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Two Republicans sign on to effort demanding Trump’s tax returns

Trump Two House Republicans endorsed a Democratic effort on Friday calling on the House and Senate committees with oversight of the Internal Revenue Service to request copies of President Trump’s tax returns.

Reps. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.) signed a letter urging the chairmen of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee to ask for copies of Trump's tax documents from the last decade.

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Sessions used campaign funds for travel that included Russian meeting: reports

Sessions used campaign funds for trip to RussiaAttorney General Jeff Sessions used funds from his Senate reelection campaign account to cover travel expenses at last year’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, according to multiple reports, where he met with the Russian ambassador.

Sessions, who was then a Republican senator from Alabama and frequent surrogate for President Trump on the campaign trail, has defended his meeting with Sergey Kislyak as perfectly normal for a member of the Armed Services Committee. But The Wall Street Journal said Thursday he used campaign funds for the travel, rather than official Senate Armed Services Committee funds.

The Journal said Sessions’s campaign account made two payments of $1,395 to the Sheraton Cleveland Airport on July 16, two days before the Republican convention.

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Tillerson chided over absence on Human Rights Report's launch

TillersonSecretary of State Rex Tillerson is coming under fire by Sen. Marco Rubio and others for breaking with tradition and staying away from the upcoming public release of the State Department’s annual Human Rights Report.

Some activists and former officials fear it's just another sign that President Donald Trump's administration intends to downplay human rights issues while also sidelining the State Department in general.

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White House pushing back against Sec. of Defense Mattis appointment

Secretary of Defense MattisSecretary of Defense Jim Mattis wants to tap the former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, as his undersecretary of defense for policy, but the Pentagon chief is running into resistance from White House officials, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

If nominated and confirmed, Patterson would hold the fourth most powerful position at the Pentagon – and would effectively be the top civilian in the Defense Department, since both Mattis and his deputy, Robert Work, were military officers.

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Scientists successfully store computer files in DNA

DNA data storageDNA is nature's hard drive, capable of storing, replicating and transmitting massive amounts of information. Researchers in New York found a way to use DNA like an actual computer hard drive, successfully storing, replicating and retrieving several digital files.

A pair of scientists from Columbia University and the New York Genome Center selected five files -- including a computer operating system and computer virus -- and compressed them into a master file. They transcribed the master file into short strings of binary code, combinations of ones and zeros.

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Pence used private AOL email as governor that was hacked

Pence used private emailVice President Mike Pence used a private AOL email account that was hacked in 2016 to conduct government business, sometimes discussing national security issues, newly released documents indicate.

As part of a Freedom of Information request by the IndyStar, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb's office released 29 pages of emails from Pence's AOL account. The office declined to release an unspecified number of emails because the state government considers them confidential and too sensitive for public release.

TVNL Comment: Lock him up!  Lock him up! Uh.... that was Hillary.  Never mind.

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Oklahoma tribe sues oil companies in tribal court over quake

Pawnee nationAn Oklahoma-based American Indian tribe whose historic buildings were damaged last year in the state's largest recorded earthquake has filed a lawsuit against several oil companies in its own tribal court system.

The Pawnee Nation alleges in the suit filed Friday that wastewater injected into wells operated by the defendants triggered the 5.8-magnitude quake in September that caused extensive damage to some of the tribe's nearly 100-year-old buildings.

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Zimbabwe floods killed 246, made thousands homeless

Zimbabwe floodsFloods in Zimbabwe have killed 246 people and left nearly 2,000 homeless since December, government officials said.

Saviour Kasukuwere, minister of local government, declared a national disaster and announced the death toll on Thursday, saying 128 people have been injured in the floods.

The southern African country has appealed to international donors for $100m to help those affected by the floods, which have washed away several bridges and roads and cut off some communities from surrounding areas.

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Jewish Cemetery In New York Vandalized Amid Rash Of Anti-Semitic Acts

Jewish cemetery in NY vandalizedA Jewish cemetery in New York was vandalized this week in the third act of apparent anti-Semitism to hit a burial site in recent weeks.  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered state police on Thursday to investigate the desecration of more than a dozen headstones at the Waad Hakolel Cemetery in Rochester.

“The State Police Hate Crimes Task Force, in partnership with federal and local authorities, have launched aggressive investigations into reported hate crimes across the state,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Given the wave of bomb threats targeting Jewish community centers and disturbing vandalism at Jewish cemeteries nationwide, I am directing the State Police to immediately launch a full investigation into this matter.”

A spokesperson for the Rochester police said there were no suspects in custody as of Thursday afternoon, according to the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper.

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