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NYT: Trump Asked Then-FBI Director Comey to End Michael Flynn Probe

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Sen. Chuck Schumer: "Concerns about our national security, the rule of law, the independence of our nation’s highest law enforcement agencies are mounting. The country is being tested in unprecedented ways. I say to all of my colleagues in the Senate: History is watching."

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff of California, said Comey should return to Capitol Hill to testify, and promised to subpoena all relevant materials.

NYT: Trump Asked Comey to Jail Journalists Who Report on Leaks

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Israel Cited as Source for Intel Disclosed by Trump to Russians

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Jonathan Karl: "A yes-or-no question here: Did the President share classified information with the Russians in that meeting?"

H.R. McMaster: "And as I mentioned already, we don’t say what’s classified, what’s not classified. What I will tell you again is that what the president shared was wholly appropriate."

Russian President Vladimir Putin offered this morning to share with the U.S. Congress a recording of the Oval Office meeting between Trump, Foreign Minister Lavrov and Ambassador Kislyak. It’s not clear whether such a recording exists. During the meeting, the Trump administration barred all U.S. media while allowing a photographer from the Russian state media agency TASS inside the Oval Office.

Some Lawmakers Considering Trump Impeachment

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The mounting White House scandals have led some lawmakers to openly discuss impeaching President Trump. On Monday, Texas Democratic Congressmember Al Green said Trump should be removed from office for obstructing the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Congressmembers Maxine Waters of California, Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and other House Democrats have also raised the possibility of impeachment—as has Maine independent Senator Angus King, who spoke Thursday evening with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Wolf Blitzer: "If these allegations, Senator, are true, are we getting closer and closer to the possibility of yet another impeachment process?"

Sen. Angus King: "Reluctantly, Wolf, I have to say yes, simply because obstruction of justice is such a serious offense."

Trump Welcomes Turkey's Authoritarian President to the White House

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President Erdogan's Bodyguards Attack Peaceful Protesters in D.C.

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Afghanistan: Gunmen Storm Jalalabad Radio and TV Station

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Iraq: Family of 8 Killed in U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrike on Mosul

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U.S. Army Whistleblower Chelsea Manning Freed After 7 Years in Prison

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Puerto Rican Independence Activist Oscar López Rivera Freed

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Mexican Journalists Protest Violence Against Media Workers

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Carmen Aristegui: "For us, Valdez has been converted into an emblematic case. The death of Javier Valdez should imply deep things for us. Javier Valdez and all the others who have lost their lives on this path should be a driving force for us. No to the silence. No to the self-censorship. No to the fear. Here, we all have courage to keep informing, keep reporting, keep investigating, keep denouncing, keep sharing opinions and speak out, speak out, speak out."

Britain: Labour Platform Would Tax the Rich, Expand Social Programs

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Jeremy Corbyn: "Because people want a country run for the benefit of the many, not the few. That’s because for the last seven years our people have lived through the opposite: a Britain for the rich and the elite and the vested interests."

Mississippi: First-Ever Hate Crime Conviction for Transgender Murder

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Georgia: Immigrant Detainee Hangs Self After Solitary Confinement

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Georgia Executes Prisoner After SCOTUS Denies Firing Squad Request

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Civil Rights Lawyer Larry Krasner Poised to Become Philadelphia DA

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