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Dems demand adjournment in chaotic start to Kavanaugh hearing

Kavanaugh hearings off to rocky start

Democrats grabbed the reins of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing even before his first words, pressing Republicans to adjourn the hearing on President Donald Trump's nominee as multiple activists on the left erupted in their own disruptions.

The volley of Democratic interjections began seconds after Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) attempted to open the high-stakes four-day hearing. Grassley attempted to speak over Democrats even as they sought a vote on a motion to adjourn the hearing, acknowledging that "maybe it’s not going exactly the way the minority would like it to go."

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Nearly 90 elephants slaughtered near wildlife sanctuary in Africa, tusks taken by poachers

87 elephants slaughtered

An aerial survey discovered bodies of 87 slaughtered elephants near a wildlife sanctuary in Botswana, Africa.

Many of the dead elephants were ripped of their tusks, and left with mutilated skulls — a sign of poaching.

Wildlife conservation organization Elephants Without Borders found the "alarming" rate of dead elephants while flying an aerial census supported by the Botswana government.

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Typhoon Jebi: Strongest storm to hit Japan in 25 years

Typhoon in Japan is strongest in 25 years

Japan has issued evacuation advisories for more than a million people as it faces extremely strong winds and heavy rain consequence of typhoon Jebi's landfall.

Jebi - whose name means "swallow" in Korean - was briefly considered a super typhoon and is the latest harsh weather to hit Japan this summer following rains, landslides, floods and record-breaking heat that killed hundreds of people.

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Athletes side with Kaepernick as Nike 'Just Do It' ad goes viral

kaepernick ad goes viral

Some of the biggest names in sports, entertainment and politics have taken to Twitter to show their support for civil rights activist and Black Lives Matter supporter Colin Kaepernick after the former American football player became the new face of Nike's 'Just Do it' ad campaign.

Kaepernick, 30, who is currently without a team, sparked a wave of protests across the National Football League and other athletic events in 2016 after he started kneeling during the American national anthem to protest against police brutality against African Americans.

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Steve Bannon disinvited from New Yorker festival after Jimmy Fallon, Jim Carrey pull out

Steve Bannon disinvited from New Yorker festFacing widespread outrage from celebrity participants, The New Yorker has dropped plans to interview Steve Bannon during its festival next month.

New Yorker editor David Remnick told the Associated Press in a statement Monday that should he interview Bannon in the future, it would be in "a more traditionally journalistic setting, and not on stage."

Donald Trump's former chief strategist was supposed to be a featured guest during the prestigious gathering, which over the years has drawn some of the world's most prominent artists and public figures. This year's guests include Emily Blunt, Miguel, Kacey Musgraves, Zadie Smith and Sally Yates, who Trump fired as deputy attorney general after she refused to back his ban on travelers from Muslim countries.

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Data collected by Trump’s Kobach-led voter fraud commission is ‘entirely deleted’

Kobach and Pence.Nearly eight months after President Donald Trump disbanded his election integrity commission because it was tangled up in lawsuits over its request for voters’ personal data, the information has been destroyed and the cases have been dismissed.

Trump’s administration notified plaintiffs in one lawsuit against the commission Wednesday that personal voter data requested by the commission once led by Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach had been destroyed. The case, brought by Democracy Forward Foundation, was then dismissed.

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'A blow to press freedom': world reacts to jailing of Reuters journalists in Myanmar

Reuters journalists jaied in Myanmar

The seven-year jail sentence handed down to two Reuters journalists arrested in Myanmar while investigating a massacre of Rohingya Muslims was condemned worldwide as a travesty of justice and severe blow to press freedom in the south-east Asian country.

Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were found guilty on Monday of breaching the Official Secrets Act, under laws introduced in 1923 under British rule.

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Trump abruptly scraps plans to leave White House on Labor Day

White HousePresident Trump scrapped apparent plans to leave the White House for Labor Day on Monday, opting to stay in to make calls on trade, according to an aide.

Trump was spotted outside the White House in a polo shirt and white hat shortly before 11 a.m., chatting with staffers before returning back inside a short time later.

White House pool reporters covering the president's movements had gathered in press vans as Trump came outside the building before the reporters were dismissed for the day.  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told The Hill in a statement that Trump "stayed at the [White House] to make calls specifically on trade and other international issues."

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Papadopoulos says Sessions supported Putin campaign meeting, asks for most lenient sentence

George Papadopoulis

Convicted former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has publicly contradicted Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ sworn testimony to Congress, saying both Sessions and Donald Trump apparently supported his proposal that Trump meet with Vladimir Putin during the 2016 campaign, according to a court filing late Friday night.

“While some in the room rebuffed George’s offer, Mr. Trump nodded with approval and deferred to Mr. Sessions who appeared to like the idea and stated that the campaign should look into it. George’s giddiness over Mr. Trump’s recognition was prominent during the days that followed,” Papadopoulos’ lawyers wrote in a court filing Friday. Papadopoulos’ legal team said that he has shared with special counsel Robert Mueller his recollections of the March 31, 2016, meeting.

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