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Northern cities and towns get vintage rail poster makeover – BBC News

Image copyright Lemondrop/Getty Image caption The Cheshire town of Knutsford – which inspired Elizabeth Gaskell’s novel Cranford – makes a quaint scene Artist Nicky Thompson, who designed the images, said the job had been “a total pleasure”. Image caption Chester Zoo and Anderton Boat Lift – known as the Cathedral of the Canals – also feature He added: “What is unarguable is that they were highly effective in creating an…

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The West Wing won’t thrive as the House of Mooch

(CNN)In an unprecedented move, President Donald Trump hired Anthony Scaramucci as communications director over the objections of Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Scaramucci has publicly and humiliatingly criticized Priebus, calling him a “paranoid schizophrenic” who will be pushed out soon, and let it be known that the only person he reports to is the President himself, not the chief of staff — a stunning arrangement for a communications director and…

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AG Sessions ‘confident’ he ‘made the right decision’ to recuse himself

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions says that President Donald Trump’s critical tweets about him were “kind of hurtful,” but insists he “made the right decision” in recusing himself from investigations related to the 2016 campaign. Sessions said that the flurry of tweets Trump has sent off criticizing him were not the easiest to swallow, but he still defended his boss’s leadership style. Trump’s remarks represent an extraordinary rebuke from the…

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Conservatives lobbied White House on transgender policy but total ban wasn’t what they asked for

(CNN)Republicans on Capitol Hill are scrambling to respond to President Donald Trump’s announcement Wednesday to reinstitute a ban on transgender people serving in the military after conservatives who lobbied the White House say they were pushing only to prevent the Pentagon from paying for medical costs associated with gender confirmation — not an outright ban. House Republican leaders knew the White House was already looking to change policy related to…

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Trump’s transgender tweets are an affront to the all-volunteer military

(CNN)There is a lot to dislike about President Donald Trump’s decision this morning to reinstate the ban on transgender service. As long as they swear the oath to defend our ideas, meet the professional standards, complete the training and thereafter serve with honor, they have the privilege of defending our country. It’s led to a highly professional, well-led and motivated force that continues to be the world’s example of professionalism…

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McCain’s speech on the Senate floor (full text and video)

(CNN)“Mr. President: “I have been a member of the United States Senate for thirty years. I had another long, if not as long, career before I arrived here, another profession that was profoundly rewarding, and in which I had experiences and friendships that I revere. But make no mistake, my service here is the most important job I have had in my life. And I am so grateful to the…

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Endangered Republicans stick with Trump on key health care vote

Washington (CNN)The two Senate Republicans in the most jeopardy of losing their seats in 2018 faced a choice in Tuesday’s health care vote: Stick with President Donald Trump and face a barrage of Democratic attacks, or break ranks and risk a potentially serious primary challenge fueled by Trump himself. Their votes came after stern signals from the White House that the President was willing to work to defeat his own…

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Trump administration again pressures sanctuary cities

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration opened up a new salvo against sanctuary cities on Tuesday — moving to make immigration enforcement a pre-condition for receiving key law enforcement grants. Among the requirements: Letting federal authorities access detainees in jails to inquire about immigration status and giving the federal government 48 hours’ notice before any inmate they’re interested in is released.

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‘Trump effect’ looms large at Mexico’s southern border

Tapachula, Mexico (CNN)Amarilis Mendoza is getting used to stares and double takes. The 13-year-old from Guatemala lost part of her left leg when she fell from a moving train, a train she had hoped would carry her to the United States. “Let’s live in the present moment,” she said in Spanish, smiling shyly. “To be sad? No. To think about things I’ve left behind? No.”

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DOJ nominee discloses Russian bank representation

(CNN)President Donald Trump’s nominee to head up the criminal division at the Justice Department has disclosed to members of the Senate judiciary committee that he previously represented a Russian bank whose computer server activity has been under scrutiny by FBI counterintelligence. Questions about the bank’s activity first arose last year when a group of computer scientists raised concerns about internet records that showed that Alfa Bank servers repeatedly looked up…

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‘A Better Deal’ is more of the same from Dems

(CNN)Democrats would like voters to believe the party’s slogan for its new economic agenda rolled out Monday, “A Better Deal,” describes a program aimed at fighting for regular people — even though it mostly rings like a sales pitch for a discounted item at a shopping mall. Worse, the specifics of the strategy are a path to more electoral failure, because “A Better Deal” embraces falsehoods about economic power while…

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US commissions largest-ever warship: What does it mean for Asia?

