Trump says he ‘easily’ answered Russia probe questions

President Donald Trump on Friday said he had “very easily” completed his written answers for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. election, but had not yet submitted them to Mueller’s office.

U.S. House Republican to subpoena ex-FBI head Comey, ex-AG Lynch

The outgoing chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is planning to issue subpoenas compelling former FBI Director James Comey and former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to be deposed about their decision-making ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a House Democratic aide told Reuters on Friday.

U.S. judge orders White House to restore press pass to CNN’s Acosta

A U.S. judge on Friday ordered the White House to temporarily restore CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass, which was revoked after a contentious press conference last week with President Donald Trump.

CBI backs May’s Brexit deal and says no deal would lead to shortages

Leading manufacturers make clear they are stepping up planning for no-deal Brexit

Britain’s leading employers’ organisation has sought to bolster support for Theresa May with a warning to MPs that rejecting the prime minister’s Brexit deal would lead to shortages and prevent vital supplies reaching the public.

In a show of support for May, the CBI said the agreement reached between London and Brussels represented hard-won progress and that going backwards would damage Britain’s prosperity.

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Key points from UN envoy’s report on poverty in Britain

Summary of Philip Alston’s report which says austerity has inflicted misery on UK citizens

The UK government is in a state of denial about the impact of austerity policies on the poor, UN rapporteur Philip Alston’s hard-hitting report on poverty, concluded. Here are some of the main points.

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U.S. judge temporarily restores White House press pass to CNN’s Acosta

A U.S. judge on Friday temporarily restored White House press credentials to CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, which were revoked following a contentious press conference with President Donald Trump, saying there should be a due process in place for limiting a journalist’s access to the White House.

The epitaph for Tory austerity has been written, and it’s damning | Aditya Chakrabortty

The UN report is harshly critical of government policy, saying it’s been driven by social re-engineering rather than economics

Britain’s government has today been held up in front of the world and comprehensively damned for the misery and chaos it has inflicted on its own people. Its defining policy of austerity is revealed to the international community as callous, as ineffective, and even as un-British. These judgments do not come from some well-known foe of Theresa May and David Cameron – but from a UN envoy.

Related: UK austerity has inflicted ‘great misery’ on citizens, UN says

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UK austerity has inflicted ‘great misery’ on citizens, UN says

Poverty envoy says callous policies driven by political desire for social re-engineering

The UK government has inflicted “great misery” on its people with “punitive, mean-spirited, and often callous” austerity policies driven by a political desire to undertake social re-engineering rather than economic necessity, the United Nations poverty envoy has found.

Philip Alston, the UN’s rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, ended a two-week fact-finding mission to the UK with a stinging declaration that despite being the world’s fifth largest economy, levels of child poverty are “not just a disgrace, but a social calamity and an economic disaster”.

Related: It took a UN envoy to hear how austerity is destroying lives | Aditya Chakrabortty

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