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US newsrooms to Trump: We're not enemies of the people

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America's newsrooms are pushing back at President Donald Trump's demonizing of the news media as the "enemy of the people". More>>

Victory offers Muslim candidate new platform to oppose Trump Video included

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The nation's first Somali-American state legislator is poised to set the same historic mark. More>>

'Manafort and his lies' at heart of case, prosecution argues Video included

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Closing arguments set in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial after defense decides not to call any witnesses. More>>

Trump yanks ex-CIA chief's clearance, hitting vocal critic

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President Donald Trump is revoking the security clearance of former Obama administration CIA director John Brennan. More>>

Republicans blast Pearl Jam poster of burning White House

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Republicans are condemning a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump. More>>

Georgia woman facing 'longest sentence' for leaking to media

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Prosecutors say Georgia woman facing the 'longest sentence' ever for leaking to the news media. More>>

Turkey increases tariffs on some US goods, escalating feud

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Turkey is increasing tariffs on imports of series of U.S. products, escalating a feud with the United States that has helped trigger a currency crisis. More>>

Black Americans aren't buying Omarosa's turn against Trump

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Omarosa Manigault Newman's decision to turn on President Donald Trump after being fired isn't buying her much with a black community that mostly dislikes the president and never cared for her yearslong alliance with him. More>>

Democrats avoid abuse allegations against party leader

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Democratic Party Chairman Tom Perez says he's talked to deputy Keith Ellison about domestic abuse allegations that emerged ahead of Ellison winning his party's nomination for Minnesota attorney general. More>>

Mattis says US will work more closely with Argentina

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is pledging closer defense cooperation with Argentina. More>>

Pawlenty loss shows Minnesota GOP's reluctance to coronate

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Minnesota voters have rejected Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty's quest to win back his old job, effectively ending the one-time presidential candidate's political career. More>>

White House says it values diversity, won't disclose numbers

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the White House values diversity, but would not say how many black staffers there are in the West Wing. More>>

Senate study faults government care of migrant children

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A bipartisan Senate report says the government has made only incremental improvements to its troubled efforts to care for thousands of migrant children detained entering the U.S. without their parents. More>>

GOP's McCarthy slams California Democrats, faces heckling

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House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says his home state of California is out of touch with voters on everything from the gas tax increase to long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles. More>>

Nuke talks uncertain, US hits shippers with NKorea sanctions

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The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on three companies it says are helping North Korea with illicit shipments of goods to fund its nuclear program. More>>

Rent control fuels costliest fight on California 2018 ballot

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Los Angeles-based health care nonprofit known for funding controversial ballot measures wages expensive battle with real estate industry over rent control in California. More>>

White House called toxins contamination 'PR nightmare'

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Toxics used in nonstick cookware, fast-food wrappers and much more are turning up in public water systems in dozens of states. More>>

The Latest: Manafort jury deliberations to begin Thursday Video included

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Prosecutors are presenting their closing argument in the financial fraud trial of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. More>>

Educator upsets longtime Wisconsin state lawmaker

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A black woman who campaigned on improving education defeated a longtime Democratic state Rep. Fred Kessler in Tuesday's primary to take his seat representing the northern swath of Milwaukee County. More>>

Moderates are key to defeating Kobach in Kansas

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Democrats in Kansas got the opponent they wanted in Secretary of State Kris Kobach. More>>

Dems pick 'firsts,' GOP goes for Trump fave in primaries Video included

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Democrats in Vermont have nominated the nation's first transgender candidate for governor, one of many firsts from Tuesday's primaries. More>>

Gubernatorial candidate challenges mayor with chicken outfit

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A Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate brought a campaign volunteer in a chicken suit to challenge another contestant to primary debates. More>>

Ex-Trump campaign manager says Bloomberg is 2020 threat

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President Donald Trump's former campaign manager says Democrats need to nominate a Washington outsider to compete in 2020. More>>

The Latest: White House says Turkey treated pastor 'badly'

