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NSA warned White House against using personal email

NSA warned WH against use of private emailsThe National Security Agency warned senior White House officials in classified briefings that improper use of personal cellphones and email could make them vulnerable to espionage by Russia, China, Iran and other adversaries, according to officials familiar with the briefings.

The briefings came soon after President Donald Trump was sworn into office on Jan. 20, and before some top aides, including senior adviser Jared Kushner, used their personal email and phones to conduct official White House business, as disclosed by POLITICO this week.

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Tillerson: U.S. talking 'directly' to North Korea

Tillerson : US talking directly to N. KIorea In Beijing meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Saturday the United States is "probing" North Korea over recent nuclear threats between the two countries.

Tillerson, in China a day after the White House announced President Donald Trump would travel to China and a handful of other Asian countries in early November, told reporters to "stay tuned" over whether diplomatic talks may begin between U.S. officials and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the New York Times reported.

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ACLU and partners to challenge new Trump travel ban

ACLU to challenge new Trump travel banThe American Civil Liberties Union and partner organizations announced plans to challenge the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban.

The organizations sent a letter to U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang on Friday, requesting to schedule a conference to discuss filing an amended complaint as well as a bid to stop implementation of the directive.

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50 detained as anti-Semitic group marches in Swedish city

20 etained in anti Semitic march in SwedenPolice said at least 50 people were detained Saturday during a right-wing demonstration in Sweden's second-largest city that left one police officer and several others injured.

The rally by the Nordic Resistance Movement in Goteborg, 400 kilometers (248 miles) southwest of Stockholm, featured an estimated 600 people marching in formation in all-black outfits. Some wore helmets and held shields, while others hoisted the movement's green-and-white flags.

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Rights groups urge Egypt to halt crackdown on homosexuals

Egypt cracks down on gaysTwo international rights groups are calling on Egyptian authorities to halt their crackdown on people suspected of homosexuality following the waving of the LGBT rainbow flag at a recent concert in Cairo.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International also urged Egypt on Saturday to call off the anal examination of people detained on suspicion of homosexuality to determine whether they were engaged in same-sex sexual relations. They said the practice amounted to torture, calling it "abhorrent" and scientifically unsound.

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Kelly struggling to make sense of Jared’s West Wing role

Kelly struggling to make sense of Jared in WHAs Secretary of Homeland Security, Gen. John Kelly spent months touting a hard line on immigration. He argued publicly and privately with Congress that if there were objections to the laws, it was up to legislators to change them — not to blame enforcers on the front lines.

But after a particularly contentious meeting with Democrats on the Hill regarding DACA this past summer, he was informed by Senate leaders that he appeared not to have been “read in” to some conversations going on in the White House, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the matter.

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Pence sent lawyer to meet with Mueller over the summer

Pence sent lawyer to meet with MuellerVice President Mike Pence’s outside lawyer met privately with special counsel Robert Mueller at Pence’s request last summer, according to a person familiar with the meeting.

The meeting, which has not been previously reported, was held at Pence’s request to express his willingness to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation, the person said.

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Wealthy, not middle class, would be big winners in GOP tax plan, study says

Mnuchin lauds tax plan that favors wealthyThe top 1 percent of income earners would be the biggest winners under Republicans' plans to rewrite the tax code, according to a new analysis, while some moderate-income people would face tax increases.

About 30 percent of those earning between $50,000 and $150,000, and 60 percent of those taking home between $150,000 and $300,000, would pay more under the Republican plan, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.

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Price has resigned as Health and Human Services secretary

Price resignsHealth and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has resigned amid mounting outcry over his use of private jets and military aircraft for government business, which was first reported by POLITICO last week.
"Secretary of Health and Human Services Thomas Price offered his resignation earlier today and the President accepted," the White House said in a statement.

Price, whose travel practices were condemned by President Donald Trump and is the subject of federal inquiries, had taken at least 26 charter flights since May to conduct official business in the United States, costing taxpayers more than $400,000. The White House had also approved his use of military aircraft for trips to Africa, Europe and Asia, which cost more than $500,000.

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