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Putin Derides Sanctions and Trump Investigations as ‘Boorishness’

Echoing Mr. Trump’s own repeated assertion that the Russia investigation was “fake news” ginned up by crestfallen Democrats to explain Hillary Clinton’s defeat, Mr. Putin said he did not consider the various probes underway in Washington an investigation “because an investigation envisages full clarification of all circumstances, studying and hearing various parties. We see just an increase in anti-Russia hysteria.” He derided efforts to clarify any links between members of Mr. Trump’s campaign staff and Moscow as “just the use of Russophobic tools in an internal political struggle, in this…

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Sarah Palin to subpoena two dozen New York Times staffers in lawsuit

Sarah Palin is planning to subpoena almost two dozen New York Times staffers as part of her defamation lawsuit against the newspaper. In a motion arguing for the case to be dismissed, attorneys for The New York Times said that Palin’s lawyers had served notice that she plans to subpoena “23 non-party current and former Times reporters, editors and other employees — most of whom had nothing to do with the editorial issue,” according to court documents the New York Post obtained Wednesday. Palin’s legal team also reportedly plans to…

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What is a “skinny repeal” and can it pass the Senate?

How is the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare going?  It hasn’t produced much. The only thing that’s passed is the motion to proceed with the bill, which only formally opened debate. It’s no surprise, really, given the slim Senate majority that allows for only two Republican defections — and that’s only on the amendments that can be passed with 51 votes. Some will require 60. What have they tried so far? On Tuesday night, the Senate GOP’s main plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Better Care Reconciliation Act…

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Muslim leaders tell faithful to return to Jerusalem shrine

Palestinian women pray as others shout slogans outside the compound known to Muslims as Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City July 27, 2017. Amir Cohen Last Updated Jul 27, 2017 5:41 AM EDT JERUSALEM – Muslim leaders have told Palestinians to return to Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque to pray after Israel dismantled controversial new security measures, CBS Radio News correspondent Robert Berger reports. Israel installed metal detectors and cameras at the site known to Jews as the Temple Mount after a deadly Arab shooting attack…

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Russia probes: Enough, comrades. Do your jobs and stop your immature, partisan posturing

Gradually, and not particularly gracefully, the members of the administration who had contact with Russians are explaining their actions to those who hope to derail Donald Trump’s presidency. It’s now time for the Trump haters to back off. “I did not collude with Russia,” said son-in-law Jared Kushner. How much clearer could he be? Assuming he is telling the truth and that he knows lying to members of Congress would be downright stupid, Kushner’s closed-door discussion with both Senate and House members and staffers should, barring new revelations, be taken…

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Letter 20: Australia’s Greatest (Dying) Global Asset

The project they’re working on, which involves testing the resilience of coral to climate change, began as a collaboration between a Dutch scientist at the University of Melbourne, Madeleine J. H. van Oppen, and Ruth Gates, the director of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, who is originally from England. And some of the funding comes from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. Photo From left, Sophie Stephenson from Britain, Manon Briendo of France, Jose Montalvo-Proano from Ecuador, Lonidas Koukoumaftsis from Australia, Susanna Primavesi from Italy and Dr. Neal Cantin…

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Trump, Ryan, Walker announce Foxconn plant in Wisconsin

Foxconn employees working on Apple products Apple The White House announced Wednesday that the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn will build a plant in Wisconsin. Foxconn is perhaps best known in the U.S. as the manufacturer of Apple’s iPhone and iPod, and also controversies surrounding its treatment of its workers in mainland China. The company, which is the largest manufacturer of electronic products in the world, has been faulted for shoddy work conditions, and has made headlines for the numerous suicides that have taken place at its factories. It eventually installed…

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‘American Idol’ Wants Lionel Richie and Charlie Puth as Final Two Judges

‘American Idol’ Charlie Puth Joins Lionel Richie As Judge Front-runners EXCLUSIVE “American Idol” is getting closer to assembling a full squad — the show’s zeroing in on finalists to join Katy Perry on the judges’ panel. ‘Idol’ sources tell TMZ … Lionel Richie’s still a favorite to fill one of the 2 remaining seats, and singer Charlie Puth has emerged as a front-runner for the other one. We’re told show execs will meet with ABC this week to finalize their choices and make offers. There could be a country curveball, though ……

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White House defends reversal of ‘Obama policy’ on transgender military service

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders staunchly defended President Trump’s decision Wednesday to ban transgender people from serving in the military in “any capacity,” a move that touched off a firestorm in Washington and beyond. In her first, solo on-camera press briefing since she replaced Sean Spicer, Sanders faced a battery of questions on the president’s abrupt Twitter announcement earlier Wednesday morning. She said the decision was based on “consultation” with the president’s national security team and the Pentagon.  “This decision was made after extensive discussions with the national…

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Watchdogs Say Cuomo Is Skirting Campaign Finance Rules

The rules limit donations to political campaigns and require disclosure, and politicians are not supposed to get around them by using organizations that can accept unlimited secret donations. But New Yorkers United Together is the third nonprofit formed by allies of Mr. Cuomo’s to emerge and support his policies. In the latest instance, the video ad praises the governor’s immigration record at a time when Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, is trying to use that issue to appeal to skeptical liberals as he prepares to seek a third term in 2018…

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