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House Speaker Ryan: Special counsel Mueller 'should be free' to follow through with Russia probe

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House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday that the special counsel "should be free" to complete his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. div > > p:first-child"> "The special counsel should be free to follow through his investigation to conclusion," Ryan said at a news conference Tuesday morning. The Wisconsin Republican also said he has received assurances that Trump won't fire Robert Mueller. "We have a system based on rule of law," the speaker added. Ryan's statement comes as Republicans face criticism for not taking a hard stance against the possibility that President Donald Trump could fire the special counsel. The speaker's remarks largely line up with other GOP lawmakers' statements on Mueller. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, has said he doesn't see a need to use legislation to protect Mueller. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has said that firing Mueller would mark the "beginning of the end" of Trump's presidency, although he has also said that he has no concerns about a potential termination. Trump and one of his lawyers, John Dowd, reignited concerns that the president might fire the special counsel over the weekend, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe two days before his retirement. Trump often targeted McCa…

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Putin orders Russian diplomats to seek doping rule changes

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MOSCOW (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his country’s diplomats to seek changes to international doping rules in the wake of the nation’s drug scandals. Putin says the Foreign Ministry should try to alter the key treaty underpinning anti-doping work worldwide. He adds Russian diplomats working with UNESCO should aim to “refine” the existing International Convention against Doping in Sport so that “the rules are fair and absolutely transparent.” The treaty is the basis for the global drug-testing system led by the World Anti-Doping Agency, …

Finnish FM: Koreas, US talks won't include denuclearization

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HELSINKI (AP) - Finland’s foreign minister says denuclearization is not on the agenda as North Korean envoys meet with their South Korean colleagues and former U.S. diplomats in the Nordic country. Foreign Minister Timo Soini said Tuesday in an interview with Finnish broadcaster MTV3 that nuclear weapons are not expected to be discussed at the tripartite talks. Senior North Korean diplomat Choe Kang Il, who handles North American affairs in Pyongyang, arrived in Helsinki on Sunday for talks with South Korean security experts. He is also reportedly meeting with former U.S. diplomats, incl…

Crown prince seeks Saudi image makeover on grand US tour

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Saudi Arabia’s young crown prince has an ambitious list of to-dos: modernize his conservative kingdom, weaken Iran’s hand across the Mideast and, this week, rehabilitate his country’s image in the eyes of Americans. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, son of King Salman and heir to the throne, is opening a marathon tour of the United States with a stop in Washington, where he plans to meet President Donald Trump on Tuesday. He’ll hold separate meetings with a long roster of influential U.S. officials, including the secretaries of defense, treasury and co…

Millennials celebrate Cynthia Nixon’s campaign announcement with memes

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On Monday, former “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon announced that she would be running in the Democratic primary for New York governor in September against Gov. Andrew Cuomo — and not everyone is thrilled. Millennials online are responding to the news of Miranda Hobbes’ candidacy the way you’d expect millennials to: with throwback memes. IM Screaming, finally some good news when it comes to our Government, Miranda 2018 for New York Governor@cynthiaenixon A post shared by SEBASTIAN TRIBBIE (@youvegotnomale) on Mar 19, 2018 at 12:17pm PDT And Twitizens were swept up in t…