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During two separate events in Ohio on Monday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, was met with protesters asking him about Obamacare and President Donald Trump's ties to Russia.

Almost 200 people stood outside an event at the home of President Rutherford B. Hayes holding signs Monday, and Jordan engaged with the people gathered there for about 40 minutes, according to the Washington Post.

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Following a new wave of threats to Jewish community centers (JCCs) across the United States, the White House on Monday issued a brief statement condemning the threatening phone calls.

"Hatred and hate-motivated violence of any kind have no place in a country founded on the promise of individual freedom. The President has made it abundantly clear that these actions are unacceptable," White House Deputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said in a statement.

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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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