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Charges, insults fly after Trump aide assails congresswoman

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White House chief of staff John Kelly denounces Rep. Wilson, defends Trump's phone call to soldier's widow. More>>

Q&A on the GOP effort to overhaul the nation's tax system

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Divided Republicans in Congress are tackling an ambitious overhaul of the nation's tax system that would deeply cut levies for corporations and double the standard deduction used by most average Americans. More>>

Bannon faults George W. Bush for 'destructive' presidency

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Former White House adviser Steve Bannon brings pro-Trump message of Republican revolt to Democratic California. More>>

Trump: Considering Powell and Taylor for Fed's top 2 posts

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Trump opens door to dual Federal Reserve appointments of Powell and Taylor. More>>

Top Dems nix White House demands to alter health care deal

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Top Senate Democrats are rejecting White House demands to change the bipartisan compromise aimed at steadying unsettled insurance markets. More>>

Breaking tradition, former presidents sparring with Trump

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Former presidents are shedding a traditional reluctance to criticize their successors, unleashing pointed attacks on the Trump White House and the commander in chief. More>>

Appeals court takes early look at lawsuits in DACA cases

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A federal appeals will get an early look at President Trump's decision to end a program protecting some young immigrants from deportation. More>>

DC court blocks for now immigrant teen's access to abortion

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A federal appeals court in Washington is wrestling with whether the government should be required to allow a pregnant 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children obtain an abortion. More>>

Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget Video included

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Republicans must shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump's sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they've muscled through the Senate to lay the groundwork for the first tax overhaul in three decades. More>>

The Latest: Bannon bashes GW Bush at California GOP meeting

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Former White House adviser Steve Bannon says there has not been a more destructive presidency than George W. Bush's. More>>

Uninsured rate up to 12.3 percent amid "Obamacare" turmoil

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Gallup-Sharecare survey: US uninsured up 3.5M this year; expected to rise. More>>

Questions and answers on proposed ban on laptops in luggage

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The US is looking to ban laptops from checked bags on international flights. Questions and answers on the proposal. More>>

Vegas shooting doesn't change opinions on guns: AP-NORC poll

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A new poll shows a majority of Americans want tighter gun laws, but the country is divided on what the impact would be. More>>

White House: No required sentences in military justice cases

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The White House says a military justice case must be "resolved on its own facts" after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl argued that President Donald Trump's criticism prevented him from receiving a fair sentence. More>>

Trump: UN has 'tremendous potential' under new leadership

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President Donald Trump says in a meeting with the UN chief that the world organization has 'tremendous potential'. More>>

The Latest: White House defends Kelly in fight over war dead

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A Florida congresswoman says White House chief of staff John Kelly lied when he said she took credit two years ago for securing funding for an FBI field office in south Florida. More>>

Senators press Pruitt for concessions on biofuels mandate

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The head of the Environmental Protection Agency is looking to make peace on biofuels standards with senators from big corn-growing states who could upend President Donald Trump's nominees for important EPA jobs. More>>

Arctic refuge drilling closer as Senate moves to open site

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Congress is a step closer to opening Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling. More>>

The Latest: Ryan says GOP working on 4th tax bracket

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President Donald Trump hailed the vote as "Great news" in a post-midnight tweet, calling it a "first step toward delivering MASSIVE tax cuts for the American people.". More>>

John McCain memoir, 'The Restless Wave,' coming in April

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An upcoming memoir from Sen. John McCain has taken on new meaning since he first agreed to write it. More>>

Budget deficit hits $666B, an $80B spike for the year

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The Trump administration says the federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed budget year, an $80 billion spike that comes as Republicans controlling Washington are moving quickly to draft a $1.5 trillion rewrite of the tax code. More>>

Top Democrat: WH won't ID employees who used private email

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The White House counsel's office is refusing to tell a committee on Capitol Hill which presidential aides used private email accounts for public business. More>>

Report: 152 Afghan trainees have gone AWOL in US since 2005

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U.S. investigators say at least 152 Afghans sent to the United States for military training during the course of the war against the Taliban have gone AWOL. More>>

Dems struggle to avoid discord for unified counter to Trump

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Democrats are still searching for a standard-bearer and a crisp message to corral widespread opposition to an unpopular president and a Republican-led Congress. More>>

