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President Trump signs defense authorization bill, doesn't say John McCain's name

President Trump signs defense authorization bill, doesn't say John McCain's name

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Celebrating the signing of the 2019 military authorization funding bill at Fort Drum in upstate New York on Monday, President Donald Trump New York made no mention of the man whose name is attached to the legislation: John McCain. The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 was named in honor of the longtime Arizona senator and former prisoner of war who is chair of the Senate Armed Service Committee and currently battling brain cancer. "I’m humbled that my colleagues in Congress chose to designate this bill in my name," McCain said in a statement from his home in Arizona where he is receiving care released soon after the bill was signed into law. "Serving as Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and working on behalf of America's brave s
First lady Melania Trump's parents granted US citizenship

First lady Melania Trump's parents granted US citizenship

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First lady Melania Trump's parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, were sworn in as U.S. citizens Thursday at a federal immigration court in New York City. "Citizenship was just awarded," the Slovenian couple's immigration lawyer Michael Wildes said after accompanying them to the courthouse. When ABC News asked whether Melania Trump sponsored her parents, Wildes deflected the question and responded that "they applied on their own." The first lady’s parents became American citizens by applying on their own, Wildes told ABC News at the courthouse but did not elaborate on exactly through what means or program the couple became citizens. "Everything was through a normal process. Like everybody else here you're allowed to apply after five years of having your green card and so forth. It was
US declines to take sides in heated Saudi, Canadian fight over human rights

US declines to take sides in heated Saudi, Canadian fight over human rights

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The U.S. is declining to take sides between Saudi Arabia and Canada after the Middle Eastern nation's extraordinary reaction to Canada's condemnation of the arrest of a Saudi Arabian human rights activist. Saudi officials reacted with fury to the criticism: expelling Canada’s ambassador and withdrawing their own ambassador from Canada, suspending flights from Saudi Arabia to Canada, halting all new Saudi business and investments in Canada, and issuing what to many Canadians appeared to be a veiled threat of terrorist violence. To critics, the diplomatic dispute over freedom of speech and human rights has underscored how the U.S. at times stays quiet on human rights issues in certain friendly countries. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said Tuesday that the U.S. raises su
Trump silent on LeBron, praises Jim Jordan, as dual Ohio controversies swirl

Trump silent on LeBron, praises Jim Jordan, as dual Ohio controversies swirl

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Arriving in central Ohio Saturday to provide an injection of energy into the final special election of 2018, President Donald Trump again made only passing remarks in support of the race's Republican, choosing for the third time this week to instead focus upon his administration's priorities. The latest effort by the president to rally his base of supporters in a swing state key to his 2016 presidential election victory -- and to his 2020 ambitions -- came as Ohio's 12th Congressional District prepares for an unusually tight election Tuesday which Democrats are hoping becomes the latest evidence of midterm momentum. But while Trump invited Republican state Sen. Troy Balderson up to the stage to offer brief remarks and expressed his full support for his candidacy, the president appear...
Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA program; gives 20 days to appeal

Federal judge orders Trump administration to restore DACA program; gives 20 days to appeal

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A federal judge ruled on Friday that the Trump administration must fully restore the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era policy that allows some children brought to the country illegally by their parents to avoid deportation. President Donald Trump ordered the program rolled back in September 2017, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions saying, "We cannot admit everyone who would like to come here. It's just that simple." The court had issued a ruling in April saying that the decision to rescind DACA was unlawful and set aside the case for 90 days to give the administration a chance to "remedy the decision’s inadequacies." But the memo from Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen seeking to clear up the government's position did not pass the must
Anger as MH370 report offers no new clues to aviation's greatest mystery

Anger as MH370 report offers no new clues to aviation's greatest mystery

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View photosSarah Nor, the mother of a passenger on MH370, weeps as she arrives for the final investigation reportMoreA long-awaited official report into the disappearance of Flight MH370 gave no new clues Monday about why the Malaysian plane vanished, sparking anger and disappointment among relatives of those on board.The report from the official investigation team pointed to failings by air traffic controllers and suggested the Malaysia Airlines plane was likely diverted from its flight path manually, rather than due to a mechanical fault.But it said the Boeing 777 jet, which vanished over four years ago as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board, was airworthy and the pilots were in a fit state to fly.After years of fruitless searching in the world's most endurin...
Europe Averts a Trade War With Trump. But Can It Trust Him?

Europe Averts a Trade War With Trump. But Can It Trust Him?

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Europe Averts a Trade War With Trump. But Can It Trust Him?ImagePresident Trump meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, and other trade officials at the White House on Wednesday.CreditDoug Mills/The New York TimesBy Steven ErlangerJuly 26, 2018BRUSSELS — When he arrived in the Oval Office for negotiations over their growing trade war, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, brought a small gift for President Trump, a renowned admirer of military commanders. It was a photograph of the cemetery in Luxembourg where Gen. George S. Patton is buried.Mr. Juncker, a wily, if often maligned, former prime minister of tiny Luxembourg, added an inscription, alluding to the shared sacrifice of Americans and Europeans during World War II. “Dear D
Protests follow President Trump to Scotland — live updates

Protests follow President Trump to Scotland — live updates

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10,000 people march through capital of Scotland Protesters marched in Edinburgh Saturday, while police tried to find a paraglider who breached a no-fly zone and flew a protest banner over the golf resort where Mr. Trump is staying. A police helicopter almost drowned out the chants of the protesters in the Scottish capital as they were planning to launch into the sky the giant "Baby Donald" balloon -- depicting the president as an angry orange baby.The same balloon flew over anti-Trump protests in London on Friday, when thousands crammed the streets of the British capital.Workers tend to The Baby Trump Bal...
Pence family's failed gas stations cost taxpayers $20M+

Pence family's failed gas stations cost taxpayers $20M+

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The collapse of Kiel Bros. Oil Co. in 2004 was widely publicized. Less known is that the state of Indiana — and, to a smaller extent, Kentucky and Illinois — are still on the hook for millions of dollars to clean up more than 85 contaminated sites across the three states, including underground tanks that leaked toxic chemicals into soil, streams and wells. Indiana alone has spent at least $21 million on the cleanup thus far, or an average of about $500,000 per site, according to an analysis of records by The Associated Press. And the work is nowhere near complete. The federal government, meanwhile, plans to clean up a plume of cancer-causing solvent discovered beneath a former Kiel Bros. station that threatens drinking water near the Pence family's hometown. To assess the pollution
Roger Stone says he's the 'US person' mentioned in Mueller indictment

Roger Stone says he's the 'US person' mentioned in Mueller indictment

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The mercurial veteran GOP political operative, Roger Stone, has acknowledged that he is the unnamed Trump campaign regular who corresponded with an alleged Russian hacker, as described in a new indictment against a dozen Russians returned Friday by a federal grand jury. The indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller targets 12 Russian intelligence officers for engaging in a sustained effort to hackDemocrats and aides to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. All 12 defendants are members of Russia's intelligence service, according to the court filing. The reference to a “U.S. person” who “was in regular contact with senior members of the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump” describes emails exchanged with alleged conspirators, who were posing as the mysterious