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Don’t blame Flynn leaks on Obama admin – Ex-CIA chief Brennan

Preview Former CIA Director John Brennan has denied he is the source of intelligence leaks about the Trump administration, and stressed the importance of a bipartisan investigation into reports of Trump’s ties to Russia.

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Kansas shooting: Indian victim says attack does not reflect state’s ‘true spirit’

  • Alok Madasani says he wishes killing of his best friend was a dream
  • Tech worker deplores ‘senseless crime’ at vigil for Srinivas Kuchibotla

An Indian man who was shot and wounded at a bar in suburban Kansas City last week says he wished the killing of his best friend during the attack had all been a dream, but that the incident, apparently fueled by racism, “doesn’t reflect the true spirit of Kansas”.

Related: Kansas shooting: injured man says suspect asked victims about visas

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/27/kansas-shooting-indian-vigil-alok-madasani

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Texas county pulls out of program for local police to act as immigration agents

Activists celebrate a victory in resisting Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants but Republicans are weighing other methods to force compliance

Oscar Hernández recalls how his uncle paid a double price when he was arrested for failing to pay road tolls: local police in Houston handed him to immigration officials who deported him to Mexico.

In the years since, Hernández, also an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, has campaigned to end a program that deputises local officials to act as federal immigration agents, potentially turning a minor infraction into a life-altering event.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/27/texas-harris-county-police-immigration-agents-program

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Is Colorado’s homeless surge tied to marijuana legalization?

An 8% rise in homelessness has fueled speculation over whether legalization boosted the numbers of displaced in America’s unofficial legal cannabis capital

Annie Mae Noel has been on the streets since her Denver house, which had been in her family for more than a century, went into foreclosure in 2015. She also happens to smoke pot.

“I use marijuana to treat my MS, it has nothing to do with me not having a home,” she said recently, standing outside the Denver Rescue Mission.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/27/marijuana-legal-homeless-denver-colorado

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Vandals topple scores of headstones at Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia (VIDEO)

Preview Dozens of tombstones at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia were discovered toppled and damaged, according to media reports. Police classified the incident as an act of vandalism, the second in a week since the desecration of a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis.
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Second Oscar for Iranian filmmaker who boycotted ceremony over Trump’s travel ban

Preview ‘The Salesman’ by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi has won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. The director, who earlier blasted Trump’s travel ban, did not attend the ceremony.
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Trump’s pick for Navy Secretary withdraws to protect own business interests

Preview Philip Bilden, Donald Trump’s pick for navy secretary, has withdrawn from consideration for the post due to problems with separating himself from his business interests. The White House and the Pentagon had said he was “100 percent committed” to the post.
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Spicer grills staffers on leaks, orders phone search & bans encryption apps – report

Preview White House press secretary Sean Spicer has reportedly gone on a crusade against unauthorized sharing of information on his own turf, ordering extensive phone checks and urging staffers against using encrypted-messaging apps.
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Trump navy secretary nominee withdraws citing disruption to financial interests

Philip Bilden announces his decision only days after White House said he was 100% committed to the role

President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of the navy has withdrawn from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests.

Related: Trump White House scrambles to check scandal over FBI inquiry into Russia ties

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/27/trump-nomination-navy-secretary-withdraws-philip-bilden

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Trump White House scrambles to check scandal over FBI inquiry into Russia ties

  • Trump spokesman says FBI called links ‘BS’ but agency has yet to comment
  • Ex-CIA chief John Brennan warns White House to ‘steer clear’ of investigation

The White House made a messy attempt on Sunday to control public perceptions of a widening scandal over alleged contacts between aides to Donald Trump and Russian intelligence officials during the 2016 election, alleging that the FBI had dismissed reports of such links.

Related: Father of Navy Seal killed in Yemen calls for investigation into ‘stupid mission’

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/white-house-scrambles-to-damp-down-scandal-over-fbi-inquiry-into-russia-ties

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Driver accused in New Orleans truck crash had blood alcohol level of .232

  • Suspect Neilson Rizzuto’s blood alcohol level three times over limit
  • Five people in ‘guarded’ condition but not thought to be in danger

A driver accused of injuring 28 people in New Orleans after plowing a pickup truck into a crowd watching a Mardi Gras parade had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit soon after the crash, police said on Sunday.

Related: New Orleans: dozens injured after pickup truck ploughs into parade crowd

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Up to 100 gravestones vandalized at Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia

  • Police say 75-100 headstones desecrated at Mount Carmel Cemetery
  • Israeli foreign ministry calls attack ‘shocking and a source of worry’

Police said on Sunday that scores of headstones have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia.

Related: ‘It has to stop’: Trump condemns antisemitism after Jewish cemetery vandalized

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‘Party for the people’? Democrats seek Perez unity but doubters are vocal

Former labor secretary and main rival Keith Ellison – seen as representing the establishment and party activists respectively – must work to win over base

Moments after former labor secretary Tom Perez narrowly defeated Representative Keith Ellison in a battle to lead the Democratic party, the rivals appeared together at a press conference in downtown Atlanta. Pinned to his suit jacket, Ellison wore a blue “Team Tom” button. Perez wore a green “Keith for DNC” button.

Related: How the humble town hall became a battle arena for the Trump resistance

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/democrat-national-committee-tom-perez-analysis

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Leading French academic threatened with deportation at Houston airport

  • Henry Rousso was due to take part in a symposium at Texas A&M University
  • Ten-hour ordeal highlights ‘total arbitrariness and incompetence’

A prominent French historian has said he was detained for more than 10 hours in Houston and threatened with deportation, in the latest of several examples of high-profile individuals being questioned extensively at US airports before being allowed entry.

Henry Rousso flew from Paris to Houston last Wednesday to take part in a symposium at Texas A&M University but was wrongly detained and almost sent back to France after a border guard failed to understand Rousso’s entitlements under visa rules, university officials said.

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Original Source Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/26/henry-rousso-french-academic-deportation-houston-airport