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Trump's ex-campaign chief registers as foreign agent over Ukraine work
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Paul Manafort registers with US justice department over $17m of consulting work he did with Ukrainian party in 2012-14 Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has registered with the US justice department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party, acknowledging that he coached party members on […]

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If the US supreme court upholds the Muslim ban, we will need civil resistance | Rob Hunter
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The court could rule that the ban is an appropriate exercise of the president’s powers. Only mass confrontational politics could stop it then The US supreme court announced on Monday that it will decide on the legality of Donald Trump’s travel ban. It also partially stayed injunctions against the ban, meaning that the administration can […]

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Top UN official puts faith in Ivanka Trump to lobby father on aid cuts
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World Food Programme chief hopes US president’s daughter will help stave off cash crisis putting over a million lives at risk The head of the UN World Food Programme has said he is hopeful Ivanka Trump will lobby her father into a U-turn on cuts to humanitarian aid in the face of an urgent cash […]

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Healthcare holdouts deal Republicans another blow | The minute
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Got a minute? Senate postpones healthcare vote … Trump calls meeting at White House … ‘The fight is not over,’ Democrats warn … and everything else in US politics. By Tom McCarthy 10.40pm BST The purported strategic genius Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, failed in his plan to pass a healthcare bill written in […]

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Prototypes for Trump's Mexico border wall to be built by September
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With a bidding process currently under way, US border agency says between four and eight companies will make the final round and construct prototypes Rival prototypes for Donald Trump’s wall on the US-Mexico border should be built by September, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency said on Tuesday. A bidding process for contractors to […]

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Trump, on the phone to Irish PM, tells reporter she has a 'nice smile on her face' – video
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US President Donald Trump has spoken to Ireland’s newly-elected Taoiseach Leo Varadkar from the Oval Office. During the call, reporters from the Irish media were present. At one point Trump tells Varadkar he has “a lot of these beautiful Irish press” in the room and singles out Caitriona Perry, asking her to come forward and […]

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Trump's name to be scrubbed from high-rise building in Toronto
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New owner of a high-rise hotel and condo development reportedly paid millions of dollars to Donald Trump’s company to break off a branding contract The Trump name is set to be scrubbed from the Toronto skyline after the new owner of a high-rise hotel and condo development reportedly paid millions of dollars to Donald Trump’s […]

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Donald Trump's bloodlust for war in the Middle East risks chaos | Trevor Timm
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After a surprise statement on Monday warning Syria about chemical weapons, it looks like the White House is looking for a reason to launch yet another war Lost among the deluge of stories about the Russia investigation and the Republicans’ push to take healthcare away from millions of people, the Trump administration is laying the […]

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Republican healthcare bill: view from West Virginia Trump country
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New plan that Senate aims to pass before Fourth of July is expected to leave an extra 22 million people without insurance, putting the Republican base in a bind For most Americans, health insurance is not just a nice way to see the doctor – it is the only protection from ruinous medical debt. But […]

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'Fake news': Trump tweets glee as three CNN journalists resign over Russia story
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Trump derides network’s ‘phony’ stories after three quit over piece on supposed investigation into meeting between associate and Russian investor CNN on Monday accepted the resignations of three journalists involved in a story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund. […]

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Trump's disdain for diplomacy is making the world more dangerous
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The US president’s preference for public bellicosity and instant military action has potential to cause a lot of damage Donald Trump’s warning of renewed US military action against Syria, backed by Britain and condemned by Russia, fits a now established pattern of aggressive White House behaviour favouring violence, or public threats of violence, over quiet […]

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Supreme court boosts Trump travel ban | The minute
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Got a minute? High court allows for partial travel ban… pending oral arguments in October… Senate health bill gets terrible grade… and everything else in US politics. By Tom McCarthy 10.32pm BST The supreme court said Donald Trump’s ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries can be enforced, for now, if visitors lack a “credible […]

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Key senator says Congress to stop arms sales to Gulf until Qatar crisis is solved
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Senate foreign relations committee chairman says Gulf nations have chosen to ‘devolve into conflict’ and says dispute undermines US efforts in Middle East The Republican chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee has said the US Congress will hold up approval of arms sales to the Gulf as a result of the Saudi-led blockade of […]

