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AP Analysis: Saudi oil attack part of dangerous new pattern

AP Analysis: Saudi oil attack part of dangerous new patternThe assault on the beating heart of Saudi Arabia’s vast oil empire follows a new and dangerous pattern that’s emerged across the Persian Gulf this summer of precise attacks that leave few obvious clues as to who launched them. Beginning in May with the still-unclaimed explosions that damaged oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, the region has seen its energy infrastructure repeatedly targeted. “Iran can count on public skepticism to afford it some deniability under any circumstances, but an attack of this magnitude stands a much greater chance of provoking very severe diplomatic and military consequences,” warned Michael Knights, a senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.



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OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as part of opioids settlement

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy as part of opioids settlementOxyContin maker Purdue Pharma filed for bankruptcy protection Sunday, days after reaching a tentative settlement with many state and local governments



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DOJ releases part of Mueller’s conflict of interest waiver

DOJ releases part of Mueller’s conflict of interest waiverTop Justice Department ethics official concluded it was unlikely any reasonable person would doubt Mueller's independence.



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Iowa National Guard members stayed at Trump Turnberry, Scotland, resort now part of congressional investigation

Iowa National Guard members stayed at Trump Turnberry, Scotland, resort now part of congressional investigationThe Iowa National Guard's stay at President Donald Trump's Turnberry resort in Scotland is one of multiple trips under congressional investigation



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Germany welcomes U.S. readiness to talk with Iran, urges all to play their part

Germany welcomes U.S. readiness to talk with Iran, urges all to play their partGermany foreign minister Heiko Maas said on Thursday that his country welcomed signs the United States was more willing to discuss the Iranian nuclear deal and that every country, including Iran, should work to end the impasse. “We welcome the result of the G7 summit in Biarritz, namely that the United States is more willing to talk… Everyone must contribute, including Iran, towards de-escalating the situation in the region and we want to play our part too,” Maas told reporters before a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Helsinki.



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Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Rob Porter as Part of Obstruction Probe

Judiciary Committee Subpoenas Rob Porter as Part of Obstruction ProbeThe House Judiciary Committee will subpoena former White House staff secretary Rob Porter as part of its probe into President Trump's alleged attempts to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Politico reported Monday.Porter, who resigned last year amid allegations of domestic abuse, served as a close confidante to the president during the Mueller probe and, as such, might be a valuable witness for House Democrats seeking to expose Trump's misconduct as they weigh whether to begin impeachment proceedings.The White House has thus far blocked senior White House officials from complying with lawmakers' oversight requests, asserting that high-level officials enjoy “absolute immunity” from testifying before Congress. That claim is now being challenged in the courts by Democrats seeking testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn.Porter is mentioned multiple times in the Mueller report. In one section that will likely be of particular interest to lawmakers, the report details how Trump asked Porter to speak with senior Department of Justice official Rachel Brand about supervising the Mueller probe as a corrective to attorney general Jeff Sessions's recusal.The former White House aide never carried out the president's request “because he was sensitive to the implications of that action and did not want to be involved in a chain of events associated with an effort to end the investigation or fire the special counsel,” according to the report.Porter was also present for, and took contemporaneous notes related to, Trump's repeated diatribes against McGahn. According to the Mueller report, some of those rants included threats to fire the White House lawyer over his adherence to a policy of cooperation of with the special counsel's office, and his refusal to author a dishonest letter falsely denying a New York Times report that indicated the president ordered him to fire Mueller.



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Louisiana woman reportedly told police the meth found in her body part was not hers

Louisiana woman reportedly told police the meth found in her body part was not hersA Louisiana woman reportedly told police she did not know where the meth – found in her groin- came from.



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US to send asylum seekers back to dangerous part of Mexico

US to send asylum seekers back to dangerous part of MexicoThe U.S. government on Friday expanded its requirement that asylum seekers wait outside the country to a part of the Texas Rio Grande Valley across from one of Mexico’s most dangerous cities. The Department of Homeland Security said that it would implement its Migrant Protection Protocols in Brownsville, Texas, across the border from Matamoros, Mexico. DHS says it anticipates the first asylum seekers will be sent back to Mexico starting Friday.



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Texas judge rejects part of state's 'sanctuary city' lawsuit

Texas judge rejects part of state's 'sanctuary city' lawsuitA Texas judge has dismissed substantial parts of the attorney general’s first “sanctuary cities” lawsuit that alleges the San Antonio police chief obstructed enforcement of immigration law. Attorney General Ken Paxton’s lawsuit accuses Police Chief William McManus of releasing 12 immigrants suspected of entering the U.S. illegally. It was a rare enforcement of Texas’ 2017 Senate Bill 4, which penalizes local officials who restrict federal immigration enforcement.



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Donald Trump's future depends in part on Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong Un

Donald Trump's future depends in part on Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong UnTrump's short trip to Asia focused on global goals that will continue throughout the presidential election



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