(CNN)The United States has just sent “a 100,000-ton message to the world,” says US President Donald Trump. Military players in North Asia Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa is home to the US Air Force’s 18th Wing, billed as the largest combat-ready wing in the service. More than 50 F-15 Eagle fighters are based at Kadena, supported by tankers and AWACS command and control aircraft. In South…

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Honorary Alaska ‘mayor,’ Stubbs the cat, dies at 20

(CNN)In today’s political climate, catty politicians claw for every vote, but the mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, was different. His ability to unite through cuddles and his fondness for naps made him remarkable, and this mayor — Stubbs the cat — also proved that opposable thumbs aren’t necessary for success in politics. “He was a trouper until the very last day of his life,” Stubbs’ owners said. “You are are a…

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Shenzhen’s never-ending skyscraper boom

(CNN)It rises like a mirage as you pass the fallow fields and fish ponds of outer Hong Kong: a wall of skyscrapers shimmering in the distance. This is Shenzhen, which has grown from a small fishing village into a major financial and technology hub in less than 40 years. Today, Shenzhen has evolved beyond its manufacturing roots to become a hub for service industries — especially technology and design. Often…

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A thesaurus of vaguely critical words Republicans use to chideTrump instead of taking action

Image: mark wilson/Getty Images Over the past few months, Republicans in Congress have bravely taken on President Trump by using some of the toughest adjectives they remember from their SAT workbook. Sure, they could theoretically take “real” action by demanding his tax returns, challenging him on his non-divestment from his businesses, or not voting for his dangerously under-qualified appointees. But why act, when you can instead vote for his entire…

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Pence calls on GOP to ‘step up to the plate’ on health care bill

(CNN)Vice President Mike Pence is increasing the pressure for Republicans to pass health care legislation, calling on senators to “step up to the plate” and keep their seven-year promise. As of now, there’s no indication the votes are there. “We’re going to vote on whether to proceed to a bill,” Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas said Thursday. “And I know people are fixated on what bill are we going…

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NSA director: ‘Now is probably not the best time’ for US-Russia cyber unit

(CNN)Adm. Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency, said Saturday that “now is probably not the best time” to pursue a joint cybersecurity initiative with Russia — an idea that President Donald Trump floated following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month. “The fact that President Putin and I discussed a Cyber Security unit doesn’t mean I think it can happen. It can’t – but…

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Brennan: Officials should refuse to fire Mueller if asked to by Trump

(CNN)Former CIA Director John Brennan says government officials should refuse orders to fire special counsel Robert Mueller if they are told to by the White House. Brennan was appearing with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, and both men, who served in the Obama administration, told Blitzer they have total confidence in Mueller. “Absolutely. It was an inspired choice- they don’t come any better, ” Brennan said. He added…

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I read about Bannon and Clinton so you don’t have to

(CNN)“Devil’s Bargain” — Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Joshua Green’s in-depth exploration of the mind and machinations of former Breitbart News boss and Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon — and “Shattered” — a painstaking account of Hillary Clinton’s unsuccessful campaign by Jonathan Allen, also of Bloomberg, and Amie Parnes of The Hill — have both climbed the bestseller lists and monopolized the attention of the chattering classes since their releases. (“Shattered” was…

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Spicer’s exit will not lift White House siege as walls close in

Washington (CNN)In a White House under siege, something had to change. But Spicer’s departure after the most fraught six months of antagonism between the press and a West Wing that anyone can remember, is just one move in a shuffle of personnel and tactics that augurs an aggressive White House fightback that is likely to intensify the current discord in Washington.

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Texas man arrested for threatening call to Ted Cruz

(CNN)A San Antonio man was arrested last week after he allegedly left a threatening voicemail on a Capitol Hill phone for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. In his statements to investigators, Headley expressed support for President Donald Trump and displeasure with Cruz’s positions that are at odds with the administration’s, according to the source. A member of Cruz’s staff retrieved the message from a US Capitol phone system on July 13…

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Sen. John McCain has brain cancer, aggressive tumor surgically removed

(CNN)Sen. John McCain, 80, has been diagnosed with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumor, Mayo Clinic doctors directly involved in the senator’s care told CNN exclusively. The doctors spoke directly to CNN Chief Medical Correspondent, Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive tumor that forms in the tissue of the brain and spinal cord, according to the American Brain Tumor Association. See the latest news and share…

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Rep. Castro: Second Trump-Putin meeting is ‘not normal’

Washington (CNN)Rep. Joaquin Castro said Wednesday that the circumstances of the second meeting between US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit earlier this month are “not normal.” “That kind of meeting is not normal,” Castro, a Texas Democrat, told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront.” “This is after they had reportedly a two-hour meeting earlier in the day, and so now to have a meeting…

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To fix health care, look to state governors

(CNN)The recent collapse of Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare can be blamed on disagreements about policy more than anything else. But once the GOP captured control of the White House and both houses of Congress, it became clear that the devil really was in the details. Within their own ranks, Republicans remain divided on fundamental questions of policy — whether to change how Medicaid is financed, whether there…

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US general warns of out-of-control killer robots

(CNN)America’s second-highest ranking military officer, Gen. Paul Selva, advocated Tuesday for “keeping the ethical rules of war in place lest we unleash on humanity a set of robots that we don’t know how to control.” Peters said the restriction was “due to expire later this year.”

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