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Senate considers holding Michael Flynn in contempt

Reuters reported on Thursday that Flynn and other advisers to Trump's campaign were in contact with Russian officials and others with Kremlin ties in at least 18 calls and emails during the last seven months of the USA presidential race. The investigation report explicitly determined that Flynn did not receive a reward from any foreign country. "It was the Obama White House that this would have fallen under", Chaffetz told MSNBC's Greta Van Susteren. Read More »

Supreme Court strikes down 2 NC congressional districts


They also said the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel has created a legally risky environment for him to cooperate with the Senate panel's investigation. It's the latest case where justices ruled against race-based redistricting, even after tossing many protections for minority voters. In Cooper v. Harris , North Carolina voters sued state officials, alleging "impermissible racial gerrymanders". Read More »

Irony in reaction to Comey's firing


The White House disputed that account. His testimony during the past week before Congress - so flawed at one point that the Justice Department had to issue a correction - clearly prompted Trump to decide the time to fire Comey had come. Read More »

Manchin Warns About Trump Administration Budget Cuts

The proposal also includes big cuts in Social Security's disability program. There will also be significant cuts to U.S. funding for global health programs, food aid, worldwide peacekeeping and cultural exchanges, if Trump gets his way. Read More »

Trump asked NSA director to knock down FBI's Russia investigation


Senators also expressed concern about Trump's sharing of classified intelligence on an Islamic State bomb plot with the Russian foreign minister in his visit to the White House this month. The country is being tested in unprecedented ways. "I might mention that ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack in Manchester", Coats said. Read More »

Trump seeks to slash government spending in budget plan

The proposal would eliminate $499 million for the popular TIGER program, which awards grants to states for transportation projects, and would also cut $928 million for transit work and $630 million for Amtrak. "President Trump's new budget should lay to rest any belief that he's looking out for the millions of people the economy has left behind". U.S. Sen. Read More »

Xi-Moon talks dwell on Korean nuke tensions


They agreed to closely cooperate in dealing with North Korea's nuclear weapons development program. Moon has long said the next South Korean government should review the Thaad deployment and decide to allow it only after seeking China's understanding. Read More »

France's Macron steps down as En Marche! leader


In interviews on Monday her campaign director David Rachline said the party founded by her father would get a new name as bait to pull in a broader spectrum of supporters in France . "As of today, he (Valls) does not fit the criteria that would allow the investiture committee to take him on, so., (until he joins) the national investiture committee that I preside over can not consider the candidature of Mr. Read More »

Trump Budget: More for the Military, Less for the Poor

The new budget plan builds on Trump's March proposals, adding details to his goal of boosting defense spending by $54 billion, a 10 percent increase, for this year, with that boost financed by an equal cut to nondefense programs. -The Disabled: Trump's budget calls for cutting Social Security disability benefits by almost $70 billion over the next decade by encouraging and, in some cases, requiring people receiving the benefits to re-enter the workforce. Read More »

Islamic State group claims deadly Manchester concert bombing

She said: "We now know that a single terrorist detonated his improvised explosive device near one of the exits of the venue, deliberately choosing the time and place to cause maximum carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately". A dozen children - defined as under 16 years old - are being treated at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, the medical director for the North West Ambulance Service said. Read More »

China says hopes new South Korean government will correct problems


Duterte said through cooperation with neighboring countries, including China , the Philippines will work towards convincing North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile provocations. However, he did emphasize that Seoul and Tokyo are key partners in countering North Korea's nuclear and missile threats. As reported, the ban kicked in on 15 March, part of a sweeping backlash against Korean companies prompted by South Korea's decision to deploy the U.S. Read More »

Trump delivers balanced budget to Congress

He's also proposing severe cuts to foreign aid and tighter eligibility for tax cuts that benefit the working poor. The budget includes $25 billion for a plan to give parents six weeks of paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child, and $200 billion to encourage state and local governments to boost spending on roads, bridges, airports and other infrastructure programs. Read More »

