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Australia to resume airstrikes against IS targets soon

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On June 8, a USA fighter jet shot down another Iranian-made drone that dropped a bomb near forces patrolling the base at Tanf. Russian Federation condemned the United States action and in retaliation suspended a hotline meant to prevent such incidents. Read More »

'Father's Day for Philando' protest outside St. Anthony Police Dept

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Paul suburb. The world learned of Castile's death through a Facebook livestream launched by his girlfriend , Diamond Reynolds , seconds after he was shot by Yanez. Her organization plans to focus on a campaign to remove police officers from public schools. Castile's fatal shooting was among several cases around the USA past year where law enforcement officers were found to have killed blacks. Read More »

Democrats Search For Silver Lining After Narrowly Losing Georgia Election

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For one thing, Ossoff, a 30-year-old former Capitol Hill staffer, did outperform his district's partisan leanings by six points, according to Dave Wasserman of the Cook Political Report . Even among Democrats she has a 19 percent unfavorable rating. Party leaders profess encouragement from the trends, but the latest losses mean they will have to rally donors and volunteers after a tough stretch of special elections . Read More »

Senate GOP health care bill would halt Obamacare penalties, taxes

Moderate Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said she didn't know how she'd vote, adding: "What is the deal we have?" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell , R-Ky., joined by, from left, Sen. Senate. The narrow strategic reason is that, with no Democratic support for the bill, the Republicans can only afford to lose two members of their own party. Read More »

Warmbier Death Pushes Potential Trump-Kim Meeting 'Further Away'

The travel agency specializes in North Korea tours and is based in the central Chinese city of Xi'an. Before his arrest, Warmbier seemed to be having a good time in North Korea . Otto Warmbier's death after returning from North Korean imprisonment is stoking outrage in Washington and threatening to overshadow high-level U.S. Read More »

Trump says 'we have a great relationship with China' after critical tweet

If only the United States could harness Trump's hot air - then all of this talk of finding alternative forms of energy would be a moot point. After bashing Hillary Clinton's ties to Wall Street during his presidential campaign, Trump praised his own economic adviser, Gary Cohn, who was the president of Goldman Sachs . Read More »

Trump takes jab at Democrats after special election loss

Some Democrats saw Handel's failure to maintain the 23-point lead won by the district's previous Republican victor - current Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price - as a positive sign for the future. In South Carolina , an attorney in Charleston who is a Democratic political newcomer, Joe Cunningham , announced on Wednesday that he would seek the House seat now held by Republican Mark Sanford, but said that if elected he would not back Pelosi as the Democratic leader. Read More »

Trump Signs Executive Order on Apprenticeships

Here are the details. The White House cites the fact that certified apprenticeship programs average a salary exceeding $60,000 per year and would provide a $300,000 increase in lifetime earnings for certified apprenticeship programs. "It's an issue of his emphasis and his budget being at odds", said Baldwin. "The best anti-poverty, anti-crime, anti-violence program is a job", Durbin said. Read More »

Trump demurs on tape recording, House Intelligence responds

The big news had already surfaced before Comey's appearance Thursday at the Senate Intelligence Committee , with the release of his prepared testimony . "Democrats are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites inciting a WITCH HUNT to take down President Trump ..." "As he did in a message on Twitter Friday morning, Trump called Comey a "leaker ". Read More »

Uber CEO Resigns at Board's Urging

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If there was one of these constituencies Kalanick should have been able to rely on, it was the riders. The move comes at a pivotal time for the largest ride-hailing company. Uber also this month released a 13-page document calling for major reforms at the company based on a probe led by former U.S. attorney-general Eric Holder. Read More »

President Trump Tightens Rules on Americans Traveling to Cuba and More

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Having previously supporting the thaw when he was just a candidate for the Republican nomination, in the run-up to last November's presidential election campaign, Trump later opened the door to reversing Obama's policy. Under President Barack Obama , Washington eased travel and business restrictions with Cuba. Improvements in ties, in fact, "have been very slow and even disappointing, so to speak", said Torrico. Read More »

Vegas picks Sabres' William Carrier in Expansion Draft

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As squads like the Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets scrambled to make deals with the Golden Knights to hold onto their prized assets, the Sharks got to sit back and allow their new Pacific Division rivals to draft Schlemko, knowing they have the blue line depth to absorb his loss. Read More »

How Close Were Georgia And South Carolina Election's?

Democrat Jon Ossoff was favored in most polls entering the election that determined who would replace former Rep. Tom Price, who now serves as heath and human services secretary. For months Democratic leaders told the nation and their own supporters that all the anti-Trump energy witnessed in the rallies and those poor Trump approval ratings would be great news for Democrats at the ballot box. Read More »

GOP is 5-0 on special elections

President Trump was among those with advice for Democrats on Wednesday. House Democrats seem to be second-guessing House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) after yet another devastating House special election defeat Tuesday in Georgia . Read More »

Republican wins Georgia election in blow to anti-Trump effort

Her victory over Democrat Jon Ossoff in Georgia's 6th Congressional District means Republicans held all four of their seats that were up for grabs in special elections this spring. The Georgia 6th District race was awash in outside cash, and became the most-expensive House race in US history. According to CNBC , Trump won this district's presidential votes by only 1.5 points. Read More »