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Turkish media reports say a Turkish court has rejected an appeal for the release of an American pastor from detention. More>>

WH insists Trump's no racist as he vilifies another minority Video included

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Just like old times: Trump and Omarosa spar over whether he used the N-word, other allegations in her new book. More>>

The Latest: Omarosa tells AP: 'I will not be silenced'

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President Donald Trump is calling his former adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman a "dog.". More>>

Kansas governor concedes, says he will endorse GOP nominee

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Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says he will endorse Republican nominee for governor Kris Kobach after conceding in the state's GOP primary. More>>

White House admits error for false claim on black employment

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In a rare admission of error, the White House has walked back its false claim that President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for African American workers than President Barack Obama. More>>

Vermont nominates 1st US transgender candidate for governor

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Christine Hallquist, the first transgender candidate to win a major-party nomination for governor, will face Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who won his party's nomination to run for a second term. More>>

New Amnesty International leader's 1st move targets Zimbabwe

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New Amnesty International leader's 1st move targets Zimbabwe, 'injustices of the past'. More>>

Governors: Trump directive could hurt effort to save bird

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Some Western governors say a new Trump administration directive threatens to undermine a hard-won compromise aimed at saving a beleaguered bird scattered across their region. More>>

EPA challenged safety of administration mileage freeze

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Internal documents show the Environmental Protection Agency privately questioned the Trump administration's finding that freezing Obama-era mileage standards would make drivers safer. More>>

Wisconsin Senate, governor's races feature Trump backers

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Republican Gov. Scott Walker will have to defeat Wisconsin's top education official to win a third term, while U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin faces a longtime state legislator as she tries to keep the seat under Democratic control. More>>

Defiant as Trump rages, Omarosa says she won't be silenced

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Omarosa remains defiant as Trump rages, says she won't be silenced even in face of legal challenge. More>>

Ex-White House aide says Trump trying to silence her

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Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman says she "will not be silenced" by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss shifted from a war of words to a possible legal battle. More>>

Wisconsin state Sen. Vukmir to take on US Sen. Tammy Baldwin

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The Republican primary for a Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat pits two loyalists to President Donald Trump who agree on most of the issues. More>>

Trump-Omarosa feud rooted in her allegations of racism

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Trump's feud with Omarosa Manigault Newman takes a legal turn even as it remains rooted in accusations of racism. More>>

The Latest: Radinovich wins Minnesota Democrat House primary Video included

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission says no major problems have been reported across the state as voters cast their ballots in the primary. More>>

Ex-Trump aides often find a soft landing for staying quiet

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Trump's political organization often makes a place for displaced White House staffers who agree to keep quiet. More>>

Lavish court spending in poor West Virginia triggers scandal

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In poor West Virginia, a scandal over spending by the state's Supreme Court has triggered a move by one branch of government to essentially fire another. More>>

Primary night: Dems go for diversity, GOP for Trump choices Video included

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'Blue wave' to be tested in Midwestern primaries across Wisconsin and Minnesota. More>>

The Latest: New Mexico defendant in immigration custody

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Prosecutors say children who were found at a ramshackle New Mexico compound were trained to use firearms and learned other tactical techniques as they prepared to get rid of teachers, law enforcement and other institutions that were considered corrupt. More>>

Primaries marked by Democratic diversity, Trump's picks Video included

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Democrats in Vermont have nominated the nation's first transgender candidate for governor, one of many firsts from Tuesday's primaries. More>>

Pawlenty's Minnesota loss caps political career with a thud

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Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's comeback bid fizzled in the Republican primary for his old job, as voters chose County Commissioner Jeff Johnson to face Democratic Rep. Tim Walz in the governor's race. More>>

Somali-American wins Minnesota Democratic US House primary Video included

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Somali-American legislator Ilhan Omar has made history by winning a Democratic congressional primary in a Minneapolis-area district so reliably liberal that her victory is likely her ticket to Congress. More>>

Evers wins Democratic primary, will face Walker Video included

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Wisconsin's primary election will decide which Democrat challenges Republican Gov. Scott Walker this fall and whom Republicans back in a big-money race for U.S. Senate. More>>