Q&A: New health bill offers stability, respite on premiums

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Q&A: Bipartisan health care bill offers stability for markets; potential respite for consumers on premium hikes. More>>

US says 2 more American victims confirmed in Cuba attacks

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The United States says two more government workers are confirmed victims in the unexplained Cuba attacks. More>>

The Latest: DC appeals court blocks teen's abortion access

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A Washington appeals court is blocking for now an abortion sought by a 17-year-old being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children. More>>

Senate panel delays hearing with Trump's personal lawyer

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The Senate intelligence committee has postponed an open hearing with President Donald Trump's personal lawyer. More>>

Russian-Israeli citizen extradited in money laundering plot

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A dual citizen of Israel and Russia has been extradited to the United States to face charges in a money laundering case. More>>

Clinton to campaign for Democrat seeking to succeed Christie

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Hillary Clinton will campaign for New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy days after former President Barack Obama campaigned for him. More>>

Mine safety nomination follows history as coal executive

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The retired coal company executive from West Virginia tapped to oversee U.S. mining safety says his first priority is preventing people from getting hurt and that he replaced the managers of a mine plagued by safety violations where a miner died. More>>

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

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NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week. More>>

Prominent chefs oppose baker in major gay rights case

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Prominent chefs, bakers and restaurant owners want the Supreme Court to rule against a Colorado baker who wouldn't make a cake for a same-sex couple's wedding. More>>

Pelosi says she must remain as leader so a woman is at table

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says she must remain in her leadership position because there has to be a woman at the table. More>>

Dems rebuff effort urging Sanders, King to switch party

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The independent status of Sens. Bernie Sanders and Angus King is just fine with Democrats. More>>

No Go: Pokemon-costumed man arrested after White House jump

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A Kentucky man dressed as a Pokemon character is accused of trying to jump the White House fence _ all in the name of making a buzzy YouTube video. More>>

Ex-Salvadoran official asks Supreme Court to bar extradition

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A former high-ranking El Salvadoran official is asking the Supreme Court to block his extradition to Spain. More>>

California billionaire launches ads urging Trump impeachment

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California billionaire Tom Steyer is dumping at least $10 million into a national advertising campaign calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment. More>>

UN panel urges China to release and compensate 3 activists

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A group of independent experts appointed by the U.N.'s main human rights body say China's government has wrongly held three activists, calling for them to be released and compensated for the injustice. More>>

First lady donates inaugural gown to Smithsonian

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First lady Melania Trump has officially donated her inaugural gown to the First Ladies Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. More>>

Judge won't throw out ruling explaining Arpaio's conviction

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The judge in former Sheriff Joe Arpaio's now-pardoned criminal case has refused a request to throw out a blistering ruling that explained her reasoning in finding the lawman guilty of a crime. More>>

Trump's border wall models take shape in San Diego

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The last two of eight prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed border wall are taking shape at a construction site in San Diego. More>>

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrongly blames terror for UK crime jump

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An AP Fact Check finds U.S. President Donald Trump erred by suggesting in a tweet that a 13 percent increase in crime in the United Kingdom is linked to terrorism. More>>

Senators push for more online transparency in elections

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Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Thursday what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S. elections. More>>

Draft GOP bill seeks more constraints on Iran's nuke program

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Draft Republican legislation proposes to cement in U.S. law new and precise constraints on Iran's nuclear program that if violated could trigger the automatic reinstatement of American sanctions against Tehran. More>>

Trump blames 'radical Islam' for uptick in crime in Britain

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President Donald Trump is misrepresenting a report on British crime statistics by tying the uptick to "Radical Islamic terror.". More>>

Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger Video included

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Members of Congress are demanding answers two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. More>>

NATO leaders set to meet July 11-12, 2018 in Brussels

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NATO says that U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with his counterparts in the military alliance for a summit in Brussels next July. More>>

Plenty of bereaved military families did not hear from Trump Video included

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Some families of the fallen got solace from Trump, some got silence. One got an offer of cash. More>>

Obama tells Democrats to reject politics of division, fear

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Former President Barack Obama is returning to the campaign trail to stump for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia as they gear up for next month's elections. More>>

Trump thrusts Kelly's private tragedy into public spotlight

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President Donald Trump's political brawl over his role as consoler-in-chief is a remarkable contrast with his Memorial Day tribute to U.S. personnel lost to war. More>>

