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US negotiators trying to end the Afghanistan war are frustrated that Trump keeps giving the Taliban a stronger hand

US negotiators trying to end the Afghanistan war are frustrated that Trump keeps giving the Taliban a stronger handTrump sees himself as a powerful negotiator, but in Afghanistan his desire to withdraw forces his negotiator to work with "one hand behind his back."



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Tim Ryan explains he 'wasn't protesting' by not putting his hand on heart during anthem at Democratic debate

Tim Ryan explains he 'wasn't protesting' by not putting his hand on heart during anthem at Democratic debate"Congressman Ryan wasn’t protesting and didn’t mean to make any statement last night in Detroit," read an email from the Ohio lawmaker's campaign.



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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kusher to be ordered to hand over private emails and texts

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kusher to be ordered to hand over private emails and textsThe House Oversight Committee voted on Thursday to authorise a subpoena for all work-related texts and emails sent or received by White House officials on personal accounts, part of a long-running probe into whether senior administration aides have violated federal records laws by using private messaging services for official business.The 23-16 vote, divided along party lines, puts into the crosshairs President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, both of whom have admitted through an attorney to using personal accounts in the course of their work.The effort is also a turnabout of sorts for House Republican efforts in 2016 to highlight Hillary Clinton’s use of personal emails for her official work as secretary of state.“The committee has obtained direct evidence that multiple high-level White House officials have been violating the Presidential Records Act by using personal email accounts, text messaging services, and even encrypted applications for official business — and not preserving those records in compliance with federal law,” Elijah Cummings, chairman of the committee, said.“What we do not yet know is why these White House officials were attempting to conceal these communications.”The broad subpoena includes all communications — even messages that contained classified material — sent or received by White House employees, including employees in the National Security Council.It specifically names Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff.The committee first requested those messages in March 2017 under the Republican leadership of Jason Chaffetz, after reports that multiple White House officials, including Ivanka Trump, were using encrypted apps to conduct administration business.CNN reported in October that Mr Kushner had communicated with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia using WhatsApp, and a lawyer for Mr Kushner and Ivanka Trump confirmed to the committee in March that they both used private email accounts for White House business.The White House has not produced a single document in response, Mr Cummings said. The Presidential Records Act requires that nearly all communications with White House staff on official matters be preserved and that officials who use personal accounts either copy or forward an official account on all such messages.Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the panel, painted the efforts as a partisan attack on Donald Trump.“They are so desperate to get the President. They just can’t help themselves,” Mr Jordan wrote on Wednesday on Twitter.Just last month, Mr Jordan and two other Republicans called on the committee to renew its examination of Ms Clinton’s use of a private email server.Democrats on the committee slammed Republicans’ opposition to the authorisation and charged them with hypocrisy after Republicans demanded thousands of Ms Clinton’s private emails as part of the Benghazi investigation.Mr Trump made Clinton’s private email server a central line of attack in his 2016 campaign for president.“We received those documents, and I called for them to be made public,” Mr Cummings said. “Our approach today should not be different merely because Donald Trump is president.”Washington Post



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From Hershey's bars to hand lotion, here's what wealthy convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein purchased in commissary while serving time in Florida

From Hershey's bars to hand lotion, here's what wealthy convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein purchased in commissary while serving time in FloridaJeffrey Epstein frequently purchased sugary snacks while serving a 13-month sentence at a jail in Palm Beach County, Florida.



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At DMZ, step into history for Trump as he offers hand to Kim

At DMZ, step into history for Trump as he offers hand to KimWith wide grins and a historic handshake, President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un met at the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone on Sunday and agreed to revive talks on the pariah nation’s nuclear program. Trump, pressing his bid for a legacy-defining deal, became the first sitting American leader to step into North Korea. Significant doubts remain, though, about the future of the negotiations and the North’s willingness to give up its stockpile of nuclear weapons .



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Donald Trump says he wants to meet Kim Jong-un at DMZ 'just to shake his hand and say hello'

Donald Trump says he wants to meet Kim Jong-un at DMZ 'just to shake his hand and say hello'Donald Trump has said he wants to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the DMZ to shake his hand.The US president, who has been in Japan attending the G20 summit, had indicated he may visit the the demilitarised zone (DMZ) that was established between North and South Korea, when he visits South Korea this weekend. Reports suggested the White House had been working to arrange a visit to the strip, established in 1953 at the end of hostilities of the Korean War. Mr Trump had previously sought to visit in 2017 but was unable to because of bad weather, and before leaving Washington for the G20, he told The Hill: “I’m gonna be there for a day. I understand that’s one of the places I’ll be visiting.”Tweeting from before he left Japan for South Korea the president made the strange offer to Mr Kim, for what would be their third meeting.“After some very important meetings, including my meeting with president Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with president Moon),” he tweeted on Saturday morning in Osaka.He added: “While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!”More follows…



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Wide-eyed Joe Biden dodges Bernie Sanders' hand in viral debate moment

Wide-eyed Joe Biden dodges Bernie Sanders' hand in viral debate momentIn a brief, yet viral, moment during the Democratic debates Thursday, Joe Biden had a wide-eyed response and a slight dodge from Bernie Sanders' hand.



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Treasury Department misses deadline to hand over Trump's tax returns, asks for more time

Treasury Department misses deadline to hand over Trump's tax returns, asks for more timeThe Treasury Department said it would not hand over President Donald Trump's tax returns by Wednesday.



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It was getting out of hand – Pope explains ring kissing mystery

It was getting out of hand - Pope explains ring kissing mystery“It was a simple question of hygiene,” Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti told reporters on Thursday after he asked the pope directly. Gisotti explained that there were many people in line and the pope did want to spread germs as one person after another repeatedly kissed his hand at short intervals. “He likes to embrace people and be embraced by people,” Gisotti said.



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To kiss pope's hand – or not – enters the Catholic culture wars

To kiss pope's hand - or not - enters the Catholic culture warsOn Monday, when Pope Francis visited a Catholic shrine in Loreto, he repeatedly withdrew his right hand as a long line of people bowed and tried to kiss the ring on it. Rorate Caeli, a website read by Catholic traditionalists, Tweeted: “Francis, If you don’t want to be the Vicar of Christ, then get out of there!” Papal biographer Austen Ivereigh, a supporter of Francis, countered by Tweeting: “He’s making sure that they engage with him, not treat him like a sacred relic. Some Vatican watchers noted that even former Pope Benedict, a hero to nostalgic conservatives, and his predecessor John Paul, did not like having their hands kissed – at least not by long lines of people, for the sake of expediency.



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