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Federal judge again tosses out Texas voter ID law

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A federal judge has once again thrown out Texas' voter ID law in the latest court defeat for state Republican lawmakers over voting rights. More>>

Energy Dept: Government should ease rules on power plants

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Energy Department report suggests making it quicker and cheaper to operate power plants, including coal and nuclear. More>>

Clinton: My 'skin crawled' as Trump hovered on debate stage

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Hillary Clinton says her "skin crawled" as Donald Trump shadowed her closely on a debate stage last October. More>>

Within 24 hours, a pair of wildly different Trump speeches

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Within a 24-hour span, President Donald Trump delivered one speech in which he tore into the media and members of his own party, and then a second in which he called for national unity and love. More>>

Meaning of 'clean coal' mentioned by Trump unclear

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President Donald Trump invoked "clean coal" at his rally in Phoenix, repeating a phrase that's used often by coal industry supporters to put a positive spin on the heavily polluting fuel. More>>

McConnell says he and Trump are united on 'shared goals'

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he and President Donald Trump are in regular contact about their "shared goals.". More>>

The Latest: Trump calls for patriotism, national healing

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President Donald Trump is naming an Arizona Republican senator who criticized him. More>>

Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after warship accidents

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U.S. officials confirm that the commander of the Navy's 7th Fleet will be removed after a series of warship accidents in the Pacific. More>>

Malaysian premier to meet Trump at White House on Sept. 12

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will visit the White House on Sept 12 at the invitation of President Donald Trump. More>>

Senate panel plans 2 hearings on girding health insurance

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A Republican Senate aide says the Senate health committee is scheduling two hearings early next month on how the nation's individual health insurance marketplaces can be stabilized. More>>

Trump bashes NAFTA in midst of talks to revamp trade deal

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Trump attack on NAFTA comes in midst of talks to revamp trade deal. More>>

Thailand awaits verdict that could send former PM to prison

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Thais anxiously await a verdict on charges accusing former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra of negligence in implementing a rice subsidy estimated to have cost billions and that could send her to prison. More>>

Republican agenda threatened by Trump-McConnell feud

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President Trump's clash with his own party's Senate leader threatens to undermine Republican agenda at high-stakes moment. More>>

Within 24 hours, a pair of wildly different Trump speeches

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President Donald Trump is blaming the media for widespread condemnation of his response to the Charlottesville tragedy. More>>

Russia warns against new sanctions on North Korea

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A senior Russian diplomat is warning against expanding sanctions against North Korea, saying it's necessary to focus on political settlement. More>>

US chastises Cambodia for curtailing press freedom

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Cambodia says a US-based organization promoting democracy must cease its operations and remove its foreign staff from the country. More>>

Trump-McConnell feud threatens Republican agenda

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President Trump's clash with his own party's Senate leader threatens to undermine Republican agenda at high-stakes moment. More>>

HUD says Carson did nothing wrong by appearing with Trump

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Legal experts say it doesn't look like Housing Secretary Ben Carson broke federal law by appearing with President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Phoenix. More>>

California pollution permits sell at highest price ever

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State data released Tuesday says California raised more than $640 million this month auctioning off permits for businesses to emit greenhouse gases as part of a program aimed at fighting climate change. More>>

Studies: Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes

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Researchers say safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to significantly reduce crashes. More>>

Glam shot gets ugly: Mnuchin wife touts style, slams critic

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Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, blasted as "adorably out of touch" a person who criticized her Instagram post in which Linton depicted her designer-label outfit. More>>

Education Department announces college prep grants

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The US Department of Education is awarding a second round of funding to programs that help low-income students aspire to attend college. More>>

Parks Service issues permit for San Francisco rally

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Federal authorities have approved a politically conservative group's application to hold a rally in San Francisco on Saturday, but guns, tiki torches and other weapons are banned. More>>

