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The nomination of Oregon prosecutor Ryan Bounds to a seat on a powerful federal appeals court collapsed Thursday after it became clear he didn’t have enough votes to win Senate approval.

In a surprise move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pulled Bounds’ nomination from the Senate floor instead of going ahead with a planned vote. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, told reporters in the Capitol that the decision to pull the appointment was made in consultation with the White House.

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The National Football League and the NFL Players Association have agreed to suspend enforcement of new rules requiring players to stand during the pregame rendition of the national anthem, after a report that the Miami Dolphins would fine and/or suspend players for up to four games for violating the policy.

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A new report out Thursday by the federal government's auditing arm raises big concerns about how the Department of Veterans Affairs handles employees who report wrongdoing and managers found to have committed misconduct.

The U.S. Government Accountability Office's report says VA whistleblowers are far more likely than their colleagues to face discipline or removal after reporting misconduct.

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Jul 19, 2018

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In the early 2000s — the beginning of the third decade of the AIDS epidemic--the world came together in an unprecedented global health effort to provide life-saving AIDS drugs to people even in the poorest corners of the world. It has been an overwhelming public health success story. In 2000, fewer than a million of the then 34.3 million people with HIV/AIDS were being treated with AIDS drugs, and almost all of them lived in wealthy countries.

Like any tantruming toddler, the 20-foot-tall baby Trump blimp hovering above Friday's protests in London was difficult to ignore.

Now a plan to bring a replica of the yellow-haired, phone-toting, sneering and diapered balloon stateside has garnered so much support that organizers say they will use the funds to buy multiple blimps "so we can go coast-to-coast, border-to-border."

'Brady Bunch' House Is Ready For A New Story

Jul 19, 2018

The story continues for a house Americans used to visit every week. The Brady Bunch house is ready for a new family.

The famous home featured in the beginning and ending credits of the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch is for sale, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

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I'm Ari Shapiro on Capitol Hill, where Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, started the day trying to make a strong statement about the Senate's position on Russian interference in the 2016 elections.

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Russian officials are saying the meeting in Helsinki between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin resulted in an agreement that includes cooperation between the two countries in Syria.

Speaking at a news conference next to Trump on Monday, Putin said establishing peace and reconciliation "could be the first showcase example of the successful joint work. Russia and the United States apparently can proactively take leadership on this issue," including overcoming the humanitarian crisis and helping Syrians go back to their homes.

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The perfect home for a perfect television family is for sale.

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Contra Costa health officials are warning people to stay out of Discovery Bay after recent tests showed elevated levels of a toxin from blue-green algae. A routine sampling of the waters on June 27 by health officials found high concentrations of blue-green algae, which contains cyanotoxin.

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