Another Trump delay effort in “hush money” trial rejected, but judicial panel will take up appeal during trial

A New York appeals court judge on Tuesday denied former President Donald Trump’s motion to pause his upcoming criminal trial, while considering arguments against a gag order. It was the second time in two days New York’s Appellate Division, First Department declined to push back his trial, slated to begin April 15. An attorney for…

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Inside the House GOP's surveillance law nightmare

House Republicans are plunging headlong into another divisive debate — this time over government spy powers, a battle that pits them against each other and reveals deep-seated uncertainty about their party’s ideological direction. Reapproving the section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act known as Section 702, which allows the intelligence community to collect and search…

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Special counsel pushes Supreme Court to reject Trump’s bid for sweeping immunity in 2020 election case

Washington — Special counsel Jack Smith urged the Supreme Court on Monday to reject former President Donald Trump’s claim that he is entitled to sweeping immunity from federal prosecution, arguing that the former president’s alleged efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election “frustrates core constitutional provisions that protect democracy.” In a filing to…

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Justice Department rejects House GOP bid to obtain audio of Biden interview with special counsel

Washington — The Justice Department rejected a request from two Republican-led House committees that it turn over an audio recording of former special counsel Robert Hur’s interview with President Joe Biden.  The department said the committees had not identified an “investigative purpose” for their request of the audio and accused them of “escalation” and of…

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Donald Trump says abortion should be left up to states, sidestepping calls to back federal restrictions

Washington — Former President Donald Trump on Monday declined to endorse a federal abortion ban, saying that the issue should be left up to states despite encouragement from anti-abortion groups that he should back a national restriction.  The former president has sent mixed signals on the issue for months, flirting with supporting a broader abortion…

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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore says “aggressive timeline” to reopen channel after bridge collapse is realistic

“Aggressive timeline” to reopen channel is realistic Gov. Wes Moore says “aggressive timeline” to reopen channel after bridge collapse is realistic 06:47 Washington — Maryland Gov. Wes Moore said on Sunday that an “aggressive timeline” outlined by President Biden to reopen the channel to normal maritime operations after the collapse of the Francis Scott Key…

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Full transcript of “Face the Nation,” April 7, 2024

On this “Face the Nation” broadcast, moderated by Margaret Brennan:  John Kirby, National Security Council spokesperson   Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Democrat of Maryland   Democratic Maryland Gov. Wes Moore Rep. French Hill, Republican of Arkansas    Avril Benoit, Doctors Without Borders executive director, and Janti Soeripto, Save the Children president    Click here to browse…

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Israel has told White House that IDF troops will have “rest and refit,” NSC’s John Kirby says

Washington — John Kirby, the White House National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, said Sunday that Israel has indicated to the Biden administration that the surprise move to pull troops out of southern Gaza is largely for “rest and refit.” Israel’s military said Sunday it now has just one division in the Gaza Strip,…

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Transcript: Avril Benoit, Doctors Without Borders executive director, and Janti Soeripto, Save the Children president, on “Face the Nation,” April 7, 2024

The following is a transcript of an interview with Avril Benoit, Doctors Without Borders executive director, and Janti Soeripto, Save the Children president, that aired on April 7, 2024. MARGARET BRENNAN: Over 200 humanitarian aid workers have been killed in Gaza since October 7. We’re joined by the executive director of Doctors Without Borders in…

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Transcript: John Kirby, National Security Council spokesperson, on “Face the Nation,” April 7, 2024

The following is a transcript of an interview with Adm. John Kirby, White House National Security Council spokesperson, that aired on April 7, 2024. MARGARET BRENNAN: And we turn now to John Kirby, he is the Coordinator for Strategic Communications for the White House National Security Council. Welcome back. COORDINATOR FOR STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS, NATIONAL SECURITY…

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Secretary Yellen meets with Chinese Premier Li in Beijing: “We have put our bilateral relationship on more stable footing”