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Why the supreme court's travel ban ruling may not be a win for Trump
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Analysis: The president celebrated the decision to allow parts of the ban to take effect, but ultimately, ‘the president might well lose on this’, says a legal expert Donald Trump was quick to proclaim victory when the supreme court decided to allow elements of one of his most controversial policies to take effect before justices […]

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Texas Latinos greet court date for 'show me your papers' SB4 immigration law
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Federal judge will hear arguments to decide whether harsh anti-sanctuary cities law will take effect in September. The Trump White House is watching Anger at Texas’ strict new immigration law simmered as a thousand Latino policymakers and advocates gathered in Dallas this weekend, ahead of a hearing in which civil rights groups will ask for […]

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Donald Trump abandons traditional White House Ramadan celebration
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Clinton, Bush and Obama presidencies all had receptions to mark end of Muslim holy month Donald Trump has not hosted an iftar dinner during Ramadan, breaking a nearly 20-year tradition. Despite events held by previous administrations from across the political divide, this year’s Ramadan – which began on 26 May – passed nearly unobserved by […]

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Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf course set to host Scottish Open
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• Trump International Golf Links is the early favourite to stage 2019 event• European Tour braced for controversy if US president’s course is chosen Donald Trump’s relationship with golf is poised to remain in sharp focus, with the US president’s course on the outskirts of Aberdeen in the frame to host the 2019 Scottish Open. […]

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Philando Castile protest hits Pride as US gay rights marches get political
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Parade participants and protesters against Trump, guns and other issues mingle in cities across US, while Minneapolis event is disrupted by ‘die in’ Anti-police protesters disrupted the Twin Cities Pride parade on Sunday, over the police shooting of Philando Castile. Related: Mormon girl who says she is gay has microphone cut off, stirring protest Continue […]

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Supreme court justice Anthony Kennedy is focus of retirement rumors
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81-year-old judge moves 30-year clerks reunion up a year, sparking talk Retirement would hand Trump chance to give conservatives firm control The supreme court will enter its final week of work before a long summer hiatus, with action expected on the Trump travel ban and a decision due in a separation of church and state […]

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Schumer: new Democratic 'agenda' will 'resonate with the middle class'
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Democrats seek answers after dispiriting loss in Georgia special election Senate minority leader promises new platform for 2018 ‘within a month’ Within a month, the Democratic party will present a “strong, bold, sharp-edged and common-sense economic agenda” to underpin its efforts against Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer said on […]

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Donald Trump may face new legal action over Trump University
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Sherri Simpson, a member of a class action lawsuit which settled for $25m, has appealed the settlement with intention to sue independently for fraud Donald Trump could face new legal action over his controversial Trump University venture, after a new suit was filed in federal court. In November, days after he won the presidency, Trump […]

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'My collarbone pointed out of my skin': a Briton and an American talk healthcare
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What’s the difference between the healthcare systems in the United States and Britain, and what’s it like to move to America and adapt to a different system? Amanda Holpuch: Hello Adam, I’ll start this off: how long have you lived in the United States? Related: These are the people at the mercy of Trump’s healthcare […]

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Tracking Trump: Sean Spicer emerges from the bushes as rumors swirl
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Gossip continued to swirl around the role of the accident-prone White House press secretary as he tried to handle questions about the Russia investigation It was a quieter week for the Russia investigation. A potentially significant piece from CNN, saying investigators were searching for links between the Trump campaign digital team and Russian operatives flooding […]

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Qatar blockade exposes rifts in Trump administration's 'peculiar' foreign policy
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While Donald Trump backs the Saudi-led ultimatum, the state and defense departments are openly critical – a mixed message that could worsen the crisis The crisis created by the ultimatum delivered to Qatar by the Saudi-led Gulf coalition has been deepened by mixed messages from Washington. Related: ‘Close al-Jazeera’: Saudi Arabia gives Qatar 13 demands […]

