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GOP senators question Comey firing

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Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska:

"Regardless of how you think Director Comey handled the unprecedented complexities of the 2016 election cycle, the timing of this firing is very troubling.... I have reached out to the Deputy Attorney General for clarity on his rationale for recommending this action."

Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona:

"I've spent the last several hours trying to find an acceptable rationale for the timing of Comey's firing. I just can't do it."

Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina:

"I am troubled by the timing and reasoning of Director Comey's termination."

Senator John McCain of Arizona:

"I am disappointed in the President's decision to remove James Comey from office.... I have long called for a special congressional committee to investigate Russia's interference in the 2016 election. The president's decision... only confirms the need and the urgency of such a committee."

Ina Fried 1 hour ago
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Craigslist pulls personal ads after passage of sex-trafficking bill

Online classified site Craigslist has pulled its entire personal ad section after Congress passed a new sex-trafficking bill that puts more liability on Web sites.

Why it matters: Smaller tech companies and advocates for sex workers had feared a chilling effect if the bill becomes law.

Khorri Atkinson 3 hours ago
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China slaps reciprocal tariffs on U.S. imports

China's President Xi Jinping speaks next to President Trump. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri// AFP / Getty Images

China announced plans to impose reciprocal tariffs on $3 billion of imports from the U.S., hours after President Trump ordered levies on a range of Chinese goods.

The details: China's plan includes a 25% tariff on U.S. pork imports as well as 15% tariffs on American steel pipes, fruit and wine, according to Bloomberg.