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E.P.A. Official Pressured Scientist on Congressional Testimony, Emails Show - The New York Times

According to emails, the Environmental Protection Agency’s top staff member pressed a leading scientific adviser to alter her testimony and play down the dismissal of outside experts.
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By Criticizing Obama, Trump Contradicts His Own Comments on Russian Meddling - The New York Times

President Trump has refused to acknowledge that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, but he has blamed his predecessor for not responding to that interference.
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Trump travel ban: Supreme Court reinstates key parts of executive order

The Supreme Court on Monday said it would allow the Trump administration's controversial travel ban to largely go into effect, while setting a hearing on the entire executive order for October.
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Bernie, Jane Sanders Lawyer Up as FBI Probes Financial Fraud

FBI is investigating alleged financial wrongdoing by Jane Sanders, wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders, when she was president of Burlington College.
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Most Of America’s Terrorists Are White, And Not Muslim | HuffPost

Right-wing terror is real, and it's a problem.
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Eric Trump's New Haircut Reminds Twitter Of A Certain White Nationalist | HuffPost

"It's OK to make fun of Nazi haircuts."
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CBO score of Senate health care bill: What does it mean?

The Congressional Budget Office released its cost estimate for the Senate’s ObamaCare replacement plan on Monday.
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The best places to see a rare total solar eclipse in August, mapped by NASA

NASA produced these extremely accurate maps of the 2017 solar eclipse.
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VIDEO: Black Lives Matter Riots in London, Police Attacked, Fires Lit

Four officers have been taken to hospital as riot police attempted to control a violent ‘Black Lives Matter’ rally in east London.
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How Harry Potter changed the world

J.K. Rowling’s books about a boy wizard transformed publishing, fandom, and the rest of pop culture.
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Democrats Pan 'Cynical And Immoral' GOP Health Care Bill After CBO Score Released | HuffPost

Sen. Chris Murphy called the bill a "humanitarian crisis waiting to happen."
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A critical mass of Republicans are rejecting the Senate health care bill

"You’re either gonna get 50 or probably 35."
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Supreme Court agrees to hear religious liberty case next term

The Supreme Court agrees to hear religious liberty case concerning a Colorado cake artist who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding reception.
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Very Fake News Scandal Consumes CNN as Jeff Zucker, Network Flack Refuse to Comment on Russia Retraction to Own Network - Breitbart

The scandal surrounding CNN’s mishandling of a very fake news hit piece on President Trump and his associates grows bigger on Sunday night.
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Supreme Court rules for church preschool

The Supreme Court ruled that a Missouri policy that excludes church-run preschool from a grant program is unconstitutional.
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How the Senate bill breaks Trump's biggest promises on health care

What President Donald Trump promised, and what the health care bill actually does, according to the CBO score.
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Travel Ban Case Goes To Supreme Court : The Two-Way : NPR

The nation's highest court says it will decide the fate of President Trump's travel ban in its session that begins in October.
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Leaked CNN Memo: Top Execs to Review All Russia Stories After Very Fake News Retraction - Breitbart

CNNMoney's Rich Barbieri tells staff that all Russia-related stories must be cleared by him or another high-ranking executive.
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Why Didn’t ObamaCare Make Us Healthier?

Bernie Sanders inadvertently raises a critical question as Republicans pursue reform.
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5 times Trump tweeted that he would never cut Medicaid

He’s cutting Medicaid. A lot.
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Trump WH forgoes Ramadan dinner

For the first time in nearly two decades, the White House did not host an iftar dinner to commemorate Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting.
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Trump turns collusion charge on Obama for doing 'NOTHING' on Russia

President Trump sought to turn the tables on Democrats on Monday, accusing former President Barack Obama of having “colluded” with the Kremlin or “obstructed” the investigation into Russian interference through his administration’s admitted lack of action prior to the presidential election.
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Senate Judiciary Chairman Grassley: Chuck Schumer Knew Trump Wasn't Under Investigation but Said He Was Anyway

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley blasted Democrats for fueling media hysteria despite knowing President Trump was not under investigation.
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Layoffs start next month at the Carrier plant Trump "saved" last winter

And the Ford Focus is moving to China rather than Mexico. Oops.
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Congressman, Defend Thyself

Many lawmakers have gun permits, but we can’t use them in D.C.
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What’s Wrong With the Democrats? - The Atlantic

If the party cares about winning, it needs to learn how to appeal to the white working class.
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After Puerto Rico’s Debt Crisis, Worries Shift to Virgin Islands - The New York Times

