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Trump silent on landmark Supreme Court abortion ruling

Trump silent on SCOTUS abortion decisionAt about 10 o’clock Monday morning, shortly after the Supreme Court issued its 5-3 ruling striking down a Texas law that would have closed half the abortion clinics in the state, Hillary Clinton sent out a couple of tweets.

“SCOTUS’s decision is a victory for women in Texas and across America. Safe abortion should be a right — not just on paper, but in reality,” the first one read.

Minutes after that, she followed up with, “This fight isn’t over: The next president has to protect women’s health. Women won’t be “punished” for exercising their basic rights.” Both were signed “-H,” meaning she wrote them herself.

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Dems release parallel Benghazi report ahead of GOP

John LewisDemocrats on the House Select Committee on Benghazi released their rebuttal to the Republican-led committee’s argument on Monday, before the GOP leaders published their own report.

The 339-page Democratic report aims to refute allegations expected to be made by Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) in what they have long claimed is a partisan witch hunt.

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Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic regulations

Texas abotyion law overturned by SCOTUSThe Supreme Court has struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century.

The justices voted 5-3 Monday in favor of Texas clinics that protested the regulations as a thinly veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get an abortion in the nation's second-most populous state.

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U.S. Supreme Court Backs Gun Curbs in Domestic-Violence Cases

SCOTUS upholds gun ban on domestic abusersThe Supreme Court ruled in a decision announced Monday that a reckless domestic assault qualifies as a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, and therefore bars individuals from owning or buying guns under federal law.

“A person who assaults another recklessly ‘use[s]’ force, no less than one who carries out that same action knowingly or intentionally,” wrote Justice Elena Kagan, who authored the majority opinion. She was joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, as well as Justices Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito.

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Justices overturn former Va. governor McDonnell's corruption conviction

SCOTUS overturns McDonnell convictionThe Supreme Court granted a reprieve Monday to a former Republican governor of Virginia convicted of corruption, and in doing so made it harder for prosecutors to use federal fraud statutes against public officials.

In a sweeping decision that could have an impact on politicians and prosecutors who tangle over bribery, extortion and fraud statutes, the justices unanimously sided with former governor Bob McDonnell. Once seen as a potential Republican vice presidential candidate, McDonnell was convicted in 2014 and sentenced to two years in prison for accepting luxury gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman in exchange for government favors.

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U.S. charity loophole enabled trading of 1,300 endangered animals

US charity loopholes endanger animalsLast year, after a Minnesota dentist sparked an uproar by killing a popular lion named Cecil while on safari in Zimbabwe, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service placed similar African lions on the endangered species list, making it illegal to import them as trophies to the United States.

But for African lions and other threatened and endangered species, there’s an exception to this rule: Hunters, circuses, zoos, breeders and theme parks can get permits to import, export or sell endangered animals if they can demonstrate that the transactions will “enhance the survival” of the species.

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Israel, Turkey normalize diplomatic relations after six years

Israel - Turkey diplomatic relationsTurkey and Israel reached an agreement to normalize diplomatic relations after six years, paving the way for mutually beneficial energy deals.

The agreement, confirmed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, will end frosty relations between the two countries since an Israeli raid in 2010 on Turkish ships defying an Israeli blockade to reach Hamas-controlled Gaza. Ten people were killed in the attack on the Mavi Marmara and other vessels in the flotilla.

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Lebanon attack: Suicide bombers strike Christian village of Qaa

Lebanon attack on QaaAt least five people have been killed and more than a dozen wounded in suicide bombing attacks in northeastern Lebanon near the border with Syria, officials and a witness have said.

Four suicide bombers blew themselves up early on Monday in the village of Qaa in Bekaa valley, the state-run Lebanese News Agency reported.

A villager told Al Jazeera that a local became suspicious of the group of men passing through Qaa after confronting them near his house at around 4am (01:00 GMT).

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CIA weapons for Syrian rebels funneled onto black markets: report

CIA weapons end up on black marketWeapons shipped to the Middle East by the CIA to arm Syrian rebels have systematically landed on the black market in Jordan, a new report finds.

An investigation by The New York Times and Al Jazeera found that millions of dollars worth of arms sent to Jordan intended for U.S.-backed Syrian groups were routinely stolen in a scheme by Jordanian operatives.

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