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Republican Tax Reform Bill Limps Across Starting Line

GOP tax bill limps outRepublicans finally unveiled their tax reform legislation Thursday with a draft bill that would dramatically cut taxes for corporations and the wealthy.

GOP legislators generally stuck to their already released framework for the legislation: lowering individual and corporate tax rates while eliminating most individual deductions. But they also showed a willingness to jettison major aspects of their plan in order to get a bill through Congress.

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Poll: More Americans think Trump committed a crime than don't

More Americans think Trump committed a crime

Nearly half of Americans think President Trump committed a crime during the 2016 presidential election, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 49 percent of those surveyed said it was likely that Trump committed a crime in connection with “possible Russian attempts to influence the election.” Forty-four percent said it was unlikely.

When split along party lines, 73 percent of Democrats say it is likely Trump broke the law. More than three-quarters of Republicans, 77 percent, say it’s unlikely.

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Mueller Reveals New Manafort Link to Organized Crime

manafort connected to mobBuried deep in Robert Mueller’s indictment of Paul Manafort is a new link between Donald Trump’s former campaign and Russian organized crime.

The indictment (PDF), unsealed on Monday, includes an extensive look into Paul Manafort’s byzantine financial dealings. In particular, it details how he used a company called Lucicle Consultants Limited to wire millions of dollars into the United States.

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Trump nominee Sam Clovis withdraws name from Agriculture post after Russia probe scrutiny

Clovis withdraws name from nomination from Agriculture postSam Clovis, President Donald Trump's nominee to be the Department of Agriculture's chief scientist, withdrew himself from consideration Thursday, the White House announced.
"We respect Mr. Clovis' decision to withdraw his nomination," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement to pool reporters.
Trump had picked Clovis for the position despite him not having a background in science, and that lack of experience, alongside a history of racially charged and homophobic comments, made his nomination particularly controversial.
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Ukraine to cooperate with FBI on Manafort

Ukraine to cooperate on Manafort probeA Ukrainian report says the national prosecutor is ready to cooperate with the FBI's investigation of the activities of Paul Manafort, the former campaign manager of President Donald Trump.

Manafort and associate Rick Gates were indicted Monday on charges including working as unregistered foreign agents for Ukraine and its former Russia-friendly president Viktor Yanukovych.

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Special report: At least 82,000 guns stolen since 2007 are still missing in Florida

82,000 stolen guns unaccounted for in Florida

The Tampa Bay Times and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting spent 10 months examining thousands of law enforcement records to chronicle the extent of the stolen gun problem in the state.

Those guns turn up in the hands of drug dealers and felons. Some wind up killing people.

Since 2007, at least 82,000 guns have been reported stolen and never found. In Tampa Bay alone, at least 9,000 stolen guns are missing.

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CIA releases trove of documents from Bin Laden raid

Mike Pompeo releses Bin Lauden documentsThe US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has released 470,000 files that were captured during the raid that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in May 2011.

CIA Director Mike Pompeo said that he authorised the release of the massive trove of documents in the interests of "transparency" and "to enhance public understanding of al-Qaeda and its former leader."

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Suspect accused of randomly killing 3 people at Walmart under arrest

Shooting in Walmart, Thornton, ColoradoThe man suspected of killing three people at random inside a Colorado Walmart has been arrested, Thornton police said.
Scott Ostrem, 47, was taken into custody Thursday morning. But it's still not clear why he may have opened fire near a cash register at the Walmart Supercenter Wednesday night, killing two men and a woman.
"We believe as of right now that the shooting was random," Thornton Police Officer Victor Avila said. "There's nothing on motive as of yet."

Gitmo judge sends Marine general lawyer to 21 days confinement for disobeying orders

General Baker - Gitmo attorney jailed

The USS Cole case judge Wednesday found the Marine general in charge of war court defense teams guilty of contempt for refusing to follow the judge’s orders and sentenced him to 21 days confinement and to pay a $1,000 fine.

Air Force Col. Vance Spath also declared “null and void” a decision by Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker, 50, to release three civilian defense attorneys from the capital terror case. The lawyers resigned last month over a covert breach of attorney-client privilege involving something so secretive at the terror prison that the public cannot know.

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