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Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas made a rare appearance before the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday and called for an international peace conference by mid-year — something especially needed, he said, since the U.S. can no longer be counted on as the lone mediator.

It is “essential,” Abbas said, that a “multilateral international mechanism” be established to broker peace.

The Palestinians have lost faith in the United States as an honest mediator after President Trump reversed decades of policy and recognized the disputed holy city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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Rep. Adam Schiff said Tuesday that he expects to reach an agreement in the next day or two with Justice Department officials on public release of a Democratic memo about surveillance and the Russia investigation.

"We’re very close to a resolution," he said at an event hosted by the Sacramento Press Club. 

Schiff (D-Burbank), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, prepared the document as a rebuttal to an earlier memo drafted by aides to Rep. Devin Nunes, the panel’s Republican chairman. Nunes (R-Tulare) had alleged that federal law enforcement improperly obtained a secret surveillance warrant to eavesdrop on a former advisor to President Trump’s campaign, a conclusion that Democrats have rejected. 

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Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions.
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions. (Susan Walsh / Associated Press)

President Trump says he's signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to “ban all devices” like “bump stocks” used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. 

The president is making the announcement to curb the use of the rapid-fire devices during a ceremony recognizing bravery by the nation's public safety officers. 

Trump is responding days after the shooting deaths of 17 people at a Florida high school. He's pointing to the need to propose regulations to ban the device that was used in the October shooting deaths of 58 people in Las Vegas. 

President Trump is lashing out at a woman who claims he once forcibly kissed her, saying, "Never happened!"

Trump tweeted Tuesday: "Who would do this in a public space with live security......cameras running. Another False Accusation." Trump says he doesn't know Rachel Crooks and "to the best of my knowledge, never met" her.

Crooks is among 14 women who have accused Trump of past inappropriate behavior. Trump has denied the allegations. The Washington Post featured Crooks in a story Tuesday.

 Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III (Associated Press)

A lawyer linked to Rick Gates and Paul Manafort, two of President Trump’s former campaign aides ensnared in the ongoing Russian probe, has been charged by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III with lying to federal investigators. 

The lawyer, Alex van der Zwaan, previously worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, a prominent law firm that worked on a controversial report used to defend what was then the pro-Russian government of Ukraine in its prosecution of a political opponent. 

Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, was an longtime advisor to Ukraine’s Kremlin-allied president at the time, Viktor Yanukovich, who subsequently fled to Russia amid widespread antigovernment protests. Manafort and Gates, his partner and later his deputy on the Trump campaign, have been charged with laundering money earned during their work on Ukraine’s behalf. 

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President Trump and Melania Trump with Dr. Igor Nichiporenko at Broward Health North in Pompano Beach, Fla.
President Trump and Melania Trump with Dr. Igor Nichiporenko at Broward Health North in Pompano Beach, Fla. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

More than 6 in 10 Americans fault Congress and President Trump for not doing enough to prevent mass shootings, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, with most Americans continuing to say these incidents are more reflective of problems identifying and addressing mental health issues than inadequate gun laws.

In the poll conducted after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida high school last week, more than three-quarters — 77% — said they think more effective mental health screening and treatment could have prevented the shooting.

The Post-ABC poll also finds that 58% of adults say stricter gun control laws could have prevented the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but there is no rise in support for banning assault weapons compared with two years ago and the partisan divide on this policy is as stark as ever. On the issue of whether allowing teachers to carry guns could have deterred the rampage, a proposal that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said is an option for schools, 42% said they agreed.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors have filed a new charge against a man they say lied to federal investigators in the Russia probe.

A charging document filed in federal court in Washington on Tuesday accuses Alex Van Der Zwaan of one charge of making false statements. The information was filed ahead of a plea hearing scheduled for later Tuesday.

The court filing says Van Der Zwaan lied to investigators about his interactions with Rick Gates. Gates, a former Trump campaign aide, was indicted last year on charges of conspiracy to launder money and acting as an unregistered foreign agent.

Donald Trump and Mitt Romney in 2012.
Donald Trump and Mitt Romney in 2012. (Julie Jacobson/ Associated Press)

President Trump is endorsing Mitt Romney in Utah's Senate race, another sign that the two Republicans are burying the hatchet after a fraught relationship.

The GOP's presidential nominee in 2012, Romney announced last week he would seek the nomination to replace retiring Sen. Orrin G. Hatch.

In a tweet Monday night, Trump wrote, "He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!"

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The White House said Monday that President Trump was “supportive” of efforts to improve the system of background checks for people who seek to buy guns in the United States.

In a statement, the White House said Trump spoke to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on Friday to discuss a bipartisan bill Cornyn is co-sponsoring that would tighten federal background checks. However, the statement did not expressly say that Trump supported the bill.

The statement follows an emotional outcry from hundreds of students who survived Wednesday’s massacre at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Fla. Seventeen  students and staff members were killed by a 19-year-old who once attended the school.

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President Trump has consistently pushed back against the idea of Russia meddling in the election that put him in power, dismissing that claim as a hoax and an affront to the legitimacy of his victory.

Now, he’s suggesting that the federal investigation into Russian interference has distracted the FBI from performing other work.

In a tweet Saturday night, Trump appeared to blame the bureau for failing to prevent a shooting at a South Florida high school that killed 17 people on Wednesday.