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White House rejects House Democrats’ request for Trump-Putin communications

The White House rejected a request from Congressional Democrats for a slew of documents related to President Donald Trump’s phone calls and meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, in a letter sent Thursday to the chairmen of the House Oversight, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence Committees, …

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Tech

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus to be used to film entire Tonight Show episode – CNET

The Galaxy S10 Plus is headed to The Tonight Show. Angela Lang/CNET Phone cameras have drastically improved in recent years, but we’ve apparently reached the age in which they’re being used to film episodes of late night television. Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon will be shot …

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Opinion

For Trump, attacking McCain is a way to appeal to his political base

Robert Costa National political reporter covering the White House, Congress and campaigns March 21 at 6:40 PM Republican leaders gasped again this week at President Trump’s conduct, expressing horror at his scathing criticism of John McCain, the late Arizona senator and former GOP presidential nominee. But to many Trump allies …

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Politics

Pompeo vows to pile economic, political pressure on Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Thursday that the United States would step up financial and political pressure on Iran’s theocratic regime as it seeks to “extend its reach” across the Middle East. “You’ve seen us now designate [Iran-backed] militias inside of Iraq [as terror groups],” Pompeo …

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Entertainment

“Game of Thrones” filming locations in the real world

According to HBO, more than 16 million people tuned in to the Season 7 premiere of “Game of Thrones.” Season 8, the show’s final six episodes, premieres April 14. And it could wind up being one of the most important pop culture moments of the year. We’re giving you a …

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Business

CVS Health CEO on reducing costs: Billions in value opportunity is ‘in front of us’

CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo told CNBC Thursday that the health chain is unlocking growth opportunities despite the stock’s downward trend since officially merging with Aetna in November. The company has made “tactical execution” changes to its long-term care business that has faced “intense financial pressure,” he said. The skilled …

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World

Ocasio-Cortez taking ‘baby steps’ toward finding time for her constituents

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Thursday tried to explain her lack of office hours by saying she’s still taking “baby steps” — but said constituents who can’t work with her sporadic schedule should follow her on Twitter. Almost four months after her inauguration, the freshman congresswoman only recently opened a Queens …

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Politics

Activists say Deer Park chemical fire brings attention to persistent issues

A massive chemical fire south of Houston, Texas, triggered an emergency order for locals to shelter in place even after a dangerous chemical was detected in the air. Local officials and public health experts say most of the risk from the Deer Park fire has passed and that further testing …

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U.S

AP FACT CHECK: Trump blames media for his McCain rant

President Donald Trump arrives to deliver remarks at the Lima Army Tank Plant, Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Lima, Ohio. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump is offering a distorted account of John McCain’s actions in the Russia investigation and trying to blame the media for making him …

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World

What Rural America Has to Teach Us

Everybody says rural America is collapsing. But I keep going to places with more moral coherence and social commitment than we have in booming urban areas. These visits prompt the same question: How can we spread the civic mind-set they have in abundance? For example, I spent this week in …

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World

Mötley Crüe Netflix biopic nails band’s outrageous hair metal looks

A generation of heavy metal fans were introduced to Mötley Crüe with their raucous hit “Looks That Kill,” and now thanks to a new Netflix movie, audiences can relive the band’s killer looks. The infamous hair metal group gets the biopic treatment in “The Dirt,” streaming Friday. The flick follows …

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U.S

Georgia man who admitted burning teacher’s body convicted

A jury has convicted a Georgia man of concealing the death of a teacher whose slaying remained a mystery for more than a decade after her body was burned to ash and bone fragments in a rural pecan orchard. Prosecutors in Wilcox County charged 34-year-old Dukes with covering up Tara …

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Opinion

With Trump and Netanyahu in lockstep, Democrats wrestle over support for Israel

Mike DeBonis Congressional reporter covering the House of Representatives March 21 at 6:31 PM Democrats are scrambling to reinforce their party’s support for the U.S.-Israel relationship as accusations of anti-Semitism roil the party and President Trump upends decades of bipartisan consensus by endorsing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing priorities. Two …

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Opinion

Barack Obama to attend celebration with freshman House Democrats

Colby Itkowitz Congress, campaigns, health policy, Pennsylvania politics March 21 at 6:30 PM The new class of House Democrats will mix and mingle with former president Barack Obama on Monday night at a reception in their honor. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent an invitation, obtained by The Washington Post, …

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World

Don’t Make Health Care a Purity Test

We’re now in the silly season of the Democratic primary — a season that, I worry, may last all the way to the nomination. There are many honorable exceptions, but an awful lot of reporting seems to be third order — not about the candidates, let alone their policy proposals, …

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Opinion

The ISIS caliphate is gone – but ISIS will be back

The last ISIS stronghold is no longer strong. Or held. The last recognized remnant of the terrorist group’s so-called caliphate is gone, Fox News reported Thursday. This is a milestone victory for the forces of counterterrorism. But it is not the end of the war on terrorism. Unfortunately, the bad …