Protests turn unruly after Trump's Phoenix speech Video included

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President Donald Trump's first political event since the violence of Charlottesville has drawn several protest groups to Phoenix, and authorities are taking extra precautions to keep the peace. More>>

Studies: Automated safety systems are preventing car crashes

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Researchers say safety systems to prevent cars from drifting into another lane or that warn drivers of vehicles in their blind spots are beginning to live up to their potential to significantly reduce crashes. More>>

Ex-FBI Director James Comey to lecture at Howard University

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James Comey _ the FBI director fired by President Donald Trump _ will give a series of lectures at Howard University. More>>

Tillerson says US could punish Pakistan if no cooperation

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President Donald Trump vows to continue fighting in Afghanistan despite his initial inclination to withdraw. Yet he insists the U.S. will not offer "a blank check" after 16 years. More>>

Uncounted Kansas ballots fuel fears about Kobach's proposals

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A conservative firebrand promoting President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud oversees a Kansas election system that threw out at least three times as many ballots as similarly sized states did. More>>

Russian art community turns out to support detained director

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A court in Moscow has put a widely revered Russian theater director under house arrest on charges of embezzling $1.1 million, which he has denied. More>>

US commander visits Yemen border for firsthand look at war

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The top U.S. commander for the Middle East has gotten a first-hand look at Saudi Arabia's fight against Yemen's rebels in a rare American visit to the volatile border area. More>>

New Afghanistan plan could offer clues to 'Trump Doctrine' Video included

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President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan strategy could offer clues to his preferred approach to America's most challenging foreign conflicts. More>>

Angola votes for 1st new president in nearly 4 decades

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Angolans are voting in an election in which the defense minister is the frontrunner to succeed President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who will relinquish the post after 38 years in power. More>>

US ambassador meets atomic energy head on Iran nuclear issue

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The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says Washington is determined to ensure the International Atomic Energy Agency has the resources it needs for "robust verification of nuclear-related activities in Iran". More>>

White House renews request for privacy for Trump's young son

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The White House is appealing to the news media for privacy for President Donald Trump's young son, Barron. More>>

Past health chiefs: insurance market stability is the goal

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Three former U.S. health secretaries of both parties say President Donald Trump and the GOP-led Congress should make stabilizing health insurance marketplaces their immediate goal. More>>

Kansas Rep. Yoder tries to balance GOP views, centrist tone

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A Republican congressman in a Kansas district that President Donald Trump narrowly lost last year was expected to face tough questions about health care and other issues during a town hall meeting. More>>

The Latest: Trump says US will 'probably' end NAFTA

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A spokeswoman for President Donald Trump says he will not pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio (ahr-PY'-oh) while visiting Arizona. More>>

Walesa says he's victim of 'political crime' in Polish probe

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Poland's former president and democracy leader Lech Walesa and some opposition politicians say the Nobel Peace prize winner is being harassed by the ruling party. More>>

Rauner says no comment on political cartoon as 'white male'

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner sidestepping comment on political cartoon critics call racist, says he has nothing to add to the discussion 'as a white male'. More>>

Appeals court: Energy officials missed in pipeline review

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A Washington appeals court says federal energy regulators fell short in evaluating the environmental impact of a natural gas pipeline project through Alabama, Georgia and Florida. More>>

A 'Trump Doctrine'? Clues in his new Afghanistan plan Video included

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In President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan strategy, elements of a broader approach to foreign conflicts have started to emerge. More>>

Trump blames media for condemnation of comments on Virginia Video included

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President Donald Trump is trying to recapture the fervor that helped put him in office with a campaign-style rally in Arizona. More>>

Trump adviser Kushner leading US delegation to Middle East

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White House adviser Jared Kushner is leading a delegation of Trump administration officials to the Middle East to discuss the possibility of resuming the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. More>>

Committee hears from founder of firm tied to Trump dossier

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The co-founder of a Washington opposition research firm that produced a dossier of salacious allegations involving President Donald Trump is expected to speak behind closed doors to congressional investigators. More>>

