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U.S. Government Considers Banning Travel to North Korea

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U.S. Government Considers Banning Travel to North Korea

- The White House is reportedly considering a ban on travel to North Korea for all U.S. citizens following the death of Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old American college student who was held prisoner in the isolated nation for 17 months. As USA Today reported, more than 800 Americans travel to North Korea each year with various tourism groups that often tout the trips as a safe adventure

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Rauner signs gun crime bill, favored by Emanuel, that cracks down on repeat offenders

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Rauner signs gun crime bill, favored by Emanuel, that cracks down on repeat offenders

- Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats orchestrated a brief reprieve from their fighting Friday as they touted a new law to crack down on repeat gun offenders. Rauner inked his approval to the legislation at a hastily arranged signing ceremony in his Capitol office, a day after his staff accused Democrats of holding onto the bill in order to deny the governor a chance to celebrate the political accomplishment

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Judge fines Kobach over document he took to Trump meeting

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Judge fines Kobach over document he took to Trump meeting

- WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was fined $1,000 on Friday by a federal magistrate judge for "patently misleading representations" he made to the court about the contents of a document he was photographed taking into a November meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump. "The court agrees that the defendant's deceptive conduct and lack of candor warrant the imposition of sanctions," U

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5 GOP senators now oppose health bill, enough to sink it

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5 GOP senators now oppose health bill, enough to sink it

- WASHINGTON — Nevada Republican Dean Heller became the fifth GOP senator to declare his opposition to the party's banner legislation to scuttle much of Barack Obama's health care overhaul on Friday, more than enough to sink the measure and deliver a stinging rebuke to President Donald Trump unless some of them can be brought aboard. Echoing the other four, Heller said he opposes the measure "in this form" but does not rule out backing a version that is changed to his liking

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Polls: Pick our Sentinel boys and girls Athletes of the Year

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Polls: Pick our Sentinel boys and girls Athletes of the Year

- Want a say in who our 2016-17 Athletes of the Year are? Click on the links below to vote for the boys and girls representatives. Voting closes Wednesday evening and we'll unveil the selections later that week.

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Legislature passes budget compromise to avert shutdown

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Legislature passes budget compromise to avert shutdown

- UPDATE: 9:15 a.m. on June 23, 2017. The Legislature passed a budget that avoids a state government shutdown Thursday night. The part of the budget directly controlled by the Legislature includes $4.1 billion. The spending plan avoids cuts to school funding. It sets permanent fund dividends at $1,100 – about half of the amount set under state law. Bethel Democratic Sen

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Johnny Depp apologizes for Trump assassination joke

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Johnny Depp apologizes for Trump assassination joke

- Johnny Depp has apologized for joking about the assassination of President Donald Trump on Thursday night at the Glastonbury Festival in England. “I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” Depp said in a statement released to PEOPLE. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone

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Senate probes Loretta Lynch's alleged interference in Clinton email investigation

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Senate probes Loretta Lynch's alleged interference in Clinton email investigation

- A bipartisan group of Senate Judiciary Committee leaders is examining former Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s alleged interference in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The group is seeking details about Lynch's communication with a Clinton campaign aide, Amanda Renteria, as well as copies of documents and information about whether the FBI investigated the alleged communication. The letters, sent Thursday, are signed by Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley, Ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein, as well as Sens

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Trump labors to make Mueller-Comey tie a key talking point

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Trump labors to make Mueller-Comey tie a key talking point

- WASHINGTON (AP) -- Robert Mueller, the somber-faced and demanding FBI director who led the bureau through the Sept. 11 attacks, and James Comey, his more approachable and outwardly affable successor, may be poles apart stylistically but both command a wealth of respect in the law enforcement and legal community. That hasn't stopped President Donald Trump and his associates from repeatedly trying to draw unflattering attention to their relationship, insinuating a personal bond they suggest could disqualify Mueller from credibly serving as special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation

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Republican Senator Heller opposes healthcare bill: MSNBC

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Republican Senator Heller opposes healthcare bill: MSNBC

- U.S. Republican Senator Dean Heller said on Friday he would not support a healthcare bill unveiled by the Senate Republican leadership in its current form, becoming the fifth Republican senator to oppose the draft legislation, MSNBC reported. “This bill … is not the answer,” Heller told MSNBC. “I’m announcing today that in this form I will not support it.” (Reporting

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State Department to eliminate special envoy on Afghanistan, Pakistan

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State Department to eliminate special envoy on Afghanistan, Pakistan

- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is conducting a review of the State Department's organizational structure The post lost much of its prestige after Richard Holbrooke died Washington (CNN)The State Department is planning to eliminate the position of Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, senior US officials confirmed to CNN Friday. The move comes as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is conducting a broad review of the State Department's organizational structure with the intent of streamlining reporting channels, and potentially cutting several dozen similar senior positions

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White House wants more ‘outrage’ over Johnny Depp comments

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White House wants more ‘outrage’ over Johnny Depp comments

- WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday complained about a “lack of outrage” towards violent language aimed at President Trump — even as it hosted a Trump campaign adviser who said last year that Hillary Clinton should be “shot for treason.” Press secretary Sean Spicer had been asked about a production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” in which the assassinated Roman emperor is dressed and made up to look like Trump

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Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill

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Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill

- The Senate GOP can only afford to lose two votes to pass the measure. . . Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill The Senate GOP can only afford to lose two votes to pass the measure Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill The Senate GOP can only afford to lose two votes to pass the measure LAS VEGAS — A day after saying he had "serious concerns" over the Senate's health care reform bill, Sen

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Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill

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Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill

- The Senate GOP can only afford to lose two votes to pass the measure. . . Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill The Senate GOP can only afford to lose two votes to pass the measure Nevada's Heller becomes 5th GOP senator opposed to health bill The Senate GOP can only afford to lose two votes to pass the measure LAS VEGAS — A day after saying he had "serious concerns" over the Senate's health care reform bill, Sen

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Senate panel seeks details on Lynch role in Clinton probe

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Senate panel seeks details on Lynch role in Clinton probe

- WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are seeking information about alleged political interference by former Attorney General Loretta Lynch into the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and other lawmakers are seeking details about communications in which Lynch reportedly assured Democratic operatives that she would keep the FBI's Clinton investigation from "going too far

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White House responds to Johnny Depp’s remark about assassination

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White House responds to Johnny Depp’s remark about assassination

- WASHINGTON — The White House responded Friday to actor Johnny Depp’s comments alluding to assassinating President Donald Trump, calling his words ‘sad.’ “President Trump has condemned violence in all forms, and it’s sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead,” deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN. “I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a Democrat elected official

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  • Obama approved ‘cyber weapons’ in response to Russian attacks: report
    Obama approved ‘cyber weapons’ in response to Russian attacks: report

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    In its final months, the Obama administration debated dozens of options to punish Russia for its cyber campaign to disrupt U.S. democracy, according to a new report. The Washington Post published a deeply sourced article Friday morning on former President Barack Obama’s secret campaign to make Moscow pay for attempting to influence and discredit last year’s presidential election. Last August, Obama received a report from the CIA that Russian President Vladimir Putin laid out specific instructions to damage or defeat then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and help elect Trump, according to the Post

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