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World

The Reading Eagle newspaper files for bankruptcy; seeks buyer

Peter Barbey — known for shuttering the Village Voice last August after a bid to go all-digital flopped — has put his 151-year old Pennsylvania paper, Reading Eagle, into Chapter 11 bankruptcy and is looking for a new buyer. The bankruptcy filing in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania bankruptcy court …

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U.S

7 sharks found in New York man’s home before his arrest on trafficking charges, officials say

Joshua Seguine, of LaGrangeville, N.Y., was arrested Tuesday for allegedly keeping seven live sandbar sharks in an aboveground pool in his home. (A file image of a sandbar shark is pictured) (REUTERS/Paul Hanna PH/MA) A man has been arrested for allegedly keeping seven sandbar sharks in an aboveground pool in his New York …

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U.S

After EU agrees to push back Brexit date, May says she’s still confident UK will eventually leave

The European Union agreed to postpone the United Kingdom’s exit from the bloc, but the length of the delay will depend on whether or not the British parliament accepts the previously negotiated withdrawal agreement. European Council President Donald Tusk said the bloc would grant an extension until May 22 if …

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Tech

Read Elon Musk’s email urging Tesla employees to help with deliveries

Tesla CEO Elon Musk sent an e-mail to all employees on Thursday urging them to volunteer to help out with deliveries, no matter their role. The move is typical — Tesla execs, including Musk, usually call for “all-hands on deck” to try to meet end-of-quarter goals. However, the company is …

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World

EU will offer Brexit delay, but length depends on UK parliament

The European Union will grant Britain an extension to its Brexit negotiating period, but the length of the delay will depend on whether Prime Minister Theresa May is able to win a vote in parliament on an exit agreement next week, draft summit conclusions said. The updated conclusions for an …

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Politics

Clinton, in newly revealed emails, discussed classified foreign policy matters, secretive ‘private’ comms channel with Israel

A newly unearthed batch of heavily redacted, classified emails from Hillary Clinton’s personal email server revealed that the former secretary of state discussed establishing a “private, 100% off-the-record” back channel to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and that one of her top aides warned her that she was in “danger” of being “savaged by …

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U.S

Florida suspect behind pipe bombs sent to prominent Democrats, media agencies pleads guilty

The man accused of sending a slew of mail bombs to prominent Democrats across the country last year entered a guilty plea in New York federal court on Thursday. Cesar Sayoc pleaded guilty to all 65 counts against him. He was accused of using a weapon of mass destruction, interstate …

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U.S

Police charge two 15-year-olds with stealing cellphones in attacks along Connecticut Avenue corridor

Peter Hermann Reporter covering crime, specifically the D.C. police department March 21 at 6:15 PM From Tenleytown to Cleveland Park, three 15-year-old boys worked their way through the Connecticut Avenue corridor snatching cellphones and, in one instance, stealing candy from a pharmacy, police said. Authorities said the teens stole two …

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Politics

Marine Corps commandant warns of dire fiscal situation after funds are rerouted to troops at border

In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, members of the U.S. military install multiple tiers of concertina wire along the banks of the Rio Grande near the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge at the U.S.-Mexico border in Laredo, Texas.  (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) Deploying troops to the southern border was seen by President …

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World

Amazon to take on FB, Google with mobile ads

Amazon has hit on a new way to grab a chunk of the $129 billion digital advertising market now dominated by Google and Facebook: sell video spots on the e-commerce giant’s smartphone shopping app. Amazon has been beta testing the ads on Apple’s iOS platform for several months, according to …

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Politics

New Details Emerge On Rubio’s SCOTUS Constitutional Amendment

New details emerged Thursday about the proposed constitutional amendment that Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio plans to introduce, which would permanently fix the number of Supreme Court justices at nine. Rubio’s intention to codify the number of seats on the Supreme Court comes as multiple Democratic presidential candidates have discussed …

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Tech

Cramer: Investors need a new playbook now that the Fed ended rate hikes this year

Investors need not worry that the Federal Reserve induced a market “sea change” by calling off interest rate increases this year and adjust their game plan to make money, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Thursday. The major averages all rose higher during the session on the agency’s monetary policy reversal, he …

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World

‘Trading Paint’ review: John Travolta’s latest bomb

John Travolta’s last two films, “Gotti” and “Speed Kills,” both boast scores of 0 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. And it looks like somebody’s angling for a third! In “Trading Paint,” the actor plays a fading race-car driver in Talladega, Ala., called Sam “The Man” Munroe. His son Cam (Toby Sebastian), …

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World

Belmont, popular Tournament Cinderella, melts down vs. Maryland

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — John Calipari is prone to hyperbole. So, Rick Byrd could only laugh when he heard his friend called Belmont “the most dangerous team in the country.” Now, the Bruins won’t even have the opportunity to become America’s most popular. After sneaking into the First Four with the …

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