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McCain faces his greatest battle

Washington (CNN)John McCain has always lived for the fight. Now he’s facing his toughest battle. He’s a warrior politician who bears the scars of a lifetime of military and political campaigns and health scares on his body and across his soul. He’s collected more enemies and friends than most men and is a certified national hero. Aggressive tumor removed from McCain’s brain McCain faces his greatest battle The absolutely remarkable…

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Sneak peek at US Navy’s new $13B aircraft carrier

Norfolk, Virginia (CNN)Perched 50 feet above the USS Gerald Ford’s massive flight deck, Petty Officer 1st Class Jose Triana has a clear view of the horizon from his padded captain’s chair in the pilot house of the world’s most advanced aircraft carrier. The one-of-a-kind control system is just one of many state-of-the-art upgrades aboard the $13 billion USS Gerald Ford that will be commissioned into active duty on July 22…

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News Daily: Trump-Putin meeting and BBC stars’ salaries – BBC News

Hello. Here’s your morning briefing: Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning Woman’s shooting in US: Australian PM demands answers Australia’s prime minister has called on US authorities to explain how a woman, originally from Sydney, was shot to death by a policeman after calling to report a possible crime. Justine Damond, 40, died in the city of Minneapolis, reportedly while dressed in her pyjamas. “It…

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Trump and Republican senators are the 53 angriest people in Washington

Washington (CNN)The GOP turned into the Grouchy Old Party, as recriminations flew after the failure this week to repeal and replace Obamacare — the greatest motivating cause of Republican voters for more than seven years. Trump, facing criticism of his own conduct in the failed effort to replace his successor’s signature law, suggested simply that the Republican majority on Capitol Hill was not up to the job.

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Trump letting Obamacare fail is ‘cynical and sinister,’ Sen. Cory Booker says

(CNN)New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker slammed President Donald Trump for declaring he would let Obamacare fail Tuesday, saying “that’s not just cynical, it’s actually sinister.” “We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us,” Trump said. “It would be nice to…

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The next steps in the fight against ISIS

(CNN)A week after Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi declared victory over ISIS in Mosul, Iraqi troops are continuing to clear the country’s second biggest city of remaining fighters but US and coalition officials are already focusing on the next objectives in the campaign to defeat the terror group. The US and its coalition allies are using artillery and airstrikes to back the Syrian Democratic Forces, a mix of Arab…

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Trump Jr. attorney offers details about 8th person at meeting

(CNN)Donald Trump Jr.’s attorney, Alan Futerfas, has told CNN he has spoken by phone to the eighth person in the room during the meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016. The meeting, which took place in Trump Tower in New York City, involved Donald Trump Jr., Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, publicist Rob Goldstone, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin and at least two other…

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Kevin McCarthy says he plans to add North Korea to Russia sanctions

(CNN)House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told CNN Monday he plans to combine a House-passed North Korean sanctions bill to the Senate’s Russia sanctions legislation when the chamber takes up the measure. “I think North Korea sanctions should be added to it,” McCarthy said. “North Korea sanctions came out of here with only one dissenting vote, more so than the other (bill). I think it does a very good narrative for…

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Lindsey Graham: John McCain is like his old self again after surgery

(CNN)Sen. Lindsey Graham said his closest friend in the Senate, Sen. John McCain, is like his old self again after surgery Friday to remove a blood clot above his left eye. “He sounded like a different person. He clearly was a hurting guy,” Graham said. “I think they relieved the pressure and he sounded like the old John McCain, dying to get back and talking about driving across the country….

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Theresa May tells Conservatives to end ‘backbiting’ – BBC News

The choice, she said, is “me or Jeremy Corbyn… and nobody wants that”. Go away over the summer for a “proper break”, she told MPs, and “come back ready for serious business”. Plea for unity The prime minister is expected to remind her cabinet of their responsibilities and the need to keep their meetings private, after what appears to be a breakdown in discipline at the very top of the…

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How the Republican health care bill fell apart

Washington (CNN)The Republicans’ signature campaign promise to repeal and replace Obamacare came to a screeching halt Monday night after Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas came together, shocked Capitol Hill and vowed to vote against the latest draft of the GOP’s health care bill. Across town, over rosemary-grilled rib eye and summer vegetable succotash at the White House, President Donald Trump and GOP leaders were attempting…

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Who’s behind GOP’s stunning defeat on health care?

