Republicans Defend Trump Aide Who Admitted Telling ‘White Lies’ on President’s Behalf

Updated Feb. 28, 2018 4:43 p.m. ET WASHINGTON—Republicans on Wednesday defended a senior White House aide who acknowledged she had told what she described as innocuous lies on President Donald Trump’s behalf, saying Democrats had questioned her truthfulness to embarrass her. Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, spent nearly nine hours before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, fielding questions about the campaign and the presidential transition while refusing to talk about the 13 months she has spent in the West Wing. In response to a question from Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Calif.) about whether she has ever lied
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Theresa May rejects EU’s draft option for Northern Ireland

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMay: I’ll make opposition to plans ‘crystal clear’ to EU An EU proposal for the Northern Ireland border threatens the “constitutional integrity” of the United Kingdom, Theresa May has said. A draft legal agreement published by the EU proposes a “common regulatory area” on the island of Ireland after Brexit, if solutions cannot be found. Mrs May said “no UK prime minister could ever agree” to this. The EU says the controversial “backstop” option is not intended to “provoke” the UK. Unveiling the draft agreement, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier called on
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Stock Selloff Widens After Powell Boosts Expectations of Rate Rises

Updated Feb. 28, 2018 3:51 a.m. ET Global stocks fell Wednesday, after new Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell’s upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy on Tuesday led investors to expect higher interest rates. The Stoxx Europe 600 dropped 0.4% in early European trade. Futures pointed to a flat opening for both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average, following a selloff Tuesday. In Asia, equities took a dive on the back of weaker-than-expected economic data, as China’s official manufacturing survey of purchasing managers fell to a 19-month low and Japanese factory output and retail sales came in weak.
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Mueller team asks about Trump’s Russian business dealings as he weighed a run for president

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No Bail Hearings for Detained Immigrants, Supreme Court Rules

The decision came a day after the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal over whether the Trump administration may shut down a program that shields some 700,000 young undocumented immigrants from deportation, complicating legislative efforts to address the issue. Ahilan Arulanantham, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union who represented the immigrants seeking hearings in Tuesday’s case, said he was disappointed by the decision. “The Trump administration is trying to expand immigration detention to record-breaking levels as part of its crackdown on immigrant communities,” he said. “We have shown through this case that when immigrants get a fair
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Hope Hicks doesn’t answer questions on White House time

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Former President Bill Clinton to pay last respects to Billy Graham

Former President Bill Clinton arrived at the Billy Graham Library late Tuesday morning to pay his final respects to Graham, the evangelist and advisor to presidents who died Wednesday at age 99. Clinton arrived at 11:32 a.m. and was met by Franklin Graham, the late evangelist’s son. The two walked down a brick path to the Graham homestead, where Billy Graham’s body lies in repose. Hillary Clinton, the former First Lady and secretary of state, did not accompany her husband. Clinton, a Democrat, is the second former president in two days to honor Graham at the namesake library. Graham’s casket
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North Carolina man shot dead on Facebook Live, killer remains at large

WINGATE, N.C. — A man here who spent his time trying to improve his neighborhood was shot to death on Monday while streaming on Facebook Live, authorities said. Prentis Robinson, 55, was gunned down roughly one block from police headquarters where he had just stopped to report a stolen cell phone, according to Wingate Police Chief Donnie Gay. Police identified the suspect as lifelong Wingate resident Douglas Cleveland Colson. The 65-year-old man was at large on Tuesday morning, believed to be somewhere in the area, and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to Gay. In the footage, which Facebook
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Billy Graham, the measure of man

By Obadiah Mailafia THE American evangelist Billy Graham passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday 21 February in his home in Montreat, North Carolina, USA, age 99. William Franklin Graham Jr was born on 7 November 1918 on a dairy farm outside Charlotte, North Carolina, of Scottish-Irish Presbyterian stock. Graham was brought up on a diet of rural Calvinistic values. Late Billy Graham He had to wake up at 2.30 am to milk the cows and shovel off tons of manure. At a tent revival organised by the travelling evangelist Modercai Ham, the sixteen year Graham made the life-changing
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