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Within minutes of the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler announced he would subpoena the Justice Department for a full, unredacted version even as Republicans celebrated the findings of the special counsel and urged Democrats to “move on" from the Russia investigation. "We clearly can't believe what Attorney General Barr tells us," Nadler, D-N.Y., told reporters at a news conference in New York City Thursday afternoon. "The special counsel made clear that he did not exonerate the president and the responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the president accountable for his actions."
VOA VIEW: Dems are sick that the report clears Trump.
Democrats sniped at the Justice Department's plans for the release of the Mueller report, accusing DOJ of working to "spin" Mueller's findings. ABC
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North Korea's announcements this week that its leader Kim Jong Un had inspected military sites and overseen the test-firing of a new weapon appear to be an attempt to get the United States back to the negotiating table, analysts said. The North's state media reported this week that Kim inspected the country's military sites two days in a row, with the official Korean Central News Agency underlining the importance of "strengthening combat power."
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Claims for jobless aid fell by 5,000 last week to 192,000. ABC
"I am very proud that we've been able to support this administration's effort to engage the North Koreans in a dialogue" CBS
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McGahn told special counsel investigators that Mr. Trump called him twice, telling him "Mueller has to go" CBS
Special counsel Robert Mueller's 400+-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election has finally been released. CBS News' Norah O'Donnell, Gayle King and John Dickerson anchor our coverage of the developing story. CBS
The U.S. International Trade Commission report comes as President Donald Trump pushes Congress to ratify the revised trade deal despite reservations from both Democrats and Republicans. CNBC
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The document, which lays out the findings of Mueller's 22-month-long investigation of Russia's interference in the 2016 election, is 448 pages long and consists of three volumes. CNBC
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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper reacts to the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. CNN
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The US does not believe North Korea successfully launched a fully operational new weapon after Pyongyang claimed it had conducted a "new tactical guided weapons firing test" on Wednesday, according to a US official directly familiar with the latest assessment. CNN
The man who allegedly brought gas cans and lighter fluid into St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City has taught philosophy at different colleges in New York and New Jersey, school officials said. FOX News
News that the company had insecurely stored passwords came on the same day as the release of Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report Facebook chose one of the busiest news days in American politics this year to admit that millions more Instagram users were affected by a security lapse than it had previously disclosed.At 10 am ET on Thursday, as attorney general William Barr wrapped up his news conference on the release of the report of special counsel Robert Mueller, Facebook updated a March 21 blog post, which revealed it had mistakenly stored the passwords of hundreds of millions of users unencrypted, to include a sentence admitting that millions more Instagram accounts had been affected. Guardian
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The security forces in Chad and the Central African Republic arrested an Al-Quds Force unit that sought to advance Iranian interests in Africa. Its budget - hundreds of thousands of dollars. Jerusalem Post
Security forces regularly step up their preparedness prior to the holidays, regularly imposing closure on the West Bank as there is often an uptick in tensions and violence. Jerusalem Post
The Trump administration lost a court bid on Thursday aimed at striking down California's "sanctuary" statutes that prevent local law enforcement from helping the U.S. government's crackdown on illegal immigration. Reuters
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North Korea said on Thursday it no longer wanted to deal with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and that he should be replaced in talks by someone more mature, hours after it announced its first weapons test since nuclear talks broke down. Reuters
VOA VIEW: NK will lose the threat.
A Gallup poll released Thursday found that membership at religious institutions fell to an all-time low in 2018. UPI
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday said he plans to introduce legislation increasing the minimum age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21. UPI
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The Department of Defense has stopped a practice that started a decade ago by denying a request to release information on the nation's nuclear stockpile. UPI
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani commemorated National Army Day Thursday by calling on Mideast nations to collectively oppose the United States for supporting Israel. UPI
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Dems are sick that the Mueller report clears Trump. Within minutes of the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler announced he would subpoena the Justice Department for a full, unredacted version even as Republicans celebrated the findings of the special counsel and urged Democrats to “move on" from the Russia investigation.
"We clearly can't believe what Attorney General Barr tells us," Nadler, D-N.Y., told reporters at a news conference in New York City Thursday afternoon. "The special counsel made clear that he did not exonerate the president and the responsibility now falls to Congress to hold the president accountable for his actions."
When asked if Congress holding President Donald Trump “accountable” means impeachment, Nadler said “that is one possibility” as he believes the report “was probably written with the intent of providing Congress a road map,” but he added “it’s too early to reach those conclusions.”
In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer contended the differences between what Barr said at his Thursday morning news conference regarding whether the president had committed obstruction of justice and what Mueller wrote about possible obstruction “are stark.”