(CNN)Monday night, two Republican Senators — Mike Lee and Jerry Moran — announced that they would not vote to send the health care bill to the floor. The announcement marked a stunning defeat for a Republican Party that controls the White House and Congress and which has made this item the top priority for years. As the blame game now begins, everyone in Washington will be asking — who killed…

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Real people share their awkward stories of seeing an ex on a dating app

Wait, you moved on too?Image: vicky leta/mashable Breaking up is hard to do. Being constantly reminded of the person who broke your heart can be even harder. Back in the day, things were simpler. All you had to worry about was IRL run-ins, but now there are a thousand online minefields you have to avoid. Sure, you can block them on Facebook and Snapchat, but that won’t stop them from…

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Brexit talks resume: Get down to business, David Davis urges – BBC News

“Protecting the rights of all our citizens is the priority for me going into this round and I’m clear that it’s something we must make real progress on.” The meeting comes after Chancellor Philip Hammond told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that businesses were holding off from investing in the UK because of uncertainty about Brexit. All you need to know about Brexit Reality Check: Will the UK pay a…

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Public sector pay: TUC says wages down thousands since 2010 – BBC News

‘Very generous’ “It’s been seven long years of pay cuts for our public servants. And ministers still won’t tell us if relief is on the way,” TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said. Inflation measured by the most commonly used method, CPI, which does not take housing costs into account, has picked up in recent months hitting 2.9% in May. According to the Bank of England it averaged 2.7% a year…

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South Korea proposes military talks with North Korea

Seoul (CNN)South Korea’s new government is making overtures to the North, proposing military talks at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates the two rivals. The talks at Panmunjon would be aimed at ending “hostile acts” between the two, which “escalate military tension,” according to a statement from South Korean Deputy Defense Minister, Seo Joo-seok. North Korea missile launch ceremony taunts US Zakaria: Kim Jung Un is unpredictable Haley: Military action…

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Columbia University settles with student accused of sexual assault

(CNN)Columbia University has settled a lawsuit filed by a student over its handling of a sexual assault allegation. Despite the finding, Nungesser said he was harassed and ostracized by Sulkowicz and her supporters. To protest the outcome of the university investigation, Sulkowicz carried a mattress around campus in a performance piece called “Carry that Weight” that drew worldwide attention. Nungesser was never charged with a crime and denies the allegations,…

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Secret Service: Donald Trump Jr. didn’t have agency’s protection at time of meeting

Washington (CNN)The Secret Service is pushing back on President Donald Trump’s attorney’s remarks Sunday that there was nothing questionable going on at a meeting last summer between Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., a Russian lawyer and top members of Trump’s campaign. After Sekulow’s comments aired, the Secret Service responded that it wouldn’t have checked out the participants of the meeting because Trump’s eldest son wasn’t in their charge. Trump…

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Guns and money: Why US’ top North Korea diplomat is in Southeast Asia

Hong Kong (CNN)When US Ambassador Joseph Yun visits Myanmar this week, he’ll likely be trying to convince a longtime military partner of Pyongyang to join US efforts to rein in Kim Jong Un’s nuclear efforts. But the trip, say analysts, is emblematic of a key tactic from the Trump administration: cutting off North Korean revenue, no matter how small or obscure the source. Cutting off North Korea’s illicit revenue streams…

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Bernie Sanders returns to Iowa to water the grassroots

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)The last time Sen. Bernie Sanders was in Iowa, there was an election to win. It was November 2016 and Sanders was barnstorming Hawkeye State college towns, trying in vain to drum up support for Hillary Clinton. Making the first of two scheduled summer visits here, the state that will play host to the first-in-the-nation caucuses of a still far-off presidential campaign season, Sanders kept up his…

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McConnell delays health care vote while McCain recovers from surgery

(CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Saturday that the Senate will delay consideration of the Republican health care bill while Sen. John McCain recovers from surgery for a blood clot. Two Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky — have already said they will not support a motion to proceed to floor debate on the legislation.

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Who is White House special counsel Ty Cobb?

Washington (CNN)The White House announced Saturday that President Donald Trump appointed Ty Cobb, a former federal prosecutor, as White House special counsel. His hiring comes after news this week that the President’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign on the premise that he would be offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton, according to emails Trump Jr. posted on Twitter earlier this week.

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