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White House says no change in policy after surprise coalition change in Israel

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A surprise coalition in Israel between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the center-right Kadima group will not make Washington change its “approach” to its close Mideast ally, the White House said Tuesday.

“A new coalition in Israel will certainly not affect our policy approach. We continue to have very good relations with leaders in Israel, and we provide significant support for, in coordination with Israel’s military, on its security interests,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

“We share a lot of information when it comes to intelligence, and we will work very closely with the Israelis,” Carney told journalists aboard Air Force One as it took President Barack Obama to Albany, New York where he was to deliver a speech.

The agreement to form what will be Israel’s seventh national unity government was to be put to a vote in the Knesset Tuesday, and if approved would put Netanyahu at the helm of a ruling coalition with an overwhelming 94 votes in the 120-seat parliament.

Netanyahu said the agreement would give greater stability to the coalition, which is led by his rightwing Likud party.

[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) shakes hands with Kadima party leader Shaul Mofaz during a joint press conference at the Knesset. AFP Photo/Gali Tibbon]

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Citing CIA’s dark history, librarians protest agency’s recruiting at their conference

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"Everything they stand for is a violation of the values of librarianship, so we protested."

A group of librarians demanded the American Library Association abide by its values on Friday as they staged a protest of the CIA's presence and recruitment at the professional organization's annual conference.

At the convention, which is taking place June 20-25 in Washington, D.C., the CIA is among the hundreds of exhibitors.

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It’s Biden vs rest of Democrats in 1st 2020 debate clash

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For Democrats seeking to challenge Donald Trump in 2020, the rubber meets the road in Miami this week, where Joe Biden will defend his frontrunner status as presidential candidates finally square off face to face.

Americans are bracing for the nation's biggest political debate since the slugfests of 2016, a two-night showdown beginning Wednesday with 20 Democrats vying for a breakout moment that could showcase their talents, or see them stumble on the world stage.

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How Texans in Congress feel about Trump’s delay of family deportations depends on their party affiliation

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Republicans say the postponement will be successful at bringing Democrats to the negotiating table. But Democrats say the president is making people pawns in a political game.

President Donald Trump's abrupt delay in launching a massive deportation effort aimed at families in several American cities — including Houston — drew responses divided along partisan lines.

After exchanges via news release, Twitter and a phone call, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi successfully lobbied Trump to hold off on deporting immigrants around the country. Trump announced the delay in Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids via Twitter on Saturday.

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