Evoking slain son, Kelly defends Trump on condolence calls Video included

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President Donald Trump strongly rejected the claim Wednesday that was he was disrespectful to the grieving family of a slain Army sergeant. More>>

Senate GOP backs budget, clears way for tax overhaul

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Republicans must shift their focus to enacting President Donald Trump's sweeping tax plan, a far heavier lift than the $4 trillion budget plan they've muscled through the Senate. More>>

Russia's Lavrov warns one-sided changes could sink Iran deal

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Russia's foreign minister says the landmark Iran nuclear deal can be amended only as long as his country and other signatories agree to proposed changes. More>>

Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator

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President Donald Trump keeps kicking major policy issues over to Congress, but proves an erratic partner. More>>

Pentagon faces demands for details on deadly attack in Niger Video included

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The Trump administration has no answers to key questions nearly two weeks after an ambush in Niger killed four U.S. soldiers. More>>

Bipartisan plan to curb health premiums gets strong support

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Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin is criticizing Donald Trump's response to a bipartisan health deal in the Senate, saying it's best for the president to take a consistent position, 'and let's face it, he's not been particularly consistent here.'. More>>

Senate backs GOP budget in step forward for tax revamp

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Senate Republicans seem to be on cruise control to pass a $4 trillion budget plan that shelves GOP deficit concerns in favor of the party's drive to cut taxes. More>>

Collins: Trump should back effort to resume health subsidy

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A key moderate Republican is urging President Donald Trump to support a bipartisan Senate effort to reinstate insurer payments. More>>

Russia's Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin has warned the U.S. against driving North Korea into a corner. More>>

CIA head: NKorea months from perfecting nuclear capabilities

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo says North Korea is months away from perfecting its nuclear weapons capabilities. More>>

Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance

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How's that? Trump's health subsidy shutdown could lead to free insurance, experts say. More>>

The Latest: Senate passes $4 trillion budget blueprint

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President Donald Trump is rooting for fellow Senate Republicans to succeed in efforts to pass a massive $4.1 trillion budget plan. More>>

Trump on his Puerto Rico response: 'I'd say it was a 10'

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President Donald Trump is welcoming Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello to the White House. More>>

Jury picked in murder case that stoked immigration debate

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After being asked detailed questions about their views on Latinos, immigration and guns, a jury has been selected for the murder trial of the man who fatally shot Kate Steinle. More>>

House panel: 15 Trump agencies yet to provide travel costs

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A House committee is demanding that 15 federal agencies fully account for senior officials' travel following reports of costly plane travel by Trump Cabinet secretaries. More>>

Venezuela opposition claims evidence of tampered vote count

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Venezuela's opposition is presenting the first hard evidence of a possible tampered ballot count in Sunday's contested gubernatorial elections. More>>

US tourist fears he was hit in Cuba, years before diplomats Video included

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Chris Allen's mysterious illness on a private 2014 visit to Havana illustrates how profoundly damaging the Cuba mystery has been for two long-estranged neighbors that only recently sought to patch up their relationship. More>>

Bipartisan Senate bill aims to prevent Western wildfires

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As wildfires rage across California and the West, a bipartisan group of senators is seeking to help rural communities better prepare for and prevent catastrophic wildfires. More>>

Sons of slain journalist call for Malta leader's resignation

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The sons of slain investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia are calling for the prime minister's resignation, saying in a Facebook post that he should show political responsibility for "failing to uphold our fundamental freedoms.''. More>>

The Latest: 2 senators formally propose health deal

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Two leading senators have formally proposed their bipartisan compromise for steadying health insurance markets. More>>

Bush condemns Trump-era America: 'Bigotry seems emboldened'

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President Donald Trump's chief envoy to the United Nations is describing Russian interference in the 2016 election as "warfare". More>>

EPA orders more repairs at Texas toxic site following Harvey

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The companies responsible for cleaning up a Superfund site outside Houston say a new sampling shows no evidence that highly contaminated sediments washed away during Hurricane Harvey. More>>

Deported Mexican man drops lawsuit against US over removal

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An immigrant who had been shielded from deportation but was sent back to Mexico has dropped his lawsuit against the Trump administration. More>>

Dog loses love of bomb sniffing, booted from CIA

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The CIA says young detector dog Lulu lost her love of sniffing out bombs and has returned to civilian life. More>>

