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July 12, 2014
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Angela Merkel made her feelings toward Washington clear in an interview on German broadcaster ZDF today, reports Reuters.

"We are not living in the Cold War anymore," Merkel said. "We should concentrate on what is essential."

Germany's government told Berlin's CIA station chief to leave the country on Thursday, in the wake of new allegations of U.S. spying in the country. Of two suspected spies discovered by German officials, one reportedly worked for German foreign intelligence, while the other operated within the country's defense ministry.

"It is not about how angry I was (over the new allegations)," Merkel said today. "For me, it is a sign that we have fundamentally different conceptions of the work of the intelligence services…The important thing is to show how we view things…and it is not a co-operative partnership when such things take place."

The latest revelation comes a year after documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden showed widespread surveillance on Germany by U.S. agents — even allegations that Merkel's personal phone had been bugged. Sarah Eberspacher

2:57 a.m. ET

What a difference a few hours makes.

Before the final vote on an ObamaCare repeal, President Trump tweeted words of encouragement for GOP members of the Senate:

After the bill was defeated 51-49, thanks to Republican Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska voting with Democrats, Trump was back on Twitter with this message:

He might be regretting this post from Tuesday:

But probably not as much as saying this in 2015:

Catherine Garcia

2:24 a.m. ET

After spending seven years promising a repeal of ObamaCare, Senate Republicans on Friday morning were unable to pass their latest version of a health-care proposal, the Health Freedom Care Act, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declared "it's time to move on."

With three Republican senators — Susan Collins of Maine, John McCain of Arizona, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — joining Democrats in voting against the plan, it failed by one vote in what was "clearly a disappointing moment," McConnell said. He claimed that due to "skyrocketing costs," "plummeting choices," and "collapsing markets, our constituents have suffered through an awful lot under ObamaCare. We thought they deserved better."

McConnell also praised Republicans for "working hard" on the bill, which wasn't finalized until Thursday, and accused Senate Democrats of "not wanting to engage in a serious way to help those suffering under ObamaCare." Catherine Garcia

1:52 a.m. ET
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Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), and Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) joined Democrats in voting no early Friday morning for the Republicans' last-ditch effort to repeal ObamaCare, with the bill failing on a vote of 49 to 51.

The bill, dubbed the Health Care Freedom Act, would have repealed ObamaCare's individual and employer mandates, defunded Planned Parenthood for a year, and allowed states to request waivers from benefits mandated by ObamaCare. It was the third defeat for the GOP this week, with two earlier proposals to repeal ObamaCare failing, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said it's now "time to move on."

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he is "relieved millions and millions of people who would have been so drastically hurt by the three proposals put forward will at least retain their health care, be able to deal with preexisting conditions...we are relieved, not for ourselves, but for the American people." Catherine Garcia

12:34 a.m. ET
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Honolulu on Thursday became the first major city in the United States to make it illegal for people to look at their phones and other electronic devices while walking across the street.

The bill will take effect on October 25, and also bans people from peering down at digital cameras, pagers, and laptops. The first time a person is cited, they'll be fined up to $35, and it goes up from there to $75 for a second offense in the same year. "Sometimes I wish there were laws that we didn't have to pass — that perhaps common sense would prevail," Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said, "but sometimes we lack common sense."

The bill was introduced by a council member who told BuzzFeed News high schoolers in his district were concerned about their peers paying more attention to their phones than their whereabouts while walking along busy streets. Catherine Garcia

July 27, 2017
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A man on an Alaskan cruise killed his wife and tried to throw her body over the balcony, FBI documents released Thursday state.

The man, 39-year-old Kenneth Manzanares of Santa Clara, Utah, was found Tuesday night with blood all over him and his cabin on the Emerald Princess ship, and has been charged with murder. The FBI, which is handling the investigation because it took place in U.S. waters, said in its documents an unidentified man entered the cabin and saw Manzanares' wife, Kristy Manzanares, also 39, on the floor, with a major head wound. The man asked Kenneth Manzanares what happened, and Manzanares replied, "She would not stop laughing at me." The man also said Manzanares tried to drag his wife's body out of the room onto the balcony, but the man stopped him, the documents state.

Manzanares was detained by a ship security officer, and held in a cabin while the boat was rerouted to Juneau. Kristy Manzanares' company, Summit Sotheby's International Realty in St. George, Utah, told The Associated Press Manzanares was "a dedicated and loving mother who juggled her business schedule to make her children a top priority." Catherine Garcia

July 27, 2017
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On Thursday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) released the text of the GOP's "skinny repeal" health-care bill, which has been named the Health Care Freedom Act.

The amendment would repeal ObamaCare's individual and employer mandates for eight years, increase contribution limits to health savings accounts for three years, repeal a tax on medical devices for three years, defund Planned Parenthood for a year, and allow states to request waivers from benefits mandated by ObamaCare.

Although the proposal was just released, and several Republicans said they don't like the bill, a final vote is expected late Thursday or early Friday. Earlier in the evening, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said his chamber is open to a conference committee to work on the bill. Catherine Garcia

July 27, 2017
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions told Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Thursday that being publicly berated by President Trump multiple times over the last week has been "kind of hurtful."

Trump has been blunt in his criticism, saying he is disappointed in Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation and saying "time will tell" if Sessions gets fired from his job, but Sessions told Carlson he still thinks he "made the right decision." Sessions said he doesn't plan to resign, but knows he serves "at the pleasure of the president. If he wants to make a change, he can certainly do so and I would be glad to yield in that circumstance, no doubt about it. But I do believe that we are making tremendous progress."

Sessions was one of Trump's earliest and most vocal supporters, and he told Carlson the pair have yet to sit down and work things out, but "people have talked about it at the White House." Catherine Garcia

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