US says some remains of sailors found on USS John McCain

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Navy and Marine Corps divers will enter flooded compartments on the USS John S. McCain in the search for 10 sailors missing after the destroyer and an oil tanker collided in Southeast Asian waters. More>>

Trump again signals he'll pardon Joe Arpaio _ but not yet Video included

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President Donald Trump isn't expected to take action Tuesday on a possible pardon of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's conviction for intentionally disobeying a judge's order in an immigration case. More>>

US amends info request related to Inauguration Day protest

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The Justice Department is defending its request for information about an anti-Trump website that prosecutors allege was behind destructive Inauguration Day protests. More>>

Denver to start licensing first pot clubs, but few may apply

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Denver is on the brink of licensing some of the nation's first legal marijuana clubs, but few may apply. More>>

Pentagon chief, in Baghdad, says militants are 'on the run'

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Islamic State militants are caught in a military vise that will squeeze them from both ends of the Euphrates River valley that bisects Iraq and Syria. More>>

The Latest: Families name 3 of the missing sailors on McCain

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The U.S. 7th Fleet says Navy and Marine Corps. divers have joined the search for 10 missing sailors and will access flooded compartments on the USS John S. McCain. More>>

Day 1 yields several jurors for trial of Sen. Bob Menendez

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The first day of jury selection in the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez has concluded. More>>

US cuts, delays $300 million in aid to Egypt, citing rights

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The Trump administration has cut nearly $100 million in military and economic aid to Egypt and delayed almost $200 million more in military financing to Egypt. More>>

Los Angeles wants in on suit over Trump sanctuary conditions

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Los Angeles is seeking to join a lawsuit by San Francisco over immigration restrictions placed on a major federal grant by the Trump administration. More>>

The Latest: Tillerson raises prospect of punishing Pakistan

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The top U.S. diplomat in Kabul says President Donald Trump made it clear that the U.S. "is not going anywhere," while at the same time warning the Afghan government that it too has much to do if stability is to come to Afghanistan. More>>

New US penalties on Chinese, Russian firms over North Korea

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The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on 16 mainly Chinese and Russian companies and people for assisting North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs and helping the North make money to support those programs. More>>

Iowa GOP leader accused of stalking, threatening ex-fiancée

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An Iowa Republican Party leader who is running for state treasurer has been ordered to stay away from his ex-fiancée after tracking her whereabouts using the "Find iPhone" app and allegedly threatening her. More>>

Palestinians seek answers from US envoy Kushner

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The Palestinians are hoping for some clear answers from the U.S. when White House envoy Jared Kushner returns to the region this week. More>>

Critics: Pardon would nix chance to hold Arpaio accountable Video included

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Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's critics say a pardon for the retired lawman would remove the last chance to call him into account for a litany of misconduct during his six terms in office. More>>

A coal country dispute over an alleged Trump promise unmet

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The Trump administration has rejected a coal industry push to issue a rarely used emergency order protecting coal-fired power plants. More>>

Trump's path to boosting infrastructure full of potholes

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President Donald Trump's road to getting legislation to restore the nation's crumbling infrastructure through Congress this year appears increasingly precarious. More>>

As NKorea vows response, US dismisses calls to pause drills

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North Korea's military unleashed its standard fiery threats to greet annual U.S.-South Korean military drills that the North claims are an invasion rehearsal. More>>

Ryan says Trump "messed up" but opposes censure

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House Speaker Paul Ryan will be taking questions from Wisconsin voters in a nationally televised town hall meeting immediately following President Donald Trump's address on Afghanistan. More>>

Pence says Confederate statues are state, local decision

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Vice President Mike Pence says state and local authorities should make decisions about Confederate statues, and he calls himself "someone who believes in more monuments, not less monuments.''. More>>

Trump watches eclipse from White House

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President Donald Trump plans to watch the solar eclipse from a White House balcony. More>>