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and Chinese Premier Li Qiang sounded a hopeful note on bilateral relations at the start of their Sunday meeting in Beijing. The U.S.-China relationship can only move forward with direct and open communication, Yellen told Li, after arriving in the Chinese capital from the southern city of Guangzhou. “The meeting was…

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Democratic members of Congress urge Biden administration to reconsider new Israel arms package

Democratic members of Congress urge Biden administration to reconsider new Israel arms package – CBS News Watch CBS News Nearly 40 Democratic members of Congress, including former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have signed a letter urging the Biden administration to reconsider a new arms package to Israel as civilian casualties mount in Gaza. Natalie Brand…

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Smith: Israel must change its approach to war

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) joined the ranks of Democrats pushing for a new approach to Israel’s offensive in Gaza this week, calling for Israel to “change the way they are conducting this war” while opposing tougher calls to cut its military aid entirely. In an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto Saturday morning, the House…

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. suggests Jan. 6 prosecutions politically motivated, says he wants to “hear every side”

Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who’s running for president as an independent candidate, suggested in a statement that the prosecutions of rioters who violently attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, might be politically motivated, a view that echoes that of former President Donald Trump and his allies. The statement came a day after Kennedy…

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Mayorkas denounces Gov. Abbott’s efforts to fortify border with razor wire, says migrants “easily cutting” barriers

Washington — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday denounced Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s effort to fortify stretches of the southern border with razor and concertina wire as ineffective, saying migrants are “easily cutting” the barriers. “We do not consider concertina wire to be effective. It impairs Customs and Border Protection’s ability to do its job,…

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More than 300 passengers tried to evade airport security in the last year, TSA says

Washington — Hundreds of passengers circumvented or tried to circumvent various aspects of airport security to access secure areas of U.S. airports within the last year, according to the Transportation Security Administration.  Since March 2023, there have been at least 300 instances of people trying to bypass parts of airport security, the agency said Friday. Only…

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House Democrats pitch renaming federal prison after Trump in response to GOP airport proposal

Washington — After a group of House Republicans proposed renaming Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia after former President Donald Trump, a few of their Democratic colleagues responded by introducing their own bill that would bestow his name on a federal prison. The two-page bill, introduced Friday, would rename the Miami Federal Correctional Institution in…

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Meta to adjust AI policies on content after board said they were “incoherent and confusing”

Meta will adjust its policies on manipulated and A.I.-generated content to begin to label ahead of the fall elections, after an independent body overseeing the company’s content moderation found that previous policies were “incoherent and confusing,” and said they should be “reconsidered.” The changes stem from the Meta Oversight Board’s recomendations earlier this year issued…

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More than 500 New Yorkers set to be considered as jurors in Trump’s “hush money” trial

Several hundred Manhattan residents were recently sent notices to appear at the borough’s criminal court on April 15. Whether they know it or not, they’re under consideration to be jurors in perhaps the most high-profile criminal trial in U.S. history. Lawyers for former President Donald Trump and Manhattan prosecutors are poised to scrutinize more than…

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Congress returns next week eyeing Ukraine aid, Baltimore bridge funds and Mayorkas impeachment

Washington — Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, laid out a long list of priorities ahead of lawmakers’ return to Washington next week, ranging from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas’ impeachment trial to Ukraine aid and funding for the reconstruction of Baltimore’s Key Bridge.  In a letter to senators on Friday, Schumer…

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68,000 guns illegally trafficked by U.S. dealers over 5 years were used in hundreds of shootings, ATF says

Washington — More than 68,000 illegally trafficked firearms in the U.S. came through unlicensed dealers who aren’t required to perform background checks over a five-year period, according to new data released Thursday by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. That represents 54% of the illegally trafficked firearms in the U.S. between 2017 and…

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Kristin Lyerly, Wisconsin doctor who sued to keep abortion legal in state, enters congressional race

A doctor who performs abortions became the first Democratic candidate in Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District on Thursday, entering the race for the seat opened up by the surprise retirement of Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher. Dr. Kristin Lyerly, an obstetrician and gynecologist, launched her candidacy two weeks before Gallagher’s expected departure date. Because of the timing…

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