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Sally Yates testifies on Capitol Hill

Yates said that although the office concluded the order was lawful, the office's focus was "narrow" and ignored contextual factors that she said undermined the legality of the order. I also thought that it was inconsistent with principles of the Department of Justice. Clearly taken back not only by Yates persistence but her mentioning of his pet issue - religious freedom - Cruz said he only had one final question. Read More »

Judges Question Religious 'Neutrality' of Trump's Revised Travel Ban

In fact, the president on the campaign trail called for a total and complete ban of Muslims. But without Trump's campaign statements targeting Muslims, at least some of the judges did not appear to buy his argument. A federal judge in Hawaii blocked the travel ban in March, ruling that it unfairly targets Muslims. Judges do not usually state why they recuse themselves from cases, but Wilkinson's son-in-law, Wall, argued the government's case as acting solicitor general. Read More »

Sunrisers stay alive for IPL playoffs, beat Mumbai Indians

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Dhawan struck the first six of the innings in the seventh over while Henriques plundered two boundaries in the next over to bring the 50-run stand. Sunrisers bowling effort saw Mumbai post their lowest IPL score of the season. Warner's decision to give Mohammad Nabi the second over has worked wonders. Rohit found himself at the wicket in the fifth over with opener Lendl Simmons (1) and number three Nitesh Rana (9) failing. Read More »

Trump in-laws promote thorny visa-for-sale program in China

While both deny that they are personally benefitting from their ties to the president, The New York Times reports that Kushner's sister told Chinese investors at a hotel conference in Beijing on Saturday that investing thousands of dollars in Kushner Companies can gain Chinese investors a USA visa. Read More »

Yates & Clapper Admit Viewing "Unmasked" Trump Campaign Communications; Deny Leaking To Press

She said this gave Russians prime blackmail material. "This was a problem because not only did we believe that the Russians knew this, but that they likely had proof of this information", Yates said during her testimony on Monday. Chuck Grassley focused on leaks to the media, and South Carolina Sen. Responding to a series of questions from Graham, FBI Director James Comey recalled in separate testimony last Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee that he met with Yates to ... Read More »

Truth will triumph: Kejriwal on graft charges by Mishra

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Delhi's deputy chief minister and close associate of Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, dismissed the allegation, saying it did not deserve a response. The party saw a BJP hand in Mishra's charges that minister Satyendar Jain had handed over Rs 2 crore to Kejriwal at the chief minister's residence three days ago. Read More »

Donald Trump changes his Twitter banner to hit back at Russian Federation links

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Flynn's conversations with Kislyak are believed to have been monitored as part of normal US intelligence collections on the communications of foreign officials. Sen. John Cornyn said her actions with regard to the executive order were "enormously disappointing" and accused her of undermining the powers of the President because she disagreed with Trump's order "as a policy matter". Read More »

Shares slip from highs as Macron win seen priced in

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Already, in Austria and in the Netherlands, the far Right-wing parties had done less well than expected electorally, despite the increasing public appeal of their agendas. But he is inexperienced, has no political party and must fashion a working parliamentary majority after legislative elections next month. Key to the new president's goal will be creating jobs, in a country where unemployment has hovered around 10 percent for the past five years and where youth unemployment has hit 25 ... Read More »

Conservatives make huge gains in United Kingdom local elections

However, Professor Thrasher said his projection was some way short of the win being forecast by opinion polls. The only parties
other than the Tories to
gain ground in England
and Wales were the Greens, who added six councillors for a total of 40, and Plaid Cymru, who picked up 33 wards and are four
councillors short of their best result . Read More »

OnePlus 5 listed on retailer with specs and $449 price tag

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Now OnePlus has revealed that the OP 5 will be unveiled this summer, according to a new report . The company has also released a Star Wars Day tweet with the number four crossed out by phones that were similar to lightsabers and this was probably hinting at the new name. Read More »

What now for President-elect Macron?

He said he wanted to take the best ideas of the right, left and center of French politics. World leaders from Donald Trump of the U.S.to Angela Merkel of Germany congratulated him on his victory. In Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May said Macron's election makes it even more important for British voters to back her Conservatives and strengthen Britain's hand in European Union exit talks. Read More »

New Amazon Echo Could Be Unveiled Tomorrow

They represent 26.3% of virtual assistant users. On the other hand, Jordi Ribas, CVP, AI Products at Microsoft, said the company's partnership with Harman International is their "next step in bringing Cortana to even more devices to help users be more productive wherever they are". Read More »

Obama warned Trump against hiring Flynn before inauguration

Lindsey Graham , former Attorney General Sally Yates on Monday said she warned the White House that President Donald Trump's then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was vulnerable to Kremlin blackmail after misleading the administration about his Russian Federation connections. Read More »

Macron win 'a victory for European cooperation': Swedish PM Löfven

The Kremlin statement said Putin "confirmed his readiness for constructive joint work on current bilateral, regional and global issues, expressing certainty that this would be in the fundamental interests of the Russian and French people". The French voters have spoken loudly and clearly. Macron convinced voters as a fresh face and relative outsider from the petrified political establishment in Paris . Read More »

Erdoğan calls Macron to congratulate him over election victory

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In a tweet, Trump wrote: " Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France". This time, the supporters of both leftist candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon and center-right candidate Francois Fillon were less motivated to vote just to stop the far right. Read More »

