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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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From Political Star to ‘a Sacrificial Object’ in China

The party’s terse public announcement said only that Mr. Sun, 53, had been removed as party secretary of Chongqing. It gave no explanation and, ominously, said nothing about his future. His name has not appeared in official Chinese media since his dismissal. His replacement was Chen Miner, formerly the secretary of nearby Guizhou Province and a protégé of Mr. Xi since working under him in Zhejiang Province, in eastern China, over a decade ago. Mr. Sun “was just the wrong guy in the wrong place,” said Joseph Fewsmith, a professor…

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Texas ‘bathroom bill’ advances out of Senate committee

In an 8-1 vote, a Texas state Senate committee agreed Friday to advance a measure to restrict public restroom use by transgender people, despite 10 hours of testimony from opponents of the bill, the Texas Tribune reported. Senate Bill 3, a so-called “bathroom bill,” would regulate public school facilities, open-enrollment charter school facilities, and local government restrooms to be “used only by persons of the same sex as stated on a person’s birth certificate.” It will now advance to the full Senate for consideration. The measure is expected to pass…

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Detroit restaurant under fire for ‘sexually suggestive’ message on uniforms

A small shawarma chain in Detroit is taking some heat for its “sexually suggestive” uniforms, but the owner claims he never intended for the clothes to be so provocative. The female employees of Bucharest Grill, which just opened its fourth location in Detroit, had been outfitted in yoga pants leggings with the phrase “We Deliver” written across their backsides. This didn’t sit well local businesswoman Jerroll Sanders during a recent visit, prompting her to take her complaints to the owner. MCDONALD’S NEW UNIFORMS ARE VERY UNREMARKABLE “I visited the restaurant…

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Abuses Hide in the Silence of Nondisparagement Agreements

Nondisparagement clauses are not limited to legal settlements. They are increasingly found in standard employment contracts in many industries, sometimes in a simple offer letter that helps to create a blanket of silence around a company. Their use has become particularly widespread in tech employment contracts, from venture investment firms and start-ups to the biggest companies in Silicon Valley, including Google. Photo Babak Nivi, left, a founder and board member of AngelList, in 2011 with his fellow co-founder, Naval Ravikant. Mr. Nivi has no role at the company and is…

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3 Palestinians, 3 Israelis killed in violence over Jerusalem shrine

JERUSALEM — Escalating Israeli-Palestinian tensions over the Holy Land’s most contested shrine boiled over into violence on Friday that killed six people — three Palestinians in street clashes in Jerusalem and three Israelis in a stabbing attack at a West Bank settlement. After nightfall, a Palestinian sneaked into a home in the Israeli settlement of Halamish in the West Bank and stabbed to death three Israelis, the head of Israel’s rescue service said. An Israeli news site said those killed were two men and a woman who were having dinner…

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Defense Secretary Mattis believes ISIS leader Baghdadi is still alive

Defense Secretary James Mattis and other U.S. officials believe that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive and has a role in the insurgent group.  “I think Baghdadi is alive, I think he’s alive and I’ll believe otherwise when we know we’ve killed him, but we’re going after him,” Mattis said Friday. “We assume he is alive.”   He went on to say that “for obvious reasons we’re trying to track him pretty closely because he’s declared war on us, so he’s going to reap his reward for it.”…

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Beyonce’s Madame Tussauds Wax Figure is Back on Display After Lighting Adjustments

Beyonce ‘Whitewashed’ Wax Figure Now in a Much Different Light Beyonce‘s controversial wax figure got a little makeover … and maybe a little sun too. Bey’s wax figure at Madame Tussauds in NYC was briefly removed from the museum amid criticism it looks like a white woman, but was back on full display Friday … with some slight modifications. Tussauds reportedly updated its wax Beyonce by adjusting the styling and lighting of her figure. Take a look at the side-by-side pics … definitely some changes to the hairstyle and complexion….

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he does his “best every day” — live updates

Last Updated Jul 21, 2017 11:23 AM EDT Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a speech in Philadelphia Friday morning that he does his “best every day” to be faithful to the laws of the U.S. and Constitution and to fulfill the goals that he and President Trump share, which includes defending Americans from “international crime.”  He said that his deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, is “really a good guy” and is the one who runs the Justice Department. The speech was focused on sanctuary cities. Sessions’ office said that…

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