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Joe Biden on Hillary Clinton: 'I never thought she was a great candidate' Joe Biden on Hillary Clinton: 'I never thought she was a great candidate'
Because 2016 is the campaign that just won't die, Joe Biden decided Thursday was the night to share his feelings about Hillary Clinton's candidacy. "I never thought she was a great candidate," the former vice president told the SALT conference in Las Vegas, according to reports. To add salt to the wound, he continued, "I thought I was a great candidate." It's a stance that he has consiste...
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How high should Congress let flood insurance rates rise in program renewal? How high should Congress let flood insurance rates rise in program renewal?
Congress is considering dramatic changes to the National Flood Insurance Program, which has a $25 billion debt that its director says cannot be repaid. But as a Sept. 30 deadline looms for the program to be renewed, disagreements remain over how much homeowners should be forced to pay for flood insurance to make the program more solvent. If Congress can't reach an agreement, a lapse in the F...
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Syria's Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings, says US Syria's Saydnaya prison crematorium hid killings, says US
The Syrian government has constructed a crematorium at a military prison to dispose of the remains of thousands of murdered prisoners, the US has alleged. The State Department has released satellite images of the facility which it said was used to hide evidence. Rights groups say thousands of inmates have been tortured and hanged at the military prison outside of Damascus. Syria has not r...
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Trump's voter fraud battle faces court blockades Trump's voter fraud battle faces court blockades
WASHINGTON — President Trump's newly created voter fraud commission has an obvious target in mind: the 3 million to 5 million non-citizens who Trump claims, without evidence, voted illegally in the 2016 elections. But if the goal is to establish tighter proof of citizenship requirements for federal elections, the panel will have to recommend ways to circumvent a Supreme Court ruling from 2013, ...
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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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