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Projection: GOP holds on to two House seats during special election

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This has famously been the most expensive U.S. House election ever, with total spending - roughly even when outside groups are taken into account - going over $ 50 million . Media outlets declared Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, the victor over Ossoff , a filmmaker and former congressional aide, about an hour-and-a-half after polls closed at 8 p.m.in Georgia 6th Congressional District. Read More »

Wealthy California Liberals Fail To Buy An Election In Georgia

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A sticker decorates the shirt of Karen Handel , Republican candidate for Georgia's 6th congressional district as she talks to reporters during a campaign stop at Old Hickory House in Tucker, Ga., Monday, June 19, 2017. Democrats were under pressure to win after steadily losing seats in Congress and at the state level in recent years. "I don't think that very many Republicans will take much comfort on the health care issue even if Handel does win", said veteran Democratic ... Read More »

Schumer Wants All-Senate Gathering on Health Care

McConnell said there had been "gazillions of hearings on this subject" over the years - a less-than-precise tabulation that offered little comfort to Democrats who want hearings held now, in this particular year, on the contents of this particular bill. Read More »

Escalation in Syria: US Downs Syrian Plane, Iran Launches Missiles at ISIS

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The Dutch government is sending a military refueling plane to Kuwait to assist the US -led coalition carrying out airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria . The official says the drone was considered a threat, and was shot down by a U.S. F-15 fighter jet. In another first, Iran - another close Assad ally - fired ballistic missiles at IS targets in eastern Syria , in the province of Deir el-Zour, later on Sunday. Read More »

Senate's McConnell: Draft healthcare bill expected Thursday

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McConnell's office has since taken the lead drafting the Senate version of the party's long-promised legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act . I think that's the difference. "No bill ", he said. He made it clear from the beginning that was one of his priorities and he hopes the Senate works through this bill as the House did. Read More »

Saudi king upends royal succession, names son as 1st heir

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Mohammed also chairs a body overseeing state oil giant Saudi Aramco. It also laid the groundwork for Mr Trump's first trip overseas to Riyadh , where he reiterated his support for the US' Saudi allies against regional rival Iran . Prince Mohammed bin Nayef is widely known as Saudi Arabia's counterterrorism czar. "The problem is he is unpredictable, and it is not clear who he is relying on for advice", said Paul Stevens, a Middle East energy analyst at Chatham House, a research ... Read More »

Police officer acquitted of Philando Castile killing

While Leary didn't spell out the reasons for denying their request Friday to review Yanez's testimony, prominent Minnesota defense attorneys noted the jury's instructions when the trial began to listen carefully, take notes and rely on their memories. Read More »

UK, EU's historic Brexit talks commence

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond said on Friday that protecting jobs and the British economy would be priorities for his country. "The United Kingdom has chose to leave the European Union, it is not the other way around". Preserve and build on regulatory and standards equivalence with other European Union countries, including continued recognition of professional qualifications between the United Kingdom and European Union member states. Read More »

Trump congratulates Handel on Twitter

But it was not enough to push him over the top in a one-on-one race with a largely inoffensive Republican in Handel. Pamphlets sit outside the campaign office of Jon Ossoff , Democratic candidate for Georgia's 6th congressional district in Chamblee, Ga., Monday, June 19, 2017. Read More »

Republican Karen Handel wins special election in Georgia

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Ossoff has conceded, speaking with a resigned but hopeful and appreciative message to supporters. Those races were held in Georgia and SC on Tuesday, as well as Kansas and Montana . House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. She overcame stiff opposition from Ossoff , a 30-year-old investigative filmmaker who fast became a rising Democratic star. Read More »

Apple enters the speaker market

The new Apple HomePod appears to be the technology company's own version of Amazon Echo and Google Home , with similar voice assistant features to Amazon's Alexa. As far as availability of Apple HomePod is concerned, it will be available in December starting with regions like the U.S, the United Kingdom and Australia . Read More »

