Mick Mulvaney tries to claw back his confirmation — made on live TV — that Trump threatened to withhold aid to Ukraine to secure political dirt on Democrats

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Thursday tried to walk back an earlier admission that US President Donald Trump made aid to Ukraine conditional on it probing his Democratic rivals. “I have news for everybody. Get over it. There is going to be political influence in foreign policy,” Mulvaney had earlier told […]

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Boris Johnson refuses to reveal how badly his Brexit deal will hurt the UK economy

Boris Johnson’s government is refusing to reveal what they expect the economic impact of his new Brexit will be. A cross-party group of MPs wrote to Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay calling for the government to release analysis of how Johnson’s deal would affect the UK economy. However, Chancellor Sajid Javid said: “I see no need […]

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British people would rather stop Brexit than leave the EU with Boris Johnson’s deal

Just one-in-five British people would choose to leave the EU with Boris Johnson’s deal as their preferred Brexit outcome. Cancelling Brexit altogether remains the most popular outcome among British voters. Just 14% would prefer to leave the EU without a deal. UK Members of Parliament are due to vote on whether to accept Johnson’s Brexit […]

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The EU is preparing to delay Brexit if the UK Parliament rejects Boris Johnson’s deal

The UK Parliament will vote on Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal this Saturday. If Members of Parliament reject the deal, Johnson will be legally obliged to request a delay. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker appeared to suggest the EU would oppose such a request. However, behind the scenes the EU is preparing for another delay in […]

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Trump, In Texas, Bashes Democrats as ‘Crazy’ and Unpatriotic

DALLAS (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to turn impeachment rancor into a political rallying cry Thursday, using a Texas rally to bash Democrats as “crazy” and unpatriotic as they push forward with their investigations. Setting a dire tone, Trump told his supporters, “At stake in this fight is the survival of American democracy itself.” […]

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Trump joked about former President Abraham Lincoln during his rally, the same night Mattis praised Lincoln’s patriotism in s speech

The presidency of Abraham Lincoln was mentioned in two separate instances on Thursday night in drastically different contexts. President Donald Trump mocked the 16th US president during a rally in Dallas, while former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, revered Lincoln’s patriotism. Trump said that he would never be as presidential as “Honest Abe Lincoln when he’s […]

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Trump compared Turkey attacking the Kurds to ‘two kids in a lot’: ‘You have to let them fight, and then you pull them apart’

President Donald Trump held a rally in Dallas, Texas, the first since the House of Representatives voted in favor of a resolution condemning his decision to pull US troops from northern Syria, leaving the Kurds to fend for themselves against Turkey. Trump addressed the conflict in the Middle East during the rally, saying that it […]

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‘I’m the Meryl Streep of generals’: Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had an epic response to Trump calling him ‘overrated’

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is OK with President Donald Trump calling him the “world’s most overrated general” because the president also called Meryl Streep “one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood.” “I guess I’m the Meryl Streep of generals,” Mattis said during his speech at the 74th annual Al Smith dinner — known […]

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The late Elijah Cummings, a key player in the Trump impeachment inquiry, was signing subpoenas from his hospital bed

Aides to the late Rep. Elijah Cummings said that the congressman was active until his death, helping lead a Democratic caucus conference call and signing subpoenas from his hospital bed. Cummings died early Thursday morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore at 68 years old, his office said. As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, […]

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Trump’s hasty exit forced US troops to bomb their own base in ‘an extreme worst-case scenario’

US forces destroyed the former base of counter-ISIS operations in Syria, according to a release from Operation Inherent Resolve sent out on Wednesday. The statement says that the operation was pre-planned, but former Special Presidential Envoy to the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Brett McGurk called the operation a “break glass” procedure used only in […]

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Pressure Builds on President Trump As New Revelations Emerge About His Dealings with Ukraine

As Donald Trump flew to Texas Thursday for a fundraiser and rally, the revelations about the President’s involvement in Ukraine escalated into a full-fledged crisis. Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, undercut the President’s denial of a quid pro quo when he told reporters that Trump withheld military aid as leverage to […]

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Kurds Await Fate as Trump, Turkey Celebrate Temporary ‘Ceasefire’

Eleven days ago, Kurdish and American troops fought side by side against ISIS, as they have for the last five years in Syria. A week ago, the Kurds watched those same Americans flee the battlefield in a disorderly retreat as the Kurds’ sworn enemy, Turkey, invaded their territory. Today, the Kurds saw Vice President Mike […]

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‘It’s About Our Boy.’ Parents of U.K. Teen Allegedly Killed by Diplomat’s Wife Not Worried About Political Fight After Trump Meeting

Charlotte Charles and Tim Dunn say they made a deathbed promise to seek justice for their son — and they have every intention to keep it. Just two days after the pair took part in a bizarre White House meeting in which President Donald Trump attempted to ambush them with a surprise meeting with the […]

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Martin Luther King’s daughter slams Mark Zuckerberg for invoking the civil rights movement and said ‘disinformation campaigns’ led to MLK’s killing (FB)

The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr criticized Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday for referencing the civil rights leader in a speech. Bernice King said that “disinformation” created the atmosphere that led to MLK’s 1968 assassination. Zuckerberg gave a speech at Georgetown University on Thursday to defend Facebook from critics and to argue that the social […]

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Al Gore on Impeachment, Adam Silver on China and Selma Blair on Her MS Diagnosis: Here Are Biggest Moments From the TIME 100 Health Summit

TIME held its first TIME 100 Health Summit on Thursday aiming to define — and shape — the future of health care. The Summit, which is an offshoot of the magazine’s annual TIME 100 list of influential people, featured scientists, politicians and entertainers, such as former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, NIH […]

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Trump’s Doral Resort Will Host the G7. That Will Only Raise More Ethical Questions

Earlier this year, senior White House staff were briefing President Trump on plans to host the G7 summit in the U.S. when he piped up with a suggestion for the location to host the leaders of the six other major advanced economies. “What about Doral?” Trump said, raising the name of his Florida resort that […]

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3 of America’s biggest adversaries are now united against the US in the Middle East

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the vast majority of the roughly 1,000 troops in Syria left a bipartisan group of lawmakers flabbergasted in what they described as an abrupt foreign policy blunder. The US’s adversaries, led by Russia, appear to be filling the vacuum and poised to exert influence over Syria. Russia’s relationship with […]

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Turkey’s authoritarian leader is walking all over the United States thanks to Trump

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has walked all over the US in the past few weeks, and President Donald Trump let him. Trump pulled US troops from northeast Syria earlier this month, effectively abandoning US-allied Kurdish forces to a Turkish invasion, with reports of war crimes committed against the Kurds. The Trump administration negotiated a […]

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