Thousands eligible for DACA renewals failed to apply in time

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Thousands of young immigrants eligible for renewed protections from deportation did not submit their status renewal applications in time. More>>

AP source: Trump calls GOP senators to offer support

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A Senate Republican aide says President Donald Trump has called three Republican senators targeted by his former top adviser Steve Bannon and offered his support for their re-election efforts. More>>

Company seeks to build island off Alaska for Arctic drilling

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The federal government is collecting public comment on a proposal to drill in Arctic waters from an artificial island. More>>

Dem divisions in California complicate party hopes for gains

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Democratic divisions in California complicate the party's hope for gains in next year's midterm elections. More>>

Senate panel votes for nominee opposed by black lawmakers

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has narrowly voted for the nomination of a North Carolina attorney to fill the nation's longest judicial vacancy. More>>

House, Senate intel committees receive briefing from Google

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Tech giant Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media. More>>

Trump to meet with GOP senators at US Capitol next week

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President Donald Trump is heading to the US Capitol next week. More>>

Mississippi senator back at work, faces questions on health

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Longtime Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, frail and speaking softly, is back to work in Washington after a health setback. More>>

GOP US Rep. Tiberi to resign by January, lead business group

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A senior Republican congressman from Ohio is resigning his seat to take the helm of a business policy group back home. More>>

Chelsea Handler ending Netflix show to focus on activism

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Chelsea Handler says she is ending her weekly Netflix talk show after two seasons in order to focus on political activism. More>>

Twitter vows new crackdown on hateful, abusive tweets

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Twitter vowed to crack down further on hate speech and sexual harassment on its platform, days after CEO Jack Dorsey said in a tweet-storm that the company was "still" not doing enough to protect its users. More>>

CIA chief says US needs Pakistan help on Taliban safe havens

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo says the U.S. is going to do everything it can to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan. More>>

The Latest: Putin: Trump's foes have blocked his agenda

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President Vladimir Putin says Russia will adhere to a landmark Cold War-era arms control treaty for as long as the U.S. sticks to it. More>>

The Latest: Governors urge Congress to back health subsidies

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Sen. Lamar Alexander says President Donald Trump called him Wednesday "to be encouraging" of bipartisan efforts to come up with a plan to stabilize health insurance premiums after Trump stopped them. More>>

UN chief to hold talks with Trump at White House on Friday

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The United Nations says Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will hold talks at the White House Friday with President Donald Trump, and one issue certain to be on the agenda will be reform of the world organization which the US leader has been pressing. More>>

Dem divisions in California complicate party hopes for gains

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Democratic divisions in California complicate the party's hope for gains in next year's midterm elections. More>>

Senators criticize White House as cyber adviser is no-show

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Senators are criticizing the Trump White House for not allowing its senior cybersecurity adviser to testify before the Armed Services Committee. More>>

Judge orders government to allow abortion for immigrant teen

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A judge has ordered the federal government to allow a pregnant 17-year old immigrant who entered the country illegally to undergo an abortion. More>>

Trump says Comey knew he was going to exonerate Clinton

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President Donald Trump is again tweeting about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation. More>>

Rights group chides Poland for 'harassment' of protesters

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Amnesty International has issued a report alleging that Poland's authorities have used surveillance, prosecutions and harassment _ and excessive force in rare cases _ against peaceful anti-government protesters since 2016. More>>

2 arrested in northern Greece on Macedonian wiretap charges

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Greek authorities say they have arrested two men at an airport in northern Greece who are wanted in neighboring Macedonia on charges related to an illegal wiretapping scandal. More>>

Excerpts from letters written by a young Barack Obama

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Excerpts written by a young Barack Obama to a girlfriend as released by Emory University. More>>

Trump weighs in on 'fake' dossier on his alleged Russia ties

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President Donald Trump is questioning what he says is a "fake" dossier of allegations about his connections to Russia. More>>

Trump has no plans now to visit California wildfire damage

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President Donald Trump has made four visits to hurricane zones in recent weeks but he isn't rushing to survey the damage from California's wildfires. More>>

Sessions defends Comey firing, dodges questions on Trump

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee for questioning about his oversight of the Justice Department. Wednesday's hearing is Sessions' first appearance before the committee since his January confirmation. More>>

Office supply glitch? How Chad wound up on travel ban list

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Office supply glitch? Lack of passport paper contributed to Chad's inclusion on Trump's travel ban list. More>>

