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'Monster' Carr Fire seventh most destructive in California history – and growing 'Monster' Carr Fire seventh most destructive in California history – and growing
REDDING, Calif. – Cliff Allen knows all too well the challenges facing crews battling more than a dozen insatiable wildfires roaring across California that have claimed the lives of four firefighters in less than three weeks. More than 10,000 firefighters are committed to a months-long assault on blazes fueled by dried vegetation, intense heat, strong winds and even "firenadoes." Allen, presid...
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Trump renews shutdown threat over border security funding as deadline looms Trump renews shutdown threat over border security funding as deadline looms
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump renewed his threat Monday to shut down the federal government if Congress does not pass a government funding bill that includes additional money for border security, but his remarks left wide room for negotiation with lawmakers. "As far as the border is concerned, personally, if we don’t get border security, after many, many years of talk in the United Stat...
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President Donald Trump threatens to shut down government over border wall funding President Donald Trump threatens to shut down government over border wall funding
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump threatened Sunday to shut down the federal government unless Democrats in Congress support his immigration initiatives, including funding for a wall on the border with Mexico. Trump also lashed out at the immigration policy that allows up to 50,000 immigrants to receive visas each year and the practice of arresting migrants for crossing the border illegally ...
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Nancy Pelosi wants to be House speaker again. Can she overcome opposition in her own party? Nancy Pelosi wants to be House speaker again. Can she overcome opposition in her own party?
WASHINGTON – Last week, Indiana Democrats Mel Hall and Liz Watson added their names to the growing list of House candidates calling for “new leadership” and promising not to support Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader if they win. They’re among more than two dozen Democrats running on such a pledge – casting doubt about Pelosi’s ability to recapture the speaker’s gavel if Democrats win a majority...
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Imran Khan claims victory amid rigging claims Imran Khan claims victory amid rigging claims
Former cricketer Imran Khan has claimed victory in Pakistan's election, amid accusations of vote rigging by rivals. In a television address, he said: "We were successful and we were given a mandate." His PTI party is still expected to fall short of an overall majority, so it would have to seek coalition partners in order to form a government. Campaigning has been marred by violence. On vo...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies on Capitol Hill Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies on Capitol Hill
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could be in for a rough afternoon on Capitol Hill. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to grill him on the Helsinki summit, Iran and North Korea. While congressional hearings aren't usually must-see TV, viewers may be in for political fireworks Wednesday. That's because Trump has angered European allies, held a private one-on-one with Russian...
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Trump to Iranian president: ‘Never ever threaten’ U.S. again, or ‘suffer consequences’ Trump to Iranian president: ‘Never ever threaten’ U.S. again, or ‘suffer consequences’
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's aides and Iranian government officials echoed their presidents' threats Monday as observers wondered whether Trump is seeking a confrontation with Iran or trying to change the subject politically. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders described Trump's near-midnight tweet Sunday as a response to an Iranian threat and said, "If anybody’s inciting anything, l...
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President Trump, allies dismiss revelations in new court documents tied to Russia probe President Trump, allies dismiss revelations in new court documents tied to Russia probe
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and his allies sought Sunday to contain the fallout from the release of hundreds of pages of top-secret court records documenting the FBI's investigation into a former campaign aide's ties to Russia. Responding to lawsuits filed by USA TODAY and other media organizations, the FBI on Saturday made public more than 400 pages of material filed with a Foreign Int...
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GOP leaders: We're not inviting Putin to address Congress GOP leaders: We're not inviting Putin to address Congress
WASHINGTON – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan said they have no intention of inviting Russian President Vladimir Putin to address Congress when he meets with President Donald Trump this fall. "There is no invitation from Congress," said Don Stewart, McConnell's spokesman, on Friday. Ryan's spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said: "The only one talking about invitin...
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GOP picks Charlotte for 2020 Republican National Convention GOP picks Charlotte for 2020 Republican National Convention
WASHINGTON – Charlotte will host the 2020 Republican National Convention, marking the second time in a decade the North Carolina city will be home to a major party nominating meeting. “We look forward to seeing the Queen City take center stage as the Republican Party re-nominates President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to continue fighting for the American people," Republican Natio...
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