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CBO downgrades economic growth projection for 2018

CBO downgrades projections for 2018The U.S. economy will grow at 3.1 percent in 2018, according to updated projections by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), down from its April estimate of 3.3 percent.

The updated estimate projects that 4.1 percent second quarter spike of real GDP will come back down in the third and fourth quarters.
"Such moderation occurs because several factors that boosted second-quarter growth— including a rebound in the growth of consumer spending from a weak first quarter and a surge in agricultural exports—are expected to either fade or reverse," the CBO report said.

Trump and Omarosa tear at each other in escalating feud

Trump and Amorosa escalate feudPresident Donald Trump and Omarosa Manigault Newman escalated their feud on Monday, with Trump slamming the former White House aide as “wacky,” “vicious” and “not smart” and the former “Apprentice” star threatening to release more tapes of secretly recorded conversations.

The latest flare-up came after Manigault Newman released the audio of multiple conversations she taped during her time in the West Wing, including one in which Trump expressed surprise and disappointment that she had been ousted, and one from the highly sensitive environment of the Situation Room in which chief of staff John Kelly fired her.

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Surrounded by Thousands of Protesters, White Nationalists Sneak Out of Their Own D.C. Rally

Surrounded by thousands of protesters, White nationalists slither homeThe racists wanted a show of force, a two-hour rally, and the respect of the nation’s capital. They got none of it.

Instead, the two dozen or so white supremacists were outnumbered by more than 1,000 protesters. The group relied all day on a heavy police presence to escort their rally and then, before it was even scheduled to start, they fled in police vans.

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Explosion kills dozens, including children, in Syria's Idlib

Explosion in Syria kills dozens

An explosion flattened a residential building in Syria's war-torn northwest, killing at least 36 people including 12 children.

The blast brought down the six-storey building in the town of Sarmada, 350km north of the capital Damascus, close to the Turkish border.

The White Helmets rescue group, also known as the Syrian Civil Defence, described the scene on Sunday as one of "destruction and death," adding 10 people had been rescued from under the rubble.

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FBI fires Peter Strzok over anti-Trump texts

Peter Strzok fired from FBIThe  FBI has fired Peter Strzok over anti-Trump text messages he exchanged with his lover during the 2016 presidential campaign, Strzok's lawyer Aitan Goelman confirmed Monday.

Strzok, who led the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, was fired on Friday on the orders of FBI Deputy Director David L. Bowdich, Goelman said. The decision overruled a previous FBI decision that Strzok should face a demotion and 60-day suspension.

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'Not in my town': Counterprotesters outnumber Unite the Right 2 white nationalists in DC

te fizzlesThousands of counterprotesters heavily outnumbered a smal group of far-right activists holding a "Unite the Right 2" rally Sunday.

Unite the Right 2 organizer Jason Kessler said he expected 100 to 400 white nationalists to attend. A much smaller group arrived at a subway station near the White House and was escorted by police to the rally site at nearby Lafayette Square.

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Omarosa recorded chief of staff Kelly in White House situation room

Omarosa Newman Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman said Sunday that she secretly recorded chief of staff John Kelly in the White House situation room.

"This is a White House where everybody lies... you have to have your back," Manigault Newman said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on why she recorded her conversation with Kelly as he was firing her.

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Delta IV Heavy rocket launches NASA's Parker Solar Probe to study the sun

Delta IV Heavy probe headed toward sun

Some scientists scoffed at University of Chicago physicist Eugene Parker’s 1958 paper proposing the existence of a solar wind — a constant stream of particles flowing out from the sun that permeates the entire solar system.

Spacecraft quickly proved him right, and 60 years later, Parker looked on early Sunday as a NASA probe bearing his name rocketed from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on a $1.5 billion mission to “touch” the sun and solve some of its persisting mysteries.

“All I have to say is, wow, here we go,” said Parker, 91, after the launch he watched from Kennedy Space Center. “We’re in for some learning over the next several years.”

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UVA Rally Organizers Publish their Demands and Mobilize Group

UVA protesters state demands

Tonight, hundreds of people rallied at the University of Virginia. UVA Students United had organized the Rally for Justice.

Due to heavy police presence, the demonstrators marched through UVA grounds and eventually rallied in Lambeth Field before moving again.

They are making a number of demands for the University and say they will not "cede to the confines" of police security.

This is a developing story. Follow @NBC29 on Twitter and Facebook for real-time updates, and we will post the latest with this story as the information becomes available.

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