Kansas governor concedes GOP primary to secretary of state

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has slightly widened his lead over Gov. Jeff Colyer in the state's Republican primary for governor. More>>

Steil, 'Iron Stache' to face off for Ryan seat in November

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One of House Speaker Paul Ryan's former aides took a giant step Tuesday toward filling his old boss' seat in Congress, winning a Republican primary to advance to the November election against a union ironworker known for his mustache. More>>

Primary night takeaways: Diverse Democrats and Trump wins Video included

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Primary night takeaways: Diverse Democrats win as Trump dominates the GOP. More>>

Nominees for Franken's Minnesota seat reflect #MeToo's rise

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The sudden downfall of Sen. Al Franken amid the rise of the #MeToo movement could set up a two-woman race for his seat, part of an unusual primary featuring both of Minnesota's Senate seats on the same ballot. More>>

Ellison wins Minnesota attorney general Democratic primary Video included

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Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison decided to leave Congress for a chance to make a difference as his state's attorney general, but an ex-girlfriend's late accusation of domestic abuse clouded what had been his race to lose. More>>

No leaks: Cushy job offers for discarded Trump staffers

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President Donald Trump's political operation has made a regular practice of providing soft landing-pads for discarded staffers. More>>

Cubs' Ben Zobrist ejected after lobbying for robo-umps

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Ben Zobrist told plate umpire Phil Cuzzi he would prefer an "electronic strike zone" before being ejected in the eighth inning of the Chicago Cubs' 7-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. More>>

Manafort chooses not to testify as defense rests its case Video included

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Trial of longtime Washington operator Paul Manafort turning from prosecution to his defense team. More>>

Avenatti discusses policy views as he weighs 2020 bid

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Michael Avenatti, the attorney taking on President Donald Trump on behalf of a porn actress, offered some details on his policy views as he weighs an outsider Democratic bid for the White House. More>>

Unaffiliated voters key to outcome of Kansas' GOP primary

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Unaffiliated voters are at the center of an increasingly contentious battle over who won Kansas's GOP primary for governor with a few hundred votes separating the top two contenders. More>>

APNewsBreak: Johnson to make Libertarian bid for Senate seat

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Former Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is campaigning to unseat New Mexico's junior Democratic U.S. senator, seeking political opportunity in the space between Democrats and voters loyal to President Donald Trump. More>>

Jordanian immigrant gets death for Houston 'honor killings'

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A Jordanian immigrant has been sentenced to death in Texas for the fatal shootings of his son-in-law and daughter's best friend in what prosecutors described as honor killings. More>>

Jimmy Carter backs Democrat in Georgia governor's race

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Former President Jimmy Carter joins Barack Obama in backing Democrat Stacey Abrams for Georgia governor; President Donald Trump endorsed Republican Brian Kemp. More>>

Pentagon spokeswoman under inspector general investigation

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U.S. officials say Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' public affairs chief is being investigated after allegations she misused her authority, used her staff for personal business. More>>

Judge jails congressional candidate through election for DUI

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Judge orders Georgia congressional candidate jailed through Election Day after DUI conviction. More>>

Mattis heard gunfire outside his hotel in Rio de Janeiro

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he heard gunfire early Tuesday during his stay in Rio de Janeiro. More>>

Mattis says Taliban's tactics endanger Afghan civilians

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Taliban's usage of civilian homes as fighting positions is forcing Afghan government forces to move slowly in expelling the insurgents from the city of Ghazni. More>>

Mattis: US needs Space Force to counter Russia, China

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is making a pitch to Brazil for building a closer defense partnership with the United States, including in space research. More>>

Secret audio? In Trump world, there's always a tape

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Omarosa's secret tapes not so shocking given that Trump himself, others do it, too. More>>

Gates testimony dredges up Trump inaugural spending mystery

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Paul Manafort's longtime deputy has admitted he embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from his boss _ and that he "possibly" was wrongfully reimbursed by Trump's inaugural committee. More>>

