Trump asked senior aide to invite Putin to Washington
In a tweet Thursday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said discussions are under way to invite the Russian president to D.C. in the fall. Sanders said Trump agreed to a “working level” dialogue between Russia and U.S. staff.
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White House: Trump opposes Putin request to interview ex-ambassador
The White House announced Trump’s opposition moments before the Senate voted 98 to 0 to approve a resolution telling the president not to honor Putin’s request, which would have exposed former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul, among others, to Russian questioning.
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Putin appears to be targeting U.S. officials who worked to sanction Russia
The U.S. citizens wanted for questioning by a Russian prosecutor all played a role on a 2012 law that imposed sanctions on Russians in Putin’s inner circle.
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White House withdraws judicial nominee at Senate GOP request, delivering a blow to Trump’s court plans
The surprise move from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) came after Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) expressed concerns with Ryan Bounds’s earlier writings ridiculing multiculturalism.
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Why some accents don’t work on Alexa or Google Home
For people with accents — even the regional lilts, dialects and drawls native to various parts of the United States — the wave of the future has a bias problem, and it’s leaving them behind.
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Trump administration plan strips Endangered Species Act of key provisions
The proposal would strike language that guides officials to ignore economic impacts when determining how wildlife should be protected. Conservationists say the changes will weaken a law enacted 45 years ago to keep plants and animals in decline from going extinct.
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For the cost of Trump’s military parade, we could pay for eight months of Mueller’s probe
Putting the administration’s various expenses into perspective.
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After Flint, EPA must strengthen oversight of state drinking water, watchdog says
A report found that the EPA wasn’t alone in its failure to address the crisis that crippled a city of nearly 100,000 residents.
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Trump criticizes Federal Reserve, breaking long-standing practice
President Trump told CNBC he’s “not thrilled” the U.S. central bank under Fed Chairman Jerome Powell is continuing to raise interest rates, suggesting they may undercut his efforts to grow the economy. “I don’t like all of this work that we’re putting into the economy and then I see rates going up,” he said.
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So this comedian walks onto a golf course: The unlikely rise of Michael Collins at ESPN
Golf is restrained and deferential, filled with reverence for rules and etiquette. By comparison, Collins approaches the sport like a helicopter descending on a stack of napkins.
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Austrian state wants to force meat-consuming Jews and Muslims to register, drawing Nazi comparisons
The far-right Freedom Party of Austria says it’s being treated unfairly by critics, arguing that the law is “about animal protection.”
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A skeleton with a hole in the head found in 1975 is no longer just a ‘Jane Doe’ — thanks in part to Internet sleuths
The remains sat in an unmarked pauper’s grave for more than 40 years until a 23-year-old college student working on a genealogy project came across Unknown White Female Bones in the cemetery index in 2014.
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Open office plans are as bad as you thought
A cubicle-free workplace without private offices is supposed to spark conversation. One study shows they lead to more email — and people avoiding each other.
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