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White House tells former official to ignore Dem subpoena seeking answers on security clearances

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The acting White House chief of staff has told a former national security official not to testify before Congress about security clearances granted to Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

Former White House Personnel Security Director Carl Kline had been supposed to testify Tuesday before the House Oversight Committee, but acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told him not to comply with a subpoena.

Michael Purpura, deputy counsel to President Trump, wrote a letter that showed Kline was instructed not to appear after the committee rejected a White House request for representative from the Office of Counsel of the President to attend the deposition.

Kline’s attorney wrote a letter showing the former White House official wanted to answer the committee’s questions about security clearances granted to the president’s daughter, son-in-law and others over the objections of national security professionals, but saying they could not take part in the hearing due to an “impending conflict.”


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Bernie Sanders just lost an important progressive endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

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The Working Families Party, a progressive political party that endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for president in 2016, has now endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) for president.

The New York Times reports that the labor-aligned organization's members overwhelmingly backed Warren's candidacy.

A spokesperson for the party tells the Times that "tens of thousands" of party members backed Warren's candidacy and that she received 60 percent of votes on the first ballot.

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WATCH: Boris Johnson booed off the stage in Luxembourg while trying to talk about Brexit

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was scheduled to hold a press conference in Luxembourg after talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.

But according to Business Insider, Johnson was forced to scrap the press conference when he was greeted with a giant mass of booing protestors. Some of the demonstrators played Ludwig van Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," — a symbol of the European Union — and others shouted "We are the smiling piccaninnies of Luxembourg," referencing Johnson's racist remarks about black Africans.

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Justin Amash rips Trump for taking ‘orders’ from Saudi Arabia

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Rep. Justin Amash (I-MI) blasted President Donald Trump for taking "orders" from Saudi Arabia as he threatened a military strike against Iran.

The Republican-turned-independent lawmaker called on Congress to determine what response was necessary to an alleged attack on oil production facilities in the Saudi Arabia, after the president warned the U.S. military was "locked and loaded" and awaiting further instruction from the kingdom.

"Under our Constitution, the power to commence war lies with Congress, not the president and certainly not Saudi Arabia," Amash tweeted. "We don’t take orders from foreign powers."

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