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Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-MO) said Monday that he will file a federal lawsuit on Tuesday against the architect of the Capitol for removing a painting by former St. Louis student David Pulphus that depicts police officers as animals.

"Seven months after being displayed as part of a public exhibit, a deluge of alternative right media, aided by the unauthorized actions of certain reactionary members of Congress, deprived Mr. Pulphus of his constitutionally guaranteed 1st Amendment Right of Free Expression," Clay's office said in a statement to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, a veteran diplomat known as a potent and personable voice for his country's interests as he sparred with his Western counterparts, died suddenly after falling ill Monday in his office at the mission.

Vitaly Churkin, 64, was taken to a hospital in New York, where he died, Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov, told The Associated Press. His cause of death wasn't immediately known.

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In an interview posted on Monday, Corey Lewandowski, the former campaign manager for President Donald Trump, defended the President's first month on office and blamed mishaps on his staff.

"The staff has probably not prepared him as well as they could have or should have as it related to some of those executive orders and the implementation and what that would mean," Lewandowski said on David Axelrod's podcast after arguing that Trump has begun fulfilling his campaign promises.

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