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  1. Congress negotiates Russia sanctions plan over Trump's objections

    07.23 / 12:49 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    House and Senate negotiators reached an agreement Saturday to place new punitive sanctions on Russia, overriding President Trump's objections. The deal will also sanction North Korea and Russia's ally Iran, targeting the countries for their "destabilizing actions around the world," said a statement from House Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). Trump intended to ease some sanctions on Russia to foster more positive relations between Moscow and Washington, a plan that raised alarm among…
  2. 8 found dead in trafficking tractor-trailer outside San Antonio Walmart

    07.23 / 11:49 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Eight people were found dead, 20 injured, some critically, and another 10 comparatively unharmed in the back compartment of a tractor-trailer outside a Walmart in San Antonio, Texas, early Sunday morning. Police were alerted after someone who had been inside the truck, which did not have working air conditioning or water supplies, approached a Walmart staff member to ask for water. A Walmart security guard then found the bodies and alerted authorities. Breaking 252am - SAPD & SAFD update…
  3. There may be footage of the Minneapolis police shooting of Justine Damond

    07.22 / 16:57 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    A witness who observed and filmed at least part of the death of an unarmed Australian woman, Justine Damond, at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer has come forward, Minnesota state investigators told the Star Tribune. Any footage would be particularly valuable in this case because the officers involved, who were at Damond's house because she called 911 to report a suspected crime, were wearing body cameras that were not turned on during the incident. The witness was reportedly…
  4. Actor John Heard, the dad from Home Alone, dies at 72

    07.22 / 16:57 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Actor John Heard, best known for his roles in Home Alone and The Sopranos, died Friday in Palo Alto, California. He was 72. Heard was staying in a hotel room and recovering from minor back surgery at the time of his death, which has been confirmed by the Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office. RIP, Mr. McCallister #JohnHeard pic.twitter.com/k6kLanRYkD — I am an 80's kid! (@I_am_1980) July 22, 2017 Heard came to fame in the 1970s and 1980s with roles in movies including Tom Hanks' Big, Ma…
  5. Trump touts military spending hikes to 'win, win win' at aircraft carrier commissioning

    07.22 / 15:58 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    President Trump spoke at a ceremony Saturday commissioning the USS Gerald R. Ford, the newest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the U.S. Navy fleet. His speech warned that the "sea holds many challenges and threats" and called the ship an "incredible work of art [that] becomes the pride of the U.S. Navy and symbol of American pride and prestige no matter where in the world you go." Trump also used the occasion to address his plans to increase military spending. "It's been a very, very…
  6. Could Trump really pardon himself?

    07.22 / 14:58 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    A Friday Washington Post story reported President Trump has been exploring the option of exercising his broad constitutional pardon power on behalf of himself or members of his campaign team or family. Trump set tongues wagging Saturday morning with a tweet apparently reserving the right to do exactly that: While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2…
  7. Kushner reports at least $10 million in 77 previously undisclosed assets

    07.22 / 14:58 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and White House adviser, disclosed 77 previously unreported assets in paperwork released Friday. Kushner's attorneys said these assets were "inadvertently omitted" in previous disclosures to the Office of Government Ethics, which certified the new disclosures as part of the "ordinary review process." The assets are valued between $10 and $50 million, depending on where each item falls in the valuation ranges on the federal forms. Kushner's…
  8. U.S. soldier indicted on terrorism charges

    07.22 / 14:58 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    A U.S. soldier was indicted on terrorism charges by a federal grand jury in Hawaii Friday. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang is accused of attempting to provide material aid to the Islamic State, including leaked U.S. military documents, as well as planning a mass shooting after pledging his allegiance to ISIS. He was arrested by the FBI earlier this month and is held without bail. Kang's court-appointed attorney, Birney Bervar, is pursuing a mental health defense, arguing Kang may suffer…
  9. Trump asks the Senate GOP to 'step up to the plate' and 'WIN!'

    07.22 / 14:58 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    President Trump presented Senate Republicans with a to-do list on Twitter Saturday and also offered some thoughts on congressional Democrats: The Republican Senators must step up to the plate and, after 7 years, vote to Repeal and Replace. Next, Tax Reform and Infrastructure. WIN! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017 ObamaCare is dead and the Democrats are obstructionists, no ideas or votes, only obstruction. It is solely up to the 52 Republican Senators! — Donald J. Trump (…
  10. Trump Jr. makes deal for private Senate testimony

    07.22 / 14:01 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort have reached an agreement with the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify behind closed doors about their 2016 meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Lawyers for both men confirmed the deal to ABC News. Committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) had threatened the pair with subpoenas if they did not testify voluntarily for the Senate investigation of Russian…
  11. Minneapolis police chief resigns after fatal shooting of unarmed woman

    07.22 / 14:01 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau resigned from her post Friday at the request of the city's mayor, Betsy Hodges. The Minneapolis Police Department has come under heavy criticism after an officer fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman, Justine Damond, who called 911 to report a suspected crime near her home. Though the officers involved were wearing body cameras, they were turned off at the time of Damond's death. Hodges said in a statement it is "clear [Harteau] has lost the…
  12. Trump calls for federal investigation of Clinton's 'acid-washed' emails instead of his campaign

    07.22 / 13:02 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    President Trump was up and tweeting early Saturday, offering his thoughts on a range of topics centrally including his desire to see Hillary Clinton under federal investigation instead of his own team. Trump began by objecting to The Washington Post's Friday night report that Attorney General Jeff Sessions did discuss campaign matters with the Russian ambassador last year, contrary to Sessions' account. After a detour to discuss his plans for the day and blame The New York Times for…
  13. U.S. intel reportedly suggests Sessions talked campaign issues with Russia

    07.22 / 12:03 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak told Moscow he discussed campaign matters on two occasions with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then a senator and Trump campaign surrogate, during the 2016 election, The Washington Post reported Friday night, citing U.S. intelligence intercepts of Kislyak's communications. Sessions initially said he "did not have communications with the Russians," claiming he did not remember any such meetings, and then later said the talks were not about campaign…
  14. Sean Spicer suggests the press secretary chapter of his life could be called 'Exciting Times'

    07.21 / 21:59 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer already has a name in mind for the chapter of his life that he spent serving under President Trump. In an interview with The Washington Post on Friday, the day he submitted his resignation, Spicer suggested he'd call this particular chapter that's coming to a close "Exciting Times." "Hopefully we're midway through the book of my life," Spicer said, when asked what he'll do once he leaves in August. Though Spicer may have made some ill-advised…