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Trump Names Joseph Maguire Acting Director Of National Intelligence

President Donald Trump named Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Joseph Maguire the new acting director of national intelligence on Thursday after CIA official Sue Gordon resigned. Trump made the announcement on Twitter Thursday evening, writing, “I am pleased to inform you that the Honorable Joseph Maguire, current Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, will be named Acting Director of ...

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Headlines, Tweets Attribute Fake Quote to Mitch McConnell

News headlines and tweets from politicians attributed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign to a fake quote. The Kentucky Republican and his campaign came under fire for reports that they used the excuse, “Boys will be boys,” in response to an Instagram photo of a group of boys wearing “Team Mitch” T-shirts posing next to and kissing a cardboard cut-out ...

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Kim Jong Un Calls Recent Missile Tests A ‘Warning’ For The US, South Korea

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North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un said Wednesday that the country’s ballistic missile test Tuesday was a “warning” to both South Korea and the United States. Kim said the test was “an occasion to send an adequate warning to the joint military drill now underway by the U.S. and South Korean authorities,” Reuters reported, citing the state-operated Korean Central ...

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China Says Trump Admin’s Currency Manipulator Label Will ‘Cause Chaos’

China’s central bank said Tuesday that the Trump administration’s decision to label China a currency manipulator will “cause chaos in financial markets.” “[China] has not used and will not use the exchange rate as a tool to deal with trade disputes,” the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) said in a statement, according to Reuters. “China advised the United States to ...

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‘Ring’ At-Home Surveillance Company Reportedly Partnering With Local Law Enforcement

An Amazon at-home surveillance company is reportedly teaming up with local police departments in an effort to strengthen public safety, but not everyone is convinced that partnering with a big tech company is the wisest idea. Ring, which Amazon acquired in April 2018, creates surveillance products that can share footage with local police departments as long as users give their ...

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US To Test New Missile After Termination Of Reagan-Era INF Treaty With Russia

The U.S. announced it will test a new missile in the coming weeks in response to the Friday termination of a 32-year-old arms control treaty with Russia. The two countries ended the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which former President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed in 1987, after the U.S. accused Russia of developing and fielding weapons ...

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Missing Navy Pilot Remains Found After Death Valley Jet Crash

The remains of a U.S. Navy pilot who had been missing after his F/A-18E Super Hornet jet crashed in California’s Death Valley on Wednesday were confirmed Thursday. The pilot’s fate was not immediately certain after the single-seat fighter jet crashed Wednesday morning and injured seven park visitors from France with burns and lacerations, Reuters reported. A day later, however, the ...

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US Indicts Chinese Billionaire for Allegedly Evading $1.8 Billion Of Tariffs

A U.S. federal grand jury indicted a Chinese billionaire Wednesday for allegedly evading $1.8 billion in tariffs. Liu Zhongtian, billionaire and former president of Asia’s largest aluminum extrusion company — China Zhongwang Holdings Limited — was indicted with other co-defendants for allegedly lying to U.S. Customs and Border Protection to avoid paying $1.8 billion in anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed ...

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The Senate Confirmed 13 Conservative Trump Judges

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The Senate confirmed 13 judges chosen by President Donald Trump between Tuesday and Wednesday while America had its eyes on the Democratic primary debates. Though Senate Republicans had initially planned to confirm 19 Trump judges before leaving Washington, D.C., for August recess, they successfully confirmed four nominees Tuesday and nine Wednesday, bringing the total to 13. Speaking of the judiciary: ...

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Ratings For Round 2, Night 1 Of The Democratic Debates Are In

Viewership for CNN’s first night of the second round of Democratic primary debates in Detroit on Tuesday was lower than the first round of debates starting June 26. Tuesday’s debate averaged 8.2 million viewers, while the average for the first Democratic debate round’s first night was 15.3 million in total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Comparatively, the first Republican ...

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Hawley Seeks To Ban Certain Social Media Features In Effort To Curb ‘Addiction’

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley introduced legislation Monday that would ban autoplay and endless scrolling on social media in an effort to curb what he called addiction. The Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology (SMART) Act would also require social media companies to restrict users to 30 minutes per day unless the user manually changes the time limit. The legislation would ...

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Hacker Steals Data Of Over 100 Million Capital One Credit Card Users And Applicants

A software engineer is in custody for the suspected hacking of the data of at least 100 million Capital One credit care users and applicants, according to federal prosecutors Monday. The 33-year-old Seattle woman, Paige Thompson, stole 140,000 Social Security numbers, 80,000 bank account numbers and over a million Canadian social insurance numbers spanning from 2005 applications to 2019 applications, ...

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