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Mystery Solved: Democrats behind purchase of websites implying US senators 'for sale'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 13 min 26 sec ago
WASHINGTON -- Dozens of web addresses implying U.S. senators were "for sale" have been quietly and mysteriously purchased online, amid heightened concerns on Capitol Hill that foreign agents -- especially Russians -- might be trying to meddle in upcoming midterm elections.

U.S. judge agrees five Manafort trial witnesses may testify with immunity

REUTERS POLITICS - 29 min 17 sec ago
A U.S. judge said he would rule later on Monday on whether to delay the criminal trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and he would make public the identity of five witnesses granted immunity to testify.

Germany: Intruders cut through perimeter at US air base

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 31 min 14 sec ago

BERLIN (AP) - The German military says seven people were detained after cutting through a fence surrounding a U.S. air base that peace activists claim holds nuclear weapons.

Germany's dpa news agency reported Monday that the activists were stopped after entering the security zone at the Buechel Air Base, in ...

Sinn Féin says UK government 'seeking to row back' on backstop

BBC POLITICS - 45 min 51 sec ago
In a meeting with Michel Barnier, the party called for an EU summit in September to resolve the border issue.

Judge to rule on Manafort request to delay trial

CNN POLITICS - 46 min 15 sec ago
A federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, is expected to rule Monday on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's request to delay his criminal trial, slated to start this week.

Berkeley professor says Trump guilty of 'textbook treason'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 47 min 35 sec ago

A professor at the University of California Berkeley says President Trump is guilty of "textbook treason."

M. Steven Fish, a professor of political science and longtime analyst of Russian politics, cited Mr. Trump's press conference last week in Helsinki, Finland, with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"This is textbook treason," Mr. ...

Trump's ex-aide Manafort in bid to delay U.S. fraud trial

REUTERS POLITICS - 51 min 22 sec ago
A court hearing began on Monday on a request from U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort to delay his criminal trial scheduled to begin this week on more than two dozen financial charges, including bank and tax fraud.

U.S. judge allows five Manafort trial witnesses to testify in exchange for immunity

REUTERS POLITICS - 51 min 22 sec ago
A federal judge said he would rule later on Monday over whether to delay the criminal trial of U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and that he planned to make public the identity of five witnesses who had been granted immunity to testify.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pardons 7 immigrants with priors under deportation threat

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 51 min 37 sec ago

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday he is pardoning seven immigrants facing potential deportation proceedings. 

"At a time when President Trump and the Federal government are waging a war on our immigrant communities, New York stands firm in our belief that our diversity is our greatest strength," Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, ...

U.S. Republican unveils bill calling for carbon tax

REUTERS POLITICS - 1 hour 1 min ago
A Republican lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives unveiled a bill calling for a carbon tax on Monday, saying he hoped the legislation would at the very least renew a U.S. debate on climate change that has languished for a decade.

Islamic State 'Beatles' duo: UK stance 'a rare decision'

BBC POLITICS - 1 hour 11 min ago
It emerged the UK would not oppose the use of the death penalty if the pair were extradited to the US.

USNS Mercy Returns Home Following Pacific Partnership 2018

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 1 hour 16 min ago
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy returned to San Diego, following its support of Pacific Partnership 2018.
Family members await the return of the hospital ship USNS Mercy to San Diego following its five-month deployment to Southeast Asia in support of Pacific Partnership 2018, July 21, 2018. Navy photo by Sarah Burford

After delays, former Iraqi translator will be US citizen

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 1 hour 26 min ago

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - More than a year after a former interpreter for U.S. military forces in Iraq was pulled out of a U.S. citizenship ceremony without explanation, he's about to be naturalized.

Haeder Al Anbki said Monday he was notified over the weekend that he could participate in a ...

Democrat slams Trump on Fox when network airs wrong guest

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 1 hour 27 min ago

BOSTON (AP) - An apparent mix-up by Fox News gave a Democratic congressional candidate from Massachusetts a forum to criticize President Donald Trump's immigration policies while the show's confused hosts looked on.

The network planned to speak live Monday morning with Ann Kirkpatrick, an Arizona Democrat who has voiced support ...

