Sessions plans to stay on as attorney general despite Trump’s criticism
Jeff Sessions said he had the “honor of serving as attorney general,” and planned “to continue to do so as long as that is appropriate.” The remarks came after President Trump said he would not have picked Sessions for the job had he known the former senator would recuse himself from the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
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The Daily 202: Trump shows disdain for rule of law with latest attacks
The transcript of Trump’s interview with the New York Times oozes with brooding grievance and reflects the degree to which he has adopted a bunker mentality.
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The Health 202 | Analysis
Conservatives are seething — and plotting their revenge — after Senate health-care fail
GOP activists are furious that Senate Republicans got close to repealing big parts of Obamacare but are now on the verge of walking away altogether.
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O.J. Simpson granted parole and could be released from prison as soon as Oct. 1
“I always thought I’ve been pretty good with people,” the disgraced 70-year-old former football legend told the parole board, which made clear it was not relitigating Simpson’s 1995 acquittal in a trial for double murder. The panel curtailed his 33-year prison sentence for kidnapping and armed robbery, stemming from a confrontation in Las Vegas in 2007.
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@PKCapitol | Analysis
What John McCain learned from Ted Kennedy about challenging his own party
Like his late friend, McCain became a master of the Senate who could reach across the aisle and stand up to his own president. Now, their shared bond has taken a brutal turn with McCain’s diagnosis with the same brain cancer that claimed Kennedy in 2009.
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The Fix | Analysis
Robert Mueller has reportedly crossed the red line set by Trump
The Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller is zeroing in on President Trump’s business transactions, according to Bloomberg. It sounds like somebody is basically daring Trump to try to fire Mueller.
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Why you should update your Apple devices right now
The security update patches a dangerous vulnerability in WiFi chips that allows hackers to take over your device.
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Six Months In
Tillerson has Trump’s trust — but his agency is adrift
Most of the State Department’s top jobs remain unfilled. “There’s a lot of stuff where it’s not clear there’s anybody at the helm,” one former ambassador said.
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Saudis arrest prince after video appears to show abusive behavior
The country’s leaders felt pressure to prosecute the prince, Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, because King Salman has said citizens’ rights generally are more important than royals’ privileges.
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Chester Bennington | 1976–2017
Linkin Park lead singer dies at 41
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office is investigating the death of Bennington as an apparent suicide. He was the frontman for the rap-metal band, which rose to prominence in the early 2000s, selling tens of millions of albums.
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New York to D.C. in 29 minutes? Elon Musk says he has ‘verbal’ government approval for hyperloop.
The Tesla chief offered a tantalizing announcement on his tunnel-boring company’s proposed super-high-speed transportation system.
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U.S. says ExxonMobil violated Russia sanctions while Rex Tillerson was CEO
The oil giant is accused of entering into a business deal with a Russian CEO with close ties to Putin, right after the United States imposed sanctions.
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