Congressman Lists Lawmakers Concerns Surrounding Amazon's Acquisition Of Whole Foods

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Many grocery stores, including Hannaford and Whole Foods , offer online ordering with in-store pick-up. Amazon simply hasn't been able to disrupt the grocery market as quickly and efficiently as it has battered so many other sectors. Photo by David Ryder / Stringer / Getty Images. For one, the combined Amazon-Whole Foods is a strong private-label player. Walmart is trying to fight Amazon on its own terms, not those set by Bezos, by doubling down its strengths: a massive number of ... Read More »

McCain: Only 'Stupid' Americans Would Still Have Interest In Visiting North Korea

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Though doctors said there were no signs of abuse, his brain injury was typical of a cardiac arrest that caused the brain to be denied oxygen. Warmbier's parents said their son appeared anguished when he arrived home but died "at peace". The company has come under criticism by former tourists who say that their Young Pioneer tour guides encouraged reckless behavior and heavy drinking. Read More »

Trump may not have seen draft of new health care bill yet

Although Spicer is getting plenty of ribbing and memes showing President Donald Trump telling Sean that he is fired, it's not all Spicer's fault, reports U.S. When pressed what if the "more heart" comments on Monday meant that Trump had issues with aspects of the Senate law, Spicer demurred. The comment was made by CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta during an appearance on "CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin". Read More »

Chances Of Trump Meeting North Korea's Kim Narrowing - White House

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North Korean authorities attributed his condition to a case of botulism and a sleeping pill, while American doctors said they found no traces of botulism- but they did find that Warmbier's brain had been damaged by oxygen deprivation. "Despite constant requests, we were denied any opportunity to meet him or anyone in contact with him in Pyongyang, only receiving assurances that he was fine", they said. Read More »

Iran's Revolutionary Guard strikes Syria for Tehran attacks

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On Sunday, U.S. Super Hornet shot down a Syrian-regime combat aircraft south of the town of Tabqah, according to a statement from the U.S. -led coalition. A Syrian jet was shot down by a USA warplane on Sunday in an area close to Raqqa which is now held by the Islamic State. Syria Star Times reported that the casualties of the attack reached 50 people. Read More »

Australia suspends air strikes in Syria

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In this picture released by the Iranian state-run IRIB News Agency on Monday, June 19, 2017, a missile is fired from city of Kermanshah in western Iran targeting the Islamic State group in Syria . Israel and Iran are bitter enemies. Besides allowing national Republicans to exhale, Handel ended a personal losing streak, including failed primary bids for governor in 2010 and the U.S. Read More »

In spite of tweet, lawyer insists Trump not under investigation

Naturally, many news organizations took the tweet as confirmation of a Washington Post story that the Russian Federation election probe " now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice". Schiff cited the fact that the president at one meeting "cleared the room" of advisers and asked to speak to Comey alone. "I know you have good ratings, but it reaches a lot of people". Read More »

UK, EU kick off 'positive' Brexit talks

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At the same time, while it was a priority, he said, to show progress in averting difficulties for troubled Northern Ireland as a result of being on a new EU-UK border, agreement on how the border would work would depend on wider future trade ties. Read More »

US shifts tone in Qatar crisis, seeks Saudi answers

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After Saudi Arabia broke off relations with Qatar on June 5, Riyadh made clear it wanted nothing to do with its tiny Arab neighbor. That this sale was approved was made all the more freaky given that US President Donald Trump himself had taken to Twitter to denounce Qatar to his millions of followers. Read More »

Sylvie Goulard quitte son poste de ministre des Armées — France

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Contacté par l'AFP , le ministre de la Justice a lui-même dit "respecter" la "décision personnelle " de Mme Goulard. C'est par cette déclaration laconique, qui résonne ce mercredi matin comme un coup de tonnerre, que François Bayrou a annoncé qu'il quittait son poste de ministre de la Justice dans le gouvernement d'Emmanuel Macron et d'Édouard Philippe. Read More »