What to Watch: Minn., Wis. primaries test loyalty to Trump

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What to Watch: Primaries test allegiances to Trump as voters go to polls in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Vermont and Connecticut. More>>

The Latest: Closing arguments Wednesday in Manafort trial Video included

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The defense in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's tax and fraud trial has rested its case without calling any witnesses. More>>

Trump warns Cuomo: Anybody who runs against me 'suffers'

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Trump dares Cuomo to challenge him in 2020, warns the Democratic governor of New York that "anybody that runs against Trump suffers". More>>

Times Up gives $750,000 for combatting sexual misconduct

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A fund dedicated to aiding victims of sexual harassment and assault is giving $750,000 in grants to local organizations across the country. More>>

Trump signs bill named for Sen. McCain, doesn't mention him Video included

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President Donald Trump has signed a $716 billion defense policy bill named for Sen. John McCain after giving a speech that didn't reference the ailing senator once. More>>

Activist compares Beijing's rule in Hong Kong to colonialism

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A Hong Kong independence activist decried Beijing's rule as modern-day colonialism in a speech to a foreign journalists' association that defied the Chinese government's demand to cancel the event. More>>

Poland sets Oct 21 as the date for key local elections

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The Polish government announced that a first round of voting in local elections this fall will take place Oct. 21, with a runoff in mayoral races Nov. 4. More>>

Trump's Harley boycott call roils Wisconsin primary

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President Donald Trump's call for a boycott of Harley-Davidson motorcycles forced Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans to either criticize the president or stick with the Milwaukee-based company just ahead the primary. More>>

Reality White House: Trump, Omarosa trade insults, charges

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President Donald Trump lashed out at Omarosa Manigault Newman Monday over book, recordings. More>>

Assaults by Taliban raise questions about US plan for peace

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Taliban's ability to attack is raising questions about US plan for ending war in Afghanistan. More>>

Now with power to long rule China, Xi beset by challenges

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Just months after clearing the way to rule in perpetuity, China's president and ruling Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is beset by a wave of economic, foreign policy and domestic political challenges. More>>

Prosecution rests in Manafort tax evasion and fraud trial Video included

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A bank executive says he found several red flags with Paul Manafort's finances while the former Trump campaign chairman was being considered for $16.5 million in bank loans. More>>

Rival Korea leaders to meet in Pyongyang in September

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The rival Koreas have begun high-level talks to set the date and the venue for a third summit between their leaders. More>>

FBI fires Peter Strzok in wake of anti-Trump text messages

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The FBI has fired a longtime agent who once worked on special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation after he sent text messages criticizing President Donald Trump to a colleague. More>>

14-year-old boy uses legal quirk to run for Vermont governor

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One of the four Vermont Democrats seeking the party nomination to run for governor in the fall election isn't old enough to vote, let alone drive, but that isn't stopping him from running. More>>

Trump warns Cuomo: Anybody who runs against me 'suffers'

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President Donald Trump is claiming that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called and told him that he wouldn't challenge him for the presidency. More>>

State probe finds immigrant teens not currently being abused

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APNewsBreak: Virginia investigators find no evidence of abuse at a detention facility after immigrant teens described being strapped to chairs with mesh bags with their heads covered. More>>

Taliban offensive exposes fragile US hopes for Afghan peace

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A year after the Trump administration introduced its strategy for Afghanistan, the Taliban are asserting themselves on the battlefield even as U.S. officials talk up hopes for peace. More>>

Marco Rubio's next act won't include another run vs. Trump

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After flaming out in the GOP presidential primary _ and enduring rival Donald Trump's taunts along the way _ Marco Rubio is entering his next act in politics. More>>

The Latest: Trump denies using racial slur on tapes

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Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman is releasing an audio recording of a conversation she says she had with President Donald Trump after she was fired from the White House. More>>

Kansas GOP governor candidates dig in for long ballot fight

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County election officials across Kansas will begin reviewing provisional ballots from last week's primary to arrive at final official vote totals in the tight Republican race for governor. More>>

Democrat Schrier advances in Washington's 8th District

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Democrat Kim Schrier has advanced in Washington's 8th District Congressional primary, seeking to be the first member of her party to ever win the seat. More>>

Fox News to White House: Bill Shine is Trump's new image man

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Shifting from Fox News to the White House, Bill Shine takes on task of protecting Trump's image. More>>

Appeals court tells EPA to stop sales of harmful pesticide

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The Environmental Protection Agency has been ordered to stop sales of a widely used pesticide within two months. More>>

Trump, Omarosa trade insults, charges; reality TV rerun?

