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New York Times requests apology from Fox on ISIS story

NYTimes aks for apologu from FOXThe New York Times on Sunday took the unusual step of requesting an apology from a competitor, asking "Fox & Friends" to retract a report that the Times was to blame for the 2015 escape of an ISIS leader. Fox subsequently updated the story on its website with the NYT letter.

"I am writing on behalf of The New York Times to request an on-air apology and tweet from Fox & Friends in regards to a malicious and inaccurate segment 'NY Times leak allowed ISIS leader to slip away,'” wrote Danielle Rhoades Ha, vice president of communications for the Times.

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Trump makes veiled threat to GOP on Obamacare

Trump makes threat to Congress over Health billPresident Donald Trump on Sunday evening again called on Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, adding in a veiled threat that the "repercussions will be far greater" than lawmakers might expect.

"If Republicans don't Repeal and Replace the disastrous ObamaCare, the repercussions will be far greater than any of them understand!" the president stated on Twitter on Sunday evening.

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Trump administration ends funding for teen pregnancy programs

Trump ends funding for teen pregnancyA nationwide, successful teen pregnancy prevention program is being eliminated under President Donald Trump's proposed FY 2018 budget, with all organizations funded by it notified this month their funding will end next year.

As part of the proposed budget, the Trump Administration plans to halt funding of the Teen Pregnancy Prevention, or TPP, Program two years early by eliminating $213.6 million to over 81 TPP organizations, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Taliban claim deadly Kabul suicide attack that kills 35

Car bomb kills dozens in KabulAt least 35 people have been killed and more than 40 wounded after a suicide car bomb targeted a bus carrying ministry staff in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, officials said.

Intelligence officials told Al Jazeera that the bus was carrying staff of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum when it came under attack on Monday.

The attack happened just before 7am local time (02:30 GMT) and took place close to the house of the deputy government Chief Executive Mohammad Mohaqi, said officials.

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Kushner to Senate staffers: 'I Did Not Collude' with Russia

Jared Kushner testifies before Senate staffers

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor, plans to testify to the Senate intelligence committee on Monday morning that he "did not collude" with Russia or any other foreign government.

"I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government," Kushner states in prepared testimony submitted to the committee and made public ahead of the meeting Monday. "I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector."

TVNL Comment: Watch for updates as the Kushner testimony continues.

Update: 11:00 am: President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, released new details Monday about his contacts with Russian officials, including a previously undisclosed encounter with Ambassador Sergei Kislyak in April 2016.

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Jared Kushner Will Not Face Senate Intelligence Committee Under Oath

jared Kushner will not testify under oathPresident Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, a White House senior advisor, will not be under oath when he meets behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday, The Washington Post reported.

Kushner will later meet with the House Intelligence Committee in private the next day. Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort will not testify under oath either when they meet with the Senate later this week, CNN reported. (Regardless of sworn oaths, it is still illegal to lie to Congress.)

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The War on the Freedom of Information Act

War on FOIA

The health-care clusterfudge continues. Senator John McCain has brain cancer. President Trump throws another public tantrum. Russia, Russia, Russia.

That about covers the Big Political Headlines of the week. Now for something really sexy: the creeping assault on the Freedom of Information Act.

Stop right there! No clicking over to that Tucker Carlson YouTube rant. This is another one of those ticky-tacky, below-the-radar issues that may sound like a nonprescription substitute for Ambien but is, practically speaking, super important—especially in the Age of Trump.

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Fukushima: robot images show massive deposits thought to be melted nuclear fuel

Fukishima robot imagesImages captured by an underwater robot on Saturday showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan’s destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant.

The robot found large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers as thick as 1m on the bottom inside a main structure called the pedestal that sits underneath the core inside the primary containment vessel of Fukushima’s Unit 3 reactor, said the plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co.

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Chuck Schumer Says Senate Democrats Are Open To Single-Payer Health Care

Chuck SchumerSenate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) argued Sunday that it’s time for the Democratic party to take a “bold” approach on economic issues, adding a single-payer health care system is “on the table.”

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week,” Schumer previewed the economic agenda his party plans to roll out this week. He acknowledged that Democrats failed to win over voters in the 2016 election with a clear economic message, and said his coalition plans to change that.

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