Chicago mayoral candidate gives out hundreds of thousands of dollars to potential voters at church

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 1 hour 32 min ago
A millionaire businessman running for mayor in Chicago blessed thousands of churchgoers – and potential voters – Sunday by handing out hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Brick thrown into Sen. Mark Warner's Roanoke, Virginia, office

CNN POLITICS - 1 hour 38 min ago
Police in Roanoke, Virginia, are investigating an apparent attack on the regional office of Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat, after a brick was thrown through a glass front window of the office before it opened Monday morning.

Hodge 'incredibly upset' at Labour anti-Semitism row

BBC POLITICS - 1 hour 45 min ago
Labour MP Margaret Hodge says she is "incredibly upset" at the anti-Semitism row in her party.

New political party debate: Brake, Allen and Lewis

BBC POLITICS - 1 hour 54 min ago
Tom Brake, Heidi Allen and Clive Lewis on chances of new parties being set up, and possible splits between the existing groupings in Westminster.

Labour's code of conduct on anti-Semitic policies

BBC POLITICS - 1 hour 55 min ago
Labour has adopted the full wording of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance in its code of conduct, says MP Clive Lewis.

Mood box asks voters: Theresa May Leaver or Remainer?

BBC POLITICS - 1 hour 57 min ago
As Tory rows over Brexit continue, does the prime minister really support leave or remain?

Mystery: Who bought websites implying US senators 'for sale'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 2 hours 40 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - Dozens of web addresses implying U.S. senators were "for sale" have been quietly and mysteriously purchased online, amid heightened concerns on Capitol Hill that foreign agents - especially Russians - might be trying to meddle in upcoming midterm elections.

An Associated Press investigation found the responsible party: ...

Commandos Contend in Panama's Jungles for Coveted Cup

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 2 hours 1 min ago
Nations competing in Fuerzas Comando 2018 learned from each other, improved tactics and increased their special operations capabilities to confront common threats during a commando competition.
A Panamanian commando takes on an assault on a range during the Fuerzas Comando Competition at the Instituto Superior Policial, Panama, July 18, 2018. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Brian Ragin

Red-state democrats targeted in more ads for Judge Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 2 hours 4 min ago

A conservative advocacy group launched ads Monday to pressure four Democratic senators in red states to back President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

The Judicial Crisis Network's $1.5 million ad buy in West Virginia, Indiana, Alabama and North Dakota is the group's fourth ad blitz, totaling roughly $5 ...

Trump: 'Gave Up Nothing' to Putin at Summit

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - 2 hours 22 min ago
U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that he "gave up nothing" to Russian President Vladimir Putin at last week's summit in Helsinki, but details of their one-on-one meeting remained elusive. "We merely talked about future benefits for both countries," Trump said on Twitter. "Also, we got along very well, which is a good thing except for the Corrupt Media!" He blamed the mainstream news media, "Fake News" as he called it again, for "talking negatively" about his meeting with Putin. Trump and Putin met behind closed doors for more than two hours with only their translators in the room with them. At various times since then, Trump has said that the two leaders talked about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, stopping global terrorism, security for Israel, the need to curb a nuclear arms race between their countries, Moscow's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, cyberattacks, trade, Middle East peace, North Korea's nuclear weapons and more. But details of what Trump and Putin may have decided have not emerged. Trump late last week invited Putin to visit the White House in a few months for a second summit. Criticism of Helsinki performance Back home from the first one, the U.S. leader drew widespread criticism - from Trump's fellow Republicans and opposition Democrats alike - for his performance at the joint news conference he had with Putin, where Trump embraced Putin's "extremely strong and powerful" denial that Russia had meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, rather than defending the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Moscow had interfered. Trump has voiced a mix of comments since Helsinki, saying he accepted the U.S. intelligence finding of Russian election interference, while coupling it with continued denials that his campaign colluded with Russia. By Sunday night, however, Trump was calling the Russian interference story "all a big hoax," and blaming former president Barack Obama for not intervening to stop it because Obama thought Democrat Hillary Clinton would defeat Trump in the election two years ago. "So President Obama knew about Russia before the Election," Trump tweeted. "Why didn’t he do something about it? Why didn’t he tell our campaign? Because it is all a big hoax, that’s why, and he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win!!!" ​ Mueller probe On Monday, Trump railed against special counsel Robert Mueller's 14-month investigation of whether Trump's campaign worked directly with Moscow to help him win and whether he obstructed justice by firing Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey last year at a time when Comey was leading the agency's Russia probe before Mueller was appointed to take it over. The U.S. leader attacked the FBI for four times winning approval from a surveillance court to wiretap Carter Page, one of his former advisers, about his suspected ties to Russia, one of the underpinnings of the Mueller probe. Page has not been charged and on Sunday told CNN the allegations that he was conscripted by Russia are "ridiculous" and not true. Trump called the Mueller probe "a disgrace to America. They should drop the discredited Mueller Witch Hunt now!"  

