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Russia is interfering in the 2020 election to try and get President Donald Trump reelected - that's according to several media outlets, including The New York Times and The Washington Post, which first reported the story. According to those reports, intelligence officials briefed House lawmakers last week in a classified setting, and when President Trump was informed about the briefing, he lashed out at his now-former director of national intelligence, Joseph Maguire.

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Afghan forces, the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan and the Taliban militia will begin a seven-day "reduction in violence" across the country beginning Saturday midnight local time (2:30 p.m. ET Friday) — a possible prelude to a broader peace deal following two decades of war, according to U.S. and Afghan officials.

The quasi cease-fire was hammered out during protracted negotiations in Qatar that began in 2018. It could ultimately lead to a significant reduction of the approximately 12,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

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Shig Yabu was 10 years old when he and his family were forced from their home in San Francisco and relocated to an internment camp in Wyoming.

In 1942, two months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 authorizing the detention of anyone deemed a potential threat to the country. Roughly 120,000 people of Japanese descent were forcibly relocated to internment camps as a result — the Yabu family included.

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The "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul" is back for a new season in a two-night event on Sunday and Monday. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans says the show and its portrait of lawyer Jimmy McGill has stayed sharp, cinematic and tragic.

Gov. Gavin Newsom made homelessness the focus of his State of the State address Wednesday, reflecting not only Californians' top concern but also nearly 20 years of wrangling on an issue that has followed him from San Francisco City Hall to the Capitol in Sacramento.

"No amount of progress can camouflage the most pernicious crisis in our midst," Newsom said, "the ultimate manifestation of poverty: homelessness."

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There was a newcomer on the Democratic debate stage last night in Las Vegas. But for Michael Bloomberg, there was no warm welcome - far from it.

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At least 10 people were killed by a gunman in western Germany late Wednesday at several locations, including two hookah lounges frequented by ethnic Kurdish customers. The suspected shooter, who was later found dead, left a letter and video claiming responsibility, according to multiple German news agencies.

The suspect had reportedly posted materials online that were vehemently anti-immigrant, prompting federal prosecutors to take over the case.

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President Trump has announced on Twitter that he is replacing his acting director of national intelligence with someone who will also fill that post in an acting capacity.

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We know that Attorney General William Barr did not appreciate President Trump publicly commenting on the work of the Justice Department.

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President Trump granted clemency to 11 people, including the former Democratic governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich, who walked out of prison last night.

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