" "Macron " a fait ce qu'il pensait devoir faire " — François Hollande

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Interrogé sur son ressenti en cette journée particulière, le chef de l'Etat a répondu: "De l'émotion". Le ministère de l'Intérieur publie les résultats définitifs du second tour de la présidentielle. "Ces valeurs me constituent, mais elles ne m'appartiennent pas". "La première chose qu'il faut accomplir comme président c'est de penser aux Français et aussi peu que ce soit à soi-même". Read More »

Asian shares show relief over French moderate Macron's win

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This presidential campaign has further marginalized the mainstream French parties that have controlled France since the dawn of the Fifth Republic a half century ago. I stopped watching TV because it would make me sick. "I am so glad it is over", she told VOA. The presidential contest usually attracts a high turnout, but projections say there will be a record number of blank and spoiled ballots reflecting the divisions this election has so clearly exposed. Read More »

$1m in Israeli Aid for UNESCO Cut over Jerusalem Resolution

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Such a move would also distance the USA from most of the worldwide community, including its closest allies in Western Europe and the Arab world. It particularly criticized Israel's annexation of east Jerusalem after occupying it in 1967, a move never recognized by the worldwide community. Read More »

Pakistan dispatches supplies to southwest border villages

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Kabul claims the villages are part of the war-torn country's Spin Boldak district, an assertion Pakistan flatly denies. "The worldwide border at Chaman will remain closed for an indefinite period until the Afghan government and its forces change their attitude towards Pakistan and its people", Lt Gen Raiz said while addressing media and tribal elders. Read More »

Large victoire du centriste Macron, score historique de l'extrême droite — France

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S'il n'avait pas directement pris position sur l'élection présidentielle française , il avait laissé entendre que la récente attaque terroriste perpétrée à Paris profiterait à la candidate d'extrême droite Marine Le Pen . Comme au premier tour, Emmanuel Macron a capitalisé dans les grandes villes de la région: 74,07 % à Laval, 76,47 % des voix au Mans, 81,77 % à La-Roche-sur-Yon, 82,55 % des suffrages à Angers et 86,52 % à Nantes. Read More »

S. Korean conservative eyes upset in presidential vote

The elections follow a months-long political crisis that culminated in the impeachment and arrest of its former president, Park Geun-hye . He accuses Moon of being too North Korea-friendly. "To try to reverse it would be seen as kowtowing to China and rewarding China's bad behaviour", he told Fairfax Media. Pyongyang on Monday slammed the South's conservatives - who have been in power for a decade - as "senseless traitors seeking only confrontation and war" who were responsible for the ... Read More »

Comey Stands By October Clinton Decision But Feels 'Mildly Nauseous'

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Earlier in the day, Clinton discussed her 2016 election loss with CNN's Christiane Amanpour at a Women for Women International event in NY. "The department can not, by itself, credibly end this, '" Comey said. Comey called Wikileaks "intelligence porn" that simply pushes out information with no regard to how it's used. "There is no such thing", Clinton said in a question-and-answer-session with CNN's Christiane Amanpour. Read More »

Kevin Durant explodes for 38 points in Warriors' win

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He scorched the nets for the better part of 48 minutes. Durant had 38 points and 13 rebounds and the Warriors beat the Utah Jazz 102-91 on Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series. The Jazz guard was 4 for 13 and 0 for 5 from behind the arc in Game 2 . "We've had a next man up mentality all year", Brooks said. But it feels like they emptied the cabinet in Game 3 , and the Dubs smell blood. Read More »

Democratic Senator May Defy Party to Vote for AHCA

Republicans must now try to maneuver the measure through a Senate terrain that is different politically and procedurally from the House. "Trumpcare battle is just beginning", added House Democrat Joe Kennedy III, urging liberal senators like Elizabeth Warren to lead the upcoming fight. Read More »

Democrats giddy for Trump's health care bill fallout

It's "Trumpcare" now, and Republicans have to answer for it. Dear Mr. Premack: I tried to read the bill the House of Representatives passed to repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) at the congress.gov website, but I can not understand the wording (like in section 1902 in subsection (a)(47)(B), insert "and provided that any such election shall cease to be effective on January 1, 2020"). Read More »

Macron, Le Pen face off as France decides

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The 39-year-old Macron won a decisive tally of around 66% of the vote, according to the French Interior Ministry. Many expressed their relief that far-right candidate Marine Le Pen suffered a clear defeat. Macron's campaign platform included promises to strengthen education systems in France's poorer areas and extend worker protections for self-employed citizens. Read More »

Pakistan, Afghanistan dispute toll after clashes

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The incident was the latest escalation between the two neighbors who share a volatile and porous boundary. The spokesman said some foreign elements are creating hurdles in the peace process between Pakistan and Afghanistan. Since 2007, when some groups spawned by Pakistan-based militant networks turned hostile towards Islamabad , Pakistan has made efforts to firm up its border vigilance. Read More »

S. Koreans want new leader to create jobs minus corruption

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Seoul had ordered it closed after Pyongyang defied global warnings and tested a long-range rocket. Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party is out in front of his rivals. "We want to be in the driver's seat". But he acknowledged the next administration would inherit "some very bad circumstances" that would make it hard to simply revert to the engagement policies of previous liberal presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun, who served from 1998 to 2008. Read More »

Israel says Palestinian hunger strike leader ate in secret

Lauder's confidence on the matter certainly is raising eyebrows. The incident on Sunday was the latest in a 19-month-long period of sporadic street attacks by Palestinians against Israelis, and the bustling Damascus Gate entrance to Jerusalem's walled Old City where it occurred has seen many attacks. Read More »