• Ireland elects first gay Prime Minister Leo Varadkar
Ireland elects first gay Prime Minister Leo Varadkar

Higgins . In a move created to heal any divisions in his own party, Varadkar on Tuesday appointed the man he defeated, Simon Coveney , as deputy leader of Fine Gael . Despite Varadkar's firsts, Irish media and voters are "not obsessed about his sexuality or his racial origins", The Guardian's Henry McDonald tells NPR's Ari Shapiro .

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  • LA Mayor Praises Capitol Police, Slams Gun Violence 'Epidemic' In Virginia Shooting
LA Mayor Praises Capitol Police, Slams Gun Violence 'Epidemic' In Virginia Shooting

The shooter was identified as James T. Hodgkinson , a 66-year-old home inspector from IL who had several minor run-ins with the law in recent years and belonged to a Facebook group called "Terminate the Republican Party ". "They stand ready to protect everyone - from Members and staff to constituents and tourists - who visit the Capitol com...

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  • Reports say Mueller probe looking at possible obstruction involv
Reports say Mueller probe looking at possible obstruction involv

The unnamed sources told the Post that the investigation into Trump began after former FBI director James Comey was sacked. On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the Senate intelligence committee that there were discussions at high levels about firing FBI Director James Comey even before Sessions was confirmed .

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  • Bernie Sanders on Report That Shooter Volunteered for His Campaign:
Bernie Sanders on Report That Shooter Volunteered for His Campaign: "I'm Sickened".

Hodgkinson, who appears to have been the owner of a home inspection business, was a strong supporter of Sanders, who challenged Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. "We've got to stop the violence". Dale Walsh, 65, of Belleville , said he was a lifelong friend of Hodgkinson's. Scalise was later said to be stabl...

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  • Martial law in Mindanao is necessary - DFA
Martial law in Mindanao is necessary - DFA

During the resumption of oral arguments on cases questioning Duterte's declaration, Calida stressed that the president needed "a more expansive authority" to end the terrorists' "rebellion". Lawyer Marlon Manuel said the admission that the call out powers, which allow the president to call out the armed forces to quell unlawful violence, are more o...

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  • Germany's Merkel says European Union ready to negotiate Brexit, no change seen
Germany's Merkel says European Union ready to negotiate Brexit, no change seen

A mere one week ago, Mr Hammond's political career was written off; he did not expect to survive a Cabinet reshuffle after an election won by the Prime Minister. Asked about the DUP's links to hard-line Protestant groups in Northern Ireland, foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer said "we in Europe are all.

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  • White House: Trump 'has no intention' to fire Mueller
White House: Trump 'has no intention' to fire Mueller

Amid reports that US President Donald Trump was considering firing the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigations, a senior Justice Department official said that he - and not the President - is the only official empowered to dismiss the prosecutor and that he sees no reason to do so.

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  • Leaders From Congressional Baseball Teams Hold Press Conference
Leaders From Congressional Baseball Teams Hold Press Conference

Authorities said the gunman, 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson III of IL, died during a gun battle with police officers, two of whom were wounded . Shortly after the shooting, Bernie Sanders , the former candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination, said on the Senate floor that the shooter apparently was a volunteer for his campaign ...

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  • Congressman Among Those Shot At Virginia Baseball Field
Congressman Among Those Shot At Virginia Baseball Field

By virtue of his leadership position, Scalise is one of 10 members of Congress who has a regular Capitol Police security detail that travels everywhere with him. It is disheartening that members of Congress couldn't practice for the charity ballgame without violence erupting. Initial reports said that as many as 50 shots had been fired, b...

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  • Trump under investigation for possible obstruction
Trump under investigation for possible obstruction

Sessions reiterated Tuesday those meetings were in his capacity as a lawmaker and not about the campaign. Sessions also testified that he had never had any meetings with officials from Russian Federation or anywhere else about interference in the USA election.

