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GOP Senators Hold Meeting To Discuss Draft Of Healthcare Bill
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A Tough Pill to Swallow

The GOP health care bill is shaping up to be a tough pill to swallow for many lawmakers, including a handful of Republicans who might doom the attempt. The GOP can spare just two defections—and there are already four who publicly say they are no votes

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Trump Admits He Doesn't Have Tapes of Comey

President Donald Trump conceded that he does not actually have tapes of his conversations with former FBI Director James Comey, weeks after his implication that he might have such recordings set up a high-stakes showdown with Comey and with Congress

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Theresa May Offers Hope For E.U. Citizens After Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May promised that E.U. citizens will not be immediately kicked out when the U.K. leaves the union, and says their fate will be a top priority in Brexit negotiations — prompting guarded praise from other European leaders

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Narendra Modi to Meet Donald Trump at the White House

The future of ties between the world’s most powerful democracy and its biggest one is once again a matter of debate, with the first face to face meeting between Modi and Donald Trump on June 26. Here's what to expect

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Thousands Attend Funeral of Otto Warmbier

Celebrating the life of an American college student who was detained in North Korea for over a year and died shortly after returning home in a coma, a packed crowd of mourners gathered as Otto Warmbier's loved ones shared stories

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North Korea Tests Rocket Engine, Possibly for ICBM

North Korea has carried out another test of a rocket engine that the U.S. believes could be part of its program to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile. Officials assessed that the test could be for the smallest stage of an ICBM rocket engine

Protests Erupt After Minnesota Officer Acquitted In Killing Of Philando Castile

Video Shows a Daughter's Plea After Castile Shooting

New police footage reveals more of the immediate aftermath of the fatal 2016 police shooting of Philando Castile in a Minnesota suburb, depicting the heartwrenching moment shared in the back of a police car between Castile's girlfriend and her daughter

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Qatar: Gulf Neighbors Issue List of Demands to End Crisis

Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries that have cut ties to Qatar issued a steep list of demands to end the crisis, insisting that their Persian Gulf neighbor shutter Al-Jazeera, cut back diplomatic ties to Iran and close a Turkish military base in Qatar

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Yellowstone's Grizzly Bears No Longer Threatened

Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted. But the move will allow some hunting outside the park's boundaries

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Judge Halts Deportation of Iraqi Christians

A judge has temporarily halted the deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians living in the Detroit area who fear torture and possible death if sent back to Iraq. Most of them are Chaldean Christians, but some are Shiite Muslims and converts to Christianity

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'Pizzagate' Shooter Sentenced to 4 Years in Jail

A North Carolina man who fired an assault rifle inside a District of Columbia restaurant during his investigation of a conspiracy theory dubbed "pizzagate" has been sentenced to four years in prison

Balenciaga Just Released a $1,100 Shopping Bag

After Balenciaga launched a $2,145 version of an Ikea shopping bag, the high-end designer label has done it again with a shopping bag-like tote that retails for $1,100. The difference between the paper bag and the accessory might be the materials