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Poll: Democrats Increasingly Think DOJ Meddled in Mueller Probe

Poll: Democrats Increasingly Think DOJ Meddled in Mueller ProbeDemocrats have become increasingly suspicious that the special counsel's investigation into Russia's influence on the 2016 election was seriously hampered by the Trump administration's Justice Department since the final report on the probe was released in April, according to a new poll.Overall, about 37 percent of voters said they have confidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe was conducted "very fairly" or "somewhat fairly," while 42 said the investigation was conducted “not too fairly” or “not fairly at all," according to the most recent Politico/Morning Consult poll.Those numbers reflect more suspicion about the probe than in April when Mueller's final report was first released to lawmakers and the public. At that point, 46 percent of voters considered the investigation fair, while 29 percent thought it had been carried out unfairly.Since then the number of Democratic voters who think the investigation was compromised spiked 15 percentage points, while the number who think the probe was conducted fairly sank 9 points. Republicans have also grown slightly more skeptical of the investigation, 6 percent more saying they have less faith in it now.The poll also found that voters are split on whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russians during the 2016 election, 42 percent saying the campaign did collude and 41 percent disagreeing. A large majority of Democrats, 72 percent, said they think the campaign did indeed engage in collusion.Mueller is set to testify on the investigation and his report before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees Wednesday morning.The poll surveyed 1992 voters between July 19 and 21.



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An increasingly public, racially-charged rift in the Democratic party is widening after attacks are lobbed between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's camp and the Democratic establishment

An increasingly public, racially-charged rift in the Democratic party is widening after attacks are lobbed between Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's camp and the Democratic establishmentThe tension escalated after House leadership attacked Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's chief of staff on Twitter in the latest clash of progressives.



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Trump news: President vows to ‘fight all subpoenas’ as Democrats increasingly call for impeachment

Trump news: President vows to ‘fight all subpoenas’ as Democrats increasingly call for impeachmentThe Trump administration is being accused of “stonewalling” Congress by ignoring a deadline for the Treasury to hand over Donald Trump's tax returns and defying a subpoena requesting ex-personal security director Carl Kline appear before a House investigative committee.“It appears that the president believes that the Constitution does not apply to his White House, that he may order officials at will to violate their legal obligations, and that he may obstruct attempts by Congress to conduct oversight,” said Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee.President Trump made his feelings on Democrat-led investigations in the wake of the Mueller report perfectly clear in an interview on Tuesday, stating: “There is no reason to go any further, and especially in Congress where it’s very partisan – obviously very partisan. I don’t want people testifying to a party, because that is what they’re doing if they do this.”He continued to attack the special counsel and ongoing congressional investigations Wednesday, telling reporters before departing the White House his administration is "fighting all the subpoenas." “We have been – I have been – the most transparent president and administration in the history of our country by far,” Mr Trump said.“We’re fighting all the subpoenas. These aren’t, like, impartial people. The Democrats are trying to win 2020," he added.He added that he “thought after two years we’d be finished with it," referring to the investigations surrounding his campaign. Meanwhile, Democrats have stepped up their enquiries in the aftermath of the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference.One congressional subpoena the administration is expected to challenge has gone out to Don McGahn, former White House counsel who cooperated with Mr Mueller.And the White House is pushing back on other fronts, including House Democratic efforts to obtain Mr Trump’s tax returns and his business’ financial records.Additional reporting by AP. Check out The Independent's live coverage from Washington below.



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Will an increasingly progressive Democratic Party become steadily more anti-Semitic?

Will an increasingly progressive Democratic Party become steadily more anti-Semitic?Progressives see Israel as an occupying power, an apartheid state, illegitimate. You don’t have to be anti-Semite to be anti-Zionist — but it helps.



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Israel increasingly goes public with its strikes in Syria

Israel increasingly goes public with its strikes in SyriaJERUSALEM (AP) — Israel on Monday claimed responsibility for a series of airstrikes on Iranian military targets in Syria, drifting further away from its longstanding policy of playing down or covering up its military activities in the war-torn country.



