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Key Obama adviser dismisses Trump's 'ridiculous' spy claimAvril Haines, who served as Obama's deputy national security adviser told the Yahoo News podcast "Skullduggery" that it's ridiculous for President Trump to claim that "Spygate" is one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history.


 

ICE expands controversial partnerships with local law enforcementICE’s 287(g) program, which is being expanded, deputizes local police and sheriffs to enforce immigration law in some localities. Critics say it leads to racial profiling and unjust detentions.


 

Virginia congressional primary will be a test for an establishment Democrat, as party seeks to flip the HouseBefore Virginia Democrats can pop the victory champagne, they first need to decide what kind of candidate, and race, they want to run.


 

Unfiltered: ‘She was completely demonically possessed.’Dr. Richard Gallagher is a board-certified psychiatrist in New York, a professor at the New York Medical College in psychiatry, and is on Columbia University’s faculty. In this week’s episode of Yahoo News’ Unfiltered, we take a look at one psychiatrist’s mission to provide his patients with the help they need, even if it’s an exorcism. The woman and her husband were devout Catholics, and they believed they were being attacked by evil spirits.


 

Catholic voters, evangelicals or bishops: Who's leading the anti-abortion movement today?The Roman Catholic Church has always adamantly opposed abortion, but American lay Catholics’ views on the issue aren’t much different from the public at large. Evangelicals, on the other hand, overwhelmingly oppose abortion but lack Catholicism’s formal hierarchy. This creates an interesting dynamic.


 

Spy, Spying, #SPYGATE: Trump spies opportunity to 'brand' FBI informantPresident Trump reportedly told a friend this week that he wanted to “brand” the FBI informant who met with members of his 2016 campaign a “spy” because he believed the term would stick. On Thursday morning, Trump used the term three times in a single tweet.


 

Republicans block deeper probe into census citizenship questionHouse Democrats were thwarted in their attempt to probe the Justice Department’s backing of a citizenship question in the 2020 census and whether President Trump’s administration was involved.


 

The Newest Deal: Dems build a progressive platform for 2020Medicare access, federal job guarantees, debt-free college, post-office banks and more: There’s no shortage of progressive ideas for the Democratic platform in 2020.


 

Trump again goes after what he calls the 'animals' of MS-13The event was billed as a roundtable “on immigration loopholes that enable MS-13 to infiltrate our communities.” But at times it almost seemed as though the purpose was to validate the president’s description of MS-13 members as “animals.”


 

How the press is getting it wrong about the Democratic primariesThe press is framing Democratic primary contests as "establishment" versus "outsiders," but in fact, the categories blur, and both wings of the party have done well so far.


 

Teacher power leads to upset win in Kentucky raceIn Tuesday’s Republican primary, math teacher and first-time candidate R. Travis Brenda knocked off House Floor Majority Leader Jonathan Shell by 123 votes.


 

Trump claims Clapper 'admitted' the FBI spied on his campaign. But Clapper said the opposite.President Trump on Wednesday falsely claimed that former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper conceded the FBI was spying on the Trump campaign.


 

In a philosophical mood, Congress debates freedom of speech on campusA congressional hearing on free speech and political correctness on campus turns both philosophical and confrontational.


 

'SPYGATE': Trump rages on Twitter about the 'Criminal Deep State'President Trump on Wednesday continued to spread the conspiratorial — and completely unproven — claim that a “spy” was “placed” inside his presidential campaign by the Obama administration and its Department of Justice.


 

Taming the ‘animals’ of MS-13: Trump takes his gang crackdown to the suburbsFor the second time in a year, President Trump will travel to Long Island Wednesday for a forum on combatting MS-13, the small but violent street gang that has been a central focus of his crackdown on illegal immigration. Trump’s apparent obsession with the gang has been met with confusion and criticism.


 

Democrats can — and must — unite in November, says party deputy chair EllisonPredictions of the death of the Democratic Party after the 2016 election were premature. If the party can unite behind its candidates, it can take one or both houses of Congress, says deputy chair Keith Ellison.


 

Garry Kasparov: I told you Putin would attack U.S. election — and he will againFormer Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov has a message for those who didn’t foresee Moscow’s meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.