Trump's Afghanistan strategy makes new demands on India Video included

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President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan war strategy included old demands on Pakistan and an entirely new ultimatum to India. More>>

The Latest: Afghan government applauds Trump speech Video included

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Sen. Tim Kaine says the United States needs to "make sure that Afghanistan is not a breeding ground for things that can come back and hurt us.". More>>

Trump returns to Arizona _ and a chaotic political landscape Video included

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Donald Trump is headed to Arizona for a rally two years after stopping in Phoenix during his campaign. More>>

Trump commits US to fight on in Afghanistan; no speedy exit Video included

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President Donald Trump will use a nationally televised address to outline for a war-weary nation the strategy he believes will best position the U.S. to eventually declare victory in Afghanistan. More>>

Trump's Afghanistan strategy includes new ultimatum on India Video included

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President Donald Trump's new Afghanistan war strategy included old demands on Pakistan and an entirely new ultimatum to India. More>>

Navy orders 7th Fleet review amid search for 10 from McCain Video included

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American, Singaporean and Malaysian armed forces are searching for 10 U.S. sailors missing after an early-morning collision between a Navy destroyer and a tanker. More>>

Judge orders Montana congressman photographed, fingerprinted

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A judge has ordered Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte to be booked, photographed and fingerprinted after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a reporter the day before he was elected in May. More>>

Nation's political split on display at Trump Phoenix visit

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The nation's political split over President Donald Trump is expected to be on full display Tuesday as hard-core backers of the Republican president flood into the Phoenix Convention Center and police brace for protests from opponents outside. More>>

Between cancer treatments, McCain maintains rigorous agenda

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Sen. John McCain's packed agenda while on break from Congress in his home state of Arizona has hardly been the schedule of a typical brain cancer patient - or even someone about to turn 81. More>>

The Latest: Divers assessing damage on USS John S. McCain Video included

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The U.S. Navy says the USS John S. McCain has docked at Singapore's naval base with "significant damage" to its hull after a collision between the warship and an oil tanker. More>>

Grads returning diplomas to protest Falwell's Trump support

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A small group of Liberty University graduates are planning to return their diplomas to the evangelical Virginia school as a rebuke of President Jerry Falwell Jr.'s latest showing of unwavering support for Donald Trump. More>>

VA seeks to funnel more nursing home money to rural areas

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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin says his agency will propose changes to make it easier for rural areas to receive funding to build nursing homes for veterans. More>>

Slain woman became anti-violence activist after sister died

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A Connecticut woman who became an anti-violence activist after her sister's killing four years ago and who was found slain with her 9-year-old daughter last week is being remembered as "a wonderful human being.". More>>

Paul Ryan: Leaders must push beyond 'passions of moment'

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House Speaker Paul Ryan says the nation's leaders "have an obligation" to steer the country past what he calls "the passions of the moment.". More>>

US Embassy in Russia stops issuing tourist visas for 8 days

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The U.S. Embassy in Russia says it will suspend issuing nonimmigrant visas in Moscow for eight days and will stop issuing visas at its consulates elsewhere in Russia in response to the Russian decision to cap embassy staff. More>>

Wounded congressman says return based on doctors' advice

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The Louisiana congressman shot at a baseball practice in mid-June is telling colleagues that his return will be based on his doctors' advice and a date has not yet been determined. More>>

Putin appoints new Russian ambassador to US

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President Vladimir Putin has appointed a former deputy defense minister as Russia's new ambassador to the United States. More>>

US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

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U.S. and South Korean troops have begun annual drills that come after tensions rose over North Korea's two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. More>>

Neo-Nazi site's publisher says he's got no home on internet

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A federal lawsuit accuses the publisher of a notorious neo-Nazi website of defaming a Muslim-American radio host by falsely labeling him the "mastermind" behind a deadly bombing at a concert in England. More>>

