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Firing Rex Tillerson Won't Change What He Did

“There is an open question on whether they understand government or not.”<p>As questions swirl about whether Rex Tillerson is about to be pushed out as secretary of state, there’s another more pressing question to consider: Does it matter?<p>Tillerson and President Donald Trump have both denied the …

Middle East

Report: Rep. Blake Farenthold used taxpayer money to settle $84K sexual harassment claim

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold settled a sexual harassment complaint brought by an aide with taxpayer money in 2014, according a new report published Friday -- making him the first lawmaker known publicly to have used a fund to pay a sexual harassment settlement.<p>Politico reported …

Sexual Harassment

New air campaign in Afghanistan is test for Trump strategy in America's longest war

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has sharply expanded its air campaign against the Taliban in the first major test of President Trump’s strategy in Afghanistan, a stalemated war now in its 17th year.<p>The first strikes targeted Taliban drug labs, but those initial attacks are only part of an ambitious …

Afghanistan

Exclusive: First U.S. Baby Born After a Uterus Transplant

For the first time in the United States, a woman who was born without a uterus gave birth to a baby. The landmark birth took place at Baylor …

Pregnancy

New Hampshire sex offender headbutted by inmate in courtroom after sentencing, video shows

A man was headbutted by a prisoner in a New Hampshire courtroom Thursday after the man was sentenced to prison for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl, video showed.<p>Christopher Elwell, 29, was sentenced in a Dover courtroom to 7 ½ to 15 years in prison and has to register as a sex offender. The …

After CNN broke her Al Franken groping story, accuser spent day hiding in bed

MAINEVILLE, Ohio — An Ohio woman who accused now-Sen. Al Franken of groping her hid for most of the day Thursday after she told her story to the world on CNN.<p>Stephanie Kemplin of Maineville asked a friend to pick up her 9-year-old daughter from school because media vans were swarming her …

Democratic National Convention

Steve Schmidt: If Trump pardons Flynn it will create a 'constitutional crisis' that will end the GOP

GOP strategist Steve Schmidt isn’t optimistic about the Republican Congress’ potential for impeaching President Donald Trump in the wake of former …

FBI director meets with black caucus over criticized report

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> FBI Director Christopher Wray continued to fend off questions over a controversial bureau report that linked black extremists to violence against police officers, this time at a House hearing Thursday.<p>His public explanation of the internal intelligence assessment on "Black …

Justice
North Korea

Schools cut ties with honorees accused of sexual misconduct

Dozens of U.S. colleges have bestowed honors upon prominent men from Hollywood to the nation's capital who have recently been accused of sexual misconduct. Their dilemma: deciding whether to revoke them.<p>More than 10 men facing allegations have received honorary degrees that could face scrutiny, …

College & University

‘North Korea Is the Biggest Threat to All Humankind.’ U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad Talks to TIME

Tucked between northeastern Beijing’s third and fourth ring-roads, the U.S. Embassy in China is a squat complex of silver-gray buildings, with the …

China

Former U.S. Marine Gets Life in Prison for Okinawa Rape and Murder

TOKYO — A court on the Japanese island of Okinawa sentenced a former United States Marine to life in prison on Friday after convicting him of the rape and murder of a 20-year-old Japanese woman.<p>The former Marine, Kenneth Franklin Shinzato, 33, confessed to raping Rina Shimabukuro and abandoning her …

Crime
Turner Broadcasting

Garcia Zarate not guilty verdict sparks nationwide outrage

UN appeals for record $22.5bn humanitarian aid for 2018

<b>The United Nations has appealed for a record $22.5bn (£17bn) in humanitarian aid for 2018.</b><p>The global aid appeal aims to raise funds to help 91 million of the world's most vulnerable people, out of 136 million in need, a UN statement said.<p>More than $10bn is needed to address the humanitarian crises …

Africa

Michael Flynn charged with making false statements to the FBI

Belgian prince says proposed pay cut would breach his human rights

PM has moved to slash royal’s €380,000 endowment after he was criticised for appearance at Chinese state event<p>A wayward brother of the king of Belgium has claimed the government is violating his human rights after the prime minister moved to cut his annual €308,000 (£280,000) government …

Human Rights

Republicans are breaking four big promises in the Senate tax bill

<i>First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p>WASHINGTON — Republican senators last night hit a snag on their tax plan (more on that below), and so the votes will resume at 11:00 am ET with no one knowing …

Republicans

Paul Ryan walked into an awkward exchange about sexual harassment allegations against Trump and Roy Moore

House Speaker Paul Ryan is adamant that Congress should be held to "high standards" and set an example for the rest of the country in how women are treated in the workplace amid a flood of recent allegations of sexual harassment both on the Hill and across the country.<p>But during an interview with …

Donald Trump

Jared Kushner reportedly '100 percent' behind the push to get Tillerson fired

A plan to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from his Cabinet-level post was orchestrated in part by President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, according to multiple sources, one of whom said the two senior administration officials have "been clashing heads since day one."<p>White House officials …

Donald Trump

Michael Flynn Just Flipped on Team Trump

After being charged with lying to the FBI, the former national security adviser said he would cooperate with Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia …

Donald Trump

Tesla switches on its mega-battery

The battery is capable of providing power to tens of thousands of homes.<p>The largest lithium-ion battery in the world is now operational in Southern Australia.<p>The 100-megawatt battery was built by Tesla. The company's CEO Elon Musk has described it as "three times more powerful" than the world's …

Tesla

People are fuming Prince Harry is marrying Meghan Markle for THIS reason

Prince Harry has revealed he knew his bride-to-be Meghan Markle was "the one" from their very first meeting.<p>The Queen's grandson declared himself to …

GOP Tries to Sneak Through Repeal of the Welfare State to Give the Rich a Tax Cut

It's a shameful moment for the Senate and John McCain that they would ram through legislation to raise taxes on the middle class, gut health care, …

Roy Moore

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It slashes Medicare by billions and will leave millions without insurance.<p>The Senate tax bill is really a health care bill with major implications for more than 100 million Americans who rely on the federal government for their health insurance.<p>The bill reaches into every major American health care …

Health Care

The Supreme Court Tackles The Political Riddle Of Race-Based Gerrymandering

Every 10 years, after the census is complete, legislators in statehouses across the country embark on a time-honored tradition: remapping the …

Government

The Dakota Access Pipeline isn’t just about the environment. It’s about religion.

Activists fighting to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota welcomed new developments after the Army said Sunday that it will not approve an easement. Protesters saw the announcement as a key victory for Native American tribes and others who have flocked in recent months to protest the …

Ethnology