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U.S. sanctions Chinese officials over Uighur human rights abuses

U.S. sanctions Chinese officials over Uighur human rights abuses

Photo: Xinhua/Liu Jie via Getty ImagesThe Treasury Department Thursday that the U.S. has sanctioned four Chinese Communist Party officials and the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau for human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.Why it matters: The sanctions designations, pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Act passed by Congress in 2016, mark a significant escalation in the Trump administration's response to the Chinese government's detainment of over 1 million Uighurs in internment camps.The officials sanctioned by Treasury include:Secretary of State Mike...

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Judge asks full appeals court to review panel's dismissal of Flynn case

Judge asks full appeals court to review panel's dismissal of Flynn case

Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty ImagesD.C. District Judge Emmet Sullivan on Thursday petitioned for the full D.C. Court of Appeals to rehear a to order the dismissal of the case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.Why it matters: The panel's 2-1 decision could be overturned by the full 11-judge appeals court if it decides to take up the en banc review.The backdrop: The Justice Department under Attorney General Bill Barr moved to dismiss the charges against Flynn in May, following a review that alleged prosecutorial misconduct by the FBI agents who had interviewed Flynn.The...

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Julian Assange charged with conspiring with "Anonymous"-affiliated hackers

Julian Assange charged with conspiring with "Anonymous"-affiliated hackers

Photo: Jack Taylor/Getty ImagesThe Justice Department on Wednesday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged in a superseding indictment for recruiting and conspiring with computer hackers, including those affiliated with the hacking groups LulzSec and "Anonymous."Why it matters: The new indictment does not add new counts to the filed against Assange under the Espionage Act last year, but it does "broaden the scope of the conspiracy surrounding alleged computer intrusions with which Assange was previously charged," according to the DOJ.The big picture: Assange is currently in...

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Supreme Court temporarily blocks release of Mueller grand jury material

Supreme Court temporarily blocks release of Mueller grand jury material

Robert Mueller. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe Supreme Court issued a stay on Wednesday denying House Democrats immediate access to secret grand jury materials from the Mueller report in order to give the Trump administration time to appeal a lower court decision.Why it matters: Democrats say the material could help them determine whether President Trump obstructed the Mueller investigation, possibly requiring new articles of impeachment.The big picture: The Trump administration earlier this month to temporarily block an appellate ruling that would force the Justice Department to...

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May 20
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Trump contradicts health officials on who can get a coronavirus test

Trump contradicts health officials on who can get a coronavirus test

President Trump claimed at a press briefing Monday that any American who "wants" a coronavirus test can get one — contradicting his testing coordinator Adm. Brett Giroir, who just moments earlier said that tests are mostly reserved for people who "need" one because they present symptoms or are participating in contact tracing.Why it matters: Trump used the briefing largely to celebrate the country's success in ramping up testing capacity, at one point boasting that "we have met the moment and we have prevailed" in regards to testing. But questions still remain about how Americans will be...

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Ex-DOJ official claims Barr "twisted" her words in motion to dismiss Flynn case

Ex-DOJ official claims Barr "twisted" her words in motion to dismiss Flynn case

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesMary McCord, former acting assistant attorney general for national security, claimed in a Sunday that the Justice Department's the case against Michael Flynn "twisted" her words to suggest that the FBI's 2017 interview of Flynn was illegitimate.Why it matters: The Justice Department's filing relies in part on McCord's July 2017 interview with the FBI to argue that the FBI had no valid counterintelligence reason to interview Flynn, and that the former national security adviser's apparent lies were therefore immaterial.The big picture: The  — signed by acting...

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Sen. Kevin Cramer blocks Armenian genocide bill at request of White House

Sen. Kevin Cramer blocks Armenian genocide bill at request of White House

Sen. Cramer at a rally with Trump. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesThe White House directed Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) to block an effort by Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Thursday to pass a resolution via unanimous consent formally recognizing Turkey's genocide of the Armenian people, according to two sources familiar with the matter.Why it matters: This is the third time that the White House has directed a Republican senator to block the resolution, a symbolic measure already passed by the House that would infuriate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan....