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Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman is drawing fire from President Donald Trump's allies and national security experts for admitting that she secretly recorded her firing by chief of staff John Kelly in the high-security Situation Room. More>>

Reports of election site hacking rankle Florida officials

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It may be child's play or signs of serious security problems, but either way Florida election officials are pushing back against reports that an 11-year-old hacked a replica of the state's election website. More>>

Democrats look to longshot territory for midterm gains

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Democrats look to longshot territory for midterm gains. More>>

The Latest: Trump asks if firing means end to Russia probe

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President Donald Trump is questioning whether special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and Trump's presidential campaign will be dropped now that the FBI has fired one of Mueller's former investigators. More>>

Democrats ramp up political push to win in GOP-heavy Arizona

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The blue wave that Democrats hope will crash into Arizona this November is creeping up in community centers, library auditoriums and churches this summer. More>>

Collins' exit prompts GOP scramble, ballot questions

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Congressman Chris Collins' decision not to seek re-election following an arrest on insider trading charges is prompting questions about how to remove the Republican's name from the November ballot _ and touching off a GOP scramble to replace him. More>>

Charlottesville anniversary: Peaceful protests, few arrests

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Events to mark the anniversary of the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, were largely peaceful, with police making just a handful of arrests. More>>

Woman behind Ellison allegations won't release alleged video

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The woman who accused Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of once physically abusing her says she won't release alleged video footage of the incident. More>>

The Latest: Manafort judge closes court for sealed motion Video included

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A Chicago-based bank lost $11.8 million because it had to write off a significant portion of two loans it made to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. More>>

GOP congressman from New York charged with insider trading Video included

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Republican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of New York has been indicted on securities fraud charges. More>>

Trump tweet jabs Kasich; Ohio governor posts laughing Putin

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President Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are trading jabs on Twitter days after a special congressional election the two Republicans tried to influence ended too close to call. More>>

Omarosa says she secretly taped her firing, plays audio

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Former presidential adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman says she secretly taped her firing by White House chief of staff John Kelly in the Situation Room. More>>

Ellison denies abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend

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An ex-girlfriend of Rep. Keith Ellison says the Minnesota Democrat emotionally and physically abused her, allegations that Ellison denies. More>>

From Ailes to Trump: Meet Bill Shine, Trump's new image man

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From Ailes to Trump: Meet Bill Shine, Trump's new image man. More>>

Israel protests to Romania after tourists beaten by police

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Israel's embassy has protested an incident involving four Israeli tourists who were dragged out of a taxi and beaten during a recent protest that degenerated into violence. More>>

Newest US sanctions against Russia hit an economic nerve

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Hitting an economic nerve: Newest US sanctions get a rise out of Russia, a drop in the ruble. More>>

Pentagon chief Mattis defends his reversal on Space Force

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U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he's satisfied that creating a Space Force as a separate military service is the right way to reorganize the Pentagon's approach to space. More>>

Education advocate aiming to unseat longtime Alaska rep

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Alaska education advocate Alyse Galvin is among the wave of women candidates hoping to be elected to the U.S. House this fall. More>>

The Latest: 1 arrest made in DC in Charlottesville protests

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The police chief in Washington, D.C., says one person was arrested after a chaotic day of protests and counterprotests centered around a white nationalist rally in front of the White House. More>>

Wildfire victims among those stung by Trump's trade war

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President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported construction materials are making it more expensive to rebuild homes lost to wildfires and other natural disasters. More>>

