Stormont power-sharing talks going down to the wire – BBC News

June 28, 2017

… London. Mr Brokenshire is heading to London on Wednesday for Northern Ireland Questions and the vote on the Queen’s Speech, which sets out the government’s legislative programme for the next two years. ‘High-wire acts’ The negotiations involve the five main Northern Ireland parties and the UK and Irish governments, although a deal is dependent on whether the two biggest parties, the DUP and Sinn Fin, can resolve their differences. These include republican demands for a …

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Analyst Warns GOP: House Majority Is In Danger In 2018

June 22, 2017

David Wasserman, who analyzes U.S. House races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, wrote Wednesday that the Republican majority could be at risk in next years midterm election. That includes Tuesday nights special elections in Georgia, where Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoffby 4 percentage points, and South Carolina, where Republican Ralph Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnellby 3 percentage points. Over those five special elections, Democrats beat their …

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House Russia probe digs into voter roll hacks with former DHS secretary

June 21, 2017

(CNN)House investigators will examine on Wednesday Russia’s attempts to hack into state elections systems with former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson before the House intelligence committee. The coordinated hacking effort from Russian-aligned hackers has received minimal attention in the congressional probes into Russia’s interference in the election. President Donald Trump and his supporters have regularly noted that no votes were ever changed by Russian …

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Gabrielle Giffords’ Call For Sympathy And Understanding Is Met With… Hate

June 15, 2017

On Wednesday, she reacted to the news of ashooting at a congressional baseball practicewith deep sympathy for those affected. She also expressed appreciation for the Capitol Police, whose quick response undoubtedly stopped a tragic situation from becoming worse: While the vast majority of respondents from all sides of the political spectrum welcomed the compassionate tweet: Instead, a subset of angry internet trolls latched onto Giffords as a target, attacking her on Twitter and accusing …

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Borough Market opens after London Bridge terror attack – BBC News

June 15, 2017

… of condolence have also been left on a wall at the south end of the bridge Staff at one restaurant in the market, which will be reopening on Wednesday lunchtime, said they had “emerged from a tough time as a stronger family”. Workers in the El Pastor were hailed as heroes for throwing objects at the terrorists as they burst in during the attack. In a post on the restaurant’s Instagram page, they said “the kindness and bravery shown by individuals and groups on the the …

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Donald Trump hasn’t tweeted in a very long time

June 10, 2017

(CNN)Donald Trump is a big fan of Twitter. He sees it as a direct pipeline to supporters, an end run on the so-called “fake news” media. Which makes any extended period of time without a tweet from the President worth nothing. And we are in the midst of such a drought right now. This last 37 hours is not at all like those past Trump Twitter deserts. The last day and a half has seen not only the release of former FBI Director James Comey’s written testimony Wednesday …

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Five things to watch: The Comey hearing

June 8, 2017

Washington (CNN)The Senate intelligence committee hearing of former FBI Director James Comey was already going to be a blockbuster before it even started — with Comey stating in pre-written testimony Wednesday that President Donald Trump urged him to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. READ: James Comey’s prepared testimony Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House probe, said he wants to know if Trump’s request for …

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Question Trump’s FBI nominee — but give him a fair hearing

June 8, 2017

(CNN)There are some legitimate reasons to question the background of Christopher Wray, the former assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s criminal division, whom President Trump announced Wednesday as his nominee for FBI director. And remember — the FBI director has a 10-year term. Senators aren’t weighing whether they can stomach a nominee for the duration of the Trump presidency, but whether they can accept an FBI director nominee who would serve …

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Albert Pujols hits his 600th career home run

June 4, 2017

… slugger rarely acknowledges the importance of individual accomplishments, but his fellow Angels thought he clearly wanted to reach the milestone at home before they hit the road Monday. The Angels were excited, too: Mike Trout went to the ballpark right after having thumb surgery Wednesday because he wanted to see Pujols make history and Trout has returned every night since, his hand in a cast. “It’s pretty incredible,” Trout said. “Each night he gets a hit or gets an …

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