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Gay Marriage Backers Celebrate in Germany: ‘We Don’t Need to Hide’

“We don’t just want the same law. We want the same constitutional protections,” said Axel Hochrein, a board member of the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany. Continue reading the main story Activists have spent years lobbying for such a constitutional change, but it is unclear whether conservatives will allow it, said Volker Beck, a Green Party lawmaker and a longtime champion of gay rights. “Today, we celebrate our gay pride,” Mr. Beck said Saturday. A softening in conservative opposition to gay marriage enabled Parliament to legalize same-sex marriage in…

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Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes

Other prosecutors working for Mr. Starr developed a draft indictment of Mr. Clinton, which The Times has also requested be made public. The National Archives has not processed that file to determine whether it is exempt from disclosure under grand-jury secrecy rules. Document Can presidents be indicted while they remain in office? Conventional wisdom says no, but a newfound Office of Independent Counsel legal memo says yes. OPEN Document In 1974, the Watergate special counsel, Leon Jaworski, had also received a memo from his staff saying he could indict the…

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McCain rival suggests he should resign after brain cancer diagnosis

In this Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016 photo, former Arizona Republican state Sen. Kelli Ward, left, who is running against Sen. John McCain in the Arizona Republican primary, talks to a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a campaign rally, in Phoenix. The Arizona primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. Ross D. Franklin / AP LOS ANGELES — An Arizona Republican who tried to oust Sen. John McCain last year suggested Friday that he resign because he has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer.  Kelli…

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Trump Fills Top Job at Government Ethics Office With a Temporary Appointment

“It is a great honor to serve,” Mr. Apol said. “For over 30 years I have taken ethics seriously, and I am going to continue to do so.” By not nominating a permanent replacement for Mr. Shaub, the White House avoids public questions from lawmakers about how the agency should best monitor ethics questions at the White House, including about Mr. Trump’s continued financial ties to businesses now run by his sons. Mr. Apol can remain as acting director for 210 days, and then another 210 days if Mr. Trump…

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Wave of disapproval through Congress amid talk of Trump dismissing Mueller

July 21, 2017, 6:36 PM| Members of Congress have a message for President Trump: Don’t antagonize the special counsel or you could regret it. Nancy Cordes reports from the Capitol, where lawmakers from both parties support Robert Mueller’s investigation. Source: CBS News – Politics

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Co-founder of firm behind Trump-Russia dossier to plead the Fifth

Glenn Simpson, whose Fusion GPS firm has been tied to anti-Trump efforts and pro-Russian lobbying, will not talk to lawmakers in response to a subpoena, the leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committe said Friday. Committee chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member Dianne Feinstein, R-Calif., confirmed in a statement that they subpoenaed Simpson to appear before the committee Wednesday as part of a hearing about the influence of foreign lobbying in last year’s presidential election. “Simpson’s attorney has asserted that his client will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights in response…

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Lawmakers from both parties warn Trump not to mess with Mueller

WASHINGTON — Members of congress have a message for President Trump: Don’t antagonize special counsel Robert Mueller, or you could regret it. “It would prompt a firestorm,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.). Members of both parties are warning the president not to mess with Mueller. “Firing Bob Mueller without cause is an attack on the rule of law,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.). Special Counsel Robert Mueller. CBS News “It sort of looks paranoid to me,” said Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee. “If he…

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Sean Spicer, White House, ‘Dunkirk’: Your Friday Evening Briefing

The Trump administration brought a Qaeda suspect to the U.S. to face trial in federal court. The move was a break from Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s hard-line rhetoric that terrorism suspects should be held in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Continue reading the main story And the administration said it would bar Americans from traveling to North Korea. Writers on the left and right reacted to Mr. Trump’s interview with The New York Times earlier this week, the health care debate and more. _____ Photo Credit Melissa Lyttle for The New York…

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Susan Rice meets with Senate Intel staff on Capitol Hill

Former national security adviser Susan Rice met privately Friday with Senate Intelligence Committee staffers, Fox News has learned – in one of several Capitol Hill sessions involving Obama administration officials. A closed-door session with Rice had been expected earlier this week on the House side, but ended up being pushed off. It remains unclear whether Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., or any other senators were present for Friday’s meeting. Some lawmakers have made clear they want to hear more from Obama administration officials, especially Rice, over their potential…

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