Trump cries foul on judges, but he's ahead of Obama

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President Donald Trump says Democrats are holding up his judicial nominees, but almost nine months into his presidency he has had more judges confirmed than all but one recent president. More>>

Solace or silence? Not all families of fallen get Trump call Video included

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More than a half-dozen people whose relatives died in military service since Donald Trump became president say they never got a call from him. More>>

GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance

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A bipartisan Senate deal to curb the growth of health insurance premiums is on shaky ground. More>>

Under fire, Trump defends call to soldier's grieving family Video included

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Trump and the new politics of honoring families of the fallen. More>>

Corporations to keep tax break lost by millions of Americans

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Millions of Americans would lose a prized tax break under President Donald Trump's sweeping revamp of the tax code, but corporations would get to keep it. More>>

Tillerson seeks stronger ties with India, chides China

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is calling for the U.S. and India to expand strategic ties. More>>

Letters from young Obama show a man trying to find his way

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Emory University officials say letters from a young Barack Obama to a girlfriend show a young man trying to figure out his place in the world. More>>

The Latest: Trump denies disrespecting grieving family Video included

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President Donald Trump is continuing to reject a Florida congresswoman's account that he told the widow of a soldier killed in an ambush in Niger that her husband "knew what he signed up for.". More>>

Letters from young Obama show a man trying to find his way

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Emory University officials say letters from a young Barack Obama to a girlfriend show a young man trying to figure out his place in the world. More>>

Trump has no immediate plans to visit Calif. wildfire damage

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President Donald Trump has made four visits to hurricane zones in recent weeks but he isn't rushing to survey the damage from California's wildfires. More>>

Are insurers 'enriched' by Obama health law, as Trump says?

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Are insurers 'enriched' by Obama health law, as Trump says?. More>>

Former Trump campaign manager meets with Senate intel

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President Donald Trump's former campaign manager has met with the Senate intelligence panel amid its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. More>>

Democrats slam GOP budget on taxes, health care cuts

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Senate Democrats are targeting Republicans on taxes and health care cuts, seeking to inflict political pain as the Senate moves ahead on a $4 trillion budget blueprint that's a crucial step in the GOP's drive to rewrite the tax code. More>>

Obama to campaign in NJ, Virginia governor races Video included

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Former President Barack Obama returning to political life as he campaigns in New Jersey and Virginia for Democratic gubernatorial candidates. More>>

Melania Trump to donate inaugural ball gown to Smithsonian

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Melania Trump is donating her ivory silk off-the-shoulder inaugural ball gown to the First Ladies' Collection at the Smithsonian Institution at a ceremony on Friday. More>>

The Latest: Sessions won't say if he'll jail journalists

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is defending the Trump administration's travel ban as an important tool in fighting terrorism. More>>

Former Menendez staffer contradicts prosecution testimony

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A former staffer for New Jersey's U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez has given testimony at his bribery trial that differs from the prosecution's version of events. More>>

Former drug czar nominee Marino defends role in opioid law

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President Donald Trump's former nominee to be the nation's drug czar is defending his role in writing a law that critics say weakened the government's authority to stop companies from distributing opioids. More>>

Authorities launch inquiry into Statehouse sexual harassment

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Rhode Island's attorney general says he has asked state police to investigate after a lawmaker reported a higher-ranking legislator told her sexual favors would allow her bills to go further. More>>

Trump EPA nominees on hold amid dispute over biofuel mandate

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A Senate committee has delayed consideration of four of President Donald Trump's nominees for key posts at the EPA amid opposition to the administration's proposed reduction in the volume of biofuels blended into gasoline and diesel. More>>

Poll: Big partisan gap in views on gender equality in the US

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A new Pew Research Center survey shows Republicans and Democrats have sharply different views on the state of gender equality in the United States. More>>

Trump again blasts NFL over players kneeling during anthem

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President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem. More>>

Karen Pence: 'All of us could benefit from art therapy'

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Vice President Mike Pence's wife Karen made art therapy her cause ever since she first learned about it more than a decade ago. More>>

Mike Pence's brother launches run for Indiana US House seat

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Greg Pence, one of Vice President's Mike Pence's older brothers, files document indicating run for Congress in Indiana. More>>

Judge: Newest travel ban 'same maladies' as previous version

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A U.S. judge has blocked the third version of a travel ban issued by President Donald Trump this year. More>>

