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Trump’s efforts to contain the Russia probe are ‘failing’: WaPo columnist

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“We’re entering a new phase of the Trump-Russia investigation, in which the president’s efforts to contain the probe are failing,” says Washington Post columnist David Ignatius in a new column posted Thursday. “Information he tried to suppress about his business and political dealings is emerging — with more to come,” he added.

Trump famously said any investigation into his finances would be a “red line,” but the newly elected Democratic majority in the House of Representatives disagrees, and has promised to investigate all avenues of possible criminality in regards to the Russia probe, even if that touches on pecuniary matters.

“A Deutsche Bank subpoena would be especially sensitive,”Ignatius writes, adding that “a spokesman reiterated to me a previous statement that the bank ‘has received an inquiry’ from the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees, which are working in tandem, and is talking with those committees “to determine the best and most appropriate way of assisting them . . . [and] providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations.”

Ignatius notes that new House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is not afraid to follow all leads when it comes to his new role, quoting the California congressman several times in the column.

“Sorry, Mr. President, but that red line is turning blue” Ignatius writes in the column. “As investigators move into the once-forbidden zone, the likelihood grows that the public will finally learn the truth.”

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Gun ownership increases homicides — but only a very specific kind of them: study

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Does the frequency of gun ownership impact the homicide rate? In the broad sense, many studies have shown it does. But how does it do so exactly?

A new study, conducted at the University of Indianapolis and published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, offers a profound hint. The study, which examined homicide rates by state from 1990 to 2016, suggests that most forms of homicide — those committed against friends, acquaintances, and strangers — are negligibly affected by firearm ownership rates. But one particular category of homicide is sharply correlated with the presence of guns: domestic violence.

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Conservatives are furious over Trump’s budget deal with Democrats — president brags about ‘real compromise’

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House conservatives are livid after President Donald Trump struck a budget deal with Democrats.

"You should veto this bill because it is fiscally irresponsible," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Trump. "It blows well beyond what was intended with the 2011 [Budget Control Act] caps. Furthermore, it continues spending hundreds of billions more than what we take in a year and does not put our nation on a path towards a balanced budget."

The effort is being driven by first-term Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).

"As the greatest nation in the history of the world, the least we can do is cut a deal that does not sabotage the fiscal future of our nation while endangering millions of American and migrants because of our porous border," the lawmakers wrote. "We can do better."

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Male Fox News personality rewarded by the network after being caught sending lewd texts to female colleague

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Less than, two weeks after the Huffington Post published shocking text messages a Fox News contributor reportedly sent to his female Fox Nation co-host, the network rewarded the male employee.

“Tyrus, a Fox News contributor and a host on the network’s digital channel, Fox Nation, sent lewd and inappropriate text messages to his now-former Fox Nation co-host, Britt McHenry, according to four sources familiar with the texts’ contents,” the Huffington Post reported.

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