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Blame the swamp: Sinkhole opens on White House lawn (PHOTOS)

A sinkhole has opened up near the White House press briefing room on the north lawn, prompting a wave of derision online as social media users revelled in the unique karma of the event. During his election campaign, Donald Trump famously vowed to “drain the swamp” in Washington. Of course, the city itself was actually built on a swamp and, ...

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‘First step’: House passes prison reform bill uniting (some) Democrats and Trump

The US House of Representatives overwhelmingly backed the First Step Act, which would allow more inmates to earn an early release from federal prisons and end practices such as shackling female prisoners during childbirth. The bill, House Resolution 5682, was approved on Tuesday evening by a vote of 360 in favor and 59 opposed. Co-sponsored by Representatives Doug Collins (R-Georgia) ...

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Drunk driver jailed after dashcam captures him crashing into house (VIDEO)

A drunk driver has been jailed for up to a year after his own dashcam captured him plowing into a house while driving an estimated twice the speed limit in Sydney, Australia. Michael Mills, 29, was sentenced to 12 months in prison in Penrith Local Court on Tuesday for a number of offences related to the crash, including his blood-alcohol ...

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Animals times ten: White House doubles down on Trump’s MS-13 remark

The Trump administration is doubling down on his description of the Mara Salvatrucha gang as “animals,” using the term ten times in a White House statement after the media storm surrounding the president’s remark. “MS-13 is a transnational gang that has brought violence, fear, and suffering to American communities,” said the White House statement about the gang, released Monday. “President ...

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US House Intelligence Committee declares China ‘pre-eminent threat to American security & values’

Having bitterly split along partisan lines in the probe over Russian influence and “meddling,” the House Intelligence Committee united in decrying the “pre-eminent threat” posed to the US by another rising power ‒ China. “China has only become emboldened and now may be the pre-eminent threat to American security, our economy and our values,” Committee Chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California) ...

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UK-Russian relations won’t improve with May in power – Russian upper house chair

Relations between Moscow and London have hit a historic low since the Skripal scandal, and the situation will hardly change while UK PM Theresa May and her cabinet remain in power, according to the Russian upper house speaker. The chairwoman of the Federation Council, Valentina Matvienko, slammed the UK government for spearheading a “Russophobic policy” and countering Russia with “dirty ...

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‘Gruesome propaganda attempt’: White House blames Hamas for Gaza deaths

The White House has accused Hamas of “gruesome propaganda” after Israeli forces killed over 50 Palestinians on the border between Gaza and Israel, as the US celebrated the transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem. This is a “gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt” on part of Hamas, deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah told reporters on Monday, adding that Israel ...

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House Democrats release more than 3,500 Russian Facebook ads

Democrats from the House Intelligence Committee have released thousands of ads that were run on Facebook by the Russia-based Internet Research Agency. The Democrats said they’ve released a total of 3,519 ads today from 2015, 2016 and 2017. This doesn’t include 80,000 pieces of organic content shared on Facebook by the IRA, which the Democrats plan to release later. What ...

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White House will host tech industry for AI summit on Thursday

Artificial intelligence has been a mainstay of the conversation in Silicon Valley these past few years, and now the technology is increasingly being discussed in policy circles in DC. Washington types see opportunities for AI to improve efficiency and increase economic growth, while at the same time, they have growing concerns around job automation and competitive threats from China and ...

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White House says Israel’s claims about Iran’s nukes are ‘consistent with what US has long known’

The “new and compelling” details about Iran’s nuclear program revealed by the Israeli prime minister are “consistent” with what the United States has long known, the White House said after Benjamin Netanyahu’s flashy presentation. On Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of “lying” about its nuclear research program. Citing evidence from a trove of secret files that the Israeli ...

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