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Kellyanne: ‘No’ White House not using migrant children for political leverage

Kellyanne: ‘No’ White House not using migrant children for political leverageWhite House Adviser Kellyanne Conway tells Chuck Todd that the children who are separated from their families at the border are being cared for with empathy.



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Schiff: White House using migrant tears 'as mortar to build their wall'

Schiff: White House using migrant tears 'as mortar to build their wall'Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, tells Chuck Todd that the White House is using migrant children seeking asylum for political leverage, during an exclusive interview with Meet the Press



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Hillary Clinton ridicules James Comey for reportedly using his personal email for work

Hillary Clinton ridicules James Comey for reportedly using his personal email for workHillary Clinton has ridiculed former FBI director James Comey after a government report found he used a personal email account for work. Democrats have criticised Mr Comey’s decision to make public an investigation into Ms Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time serving as secretary of state during the Obama administration, saying the announcement derailed her presidential campaign.



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Vladimir Putin accused of using World Cup to bury bad news after raising pension age on opening night

Vladimir Putin accused of using World Cup to bury bad news after raising pension age on opening nightVladimir Putin’s government has been criticised for using the World Cup to bury bad news after it announced a rise in the pension age in the wake of Russia’s first victory of the tournament.  The announcement, which came immediately after Russia’s 5-0 victory over Saudi Arabia on Thursday evening, is likely to prove widely unpopular among the Russian public, who opinion polls show are deeply opposed to adjustments to the welfare state.  Dmitry Medvedev, the prime minister, said the proposed adjustments to the law would see the pension age for men raised from 60 to 65 and for women from 55 to 63.  There will also be an two percent increase on VAT from 18 to 20 percent.  Alexei Kudrin, a former finance minister widely seen as a leader of the liberal economic camp in the Kremlin elite, welcomed the news.  Пенсионная реформа назрела давно. Наконец, решение принято. Это выгодное для граждан решение, оно позволит повысить пенсии— Алексей Кудрин (@Aleksei_Kudrin) June 14, 2018 “Pension reform is long overdue. Finally, the decision has been made. This is an advantageous solution for our citizens, it will increase pensions,” he wrote on Twitter. But the announcement drew a critical reception from some Russian papers, with some columnists suggesting the whole point of the World Cup was to distract the public while the government launched painful economic policies.  Moskovsky Komsomolets, a pro-Kremlin tabloid, noted that the plans had been announced without prior discussion, despite previous promises that such an unpopular move would be the subject of public debate.  The announcement came as millions of Russians were watching the World Cup opening ceremony Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP Maxim Topilin, the minister of labour, said the measures would be discussed with trade unions and employers. Opposition figures mocked the way Mr Medvedev made the announcement while Mr Putin presided over a footballing victory, in an apparent bid to distance the president from unpopular measures.  "Putin is actually in favour of lowering the retirement age. And increasing pensions. And cutting the price of petrol. But Medvedv and Kudrin have conspired and are plotting," wrote Leonid Volkov, an advisor to the opposition leader Alexei Navalny.  Economists have been urging Mr Putin to launch far-reaching but painful economic reforms for nearly a decade, but he has previously resisted such advice because of the danger of a public backlash. A recent opinion poll published by state media showed that 92 percent of Russians oppose pension reform. Mr Putin built much of his political brand on a social contract which guaranteed jobs and pension security for much of the population.  Millions of pensioners rely on Russia's welfare state Credit:  Stanislav Krasilnikov/Tass Mr Medvedev said actual pension ages would be raised gradually at a rate of 6 months per year, meaning the retirement age of 65 for men will be reached in 2028 and 63 for women in 2034. The state-owned Gazprombank said in a note to clients that the reform is one of the most gradual scenarios the government had considered and that it might only bring in 25 to 30 percent of the savings it is theoretically meant to achieve.  Russia's state pension fund is running a deficit equivalent to around 3.1 percent of GDP. 



