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Trump Suggests His 'Tapes' Threat Influenced Comey's Testimony

His allies have been attacking Mueller in recent weeks. The House Intelligence Committee had asked White House counsel Don McGahn to say by Friday whether or not tapes exist. "My story never changed", he said. "Well, it wasn't- it wasn't very stupid, I'll tell you that". "With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are "tapes" or recordings of my conversations with James Comey, but I did ... Read More »

Rand Paul would prefer a Senate health bill that repeals Obamacare

Senate Republicans released only a draft of their bill, with no analysis and no cost estimates. The proposal would roll back subsidies that helped poorer Americans pay for insurance. And it would shore up the individual market for the next two years by allocating money for Obamacare cost-sharing subsidies and by creating a fund to help insurers cover high-cost enrollees. Read More »

Britain, EU clash over Brexit proposals on citizens' rights

Some migrants anxious that the proposals meant their rights would no longer be protected by the European Court of Justice after an EU membership referendum previous year in which they had no say. Other EU leaders described May's proposal as "particularly vague", "incomplete" and a "first step". Leaders of Poland, France, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia discussed Brexit and May's proposals at a meeting Friday on the sidelines of the summit. Read More »

'Bothersome' that Mueller is 'very, very good friends with Comey'

Comey and hiring of investigators with Democratic ties are "very bothersome" and "ridiculous". Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's actions during the 2016 election is still ongoing. One lawyer Mueller hired, Jeannie Rhee, represented both the Clinton Foundation and Clinton herself in lawsuits, while another, Aaron Zebley, represented an aide of Clinton's that helped manage the private email server she used as secretary of state. Read More »

UAE warns Qatar to take neighbours' demands 'seriously'

Peter notes that these relationships with Iran and Turkey , which have gained strength as Qatar has sought help, might be a sign that the diplomatic pressure could backfire. Turkish sources also said a joint exercise by Turkish and Qatari forces was expected following the Islamic Eid Al-Fitr holiday which starts on Sunday, and the number of Turkish soldiers sent to the Gulf state could eventually reach 1,000, Reuters confirmed. Read More »

Germany: Climate will last longer than Trump presidency

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The scientists urged countries to implement a "robust process that keeps track of where emissions are heading". "A key risk to fulfilling this objective is remaining in the Paris Agreement ". The first approach is to measure gases at their source. We will increase our efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions , create a clean energy economy, and stand for environmental justice. Read More »

Saudi security forces foil attack on Grand Mosque in Mecca

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Security forces also arrested five suspects, including a woman, who are now being interrogated. The ministry added that the perpetrator then blew himself up, injuring six civilians. Five members of the security forces sustained minor injuries. In Mecca, the two attacks were planned in Al-Asiliya neighborhood and the second in Ajyad Al-Masafi neighborhood inside the circumference of the Grand Mosque, where Muslim worshipers were targeted. Read More »

Royal Ascot 2017 - Highland Reel Nabs Prince of Wales's Stakes

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Highland Reel prosA high-class, tough and genuine performer who takes his racing well. "He was never comfortable, I'm not sure why", said Moore. O'Brien - who until Tuesday had carried nearly all before him this season in winning three of the four English classics - said Churchill had run a good race, but jockey Ryan Moore was perplexed. Read More »

Israeli PM meets top Trump advisor in West Jerusalem

Israel's colonies in the occupied West Bank , including East Jerusalem , are illegal under International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, to which Israel is a signatory and a constant violator. The global community also widely opposes the settlements. Others say Trump needs to act quickly to sew up the deal before investigations entangling him eat away at his presidential power. Read More »

North Korea denies torturing USA student Warmbier

Warmbier's treatment was "appalling", U.S. Senator Rob Portman of OH told reporters outside the memorial. North Korean state news said Warmbier stole the banner with the intention of "bringing down the foundation of its single-minded unity ". Read More »

North Korea threat: European Union seeking role in ending regime's nuclear program

