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New York Times reporter will not be forced to testify in CIA leak trial

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New York Times reporter James Risen will not be called to testify in a CIA leak case that has become a flashpoint of contention over press freedom, the newspaper reported on Monday.

The paper reported on its website that the Department of Justice said in filings it would not call Risen to testify in the U.S. government’s federal court case against former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling.

Sterling’s lawyers said on Monday they also would not call Risen to take the stand, after earlier leaving open that possibility, the Times added.

The years-long legal struggle over whether Risen should be forced to testify came to represent the tension between balancing freedom of the press and U.S. national security.

It occurred as President Barack Obama’s administration drew criticism for bringing a record number of prosecutions over unauthorized leaks.

The decision by the two sides in the Sterling case not to call Risen as a witness at trial came one week after the journalist testified in the case at a preliminary hearing in Alexandria, Virginia, where he refused to answer all but a few basic questions about his 2006 book “State of War” that detailed a failed CIA effort to undermine Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

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He would not disclose what information confidential sources provided for his book, where or when he met with unnamed sources or who had not served as a source.

It was Risen’s first time appearing under oath on the witness stand in the case.

Sterling was indicted for unauthorized disclosure of national defense information and other charges in 2010.

Risen sought to quash an earlier subpoena requiring him to testify, but an appeals court ruled against him and the Supreme Court declined last year to take up his case.

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In December, after a decision from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, prosecutors said they planned to limit the questions they would ask Risen, and would not ask him to name any individuals who provided anonymous information for his book.

Sterling’s trial is scheduled to begin this week.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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One of the significant issues Republicans lost on in 2018 was their nearly decade-long crusade to unmake the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

This week Trump will announce that he's running for president again, and he promises a surprise announcement while there. While it's unclear what he intends for the surprise, one thing he is talking about is a better healthcare law than the Democratic one.

According to The New York Times, Trump is "vowing to issue the plan within a month or two, reviving a campaign promise with broad consequences for next year’s contest."

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Trump will go far-right in 2020 election because he thinks that’s why the GOP lost in 2018

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An MSNBC panel speculated that one of the things President Donald Trump will do when he announces his reelection campaign this week is run a rerun of 2016. The reason, the panel explained, is he thinks it's the one thing that has worked for him.

Sunday, it was announced that Trump was so furious with his lousy poll numbers that he fired the team of pollsters. Trump apologists claimed that the anger had more to do with the leak of the poll numbers to the public.

Either way, Trump is in trouble, whether he's willing to admit it or not. But his solution is characteristically "Trump."

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WATCH: Trump stops ABC film crew to restart interview after his chief of staff coughed

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President Donald Trump was very displeased when his chief of staff had the audacity to cough or sneeze during his interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos. The full interview finally aired on "20/20" Sunday, showing the president in the Oval Office and outside in the Rose Garden.

The ABC interview showed the moment where Mick Mulvaney coughed, and Trump stopped the interview abruptly.

The two were discussing why Trump wouldn't release his taxes.

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