Kasich urges Trump to end staff chaos and 'settle it down'

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich says President Donald Trump needs to stop the staff chaos at the White House and "settle it down.". More>>

The Latest: SC senator says Trump can regain moral authority

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SC senator says president can regain his moral authority on the issue of race by spending time with people who have lived through the nation's difficult racial past. More>>

The Latest: Trump to address nation Monday on Afghanistan Video included

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Trump to reveal plan for war in Afghanistan in national address Monday night. More>>

GOP doubts and anxieties about Trump burst into the open

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Republicans across the country are expressing deep doubts about President Donald Trump's competency and temperament. More>>

Trump will address path forward on Afghanistan Video included

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis satisfied with how the administration formulated its new Afghanistan war strategy, but won't discuss what's in it. More>>

Report of Ukraine witness to DNC hacking stirs confusion

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Report of Ukraine 'witness' to Democratic National Committee hack stirs confusion. More>>

Grace Mugabe gets diplomatic immunity, returns to Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwean state media say the wife of President Robert Mugabe has returned home from South Africa despite calls that she be prosecuted for allegedly assaulting a young model at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg. More>>

Indiana's Donnelly, a top GOP target, starts re-election bid

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Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is positioning himself as a moderate as he launches his re-election bid in a state that President Donald Trump easily won last year. More>>

Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors awards program

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The White House has announced that President Donald Trump and the first lady have decided not to participate in events honoring recipients of this year's Kennedy Center arts awards. More>>

Senator who hoped for Trump assassination in post apologizes

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Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated apologizes to Trump and his family, but says she has no plans to resign. More>>

Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

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Dick Gregory, who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health has died. More>>

Plenty at stake in jury selection for Menendez trial

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Attorneys in the corruption trial of Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez will have plenty of factors to consider when they begin the final phase of jury selection this week. More>>

McCaskill reaching out to rural Missouri ahead of election

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Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is holding another round of town halls in rural, Republican strongholds as she gears up for a competitive re-election campaign. More>>

The Latest: Kennedy Center awards to go on without Trump

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The Kennedy Center arts awards program will go on after Trump's decision to cancel traditional White House reception. More>>

Trump to visit Marine base in Yuma before Phoenix rally

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The White House says President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit a Marine Corps base in Arizona along the U.S.-Mexico border. More>>

The Latest: South Africa grants immunity to Zim first lady

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South African Airways says it will resume flights between South Africa and Zimbabwe after they were blocked by Zimbabwe, which imposed restrictions amid a scandal over an assault claim against the wife of President Robert Mugabe. More>>

The Latest: About 20 protesters linger near Dallas cemetery

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Demonstrators are arriving at a counterprotest ahead of a conservative rally that's getting underway on Boston Common. More>>

Trump remarks could sidetrack Democrats from other issues

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Responding to Trump's remarks about white supremacist violence could sidetrack Democrats from issues important to a wider range of voters in 2018 midterm elections. More>>

'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest

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Conservative activists and leftist counter-protesters are preparing for a rally on Boston Common that could draw thousands a week after a demonstration in Virginia turned deadly. More>>

Trump dumps Bannon, who returns to conservative website Video included

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Trump pushes out strategist Steve Bannon, who returns to Breitbart News with goal of 'going to war' with Trump opponents. More>>

Citing Trump remarks, entire president's arts council quits

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Actor Kal Penn, artist Chuck Close and virtually the entire membership of the President's Committee On the Arts and Humanities have announced their resignation. More>>

California lawmakers to tackle housing crisis, immigration

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California lawmakers return Monday from a monthlong break with a busy agenda that includes tackling the state's housing crisis and deciding whether to make California a statewide sanctuary for people living illegally in the U.S. More>>

Trump's new communications director isn't new to his ways

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Interim White House communications director Hope Hicks may be new to the job, but she's an old hand when it comes to President Donald Trump. More>>