 

Launch abort? Trump tries to get his 'Space Force' off the ground, but not everyone is on boardPresident Trump wants a Space Force, and some legislators and analysts believe the military needs a new branch devoted to warfare beyond the atmosphere, but there is opposition within the administration itself.


 

RFK's daughter contrasts his 'moral imagination' to Trump's lack of one“Peace and justice and compassion towards those who suffer — that’s what the United States should stand for,” Kerry Kennedy said. “Imagine a politician, a serious presidential contender standing up and saying that.”


 

McCain's legacy: Principles tempered by political necessityIn October, Sen. John McCain told CNN’s Jake Tapper how he hoped Americans would remember him when he’s gone. “He served his country,” McCain said. “And not always right. Made a lot of mistakes. Made a lot of errors. But served his country. And I hope you could add ‘honorably.’”


 

Reform group targets the 'money state' of anonymous donors“I think you can say there's only, sadly, one thing important in our politics, and that is lots of money,” said Tim Roemer, who co-chairs a political reform group called Issue One.


 

Evangelical Robert Jeffress thinks Jews are going to hell. Israelis are OK with that.Next to Jews themselves — in fact, exceeding many American Jews themselves — evangelicals are among Israel’s strongest supporters.


 

Victims of the Santa Fe High School shooting in TexasA list of the names of the eight students and two teachers killed by a gunman at Santa Fe High School in Texas was released Saturday. One was a visiting student from Pakistan, and one a teacher's aide trying to make ends meet for her family after her husband fell ill.


 

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'Not looking good': How Trump has responded to mass shootingsAnother mass shooting, another tweet from President Trump.


 

Obama cyber chief: Iran may ramp up cyberattacks after Trump ditched nuclear deal“I think we should expect to see an increase in Iranian cyberactivity against us,” said Michael Daniel, the former White House cyber coordinator, in an interview on the Yahoo News podcast "Skullduggery."


 

Full coverage: Shooting at Santa Fe, Texas, high school; 10 deadThere was another school shooting Friday, this time at Santa Fe High School near Houston, Texas. The shooter, a 17-year-old male who attended the school, is in custody and at least 10 people are dead. We’re closing down our live blog but for the latest updates visit the Yahoo News homepage.


 

Shooting at Santa Fe High School in Galveston County, TexasMultiple people were killed on Friday in a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, a law enforcement source said, in the latest gun violence in a country still shaken by the massacre at a Florida high school in February.


 

Young father imprisoned in Iran: An American dream turned nightmareExperts on Iranian politics believe hard-line Iranian factions are behind the continued detentions of Americans held in Iran, including Xiyue Wang, a scholar and young father.


 

How the Trump team's story has evolved on their New York meeting with the RussiansThe explanations about a 2016 meeting between members of the Trump campaign and a Russian lawyer have continually changed.


 

FEMA announces plan to extend emergency power restoration mission in Puerto RicoFEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Byrne announced additional assistance to Puerto Rico, where nearly all of the over 1.5 million residents lost power after hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the island two weeks apart last September.


 

White House says Trump's use of 'animals' to describe MS-13 wasn't strong enoughWhite House press secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday sharply defended President Trump’s characterization of undocumented immigrants who commit violent crimes as “animals.”


 

Air Force apologizes for tone-deaf 'Yanny-Laurel' tweetThe U.S. Air Force walked back a tweet about the viral debate over whether a sound clip sounds like the word “Yanny” or “Laurel.”


 

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded BaliltyOded Balilty is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Israeli photographer. Born and raised in Jerusalem, he began his career as a photographer for the Israeli army magazine Bamahane. In 2002, at the height of the second Palestinian uprising, Balilty joined the Associated Press.


 

Sen. Tom Udall wants EPA to ban neurotoxic chemical: 'Scott Pruitt doesn't listen to science'Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., is calling on the EPA to follow through on its plan to prohibit a toxic pesticide that’s been linked to brain damage in children. One of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s first actions in office was to reject his scientists’ conclusion that it put children and farmworkers at risk and strike down a ban his agency had proposed two years earlier.


 

Unfiltered: ‘Time is running out’In front of an audience, the executive pitches the drones as “unstoppable” and calls them capable of “an airstrike of surgical precision” that could render nuclear weapons obsolete. The film, titled Slaughterbots and produced by the Future of Life Institute, shows how easily autonomous weapons could become weapons of mass destruction. In this week’s episode of Yahoo News’ Unfiltered, we talk to New School professor Peter Asaro about the dangers of artificial intelligence technology and autonomous weapons.