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Trump threatens to force Congress to adjourn to allow recess appointments

Trump threatens to force Congress to adjourn to allow recess appointments

President Trump threatened Wednesday to force Congress into a formal recess so that he can make recess appointments, claiming that the lack of permanent positions filled in his administration has made it "very hard" to govern, especially during the pandemic.Why it matters: Trump told the Senate to either "fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees" or formally adjourn so that he can make recess appointments, attacking the chamber for using "scam" pro forma sessions in which it convenes briefly.Between the lines: The Constitution does give the president the power to adjourn the House and...

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Biden rolls out new policies on Medicare and student debt in effort to court Sanders supporters

Biden rolls out new policies on Medicare and student debt in effort to court Sanders supporters

Photo: Scott Olson/Getty ImagesThe Biden campaign announced on Thursday on health care and student debt that are squarely aimed at appealing to supporters of Bernie Sanders, who for the Democratic nomination on Wednesday.Why it matters: The policies don't go as far as Sanders' platform, but they signal that Biden is serious about of his former rival's agenda in an effort to help unify the Democratic Party and defeat President Trump in the general election.1. Lower the Medicare age from 65 to 60.2. Forgive student debt for low-income and middle-class individuals who have attended public...

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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson orders nationwide lockdown

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson orders nationwide lockdown

Photo: Ian Vogler-WPA Pool/Getty ImagesIn a national address on Monday, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the latest world leader to order a nationwide lockdown in an effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.Why it matters: Johnson that a surge of coronavirus cases over the next two weeks could cripple the country's National Health Service, and that the U.K. is only "a matter of weeks" behind Italy — now the site of the worst coronavirus outbreak in the world.Details: Johnson ordered all non-essential shops, playgrounds, libraries, gyms and places of worship to close, and banned...

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Mar 23
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Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for coronavirus

Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for coronavirus

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has tested positive for the coronavirus, his office announced on Twitter Sunday. Why it matters: He's the first U.S. senator to test positive. According to his office, Paul is asymptomatic and was not aware of making direct contact with an infected person. Paul, a licensed physician and notorious deficit hawk, was the only senator to vote against a bipartisan $8 billion deal to provide emergency coronavirus funding earlier this month. He sought to introduce an amendment that would take the funding from the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International...

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Bernie Sanders says he's staying in race, looks forward to debating Joe Biden

Bernie Sanders says he's staying in race, looks forward to debating Joe Biden

Bernie Sanders said at a press conference Wednesday that he will not suspend his presidential campaign after a second consecutive week of bruising primary losses to Joe Biden, telling reporters that he looks forward to Sunday's one-on-one debate.Why it matters: Sanders' path to the nomination narrowed significantly after Biden built up his delegate lead in most of the states that voted Tuesday — including the key prize of Michigan, where Sanders' surprise win over Hillary Clinton in 2016 gave him a needed boost of momentum.What he's saying: "What became even more apparent yesterday is that...

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Prosecutors recommend Roger Stone serve 7–9 years in prison - Axios

Prosecutors recommend Roger Stone serve 7–9 years in prison - Axios

Photo: Win McNamee/Getty ImagesFederal prosecutors recommended in a filed Monday that Trump associate Roger Stone serve 87–108 months in prison — or 7–9 years — for crimes that include obstruction of justice, lying to Congress and witness tampering.The big picture: Stone, one of several Trump associates to be indicted as a result of the Mueller investigation, was in November of lying to Congress about his efforts to learn more about when WikiLeaks would publish damaging emails about 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.What they're saying:"Roger Stone obstructed Congress’s...

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Jerry Nadler: We have impeachment resolutions before the House Judiciary Committee

Jerry Nadler: We have impeachment resolutions before the House Judiciary Committee

House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) declined to explicitly say on ABC's "This Week" whether Democrats are pursuing an official impeachment inquiry, but repeated to George Stephanopoulos what he wrote in a court filing last week: "We have impeachment resolutions before the committee."STEPHANOPOULOS: "You filed a judicial filing on Friday requesting grand jury information. You made it pretty clear in that filing that the House Judiciary Committee is investigating impeachment. 'The committee has repeatedly made clear that it is assessing whether to approve articles of impeachment with...

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