With debts piling up and lenders growing nervous, the U.S. Virgin Islands is approaching the same kind of fiscal crisis that engulfed Puerto Rico.
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Trevor Noah: Video Of Cop Shooting Philando Castile 'Broke Me' | HuffPost

"The Daily Show" host lashed out at the jury that cleared the cop after seeing dashcam footage.
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Deadly Heat Waves Could Threaten 3 in 4 People By 2100 | HuffPost

Even with aggressive reductions in carbon emissions, extreme heat is going to get worse, a new study has found.
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Sean Spicer's Nonanswer About Russian Election Meddling Just Creates More Questions | HuffPost

Trump "believes that Russia probably was involved, potentially some other countries as well.”
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The CBO chart that shows the Senate health care bill is really about tax cuts

This is the fundamental design of the Senate’s health care bill.
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What Russia's bold attempt to influence the 2016 election says about US political polarization

Russia's alleged role in the 2016 presidential election is turning into a stark lesson about how America's political dysfunction is becoming a glaring national security threat.
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The Senate health bill would hugely roll back women's health care

Childbirth in the US is already inexcusably dangerous. The Senate bill would make it worse.
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Disney Confirms Robot Trump Will Speak In Its Hall Of Presidents | HuffPost

It's been a "yuge" controversy.
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Republican Lawmakers Call for Investigation Into James Comey and Robert Mueller - Breitbart

Three Republican House Oversight Committee members called for an investigation into former FBI Director James Comey and Special Counsel Robert Mueller
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Cosby Juror Believes Constand’s 'Bare Midriff' Meant She Was Asking For It | HuffPost

And he thinks half of Cosby's alleged 60 victims made up their stories.
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How the Senate’s revised bill punishes you for not having insurance, explained with a cartoon

Monday’s revised bill adds a "waiting period."
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Trump’s travel ban is about to go into effect. Here’s why it’s immoral.

A political theorist on the ethics of Trump’s "Muslim ban"
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This Former MTV Icon Found Inner Peace Through Islam | HuffPost

"[It’s] a religion for all times and all worlds ... I’m living proof," says Kristiane Backer.
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Loretta Lynch, Clinton Campaign, Soros Officials All Caught Up in Senate Probe of Comey Firing - Breitbart

The Senate Judiciary Committee announced Friday it sent four investigatory letters, including one to former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
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Frustrated Sister Of Missing Twins Says Sheriff Hasn't Fixed 'Terrible Injustice' | HuffPost

Authorities won't return calls after they admitted botching the case, she said.
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Cornyn on the health care bill: 'It's going to be close'

Sen. John Cornyn said Sunday he'd worked the phones all weekend trying to win support for the Senate health care bill and was "optimistic" the legislation would pass.
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John Oliver Tears Into Trump's 'Extraordinarily Stupid' Tape Comments | HuffPost

He's like "a Speak & Spell that just fell into the toilet."
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A look inside the mind of Mitch McConnell

The fate of President Trump's healthcare plan rests in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The Kentucky Republican has said he wants a final vote on the Senate version of the American Health Care Act before Washington leaves for the July 4 recess. The challenges are clear; a half dozen Republican Senators have already said they can't support the legislation in its current form. McConnell can afford to lose only two. So, how can he hope to pull it off? For answers to that question, I reached out to Josh Holmes, a former McConnell chief of staff and campaign manager, who is now president of Cavalry, a Republican consulting firm. Holmes remains close to McConnell and brings a clear perspective — strongly pro — of the majority leader. Nonetheless, his insight into how McConnell goes about his legislative business in invaluable. Our conversation, conducted via email and lightly edited for flow, is below.
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States Must Aid Some Church Programs, Justices Rule - The New York Times

The Supreme Court decision concerned a program in Missouri to make playgrounds safer that excluded those affiliated with churches.
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How RuPaul’s Drag Race went from cult favorite to inspirational teenage dream

Some teens obsess over pop stars. But this reality show has led many to find their icons in drag queens.
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California Mosques Hit By Possible Hate Crimes During Last Days Of Ramadan | HuffPost

In one case, a burned Quran filled with bacon was found handcuffed to a fence outside a Sacramento mosque on Saturday.
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Another Hollywood star 'joked' about killing Trump, but no one's laughing

Actor Johnny Depp on Thursday became the latest US celebrity to invite controversy by making a thinly veiled allusion to the killing of President Donald Trump.
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Trump’s Deflections and Denials on Russia Frustrate Even His Allies - The New York Times

The president’s refusal to acknowledge Russia’s cyberattacks last year, as well as the threat of future incursions, has dismayed fellow Republicans.
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Why Tesla is overhyped — and overvalued

It’s not clear what Elon Musk is disrupting.
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