Trump hits new high in poll, though Russia issues linger

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 2 hours 27 min ago

President Trump's job-approval rating hit a new high in a national poll, with support among Republicans building despite an onslaught of criticism of his dealing with Russia.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll pegged the president's job-approval at 45 percent, up a percentage point since June to Mr. Trump's highest ...

President Trump today

CNN POLITICS - 2 hours 39 min ago

The Point: Trump is drowning in a sea of his own Russia contradictions

CNN POLITICS - 2 hours 43 min ago
On Sunday, President Donald Trump tweeted this: "So President Obama knew about Russia before the Election. Why didn't he do something about it? Why didn't he tell our campaign? Because it is all a big hoax, that's why, and he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win!!!"

Socialist group signs up 1st Dem Senate candidate as 'dues-paying member'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 2 hours 44 min ago
Maine Democratic Senate candidate Zak Ringelstein announced over the weekend he is now a Democratic socialist – making him the first Senate candidate from a major party to formally join the political movement.

Theresa May: I like NCIS, cooking and walking

BBC POLITICS - 2 hours 48 min ago
Prime Minister Theresa May is asked how she unwinds from the "world's most stressful job".

Cuomo pardons 7 facing deportation for past convictions

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 2 hours 50 min ago

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pardoned seven people who had faced deportation because of crimes committed years ago.

The Democrat announced the pardons on Monday, saying the state must protect its residents as the federal government wages what he calls an un-American assault on immigrants. ...

Rand Paul to ask Trump to revoke Brennan security clearance

CNN POLITICS - 3 hours 1 min ago
Republican Sen. Rand Paul tweeted Monday that he will ask President Donald Trump to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, who criticized Trump's performance last week at the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

'I'm ashamed': Americans blame Trump after mom's deportation

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 3 hours 7 min ago

BOCA DEL RÍO, Mexico (AP) - It's almost as if Letty Stegall is there, back home in the United States, beside her daughter to prod her awake for school. When her husband goes to the grocery store, she fusses over the list with him. At the bar she helped run, ...

Jon Huntsman slaps back at suggestion that he resign as U.S. ambassador to Russia

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 3 hours 16 min ago

Robert Gehrke, a Salt Lake City Tribune columnist, recently suggested that U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman resign his post.

"Ambassador Huntsman, you work for a pawn, not a president. It's time to come home," Mr. Gehrke wrote in the wake of President Trump's summit with Russian President ...

Recent editorials published in Iowa newspapers

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 3 hours 19 min ago

Des Moines Register. July 18, 2018

Liability, transparency and accountability needed for gun-toting Iowans

You're looking to adopt a pet, so you visit the local animal shelter with your son and granddaughter on a Sunday afternoon. While heading toward the cat area, another visitor accidentally fires the handgun in his ...

Rand Paul calls for John Brennan to be stripped of his security clearance

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 3 hours 20 min ago

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said Monday he'll ask President Trump to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance.

The Republican senator's pledge came as he accused the former head spy of profiting off his security clearance by criticizing the president during several interviews.

Rand Paul calls to revoke John Brennan's security clearance, asks if he's 'monetizing' access

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 3 hours 20 min ago
Sen. Rand Paul called Monday for President Trump to revoke former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance, as he questioned whether the Obama-era spy boss was “monetizing” his access to sensitive information in his new role as a pundit.