GOP preparing for Senate health care vote, amid differences

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed in a press conference Tuesday that the draft would be circulated Thursday, after several Republican senators laid out the timeline to reporters earlier in the day. Later, he just chortled when asked if he was confident the measure would pass, a victory that would elude him if just three of the 52 GOP senators voted no. Read More »

Senate steers toward showdown vote next week on health bill

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Rand Paul (R-KY) labeled the House bill as "Ryancare" and "Obamacare-Lite". While the Senate is crafting its own legislation, the House-passed American Health Care Act is viewed unfavorably by a majority of Americans - 55 percent - compared with 31 percent who viewed it favorably, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released in May . Read More »

Seattle police shoot, kill woman who reported burglary

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Charleena Lyles' aunt Laurie Davis and oldest sister Monika Williams (r.) hold each other at a vigil. They have not been identified. Lyles' case should be forwarded to a mental health court, the report said . According to the transcript Lyles also said "Get ready (expletive)". A Department of Justice investigation in 2012 found that the Seattle Police department regularly used excessive force. Read More »

Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria, targets ISIS

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Walla news corroborated Yaari's report, quoting unnamed "diplomatic sources" as saying that only one or two of the seven Iranian missiles hit their target. "I don't think the Americans are testing the red lines". Iran has a large and diverse ballistic missile arsenal with weapons that comparatively more developed than the Zolfaqar. Read More »

US Congressional bypoll being seen as test for Trump

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Republicans may see holding the seat as one sign that Trump's agenda and lack of popularity may not be as damaging for the party as Democrats hope. The almost-$60 million race has raised the stakes for Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel . Read More »

The Buzz | Merkel seeks 'good agreement' with UK on Brexit

Whatever happens with interest rates and in the Brexit talks, credit ratings agency DBRS says uncertainty "is likely to adversely impact the economy and the fiscal accounts". "There is a long way to go, but we are off to a promising start". "We are citizens first". "Now, we have a shared responsibility to deliver quick and substantive progress". Read More »

Kushner heading to Mideast for peace talks

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It is the first new settlement in the West Bank in some 25 years. During that period, however, the population of existing settlements and unauthorized so-called "wildcat outposts" has nearly trebled. Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian leader involved in peace talks both with Israelis and internally, said Palestinians were skeptical of Kushner and Trump's team generally, as they saw the duo was close only to the Israeli side. Read More »

Ram Nath Kovind meets Murli Manohar Joshi

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Rumours are abound that Congress is looking at Mahatma Gandhi 's grandson Gopalkrishna Gandhi as their candidate for President of India. A senior Left leader told ET that discussions were on with Congress to decide on a credible face to contest the BJP nominee. Read More »

"Probably not that many tourists" to stop from visiting North Korea

He said that he has spoken with Warmbier's family and called them "incredible" considering "what they've gone through". I believe it is quite clear that they have a heavy responsibility in the process that led to Mr Warmbier's death . American student Otto Warmbier speaks as he is presented to reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea. If North Korea conducts a sixth nuclear test, it would mean that the pressure now imposed by China is not effective, US officials said. Read More »

US warplane blasts Syrian drone from sky

A close look at the map shows that pro-Assad troops have placed themselves in key locations in the anti-IS battle, while staying close to the USA -backed Kurdish forces who lead the ground offensive. Russian Federation says it is waiting for the U.S.to explain its decision to shoot down a Syrian warplane. Capt Hernandez, a US European Command spokesman, said the close encounter was unprovoked by the US aircraft. Read More »

US coroner investigating death of student freed from N Korea

He says Warmbier's fate deepens his determination to prevent other "such tragedies". Ojea-Quintana said that " time is running out" for many elderly Koreans keen to see relatives separated since the 1950-53 war and backed Seoul's proposal to resume them in August. Read More »