Texas House passes 'bathroom bill' for public schools, charters

All state agencies must undergo periodic "sunset" reviews, but they're often added to the safety net bill if lawmakers fail to reauthorize them in time. "This whole [education savings account] is a mouse and this elephant is just freaking out", he said. And I am still reeling from the whole thing. "How does your amendment fit into this bill?" asked Representative Joseph Moody, a Democrat from El Paso. Read More »

Donald Trump budget proposal slashes safety net programmes

Cuts to federal employee retirement programs and disability benefits: The budget will call for a $72 billion cut over ten years to the Social security Disability Insurance. "I do not believe this is what will happen", Manchin said of the Trump budget bill's chances on Capitol Hill . Instead, it just states that they'll be deficit-neutral, presumably thanks largely to their economic benefits (Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has insisted that the administration's tax reductions would ... Read More »

British Columbia Energy at Stake With Vote Too Close to Call

Christy Clark took for granted the aging population in the Metro Vancouver ridings, where she could have picked up more seats if she made health care a bigger priority, he said. "It could be some time before this is completely clear". The NDP received 39% of the vote. The outcome marks something of a defeat for the BC NDP, who led the polls early in the campaign and managed a relatively gaffe-free campaign. Read More »

Trump's visit to the Western Wall sparks mixed reactions


The Israeli leader, during brief remarks, referenced some of Trump's statements during his meeting with Abbas, But he did not mention a peace pact with Palestinian leaders. He was not accompanied by any Israeli leaders during the visit to the site in east Jerusalem . When he met Abbas this month in Washington, he stopped shortly of explicitly recommitting his administration to a two-state solution to the decades-old conflict, a long-standing foundation of U.S. Read More »

Trump's Saudi summit was 'show with no value' - Iran president


Rouhani's response came in his press conference on Monday, after winning re-election with a firm 57% of the vote. Within hours of Trump's speech Rouhani's rivals were hitting at him hard, calling him responsible for Trump's attack, as well as for the diplomatic success of Saudi Arabia - Iran's regional archrival - in apparently uniting numerous Islamic nations against the Republic. Read More »

Trump meeting with Abbas in the West Bank


Trump continued, speaking about threats to Israel: "Iran's leaders routinely call for the destruction of Israel". We all know that. I am telling you - that's what I do - they are ready to reach for peace. The Palestinians, if an independent Palestinian state is created, want to claim east Jerusalem as their capital. Trump met the leader in Bethlehem , where Palestinian activists had set up an effigy representing Palestinian prisoners in front of the Nativity Church, calling ... Read More »

UN calls on North Korea to stop missile tests

It claims one was a hydrogen bomb and the other device created a more powerful explosion than any the North has previous tested . North Korea has rejected all calls to curtail its nuclear and missile programs in recent years, calling them legitimate self-defense. Read More »

Trump sends Congress budget with $600 billion deficit


Of course, the whole thing still needs to be approved by Congress, which is reportedly " already wary " of the proposal. "Basically dead on arrival", opined the Senate's No. Most of the $200 billion is slated for the second, third and fourth years of the budget, Mulvaney said. This approach would neither fix Social Security's long-term financial challenges nor protect the program for those beneficiaries who depend on it most. Read More »

Manchester shopping centre 'evacuated' hours after attack

Callender's was only the first in what is likely to be a stream of heartbreaking stories over coming days, involving as they will so many young people in the first optimistic bloom of life. "We believe the attacker was wearing an improvised explosive device which he detonated causing this atrocity", Hopkins said. "We would ask people not to speculate on his details or share names". Read More »

Trump asked 2 United States intel chiefs to deny Russian Federation collusion

Brennan was President Barack Obama's Central Intelligence Agency director. Trump ended the week by going on the first foreign trip of his presidency, stopping first in Saudi Arabia. Government officials are barred from participating in matters involving former employers for a year unless they receive a waiver to do so under a federal ethics regulation. Read More »