Iran says Donald Trump issuing empty threats of attack

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 3 hours 30 min ago

A high-ranking Iranian official responded Monday to President Trump's warning of possible military action, saying the president "won't dare" launch an attack on Tehran.

Gen. Gholam Hossein Gheibparvar, chief of a paramilitary arm of the Revolutionary Guard, said Mr. Trump's threat of historic "consequences" for Iran are nothing more than ...

Arizona congressional candidate rebuffs calls to drop out of race over decade-old rape allegation

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 3 hours 40 min ago
An Arizona Democratic congressional candidate has lost the support of local party officials after a decade-old rape allegation resurfaced.

Donald Trump says he's 'very happy' with North Korea negotiations

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 3 hours 45 min ago

President Trump denied reports that he's frustrated with North Korea on Monday, saying that he and "all of Asia" are happy with the progress.

Mr. Trump said North Korea hasn't launched a nuclear or ballistic missile test in months, keeping with the pledge made by the country in March to ...

Trump says he 'gave up nothing' at Putin meeting

REUTERS POLITICS - 4 hours 2 min ago
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he "gave up nothing" at last week's private meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin but remained elusive about their conversation as fellow Republicans and other critics questioned any potential deals.

Trump Returns to 'Witch Hunt' Tweets Against Mueller Probe

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - 4 hours 5 min ago
Capping a week of drama, back-tracking and blistering statements from allies about his attitude toward Russian election interference, President Donald Trump on Monday returned to familiar rhetoric, referring to the special counsel's Russia probe as a "hoax" and "Witch Hunt." Trump spent last week trying to reassure the country that he accepts that the longtime foe interfered in the 2016 election, despite his public undermining of U.S. intelligence agencies in Helsinki while standing alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Trump cast doubt once again in a Sunday tweet, diminishing at least the significance, if not the existence, of the interference and the U.S. investigation into Russia's actions.   "So President Obama knew about Russia before the Election," Trump tweeted. "Why didn't he do something about it? Why didn't he tell our campaign? Because it is all a big hoax, that's why, and he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win!!!"   White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that Trump was "obviously" referring to allegations of collusion between his presidential campaign and Russian agents.   U.S. intelligence agencies unanimously concurred that Russia interfered in the 2016 campaign. Trump only reluctantly accepted their assessment amid the firestorm of last week's reaction to his comments at a summit news conference with Putin.   "Obviously the president is talking about the collusion with his campaign," Sanders said. "He's been very clear that there wasn't any. I think he's said it about 1,000 times."   On Monday, Trump again mischaracterized documents released by the FBI this weekend related to the agency's wiretapping of Carter Page, a onetime campaign adviser. Trump is claiming without evidence that the FBI inappropriately used political research by British spy Christopher Steele to mislead the court into granting a wiretap order, then classified the documents to "cover up misconduct." He was quoting a conservative activist on Fox News.   That's not what the documents show, though. Released online Saturday under the Freedom of Information Act, the documents note the political ties to Steele's work but said it still believed some of his report to be "credible." The FBI said it suspected Page had been "collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government."   Visible portions of the heavily redacted documents, released Saturday under the Freedom of Information Act, show the FBI telling the court that Page "has been collaborating and conspiring with the Russian government." The agency also told the court that "the FBI believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian government."   Page denies being a foreign agent.   Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating potential collusion between Russia and Trump's campaign. Two Trump associates, former national security adviser Mike Flynn and campaign foreign policy aide George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty last year to charges brought by Mueller alleging they had lied to the FBI about their Russia contacts.   Trump tweeted Monday: "They should drop the discredited Mueller Witch Hunt now!"   The documents were part of officials' application for a warrant to the secretive foreign intelligence surveillance court, which signed off on surveilling Page. Trump tweeted Sunday on the documents: "As usual they are ridiculously heavily redacted but confirm with little doubt that the Department of  'Justice' and FBI misled the courts. Witch Hunt Rigged, a Scam!"   The release appears to undercut some of the contentions in a memo prepared by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes earlier this year. Nunes, R-Calif., and other Republicans had said that anti-Trump research in a dossier prepared by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele and paid for by Democrats was used inappropriately to obtain the warrant on Page.   While the documents confirm that the FBI relied, in part, on information from Steele to obtain the initial warrant, they also show how the FBI informed the court of his likely motivation.   A page-long footnote in the warrant application lays out the FBI's assessment of Steele's history and the likely interest of his backer, adding that despite the political concern, the bureau believed at least some of his report to be "credible."   Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California, a ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said the documents detail "just why the FBI was so concerned that Carter Page might be acting as an agent of a foreign power."   "It was a solid application and renewals signed by four different judges appointed by three different Republican presidents," Schiff said on ABC's "This Week." Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida also broke with Trump, saying he didn't think the FBI did anything wrong in obtaining warrants against Page.   "I have a different view on this issue than the president and the White House," Rubio said Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation. "They did not spy on the campaign from anything and everything that I have seen. You have an individual here who has openly bragged about his ties to Russia and Russians."   In a 2013 letter, Page had described himself as an "informal adviser" to the Kremlin but now said "it's really spin" to call him an adviser.   Page has not been charged with a crime, but he has been interviewed by the FBI and congressional investigators about his ties to Russia. White House officials have argued that Page, announced by the president in early 2016 as a foreign policy adviser, played only a minor role in the Trump campaign.   The documents released Saturday include the FBI's October 2016 request to surveil Page and several renewal applications. It marks the first time in the more than 40-year history of the highly secretive court that underlying documents for a warrant have been released.    