Steve Bannon weighs in on UK burqa debate, Boris Johnson

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Republican strategist Steve Bannon has weighed into Britain's burqa debate, defending former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson's comments that women who wear face-covering veils look like "letter boxes" and "bank robbers.". More>>

Malians vote in presidential runoff amid attacks, threats

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Malians are voting in a second round presidential election between incumbent Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and opposition leader Soumaila Cisse. More>>

Rain pouring, Trump rages on Twitter and hangs with bikers

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Trump rages on Twitter as rain dumped on his New Jersey golf club ahead of a "Bikers for Trump" gathering. More>>

Against all odds: Democrats pour money into longshot races

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Donors pouring money into the November midterm elections are putting cash into races in places they never have before to help Democrats. More>>

Ige wins Hawaii Democratic governor primary

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Hawaii voters head to the polls this weekend for a primary election that will most likely settle the outcome of this year's major races. More>>

The Latest: White House blasts Omarosa for recording talks

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The White House is blasting former staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman for secretly recording a conversation with chief of staff John Kelly in the high-security Situation Room. More>>

Pence outlines US Space Force plan for 'next battlefield'

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Vice President Mike Pence says the time has come to establish a new United States Space Force to ensure America's dominance in space amid heightened completion and threats from China and Russia. More>>

The Latest: Ron Curtis wins Hawaii GOP nod for US Senate

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Former Congressman Ed Case says he believes his message that politicians in Washington need to work together resonated with voters. More>>

Russia: Hunger-striking filmmaker's health satisfactory

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Russia's prison system is contradicting claims about the worsening condition of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned on a terrorism conviction who has been on a hunger strike for 90 days. More>>

Blast in northern Syria kills at least 36; cause unclear

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Syrian activists say explosion in village near Turkish border kills at least 18, collapses building. More>>

Vote counting in Kansas GOP primary race enters final stage

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County election officials across Kansas are preparing to begin reviewing questionable mail-in ballots and provisional ballots to arrive at final official vote totals in the hotly contested Republican primary for governor. More>>

GOP uncertain as Rep. Chris Collins ends re-election bid

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Republican U.S. Rep Chris Collins says he will no longer run for re-election after being charged with insider trading. More>>

Trump praises Kanye West after Kimmel appearance

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Kanye West was silent when it comes to whether he thinks President Donald Trump cares for black people. More>>

US ambassador urges UK to back Trump on Iran nuke deal

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The U.S. ambassador in London is urging Britain to back President Donald Trump in pulling out of the Iran nuclear agreement, saying a united front is the best way to persuade Tehran to change course. More>>

Ex-congressman wins Hawaii Democratic primary for US House

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Former Congressman Ed Case is the Democratic Party's nominee to represent Honolulu in the U.S. House. More>>

New US sanctions could pitch Russia relations to new low

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While the first wave of new US sanctions may have a limited impact on Russia, a second batch could hit its economy hard and send already tense relations into a tailspin. More>>

In wake of critical book, Trump calls Omarosa 'a lowlife'

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Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman says in a new book that she didn't want to believe President Donald Trump was racist but saw it with her own eyes. More>>

The Latest: Death toll from Syria blast climbs to 36

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Syrian opposition activists say a mysterious blast in the country's north has killed at least 36 people, including children. More>>

Memo shows Kavanaugh resisted indicting a sitting president

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Newly released documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time on the Ken Starr team investigating Bill Clinton reveal his resistance to issuing an indictment of a sitting president. More>>

The Latest: In wake of book, Trump calls Omarosa 'a lowlife'

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Trump calls former White House staffer and fellow reality-TV star Omarosa Manigault Newman 'a lowlife'. More>>

Wisconsin Democrats crowd in for chance to challenge Walker

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Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker has warned for months about a "blue wave" this fall, and Tuesday's primary will settle which Democrat tries to ride it. More>>

