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Richard Grenell has been the U.S. ambassador to Germany for barely a month, but already politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are demanding he be recalled.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues to come under fire by the man running the watchdog agency — Mick Mulvaney, the interim director appointed by President Trump.

In his latest action, Mulvaney moved on Wednesday to effectively dismantle the agency's consumer advisory council. "It's quite clear that we've been fired," said Kathleen Engel, a law professor at Suffolk University and a member of the CFPB's Consumer Advisory Board.

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Democrats are breathing a big sigh of relief today about the midterm elections.

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CVID is an acronym you're about to hear a lot. The Trump administration has been using it in the run-up to next week's summit with North Korea. And those four letters have meant different things to different people, as NPR's David Welna reports.

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Historically in Alabama, we've voted more heavily in our governor's race year than our presidential year. That's probably because we're more interested in the local sheriff and probate judge races, which run in gubertorial years, than who is president...

Former attorney general Eric Holder is thinking about boundaries.

When asked about the current president’s relationship with the Department of Justice, Holder says pardons are not a boundary toward stopping the Russia investigation.

About Last Night's Primaries

Jun 6, 2018

On Tuesday, voters in Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota voted in primary elections.

California, especially, is key for Democrats seeking to take control of the House of Representatives in November.

We’ll look at what the results mean for the states and for the country.

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Speaker Paul Ryan disputed President Trump's attacks on the Justice Department and their handling of an ongoing investigation into his 2016 presidential campaign, telling reporters he's seen "no evidence" to back up Trump's claims that his operation was spied on by the federal government.

Ryan said he concurs with House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy's assessment that the FBI acted properly and within the law when it used an informant to meet with Trump campaign operatives in 2016.

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President Trump commuted the life sentence of Alice Marie Johnson, who had been in federal prison for more than 20 years for a first-time drug conviction. Johnson was released hours later

Trump granted Johnson clemency after reality TV star Kim Kardashian West lobbied for her release during a visit to the White House.

Tuesday's primary election in New Mexico moved the country one step closer to putting the first Native-American woman in Congress.

Deb Haaland won the Democratic nomination in New Mexico's heavily Democratic 1st district. The former state party chair beat two other candidates. Haaland is a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe.

In her victory speech Tuesday night, Haaland said "New Mexico made history," adding that hers was a "victory for working people, a victory for women and a victory for everyone who has been sidelined by the billionaire class."

Across the country Tuesday night, Democrats got good news in their effort to take back the House.

They advanced candidates in key races in California (after being concerned they could be shut out), put forward what party operatives see as the best candidates in suburban New Jersey, and they feel good about their candidates who won in New Mexico and Iowa.

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All right. So of course there were all kinds of - there was all kinds of focus on the state of California. But let's broaden this out and talk about the primary results outside of California with NPR congressional reporter Kelsey Snell. Hey, Kelsey.

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GOP Strategist On Primary Results

Jun 6, 2018

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An announcement came in the early hours of June 6, 1968, 50 years ago today.

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FRANK MANKIEWICZ: Senator Robert Francis Kennedy died at 1:44 a.m. today, June 6, 1968.

Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft is scheduled to blast off Wednesday morning with its three-member crew to begin what is billed as Expeditions 56-57 at the International Space Station.

But new NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, this week is talking openly about a very different future the International Space Station and space travel in general. The big idea is less government and more private investment.

White House aide Kelly Sadler is out of a job almost a month after she reportedly mocked a "dying" Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has brain cancer.

"Kelly Sadler is no longer employed within the Executive Office of the President," White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said in a statement Tuesday.

A judge in New York state trial court has ordered that depositions in a lawsuit against President Trump must be complete by early next year, setting up a potential showdown over whether Trump must answer questions under oath.

New York State Supreme Court Judge Jennifer Schecter set the timeline on Tuesday for evidence and other procedures in the case brought by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on Trump's reality TV show The Apprentice.

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Fifty years ago today, Senator Robert F. Kennedy was celebrating a win in the California Democratic primary at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

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As President Trump prepares to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump is imagining a day when there might be peace on the Korean Peninsula.

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The White House held an impromptu celebration of America today.

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