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Comey firing adds to GOP's load of political liabilities for midterms Comey firing adds to GOP's load of political liabilities for midterms
WASHINGTON — A coalition of two progressive groups will launch a paid advertising campaign on Friday targeting eight moderate Republican senators, including Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jeff Flake of Arizona, and Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, demanding an independent investigation into whether President Trump colluded with Russia to influence the U.S. election. It's among the signs that Trump's firing...
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Senate Democrats press for closed briefing on FBI chief James Comey's firing Senate Democrats press for closed briefing on FBI chief James Comey's firing
WASHINGTON — Former FBI director James Comey has been invited to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee during a closed hearing next Tuesday following his sudden and surprising ouster from his post, committee leaders said. President Trump’s Tuesday decision to fire Comey as he led a counterintelligence investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian go...
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Amid opioid epidemic, White House may cut drug control office budget Amid opioid epidemic, White House may cut drug control office budget
WASHINGTON—In the midst of an opioid addiction epidemic, the Trump administration is considering a plan that would gut the Office of National Drug Control Policy, a White House office that directs the country’s drug prevention efforts. The president's budget office is proposing to slash the drug agency’s budget by 95 percent, according to a letter the ONDCP’s acting director, Richard Baum, sent...
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Sikhs nationwide are opening their temples to dispel myths about turbans Sikhs nationwide are opening their temples to dispel myths about turbans
Members of the Sikh faith are staging outreach events at temples around the country over the next few months as part of a national campaign to dispel American misconceptions that their turbans and beards symbolize a radical or anti-American agenda. In fact, explains Rajwant Singh, it is just the opposite: "The intent of the turban was to declare that this is the person that will be the most hel...
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Court challenges to Trump policies may multiply Court challenges to Trump policies may multiply
WASHINGTON — When President Trump angrily tweeted "SEE YOU IN COURT" following an appellate panel's ruling in February against his ban on immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, he probably didn't mean so many courts so soon. Now, as his Justice Department prepares to defend a watered-down travel ban from coast to coast over the next 11 days, the administration also faces real and...
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Spending bill excludes border wall, but Trump declares victory anyway Spending bill excludes border wall, but Trump declares victory anyway
WASHINGTON — Although President Trump won't get the $1.4 billion he wanted this week to begin building a Southwest border wall, he declared victory Tuesday, saying he will use money from a government funding deal reached by Congress to replace existing border fencing with "an unbreakable barrier." A bill introduced Monday by congressional negotiators to fund the government through Sept. 30 incl...
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Trump's first 100 days: More Americans moved to Canada, but it's no stampede Trump's first 100 days: More Americans moved to Canada, but it's no stampede
The number of Americans who have taken up residency in Canada in the first 100 days of the Trump administration is up a little over the same period for the two prior years, but it is not enough yet to suggest a bunch of Americans are fleeing the country. Lots of liberals swore they would move to Canada if Trump was elected, but there is plenty of reason to be skeptical of those claims. David Co...
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President Trump: I'd meet with Kim Jong-un 'under the right circumstances' President Trump: I'd meet with Kim Jong-un 'under the right circumstances'
President Trump on Monday told Bloomberg News that he would meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "under the right circumstances." “If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump said in an interview with the outlet. “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.” He continued: "Most political pe...
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Trump dominates the 101st day with tweets, tough talk about health care Trump dominates the 101st day with tweets, tough talk about health care
President Trump shifted the blame for inaction on key issues including health care to Democrats in a lengthy and wide-ranging CBS interview that aired Sunday. Trump told Face the Nation anchor John Dickerson that the job is "something that I really love and I think I've done a very good job at it." He also began his day Sunday, as he starts many days, with a tweet storm. This time it was as ...
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Congress passes short-term funding bill to avoid government shutdown Congress passes short-term funding bill to avoid government shutdown
WASHINGTON — With just hours left until a government shutdown at midnight, Congress passed a stopgap funding bill Friday that will keep the government open for another week. House members voted 382-30 to approve the legislation, which gives lawmakers until midnight on May 5 to try to reach a compromise on legislation to fund the government through the rest of fiscal year 2017, which ends Sept. ...
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