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Donald Trump in new Russian election meddling row after appearing to say US no longer being targeted

Donald Trump in new Russian election meddling row after appearing to say US no longer being targetedDonald Trump waded further into a row over Russian meddling after he appeared to deny the Kremlin is still targeting America, once again contradicting his own US intelligence officials.  The US president appeared to respond “no” when asked by a reporter: “Is Russia still targeting the US Mr President?”  His press secretary Sarah Sanders later said the president had been responding "no" to answering questions, but the president's response triggered immediate criticism.  Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said Mr Trump should "stop taking the word of a KGB agent over that of your intelligence officials".  US intelligence chiefs have repeatedly predicted that the Kremlin will attempt to interfere in the 2018 mid-term elections, which take place in November.  Some people HATE the fact that I got along well with President Putin of Russia. They would rather go to war than see this. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2018 Dan Coats, the US director of national intelligence, said on Friday: “The warning lights are blinking red again.”  Mr Trump has taken a meandering stance on whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election, which he won.  The US president sided with the Kremlin in a press conference with Vladimir Putin on Monday, but about-turned on Tuesday, claiming that when he said he did not see why it “would” be Russia he meant “wouldn’t”.  On Wednesday, Mr Trump lashed out at coverage of his summit with Mr Putin, which heralded a new era of co-operation but has been overshadowed by the row over election meddling.  The US president tweeted: “While the Nato meeting in Brussels was an acknowledged triumph, with billions of dollars more being put up by member countries at a faster pace, the meeting with Russia may prove to be, in the long run, an even greater success.” He added: “Some people hate the fact th

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California high court orders proposal to split up state removed from November ballot

California high court orders proposal to split up state removed from November ballotThe California Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the November ballot purged of an initiative that seeks to split California into three states, citing significant questions raised about the proposal's validity. State election officials certified last month that supporters of the so-called Cal3 measure, also known as Proposition 9, had collected enough signatures to qualify it for the ballot in the country's most populous state. An environmental group, the Planning and Conservation League, challenged the measure in court, arguing it posed a "revision" of the state constitution - as opposed to an amendment - that is too sweeping to be legally subjected to the direct consent of the voters.


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Russian spy offered sex for access and was praised for 'upstaging Anna Chapman', US prosecutors claim

Russian spy offered sex for access and was praised for 'upstaging Anna Chapman', US prosecutors claimA flame-haired female Russian student was a Kremlin spy who offered sex as she sought to make influential connections in the US political system, a court heard. Maria Butina, 29, took part in a "years-long conspiracy" to secretly advance the interests of the Russian government in America, it was alleged. Butina appeared in court in Washington on Wednesday and pleaded not guilty to charges of conspiracy, and acting as a foreign agent, which carry a possible 10-year jail term. Dressed in an orange jump suit, and pink training shoes, she showed little emotion and said nothing, taking copious handwritten notes during a lengthy hearing. Judge Deborah Robinson denied bail, saying there was no other way to prevent Butina seeking diplomatic refuge at the Russian Embassy. Maria Butina in a picture from her Facebook page  The court was shown an FBI surveillance photograph of Butina having dinner with a Russian intelligence officer at a restaurant called Bistro Bis in Washington. Prosecutors said there were also photographs of her with Sergey Kislyak, the former Russian ambassador. For several years Butina had been studying at American University in Washington, and she also became a high profile pro-gun activist, telling how she learned to hunt wolves and bears in Siberia. In a 29-page complaint, which read like an extract from a spy novel, prosecutors alleged that was a cover story. At one point she had been praised by her Kremlin handler for “upstaging” the former Russian spy Anna Chapman, it was alleged. Maria Butina in a picture from her Facebook page  Ms Chapman, a red-haired Russian intelligence agent, was expelled from the US in 2010 and has since become a celebrity in Russia. After a series of news articles were published about Butina's gun activism a Russian official wrote to her: "Good morning! How are you faring there in the rays of the new fame? Are your admirers asking for your autographs yet? "You have upstaged Anna Chapman. She poses with toy pistols, while you are being publi

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