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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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Election intimidation at ‘tipping point’, warns watchdog – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionDiane Abbott describes ‘racist, sexist’ abuse British politics is at a “dangerous moment” and the level of personal abuse aimed at election candidates has reached a “tipping point”, the head of the standards watchdog has warned. Lord Bew said the level of vitriol was now such that it could deter people from running for office. Labour MP Diane Abbott said this week…

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At Least 3 Dead, Several Injured In 5-Alarm Fire At Honolulu High-Rise

Previously: Apartments on at least four floors of the Marco Polo building were burned, Capt. David Jenkins of the Honolulu Fire Department confirmed to HuffPost. The fire had started on the 26th floor but spread to the 25th, 27th and 28th floors and reached both sides of the building, which faces the ocean on one side and the Manoa mountains on the other. Three people were confirmed dead in the…

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Also At Trump Jr.-Russia Meeting: An Ex-U.S. Government Worker With Liberal Views

Samochornov would not confirm that he was in the room, citing nondisclosure agreements. But The New York Times Ken Vogel said Friday on MSNBC that Samochornov was at the June 9 meeting in Trump Tower. The interpreters mother-in-law also confirmed his attendance at the meeting toThe Daily Beast. Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with the Trump team, had that an interpreter attended the meeting, but refused to name…

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2 German women confirmed killed in Egypt knife attack

(CNN)Two female tourists killed in a knife attack in the Egyptian Red Sea town of Hurghada were German, the country’s Foreign Ministry said Saturday. Four other tourists were injured in the attack, Egyptian state-run news agency Al-Ahram reported. A suspect has been arrested, and the victims were taken to a hospital, Egypt’s Interior Ministry said. Investigators believe the attacker swam from a public beach, according to the ministry. No names…

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‘I can’t forget that night’

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was hundreds of miles away at a seaside resort when the coup, mounted by a faction of the military, got underway. By the time Erdogan emerged to address the nation via FaceTime hours later, it had already begun to fizzle. “I knew nothing bad would happen. When the opposition leader came out against the coup I said, okay this is not going to happen. Because if…

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Why are these countries the most obese? Walking is just one reason

(CNN)The world is in the middle of a major obesity epidemic, and current trends indicate that it’s only going to get worse. There are, however, pockets of the global population who remain somewhat unaware of this public health crisis, despite the growth of waistlines all around them, and this lack of awareness is just one of the underlying problems, according to Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the…

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Donald Trump is not the only unpredictable leader in Paris today

(CNN)French President Emmanuel Macron is making a play to be Europe’s Trump whisperer. Trump plays tough hand ‘You’re in such good shape’ Opinion: Europe’s Trump whisperer Trump and Macron unpredictable “Thank you for the tour of some of the most incredible buildings anywhere in the world,” Trump said as he began his own remarks. “It was a very, very beautiful thing to see.” In the weeks that followed, Macron has…

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Liu Xiaobo: His Name Will Be Remembered

(CNN)On Thursday, if a foreign reporter in a metropolitan Chinese city or a busy small town held up a microphone to ask a pedestrian about the death of Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident who won the Nobel Peace Prize while imprisoned, I would not be shocked if the response was: “Who? I have never heard of him!” Liu will be remembered with an “empty chair” – a simple, blue upholstered…

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Merkley: Trump Jr. Russia meeting ‘absolutely’ the smoking gun

Washington (CNN)For one Democratic senator, Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer is “absolutely” the smoking gun when it comes to the investigation into possible collusion with Russian election meddling — and has “violation of law written all over it.” According to emails released by Trump Jr. this week, the lawyer — Natalia Veselnitskaya — was described to Trump’s son in an email as a “Russian government lawyer” with…

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Chuck Blazer, key figure in FIFA corruption scandal, dies at 72

(CNN)Chuck Blazer, a former FIFA official who helped blow open the United States investigation into corruption in soccer’s governing body, has died, according to his lawyer. Blazer, a large, bearded figure, was involved in US soccer for years. At one point, he was the number two for the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). According to court documents, Blazer’s sentencing was scheduled for April of this…

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Anderson Cooper to White House official: ‘I’m just going to ignore the insults’

(CNN)Anderson Cooper responded to an attack on CNN and other journalists from White House senior aide Sebastian Gorka Wednesday, telling the outspoken adviser to President Donald Trump that his insults were not worth responding to since they did not contribute to the dialogue. “Your chyron talked about a crisis,” Gorka said. “Your reporter talked about a bunker mentality. I actually work in the West Wing. I work in the White…

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Pence sends a message to McConnell, Paul on healthcare in their own backyard

(CNN)“Help is on the way!” Vice President Mike Pence declared to small-business owners at a roundtable in Kentucky as he spoke about the adverse effects of Obamacare. While the president had no public events on Wednesday, the vice president traveled to Kentucky, a state that voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in the election, for a roundtable listening session, a speech, and a private reception in Lexington.

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Trump meets Macron, shadowed by Putin

Washington (CNN)In normal times, President Donald Trump’s two-day sojourn to Paris would be a simple and uncomplicated mission. But this looks almost certain to become Trump’s third visit to Europe dominated by questions over the role Russia played in his election. This time, it’s the admission — via emails his son, Donald Trump Jr. released — that Trump Jr. set up a meeting last year with a woman he believed…

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Hannity Opens Trump Jr. Interview With Attack On ‘Overpaid, Lazy’ Media

The Fox News host sat down with the presidents eldest son, who hadtweeted out an email exchangefrom last year that showed he was connected with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who said she had damaging information obtained by the Russian government about then-presidential rival Hillary Clinton. Do you members of this corrupt media, do you even know about these stories? Hannity asked as he credited news organizations like Politico for reporting on…

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The Man Behind Kermit The Frog Is Being Replaced After 27 Years

After a 27-year run, Steve Whitmire will no longer be voicing the beloved green frog, a Muppets Studio spokesperson confirmed to HuffPost on Tuesday. Muppets fan site Tough Pigs was first to report the news. According to Tough Pigs, Muppets fans had been speculating about Whitmires departure for the past few months, as they noticedhis characters werent being used in recent Muppet Thought of the Week videos. The puppeteer was…

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Police Arrest Man Who Threatened Attack At Ariana Grande Concert

Authorities tracked the suspect, a Colombian citizen, using the IP address associated with the threat, head investigator Walter Espinoza told The Costa Rica Star. A post shared by Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) on Jul 10, 2017 at 4:39am PDT Grande went through with the Sunday concert in Alajuela, where security officials directed attendees through three separate security checks to get inside, each performed by a different group: Costa Rican police, private…

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Beachgoers Form Human Chain To Rescue Family Caught In Rip Current

Remarkable photos snapped along the shores of Panama City Beach on Saturday captured the chain stretching into the water, where at least nine people gasped for their lives,the Panama City News Herald reported. Panama City News Herald/newsherald.com I honestly thought I was going to lose my family that day, Roberta Ursrey, who ran into the rough water to save her children, told the paper. It was like, Oh God, this…

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