Trump orders intelligence agencies to cooperate with investigation into 2016 election

Trump orders intelligence agencies to cooperate with investigation into 2016 election

President Donald Trump has directed the intelligence community to fully cooperate with Attorney General William Barr’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 presidential election, according to a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders. The president has issued a memo that has granted Barr authority to declassify information related to the investigation. “The Attorney General has also been delegated full and complete authority to declassify information pertaining to this investigation, in accordance with…

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Dubbed the ‘American Taliban,’ John Walker Lindh released from prison

Dubbed the ‘American Taliban,’ John Walker Lindh released from prison

John Walker Lindh was released from prison Thursday after more than 17 years behind bars on charges of providing support to terrorists, a case that captivated Americans and earned him the nickname of the “American Taliban.” Lindh, 38, was the first prisoner brought into a U.S. courtroom to face charges in the War on Terror, following the Sept. 11 attacks. His release comes 2 1/2 years before the completion of his 20-year sentence, which the…

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Trump announces $16 billion in aid to farmers impacted by trade war

Trump announces $16 billion in aid to farmers impacted by trade war

The Trump administration unveiled a $16 billion aid package for farmers hurt by the ongoing trade war with China, the second such deal intended to help limit the losses from Chinese tariffs on American goods. The assistance is designed to offset the estimated impact to American farmers from Chinese tariffs on American goods levied in retaliation for tariffs against Chinese products. Similar to the aid package announced last year, farmers can apply for direct payments…

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Democrats inch closer to ultimate prize: Trump’s financial records

Democrats inch closer to ultimate prize: Trump’s financial records

Since launching his bid for the presidency in June of 2015, Donald Trump has gone to exceptional lengths to keep his personal and business financial records out of the public eye. At a freewheeling press conference on Thursday afternoon, the president again lamented Democrats’ efforts to retrieve his tax information, telling reporters, “I have great [financial] statements.” “…Bob Mueller and his group of 18 killers have gone over my taxes, they’ve gone over my financial…

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Raw beef products recalled for possible E. coli ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

Raw beef products recalled for possible E. coli ahead of Memorial Day Weekend

Over 62,000 pounds of raw beef products shipped nationwide are being recalled due to possible E. coli contamination, just days before Memorial Day, one of the country’s biggest grilling holidays. The beef products came from Aurora Packing Company in Aurora, Illinois, where they were packed on April 19, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The products that are being recalled — cuts of meat that include skirt, brisket,…

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Senate overwhelmingly approves $19.1 billion disaster relief package

Senate overwhelmingly approves $19.1 billion disaster relief package

Senate lawmakers on Thursday overwhelmingly voted in support of a $19.1 billion disaster aid package after months-long delays that stalled critical federal funding in aid for farmers and parts of the country still recovering from a brutal onslaught of natural disasters over the last two years. The final tally was 85-8. Republican Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Sen. David Perdue, R-Georgia, secured the president’s commitment to support the…

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NOAA forecasts near-normal 2019 Atlantic hurricane season

NOAA forecasts near-normal 2019 Atlantic hurricane season

Conditions in the sea and atmosphere are most likely to produce a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season this year, according to a new forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The federal agency on Thursday released its forecast for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, which officially begins June 1 and ends on Nov. 30. There is a 40% likelihood of near-normal activity during the period when hurricanes form in the Atlantic Ocean. The chances of…

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Indicted banking exec allegedly wanted top role in Trump administration

Indicted banking exec allegedly wanted top role in Trump administration

Chicago-based financier Stephen Calk was indicted in New York on Thursday for his alleged role in a loan scheme with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, federal prosecutors announced. Prosecutors charged Calk, a banking executive, with a single count of financial institution bribery after investigators found he allegedly extended a $16 million loan to Manafort in exchange for a senior-level position in the Trump administration. In his indictment, prosecutors recount how Calk, who is expected…

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Stocks open sharply lower on trade fears

Stocks open sharply lower on trade fears

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Stocks are falling at midday on Wall Street as investors worry about an apparent stalemate in trade talks between the U.S. and China. Talks between the two countries broke off weeks ago and no new negotiations have been set while tensions remain high. Investors worry a prolonged trade war could hurt economic growth and corporate profits. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 390…

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Texas governor expected to sign bill allowing unlimited armed marshals at schools

Texas governor expected to sign bill allowing unlimited armed marshals at schools

Texas is expected to approve a measure that allows school districts to deploy an unlimited number of armed marshals. Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, is expected to sign a bill sent to him on Wednesday that removes a cap on armed guards at public schools, according to The Associated Press. Texas’ current law limits the number of marshals to one per 200 students or one per building. Texas created the school marshal program after the…

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