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Poles Hope to Sway President From Curtailing Court’s Independence

Protesters in Warsaw have numbered in the tens of thousands most nights during the week of demonstrations, with smaller but still sizable gatherings in dozens of other cities. More are planned for this weekend. Lech Walesa, former head of the Solidarity trade union that led the independence fight, spoke to a gathering in his hometown, Gdansk. “You must regain the separation of powers,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner told them. One of the proposed laws awaiting the signature of Mr. Duda, who is expected to sign them, would force all…

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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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Philippine Congress Approves Extension of Martial Law in Besieged Region

He said that with the congressional debate settled, the authorities could now focus on bringing back “public safety and law and order in the whole of Mindanao.” But critics say Mr. Duterte does not need military powers to defeat the militants. And analysts say he appears to be using the Marawi crisis as an excuse to impose authoritarian rule in the Philippines, one of Asia’s most freewheeling democracies, which in 1986 toppled the two-decade rule of the strongman Ferdinand Marcos. “Extending martial law can unmask the Duterte government’s real political…

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ISIS broken, but leader slipped away due to leak, says key general

ASPEN, Colo. –  ISIS in Iraq and Syria has been “dismantled,” with tens of thousands of its jihadist fighters dead, but a promising lead on its leader “went dead” after a media leak, according to a key U.S. military official. “We have absolutely dismantled his network,”  Gen. Tony Thomas, speaking of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, said at the Aspen Security Forum. “I mean everyone who worked for him initially is dead or gone. Everybody who stepped to the plate the next time [is] dead or gone. Down through a network…

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Pence and Tom Price turn to grassroots to push Obamacare repeal

Vice President Mike Pence and HHS Sec. Tom Price hosted a round-table discussion with a dozen grassroots leaders on Friday to put additional pressure on Republican senators as they gear up for a procedural vote sometime next week on legislation that would repeal Obamacare. Four days after the Senate failed to bring the second version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act to the floor, Pence called the meeting with the grassroots leaders “historic.”  As @POTUS Trump said, inaction is not an option. Obamacare is collapsing all across the country. It’s…

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Jada Pinkett Smith Dispels Rumors She And Will Are Swingers

Jada Pinkett Smith Sorry, Will & I Don’t Bang Other Couples … For Now Jada Pinket Smith is putting a giant Hollywood rumor to bed about her own bed … she and husband Will Smith don’t screw around with other couples. Jada was promoting her new flick, “Girls Trip,” on ‘Watch What Happens Live’ when a caller asked what the craziest rumor is that Jada’s ever heard about herself. It took a second before Jada laughed off that it was one about her and Will being Hollywood’s notorious swingers. Funny thing…

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Spicer resigns as press secretary in White House shakeup

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday in a decision tied to the hiring of new Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, marking a major shakeup in the president’s press shop at an already tumultuous time.  In a swift set of developments, former deputy Sarah Huckabee Sanders was announced as Spicer’s replacement.  And Scaramucci, a Wall Street financier, addressed reporters from the briefing podium in his new capacity as communications director.  WATCH SPICER, SCARAMUCCI AND PRIEBUS FRIDAY AT 10 PM ON FOX NEWS’ ‘HANNITY’  Hinting at what may have driven the shakeup and…

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Spicer resigns from White House team, sources say

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned Friday over the hiring of a new top communications aide, sources confirmed, marking a major shakeup in the president’s press shop at an already tumultuous time.  Spicer’s departure was confirmed just moments after President Trump met with the man being tapped for White House communications director, Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci.  Speculation about Spicer’s status with the White House has run rampant for months, but one source described the appointment of Scaramucci as the deciding factor. Spicer originally was supposed to lead a newly…

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Critic’s Notebook: This Podcast Is a Love Story, for Your Ears Only

Judith is voiced by Jessie Shelton (“Hadestown”) and Jase by Jonathan Groff (“Frozen,” “Hamilton”). Jase’s pet duck is uncredited, and if that duck dies a tragic, Éponine-esque death in the third act, hey, confit for all. As directed by Mr. Littler and Ms. Winter, Act I — which has already racked up 28,000 downloads and topped the charts at Pocket Cast — is disarmingly conversational and musically shrewd. The dialogue geeks out at times — O.K., a lot of the time — but the songs are booby-trapped with hooks. And…

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Don McLean’s assault charges dismissed

CAMDEN, Maine — Domestic assault and terrorizing charges against “American Pie” singer-songwriter Don McLean have been dismissed after he met the terms of a plea agreement, including staying out of trouble for a year. The charges in Maine were dismissed Thursday. McLean also paid a $3,000 fine to settle three other charges that remain on his record: domestic violence criminal threatening; criminal restraint and criminal mischief. McLean pleaded guilty last year in Rockland under a “deferred disposition” process in which some of the charges could be wiped away if a defendant…

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