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McCain’s return to Senate injects momentum into GOP health-care battle

The Senate Republicans’ drive to pass a sweeping rewrite of the nation’s health-care laws took another unexpected turn late Monday when the office of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced he would return to Washington for a planned Tuesday vote. McCain, who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, could provide a critical vote to open debate on the GOP bill. The senator had been recuperating from surgery and exploring treatment options in Arizona. McCain’s announcement came as some Senate GOP leaders expressed confidence in a newly emerging strategy of trying to pass smaller-scale changes to the Affordable …

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From ‘fake media’ to Clinton, Trump brings political attacks to the Scout Jamboree

Ahead of President Trump’s appearance Monday at the National Scout Jamboree in West Virginia, the troops were offered some advice on the gathering’s official blog: Fully hydrate. Be “courteous” and “kind.” And avoid the kind of divisive chants heard during the 2016 campaign such as “build the wall” and “lock her up.” But from the moment he took the stage, Trump — who was never a Scout himself but touted his role as the “honorary president of the Boy Scouts of America” — started leading them down a very different path. Over the next 35 minutes, the president threatened to …

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‘I Did Not Collude,’ Kushner Says After Meeting Senate Investigators

‘I Did Not Collude,’ Kushner Says After Meeting Senate Investigators  New York Times Pressure on Trump grows as Kushner is questioned  The Hill Kushner: Questioning Trump’s Win ‘Ridicules’ His Supporters  NBCNews.com Jared Kushner’s only excuse: He has no idea what he’s doing  Washington Post What Jared Kushner’s Statement Reveals About Russian Methods  The Atlantic Full coverage More interesting Articles from

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In Taking Aim at His Attorney General, Trump Tests Sessions’s Views

In Taking Aim at His Attorney General, Trump Tests Sessions’s Views  New York Times The Latest: Trump speaks to advisers about firing Sessions  ABC News Cruz being considered to replace Sessions: report  The Hill Rudy Giuliani: Jeff Sessions ‘made the right decision’ to recuse from Russia probe  CNN Forget Russia. I’d fire Jeff Sessions over civil forfeiture.  USA TODAY Full coverage More interesting Articles from

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Of course millennials take drugs but we’re not stupid

The possibility of a plan to decriminalise small quantities of drugs has sparked predictable howls of outrage and siren warnings. The proposal, backed by key Fine Gael figures such as the Taoiseach, Minister for Health and Minister for Drugs, could mean that if a person is caught carrying small amounts of cannabis, cocaine or heroin this would no longer be a criminal offence. So, does this mean – as some suggest – that a new generation of young people are at risk of becoming drug-addled dropouts? It’s time to get a grip. Decriminalisation would not provide younger people with a …

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Arbitrary Stupid Goal: a memoir of growing up under the tables of the best restaurant in New York

To call Shopsin’s “a Greenwich Village institution” was to understate something profound and important and weird and funny: Shopsin’s (first a grocery store, later a restaurant) was a kind of secret reservoir of the odd and wonderful and informal world that New York City once represented, in the pre-Trumpian days of Sesame Street and Times Square sleaze: Tamara Shopsin grew up in Shopsin’s, and Arbitrary Stupid Goal is her new, “no-muss memoir,” is at once charming and sorrowing, a magnificent time-capsule containing the soul of a drowned city. Kenny Shopsin, the store’s proprietor (and Tamara’s father) is a character straight …

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White House indicates Trump would sign new sanctions bill

WASHINGTON — The White House indicated Sunday President Donald Trump would sign a sweeping Russia sanctions measure, which the House could take up this week, that requires him to get Congress’ permission before lifting or easing the economic penalties against Moscow. Lawmakers are scheduled to consider the sanctions package as early as Tuesday, and the bill could be sent to Trump before Congress breaks for the August recess. The legislation is aimed at punishing Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the newly appointed White House press secretary, said …

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Anthony Scaramucci, New Communications Chief, Woos Trump on TV

Anthony Scaramucci, New Communications Chief, Woos Trump on TV  New York Times Scaramucci: Trump still doesn’t accept intelligence conclusion on Russia  CNN 9 things we’ve learned about Scaramucci’s White House role so far  Politico Sean Spicer’s choice: Boost the Donald Trump brand or rebuild his own?  USA TODAY Full coverage More interesting Articles from

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9 people dead after at least 39 were found packed in a sweltering tractor-trailer in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — It began with a desperate request for water and a Walmart employee’s suspicions about a tractor-trailer parked outside. That led officials on Sunday to discover at least 39 people packed into a sweltering trailer, several of them on the verge of death — their skin hot to the touch, their hearts dangerously racing — and eight men already dead. Another would die later at a hospital. Authorities think they found an immigrant smuggling operation just 2½ hours from the Mexican border that ended in what San Antonio Police Chief William McManus described as a “horrific tragedy.” The …

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Here’s What Happened When Michael Phelps Raced a Great White Shark

Retired competitive swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with a total of 28 medals, took on a great white shark in a Discovery Channel special on Sunday night. Did he win? Phelps vs Shark: Great Gold vs Great White, which helped kick off Discovery Channel’s Shark Week programming, found Phelps and a group of scientists working to record the speed of, first, a hammerhead shark and then a great white shark. “This is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while,” Phelps said of his interest in taking on the challenge. The team developed a …

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Schumer: Democrats were ‘namby-pamby’

“We were too cautious, we were too namby-pamby,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said on ABC’s “This Week | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Sunday promised a bolder economic message for the Democratic Party, including the potential for single-payer health care. “We were too cautious, we were too namby-pamby,” Schumer said on ABC’s “This Week.” “This is sharp, bold and will appeal to both the old Obama coalition, let’s say the young lady who’s just getting out of college, and the Democratic voters who deserted us for Trump, the blue-collar worker. Economics is our strength, and we …

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‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: New Alliances Begin to Form as War Approaches

SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading if you have not seen Season 7 Episode 2 of “Game of Thrones” This week’s episode of “Game of Thrones” opened at Dragonstone, the new island home base of Daenerys Targaryen. The island is beset by a storm, which Tyrion remarks is not dissimilar from the storm on the night Daenerys was born. She and her advisers plot the best way to take over Westeros with the smallest number of lives lost. But Daenerys is weary of Varys, due to his repeated changes of loyalty throughout his life. But Varys delivers an impassioned speech …

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Texas tragedy: 8 dead among dozens found inside hot truck in suspected smuggling case

A truck was found to contain dozens of suspected illegal immigrants in San Antonio. Eight of the people inside the sweltering truck had died, according to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus and Fire Chief Charles Hood. (San Antonio Police Department) Outside a Walmart in San Antonio on Saturday night, authorities said, they discovered a sweltering tractor-trailer with dozens of people inside — eight of them dead and many more expected to have brain damage from the heat. “They discovered an alien smuggling venture gone horribly wrong. Eight immigrants were found dead,” U.S. Attorney Richard Durbin wrote in a statement released by federal immigration …

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