Jim Himes: Donald Trump threatening Iran for political points

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 4 hours 22 min ago

Democrat Rep. Jim Himes suggested Monday that President Trump was going after Iran in order to rack up political points, after the president directed a fiery tweet at Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani.

During an interview on CNN's "New Day," the Connecticut congressman said Mr. Trump accused former President Barack Obama ...

Trump's ex-aide Manafort due in court over bid to delay trial

REUTERS POLITICS - 4 hours 41 min ago
A U.S. judge on Monday will weigh President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort's bid to delay a criminal trial scheduled to begin this week on more than two dozen financial charges, including bank and tax fraud.

Trump says he 'gave up nothing' at meeting with Putin

REUTERS POLITICS - 4 hours 45 min ago
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he 'gave up nothing' at last week's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin but continued to remain elusive about details of their controversial private conversation in Helsinki.

Donald Trump: 'I gave up nothing' to Russia

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 4 hours 46 min ago

President Trump doubled down Monday on his defenses over Helsinki criticism, denying that he conceded anything to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The president accused the "corrupt" media of misrepresenting the relationship between the two leaders.

When you hear the Fake News talking negatively about my ...

Face of Defense: New Mexico Native Returns Home to Share Army Experiences

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 4 hours 47 min ago
For one soldier, the Army has been a blessing, allowing him to live the type of life many others aren’t fortunate enough to experience.
A soldier in camouflage stands in a store.

Sacha Baron Cohen gets Georgia lawmaker to shout racial slurs, drop his pants on new show

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 4 hours 56 min ago
A Georgia state lawmaker is facing multiple calls to resign after he shouted racial slurs and took off his pants during a segment which aired Sunday on Sacha Baron Cohen’s controversial new show, “Who is America?”

Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS Targets in Syria, Iraq

(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE - 5 hours 2 min ago
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Graphic of solider pointing for Operation Inherent Resolve

With governor's race, Georgia auditions as 2020 swing state

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 5 hours 2 min ago

ATLANTA (AP) — Move over, Ohio. Make room, Florida and Pennsylvania. Georgia wants in on the swing-state action.

The state's gubernatorial contest comes into greater focus Tuesday after Republicans choose between Brian Kemp, who is endorsed by President Donald Trump, and Casey Cagle, who is backed by the incumbent GOP ...

