Kellyanne Conway struggles to name African-Americans in White House

Washington (CNN)Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to President Donald Trump, struggled on Sunday to name an African-American person in a prominent White House role. Conway was presumably referring to Ja’Ron Smith, a legislative affairs aide who was on a list of people expected to attend a prison reform event with Trump…

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Texas judge says he’ll likely kill DACA — but not yet

Washington (CNN)A federal judge on Friday hinted he will likely invalidate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in the future — but for now the program can continue to operate. Since Trump sought to end DACA last September, the program’s future has been in doubt. Members of Congress largely…

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Christine Hallquist, Democratic candidate for Vermont governor, rejects socialist label

Washington (CNN)Vermont’s Democratic nominee for governor Christine Hallquist, who made history Tuesday as the first transgender gubernatorial nominee for a major political party, said she’s running to raise the issue of rural economic development in her home state. But she has declined embracing any labels of being a socialist. “I’m…

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Ex-CIA chief criticizes Russia policy: ‘Never in my lifetime’ seen such a ‘confused message’

Washington (CNN)Leon Panetta, who was CIA director under President Barack Obama, criticized the Trump administration’s response to Russia’s election interference, saying in a CNN interview Friday, “I have never in my lifetime seen an administration that is presenting such a confused message when it comes to a national security threat.”…

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White House rejects Turkey’s offer for pastor’s release: report

(CNN)The White House has rejected a Turkish offer to release an American pastor in exchange for forgiveness of billions of dollars in US fines on a Turkish bank, expressing that other matters would be considered only after Andrew Brunson is released, a senior administration official told The Wall Street Journal.…

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Putin Aide Proposes $7.5 Billion Tax Hike for Mining, Chemicals Sectors

The top economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed raising taxes on mining companies, including MMC Norilsk Nickel PJSC and Alrosa PJSC, among the largest producers of nickel and diamonds. Additional budget revenues are needed to help pay for Putin’s promises to boost spending after his re-election this spring,…

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Primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin: What to watch

(CNN)Tuesday’s primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin set up some of the most crucial races in November’s midterm election. Democrats are on the offensive in the Badger State, hoping to nominate a candidate to finally defeat Governor Scott Walker (R) and prove that Wisconsin’s 2016 vote for Trump did…

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Are You Pound-Proof Yet? The Brexit Endgame Is About to Begin

Time is running out to position for a disorderly Brexit. That’s the chorus growing louder among pound traders and strategists, with Morgan Stanley joining the said to be preparing for a failure to secure an accord on future economic ties with the EU, the European Council meeting in October and…

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Trump administration slaps more sanctions on Russia after Skripal poisonings

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration will impose more sanctions on Russia under a chemical and biological warfare law following the poisoning of a former Russian agent and his daughter in the UK earlier this year, the State Department announced Wednesday. The first set of sanctions targets certain items the US exports…

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12 Russians indicted in Mueller investigation

Washington (CNN)The Justice Department announced indictments against 12 Russian nationals as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, accusing them of engaging in a “sustained effort” to hack Democrats’ emails and computer networks. The revelations provide more detail on the sophisticated assault on…

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Trump, Juncker Tout Deal Pulling Back From U.S.-EU Trade War

President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to suspend new tariffs while negotiating over trade, pulling the U.S. and Europe back from the edge of a transatlantic trade war. The leaders pledged to expand European imports of U.S. liquefied natural gas and soybeans and both vowed to…

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Top Republicans in Congress break with Trump over Putin comments

(CNN)After President Donald Trump’s stunning news conference Monday next to Russian President Vladimir Putin, members of Congress — including some powerful Republicans — were quick to rebuke Trump’s performance on the world stage and Trump’s refusal to call Putin out for interfering in the US election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch…

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Former Coal Lobbyist Takes Over EPA From Embattled Chief Pruitt

The new head of the EPA is a former Senate staffer who has worked behind the scenes to quash climate change legislation and promote coal. Andrew Wheeler, 53, now the Environmental Protection Agency’s No. 2 official, will take over Monday as acting administrator following the resignation of Scott Pruitt. Wheeler…

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Trump Spouse-Visa Shift May Hurt Workers, Push 100,000 From Jobs

U.S. President Donald Trump’s plan to ban spouses of high-skill visa holders from working will likely push 100,000 people out of jobs and negatively affect the visa holders and their employers, according to a new research study. The Trump Administration has been tightening the rules for H-1B visas, which allow…

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Erdogan Election Triumph Takes Turkey Into Era of One-Man Rule

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, modern Turkey’s longest-serving ruler, won a mandate to govern with sweeping new powers after a double victory in presidential and parliamentary elections. Erdogan had 53 percent of the presidential vote to 31 percent for his closest challenger, Muharrem Ince of the secular Republican People’s Party or CHP,…

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