 

'Congratulations America': Trump marks Mueller probe's 1-year anniversaryPresident Trump marked the one-year anniversary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment to lead the Russia investigation with a caustic tweet, while Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, ripped the probe in a pair of interviews with Fox News.


 

Why Mike Pence won't be presidentMike Pence is busy building his own political operation. But close as he is to the presidency, his chances of ever getting the job fall somewhere between remote and imaginary.


 

Michael Cohen's efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow went on longer than he has previously acknowledgedCommunications obtained by investigators seem to contradict Michael Cohen's prior statements about Trump Tower Moscow.


 

Senate report shows oligarch gave Trump a 'sizable birthday gift'New details emerge on the Trump Tower meeting with Russians, as a Senate committee releases 2,500 pages of transcripts.


 

Civil rights and environmental groups raise the alarm on a key judicial nominationCivil rights leaders and environmentalists are calling on the Senate to reject President Trump’s nomination of Andrew Oldham, the top legal adviser to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


 

Trump blasts some deported immigrants: 'These aren't people. These are animals.'The president has a long history of calling those he seeks to marginalize "animals."


 

Scott Pruitt, EPA chief, bobs and weaves, but Democrats still land blows in Senate hearingIn his first appearance before a Senate subcommittee, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt faced withering questions from Democrats about his ethical lapses, even as Republicans sought to shield him.


 

Primary upset will test progressives' appeal to votersIn the wake of the 2016 election, many progressive Democrats looked at the defeats the party had suffered and offered a theory: Democrats were losing, particularly in red areas, because they were offering a watered-down message and not standing for bold proposals voters could get excited about. Kara Eastman, who led a nonprofit and was a board member of a community college, defeated former Rep. Brad Ashford for the Democratic nomination. Ashford, a former Republican with a moderate voting record who lost his seat in 2016, had the full backing of the Democratic establishment, earning a spot on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s list of “Red to Blue” candidates and receiving donations from the PAC of Democratic House leaders Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, but fell short in an attempt at a rematch with Republican Don Bacon.


 

Where weed will be on the ballot in 2018Michigan, Utah and Oklahoma are scheduled to hold referendums in 2018 on legalizing marijuana for recreational and medical use, continuing a nationwide trend of increasing acceptance of the drug.


 

In the U.S. Senate, talk of a splinter caucus to force compromiseA former adviser to Evan McMullin’s independent presidential campaign in 2016 is now in talks with a small group of U.S. senators to form a new caucus that would influence who is chosen as majority leader in 2019. “This group could say to the Republicans, ‘We’ll caucus with you … [but] we will not do that unless it’s not Mitch McConnell. Instead we’d like to have Susan Collins,’” said Joel Searby, a political operative from Florida, in an interview on Yahoo News’ “The Long Game” podcast.


 

To thwart Trump, progressives and mainstream Democrats show willingness to bury the hatchetAt the 2018 Ideas Conference, the party seemed focused on stopping the Republican president and his agenda.


 

PHOTOS: Gaza protests: Fire on the wind. In border clash it’s soldiers vs. kitesIsraeli media are reporting significant damage to farms due to kite-flown Molotov cocktails, AFP reports. Demonstrators are demanding the right to return to their homes seized by Israel in 1948. No Israelis have been hurt in the weeks of protests and the military has faced international criticism for its use of live ammunition. Most of the 60 Gazans killed Monday were shot by Israeli snipers, Gaza’s health ministry said. The toll included a baby who died from tear gas inhalation. AFP reports that at least 2,400 others were wounded in the bloodiest day in the conflict since 2014.


 

Sherrod Brown lays out an agenda for 'the little guy' at conference of progressivesSen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, a possible 2020 presidential contender, urges progressives to make economic issues, such as health care and wages, a priority.


 

Sally Yates warns of Trump 'tearing down the legitimacy' of the Justice DepartmentFormer acting Attorney General Sally Yates said she had something to get off her chest about President Trump at the 2018 Ideas Conference hosted by the Center for American Progress on Tuesday: Don’t ignore his attacks on the rule of law.


 


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