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U.S. President Donald Trump holds a rally with supporters at an arena in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on June 21, 2017.

President Trump says he has no ‘tapes’ of Comey conversations

By Philip Rucker and Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 4:54 p.m.
President Donald Trump ended a mystery of his own creation on Thursday that began last month when he suggested that he had privately recorded their talks.
Actor and comedian Bill Cosby departs after a judge declared a mistrial in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 17, 2017.

Bill Cosby plans motivational speaking tour on sex assault

By Reuters on June 22, 2017, at 4:01 p.m.
Bill Cosby plans to conduct a series of free public seminars about sexual assault this summer, his spokesman said days after a Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial in the entertainer’s sex assault trial.
Senator Ted Cruz is one of four GOP senators who oppose the current health care bill.

Four GOP senators oppose Senate health care measure in its current form

By Sean Sullivan, Juliet Eilperin and Kelsey Snell, The Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 3:12 p.m.
Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Mike Lee of Utah released a statement stating that they cannot support the bill as its currently written. Maine Sen. Susan Collins has concerns about the bill and will continue to review it in the coming days.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley

United States rejects U.N. call for access to safe abortions

By Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters on June 22, 2017, at 12:15 p.m.
“We do not recognize abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance.”
Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate floor of the U.S. Capitol after unveiling a draft bill on health care in Washington, June 22, 2017.

Senate Republicans unveil Obamacare replacement bill

By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell, Reuters on June 22, 2017, at 11:51 a.m.
A seven-year push by U.S. Republicans to dismantle Obamacare and kill the taxes it imposed on the wealthy reached a critical phase Thursday, when Senate Republican leaders unveiled a draft bill they aim to put to a vote, possibly as early as next week.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S. June 21, 2017.

How Americans think about the economy has changed since Trump won

By Ana Swanson, Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 11:36 a.m.
Democrats and Republicans have never been further apart in their expectations for the economy than they are right now.
On Sunday’s “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver dug deep on President Donald Trump’s favorite industry, coal mining.

Coal industry titan files defamation lawsuit against John Oliver

By Derek Hawkins, Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 10:16 a.m.
“Bob Murray, I didn’t really plan for so much of this piece to be about you, but you kinda forced my hand on that one,” Oliver said.

Whipped cream dispenser explodes, killing French Instagram fitness model

By Amber Ferguson, Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 10:15 a.m.
A popular fitness blogger and Instagram model in France died after a pressurized canister used for dispensing whipped cream exploded, hitting her in the chest.
A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva, Oct. 2, 2014.

North Korea says Trump is a ‘psychopath’ who may launch a preemptive strike

By Adam Taylor, Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 9:02 a.m.
A commentary published in a North Korean state newspaper Thursday calls President Donald Trump a “psychopath” and suggests he would launch a preemptive strike on North Korea to distract from domestic political problems.
Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) questions witnesses about Russian interference in U.S. elections to the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017.

Susan Collins may decide fate of GOP’s health care bill

By Steve Collins, Sun Journal on June 22, 2017, at 8:28 a.m.
“There are so many questions,” Collins said, and perhaps very little time to get answers. “I don’t want to miss something. It’s a very difficult situation.”

Facebook to keep wraps on political ads data despite researchers’ demands

By David Ingram, Reuters on June 22, 2017, at 8:03 a.m.
Facebook said it would not disclose information about political campaign advertising or related data such as how many users click on ads and if advertising messages are consistent across demographics, despite arguments from political scientists who want the data for research.
Musician Kanye West (right) and wife Kim Kardashian arrive at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" in the Manhattan borough of New York, May 2, 2016.

Kim Kardashian said to have hired surrogate for third baby

By Reuters on June 22, 2017, at 7:58 a.m.
People Magazine and E! News, citing unidentified sources, said the couple had hired a surrogate, and TMZ.com said they had agreed to pay the surrogate more than $113,000 to carry a child.
Britain's Prince Harry, on a promotional visit for the 2018 Invictus Games, visits the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center which will be a host venue in Sydney, Australia, June 8, 2017.

No royal wants to be king or queen, Britain’s Prince Harry says

By Reuters on June 22, 2017, at 7:57 a.m.
Prince Harry said no one in Britain’s royal family wants to be king or queen and criticized a decision to force him to parade behind his mother Princess Diana’s coffin after her death in 1997, according to an interview with a U.S. magazine.
Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto shows a document after announcing the government plans to legalize marijuana-based medicines, and proposed raising the amount of the drug that can be legally carried, in the wake of a national drug policy review, in Mexico City, Mexico, April 21, 2016.

Mexico just legalized medical marijuana

By Amanda Erickson, Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto signed a decree this week legalizing medical marijuana. The measure also classified the psychoactive ingredient in the drug as “therapeutic.”
The main Mosque in Mosul with the leaning minaret of Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul, where the ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared the Caliphate from in 2014, in Mosul, Iraq, on May 2017.

ISIS blew up historic Mosul mosque, Iraq says

By Loveday Morris, Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 7:24 a.m.
The Mosul icon was reduced to rubble Wednesday, the latest casualty in the war to wrest the city from Islamic State militants.
"Forest" pattern uniforms used by Afghan National Army conventional forces.

In mostly desert Afghanistan, Pentagon may have wasted $28 million on ‘forest’ uniforms

By Vera Bergengruen, McClatchy Washington Bureau on June 22, 2017, at 7:11 a.m.
The Pentagon may have wasted as much as $28 million buying pricy forest-camouflage uniforms for Afghan troops that don’t make sense in the largely desert country.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke smiles during a tour of the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Interior Secretary Zinke wants to shed 4,000 staffers in budget cuts

By Lisa Rein, Washington Post on June 22, 2017, at 7:10 a.m.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke told lawmakers Wednesday that he plans to shrink his department’s sprawling workforce by 4,000 employees – about 8 percent of the full-time staff – as part of budget cuts to downsize the government’s largest public lands agency.
The office building of health insurer Anthem is seen in Los Angeles, Feb. 5, 2015.

Anthem, Obamacare stalwart, pulls out of two more states

By Zachary Tracer and Anna Edney, Bloomberg on June 22, 2017, at 6:57 a.m.
The retreat is symptomatic of the state of haziness in the Obamacare exchanges, with companies struggling to come up with plans and propose premiums while the fate of the law itself is uncertain.
The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald, damaged by colliding with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel, is towed into the U.S. naval base in Yokosuka, south of Tokyo, Japan, on  June 17, 2017.

USS Fitzgerald sailors sealed flooding compartments, unclear if survivors were inside

By Thomas Gibbons-Neff and and Dan Lamothe, Washington Post on June 21, 2017, at 8:15 p.m.
The sailors either had to close off the flooded areas of the ship, or they feared the entire destroyer might go down, according to three active or former members of the Navy familiar with the incident.
Samuel Liles, Acting Director of Cyber Division, Office of Intelligence and Analysis DHS, listens to testimonies about Russian interference in U.S. elections to the Senate Intelligence Committee in Washington, U.S., June 21, 2017.

Hacking attempts on 21 states are tied to Russia

By Matt Zapotosky and Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post on June 21, 2017, at 8:03 p.m.
Vote-tallying mechanisms were unaffected and that the hackers appeared to be scanning for vulnerabilities – which Liles likened to walking down the street and looking at homes to see who might be inside.