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Syrian boy explains refugee crisis perfectly: ‘Just stop the war — and we don’t want to go to Europe’

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A photo showing the tiny, lifeless body of a drowned Syrian refugee washed up on a Turkish beach has revealed the human tragedy unfolding along European shores.

The child has been identified as 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, and Turkish media reported that his 5-year-old brother was among at least 12 Syrians who drowned while trying to reach the Greek island of Kos.

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The boys had fled with their parents from Kobani, where Islamic State militants have been battling Kurdish forces.

Tens of thousands of refugees have fled the fierce fighting to Europe, where many governments have moved to block their entry.

More than 2,000 refugees, mostly men and boys, are waiting in Budapest, Hungary, where they have been blocked from traveling to Germany and other European Union nations.

Hungarian right-wing nationalists have surrounded the refugees, screaming insults at them as police hold them back from attacking the migrants.

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“We have to reinstate law and order at the borders of the European Union,” said Zoltan Kovacs, a spokesman for the Hungarian government.

But a video posted on the Vine social media service shows one teenage boy explaining that he and other refugees would rather not flee their homes.

“You just stop the war, and we don’t want to go to Europe,” the 13-year-old boy says.

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John Bolton lawyer tells judge his interests do not align with WH chief of staff Mick Mulvaney

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Former National Security Advisor John Bolton told a federal judge on Monday that his interests do not align with those of acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

"A long-simmering feud within the White House broke into the open on Monday as a lawyer for John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, filed a motion trying to keep Mick Mulvaney, the president’s acting chief of staff, from joining a lawsuit over impeachment testimony," New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker reported Monday.

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Trump’s lie about ‘doctored’ impeachment transcripts debunked by impeachment witnesses’ lawyers

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President Donald Trump on Monday falsely accused Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of releasing "doctored" transcripts of impeachment inquiry witnesses and then bizarrely suggested that Republicans release their own versions of the transcripts.

"Shifty Adam Schiff will only release doctored transcripts," the president wrote on Twitter. "We haven’t even seen the documents and are restricted from (get this) having a lawyer."

Trump presented no evidence to back up his claim that Schiff had done something to alter the transcripts, which show that multiple administration officials testified that the Trump administration was withholding aid to Ukraine until its government agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Trump-appointed judge delivers major blow to president’s efforts to keep his taxes secret

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President Donald Trump on Monday suffered yet another legal defeat in his quest to keep his tax returns a secret -- and it came at the hands of one of the president's own appointees.

CNN reports that Trump-appointed Judge Carl Nichols the of United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that the president cannot sue the state of New York in his court to prevent the release of his taxes.

In his ruling, Nichols found that Trump's attorneys failed to establish a so-called "conspiracy jurisdiction" based on his accusations that New York Attorney General Letitia James is a co-conspirator with House Democrats in a plot to improperly reveal the president's personal financial information.

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