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House Democrats lose bid to fast-track Trump tax return lawsuit

House Democrats lose bid to fast-track Trump tax return lawsuitA U.S. judge refused on Thursday to fast-track a congressional lawsuit seeking to force disclosure of President Donald Trump’s federal tax returns, saying it was a complicated and important matter that should not be rushed. U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden in Washington said in a written order that under U.S. law, there was “only a narrow set of cases that must skip to the front of the line,” and that the House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee had not shown its lawsuit was one of them. In an Aug. 20 filing, the Democratic-led House Ways and Means panel said that “time is of the essence” in resolving the case it brought last month seeking to compel the Treasury Department to hand over years of the Republican president’s individual and business federal tax returns.



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Democrats Lose Trump-Campaign Russia-Conspiracy Lawsuit

Democrats Lose Trump-Campaign Russia-Conspiracy Lawsuit(Bloomberg) — Donald Trump scored a win Tuesday when a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by the Democratic National Committee claiming his presidential campaign conspired with Russia and WikiLeaks to hack the DNC’s emails in the run-up to the 2016 election.The defendants violated U.S. racketeering, computer fraud and other laws in a “brazen attack on American democracy,” according to the suit. In tossing it, U.S. District Judge John G. Koeltl in Manhattan based his ruling about Russia largely on a single legal issue — that while the “primary wrongdoer” in the alleged criminal enterprise was the Russian Federation, under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act it can’t be sued in the U.S., just as the U.S. generally can’t be sued abroad.Trump himself wasn’t a defendant. Still, the outcome was a political boost for the president, who continues to be dogged by his relationship with Russia, a prominent topic of several investigations under way in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives.Trump celebrated the ruling on Twitter calling it an end to the “Witch Hunt.”The DNC said it was reviewing the decision.“At first glance, this opinion raises serious concerns about our protections from foreign election interference and the theft of private property to advance the interests of our enemies,” the committee said in an email, adding that “the Trump administration and Republican leaders in Congress are ignoring warnings from the president’s own intelligence officials about foreign interference in the 2020 election.”Koeltl said the Constitution’s First Amendment prevents the other defendants from being held liable for disseminating the stolen materials, just as the news media wouldn’t be liable for publishing “materials of public interest” as long as they didn’t “participate in any wrongdoing” in getting them.He said “the plausible allegations against the remaining defendants are insufficient to hold them liable for the illegality that occurred in obtaining the materials from the DNC.”In ruling as he did, Koeltl appears to have sided with a trio of free-speech groups that argued the Supreme Court has protected publications of “truthful information of public concern” in a series of cases over the last 50 years, including information that was published even after it was illegally acquired, provided the publisher wasn’t involved in its unlawful collection.Koeltl noted that the high court upheld the press’s right to publish information “of public concern obtained from documents stolen by a third party” in the Pentagon Papers case. He said there is a “significant legal distinction” between stealing documents and publishing documents that have already been stolen.Read More: Trump Campaign, Russia Sued by DNC for Election InterferenceThe DNC didn’t show that the other defendants participated in the theft of the information, and it’s irrelevant that WikiLeaks solicited the stolen documents from Russian agents, Koeltl wrote.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange — who was arrested in April at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he was in refuge since 2012, and charged with endangering national security by conspiring to obtain and disclose classified information — has argued that he is a journalist and is protected by the First Amendment.The Russian Federation never appeared in the case and submitted a statement arguing it was immune from the committee’s claims under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. In his ruling Tuesday, Koeltl agreed, saying any relief should be sought by the U.S. government, and not from the courts.The case is Democratic National Committee v. the Russian Federation, 18-cv-3501, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).(Updates with president’s comment in fourth paragraph.)To contact the reporters on this story: Chris Dolmetsch in Federal Court in Manhattan at cdolmetsch@bloomberg.net;Bob Van Voris in federal court in Manhattan at rvanvoris@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: David Glovin at dglovin@bloomberg.net, Peter Jeffrey, Peter BlumbergFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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500,000 kids could lose free school lunch under Trump administration proposal

500,000 kids could lose free school lunch under Trump administration proposalMore than 500,000 kids could lose automatic eligibility for free school meals thanks to a proposed restriction by the Trump administration on the food stamps program, according to Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott.



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Would U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers Lose a War to Iran?

