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's point person for the Brexit process, at a news conference on Tuesday. Read More »

Donald Trump probed by special counsel over possible obstruction of justice

Until now, it was examining Russia's alleged efforts to tilt last November's presidential election Mr Trump's way and whether the winner's campaign was involved in any way. The meeting comes a day after lawmakers questioned Justice Department officials about the probe and Mueller's independence, and after a friend of Trump said the White House was considering firing Mueller. Read More »

EU hopes Brexit talks can stick to timeline

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged Britain to quickly launch Brexit talks with the European Union after Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a harsh election setback. European Union negotiators believe that the Brexit process could be delayed by one year if the British government continues to demand trade discussions before its exit terms have been agreed to. Read More »

Congressman: Gunman targeted us because we're Republicans

A violent incident during baseball practice in Virginia is raising questions about politicians' safety. "I got in the auto and left, and found out later that my Republican colleagues were targeted by an active shooter". His spokesman, Jordan Haverly, said the congressman was not at the practice Wednesday morning. Zack Barth, a congressional staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams , was also hit while in the outfield and ran back into the first base dugout. Read More »

Who was James Hodgkinson?

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His home inspector license expired at the end of 2016. In April 2006, he was arrested on two counts of battery - one for striking a man in the face with a wood shotgun stock and another for punching a woman with his fist, as well as a count of unlawful damage to a motor vehicle for cutting the passenger seatbelt of the woman's auto with a knife. Read More »

GOP Congressman Scalise in Critical Condition

In a statement earlier, Trump described himself as "deeply saddened by this tragedy", saying his "thoughts and prayers are with the members of Congress, their staffs, Capitol Police , first responders and all others affected". Moments after police had secured the scene, lawmakers were talking on major news networks about the horror of what they had just experienced. The gunman had a rifle and "a lot of ammo", said Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, who was at the practice. Read More »

Aide: House Majority Whip Steve Scalise shot at congressional baseball practice

He had been living out of his van in the Alexandria area in recent months, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said. Hodgkinson's social media profile reveals that he was a staunch anti-Trump activist. The GOP lawmakers' team was taking batting practice when gunshots rang out and chaos erupted. "Someone tried to run Rep. ( David ) Kustoff off the road with her vehicle, and now a man seemingly attempted to assassinate several members of Congress at a baseball practice", said Rep. Read More »

Special counsel probing Trump for possible obstruction

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Trump, angered by reports in Breitbart News and other conservative news media that Mueller was close to James Comey , the FBI director he had fired, repeatedly brought up the political and legal implications of firing someone he viewed as incapable of an impartial investigation. Read More »

Dollar subdued as Trump probe, weak US data overshadow Fed

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 46.09 points, or 0.22 per cent, to end at 21,374.56, the S&P 500 lost 2.43 points, or 0.10 per cent, to 2,437.92 and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 25.48 points, or 0.41 per cent, to 6,194.89. The Fed has now raised rates four times as part of a normalization of monetary policy that began in December 2015. In the wake of the financial crisis, the central bank added Treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities to its balance sheet. Read More »

Special counsel reviewing whether Trump obstructed justice

Michael Rogers and former NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett. Trump has made it clear that he is frustrated by the investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election, which USA intelligence officials have said was done to tilt the outcome in Trump's favor. Read More »

Suspect killed after Steve Scalise, 4 others shot at baseball practice

Williams was not injuried in the incident. Scalise and four others were taken to hospitals after the attack. Trump, who announced the gunman's death, called for unity . The attack saw lawmakers and others scrambling from bullets at a northern Virginia park. The country's bitter divide between proponents and opponents of stronger gun control measures surfaced immediately after the shooting as lawmakers and others decried the nasty political climate - epitomized by comedian Kathy Griffin ... Read More »

GST Row: The law will erode special status of JK, says KCCI

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The statements of the opposition, Hurriyat and business chambers came a day after Mehbooba Mufti failed to build a consensus in an all party meeting over the GST regime. "A few state ministers in league with authorities are being lured to implement GST in state", said a spokesman of the Joint Resistance Leadership. The JCCI also endorsed the concerns of its counterparts in the Kashmir valley regarding the GST implementation and sent an "urgent communication of suggestions" to the Finance ... Read More »

Michigan officials charged in Flint Legionnaires' outbreak

According to NPR , a Legionnaires' disease outbreak spread in Flint following its switch in water source to the Flint river while under state emergency. The charging documents also claim that Lyon "willfully disregarded the deadly nature of the Legionnaires' disease outbreak", later saying that he "can't save everyone", and "everyone has to die of something". Read More »

'100%' Willing to Testify Under Oath

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The reporter also asked if there were tapes of Comey's conversations with the president. Trump's offer to testify heightens the drama of his standoff with Comey, who told senators that Trump had demanded his personal loyalty and had pressured him to drop a counterintelligence investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn . Read More »

Panamagate probe: Sharif to be questioned by JIT today

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Ch Nisar apprised the PM over security arrangements being made around the FJA. Workers install barbed wire around the Federal Judicial Academy ahead of PM's visit. Sources said Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Nawaz's daughter Maryam would also appear before the JIT. In a press statement, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Dr Asif Kirmani Tuesday said the said it came to the knowledge of the prime minister that the workers wanted to express their solidarity with him during his appearance. Read More »

Trump Sits by Wounded Scalise's Bedside

Bernie Sanders , an independent who a year ago made an unsuccessful presidential bid. The senator said he was "sickened by this despicable act" and condemned it "in the strongest possible terms". Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) told Fox News Wednesday afternoon that he told Speaker Ryan he did them all "proud" with his honest remarks. "He shot at Steve Scalise , our second baseman". Read More »

Illinois Native Who Shot Top GOP Congressman Had History of Arrests

A government official says the suspect in the Virginia shooting that injured Rep. Steve Scalise and several others has been identified as an IL man named James. Apparently, James T. Hodgkinson of Belleville has two Facebook pages . "If he were to give us some kind of indication that he was mental or if he was out there target practicing for some other reason, then we would have looked further", Watson said . Read More »

Rep. Brooks, others emerge as heroes after Alexandria shooting

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Palmer wrote on his Twitter , "I was on the field 20 yards away from the shooter". Rand Paul's (R-KY) assessment that without those fearless officers, it would have been a massacre . "I have no doubt that there would have been people killed". Flake said he picked up Scalise's cell phone and called Scalise's wife so she wouldn't hear about the shooting from news reports. Read More »