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Sessions declines to answer questions about conversations with President

Sessions: Mueller did not interview me.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday told senators that he has not been interviewed by the special counsel probing Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and declined to answer questions about his private conversations with President Donald Trump.

Until the president waives any claims to executive privilege, Sessions told the Senate Judiciary Committee, he would not address questions about his talks with Trump concerning the federal investigation into Russian electoral meddling, the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and other high-profile issues.

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Senate Subpoenas Former Trump Adviser Carter Page

Carter PageThe Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed documents and testimony from Carter Page as part of its investigation of Russia's alleged intervention in the 2016 election, a source directly familiar with the matter told NBC News.

The committee expects Page will invoke his Fifth Amendment rights and refuse to answer questions, the source said.

It's a dramatic switch for Page, who earlier this year seemed eager to participate in the Senate probe. Page has said he was interviewed by the FBI in March about potential ties between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russians.

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GOP senator announces deal on health insurer payments

Senate has dealSens Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said Tuesday that he and Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) have reached a bipartisan deal to stabilize ObamaCare.

The deal would extend key Obamacare payments to insurers for two years and give states more flexibility to change Obamacare rules.
President Trump had announced he was cutting off the payments last week, a move that many said would raise ObamaCare premiums and lower enrollment.

Firm behind Trump-Russia dossier balks at House subpoena

Devin NunesA political research firm behind a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump's connections to Russia is balking at subpoenas from the House intelligence committee.

A lawyer for the firm questioned the legitimacy of the panel's probe into Russian meddling. Joshua Levy, a lawyer for Fusion GPS, said in a letter to the panel Monday that House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes is acting "in bad faith," and that the subpoenas signed by Nunes are designed to protect President Donald Trump.

TVNL Comment:  Nunes had to recuse himself from participating in the investigation into Russia's connection to the 1916 election.  He still does things like this.  Go figure.

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Corker, Cotton to propose bill changing Iran deal oversight

Sen. Corker and Sen Cotton wnat to change Iran deal oversight

A pair of top Republicans unveiled a plan Friday to carry out President Trump’s expected directive to change a law that requires him to certify Iran’s compliance with the nuclear deal every 90 days.

The bill, from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), is intended to address issues they see in the nuclear deal itself, according to a fact sheet from Corker’s office.

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Republican Senator Asks If Trump Is Recanting His Oath Of Office

Ben Sasse challenges Trump on protecting First Amendment

Following President Trump's apparent threat of the freedom of the press, Sen. Ben Sasse asked if the president was "recanting" his oath to protect the First Amendment.

"Mr. President: Words spoken by the president of the United States matter," the Nebraska Republican said in a Wednesday night statement. "Are you tonight recanting the oath you took on Jan. 20 to preserve, protect and defend the First Amendment?"

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Rep. Tim Murphy Urged His Mistress To Have An Abortion, Then Voted To Ban Other Women From Getting One

Rep. Tim Murphy encouraged mistress to have abortion, then voted to stop other women from getting one

On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), had urged the woman he was having an affair with to abort her pregnancy during what turned out to be an “unfounded pregnancy scare” in January.

On the same day the report was published, Murphy voted for legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks. In fact, Murphy has a history of supporting anti-abortion legislation, from bolstering efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, to voting to grant fetuses protection under the 14th amendment.

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