The Latest: GOP blocks Dems on cuts in budget plan

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Senate Republicans have blocked Democrats from striking proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid from the GOP's budget plan. More>>

IRS still enforcing Obama-era insurance mandate

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Contrary to widespread perceptions, IRS still enforcing Obama-era insurance requirement. More>>

Judge asks group in Trump lawsuit to justify right to sue

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Lawyers for President Donald Trump are asking a federal judge to toss a civil lawsuit accusing the president of violating the Constitution because his businesses accept money from foreign governments. More>>

Puerto Rico governor and Trump to meet at White House

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Trump and Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosello to discuss hurricane recovery, rebuilding on the island. More>>

Trump: US faces 'once in a lifetime opportunity' on taxes

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President Donald Trump says the nation faces a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to overhaul the tax system during a White House meeting with a group of senators. More>>

The Latest: Judge asks group to justify right to sue Trump

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A lawsuit accuses Donald Trump of violating the Constitution because his businesses accept payments from foreign governments, and a judge wants the group behind the case to justify its legal right to sue the president. More>>

As congressional investigations wear on, some eye a finish

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As congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections wear on in the Capitol, some lawmakers are starting to wonder when _ and how _ the probes will end. More>>

US agency withdraws rule aimed at protecting animal farmers

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has killed a rule designed to protect the legal rights of farmers who raise chickens and hogs for the nation's largest meat processors. More>>

Tillerson: US seeks accountability for Myanmar abuses

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is condemning reported atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, and he says those responsible _ perhaps the country's military _ will be held accountable. More>>

First lady encourages donations for hurricane relief

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Melania Trump is urging the public to continue to donate to help the victims of recent hurricanes. More>>

Book's challenge: Can you do squats like Justice Ginsburg?

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Personal trainer Bryant Johnson has been working out 84-year-old Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg for years. In a book out Wednesday, he details her workout regimen. More>>

Judge halts newest Trump travel ban, saying it has same woes

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A judge in Hawaii has blocked the latest version of the Trump administration travel ban just hours before it was set to take effect. More>>

White House: VA's Shulkin not a candidate for HHS secretary

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The White House says Veterans Secretary David Shulkin was never a candidate for the top job at Health and Human Services. More>>

The Latest: Kenya protesters attack election training site

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The Latest: Kenya election chief says 'difficult' to guarantee credible election. More>>

Bannon praises Flake opponent, slams Senate leader McConnell

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Former presidential strategist Steve Bannon waded into an Arizona U.S. Senate race with an appearance at a fundraiser for a challenger to incumbent Republican Sen. Jeff Flake. More>>

Trump warns 'I fight back' after McCain hits foreign policy

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President Donald Trump is issuing a warning shot after Arizona Sen. John McCain questioned "half-baked, spurious nationalism" in America's foreign policy during a Monday night speech in Philadelphia. More>>

Spanish premier urges Catalan secession leaders to back down

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Some 50 Spanish and Catalan party lawmakers have held up posters in parliament demanding the release of two pro-Catalonia independence movement leaders, describing them as political prisoners. More>>

Diplomats from US, S. Korea, Japan discuss N. Korean threat

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Diplomats from the United States, South Korea and Japan are meeting in Seoul to discuss policy responses to North Korea's accelerating efforts to expand its nuclear weapons program. More>>

CIA watchdog nominee scolded for lack of preparation

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President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's independent watchdog is telling Congress that he's never read the Senate's so-called torture report. More>>

GOP budget that's key to taxes moving ahead in Senate

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The Senate has moved forward on a GOP budget plan that's a critical step in the party's drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code. More>>

Politics and the fallen: Trump hasn't called all families

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Trump stirs a nest by claiming predecessors did not sufficiently honor military dead, draws heated responses. More>>

Catalans protest sedition case, court declares vote illegal

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Spain's northeastern Catalonia is bracing itself for a fresh round of protests after two leaders of the region's powerful pro-independence movement were jailed in a sedition probe. More>>

Summary of Senate bipartisan health care agreement

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Summary of the bipartisan health care agreement between Sens. Lamar Alexander, a Republican, and Patty Murray, a Democrat. More>>

A short-term health deal by senators _ but Trump a question

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Two leading senators say they have the "basic outlines" of a bipartisan deal to resume payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked. More>>

