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FBI agents showed up at Bannon’s home to issue Mueller subpoena: report

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FBI agents showed up last week at Steve Bannon’s home to serve a subpoena to appear before a grand jury in the special counsel probe of Trump campaign ties to Russia.

A source revealed new details about how the former White House chief strategist learned he would be compelled to testify in the case as Robert Mueller’s team zeroes in on President Donald Trump and his inner circle, reported NBC News.

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The FBI agents were not aware Jan. 9, when they arrived at Bannon’s home in Washington, D.C., that just hours earlier he had hired attorney William Burck — who is also representing White House counsel Don McGahn and former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus.

Bannon told the agents that he had retained counsel, and the FBI sent the order to Burck.

The subpoena appears to be the first used by Mueller to compel grand jury testimony from a member of Trump’s inner circle, although others have been issued for witnesses outside the White House.

A second subpoena was used in an attempt to compel Bannon’s testimony Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee, where the former White House official refused to answer questions about the Trump administration or presidential transition.

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), the committee’s chairman, issued a subpoena — but Bannon’s lawyer contacted the White House, which reportedly “doubled down” on demands that he avoid answering questions on those broad topics.

It’s not clear whether Burck, the attorney, spoke to McGahn, his client and a witness in the Mueller probe.

Bannon will not attempt to stonewall Mueller, according to reports.

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Mueller may not force Bannon to appear before the grand jury but could instead allow him to be questioned by investigators in the special counsel’s offices.

The subpoena signals that Bannon is not personally a focus of investigators, because Justice Department rules allow prosecutors to subpoena targets only in rare instances, reported the New York Times.

Mueller issued the subpoena after Bannon was quoted in Michael Wolff’s book about the White House as saying Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with Russians was “treasonous” and predicting investigators would ultimately focus on money laundering by the president’s associates.

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US ‘lies’ slammed after Mike Pompeo blames Iran for drone attacks without proof

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi forcefully rejected Sunday unsubstantiated charges by by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) regarding the recent drone attacks that caused serious damage to two crucial Saudi Arabian oil installations.

“It has been around 5 years that the Saudi-led coalition has kept the flames of war alive in the region by repeatedly launching aggression against Yemen and committing different types of war crimes, and the Yemenis have also shown that they are standing up to war and aggression,” Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said in a statement.

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Why are college students so stressed out? It’s not because they’re ‘snowflakes’

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Across the country, college classes are well underway, the excitement of the start of the year is waning and student stress is on the rise. Frantic calls home and panicked visits to student health services will start to dramatically increase. And before long, parents and observers will start wondering what is wrong with these kids. Why can’t they handle the pressures of college and just pull it together?

College student stress is nothing new. Anxieties over homesickness, social pressures, challenging course loads and more have been a common feature of the U.S. college experience for decades. But, without question, student stress levels and psychological distress are measurably worse than before. According to a national study published earlier this year in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, major depression among young adults (18-25) rose 63 percent between 2009 and 2017. They also report that the rate of young adults with suicidal thoughts or other suicide-related outcomes increased 47 percent from 2008 to 2017.

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Kaiser healthcare workers plan for nation’s largest strike since 1997

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More than 80,000 Kaiser Permanente emergency medical technicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other staffers are threatening to walk out of work next month, in what could be the nation's largest strike since 1997.

The authorization to strike, approved by 98% of the union members who voted, does not mean a walk out will happen, but it does allow union leaders to call one as early as Oct. 1, giving them leverage ahead of negotiations with the California-based health care giant. Kaiser Permanente, comprised of 39 hospitals and nearly 700 medical officers, serves more than 12 million members in seven states across the country.

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