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Democrats say briefings did not support Trump's claim of FBI 'spy'

By Sarah N. Lynch and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic lawmakers said on Thursday they heard nothing in classified briefings by the FBI and intelligence officials to support President

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U.S. conservationists sue Trump administration over migratory bird policy

(Reuters) - A coalition of conservation groups sued the Trump administration on Thursday, accusing the government of slashing protections for migratory birds.

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Tighter foreign investment oversight put in U.S. Senate must-pass bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel has put a measure to tighten oversight of foreign investment in the United States into a must-pass defense policy bill, a Senate committee said on Thursday.

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Former FBI Director Comey says agency cannot fight foreign propaganda

By Joseph Menn LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - Former U.S. FBI Director James Comey said that social media companies needed to "worry" about foreign political propaganda on their networks, but he had few ideas

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U.S. Senate panel targets China, Russia in massive defense bill

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee passed its version of a $716 billion annual defense policy bill on Thursday, joining counterparts in the House of

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Republicans in Congress slam Trump probe of auto imports

By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some of President Donald Trump's fellow Republicans in the U.S. Congress said on Thursday that his administration's national security

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Firefighter has become master of maxing out overtime pay

A Los Angeles firefighter received $300,000 in overtime pay in one year by working more hours than actually exist in a single year.

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Why Trump scrapping the summit goes beyond the rough rhetoric

President Trump's announcement that he would sit down with Kim Jong Un came as a global shock.

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Lawmaker's remarks on home sales to gays draw Realtor group's ire

A congressman from Southern California is facing backlash over recent remarks that, in his view, homeowners have a right to refuse to sell their property to gays and lesbians, reports said.

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Bernie Sanders political group sees 2nd departure, sparking concerns about racial tensions

A second founding board member of a progressive group inspired by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ failed 2016 presidential run resigned Wednesday, raising concerns of a racial strain within the organization, a report said.

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Soros spends big in California's DA races in bid to reshape criminal justice system

New York billionaire George Soros is leading a campaign to reshape the nation’s criminal justice system -- and targeting with cash four of the 56 district attorney positions in California up for grabs June 5.

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Three FBI officials to answer House panel's questions about Clinton emails

House Republicans in June plan to interview three FBI officials linked to the agency’s controversial handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, part of an ongoing joint investigation by the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees.

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The Latest: Trump says NKorea statement on talks 'good news'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times local): 8:23 a.m. President Donald Trump says North Korea's latest statement on nuclear talks is "good news" and that "we will soon see where it will lead."

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Dems alarmed when WH lawyer shows up at classified briefing

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers have gotten classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on Donald Trump's campaign.

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No deal: Inside Trump's decision to walk on NKorea summit

WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un may be the deal that got away. Trump and his team weathered insults, tolerated unanswered phone calls and waited hours for negotiating partners who never showed up as they sought to keep the planned Singapore summit with Kim on track.

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Trump balks at North Korea's rhetoric but it has used worse

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — When North Korea slammed U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and national security adviser John Bolton, its language was very blunt and impolite.

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Canceled Trump-Kim summit tests Moon's middleman role

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Just a month ago, South Korean President Moon Jae-in was smiling with pride as he grasped the hands of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un, a young and brash leader with a nuclear arsenal, as they announced aspirations for a nuclear-free peninsula and permanent peace.

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Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson a century later

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially charged conviction.

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Trump Does What Obama Wouldn't, Pardons Black Boxer

President Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after what Trump said many feel was a racially motivated injustice. Jack Johnson was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury for violating the Mann Act, which made it illegal to transport...

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'To Detriment of World,' Trump Cancels Summit With Kim

Hours after North Korea announced it had blown up its nuclear test site, news of something else blowing up. The White House on Thursday released a letter from President Trump to Kim Jong Un canceling the planned June 12 summit in Singapore. It reads in part: "Sadly, based on the...

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Judge to Tweeter-in-Chief: Blocking Is Unconstitutional

President Donald Trump violates the US Constitution's First Amendment when he blocks critics on Twitter for political speech, a judge ruled Wednesday. US District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan stopped short in her written decision of ordering Trump or a subordinate to stop the practice of blocking critics from...

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Jared Kushner Clears a Big FBI Milestone

It took a while, but presidential son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner has received his permanent security clearance, reports the New York Times . Kushner had been stripped of his top-level clearance in February as the White House tightened policy in the wake of the Rob Porter scandal , notes CNN . But...

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Trump Warns of Scandal, but Critics Think He's Spinning

President Trump is fond of the term "witch hunt" to describe the investigation into possible campaign collusion with the Russians. On Wednesday, he added a new term to the mix: spygate. As in, "SPYGATE could be one of the biggest political scandals in history!" he tweeted , referring to the FBI's...

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Democratic Outsiders Score Big Primary Wins

A historic win in Georgia has put Stacey Abrams on course to become the first black female governor in American history. Abrams—the former minority leader of the state House—defeated former state Rep. Stacey Evans by a large margin to secure the Democratic nomination, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Abrams,...

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