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North Korean officials told United States envoys that Warmbier contracted botulism after his trial and lapsed into a coma after taking a sleeping pill. diplomats insisted the talks would go ahead as planned, and with the same agenda. Spicer said Trump would be willing to meet Kim under the right conditions, but "clearly we're moving further away, not closer to those conditions". Read More »

Senate health plan debuts to mixed reviews

The Senate bill would cut taxes deeply, including by repealing an Obamacare tax on investment income for high-earners. The bill, which Senate Republicans unveiled Thursday after months of closed-door talks, immediately came under fire by Colorado health care providers and Democrats. Read More »

George Clooney sells his Casamigos tequila company for $1 billion

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Chump change, to these high rollers, am I right? Clooney is a co-owner of the tequila company Casamigos , which just sold to Diageo for as much as $1 billion. " Casamigos really started by accident as far as a company". Diegeo said that Casamigos "has delivered impressive growth, reaching 120,000 cases in 2016, primarily in the U.S.". Read More »

Confed Cup: Ronaldo's Header Takes Dominant Portugal Past Russia In Group A

After promising to rotate his starting lineup for a third Confederations Cup game in seven days, Santos would not confirm if that means rest for his 32-year-old star. Hopefully, the Selecao's next opponents New Zealand got to the fun part of their training session later. Federation Internationale de Football Association will not intervene after reviewing two volatile clashes between New Zealand and Mexico players and coaches. Read More »

Senator Johnson not ready to vote for health care overhaul

The new health care bill released by Senate Republicans has exactly the same major flaw that the original proposed " American Health Care Act" did. The Senate nixed that idea, but its bill will let states waive essentially all other Obamacare rules, including basic things insurance plans must cover - like hospitalization, maternity care and prescription drugs - as well as caps on out-of-pocket costs. Read More »

Iran: 5 Tehran attackers fought for Islamic State

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The ministry issued a statement on its website with bloody pictures of the men's corpses. The ministry described them as "long affiliated with the Wahhabi", an ultraconservative form of Sunni Islam practiced in Saudi Arabia. In a condolence message ahead of a funeral for the victims, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the attack: "will not damage the Iranian nation's determination and the obvious result is nothing except an increase in hate for the governments of the United States and their ... Read More »

North Korea says it's 'biggest victim' in U.S. student's death

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Speaking early on Thursday to assembled reporters across the street from Wyoming High School, US Senator Rob Portman of OH highlighted the community support that the Warmbier family has received during the tragedy. His family said they were told that he had been in a coma since shortly after he was sentenced to prison with hard labour in March 2016. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former President of the United States of America Barack Obama discuss democracy at Church Congress on May ... Read More »

Severe Weather Causes Floods, Danger to 17 Million Residents

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In the video, you can hear the trooper tell someone on his radio where the twister is, then he says he has to go, saying, "It's coming right at me". Forecasters said there's a chance the watch could be extended. Armed with chainsaws, crews have been out trying to clear debris from roads and streets. Wind remains out of the east and southeast, and will continue to pile waters along the coast. Read More »

PSG forward Angel di Maria fined for Spanish tax fraud

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Spanish broadcaster TVE cited unnamed sources and reported that the soccer star was ready to pay the money as a gesture of good will. "If Cristiano Ronaldo becomes available, the best teams in the world will be queuing up to sign him, it's simple as that". Read More »

Georgia Special Election Ends in Disappointment for Democrats

In the Ossoff race, even though the 30-year-old documentary filmmaker and former congressional staffer ended up running a more centrist and not Trump-centric campaign, Republicans were able to zero in on the more than $23 million in donations Ossoff raised, largely from liberal enclaves like California and NY, and make an easy connection to Pelosi. Read More »

Trump congratulates Georgia runoff winner on Twitter

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Republican Karen Handel declared victory in Georgia's 6th Congressional District with a promise that she'll work to gain the confidence of voters who backed her Democratic opponent. " Nancy Pelosi is not the only reason that Ossoff lost". She touts supply side economics, going so far as to say during one debate that she does "not support a living wage" - her way of explaining her opposition to a minimum-wage increase. Read More »