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Japan's Cabinet OKs bill to let Emperor Akihito abdicate

Japan's Cabinet OKs bill to let Emperor Akihito abdicate

If approved, this will be the first abdication of a Japanese emperor in 200 years, when Emperor Kokaku stepped down in 1817. Akihito indicated his desire to abdicate due to his age and health concerns last August, reviving a longstanding debate in Japan over the issue of imperial succession in the 2,000-year-old monarchy.



Trump Team Reportedly Knew Early On That Flynn Was Under Investigation

Instead, reporters working on those stories had to go through specific communications staff who'd been tasked with working just with the White House counsel's office - a practice that was later adopted by the Obama administration amid repeated congressional investigations, including the Benghazi inquiry.


Trump aides knew Flynn was under investigation prior to inauguration

Trump aides knew Flynn was under investigation prior to inauguration

They were reportedly said by President Donald Trump to former FBI Director James Comey during a meeting in February. In a written statement explaining his decision, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote that "a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome".


Donald Trump is in 'impeachment territory,' former Nixon adviser says

Donald Trump is in 'impeachment territory,' former Nixon adviser says

But the comments attributed to Trump by Comey are deeply disturbing and the president's past prevarications make it hard for Americans to take his denials at face value. Many have called for the president to be impeached , including Rep. Al Green (D-Texas), who asked for the action Wednesday morning on the House floor.


Saudi Arabia working to dazzle Trump in busy overseas visit

Saudi Arabia working to dazzle Trump in busy overseas visit

He described Trump's past criticisms of Saudi Arabia and his talk of a Muslim ban as electoral propaganda that has "nothing to do with his effective political programs". Riyadh will be the first stop on a foreign tour for the U.S. president and will be where the plan will be announced, reports the newspaper. His Christian humanitarian organization Samaritan's Purse is providing medical care to Iraqi refugees fleeing ISIS.



Cornyn Takes Himself Out of FBI Running

It is not that we don't believe Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, couldn't have brought a measure of integrity to the job. But Cornyn's response to the firing of Director James Comey was to accuse the Democrats of hypocrisy because they had been critical of Comey during the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton.