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  1. Lawyer: Kushner used personal email for some WH messages

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer for President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, says his client used a personal email account to communicate with colleagues in the White House.

    Lawyer Abbe Lowell said in a statement that Kushner sent or responded to fewer than 100 emails from White House officials from his private account between January and August. He says that the exchanges most often occurred when “someone initiated the exchange by sending an email to his personal, rather than his White House, address. “

    The lawyer says Kushner uses his White House email address to discuss White House business and that any non-personal emails have been forwarded to his official account and preserved. Kushner is a key aide to the president.

    Politico first reported Kushner’s use of a private email account.


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  2. Japan’s Abe expected to announce snap poll amid worries over North Korea crisis

    By Linda Sieg

    TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected on Monday to announce a snap election for next month to take advantage of improved ratings and opposition disarray, despite criticism that he is creating a political vacuum amid worries over North Korea.

    Abe is expected to hold a news conference after meeting party executives and will likely put pledges to spend on education and child care, stay tough on North Korea and revise the constitution at the forefront of his campaign.

    Abe, whose ratings have risen to around 50 percent from around 30 percent in July, is betting his ruling bloc can keep its lower house majority even if they lose the two-thirds “super majority” needed to achieve his long-held goal of revising the post-war pacifist Constitution to clarify the military’s role.

    A weekend survey by the Nikkei business daily survey showed 44 percent of voters planned to vote for Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) versus 8 percent for the main opposition Democratic Party. That was higher than the 27.7 percent a Kyodo news agency survey showed voting for Abe’s party, with 42.2 percent undecided. [L4N1M506P]

    Abe’s image as a strong leader has bolstered his ratings amid rising regional tensions over North Korea’s nuclear arms and missile programs and overshadowed opposition criticism of the premier for suspected cronyism scandals that had eroded his support.

    Opposition party officials have said calling an election would be an attempt by Abe to dodge questioning over the cronyism scandals in a session of parliament set to begin on Thursday. Abe is expected to dissolve the chamber that same day.

    The main opposition Democratic Party is struggling with single-digit ratings while a new conservative party expected to be launched this week by allies of popular Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is racing to get ready for the vote.

    (Reporting by Linda Sieg; Editing by Michael Perry)


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  3. 10 Things to Know for Monday

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:

    1. WHOSE CRITICISMS SPARKED MORE PROTESTS AT NFL GAMES

    President Donald Trump’s comments about owners firing players who kneel during the national anthem sparked a mass increase in such protests around the National Football League as about 150 players sat, knelt or raised their fists in defiance.

    2. WHAT HURRICANE MARIA’S DEVASTATION HAS DONE TO PUERTO RICO

    Puerto Rico’s nonvoting representative in the U.S. Congress says the storm’s destruction has set the island back decades, even as authorities worked to assess the extent of the damage.

    3. WHO WAS VICTORIOUS IN GERMANY ELECTION

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel won a fourth term, but now faces the tricky prospect of forming a coalition with two disparate new partners after voters weakened her conservatives and a nationalist, anti-migrant party surged into parliament.

    4. TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES NEW TRAVEL BAN

    Travelers from eight countries Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria and Venezuela will face limitations on entry to the U.S. ranging from a total ban to more targeted restrictions.

    5. OPPOSITION FROM GOP SENATORS GROWS AND JEOPARDIZES HEALTH BILL

    Republican opposition to the GOP health care bill swelled to near-fatal numbers as Sen. Susan Collins all but closed the door on supporting the last-ditch effort to scrap the Obama health care law and Sen. Ted Cruz said that “right now” he doesn’t back it.

    6. HOPES OF FINDING EARTHQUAKE SURVIVORS DWINDLE IN MEXICO

    Five days after the deadly magnitude 7.1 earthquake, the hulking wreckage of what used to be a seven-story office building is one of just two sites left where searchers believe they may still find someone trapped alive in Mexico City.

    7. SEGREGATION LINGERS IN US SCHOOLS 60 YEARS AFTER “LITTLE ROCK NINE”

    The sacrifice of those black students stands as a symbol of the turbulence of the era, but also as a testament to an intractable problem: Though legal segregation has long ended, few white and minority students share a classroom today.

    8. BLACK LAWMAKERS PONDER TRUMP AGENDA AT ANNUAL GATHERING

    Those who flocked to the nation’s capital for the gathering of black lawmakers, leaders and policy experts identified multiple ways that black Americans are losing ground under President Trump’s watch.

    9. GUNMAN OPENS FIRE IN TENNESSEE CHURCH

    A masked man invaded a Nashville church, walking silently down the aisle as he shot unsuspecting congregants, killing at least one person and wounding seven others, authorities say.

    10. WHICH COLLEGES MOVED UP THE AP TOP 25 POLL

    No. 7 Georgia and No. 9 TCU jumped into the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season.


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