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Good morning, I'm Tim Walker with the most important stories from Friday.

House democrats want to interview Ivanka and Don Jr

Amid the aftermath of Michael Cohen's appearance at the convention this week, the Democrats on the House's oversight committee now want to hear from Donald Trump's children. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the committee, said he would look for interviews with Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., as well as Trump's chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, who all co-authored Wednesday's Cohen's explosive testimony.

  • Kushner's release The President personally demanded that his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, be given a top-secret security clearance, despite grave concerns from high-ranking government officials, the New York Times reported Thursday.

  • Moscow project. Adam Schiff, chairman of the US intelligence committee, said Russian-born former Trump partner Felix Sater will appear before his committee on March 14 to discuss the Trump Tower Moscow project.

The US and North Korea differ in the causes of the collapse of the summit

Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump in Hanoi

The art without a deal: Kim and Trump in Hanoi. Photo: KCNA / AFP / Getty Images

North Korea and the US have presented different accounts of why this week's talks between Kim Jong-Un and Trump in Hanoi were broken off without an agreement. While the US President blamed failure on North Korea's call for "all sanctions" to be lifted, North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho claimed that Pyongyang demanded only a partial sanction relief for disassembling Yongbyon's nuclear power plant complex. However, the North Korean media described the summit as "of great importance."

How was the NRA involved in the investigation of Russia?

Russian agent Maria Butina

Russian agent Maria Butina spent years serving NRA leaders. Photo: Facebook

At the 2016 National Rifle Association convention, during which Trump received the coveted support of the Weapons Association through the Weapons Group, a senior NRA board member hosted a private dinner, which included Russia's agent Maria Butina, her handler and mentor, as well as one previously unreported Russian, who heads a defense industry foundation. In the second part of his report on the problems of the NRA, Peter Stone examines how his ties to Russia and Trump involved the organization in the Müller investigation.

  • President idol. Trump's takeover of the conservative establishment includes not only the NRAs but also the Conference of Conservative Policies. Once hostile to Trump, CPAC is now "like a religious gathering full of Trump idolatry," as David Smith reports.

Video: The police in Portland are closing the far-right leader

Police in Portland: "If you can go home, there are no arrests" – video

Video footage obtained from the Guardian portrays the Portland police officers who have signed a deal with the leader of the far-right Patriot Prayer group to arrest none of its members in a violent demonstration last year. In the clip filmed on June 3, 2018, in Patriots Prayer and counter-demonstrators in the city of Oregon, Portland police officer Joey Gibson said that the Lt. Non-Liability Agreement has been filmed. Jeff Niiya has been cleared, who is apparently already under investigation for friendly relationship with Gibson.

  • No arrests In the video, an official tells Gibson, "I just talked to Jeff Niiya and he asked me to let you know that he probably arrested some of the guys here." However, he adds, "If you can go home there are no arrests. "


  • Vladimir Zelenskiy, a Ukrainian comedian who plays in a sitcom about a teacher who unexpectedly becomes president, is currently leading the polls UkrainePresidential elections in real life.

  • The bankrupt energy company PG & E has admitted that it is "likely" that one of its transmission lines has started operations campfire in Northern California, the deadliest US forest fire in a century that killed 85 people.

  • Unicef ​​warned of "devastating consequences" after a shocking global rise in measles Cases in children – also in the US, where in 2018 six times more measles cases were registered than in 2017.

  • A new lawsuit could end New Hampshire's unique and controversial practice of involuntary storage Mental health patients in prison.

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