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Explainer: Why Mueller's report might be a letdown for Trump critics

Explainer: Why Mueller's report might be a letdown for Trump criticsThe Starr report presented explicit details about Clinton’s sexual encounters with a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky and accused Clinton of specific crimes including perjury, attempted obstruction of justice, witness tampering and “a pattern of conduct that was inconsistent with his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws.” Starr operated under an independent counsel law that has since lapsed. Mueller’s powers differ from those of Starr, and Justice Department regulations place limits on him that Starr did not face.



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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivers impassioned response to critics: 'I'm the boss. How about that?'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivers impassioned response to critics: 'I'm the boss. How about that?'Democratic congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has accused critics of “not trying” to tackle climate change following opposition to her ambitious Green New Deal programme. Ms Ocasio-Cortez addressed criticism she has faced from both Republicans and Democrats in Congress at a New York Hall of Science event. “I just introduced the Green New Deal two weeks ago and it’s creating all of this conversation, why?



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Trump attacks critics of his Syria policy as 'failed generals,' says moving 'slowly' on pullout

Trump attacks critics of his Syria policy as 'failed generals,' says moving 'slowly' on pulloutCritics say Donald Trump's withdrawal from Syria will give ISIS terrorists a chance to regroup.



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Walker signs measures critics call a Republican power grab

Walker signs measures critics call a Republican power grabThe Wisconsin GOP has held control of the governorship and both chambers of Wisconsin's Legislature — what’s known as a trifecta — for most of the last decade. This may help to account for the outgoing governor's attempt to pass this package of bills before a Democrat takes over.



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Yes, he really said that. What Trump gets about his presidency that critics don't.

Yes, he really said that. What Trump gets about his presidency that critics don't.When Trump flouts the conventions of the office, he’s winning with his core voters. It doesn’t matter what he’s saying — what matters is that he’s making the rest of us howl in indignation.



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Pelosi, Dem critics discuss plan to limit top leaders' terms

Pelosi, Dem critics discuss plan to limit top leaders' termsWASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats opposing her bid to become speaker have discussed new rules that would likely limit party leaders to three two-year terms, people familiar with the talks said Tuesday. The proposal, if adopted, could well restrict Pelosi to just two more years atop her party.



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Dwyane Wade Slams Critics Saying Gabrielle Union Was Acting Like She Gave Birth

Dwyane Wade Slams Critics Saying Gabrielle Union Was Acting Like She Gave BirthIn an interview with Oprah Winfrey set to air Dec. 8, actress Gabrielle Union



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Mississippi Senator Apologizes For ‘Hanging’ Remark, Blames Critics For Using It Against Her

Mississippi Senator Apologizes For ‘Hanging’ Remark, Blames Critics For Using It Against HerSen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) shared a photo of herself wearing a



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World's longest sea bridge opens in China as critics warn it will increase Beijing's grip on Hong Kong

World's longest sea bridge opens in China as critics warn it will increase Beijing's grip on Hong KongChina's President Xi Jinping officially opened the world's longest sea bridge connecting Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China Tuesday, at a time when Beijing is tightening its grip on its semi-autonomous territories. The 34-mile (55-kilometre)  crossing, which includes a snaking road bridge and underwater tunnel, links Hong Kong with the southern mainland city of Zhuhai and the gambling enclave of Macau, across the waters of the Pearl River Estuary. Xi presided over an inauguration ceremony attended by Hong Kong's and Macau's city leaders at a new port terminal in Zhuhai. "I declare the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge officially open," Xi said in a one-line address, as digital fireworks exploded on a screen behind him at the indoor ceremony, before leaving the stage immediately. Supporters of the multi-billion-dollar bridge promote it as an engineering marvel that will boost business and cut travel time, but critics say it is one more way to integrate Hong Kong into China as fears grow that the city's cherished freedoms are being eroded. China's Vice Premier Han Zheng characterised the bridge as part of the development of the Greater Bay Area – a Beijing-driven project to create an economic hub linking nine southern mainland cities to Hong Kong and Macau. At the ceremony he described the strategy as "deployed and driven by Xi Jinping personally". Hong Kong cars and drivers travelling over the bridge "must comply with the laws and regulations of the mainland" Credit: ANTHONY WALLACE/ AFP Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said the bridge would help transform Hong Kong from a "connector to a more active participant". It is the second major infrastructure project tying Hong Kong to mainland China to launch in a matter of weeks, after the opening of a high-speed rail link last month that sparked criticism Hong Kong was giving away territory – with part of the terminus coming under mainland jurisdiction. The main section of the new bridge is also considered mainland territory, even though Hong Kong was slated to pay at least half the cost of the project, according to the original blueprint from the city's government. Hong Kong cars and drivers travelling over it "must comply with the laws and regulations of the mainland", the city's transport department said. Building began in 2009 and has been dogged by delays, budget overruns, corruption prosecutions and the deaths of construction workers. The total price tag is unclear but some estimates run to over 100 billion yuan ($ 14.4 billion). Cars park on a section of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in front of the East Artificial Island in Hong Kong on October 23 Credit: ANTHONY WALLACE/ AFP Hong Kong residents will only be granted a licence to cross into Zhuhai by car if they meet highly selective criteria, including holding certain mainland government positions or making major contributions to charities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong. Most people will need to travel on coaches and buses. Some Hong Kong media reported that the physical condition of bus drivers would be monitored by cameras, including an alert sent if a driver yawns more than three times in 20 seconds. Online commenters in Hong Kong complained about the bridge's restricted access ahead of the launch. "Such a huge investment using the Hong Kong taxpayer's money… yet basically it is not open to us at all," said one comment on the South China Morning Post website. But residents in Zhuhai welcomed it. "I think this bridge will bring great convenience to the whole area of Zhuhai, Hong Kong and Macao, and promote the economic development of the whole area of the Pearl River Delta," resident Dang Zheiliang told AFP. China already lays claim to the record for the world's longest bridge of any kind – the Danyang-Kunshan Grand Bridge, a viaduct which is part of a high-speed rail line. Political analyst Willy Lam said the launch by Xi showed his support for Hong Kong's economic and political integration into the region, adding that the Pearl River Delta had long been the "new growth pole of China". It was also timed with a wider push to mark the 40th anniversary of China's economic reforms, against the backdrop of major challenges to the economy, including the escalating US-China trade conflict, Lam said. China will mark the anniversary in December of the "reform and opening up" that was launched in 1978 under the late paramount leader Deng Xiaoping, moving away from a Maoist command economy and toward more market-oriented policies that transformed the country into the world's second-largest economy.



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US craze for DNA 'heritage' tests may bolster racism, critics warn

US craze for DNA 'heritage' tests may bolster racism, critics warnMillions of Americans are using DNA test kits sold online to research their ancestry, either out of simple curiosity or to find answers about their identity. In a country whose population, for the most part, arrived in various waves of migration — and where genealogy has caught the public imagination — the DNA tests have proven wildly successful. The main companies offering the service, Ancestry and 23andMe, say they have tested between 15 million people between them.



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