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  • Japan approves contentious bill against planning crimes
Japan approves contentious bill against planning crimes

Despite objections at home and from overseas, the Diet on June 15 enacted anti-conspiracy legislation that allows law enforcement authorities to arrest and punish people even in the planning stages of a crime. The Abe administration publically dismissed his concerns. "This is an ultimate form of forced vote - it shut down sensible debate in the u...

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  • Trump being probed for possible obstruction of justice
Trump being probed for possible obstruction of justice

Though Trump was told by Comey on multiple occasions that he was not under investigation by the FBI, the president reportedly became the focus of Mueller's investigation after firing Comey. The Comey firing itself has turned into a blunder of such epic proportions that Donald Trump is now under investigation for obstruction of justice , the Washi...

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  • Donald Trump 'investigated for obstruction of justice' in Russian Federation probe
Donald Trump 'investigated for obstruction of justice' in Russian Federation probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller , hinted broadly that the special counsel investigation could be looking at Trump during a House committee hearing on Tuesday. The Trump Organisation has said it will donate profits from customers representing foreign governments to the US Treasury but will not require such customers ...

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  • Sanders 'sickened,' shooter may be tied to '16 campaign
Sanders 'sickened,' shooter may be tied to '16 campaign

Bernie Sanders said the gunman had been among the many volunteers on his presidential campaign . The 66-year-old man from IL injured House Whip Steve Scalise and four others in the USA state of Virginia. "To actually know somebody that would do something as bad as this is a shock", Clark said. "He seemed like he was semi-retired; he was h...

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  • European Union sees Brexit talks delay after vote shock
European Union sees Brexit talks delay after vote shock

One reason May called an early election was to enlarge the Tory majority so that she had a buffer against the 60 or so Conservative lawmakers most passionate about Brexit and who remember she didn't vote for it. But that is where the unanimity ends. "It could all take time". She campaigned on the ticket of leaving the Single European Market and t...

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  • Anti-Republican gunman killed after shooting U.S. congressman Steve Scalise
Anti-Republican gunman killed after shooting U.S. congressman Steve Scalise

The lawmakers were practicing in Alexandria's Del Ray neighborhood in Virginia . "One was being treated and one was about to go into surgery". - Zachary Barth, a staffer for Texas Representative Roger Williams , was shot and was being treated, Williams said .

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  • Trump says shooting suspect James T. Hodgkinson is dead
Trump says shooting suspect James T. Hodgkinson is dead

But he said no one can recall him. Hodgkinson appears to have had liberal political views, writes the Washington Post . The alleged shooter expressed fervent opposition to the Republican party and called for higher taxes on the rich, in statements on social media and apparently volunteered for the presidential campaign of Sen.

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  • Video shows moments shots fired at Congressional baseball practice
Video shows moments shots fired at Congressional baseball practice

Mr Scalise was among several people wounded when a rifle-wielding attacker fired on Republican lawmakers on a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia, outside Washington. Congressional leaders typically attend the event and former President Barack Obama - famous for shunning opportunities to rub shoulders with lawmakers - even went two years ago, wa...

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  • Cellphone video captures gunshots as Congress members were shot at in Alexandria
Cellphone video captures gunshots as Congress members were shot at in Alexandria

Virginia's Democratic governor, Terry McAuliffe, urged gun control measures. "Had Steve not been there, I think you would have seen many more injured and probably many killed", Mr DeSantis said. DeSantis gave a similar account. Bernie Sanders, who quickly condemned the violence in a speech and on Twitter. But in the hours after the shooting, th...

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  • Trump Visits Lawmaker Recovering From Shooting at Baseball Practice in Virginia
Trump Visits Lawmaker Recovering From Shooting at Baseball Practice in Virginia

It's the first major domestic incident that has prompted a response from Trump, who spoke straight into the camera during his brief statement from the Diplomatic Reception Room. "How fortunate we were that they were on the scene because their lives would have probably been lost", Pelosi told members of Congress gathered in the Capitol Building "I w...

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