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Grace Millane: Police increasingly concerned over British backpacker missing in New Zealand

Grace Millane: Police increasingly concerned over British backpacker missing in New ZealandPolice say they are growing increasingly concerned for the welfare of a British tourist who has gone missing in New Zealand. Detectives are investigating the disappearance of 22-year-old Grace Millane, who was last seen in Auckland on Saturday night. The backpacker, reported to be from Essex, has not been in contact with her family for several days, including on her 22nd birthday on Sunday. Detective Inspector Scott Beard, of Auckland City Police, said Ms Millane's father was on his way to New Zealand, and said her family were understandably "distraught". "Clearly this is a very stressful time for Grace's family and the longer she remains missing, the more our concern grows for her safety and wellbeing," he said. CCTV image issued by Auckland City Police shows Grace Millane at Auckland's Sky City entertainment complex Credit:  Auckland City Police Ms Millane is said to have been in New Zealand for about two weeks, and was staying at a backpackers' hostel in Auckland city centre. Police have released a CCTV image of the last known sighting of her at 7.15pm on Saturday at entertainment complex Sky City. A number of unconfirmed sightings have been reported to detectives. Members of Ms Millane's family have shared appeals for information on Facebook, and Mr Beard said more than 20 staff were working on the case. A spokesman for the Foreign Office said: "We are providing consular support to the family in the UK, and working with the New Zealand Police in relation to reports of a missing British national in New Zealand."



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Hawley defeats McCaskill in an increasingly red Missouri

Hawley defeats McCaskill in an increasingly red MissouriRepublicans had long coveted McCaskill’s seat, which she successfully defended in 2012, but Missouri has increasingly turned Republican, voting for Trump by a wide margin in 2016. 



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Trump's ICE Is Increasingly Arresting Immigrants Without Criminal Convictions

Trump's ICE Is Increasingly Arresting Immigrants Without Criminal ConvictionsImmigration and Customs Enforcement is arresting more immigrants, and



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Joy Reid’s Hacking Claims Look Increasingly Unlikely

Joy Reid’s Hacking Claims Look Increasingly UnlikelyJoy Reid claims a recent batch of screenshots appearing to show homophobic



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Former Pope Benedict XVI says he is increasingly frail and in last phase of his life

Former Pope Benedict XVI says he is increasingly frail and in last phase of his lifeIn a rare public statement, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has said that he is becoming increasingly frail but is at peace with the prospect of death. Benedict became the first Pope in 600 years to resign from the Seat of St Peter when he stepped down in February 2013. His papacy was dogged by a series of crises and controversies on issues ranging from the widespread abuse of children by Catholic priests to the Church's attitudes to Islam and homosexuality.   The 90-year-old wrote a letter to Corriere della Sera, one of Italy’s leading dailies, in response to queries from readers as to his health and state of mind. The letter, marked “urgent, by hand” was delivered to the newspaper’s offices in Rome from Benedict’s home – “Mater Ecclesiae monastery, V-120, Vatican City.” He was deeply moved that “so many readers want to know how I am spending this last period of my life,” he wrote in the letter, which the newspaper printed on its front page on Wednesday. Pope Benedict XVI resigned in 2013 – the first Pope to do so in 600 years. Credit: AP “I can only say that with the slow waning of my physical forces, I’m on a pilgrimage towards home. “It is a great gift for me to be surrounded, on this last stretch of this sometimes tiring road, by a degree of love and goodwill that I could never have imagined.” He wrote the letter as the fifth anniversary of his historic resignation approaches. Benedict stunned the world, including the Roman Catholic Church and his closest confidantes within the Vatican, when he unexpectedly announced his intention to resign. He made the announcement during a gathering of cardinals in the Vatican, choosing to deliver the bombshell in Latin. Many of the cardinals did not immediately understand what he had said, but the news was picked up by a sharp-eared correspondent from an Italian news agency, who happened to be well versed in Latin and landed herself a worldwide scoop. Since then he has been living in a former monastery within the walls of the Vatican, a few hundred yards from where Pope Francis lives. Benedict has appeared frail and thin during his few public appearances over the last couple of years, although aides say he has lost none of his mental acuity. Pope Francis, his successor, was elected like all popes during a secret conclave of cardinals who gathered in the Sistine Chapel. He is the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years, the first Jesuit Pope and the first from the Americas.



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