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Inside the mysterious lot of land Donald Trump owns in Florida's swamplands
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The quarter-acre parcel brings in no income, has no natural resources and has environmental restrictions. So why does the president still maintain it? Amid the gilded tower blocks, luxury hotels and high-end golf clubs of Donald Trump’s vast global property portfolio is a much smaller holding that looks more than a little out of place. […]

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New Orleans mayor: US climate change policy cannot wait for Trump
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Mitch Landrieu says cities will lead as federal government is ‘paralysed’ NYC’s de Blasio backs push as Miami Beach shows anti-sea rise work US cities will lead national policy on climate change after the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, Mitch […]

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Refugee admissions nearly halved as supreme court mulls Trump travel ban
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Department of Homeland Security reports drop in admissions after inauguration with Syria and Somalia, subject to ban, among most-represented countries The number of refugees admitted to the US has fallen by nearly half under Donald Trump when compared with the final months of Barack Obama’s presidency, according to statistics released by the Department of Homeland […]

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Trump CIA director blames 'worship of Edward Snowden' for rise in leaks
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Mike Pompeo said more needed to be done to stem what he called an increase in the leaking of state secrets to ‘undermine the United States and democracy’ Mike Pompeo, the director of the CIA, has blamed the “worship” of leakers such as Edward Snowden for a rise in the public disclosure of US intelligence. […]

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Trump officials oppose funding museum for victims of Tuskegee syphilis study
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Justice department fighting use of unclaimed money from settlement for museum honoring black men who were not given treatment for disease The Trump administration is opposing an attempt to use unclaimed money from a legal settlement over the government’s infamous Tuskegee syphilis study to fund a museum honoring its victims. The justice department argued in […]

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Bill Cosby's mistrial shows powerful men can still get away with anything | Jessica Valenti
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It should not surprise us that despite being caught or admitting to assaulting women, men are still given the benefit of the doubt “When you’re a star, they let you do it.” Trump’s infamous brag about how he treats women was the first thing that came to mind when I heard that the sexual assault […]

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Obama's own personal cold war | The minute
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Got a minute? A new report says Obama received detailed intel on Russian hacking attempts on US election … Trump not sure Mueller can be trusted … and hires a new usher that won’t shock you at all … and everything else in politics. By Jamiles Lartey 9.41pm BST Barack Obama received an “intelligence bombshell” […]

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Are Democrats really doomed by the GOP's win in Georgia?
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Karen Handel’s narrow win puts Republicans one step closer to repealing Obamacare, while its effects on the Democratic party’s psyche could be profound The result of the special election in Georgia on Tuesday did not guarantee re-election for Donald Trump, nor did it ensure continued Republican congressional majorities after the midterms. It was, however, a […]

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Johnny Depp jokes about assassinating Trump at Glastonbury – video
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Johnny Depp jests with the Glastonbury crowd about killing Donald Trump. The actor asks his audience: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?’, a reference possibly to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth. Depp is at the festival to promote his film The Libertine Johnny Depp jokes about killing […]

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New details of Russia election hacking raise questions about Obama's response
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Obama and advisers were concerned any pre-election response could trigger escalation from Putin or be interpreted as motivated on behalf of Clinton Barack Obama received an “intelligence bombshell” from the CIA last August warning him that Russian president Vladimir Putin was directing a hacking campaign to tip the presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor, the […]

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Trump questions impartiality of Russia investigation chief Robert Mueller
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Trump says Mueller, a former FBI director, is ‘good friends’ with James Comey and that his Russia investigation staff ‘are all Hillary Clinton supporters’ Donald Trump has questioned the impartiality of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the US election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. In […]

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Qatar diplomatic crisis: what are Trump's financial links to the region?
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US president has long history of lucrative investment deals with Saudi Arabia but few ties to small Gulf nation Donald Trump’s decision to back the blockade of Qatar – even as US diplomats have sharply criticised the embargo – follows decades of private business dealings by the US president with the countries leading the charge […]

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House Democrats challenge Deutsche Bank over review of Trump's accounts
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Members of House financial services committee say US privacy laws do not apply to requests from Congress and continue to press for information about inquiry Deutsche Bank is at the centre of an escalating row on Capitol Hill after the German bank refused to respond to a congressional request for information about the bank’s examination […]