Trump says FISA files show 'Fake Dirty Dossier' started Mueller 'Witch Hunt'

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 5 hours 7 min ago
President Trump claimed Monday that newly released Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant files pertaining to former campaign aide Carter Page show the “Fake Dirty Dossier” started Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

Donald Trump returns to Russia doubting after a week of walkbacks

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 5 hours 12 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capping a week of drama, back tracking, a double negative and blistering statements from allies about his attitude toward Russian election interference, President Donald Trump on Sunday was back to referring to "a big hoax."

Trump spent days trying to reassure the country that he accepts that ...

The Latest: Trump mischaracterizes FBI docs

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 5 hours 29 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the U.S. Russia probe (all times local):

6:45 a.m.

President Donald Trump is mischaracterizing documents released by the FBI this weekend related to the agency's wiretapping of Carter Page, a onetime campaign adviser.

Trump is claiming without evidence that the FBI inappropriately used political ...

Donald Trump: Russia dossier is a 'disgrace to America'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 5 hours 59 min ago

President Trump argued early Monday morning that the Russia dossier launched the "totally conflicted and discredited" Mueller investigation.

The president pointed out that it was the opposing Democratic Party who backed the dossier.

So we now find out that it was indeed the unverified and ...

Activists slam punishment of raped girl who had abortion

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 6 hours 55 min ago

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Activists have criticized a six-month prison sentence given to a 15-year-old Indonesian girl who had an abortion after being raped by her brother.

A district court in Jambi province also sentenced the girl's 18-year-old brother on Thursday to two years' imprisonment.

Easmus Napitupulu of the Institute ...

Islamic State 'Beatles' duo: UK 'will not block death penalty'

BBC POLITICS - 7 hours 6 min ago
They could be tried in the US after the UK dropped its demand against the death penalty.

Sunday Politics: The highlights with Andrew Neil and Sarah Smith

BBC POLITICS - 7 hours 10 min ago
The highlights of six years of the Sunday Politics programme on BBC1.

Rattled or frustrated, Trump is lashing out all over

CNN POLITICS - 7 hours 20 min ago
President Donald Trump is lashing out in all directions as the fallout from his summit with Vladimir Putin becomes ever more toxic, the Russia investigation grinds on with no end in sight, and his frustration boils over on a lack of progress on North Korea.

Trump: Iran will 'suffer consequences the like of which few throughout history have ever suffered before' if Tehran threatens US again

CNN POLITICS - 7 hours 30 min ago
US President Donald Trump has launched a furious all-caps Twitter rebuke of Iran declaring "you will suffer consequences the likes of which few have ever suffered before."

Taiwan vulnerable to Chinese invasion without US, foreign minister says

CNN POLITICS - 7 hours 30 min ago
Without continuing United States military support, Taiwan would be vulnerable to an armed takeover from Beijing, the island's foreign minister told CNN in an exclusive interview.

Margaret Hodge defends anti-Semitism attack on Corbyn

BBC POLITICS - 8 hours 24 min ago
Labour MP Dame Margaret Hodge says she 'stands by' her comments about Jeremy Corbyn.

Ozil's angry Germany departure draws mixed response at home

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 8 hours 25 min ago

BERLIN (AP) - Mesut Ozil's angry departure from Germany's national team amid accusations of racism drew mixed reactions at home Monday, prompting both sharp criticism of the player and concern over the country's attitude toward Germans with foreign roots.

The Arsenal star announced his retirement from international football Sunday, weeks ...

Boris Johnson blames Sadiq Khan for London knife crime 'scandal'

BBC POLITICS - 8 hours 56 min ago
London Mayor Sadiq Khan describes Boris Johnson's claims as "desperate nonsense".

Waters calls Trump 'Putin's apprentice,' claims to know what was discussed in Helsinki

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 9 hours 20 min ago
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., on Sunday criticized President Trump's meeting last week with Russian President Putin, and called the former "Apprentice" star "Putin's apprentice."

Behind the Hostility: How Trump and the media descended to mutual disgust

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 9 hours 20 min ago
A hollowed-out White House exists in the summer of 2018, with Trump unconstrained by banished or neutered advisers. But the level of disdain toward the media is much the same.