Icahn steps down as unofficial Trump adviser

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President Donald Trump is losing another informal adviser: billionaire investor Carl Icahn. More>>

Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campuses

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Colleges are bracing for more violence on campus after a deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia became the latest example of hatred migrating from the internet to the streets. More>>

The Latest: Steve Bannon returns to Breitbart News site Video included

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President Donald Trump tweets that 'Radical Islamic Terrorism must be stopped by whatever means necessary!'. More>>

Tillerson condemns hate speech, says bigotry is un-American

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is condemning hate speech and bigotry as un-American and antithetical to the values that the United States was founded on and promotes abroad. More>>

Trump studying options for new approach to Afghan war Video included

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Trump administration is getting closer to a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. More>>

Soothing the nation? Trump struggles like no other president

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Under fire over competence and moral leadership, Trump defends Confederate statues and attacks his critics. More>>

US: Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists

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Senior U.S. commanders say Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists. More>>

Dems risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response

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President Donald Trump's widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture-war debate. More>>

Trump ousts Bannon, his influential, divisive strategist Video included

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White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving his White House post. More>>

Pardon of Joe Arpaio would refute crux of immigration debate Video included

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The possibility of President Donald Trump pardoning former Sheriff Joe Arpaio has led to criticism that it would contradict a key theme in the immigration debate. More>>

McCain completes round of radiation, chemo for brain cancer

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The daughter of U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona says the 80-year-old lawmaker has completed the first round of radiation and chemotherapy as he battles an aggressive form of brain cancer. More>>

Lawmaker who made Trump assassination remark may face ouster

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Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted Facebook comment hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination could face effort to remove her from office. More>>

Kenya opposition files challenge against presidential vote

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Dozens of supporters of Kenya's opposition coalition have gathered around the Supreme Court building where lawyers are expected to file a petition contesting President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election. More>>

Trump to address American Legion convention in Reno

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President Donald Trump will visit northern Nevada and address the American Legion convention next week. More>>

Senior officer on damaged ship to be relieved of command

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A Navy leader says the commanding officer of the USS Fitzgerald, which lost seven sailors in a collision at sea in June, will be relieved of command. More>>

Skeptics dismiss Bannon's call for economic war with China Video included

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Advocates of a measured approach by the U.S. in dealing with China as an economic rival are dismissing White House adviser Steve Bannon's call for economic war. More>>

US condemns Spanish attack, pledges justice for terrorists

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is sending condolences to the families and victims of the attack in Barcelona and has offered U.S. assistance to authorities in Spain. More>>

Trump approves plan to create independent cyber command

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President Donald Trump has approved a Pentagon plan to create an independent cyber command to beef up cyberwar operations against the Islamic State group and other foes. More>>

Estimates of North Korea's nuclear weapons hard to nail down

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Estimates about the size of North Korea's nuclear war chest are far from precise. More>>

GOP senator says Trump hasn't shown stability, competence

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Sen. Bob Corker says Donald Trump has not yet shown the stability or competence required for an American president to succeed. More>>

Pelosi calls for removal of Confederate statues from Capitol

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol as the contentious debate over the appropriateness of such memorials moves to the halls of Congress. More>>

Pence tours Panama Canal as he wraps up Latin America trip

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Vice President Mike Pence will tour the newly expanded Panama Canal during a truncated trip to the country Thursday. More>>

The Latest: Trump won't back down on Confederate monuments

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford has strongly endorsed the statements by the leaders of the four major U.S. military services, who spoke out against racism and extremism. More>>

Raw feelings close to the surface at Fox over Trump remarks

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Fox News Channel anchor Kat Timpf says she's taken aback and threatened by the angry response to her comments criticizing President Donald Trump's reaction to the Charlottesville protest. More>>

US helping clear 'historic' amount of explosives in Mosul

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The top U.S. commander in Iraq says for the first time that the American military will help contractors and other officials locate unexploded bombs dropped by the coalition. More>>