Israel police: Palestinian assailant stabs Israeli officer


The White House has downplayed the prospect for a significant breakthrough on the peace process during Trump's visit, his first overseas trip as president. Trump emphasized the enduring friendship between the USA and Israel while also complimenting the leaders he met during his previous stop-over in Saudi Arabia . Read More »

Pacific ministers meet seeking to finalize trade pact

The current turmoil over global trade negotiations was laid bare at the meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) forum, which failed to agree on its usual post-event joint statement due to United States opposition to proposed wording on fighting protectionism. Read More »

U.S. Not Sure Islamic State Was Behind Manchester Bombing


Here's a timeline of the events so far. The attacker, who was carrying an improvised exposive device, died at the arena. Around 6:30 p.m. . Witnesses reported a scene of chaos and confusion following the explosion. President Donald Trump offered his condolences. Stories of random acts of kindness are emerging in the wake of the Manchester terror attack , with many people and Sikh temples offering free food and rooms for the night. Read More »

French government resigns in post-election formality


The president said the transfer of power would take place just a week after Macron's election as the youngest president in modern France . The incoming president has said half of Republique en Marche's candidates for the 577 seats up for grabs in the June 11-18 elections to the National Assembly will be new to politics . Read More »

Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William 'shocked & saddened' over Manchester bombing

Abedi is reportedly a British man with Libyan origins, who was allegedly known to British authorities before the May 22 attack. Abedi is believed to have boarded a train from London to Manchester to carry out the attack. "We mourn the lives of children and loved ones taken by this cowardly act", he wrote. "The release of information not only undermines confidence in our allies about our ability to maintain secure information that we share with them, it jeopardizes sources and methods ... Read More »

Camera captures Melania swatting away Donald Trump's hand at Israel arrival

President Trump called the Manchester concert bombing the work of "evil losers" Tuesday, as he continued his attempts to rally the Muslim world against what he calls Islamist extremism. "I would like to thank you, Mr. President, for defending Israel in the United Nations and everywhere else". Hazan said Trump was a good sport about the whole thing, even after his camera stalled. Read More »

Iranian president calls relations with US 'a curvy road'


The councils have opened up Iran's political system in the time since. He was referring to a $110 billion military deal Trump clinched with Saudi Arabia during the US President's first foreign trip since he took office, one of the biggest arms sales in history. Read More »

Actor Sir Roger Moore Dies At 89


Their statement goes on to praise their father for being "so very special to so many people". Roger Moore - star of multiple James Bond movies and a screen star for more than 70 years - has died at the age of 89, following a brief battle with cancer. Read More »

Trump touts ultimate peace, but same obstacles remain

Trump visited Israel's Yad Vashem Holocaust remembrance center Tuesday for a wreath-laying ceremony, and enthusiastically pledged he would " never forget" when signing the guestbook at the site. Although he stressed exerting efforts to achieve peace, the U.S. president did not mention the two-state solution as a result for these efforts. "Peace can never take root in an environment where violence is tolerated, funded and even rewarded", Trump said. Read More »

Moon Jae-In sworn in as Korea president


He asked them to help in curbing North Korea's nuclear programme and both promised to. The deployment of THAAD was agreed by former President Park Geun-hye's administration a year ago. Lee Sun-jin, chairman of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, who briefed him on the military's preparedness against North Korea. But even Moon knows that THAAD is not realistically going anywhere, at least not in the immediate term. Read More »

Ariana Grande "broken" after Manchester suspected terror attack


The city's regional government and its mayor, Andy Burnham , were among scores of Twitter users who circulated the MissinginManchester hashtag to help people looking for family members and friends. There was a lot of children there without parents. A large cordon remains in place around the arena and nearby Manchester Victoria Station, which was evacuated during the incident and remains closed, while forensic investigators gather evidence. Read More »