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3 US troops killed, 2 injured by Afghan soldier

2 soldiers killedThree U.S. soldiers were killed and one other was wounded Saturday in an attack by an Afghan soldier, according to multiple reports.

The Taliban took responsibility for the attack, claiming that the attacker was a Taliban fighter who had joined the Afghan army, also known as a "green-on-blue" attack.

"We are aware of an incident in Eastern Afghanistan. We will release more information when appropriate," a U.S. military spokesman said in a statement.

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DOJ: Trump can accept payments from foreign governments

Trump can accept payments from foreign governmentsLawyers for the Justice Department are arguing that President Trump isn’t violating a Constitutional provision that bars federal officials from accepting payments from foreign governments because the clause doesn’t apply to certain transactions.

In a new brief asking a judge to throw out a lawsuit brought against Trump by ethics watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), DOJ lawyers contend that the foreign emoluments clause doesn’t apply to “fair-market commercial transactions” like payments for hotel rooms and golf club fees, according to Bloomberg.

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Trump blasts Qatar hours after Tillerson urges end to blockade

TillersonPresident Trump on Friday chided Qatar for funding terrorism, remarks that could complicate U.S. efforts to ease the diplomatic crisis in the Persian Gulf.

“The nation of Qatar has unfortunately been a funder of terrorism, and at a very high level," Trump said during a press conference at the White House.

Trump's comments came just hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for all sides to de-escalate the conflict, and for other Arab nations to end a blockade against Qatar. Tillerson was in the White House rose garden during the remarks.

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CDC: 1 in 7 people in the United States has kidney disease

One in seven in US have kidney diseaseThirty million American adults have chronic kidney disease -- but many don't know it.

That rate -- one in seven -- is higher than previously estimated, according to an analysis of data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The findings, based on 2011-2014 statistics, should "serve as a warning bell that a major public health challenge is right in front of our eyes and more must be done to address it," Kevin Longino, CEO of the National Kidney Foundation, said in a news release from the group.

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U.S. joins battle as Philippines takes losses in besieged city

US helps PhilippinesU.S. special forces have joined the battle to crush Islamist militants holed up in a southern Philippines town, officials said on Saturday, as government forces struggled to make headway and 13 marines were killed in intense urban fighting.

The Philippines military said the United States was providing technical assistance to end the siege of Marawi City by fighters allied to Islamic State, which is now in its third week, but it had no boots on the ground.

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British PM Theresa May’s Top Aides Resign in Wake of Election Disaster

Theresa May's top aiddes resignBritish Prime Minister Theresa May’s two chiefs of staff have resigned in the wake of the Conservative Party’s disastrous election result.

The party said Saturday that Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill have quit.  The pair formed part of May’s small inner circle and were blamed by many Conservatives for the party’s lackluster campaign and unpopular election platform.

In an article for the Conservative Home website, Timothy conceded that the campaign had failed to communicate “Theresa’s positive plan for the future,” and to notice surging support for the opposition Labour Party.

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House Intelligence Committee leaders ask White House for any Comey tapes

House Intel Comm. asks for tapesLeaders of the House Intelligence Committee are asking the White House to produce any tapes that might exist of President Donald Trump's conversations with ousted FBI director James Comey.

Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the lawmakers leading the investigation, asked White House counsel Don McGahn on Friday to confirm whether any tapes exist, and if so, to produce them for the committee by June 23.

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N.Y. AG Schneiderman examining Eric Trump Foundation

Eric SchneidermanThe Office of the New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is looking into allegations of self-dealing in the Eric Trump Foundation raised by a recent Forbes report.

Schneiderman was already investigating the Donald J. Trump Foundation for whether or not the president personally benefited from the fundraising efforts and spending of the foundation before the inauguration.

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Donald Trump's new FBI director pick has Russian ties of his own

Christopher WrayThe most troubling issue that Wray may face is the fact that his law firm — King & Spalding — represents Rosneft and Gazprom, two of Russia’s largest state-controlled oil companies.

Rosneft was prominently mentioned in the now infamous 35-page dossier prepared by former British MI6 agent Christopher Steele. The dossier claims that the CEO of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, offered candidate Donald Trump, through Trump’s campaign advisor Carter Page, a 19% stake in the company in exchange for lifting U.S. sanctions on Russia. The dossier claims that the offer was made in July while Page was in Moscow.

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