AP analysis finds Democratic voters hold an enthusiasm edge

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An Associated Press analysis has found that Democratic voters were more enthusiastic than Republicans in nearly a dozen federal special elections since Donald Trump took office. More>>

Serving on corporate board while in Congress? That could end

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Congressman Chris Collins' indictment on insider trading charges is drawing attention to the fact that members of Congress are not prohibited from serving on corporate boards as long as they don't receive compensation for doing so. More>>

Tense confrontation amid peaceful vigils in Charlottesville

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The city of Charlottesville marked the anniversary of last summer's white supremacist violence that sent ripples through the country with largely peaceful vigils, but police had a brief confrontation with students angry over their heavy presence. More>>

Tense confrontation amid peaceful vigils in Charlottesville

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Police are blocking off streets and mobilizing hundreds of officers for the anniversary of a deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, alarming activists who plan to rally against the hatred that shocked the nation. More>>

Count of last Kansas governor primary ballots to stretch out

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The counting of the last ballots in the tight and contentious Republican primary for Kansas governor will stretch out over the next week and still might not settle the race. More>>

Avenatti pitch in Iowa: 'When they go low ... we hit harder'

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The self-styled provocateur taking on Donald Trump for porn actress Stormy Daniels has brought his presidential pitch to Iowa, telling Democrats: "When they go low, I say we hit harder.". More>>

Russian PM strongly warns US against ramping up sanctions

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The Russian prime minister has sternly warned the United States against ramping up sanctions, warning that Russia will strike back with economic, political and "other" means. More>>

Romanian expats stage huge anti-govt protest in Bucharest

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Romanians who live abroad have begun an anti-government protest in Bucharest, urging the left-wing government to resign and call an early election. More>>

Trump, at golf club, intent on projecting he's hard at work

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President Donald Trump may be spending time at his golf club in New Jersey, but he wants you to know it's not a vacation. More>>

Newspaper calls for war of words against Trump media attacks

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A Boston newspaper is calling for a coordinated editorial response to President Donald Trump's frequent attacks on the news media. More>>

Little-known Democratic 2020 hopefuls make early Iowa visits

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In Iowa, the dozen or so little-known Democrats who have begun visiting the early presidential nominating state sometimes go unrecognized while the party's stars and rising national figures stay away for now to focus on midterms. More>>

Ethics panel warns lawmakers against product endorsements

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The House Ethics Committee is updating its guidance against lawmakers advertising or endorsing products in which they have a financial interest. More>>

Banker: Chairman OK'd Manafort loans, eyed Trump cabinet job

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Prosecutors in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial say they expect to rest their case on Friday. More>>

Zimbabwe's opposition challenges election results in court

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Zimbabwe's main opposition party challenges results of 1st post-Mugabe election in court. More>>

Washington US House race likely to feature 2 Democrats

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Democrat Kim Schrier is maintaining her lead for the second spot in Washington's 8th District Congressional primary election. More>>

Kobach's take-no-prisoners style at forefront in Kansas race

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Secretaries of state from middle America aren't generally household names. Kansas' Kris Kobach is the exception. More>>

Kobach steps away from duties in contested Kansas vote count

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An aide to Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says Secretary of State Kris Kobach's promise to remove himself from further counting in their contested Republican primary race is not enough. More>>

Roger Stone associate held in contempt in Russia probe

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An associate of Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone has been held in contempt of court for refusing to appear before a grand jury in the special counsel's Russia investigation. More>>

Lesser-known Democrats seek breakthrough in Iowa

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Lesser-known Democrats seek breakthrough in Iowa, while the party's stars and rising national figures stay away for now. More>>

AP Analysis: On enthusiasm, Democrats have advantage

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An Associated Press analysis finds Democrats with a consistent enthusiasm advantage with nearly a dozen federal special elections now concluded ahead of the November midterms. More>>

President Trump's summer getaway: Don't call it a vacation

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President Donald Trump is spending his summer vacation _ wait, don't call it "vacation" _ at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. More>>

Kavanaugh in memo argued against indicting sitting president

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Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to begin Sept. 4, Senate chairman says. More>>

