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Republican leader says Senate ‘unlikely’ to undo steel tariffs

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The most powerful member of the US Senate said Tuesday it was “highly unlikely” that Congress would pass legislation nullifying the tariffs President Donald Trump announced on steel and aluminum imports.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has previously joined House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican lawmakers in warning that the duties announced by Trump last week had the potential to spark an international trade war.

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But McConnell appeared to pour cold water on the prospect of Congress blocking Trump’s move.

“The thought that the president would sign a bill that would undo actions he’s taken strikes me as remote at best,” he told reporters.

“I think it’s highly unlikely we’d be dealing with that in a legislative way,” he said.

McConnell added that there was still “a lot of concern” about the tariffs among Republicans, whose party has traditionally embraced free trade.

Senate Republican Jeff Flake, a frequent critic of the president, on Monday announced he was introducing legislation to nullify the tariffs.

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“You can be pro-growth, you can be pro-tariff, but you can’t be both,” Flake said on the Senate floor, as he urged his colleagues to exercise their constitutional oversight role and “invalidate these irresponsible tariffs.”

Such a law would be guaranteed to face a presidential veto.

Overcoming a veto requires a two-thirds majority in both the Senate and House of Representatives, meaning the Republican majority would need significant support from the Democratic opposition.

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Feds now probing Giuliani’s links to Ukrainian natural gas projects – and if he profited from them

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Federal investigators are now probing the ties of the President's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, into Ukrainian energy projects, and if he stood to gain financially in a business venture headed by his two "henchmen" who are now in jail.

The two associates infamously aided Giuliani's efforts in Ukraine to launch investigations into Joe Biden and Hunter Biden in an attempt to assist President Donald Trump's re-election efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Fears grow on digital surveillance: US survey

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Americans are increasingly fearful of monitoring of their online and offline activities, both by governments and private companies, a survey showed Friday.

The Pew Research Center report said more than 60 percent of US adults believe it is impossible to go about daily life without having personal information collected by companies or the government.

Most Americans are uneasy about how their data is collected and used: 79 percent said they are not comfortable about the handling of their information by private firms, and 69 percent said the same of the government.

Seven in 10 surveyed said they think their personal data is less secure than five years ago, while only six percent said it is more secure, the report found.

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CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn't engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan argued the tweet can't be witness intimidation because Marie Yovanovitch wouldn't have known about the attack if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn't read it to her, but Honig said the GOP lawmaker's claim was ridiculous.

"His point is nonsensical," Honig said. "Of course, she was going to find out about a tweet that went out to 60 million people-plus. The law covers any way you look regarding timing."

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