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Defense at Senate trial says ousting Trump would be ‘massive interference’ in election

By David Morgan and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawyers for U.S. President Donald Trump told his Senate impeachment trial on Saturday that Democrats’ efforts to remove the president from office would set a “very, very dangerous” precedent in an election year. White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, the head of the defense team, told senators […]

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U.S. senator slams Tesla’s ‘misleading’ name for Autopilot driver assistance system

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. senator on Friday urged Tesla Inc <TSLA.O> to rebrand its driver assistance system Autopilot, saying it has “an inherently misleading name” and is subject to potentially dangerous misuse. But Tesla said in a letter that it had taken steps to ensure driver engagement with the system and […]

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Explainer: Bezos allegations put phone hacking technology in the spotlight

By Raphael Satter WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Allegations that Amazon.com boss and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos had his phone hacked by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have put a spotlight on the security of smartphones and the secretive tools used to hack them. Smartphones are effectively pocket-sized computers that run apps on operating systems […]

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Head on a pike? Republican senators object after Schiff cites impeachment threat

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Representative Adam Schiff, making his closing argument in the impeachment trial of U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday, seemed to have the Senate chamber more or less rapt, with lawmakers listening respectfully, whether they agreed with his arguments or not. Then the Democratic congressman mentioned a CBS News report […]

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Sanders touts controversial comedian’s 2020 support, sparking criticism

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders’ decision to highlight an unofficial endorsement from Joe Rogan drew criticism on Friday due to the comedian’s brand of humor that some see as dismissive of issues like equal pay and transgender rights. The online flap comes as Sanders, a U.S. senator from […]