Senate moves ahead on GOP budget that's key to taxes

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The Senate has moved forward on a GOP budget plan that's a critical step in the party's drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code. More>>

Judge dismisses Russian billionaire's suit against AP

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A federal judge has dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought against The Associated Press by a Russian billionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. More>>

Trump hails Greece's economic revival at White House meeting Video included

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Trump is welcoming Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to the White House to address a range of economic and security issues. More>>

Women in California Capitol speak out against harassment

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An effort is under way to encourage women to share stories of sexual harassment in California's Capitol. More>>

Bannon boosts Flake challenger, snubs Trump plea to back off

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The political action committee affiliated with former presidential strategist Steve Bannon is endorsing state Sen. Kelli Ward over Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake. More>>

Trump indicates Fed search down to 5 finalists

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White House says Trump has narrowed search for Fed chair to Yellen and four other finalists. More>>

Court agrees to take on US-Microsoft dispute over emails

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The Supreme Court is intervening in a digital age privacy dispute between the Trump administration and Microsoft over emails stored abroad. More>>

After IS collapse in Raqqa, US faces other extremism threats

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The U.S. military says the Syrian city of Raqqa is about 90 percent cleared of Islamic State fighters. More>>

CIA watchdog nominee says he never read torture report

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President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's independent watchdog is telling Congress that he's never read the Senate's so-called "torture report.". More>>

Files reveal details of US support for Indonesian massacre

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Declassified files have revealed new details of U.S. government knowledge and support of an Indonesian army extermination campaign that killed several hundred thousand civilians during anti-communist hysteria in the mid-1960s. More>>

The Latest: Trump says US should not tear down history

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President Donald Trump is using his appearance in front of a conservative think tank to argue the U.S. should celebrate and preserve its history, "not tear it down.". More>>

The Latest: Senators announce plan for insurance markets

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A leading Republican senator says he and a top Democrat have reached an agreement on a plan to extend federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked. More>>

Trump's lawyers to ask judge to toss emoluments lawsuit

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President Donald Trump's lawyers will ask a federal judge in New York at a hearing on Wednesday to toss out a civil lawsuit accusing the president of violating the Constitution by letting his businesses accept money from foreign governments. More>>

The Latest: Trump questions presidents' calls to bereaved

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Trump stirs a nest by claiming predecessors did not sufficiently honor military dead, draws heated responses. More>>

Chinese nationals indicted on illegal drug manufacturing

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Justice Department says a pair of Chinese nationals have been indicted on charges of manufacturing tons of fentanyl and other powerful narcotics that were peddled in the United States. More>>

Trump takes tax pitch to conservative think tank

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Trump takes his tax plan sales pitch to conservative think tank. More>>

Trump: Drug czar nominee pulls his name from consideration

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President Donald Trump says the Pennsylvania congressman he chose to be the nation's drug czar is withdrawing from consideration. More>>

Kenya opposition suspends reform protests after killings

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Kenya opposition suspends the electoral reform protest following police killings of supporters. More>>

Lawmaker: Higher-up told me sexual favors would help bill

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A Rhode Island lawmaker says a higher-ranking legislator told her sexual favors would allow her bills to go further. More>>

Summary of Senate bipartisan health care agreement

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Summary of the bipartisan health care agreement between Sens. Lamar Alexander, a Republican, and Patty Murray, a Democrat. More>>

Grassley threatens Trump EPA nominees over biofuels mandate

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An Iowa Republican says he may seek to block President Donald Trump's nominees for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency unless the administration backs off a proposed reduction in the volume of biofuels blended into gasoline and diesel. More>>

VA seeks 'narrow' exemption to for-profit college ethics law

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The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will proceed with a narrow waiver to a federal ethics law banning employees from receiving benefits from for-profit colleges. More>>

States sue DeVos to get for-profit college rule restored

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18 states sue Education Department over Obama-era rule designed to protect students from being defrauded by for-profit colleges. More>>

McCain blocks Defense nominees to get Afghanistan war info

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Sen. John McCain says he's holding up President Donald Trump's nominees for key Defense Department posts until the administration delivers details about its new strategy for the war in Afghanistan. More>>

Cochran's illness shows risks to GOP leaders of aging Senate

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Top Republicans already coping with a razor-thin majority also have an aging Senate. More>>

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