Senate set to confirm Robert Wilkie for Veterans Affairs secretary

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 10 hours 35 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of tumult, Pentagon official Robert Wilkie is expected to become secretary of Veterans Affairs when the Senate votes Monday to confirm him, taking on the task of fulfilling President Donald Trump's promises to fire bad VA employees and steer more patients to the private sector.

...

Ariz. Democrat Sinema takes a different path in Senate race

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 10 hours 45 min ago

PHOENIX (AP) - Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema says Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency that some in her party are clamoring to abolish, is performing an "important function." She recently joined House Republicans to ease restrictions on banks. And she offered a decidedly nonpartisan comment on conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh's ...

Trump returns to Russia doubting after a week of walkbacks

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 10 hours 59 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - Capping a week of drama, back tracking, a double negative and blistering statements from allies about his attitude toward Russian election interference, President Donald Trump on Sunday was back to referring to "a big hoax."

Trump spent days trying to reassure the country that he accepts that ...

Trump frustrated with speed of progress on North Korea: US official

CNN POLITICS - 11 hours 1 min ago
US President Donald Trump has privately expressed frustration over the perceived lack of progress in ongoing denuclearization talks with North Korea, according to a US official.

In Pakistan's elections, minorities face daunting challenge

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 11 hours 12 min ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) - As Pakistan heads into parliamentary elections this week, the country's minorities are looking for better representation and a voice that will speak up for them in what rights groups warn is in an increasingly intolerant atmosphere in this Muslim-majority nation.

It's an uphill struggle for Pakistani Christians, ...

Pelosi, DCCC says petition will block Putin's visit, misleading donors: report

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 11 hours 15 min ago
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was caught pushing misleading claims about blocking a presumed visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House in a bid to squeeze donations from gullible donors.

Pompeo accuses Iranian Supreme Leader of profiting from $95 billion hedge fund

CNN POLITICS - 11 hours 43 min ago
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a scathing speech on Iran's leadership Sunday, accusing Tehran's ruling ayatollahs of spreading violence across the Middle East and lining their own pockets with ill-gotten gains at the expense of ordinary Iranians.

Trump fires off explosive threat to Iran's leader

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 12 hours 47 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that he will face dire consequences for threatening the United States.

Trump tweeted late on Sunday about the dangers to Iran of making hostile threats after Rouhani said Sunday "American must understand well that peace with Iran is ...

Trump threatens Rouhani with 'consequences' few 'have ever suffered'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 13 hours 4 min ago

President Trump responded Sunday night to some belligerent rhetoric from Iran by taking to Twitter and "yelling" in all capital letters that Iran was risking annihilation.

"To Iranian President Rouhani: Never ever threaten the United States again or you will suffer consequences the likes of which few throughout history have ...

