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Here is every question Sean Spicer has been asked over Skype in the past 5 months Here is every question Sean Spicer has been asked over Skype in the past 5 months
WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Sean Spicer — and his deputy, Sarah Sanders — took questions via Skype 32 times in his five months as press secretary. Local reporters from all over the country had the opportunity to question the White House officials directly. USA TODAY research found that 72% of Skype questions came from states Trump won in the 2016 presidential election. Here's a...
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Christie: Taxpayers can't join him on beach because 'they're not governor' Christie: Taxpayers can't join him on beach because 'they're not governor'
TRENTON, N.J. — To critics who say he shouldn't be lounging on a beach off-limits to taxpayers during the New Jersey government shutdown, Gov. Chris Christie says, "Well, I’m sorry ... they’re not the governor.'' Christie made the comment early Monday during a telephone interview on WTXF-TV in Philadelphia. He said he was calling from the state governor's summer residence at Island Beach State ...
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Here is your hot and stormy July 4th weekend forecast Here is your hot and stormy July 4th weekend forecast
If you like your Fourth of July weekend hot, the weather will cooperate across most of the nation. For rain chances, although the western third of the U.S. will be mainly dry, a few thunderstorms are forecast to rumble across portions of the central, eastern and southern U.S. As is common in summer, an all-day washout isn't likely in most locations, the Weather Channel said. Typical late-af...
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Trump lashes out at states for withholding voter data Trump lashes out at states for withholding voter data
President Donald Trump has criticised the growing number of US states refusing to pass on voters' details to his commission on electoral fraud. "What are they trying to hide?", Mr Trump tweeted. At least 20 states have said that they will not or only partly comply with the request, citing privacy concerns. Democrats fear that the commission may be used to justify tightening voting procedu...
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White House aide Omarosa Manigault tackling Pentagon racial bias in military justice White House aide Omarosa Manigault tackling Pentagon racial bias in military justice
WASHINGTON — Top White House aide Omarosa Manigault has taken an interest in how race affects military justice, receiving a briefing from Pentagon officials on a recent report that found black troops are far more likely to face punishment than their white comrades, according to government officials. Manigault, the top-ranking African American official inside the White House, visited the Pentago...
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As Republicans struggle, Obamacare's architects outline how it could be fixed As Republicans struggle, Obamacare's architects outline how it could be fixed
ASPEN, Colo. — As Senate Republicans struggle to find the votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the architects of Obamacare have an idea to try if they fail. Just fix it. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday delayed the vote planned for this week on the Republican health care plan as complaints from competing wings of his party made it uncertain whether he commanded the suppo...
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Pentagon wasted $28 million on uniforms for Afghan soldiers, report says Pentagon wasted $28 million on uniforms for Afghan soldiers, report says
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon wasted as much as $28 million over the past decade buying uniforms for the Afghan army with a woodland camouflage pattern appropriate for a tiny fraction of that war-torn country, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The Afghan Defense Minister picked the pricey, privately owned “forest” color pattern over free camouflage schemes o...
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Justice Department announces 12-city partnership to curb violent crime Justice Department announces 12-city partnership to curb violent crime
BETHESDA, Md. – Seeking to combat disparate spikes in violent crime across the country, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Tuesday a 12-city partnership in which the federal government would provide additional training and crime data analysis to troubled communities. The strategy, an extension of President Trump's executive order aimed at reducing crime, features a three-year program ...
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Supreme Court bails out Bush officials over 9/11 detentions Supreme Court bails out Bush officials over 9/11 detentions
WASHINGTON -- Bush administration officials should not be held personally liable for the detention and harsh treatment of illegal immigrants in the calamitous days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a case heard by only six justices, the court's conservative majority reasoned that the climate of fear pervading the nation in the fall of 2001 called for extreme m...
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Congress considering Capitol Police request for 72 more officers Congress considering Capitol Police request for 72 more officers
WASHINGTON — Amid increased concern about lawmakers' safety in the wake of Wednesday's shooting, Congress is considering a request from the U.S. Capitol Police to boost its budget by about $33 million to hire 72 more officers and ramp up security at congressional buildings and parking garages. Police Chief Matthew Verderosa warned House members last month that there are not enough officers to "...
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