Clearing Iraqi cities of explosives may take decades

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In wake of battles with Islamic State militants, Iraqi cities may faces decades of work to clear unexploded bombs and explosive traps left behind. More>>

Under fire _ from GOP _ Trump digs in on Confederate icons Video included

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President Donald Trump has abruptly dismantled two of his White House business councils-an apparent attempt to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. More>>

Before Camp David talks, Mattis says Afghan strategy is near

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says President Donald Trump is gathering his national security team to attempt to set a new Afghanistan policy. More>>

Israeli leader resists calls to criticize Trump

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Israel's prime minister is coming under growing criticism for his relative silence over President Donald Trump's response to the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. More>>

US: War would be 'horrific' but NKorea nukes 'unimaginable'

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Top US military officer: Military solution 'horrific,' but North Korea gaining US nuke strike capability 'unimaginable'. More>>

'Maniacal' focus on China puts Trump aide out of mainstream

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Steve Bannon isn't alone in pondering China's emerging superpower status, but his call for an "economic war" on the Asian nation puts him far outside the mainstream. More>>

Legal deal over harsh CIA interrogations marks a milestone

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A settlement has been reached in a key lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union against two psychologists involved in designing the CIA's harsh interrogation methods in the war on terror. More>>

Illinois conservative group's cartoon sparks racial clash

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Political cartoon circulated by conservative Illinois think tank with ties to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner triggers accusations of racism and insensitivity in wake of deadly rally attack in Virginia. More>>

Missouri lawmaker posts, deletes Trump assassination comment

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A Missouri lawmaker says she posted and deleted a comment on Facebook saying she hoped for President Donald Trump's assassination. More>>

The Latest: VP Pence thanks Panama's leader for drug fight

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Several dozen protesters are targeting Vice President Mike Pence during his visit to Panama. More>>

Ex-NY governor hopeful who insulted Obamas kicked off board

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A former candidate for New York governor whose insults of Barack and Michelle Obama preceded calls for his ouster from the Buffalo school board has been removed from the post. More>>

Gov: Removing Confederate statues like losing 9/11 memorial

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Maine's Republican governor says taking down statues of Confederate figures is "just like" removing a monument to people who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. More>>

Trump isolation growing as business panels dismantled Video included

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President Donald Trump is defiantly blaming "both sides" for the weekend violence between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators in Virginia and rebuffing the widespread criticism of his handling of the emotionally-charged protests. More>>

Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea

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President Donald Trump's chief strategist says there's no military solution to North Korea's threats and that the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. More>>

In letter to staff, DeVos condemns Charlottesville violence

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After being criticized over a muted response, in a letter to staff, DeVos condemns Charlottesville violence. More>>

The Latest: VP Pence calls Barcelona attack 'horrific'

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President Donald Trump is condemning what Spanish authorities say is a deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona. More>>

Charlottesville violence revives painful past for minorities

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The violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, revived a painful past for minorities and the activists who once led the civil rights movement. More>>

White House: Gov't to make health law payments this month

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The White House says President Donald Trump will make August payments to insurers under the health-care law he wants to repeal and replace. More>>

Democrats plan events to boost support after Charlottesville

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The Democratic National Committee plans more than 160 events across the United States this weekend, aiming to seize on the outrage following last weekend's white supremacist rally in Virginia. More>>

President Trump's ardent backers support him more than ever Video included

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Even as some Republican leaders distance themselves from Trump, his most ardent grassroots supporters still back him. More>>

Trump's first campaign manager joins super PAC backing him

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President Donald Trump's first campaign manager is joining a growing outside political effort dedicated to helping him. More>>

Survey: Citizens of many US allies trust Putin over Trump

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Survey finds Russian President Vladimir Putin is more trusted than President Donald Trump to do the right thing in global affairs by people in numerous major U.S. allies, including Japan, South Korea and seven European NATO members. More>>

