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US government wiretapped Paul Manafort

US government wiretapped Paul Manafort

US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources said an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe. The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump. Some of ...

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California Gov. compares Trump supporters to cave dwellers, says what he does is stupid and dangerous

California Gov. compares Trump supporters to cave dwellers, says what he does is stupid and dangerous

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday called President Donald Trump’s approach to climate change and North Korea “stupid and dangerous and silly,” sharpening his criticism of the president and comparing his supporters to cave dwellers. “They’re both kind of very similar,” Brown said at a climate change event in New York. “You should check out the derivation of ‘Trump-ite’ and ...

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Top Senate Dem: We’re going forward with understanding we can work with White House on DACA

Top Senate Dem: We’re going forward with understanding we can work with White House on DACA

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday lawmakers are moving forward under the impression they can work with the White House on a solution for young immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Durbin was asked whether there is a deal to protect DACA recipients without funding for the border wall and whether there is a ...

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U.S. establishes its first permanent military base in Israel

Israel and U.S. officials on Monday inaugurated the first permanent American military base in the country, which will house dozens of U.S. troops and a missile defense system. The base will be located within the Israel Defense Forces Air Defense School in southern Israel, near Beersheba, Defense News reported. The facility will include a barracks and several other buildings for ...

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US sending 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan

US sending 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the U.S. is sending another 3,000 troops to Afghanistan, an increase of over 25 percent in the number of American forces there. Mattis told reporters Monday at the Pentagon that the boost in U.S. troop strength would be “over 3,000,” but he declined to name a specific number. “Frankly, I haven’t signed the last of ...

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Trump, Netanyahu meet on sidelines of UN General Assembly

Trump, Netanyahu meet on sidelines of UN General Assembly

U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he is confident “we have a chance” to forge a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, but signaled new uncertainty about the U.S. view of the international deal curbing Iran’s nuclear program. “Most people would say there’s no chance whatsoever” of an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal, Trump said as he got set for one-on-one ...

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In first visit, Trump urges reform so U.N. can meet full potential

In first visit, Trump urges reform so U.N. can meet full potential

Donald Trump criticized the United Nations for bloated bureaucracy and mismanagement on his first visit on Monday to U.N. headquarters, calling for “truly bold reforms” so it could be a greater force for world peace. Ahead of his maiden speech to the annual U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump hosted a short event to boost support for changes to the ...

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Clinton leaves question mark over 2016 election legitimacy

Clinton leaves question mark over 2016 election legitimacy

Hillary Clinton says she would not “rule out” questioning the legitimacy of the US presidential election if Russia is found to have deeply meddled. The former secretary of state told NPR’s Fresh Air programme, however, she did not believe there was a “mechanism” in place to challenge the outcome. US intelligence agencies believe Russia tried to tip the election in ...

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Mattis: U.S. has military options for North Korea

Mattis: U.S. has military options for North Korea

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday that the United States has military options for dealing with North Korea that wouldn’t put South Korea’s capital of Seoul at risk. “Yes there are. But I will not go into details,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. Mattis wouldn’t say any more about the military plans, but did confirm that he discussed with his South Korean counterpart the ...

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Two U.S. navy commanders fired over deadly ship collisions

Two U.S. navy commanders fired over deadly ship collisions

The U.S. Navy dismissed two senior officers on Monday after a series of collisions involving Seventh Fleet warships in Asia, citing a loss of confidence in their ability to command. Rear Admiral Charles Williams, commander of Task Force 70, and Captain Jeffrey Bennett, commander of Destroyer Squadron 15, were fired by Seventh Fleet commander Vice Admiral Phil Sawyer, the Navy ...

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