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Special counsel investigating business dealings of Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner being investigatedSpecial counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the finances and business dealings of Trump son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner, in relation to his investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

CBS News confirmed late last month that Kushner is under scrutiny in the probe into Russian election meddling. The special counsel's office did not respond to a request for comment on the report.

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NHRC: Qatar blockade worse than Berlin Wall

Qatar blockade worse than Berlin wallThe cutting of diplomatic ties, closure of air, land and sea and the restrictions placed on Qatar are "worse than the Berlin Wall", according to the chairman of Qatar's National Human Rights Committee (NHRC).

Speaking in Geneva on Friday, Ali Bin Smaikh al-Marri called on the UN Human Rights Council to condemn the blockade of Qatar as it infringes upon the rights of more than 13,000 citizens of the Arab countries involved.

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Seattle Storm become first pro team to partner with Planned Parenthood

Seattle Storm os forst team tp [wrner with Planned ParenthoodThe Seattle Storm have become the first professional sports team to partner with and issue public support for Planned Parenthood.

The two-times WNBA champions on Thursday announced their inaugural Stand With Planned Parenthood night for 18 July, when the club host the Chicago Sky at Seattle’s KeyArena. The choice is perhaps no accident: it’s the team’s lone nationally televised home game of the season.

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Pence retains outside counsel as Russia probes deepen

Pence retains counselVice President Mike Pence has retained his own attorney as two congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties between members of Donald Trump’s campaign team and Moscow.

Pence has retained as outside counsel Richard Cullen, a partner at McGuire Woods, the vice president's office confirmed on Thursday.

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Commerce Department removes gender and sexual orientation from EEO statement

EEO removes gender and sexual orientation from lawThe Department of Commerce has removed its mention of gender identity and sexual orientation from its equal opportunity employment statement, BuzzFeed News reports.

According to Buzzfeed, the new statement was uploaded to the website sometime within the last ten days, as the 2016 statement including statements gender and sexual identity was found on the Department’s website on June 6.

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Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions

Jeff SessionsAn American lobbyist for Russian interests who helped craft an important foreign policy speech for Donald Trump has confirmed that he attended two dinners hosted by Jeff Sessions during the 2016 campaign, apparently contradicting the attorney general’s sworn testimony given this week.

Sessions testified under oath on Tuesday that he did not believe he had any contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests over the course of Trump’s campaign. But Richard Burt, a former ambassador to Germany during the Reagan administration, who has represented Russian interests in Washington, told the Guardian that he could confirm previous media reports that stated he had contacts with Sessions at the time.

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Mueller probe now includes investigation of Trump for obstruction of justice

Trump under investigationAn investigation that President Donald Trump tried to contain by firing James Comey from atop the FBI now appears to include the president himself.

What started as a probe of Russian interference of the 2016 election turned into a special counsel-led investigation of whether Trump associates colluded with Russia. Now the inquiry is reportedly examining whether Trump himself tried to obstruct justice — a development that became public on the night of Trump's 71st birthday.

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Inmates fly mobile phones, drugs and porn into jail — via drone

Inmates use drones to trasnport drugsWhile large companies like Amazon test drone delivery systems, inmates in jails across the country are already using the devices to receive their own aerial shipments: smuggled contraband.

Documents obtained from the Justice Department by USA TODAY through a Freedom of Information Act request uncovered more than a dozen attempts to transport contraband — including mobile phones, drugs and porn — into federal prisons in the past five years. State facilities have also reported similar incidents.

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Rep. Steve Scalise undergoes third surgery after shooting

Steve Scalise to have three more surgeriesHouse Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., underwent his third surgery on Thursday and remains in critical condition after a shooting during baseball practice.

The MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Wednesday released details about Scalise's condition, saying the bullet fractured his bones and tore through internal organs.

"Congressman Steve Scalise sustained a single rifle shot to the left hip. The bullet traveled across his pelvis, fracturing bones, injuring internal organs and causing severe bleeding," the statement said. "He underwent immediate surgery, and an additional procedure to stop bleeding. He has received multiple units of blood transfusion."

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