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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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EU to investigate Nigel Farage over expenses funded by Arron Banks

Move follows revelations MEP failed to declare lavish funding from year of Brexit referendum The European parliament is to investigate Nigel Farage for failing to declare lavish expenses funded by Arron Banks. The European parliament president, Antonio Tajani, today refers the Farage issue to an advisory committee, a source told the Guardian. The advisory committee is a group of five MEPs who act as watchdogs over the parliaments code of conduct. It stipulates that all members must […]

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With a stroke of his pen, Trump worsens Europe’s Huawei dilemma

(CNN)As if Europe didn’t have enough to worry about. The Huawei issue cuts to the heart of tensions between security and economic interests when it comes to China and Chinese influence. While many countries around the world share Washington’s suspicion — even hostility — towards Beijing, they are unwilling to take the economic hit that openly standing apart from China would entail. UK in chaos Nowhere will Trump’s order cause more chaos — outside perhaps Huawei headquarters […]

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The government already knows how to end school lunch shaming

(CNN)School lunch shaming was back in the news last week when a Rhode Island school district prepared to serve a separate cold meal — sun butter and jelly sandwiches — to students with lunch debt. The mother of Philando Castile, the 32-year-old cafeteria worker fatally shot during a police traffic stop in 2016, used his foundation to pay the lunch debts of students who had been told they could not take part in graduation ceremonies. “The kids […]

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Kushner says Russia investigations more harmful to US ‘than a couple Facebook ads’

Washington (CNN)Senior presidential adviser Jared Kushner suggested Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was more harmful to the US than Russian meddling in the 2016 election. In the redacted version of the Mueller report, the special counsel explained that the investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia found that members of the Trump campaign knew they would benefit from Russia’s illegal actions to influence the election, but didn’t take criminal steps to help. “Although […]

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