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Democrats' Better Deal bids to grab Trump's populist mantle

Democrats' Better DealDemocrats have unveiled a populist economic rebrand that seeks to tap into the frustration among working families which swept Donald Trump to power.

Billed as A Better Deal, their plan calls for infrastructure investment, tougher regulation of drug firms and creating new rules on monopolies.

The plan is the start of a "new version of the party", said Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer.  They hope the policy will be a winner in next year's midterm elections.

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Harvard Law professor wonders if Anthony Scaramucci learned his lessons about constitutional law

ScaramucciThe White House’s new communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, isn’t scoring high marks from the school he brags about attending.

A Harvard Law School professor was stunned to see Scaramucci bragging on his national television debut Sunday about getting good grades in his constitutional law course about 30 years ago.

“I was surprised to hear Anthony Scaramucci mention on CNN the A- he received in the constitutional law course he took from me at Harvard in the late 1980s,” Professor Laurence Tribe told the Daily News.

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Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch's firm cited in money-laundering case

Jared Kushner sealed real estate deal with oligarch's firm cited in money-laundering case Jared Kushner, the son-in-law of Donald Trump, who acts as his senior White House adviser, secured a multimillion-dollar Manhattan real estate deal with a Soviet-born oligarch whose company was cited in a major New York money laundering case now being investigated by members of Congress.

A Guardian investigation has established a series of overlapping ties and relationships involving alleged Russian money laundering, New York real estate deals and members of Trump’s inner circle. They include a 2015 sale of part of the old New York Times building in Manhattan involving Kushner and a billionaire real estate tycoon and diamond mogul, Lev Leviev.

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New York Times requests apology from Fox on ISIS story

NYTimes aks for apologu from FOXThe New York Times on Sunday took the unusual step of requesting an apology from a competitor, asking "Fox & Friends" to retract a report that the Times was to blame for the 2015 escape of an ISIS leader. Fox subsequently updated the story on its website with the NYT letter.

"I am writing on behalf of The New York Times to request an on-air apology and tweet from Fox & Friends in regards to a malicious and inaccurate segment 'NY Times leak allowed ISIS leader to slip away,'” wrote Danielle Rhoades Ha, vice president of communications for the Times.

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Trump makes veiled threat to GOP on Obamacare

Trump makes threat to Congress over Health billPresident Donald Trump on Sunday evening again called on Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, adding in a veiled threat that the "repercussions will be far greater" than lawmakers might expect.

"If Republicans don't Repeal and Replace the disastrous ObamaCare, the repercussions will be far greater than any of them understand!" the president stated on Twitter on Sunday evening.

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Trump administration ends funding for teen pregnancy programs

Trump ends funding for teen pregnancyA nationwide, successful teen pregnancy prevention program is being eliminated under President Donald Trump's proposed FY 2018 budget, with all organizations funded by it notified this month their funding will end next year.

As part of the proposed budget, the Trump Administration plans to halt funding of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention, or TPP, Program two years early by eliminating $213.6 million to over 81 TPP organizations, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Taliban claim deadly Kabul suicide attack that kills 35

Car bomb kills dozens in KabulAt least 35 people have been killed and more than 40 wounded after a suicide car bomb targeted a bus carrying ministry staff in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, officials said.

Intelligence officials told Al Jazeera that the bus was carrying staff of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum when it came under attack on Monday.

The attack happened just before 7am local time (02:30 GMT) and took place close to the house of the deputy government Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqi, said officials.

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Kushner to Senate staffers: 'I Did Not Collude' with Russia

Jared Kushner testifies before Senate staffers

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, plans to testify to the Senate intelligence committee on Monday morning that he "did not collude" with Russia or any other foreign government.

"I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government," Kushner states in prepared testimony submitted to the committee and made public ahead of the meeting Monday. "I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector."

TVNL Comment: Watch for updates as the Kushner testimony continues.

Update: 11:00 am: President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, released new details Monday about his contacts with Russian officials, including a previously undisclosed encounter with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in April 2016.

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Jared Kushner Will Not Face Senate Intelligence Committee Under Oath

jared Kushner will not testify under oathPresident Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, a White House senior advisor, will not be under oath when he meets behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday, The Washington Post reported.

Kushner will later meet with the House Intelligence Committee in private the next day. Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will not testify under oath either when they meet with the Senate later this week, CNN reported. (Regardless of sworn oaths, it is still illegal to lie to Congress.)

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