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Golden State Killer: Police using genealogy website wrongly identified innocent man in nursing home as suspect

Golden State Killer: Police using genealogy website wrongly identified innocent man in nursing home as suspectDetectives hunting the Golden State Killer used information from genealogy websites that led them to wrongly identify an elderly nursing home patient as a suspect in the case. An Oregon police officer working at the request of California investigators persuaded a judge to order a 73-year-old man to provide a DNA sample in March 2017, according to newly-released court records. The man was identified as a suspect after authorities found a rare genetic marker in 30-year-old samples of the killer’s DNA, before searches of a genealogy website led them to one of his relatives.



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'Golden State Killer' was caught using a genealogy website, police reveal

'Golden State Killer' was caught using a genealogy website, police revealThe suspect in the notorious "Golden State Killer" case was found with the help of genealogy websites, police have revealed. For decades the man behind a spate of murders and rapes in California in the 1970s and 1980s – dubbed the "Golden State Killer" – had evaded capture until the dramatic arrest of a suspect this week. Joseph DeAngelo, 72, was arrested at his home and charged with eight counts of murder and could face dozens more charges after DNA evidence linked him to the crimes, authorities said. Californian police have revealed that genealogy websites used to trace family ancestry helped narrow their search for the serial killer. Prosecutor Steve Grippi said investigators compared the DNA they had from the crime scenes to genetic information uploaded to websites by people who were searching for relatives or ancestors. This helped officers to focus on a few individuals, which was further narrowed down by profiling techniques. Police then watched DeAngelo, himself a former police officer, for several days for an opportunity to collect his DNA, which matched him to the crimes. The FBI reward offer for the Golden State Killer Credit: FBI The officers declined to reveal which particular websites they used or who the matching DNA belonged to, but it is likely that a relative of DeAngelo's had been using one of the sites. The revelation has raised privacy concerns for the millions of people who provide their DNA to ancestry websites. According to legal experts, there are no stringent privacy laws to prevent police from searching ancestry websites' databases.  Joseph DeAngelo, a former police officer, had evaded capture for decades Credit: Sacramento Sheriff/Twitter "People who submit DNA for ancestors testing are unwittingly becoming genetic informants on their innocent family,"  said Steve Mercer, the chief attorney for the forensic division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. Mr Mercer added that they "have fewer privacy protections than convicted offenders whose DNA is contained in regulated databanks". The Golden State Killer, also known as the "East Area Rapist" and "Original Nightstalker," is suspected of carrying out at least 12 murders and 45 rapes in California between 1976 and 1986. The armed and masked prowler would sneak in through windows at night and surprised sleeping victims who ranged in age from 13 to 41. The breakthrough arrest caused a media storm in the US Credit: AP When encountering a couple, he was known to tie up the man and pile dishes on his back. He threatened to kill both victims if he heard plates crash to the floor while he raped the woman. He then ransacked the house, taking souvenirs, notably coins and jewellery before fleeing on foot or bicycle. The spree of attacks terrorised communities in Sacramento, San Francisco and other parts of California. Despite an outpouring of thousands of tips over the years, DeAngelo's name had not been on authorities' radar before last week, said Anne Marie Schubert, the Sacramento County district attorney. "We knew we were looking for a needle in a haystack, but we also knew that needle was there," she said. "It was right here in Sacramento."



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Military Officers Punished After One Appears To Re-Enlist Using Dinosaur Puppet

Military Officers Punished After One Appears To Re-Enlist Using Dinosaur PuppetAn officer in the Tennessee National Guard has been removed from her position



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Military Officers Punished After One Appears To Re-Enlist Using Dinosaur Puppet

Military Officers Punished After One Appears To Re-Enlist Using Dinosaur PuppetAn officer in the Tennessee National Guard has been removed from her position



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Billionaire GOP Donor: I’m Using My Tax-Cut Money To Help Elect Democrats

Billionaire GOP Donor: I’m Using My Tax-Cut Money To Help Elect DemocratsA major GOP donor is jumping ship and now he's contributing to Democratic



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Roy Moore supporters tried to buy off his accuser’s lawyer using 10,000 dollars and Steve Bannon

Roy Moore supporters tried to buy off his accuser’s lawyer using 10,000 dollars and Steve BannonA jaw dropping new storyline surrounding last year’s Alabama special election ties Steve Bannon and Breitbart to a plot aimed to undermine Leigh Corfman’s accusations on Roy Moore



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