NRA-backed candidate wins high-stakes election despite being grossly outspent

Democrats came close but still lost in special elections in Kansas, Montana , Georgia and SC. "So thank you, thank you for the most extraordinary experience I've ever had the honor of being a part of", Ossoff said during his Tuesday night concession speech to a crowd of hundreds of supporters that gathered at a hotel in the southern portion of the district. Read More »

US military shoots down Iranian-made drone in southern Syria

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Syrian government and allied troop. The last time the US downed a manned aircraft was in 1999, during the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation intervention in Serbia, when a US Air Force F-16 shot down a MiG-29. Al-Tanf is a strategic point near the Syrian, Iraq and Jordanian borders. This comes less than 3 weeks after a similar incident and just days after the US shot down a Syrian fighter jet. Read More »

Saudi cabinet expresses satisfaction over Qatar-related decisions

Iran's Foreign Ministry has urged the Arab nations who have cut ties to Qatar to negotiate an end to the crisis. "We cooperate with the Palestinian Authority", he added. He also requested the Saudi King Salman to take the lead in resolving the crisis. "It s not about Iran or Al-Jazeera", he said, referring to the Qatar-based broadcaster. Read More »

Trump calls Warmbier death a 'total disgrace'

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Trump tweeted Tuesday, "While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea , it has not worked out ". Senator John McCain took a hardline stance, putting pressure on the White House to take action. Read More »

Times of Israel: Iran Missile Strike Missed Target

President Bashar al-Assad's forces, aided by Iranian-backed militias, have engaged in a race with FSA rebels in recent weeks to seize areas in the southeastern desert vacated by retreating Islamic State insurgents. "Firing these missiles from 600 or 700 kilometres away onto a small building. demonstrates Iran's capacity and intelligence capabilities" against jihadist groups, he said. Read More »

Man sets fire to memorial of slain Virginia teen Nabra Hassanen

The young graphic artist says Hassanen's slaying hit close to home. Her body was found about 11 hours later in a man-made pond in Loudoun County. The memorial was being held for the 16-year-old teen who was killed in an apparent hate crime while coming home during Ramadan. Read More »

Trump celebrates Georgia special election win in douchiest way

Allen West . The Georgia special election was the most expensive US congressional race in history. The thank you to Trump was Handel's most public show of support of the man who wasn't embraced by many voters in the well-educated suburban Atlanta district in November and who she handled delicately throughout a primary and runoff election to fill the congressional seat vacated by Tom Price to take a spot in Trump's cabinet. Read More »

MSCI to add 222 China A shares in emerging-markets index

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MSCI said it planned to add the 222 stocks - which would have an initial weighting in the index of just 0.73 percent - and would begin a review of the "A" shares and include them in provisional indexes beginning in August. MSCI may revise the implementation road map to a single phase if the daily limit on Stock Connect trading were to be abolished or significantly expanded before the scheduled inclusion dates. Read More »

President Trump to bring back harsher restrictions on travel to Cuba

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Those travels and visitors' ability to use Cuba's military-run bank are not believed to be affected by the Trump changes, though the Herald reports that the administration's new policy will include a broad restriction on interactions with the military branch that runs the majority of Cuba's economy. Read More »

US Fighter Jet Shoots Down Armed Drone in Syria

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The shoot down comes two days after the US announced it shot down a Syrian regime fighter jet on Sunday after it dropped bombs near USA -backed Syrian Kurdish forces advancing on ISIS's stronghold of Raqqa. If we had clarified a month ago that the airspace in eastern Syria would remain under USA control, we could have leveraged our adversaries' fear of Trump's unpredictability to keep them out. Read More »

Angry Dems turn against leaders after House election losses

In South Carolina's special election yesterday, Republican Ralph Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnell by just 3 points . Her win marked an impressive rebound from polling that showed her narrowly trailing her rival as the vote approached, and signalled that Republican disillusionment about Trump was not as deep as Democrats were counting on. Read More »

Dems come up short in special elections, but find a silver lining

While both campaigns disavowed the ad's content, Moms Demand Action and Everytown condemned it, saying it was "disgusting to politicize this national tragedy and use it to get voters to the polls". Seven months after a majority in the district pulled the lever for the presidential candidate with an "R" on the ballot, they did the same in the special congressional election. Read More »

Georgia Dems search for upsides in House loss

When Handel joins the House as the first Republican woman to be elected to Congress from Georgia , she will bring the GOP majority there to 239-193. Trump was in Louisville to attend a rally at the Kentucky Exposition Center. Handel insisted for months that voters' choice had little to do with Trump. Read More »

USA coroner investigating death of student freed from N Korea

Other travel companies say they're considering a similar restriction. The issue is a sticking point between Washington and Beijing that experts say needs to be the focus of frank discussion. Lakshmi Sammarco's office released a statement saying Otto Warmbier's family objected to an autopsy so only an external exam of his body was done. Read More »

A Made-Up Story? Jay Sekulow Sets Record Straight on Trump Investigation

Sekulow also spoke to Jake Tapper on CNN's " State of the Union " and Chris Wallace on " Fox News Sunday ". But on Sunday, Sekulow appeared on four morning shows, initially denying that Trump was under investigation, and explaining that Trump was merely tweeting he was under investigation in response to the story in the Post . Read More »