In Iowa, Stormy Daniels' lawyer says Democrats must fight

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Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for the porn actress taking on President Donald Trump, is taking his message to Iowa Democrats. More>>

Some of ex-Pennsylvania congressman's convictions tossed

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A federal appeals court has overturned an ex-Pennsylvania congressman's bribery convictions but has let stand numerous other counts. More>>

In book, Omarosa says Trump is a bigot, behaved 'like a dog'

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The White House is slamming a new book by ex-staffer Omarosa Manigault-Newman, calling her "a disgruntled former White House employee.". More>>

CIA cables detail interrogation at base run by CIA director

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Newly declassified documents released Friday offer more detail how an accused al-Qaida operative was stripped naked, repeatedly slammed against walls, waterboarded at a covert detention site that CIA Director Gina Haspel briefly oversaw after 9/11. More>>

Millions in limbo as nativist anger roils Indian state

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Thousands of people left off a draft list of Indian citizens are preparing to file appeals across the northeastern state of Assam, wading into a process that many fear could lead to detention or expulsion. More>>

Speech group: @realDonaldTrump still blocking Twitter foes

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A free speech group says President Donald Trump is still blocking dozens of people from his Twitter account despite a court's ruling that doing so violates the First Amendment. More>>

The Latest: Omarosa calls Trump a bigot in upcoming book

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Former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman claims in a new book that she saw President Donald Trump behave "like a dog off the leash" at Mar-a-Lago events without his wife, first lady Melania Trump. More>>

The Latest: Memo shows Kavanaugh opposed indicting president

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New documents have been released from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time on the Kenneth Starr team investigating Bill Clinton that reveal his resistance to issuing an indictment of a sitting president. More>>

Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

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Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua as government cracks down on unrest. More>>

St. Louis DA victory latest for Black Lives Matter movement

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Ouster of veteran St. Louis prosecutor latest victory for Black Lives Matter voters, activists focused on the ballot. More>>

Florida Gov. wants proof from Sen. Nelson over hacking claim

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is demanding that U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson provide proof to back up his statement that Russian operatives have penetrated some of his state's election systems. More>>

The Latest: Manafort prosecutors expect to rest case Monday

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Prosecutors in Paul Manafort's financial fraud trial say they expect to rest their case on Friday. More>>

DeVos proposes another rollback on for-profit college rules

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The Trump administration plans to roll back another major Obama-era rule that was created to police the for-profit college industry. More>>

Secretly handmade for CIA: Pottery from Poland

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It was secret handiwork done for the CIA by experts in Poland: painted tableware with the intelligence agency's logo. More>>

Trump says protesting NFL players should 'be cool!'

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President Donald Trump is once again lashing out at football players who refuse to stand for the National Anthem in protest of racism and police brutality, claiming that "most of them are unable to define" what they're demonstrating against. More>>

DC's police and protesters prepare for white nationalists

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Government and police officials in the nation's capital say they are confident the city can manage to host this weekend's planned white nationalist rally without violence. More>>

Granite marking Trump's New Hampshire primary win smashed

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First his Hollywood star, now his New Hampshire granite. More>>

Primary settles most races in Democrat dominated Hawaii

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Hawaii voters head to the polls this weekend for a primary election that will most likely settle the outcome of this year's major races. More>>

Serving on corporate board while in Congress? That could end

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Congressman Chris Collins' indictment on insider trading charges is drawing attention to the fact that members of Congress are not prohibited from serving on corporate boards as long as they don't receive compensation for doing so. More>>

Soccer activist says political rhetoric stirs racist chants

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In the struggle to eradicate discrimination from soccer, so much still frustrates the man at the forefront in England. More>>

US judge halts deportation, threatens Sessions with contempt

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A federal judge halts a deportation in progress and threatens to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt if the mother and daughter aren't returned to the U.S. More>>

Abortion activists vow to press fight despite Argentina loss

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Argentina's Senate has rejected a bill to legalize elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy _ an issue that bitterly divides the homeland of Pope Francis. More>>

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