Ousted chief justice makes runoff in Alabama Senate race

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Alabama Sen. Luther Strange will face off with Ten Commandments judge Roy Moore in a Republican runoff for the Senate seat that previously belonged to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. More>>

The Latest: White House reacts to Steve Bannon comments Video included

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China has warned "there is no winner in a trade war" after an aide to President Donald Trump advocated a tougher stance toward Beijing in published comments. More>>

Macedonian lawmakers fire top prosecutor over wiretap probe

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Macedonia's left wing-dominated parliament has dismissed the country's top prosecutor, whom the government accused of alleged incompetence and "submissiveness" to the previous administration. More>>

Nobel winner shot for promoting education to study at Oxford

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Education activist Malala Yousafzai has gained a place at the University of Oxford. More>>

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Republican leaders tiptoe around President Donald Trump's extraordinary remarks on white supremacists as the GOP grapples with an escalating political crisis. More>>

Report: Higher premiums if Trump halts 'Obamacare' subsidies

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Congressional Budget Office: Higher premiums, fewer insurance options if Trump halts 'Obamacare' subsidies. More>>

Veterans get expanded college assistance under Trump

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Trump signs legislation that removes 15-year time limit on using GI benefits and increases aid for thousands serving in the National Guard and Reserve. More>>

Young leaders of massive 2014 Hong Kong protests get prison

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A court has overturned sentences that the prosecution said were too light and sent young Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders of huge pro-democracy protests in 2014 to prison. More>>

The Latest: Trump touts Jeff Flake's primary challenger

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President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at a fellow Republican, calling Sen. Lindsey Graham a "publicity seeking" lawmaker. More>>

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The Senate's top Republican is condemning the "messages of hate and bigotry" carried by the KKK and white supremacist groups. More>>

The Latest: Trump disbands business panel as fallout spreads Video included

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A White House official says Hope Hicks, President Donald Trump's longtime aide, will serve temporarily as White House communications director. More>>

Internal FBI surveys show high support for ex-FBI head Comey

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Internal employee surveys show that fired FBI director James Comey was highly respected and trusted within the bureau during his nearly four-year tenure. More>>

Former Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers, a physicist, dies at 83

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Former U.S. Rep. Vern Ehlers, a research physicist who served 17 years representing a district in western Michigan, has died. More>>

Colorado resort won't host anti-immigration conference

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A Colorado resort says it won't host a conference organized by a national anti-immigration group in April following criticism in the wake of violent protests in Charlottesville. More>>

The Latest: Court sends Hong Kong activists to prison

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Hong Kong court sends activist Joshua Wong and two other student leaders to prison in connection with huge pro-democracy protests in 2014. More>>

Scholars say Trump went afoul in lumping Lee with founders

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Many historians say it's far-fetched to place Robert E. Lee and George Washington in the same category the way President Donald Trump has suggested. More>>

Scholars say Trump went afoul in lumping Lee with founders

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Many historians say it's far-fetched to place Robert E. Lee and George Washington in the same category the way President Donald Trump has suggested. More>>

Donald Trump's die-hard supporters show no signs of straying

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Even as some Republican leaders distance themselves from Trump, his most ardent grassroots supporters remain thrilled. More>>

Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea

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President Donald Trump's chief strategist says there's no military solution to North Korea's threats and that the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. More>>

Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea

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President Donald Trump's chief strategist says there's no military solution to North Korea's threats and that the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. More>>

Trump signs bill expanding college assistance for veterans

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President Donald Trump has authorized the largest expansion of college assistance for military veterans in a decade, removing a 15-year time limit on using the benefits. More>>

Pence won't address Trump comments but condemns supremacists

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Vice President Mike Pence's isn't expected to take questions from reporters after meeting with Chile's president _ even though Pence's public schedule had listed a "joint press conference" with Michelle Bachelet (bah-cheh-LET'). More>>

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