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Country singer Glen Campbell dead at 81

Glen Campbell dies at 81Musician Glen Campbell, who cemented his place as a legend in the country music realm with hits like "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Gentle on My Mind," has died following a years-long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 81.

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, and legendary singer and guitarist Glen Travis Campbell, at the age of 81, following his long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease," his family said in a statement.

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Trump's lawyer is reportedly buttering up special counsel Robert Mueller at Trump's request

Trump sending compliiments to MuellerOne of President Donald Trump's lawyers in the Russia investigation has been sending messages of "appreciation" to FBI special counsel Robert Mueller's office on Trump's behalf, according to USA Today.

Trump's chief counsel John Dowd told the publication that Trump "appreciates what Bob Mueller is doing" and noted that the president has asked him "to share that" with Mueller, who is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to undermine Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election.

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North Korea can now make missile-ready nukes, intelligence assessment finds

N orean leaderA new U.S. intelligence assessment concludes North Korea has developed the ability to build a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on top of a ballistic missile, including an intercontinental missile that can reach the United States, CBS News' David Martin has confirmed.

If that's true, North Korea has reached a crucial milestone towards developing a nuclear weapon able to threaten the continental United States. U.S. intelligence has also estimated North Korea has enough nuclear material to build dozens of weapons. The last time North Korea conducted a nuclear test, the estimated yield was roughly twice that of the bomb the U.S. dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

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Mitch McConnell vents about Trump's 'excessive expectations' regarding legislation

Mitch McConnell Speaking at a Rotary Club gathering in Kentucky on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vented about how President Donald Trump's lack of political experience has led to him setting “excessive expectations” for legislative priorities.

McConnell, R-Ky., told the group in Florence that he found it “extremely irritating” that Congress has earned the reputation of not accomplishing anything.

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DOJ Reverses Position In Big Voting Case Before Supreme Court

DOJ reverses position on voter suppressionThe Department of Justice reversed its position Monday on an important case before the Supreme Court that deals with state procedures for removing people from the voter rolls. The move signals another break with Obama administration policy on voting issues and, according to critics, shows how hostile the Trump Justice Department will be to voting rights.

Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department supported a challenge to one of the ways Ohio purges voters from its rolls. If someone hasn’t voted in two years, the state sends them a confirmation notice and then removes them from the rolls if they don’t respond and fail to vote for an additional four years.

TVNL Comment:  Another move to suppress the vote.  It's the only way the GOP can win.  Wake up, America.

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Broadway Legend Barbara Cook Dead at 89

Barbara CookBroadwayWorld has confirmed that Barbara Cook has passed away at 89. This is an enormous loss for Broadway, the golden age of television and the music world. According to her son, Adam LeGrant, the cause was respiratory failure and we're told that she died at home, surrounded by family and friends.

Last year, Barbara Cook's anticipated autobiography, Barbara Cook: THEN AND NOW, was released by HarperCollins Publishers. Cook's companion off-Broadway production of the same name -- originally slated to run at New World Stages -- was postponed due to the "undue pressure and stress" of going straight from writing the memoir to rehearsals and this year the star's son announced her retirement.

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Haley decries leaks after Trump tweets Fox story

Nikki HalleyU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley lashed out at leaks of classified information in a Fox News story Tuesday morning on North Korean missiles, saying it is “incredibly dangerous” that it was reported, even after President Trump tweeted out the story.

The story used anonymous sources to report that North Korea loaded anti-ship missiles onto a patrol boat near the coast, something that Haley refused to confirm or comment on because it is “classified information.”

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Federal report points to human activity as prime cause of climate change

climate reportA new federal report, which is awaiting White House approval, concludes that human activity is "primarily responsible" for a drastic rise in the average temperature in the United States in the last four decades.

The Climate Science Special Report was authored by scientists from 13 federal agencies -- including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA and the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy -- and several academic institutions.

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Trump White House weighs unprecedented plan to privatize much of the war in Afghanistan

Plan to privatize war in AfghanistanThe White House is actively considering a bold plan to turn over a big chunk of the U.S. war in Afghanistan to private contractors in an effort to turn the tide in a stalemated war, according to the former head of a security firm pushing the project.

Under the proposal, 5,500 private contractors, primarily former Special Operations troops, would advise Afghan combat forces. The plan also includes a 90-plane private air force that would provide air support in the nearly 16-year-old war against Taliban insurgents, Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater security firm, told USA TODAY.

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