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Trump says NFL criticism has ‘nothing to do with race’

President Donald Trump gave an impromptu press briefing while boarding Air Force One on Sunday evening to address his criticism of NFL players who took a knee during the national anthem.  He told reporters that his criticism has ‘nothing’ to do with race, saying: ‘I never said anything about race. ‘This has nothing to do with race or anything else. This has to do with respect for our country and respect for our flag.’ Upon his return to the White House he tweeted: ‘Sports fans should never condone players that…

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Trump trying to turn around GOP holdouts on health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) – Unwilling to concede defeat on a bedrock GOP promise, President Donald Trump on Saturday tried to sway two Republican holdouts on the party’s last-ditch health care hope while clawing at his nemesis who again has brought the “Obamacare” repeal-and-replace effort to the brink of failure. Trump appealed to Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a possible “no” vote, to swing around for the sake of Alaskans up in arms over high insurance costs, and suggested that Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul might reverse his stated opposition “for the good of the…

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Body language expert on Prince Harry and Melania Trump

With the world watching, Prince Harry and Melania Trump had their first meeting in Toronto on Saturday – the first sit-down between a member of the Royal Family and the First Family since the presidential election. It was predictably frosty and somewhat secretive; their 30 minute chat was kept private.  But a body language expert called in by DailyMail.com has shed light on their face-to-face which, they say, may have been just as uncomfortable as it looked. Patti Wood, who has studied body language for decades, was able to glean…

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US flies mission in airspace east of North Korea

B-1B bombers from Guam and F-15 fighter escorts from Okinawa in Japan have flown a mission in international airspace over the waters east of North Korea, the Pentagon said. The US said it was the furthest north of the Demilitarised Zone that divides the Korean Peninsula that any American fighter or bomber has flown this century. Defence Department spokesman Dana White said in a statement that the mission showed how seriously the US took what she called North Korea’s “reckless behaviour”. B-1B bombers Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who…

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US bombers fly off east coast of North Korea: Pentagon

US aircraft, shown here conducting a mission over the Korean Peninsula, flew off the east coast of North Korea on September 23, 2017 US bombers flew off the east coast of North Korea Saturday in a show of force designed to project American military power in the face of Pyongyang’s weapons programs, escalating already sky-high tensions. The flight came after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime, as international alarm mounts over Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. US bombers have carried out…

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Pence targets Democratic Indiana senator with tax speech

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence returned to his home state on Friday to make the Republican case for an overhaul of the federal tax code, while calling on Democratic Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly to get on board with the effort. “There’s an old joke that says the tax code is 10 times the length of the Bible, with none of the good news,” Pence said before turning his attention to Donnelly, who was in attendance. “Indiana needs this tax cut. Hardworking Hoosiers need this tax cut,” Pence said….

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Federal government notifies 21 states of election hacking

The federal government on Friday told election officials in 21 states that hackers targeted their systems before last year’s presidential election. The notification came roughly a year after U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials first said states were targeted by hacking efforts possibly connected to Russia. The states that told The Associated Press they had been targeted included some key political battlegrounds, such as Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. The AP contacted every state election office to determine which ones had been informed that their election systems had been…

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Barnaby Joyce addresses North Korea hydrogen bomb threat

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has called North Korea‘s decision to test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean a ‘crazy’ idea. Mr Joyce was asked by a collection of reporters in Perth on Friday how he felt about the imminent threat of Kim Jong Un‘s reign and was initially speechless. ‘That would be a disaster beyond compare for the region, for the people of North Korea, who have no dog in this fight, who are just trying to feed themselves,’ he said after some consideration. Mr Joyce (pictured) was asked…

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The Latest: Carson praises Ala. Senate candidate Roy Moore

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Latest on xxxxxxx (all times local): 6 p.m. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is praising Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore just hours before President Donald Trump is set to headline a campaign rally for Moore’s rival. President Donald Trump gestures as he walks to board Air Force One to travel to Huntsville, Ala., for a campaign rally for Senate candidate Luther Strange, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Morristown, N.J. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) But a close confidant says it’s not an endorsement. In a…

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Russian hackers targeted 21 states before 2016 election

Vladimir Putin’s hackers targeted 21 states before the 2016 presidential election, the Department of Homeland Security dramatically revealed Friday. Wisconsin, a key state in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, said on Friday it was one of the 21 states that the federal government notified were targeted by Russian government hackers but no votes were changed. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed it had notified the 21 states but declined to identify them Friday. States that told The Associated Press they had been targeted include Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Washington…

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