Saturday’s Headlines: Trump’s scandals stoke fear for 2018 midterms among Republicans nationwide

Saudi Arabia greets Trump with elaborate welcome as he embarks on first foreign trip; White House adviser close to Trump is a person of interest in Russia probe; Fired FBI director Comey to testify in open session before Senate Intelligence Committee; Iranian moderate Rouhani wins second presidential term; New Orleans removes Robert E. Lee statue, last of Confederate monuments to come down; In a country that bans cinemas and segregates Starbucks, a young prince has an idea: Make Saudi Arabia fun;
 
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Trump’s scandals stoke fear for 2018 midterms among Republicans nationwide
More and more Republicans across the country are watching dispiritedly as Democrats become further energized to turn out their voters in 2018, potentially tipping not only congressional contests but state and local races down the ballot.
Saudi Arabia greets Trump with elaborate welcome as he embarks on first foreign trip
President Trump arrived in Riyadh for his debut on the world stage, hoping to turn a page on the scandal encircling his presidency back home as he embarks upon an ambitious, high-stakes journey through the Middle East and Europe.
 
White House adviser close to Trump is a person of interest in Russia probe
The law enforcement investigation into possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, according to people familiar with the matter, who would not further identify the official.
 
Fired FBI director Comey to testify in open session before Senate Intelligence Committee
“I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media,” Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the chairman of the committee, said in a written statement. The open hearing will be set sometime after Memorial Day.
 
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Iranian moderate Rouhani wins second presidential term
In getting 57 percent of the vote, incumbent President Hassan Rouhani appeared to receive a resounding endorsement of his project to end Iran’s pariah status and rejoin the global economy. 
 
New Orleans removes Robert E. Lee statue, last of Confederate monuments to come down
The move ends more than 130 years of publicly honoring a man who embodied Southern pride but was seen by many as a symbol of racial oppression. In a speech to mark the moment, Mayor Mitch Landrieu sought to end years of heated debate over what the monuments said about its past.
 
In a country that bans cinemas and segregates Starbucks, a young prince has an idea: Make Saudi Arabia fun
Mohammed bin Salman, son of the king, is pressing for more jobs for women and more opportunities for entertainment in the conservative nation where nearly two-thirds of the population is under 30. “We want to be normal like anywhere else,” said one young Saudi.
 
 
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Betsy DeVos hits hard reset on student loan servicing contracts
The Education Department will select one company to collect student debt payments on its behalf, reversing years of Obama administration policy and reviving a servicing model that had an equal number of benefits and problems.
Prosecutors push back against Sessions’s order to pursue most severe drug penalties
Thirty current and former state and local prosecutors say the attorney general’s directive “marks an unnecessary and unfortunate return to past ‘tough on crime’ practices” that will do more harm than good in their communities.
Global soccer power FC Barcelona plants its flag among U.S. youth
With six development programs in the United States, the club of superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar is eyeing a deep, long-term dive into the lucrative American market.
Videos show Turkish president’s guards beating protesters in D.C., but action is unlikely, experts say
The State Department summoned Turkey’s ambassador for a meeting — the equivalent of a diplomatic scolding — and D.C. police vowed to continue their investigation, but diplomatic immunity and other issues make prosecution difficult, law-enforcement experts say.
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Why does Hollywood insist on equating beauty with virtue?
Movies and TV lazily perpetuate a notion we no longer believe: that looks correlate with character. 
Planned Parenthood to close 10 health centers in Midwest, Southwest
Officials cited a variety of reasons for the closures, including political attacks by antiabortion lawmakers. The move means Wyoming will become the second state to have no Planned Parenthood center.
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Video shows Hillary Clinton practicing avoiding hugs from Trump
A Democratic strategist posted a video, filmed two days before the first presidential debate, that shows Clinton evading an aide playing Donald Trump. It draws comparisons with a report of James Comey trying to maintain distance with him.
 
     
 
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