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White House: Too early to say Jeff Sessions will step aside in Russia election tampering investigation

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Appearing on ABC News This Week, White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders deflected questions over whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions would step aside for a special prosecutor to look into Russian tampering with the 2016 election.

Speaking with host George Stephanopoulos, Huckabee Sanders said any plans for Sessions to recuse himself from the investigation should wait until after the GOP led congressional committees finished their own investigations.

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“I don’t think we’re there yet,” she explained. “Let’s work through this process. You guys want to jump to the very end of the line.”

“We’re confident whatever review that Congress wants to do, that’s the first step,” she added.

Concern over various investigations into ties between the Trump administration and the Russians have grown since White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus contacted the FBI for help in pushing back against the allegations.

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China reports 323 new cases of mysterious virus — as death toll rises to 54

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The number of confirmed deaths from a viral outbreak in China has risen to 54, with authorities in hard-hit Hubei province on Sunday reporting 13 more fatalities and 323 new cases.

The latest numbers from Hubei, the epicentre of the contagion, would put the nationwide total of confirmed infections at 1,610, based on figures previously released by the central government.

President Xi Jinping warned Saturday that China faced a "grave situation" as authorities raced to contain a respiratory illness that has caused the widespread abandonment of Lunar New Year celebrations nationwide and overwhelmed health facilities in Hubei.

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California offers to reimburse Trump for abortions — but he has to free the women from non-disclosure agreements

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The state of California is offering to reimburse President Donald Trump for any abortions he's paid for in the state, but there's a catch.

On Friday, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a "notice of violation" against the state for mandating universal abortion coverage in health insurance plans sold in the state, which the administration claims is "unlawful discrimination."

“Once again, President Trump’s administration is delivering on his promise to protect human life and all Americans’ freedom of conscience,” HHS Secretary Alex Azar said in a statement.

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Elizabeth Warren wins coveted Iowa caucuses endorsement from the Des Moines Register newspaper

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) received a coveted endorsement on Saturday evening when her 2020 bid was endorsed by the Des Moines Register newspaper.

"Who would make the best president at this point in the country’s history? At a time when the economic deck has become so stacked against working Americans that the gap between rich and poor is the highest in more than 50 years? At a time when a generation of war has stressed military families and sapped the treasury?" the newspaper asked. "The Des Moines Register editorial board endorses Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Iowa Democratic caucuses as the best leader for these times."

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