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The president is a pyromaniac': the week Trump set fire to the White House

The President is a PyromaniacDonald Trump began the week by turning a national scout jamboree into something resembling a youth rally. He ended it in front of more massed ranks in uniform, telling police officers “please don’t be too nice” to suspects they arrest in what sounded to many like an endorsement of police brutality.

And then, amid a blizzard of stories about White House infighting, chief of staff Reince Priebus resigned, becoming the shortest-serving occupant of the post in history. Though he seemed blithely unaware of it, it was a fitting finale to the worst week of Trump’s short political career.

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Judge blocks Arkansas from enforcing 4 abortion restrictions

US District Court Judge Kristine BakerA federal judge has blocked Arkansas from enforcing four new abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure and a fetal remains law that opponents say would effectively require a partner's consent before a woman could get an abortion.

U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction late Friday night against the new restrictions, three of which were set to take effect Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights had challenged the measures, suing on behalf of Dr. Frederick Hopkins, a Little Rock abortion provider.

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Trump tells law enforcement: 'Don't be too nice' with suspects

Trump encourages police to abuse people they arrestThe national civil rights and advocacy community came down hard on President Trump for comments he made Friday on Long Island that seemed to encourage violence on the part of the police.

Organizations from the Southern Poverty Law Center to the YWCA, and from Amnesty International to the American Civil Liberties Union admonished the president for his words that appeared to endorse excessive use of force by police. The president made the remarks during a speech touting the administration’s work to banish the notorious, transnational MS-13 street gang.

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1 dead, 6 injured after knife attack at supermarket

Hamburg knife attackA man armed with a kitchen knife fatally stabbed one person at a supermarket Friday in the northern German city of Hamburg and six others were injured as he fled, police said. He was overpowered and arrested.

The suspect is a 26-year-old who was born in the United Arab Emirates, police said, though they were still working to establish his nationality. Hamburg's mayor said that the man had apparently sought shelter in Germany and that authorities had been unable to deport him because he had no papers.

The assailant entered the supermarket in Hamburg's Barmbek district Friday afternoon and stabbed one man, who died at the scene. Police said the victim is believed to be a 50-year-old German.

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Trump names John Kelly chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus

John Kelly new Cheif of StaffU.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Friday he has named Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly as White House chief of staff, replacing Reince Priebus, who has been in a feud with Trump's new communications director.

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Congress advised it has authority to undo any transgender military ban

Congress can undo transgender banIf President Donald Trump follows through on his declaration to ban all transgender military personnel, Congress could delay or even undo it, according to a new analysis from the legislative branch's research arm.

Trump, in a series of three tweets earlier this week, said that transgender men and women would not be allowed to serve in the ranks "in any capacity."The snap announcement took Pentagon leaders and members of Congress by surprise and sparked an immediate bipartisan backlash. While some House Republicans were seeking to limit health care benefits for transgender troops, no lawmakers were calling for outright abolition.

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Meet the ex-con who ties himself to Trump

Trump associate's long checkered pastFresh from snatching up a former insane asylum in foreclosure for a cheap $1.2 million, a mystery man went running down a Syracuse, N.Y., street, iPad covering his face, as reporters gave chase and TV cameras rolled.

It was April 11, 2013, and the man — whose identity was hidden until now — was Felix Sater, two-time ex-con turned government informant, and at least one-time adviser to Donald Trump.

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McCain, fighting cancer, turns on GOP and kills health bill

McCain kills the billSen. John McCain appeared poised to be the savior of the GOP health bill when he returned to the Capitol earlier this week despite brain cancer.

He turned out to be the bill's executioner.

In an astonishing development early Friday, the longtime Arizona senator turned on his party and his president, joining two other GOP senators in voting "no" on Republicans' final effort to repeal "Obamacare."

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Russia orders out U.S. diplomats in sanctions retaliation

Russia orders out US diplomatsRussia on Friday ordered the United States to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff in retaliation for a new round of U.S. sanctions, and said it was seizing two U.S. diplomatic properties.

Moscow's decision, which had echoes of the Cold War, was announced by the Foreign Ministry a day after the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly approved new sanctions on Russia. The bill now passes to President Donald Trump for final approval.

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