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Rulings against Trump on his tax returns may be tough to reverse

(CNN)A US appeals court decision Monday against President Donald Trump’s effort to keep his tax returns from a grand jury marks the second major court ruling in recent weeks rejecting bold assertions from the President’s lawyers that would shield him from investigation. Last month, during a 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals hearing, Trump lawyer Will Consovoy told the appeals court judges that even if the President shot someone on Fifth Avenue in New York, he could […]

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ProPublica: Pence’s office pressured USAID to award grants to Christian groups in Iraq

Washington (CNN)Vice President Mike Pence’s office and political appointees have been pressuring the US Agency for International Development to direct its Middle East funding to preferred Christian groups in Iraq, an effort that career officials warned could be unconstitutional, ProPublica reports. Muslims make up a majority of Iraq’s population. Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities make up about 2%. USAID rules state that decisions about awarding financial aid “must be free from political interference or even the […]

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Fact check: Trump makes at least 27 false claims at New Mexico rally

(CNN)President Donald Trump spoke for 95 minutes at a campaign rally in New Mexico on Monday night, among the longest speeches he’s given as President. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/17/politics/fact-check-trump-makes-at-least-26-false-claims-at-new-mexico-rally/index.html

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Top secret teens: The high schoolers recruited by the National Security Agency

Fort Meade, Maryland (CNN)Summer’s high school friends think she’s monitoring their phones and listening in on their conversations. They speculate about the “wild things” she does at work and jokingly accuse her of being a spy. The trio — who are all 18 and just graduated from high schools in Maryland – are among the more than 150 high schoolers in a work study program at the agency which gives them access and exposure to some of […]

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‘Troubles tourism’: should Derry be celebrating its political murals?

Fifty years since the Battle of the Bogside, some fear the new status of Derrys murals as a tourist attraction will stop the community overcoming the past One of the first things you see as you enter Bogside is a 20ft mural of a 12-year-old boy, wearing a gas mask and clutching a petrol bomb. Painted on the side of a social housing property, its a stark reminder of the violence that tore Derry apart during NI […]

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Supreme Court clears way for Trump admin to use Defense funds for border wall construction

(CNN)The Supreme Court on Friday cleared the way for the Trump administration to use $2.5 billion from the Department of Defense to construct parts of a wall along the southwestern border that the government argues is necessary to protect national security. The Supreme Court’s order is a significant win for Trump, who is likely to use the construction of a wall as a major talking point on the campaign trail. The President celebrated the decision in a […]

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Prosecutors unlikely to charge Trump Org executives, sources say

(CNN)A federal investigation into whether Trump Organization executives violated campaign-finance laws appears to be wrapping up without charges being filed, according to people familiar with the matter. In January, one month after Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison, prosecutors requested interviews with executives at the company, CNN reported. But prosecutors never followed up on their initial request, people familiar with the matter said, and the interviews never took place. Meanwhile, there has been no contact […]

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Susan Collins had a very bad day today

Washington (CNN)Ever since Susan Collins cast the deciding vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court last October, Democrats have pledged that they will beat the long-serving Maine Republican senator in 2020. Collins is an able campaigner — and she’ll have as much money as she needs from Washington Republicans. (The Gideon video features Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell making that point.)

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Trump to issue executive order requiring hospitals to disclose prices to patients

(CNN)President Donald Trump will issue an executive order Monday aimed at making health care prices more readily available to consumers. “Patient empowerment requires transparency around price and quality,” said Health Secretary Alex Azar. “Every day, American patients are being taken advantage of by a system that hides critical information from them that they need to make decisions for them and their families.” Hospitals, insurers and other providers in the health care industry are already preparing to oppose […]

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