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Environmentalists: New documents reveal why Trump shouldn't lower gas mileage standards

Trudmp's new gas mileage under attack

Environmentalists are pointing to newly released documents as further proof the Trump administration is making a bad decision in seeking to ease toughening fuel-economy rules.

The internal documents show disagreements between the nation's top environmental regulator, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Transportation Department's auto safety arm, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when it comes to drafting a new policy over fuel economy.

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Shortage of medicine, drinking water for Kerala flood survivors

Floods in India worst in 100 years

The death toll from the worst flooding to hit India's Kerala state in a century has jumped to 357 with losses to infrastructure pegged at almost $3bn.

The idyllic tourist hotspot has been badgered by torrential monsoon rains since the end of May, triggering landslides and flash floods that have swept away entire villages.

"Since May 29, when the monsoon starts in Kerala, a total of 357 people have lost their lives until now," a statement from the state's information officer said on Sunday, with 33 losing their lives over the last 24 hours.

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Rudy Giuliani: ‘Truth isn’t truth’

Guiliani: Truth isn't truth

President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Sunday claimed "truth isn't truth" when trying to explain why the president should not testify for special counsel Robert Mueller for fear of being trapped into a lie that could lead to a perjury charge.

“When you tell me that, you know, he should testify because he’s going to tell the truth and he shouldn’t worry, well that’s so silly because it’s somebody’s version of the truth. Not the truth,” Giuliani told Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning.

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White House Counsel Cooperated Extensively With Mueller Probe

Donald McGahn cooperated extensively with MuellerWhite House Counsel Donald F. McGahn has cooperated “extensively” in the ongoing special counsel investigation, and shared detailed accounts about key episodes related to the inquiry into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, the New York Times reported, citing 12 current and former White House officials, and others briefed on the matter.

McGahn gave at least three voluntary interviews, totaling 30 hours over last 9 months, and provided “clear view” of Trump’s time with the lawyer
  • Shared details of instances that investigators would not have learned of otherwise
  • Instances included Trump’s comments during firing of FBI Director James Comey, Trump’s attempts to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller

 

How Trump is cracking down on legal immigrants – and how they are fighting back

How Trump is cracking down on legal immigrantsSudi Wardere was expecting her first child when she petitioned for a family-based immigrant visa that would allow her husband to join her in the United States.

That was two years ago. As an American citizen and resident of Washington state, Wardere did not think that she would find herself still waiting, left alone to raise her 14-month-old son.

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Senators demand answers on reported lead poisoning at Army bases

Sen. Time Kaine demands answers to charges of lead poisoning on military bases

A handful of senators sent a letter to the Army on Friday asking about reports of lead poisoning on U.S. military bases and urging officials to outline steps they are taking to protect any affected families and children.

“The health and safety of our servicemembers and their families are of the utmost importance,” Sens. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) wrote in the letter to Army Secretary Mark Esper obtained by Reuters.

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Trump administration to attempt to kill $3B in foreign aid

Bob CorkerThe White House budget office believes it has found a way to cancel about $3 billion in foreign aid even if it is never approved by Congress, according to a Republican aide familiar with the plan.

Using an obscure budget rule, administration officials are planning to freeze billions of dollars in the State Department’s international assistance budget — just long enough so the funds will expire. The current plan involves about $3 billion, though officials are said to have discussed as much as $5 billion.

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Transgender students asked Betsy DeVos for help. Here's what happened.

DeVos refuses help to transgender students

Alex Howe dreaded the long walk he had to take just to use the bathroom at his Texas high school — two unisex stalls in the middle of the sprawling building, far from his classrooms.

Because he’s a transgender boy, his school district barred him from the much more convenient boy’s restrooms. “It was isolating and alienating,” Howe, who was identified at birth as female, told POLITICO, the first time he has spoken publicly about being a transgender high school kid. And it didn’t stop there.

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Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Dies at 80

Former UN Secretary General dies at 89Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died. He was 80.

His foundation announced his death in Switzerland’s capital, Bern, on Saturday in a tweet , saying he died after a short unspecified illness. It did not give details and remembered the Nobel Peace Prize winner as “radiating genuine kindness, warmth and brilliance in all he did.”

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