US Senators Push Sanctions to Send Putin Election Meddling Warning

VOICE OF AMERICA POLITICS - 13 hours 5 min ago
A pair of prominent Republican U.S. senators said on Sunday that the United States must move promptly to prepare new sanctions against Russia to discourage interference in upcoming elections. Senator Lindsey Graham said additional sanctions needed to be teed up before President Donald Trump holds a second meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the U.S. leader came under heavy criticism for failing to confront Putin about interference in the 2016 election at a summit last Monday. "You need to work with Congress to come up with new sanctions because Putin's not getting the message," Graham said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "We need new sanctions, heavy-handed sanctions, hanging over his head, and then meet with him." Undaunted by the backlash in his own party to his first meeting, Trump invited Putin to a White House meeting sometime this autumn. Congressional elections will take place in November. Representative Trey Gowdy, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, questioned the wisdom of Putin being ushered into the White House. Talking to Putin about matters such as the civil war in Syria, Gowdy said, "is very different from issuing an invitation. Those should be reserved for, I think, our allies like Great Britain and Canada and Australia and those who are with us day in and day out." Gowdy made his remarks during an interview on television's "Fox News Sunday." Republican Senator Marco Rubio wants a vote on a bill called DETER that would impose new sanctions if U.S. intelligence officials determine Russia meddled in U.S. elections. Rubio co-authored the legislation with Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen, a bipartisan effort revived by the fallout of last week's summit. "What I think is indisputable is that they did interfere and they will do so in the future," Rubio said on CNN's "State of the Union." Last Thursday, Rubio and Van Hollen, noting the "urgency of the challenge before our nation," wrote to the chairmen of the Senate Banking and Foreign Relations committees pressing them to hold hearings on the legislation before the start of an early August recess. 'Deter' Act Putin has denied that Russia tried to influence the 2016 presidential election after the U.S. intelligence community concluded Russia interfered through cyber attacks and social media in a bid to boost Trump's candidacy. Under pressure from Congress, which last year passed a tough sanctions law targeting Russia, the U.S. Treasury in April imposed sanctions on Russian officials and oligarchs for election meddling and "malign" activities. The DETER Act would make sanctions more automatic and aim to punish Russia's finance, energy, defense and other sectors. The U.S. director of national intelligence would be required to conclude if any foreign nations interfered in elections one month after Americans cast their votes, triggering strict sanctions within 10 days if interference was detected. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last week identified the bill as a potential step Congress could take to push back against Russia as Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called for sanctions and other deterrents. But the U.S. oil and gas industry is lobbying against the bill because of worries that heightened sanctions could affect U.S. investments in Russia, congressional sources said. U.S. businesses could face an uphill battle, however, if they aim to block or defang the legislation. "The sanctions are only implemented if Russia is deemed to have interfered in our election. Pretty hard to say: ‘C'mon guys, don't take that too seriously.' I mean, what representative of any industry could credibly make that argument? That's pretty tough," Democratic Senator Chris Coons said in a hallway interview late last week with Reuters.

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Trump warns Iran's Rouhani to stop the threats or suffer historic consequences

FOXNEWS POLITICS - 13 hours 20 min ago
President Trump late Sunday tweeted out to Iranian President Rouhani to “never” threaten the U.S. again or face the consequences.

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FOXNEWS POLITICS - 13 hours 20 min ago
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BBC POLITICS - 13 hours 48 min ago
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Prominent S Korea politician found dead in possible suicide

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 14 hours 58 min ago

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FOXNEWS POLITICS - 15 hours 5 min ago
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CNN POLITICS - 16 hours 9 min ago
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The Latest: Trump again calls Russia commotion 'a big hoax'

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 16 hours 10 min ago

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump and the probe of possible Russian interference in the 2016 elections. (all times local):

9:05 p.m.

President Donald Trump has returned to referring to the commotion over Russia as "a big hoax" after a week of drama, back tracking and ...

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FOXNEWS POLITICS - 16 hours 50 min ago
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Senators push sanctions to send Putin election meddling warning

REUTERS POLITICS - 17 hours 3 min ago
A pair of prominent Republican U.S. senators said on Sunday that the United States must move promptly to prepare new sanctions against Russia to discourage interference in upcoming elections.

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BBC POLITICS - 17 hours 16 min ago
Cabinet ministers will push the Chequers plan in Europe as Theresa May warns the clock is ticking.

Michael Avenatti: Michael Cohen tapes will become 'big problem' for Donald Trump

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 17 hours 28 min ago

Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for adult film actor Stormy Daniels, said Sunday there are "multiple tapes" of conversations between President Trump and his lawyer, Michael Cohen, and that it will turn into a "big problem" for the president.

Federal investigators reportedly have an audio tape of Mr. Trump and Mr. ...

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FOXNEWS POLITICS - 17 hours 50 min ago
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Inside the Beltway: Megyn meets Reagan

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 17 hours 54 min ago

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CNN POLITICS - 18 hours 16 min ago
It was harmony not war.

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WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 18 hours 20 min ago

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WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - 18 hours 33 min ago

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FOXNEWS POLITICS - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 23:45
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Activist to star as TV's first transgender superhero

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 23:41

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Majority of young people not planning on voting in midterm elections, says survey

WASHINGTON TIMES POLITICS - Sun, 07/22/2018 - 23:12

Only 28 percent of young adults ages 18-29 say they are "absolutely certain" of voting in the 2018 midterm elections, according to a new survey.

On the other hand, the Public Religion Research Institute (PPRI) and The Atlantic also found that 74 percent of seniors said they are "absolutely certain" ...

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