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Trump admits: 'I did not make, and do not have' tapes of Comey conversations
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Trump tweets: ‘I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings’ Tweets contradict earlier suggestion that he had privately recorded talks Donald Trump admitted on Thursday that he is not in possession of any secret recordings of conversations with James Comey, ending a 41-day saga that began when he issued a menacing tweet […]

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Woody Johnson nominated as US ambassador to Britain
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New York Jets-owner, who backed Jeb Bush’s campaign prior to endorsing Trump, will require Senate approval before taking up the post Donald Trump will nominate National Football League team owner Woody Johnson as US ambassador to Britain, the White House has said. Johnson, a billionaire investor and owner of the New York Jets, will require […]

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Reveal, repeal, replace? GOP unveils health bill | The minute
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Got a minute? Senate Republicans publish healthcare bill… Obama condemns bill’s ‘fundamental meanness’… Trump says poor folks shouldn’t run the economy – and everything else in today’s politics. By Jamiles Lartey 11.17pm BST Senate Republicans made their big reveal of the – until now – secret legislation they hope will repeal and replace Obamacare. 11.17pm […]

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Being Donald Trump: the life of an impersonator
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John Di Domenico has been playing Donald Trump longer than anyone else – except Trump himself. By Jordan Kisner John Di Domenico looks nothing like Donald Trump: he’s 17 years younger, several inches shorter and a natural brunet, though lately he keeps his head shaved to make putting on the coppery wig easier, and his […]

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Donald Trump does not want a 'poor person' in cabinet – video
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The US president says he does not want poor people managing the economy. Trump told a rally of his supporters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Wednesday, he feels a ‘very rich person’, such as former Goldman Sachs president Gary Cohn, was better qualified to be in charge of commerce Trump says he doesn’t want a […]

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Why a lot of Americans resent the cultured ‘New York City elite’
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The big city ‘elites’ drink almond milk, eat organic food – and they’re emblematic of a deep cultural divide experienced by the voters who feel left behind Outclassed: The Secret Life of Inequality is our new column about class. Read all articles here Last week, Donald Trump Jr went on another tear against New York […]

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Supreme court poised to examine Trump's travel ban
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Court is considering an appeal by the Trump administration to allow the president’s order restricting travel to the US from six Muslim-majority countries The US supreme court is set to begin action on Donald Trump’s travel ban, leading to a potential final resolution to the defining legal battle of the administration’s early days. Related: Another […]

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Trumpcare is a dangerous gamble. The prognosis isn't good | Richard Wolffe
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Mitch McConnell can only lose two Republican votes in the senate. He will pay a high price behind closed doors to secure each and every vote Donald Trump suffers from several pre-existing conditions – but none is as fatal as his chronic lack of self-awareness. This is a challenge for a president determined to roll […]

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Greg Gianforte sworn in to House days after pleading guilty to assault
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Gianforte assaulted Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs on eve of his election Newest member of Congress vows to ‘get things done’ for people of Montana Montana congressman Greg Gianforte was sworn in on Wednesday, just days after pleading guilty to the assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs on the eve of his election. Gianforte, a software […]

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Donald Trump says he doesn't want a 'poor person' in cabinet roles
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President tells crowd during Iowa tour that economic adviser and commerce secretary had to give up a lot to work for him Donald Trump has said he doesn’t want “a poor person” to hold economic roles in his administration as he used an Iowa rally to defend his decision to appoint the wealthy to his […]

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Congressional Black Caucus refuses to meet with Donald Trump
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Group representing black issues in government declines a proposed meeting, citing its view that the president’s policies will ‘devastate black communities’ The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has declined a proposed meeting with Donald Trump citing its conviction that the Republican president’s policies “will devastate black communities”, and the administration’s unresponsiveness to the CBC to date. […]

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'Why, Georgia, why?' ask Dems | The minute
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Got a minute? Dems lose expensive close race in Georgia and point fingers … GOP agrees to release healthcare bill draft … CBC ghosts Trump… and everything else in today’s politics. By Jamiles Lartey 10.35pm BST The Democrat Jon Ossoff lost to the Republican Karen Handel in Georgia’s sixth congressional district on Tuesday night, dashing […]

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