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The Supreme Court is rejecting an appeal from a company owned by an unidentified foreign government that has refused to turn over information demanded by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation ABC
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Monday that he will use his authority as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee to potentially "look into the other side" of the story ABC
VOA VIEW: The AG must now look at the other side very carefully.
MPs have voted to take control of Commons business in an unprecedented move to try to find a majority for any Brexit option. The government was defeated by 329 votes to 302 on the cross-party amendment, a majority of 27. It means MPs will get a series of votes on Wednesday to find out what kind of Brexit they will support. Prime Minister Theresa May has said there is no guarantee she will abide by their decision.
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Israel has carried out strikes on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, hours after a rocket hit a house north of Tel Aviv. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said the office of Hamas's political leader and the group's military intelligence headquarters were among the targets. Gaza's health ministry said seven people were injured in the strikes.
The IDF earlier blamed Hamas, which controls Gaza, for the launch of the rocket that hit the Israeli community of Mishmeret, injuring seven people. "Israel will not tolerate this, I will not tolerate this," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters during a ceremony in Washington at which US President Donald Trump formally recognised Israeli sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, which Israel captured from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.
VOA VIEW: .Attack Israel a feel the might.
The first black woman to lead a city police department in Virginia said Monday that she was forced out by certain members of the Portsmouth Police Department and that she believes race played a factor. "As with any organization, there were officers in the department that did not like my style of leadership and did not want me to hold them accountable for their actions," Tonya Chapman wrote in a four-page statement. "Some quite frankly did not like taking direction from an African-American female." Chapman pointed to continuous issues with some in her department that did not want her as chief of police, and regularly looked into establishing a "no confidence" vote against her, CBS affiliate WTKR-TV reported.
VOA VIEW: There is always a counter for black incompetence.
Attorney Michael Avenatti, who is known as the former lawyer for adult film star Stormy Daniels, was arrested on federal charges in two separate cases. He is accused of trying to shake down Nike for millions. CBS
VOA VIEW: It could not happen to a worse person.
A nuclear-powered underwater drone armed with a nuclear warhead has completed nearly a dozen tests and is slated to join the Kremlin's arsenal no earlier than 2027, sources familiar with a U.S. intelligence assessment tell CNBC. CNBC
A national ban on bump stocks is set to go into effect Tuesday, even as one of the gun-rights groups fighting the ban moved Monday to appeal the regulation to the U.S. Supreme Court. CNBC
For more than two years, Donald Trump has wanted the investigation into allegations of collusion with Russia to go away. Now that it has, the President isn't prepared to let go. Even as the specter of Robert Mueller's probe has vanished, Trump plans to turn the investigation, Democrats' constant accusations of wrongdoing and the media's coverage of it all into a new foil, half a dozen advisers and aides said. He has already signaled he'll weaponize the results, targeting those who ordered the investigation and Democrats he says waged political warfare. The counteroffensive has some advisers concerned the President could overstep, diminishing a clear victory by sinking back into old grudges or calling for extreme steps to punish those he views as foes. CNN
VOA VIEW: Dems are getting what they asked for.
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GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said Monday that he told the late Sen. John McCain to turn over the dossier of Trump-Russia allegations to the FBI, pushing back against President Donald Trump's assertions that the Arizona Republican helped fan the flames of the Russia investigation. CNN
VOA VIEW: McCain was not proper.
The Pentagon says it has successfully tested a missile defense system designed to shoot down a North Korean missile aimed at the U.S. Officials say two interceptor missiles were launched out of underground silos in California on Monday. FOX News
Floodwaters are receding across most of the hard-hit Midwest, but there could be new problems if the forecast for significant rain later this week holds up. FOX News
Senator Chuck Schumer says American people ‘simply want the truth’. Follow the latest developments Support the Guardian’s independent journalism 10.14pm GMT Lauren Gambino has some more details on Beto O’Rourke’s new campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon:Jen O’Malley Dillon is a big hire for Beto O’Rourke’s fledgling campaign, which has so far been run by a handful of close aides and staffers. O’Malley Dillon, a former top aide to Barack Obama, with whom O’Rourke has been compared, announced on Monday that she is leaving her consulting firm to move to El Paso to run the Texan’s campaign. Guardian
VOA VIEW: As they should have.
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“A progressive Zionists is the same as a progressive Nazi,” Abbas Hamideh, an Al-Awda leader, chanted in Sunday’s protest, with demonstrators cheering him in response. Jerusalem Post
“Today I am taking historic action to promote Israel’s ability to defend itself, and really to have very powerful and very strong national security, which they are entitled to have.” Jerusalem Post
VOA VIEW: Good - it is about time.
President Donald Trump, cleared by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of conspiring with Russia in the 2016 U.S. election, vented his anger on Monday at the inquiry and vowed investigations into unnamed political enemies who did "evil" and "treasonous things." Reuters
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U.S. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell on Monday blocked a second attempt by Democrats to pass a measure aimed at prodding the Justice Department to release to the public Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Reuters
Expressing deep concern at the “magnitude and gravity of the human rights impact” of Venezuela’s current crisis, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said on Wednesday that the country had become “a worrying destabilizing factor in the region.” UN News
Hamas and Israel reached a cease-fire brokered by Egypt on Monday after an early-morning exchange of rocket fire, the militant group announced. UPI
Two-term U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced Monday that he will not seek another term, leaving what was considered a safe seat for Democrats up for grabs. UPI
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Attorney General William Barr told Congress on Sunday that a sweeping investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of coordination between Russian Intelligence and the Trump Campaign in 2016, as Barr said there was not enough evidence to pursue allegations of obstruction of justice against President Donald Trump, though Mueller left open that question in his report.
In a four page letter summarizing the major findings of the Mueller investigation, the Attorney General said, "the Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the.e Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign."
On the question of whether the President obstructed justice by impeding the investigation into the underlying matter, Barr said he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had concluded from the Mueller findings that, "the evidence developed during the Special Counsel's investigation is not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense."
Most sane people new what the which hunt would produce - nothing,
Republicans said the Barr summary showed the investigation had found nothing which could lead to the President's prosecution or impeachment. "No collusion and no obstruction," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "The cloud hanging over President Trump has been removed by this report."