Would U.S. Navy Aircraft Carriers Lose a War to Iran?The recent oil tanker attacks in the Gulf of Oman reinforce the need to reestablish a highly visible U.S. naval deterrent in the Middle East. For eight months last year, no aircraft carrier strike group plied the region, the longest such interruption this millennium. With the United States needing a more robust posture against Iran and confronting renewed challenges in Asia and Europe, several immediate measures and concerted longer-term efforts are critical to ensure America has the carriers it needs.The requirement to maintain carrier presence in the Middle East is a critical part of a broader national security strategy, in which U.S. global security interests necessitate a worldwide force presence. Indeed, the Navy's mission demands remain as high as those of the Cold War, calling on ships to be everywhere seemingly at once, but today's fleet is less than half the size it was 30 years ago.During the Obama administration, a “rebalance” supposedly allowed the Pentagon to focus on Asia and Europe while washing its hands of the Middle East. In reality, we never effectively rebalanced forces in the Indo-Pacific, and the situation on the ground forced us to remain deeply involved in the Middle East. Now with a growing Iranian threat, it would be imprudent to suddenly abandon the region, even as we face renewed challenges in the Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean.Indeed, Iran’s threat to the region continues growing as its recent attacks against oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman demonstrate. Its reliance on violent sectarianism helps fuel Sunni extremist groups like ISIS. This also places Tehran’s proxies on the borders of key U.S. allies. Beginning next year, Tehran can start upgrading its conventional and missile arsenals as U.N. arms embargoes expire. It is also threatening to resume progress toward nuclear weapons.The Trump Administration is pursuing robust sanctions, but these alone are likely insufficient to prevent Tehran’s aggression and reassure our regional allies.Credible forward deployed military capability – like a carrier strike group – provides real options for American policymakers. Last month’s intelligence suggesting Iran was ready to move against U.S. interests in the Middle East demonstrates how the absence of such forces could embolden Iran. Responding to this intelligence, the prompt movement of the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group into the region has dramatically increased the U.S. force posture. Effective deterrence of Iran will require persistent, visible, and credible military capability.A combination of far-reaching and short-term policy changes can address this challenge.



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Trump warns he’s not ‘prepared to lose’ reelection

Trump warns he’s not ‘prepared to lose’ reelectionPresident Trump declared that he is not “prepared to lose” reelection in 2020, saying he does not believe the official results of the popular vote count from his first election.



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Trump says he'd rather face Biden, isn't prepared to lose

Trump says he'd rather face Biden, isn't prepared to losePresident Donald Trump said Sunday that he’d prefer to run for re-election against Joe Biden, suggesting that the former vice president won’t be the “great candidate” Hillary Clinton was in 2016. Trump told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Clinton was “very smart. Asked if he’d rather face Clinton again, the president said, “I would actually rather run against Biden” because “Sleepy Joe.



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Erdogan on track to lose Turkey's biggest cities in shock poll upset

Erdogan on track to lose Turkey's biggest cities in shock poll upsetWhile official vote tallies and Turkish broadcasters put the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) candidates ahead in both cities, the Islamist-rooted AKP promised appeals that could delay the final results for days. Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics since sweeping to power 16 years ago and has ruled with an ever tighter grip, campaigned relentlessly for two months ahead of Sunday’s vote, which he described as a “matter of survival” for Turkey. “The people have voted in favour of democracy, they have chosen democracy,” said opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu, whose secularist CHP also held its Aegean coastal stronghold of Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city.



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Turks vote in local polls, Erdogan's party could lose in big cities

Turks vote in local polls, Erdogan's party could lose in big citiesErdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for more than 16 years thanks in part to strong economic growth, has become the country’s most popular, yet also most divisive, modern leader. With the economy contracting following a currency crisis last year in which the lira lost more than 30 percent of its value, some voters appeared ready to punish Erdogan, who has ruled with an increasingly uncompromising stance. Everyone is struggling,” said 47-year-old Hakan after voting in Ankara.



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Bloodthirsty Democrats lose after Mueller report findings. Trump and the US win.

Bloodthirsty Democrats lose after Mueller report findings. Trump and the US win.With Donald Trump exonerated, our nation will be spared of what would have been certain impeachment of the president



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How the U.S. Could Lose a Trump-Kim Summit

How the U.S. Could Lose a Trump-Kim SummitDonald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may sign a political statement declaring an end to the 70-year-old Korean War.



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