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Pence delivers his own jabs about email controversy Pence delivers his own jabs about email controversy
WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence joked Saturday night that the most embarrassing part of the recent news that he used a personal email account while Indiana’s governor is that millions of Americans learned he was one of the few people in the country to still have an AOL account. “My wife said it was good for my image,” Pence said at the Gridiron Club dinner, a white-tie dinner of speeches...
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'Simply false': Obama spokesman rejects Trump wiretapping claims 'Simply false': Obama spokesman rejects Trump wiretapping claims
President Trump, in a Saturday morning tweetstorm, responded to the mounting questions over his ties to Russia by accusing then-President Obama of wiretapping him at Trump Tower just before the November election — an accusation an Obama spokesman rejected as "simply false." The unsubstantiated outburst follows several days of stories raising questions about meetings between members of the Trump...
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Trump tries to get past Russia story, goes to Florida Trump tries to get past Russia story, goes to Florida
WASHINGTON — Seeking to get past stories about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Russians, President Trump spent Friday visiting a school in Florida and mocking Democrats for what he called their hypocrisy. Tweeting out an old picture of Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer sharing coffee and donuts with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump said: "We should start an immediate investig...
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Widow testifies failed immigration system led to husband's slaying Widow testifies failed immigration system led to husband's slaying
WASHINGTON—A Missouri widow on Wednesday told lawmakers in terrifying detail how she hid in her attic, “scared out of my mind,” as her husband was murdered by a Mexican immigrant in the U.S. illegally — adding a powerful personal voice to the heated debate over illegal immigration. “In the 18 months before the senseless murder of my husband, this killer has been in custody on three occasions, y...
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Trump budget to increase defense, slash EPA, other agencies Trump budget to increase defense, slash EPA, other agencies
WASHINGTON — President Trump has signed off on top-line numbers in a budget outline that seeks to make good on his campaign promises to bolster military spending while making deep cuts to other federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency. "This budget will be a public safety and national security budget, very much based on those two with plenty of other things but very stron...
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Trump gets prime-time shot on Tuesday Trump gets prime-time shot on Tuesday
WASHINGTON — After a month and a week of political battle with Democrats, the media, and some Republicans, President Trump gets a chance to take his agenda to prime time on Tuesday. Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress, a quasi-State of the Union address, is expected to focus on his plans for tax and regulation cuts, health care, border security, and jobs issues. "The theme will be ...
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Trump budget battle may be looming over National Endowment for the Arts Trump budget battle may be looming over National Endowment for the Arts
WASHINGTON — Arts groups across the country are preparing to battle President Trump to keep intact the National Endowment for the Arts and the funding it provides to state and local groups. Americans for the Arts is mobilizing some 5,000 local councils, agencies and funders and 300,000 “citizen activists” to flood members of Congress with calls, sign a petition to the White House and generally ...
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Where in the world is Sarah Palin? Her political star is fading Where in the world is Sarah Palin? Her political star is fading
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — As the Conservative Political Action Conference kicked off just outside of Washington this week, there was one name noticeably missing from the roster of speakers: Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor used to be a rock star at the annual conservative gathering. But this year she wasn’t invited to CPAC, put on by the American Conservative Union. “I think conservative...
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Supreme Court blocks death sentence over racial bias Supreme Court blocks death sentence over racial bias
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court blocked the execution of a Texas murderer Wednesday because of racially discriminatory testimony presented by his own defense team. The 6-2 ruling was the second in the court's new term to overturn a death sentence, and it could be a harbinger of things to come. The justices heard another death penalty case from Texas in November that hinges on a prisoner's intell...
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Homeland Security unveils sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants Homeland Security unveils sweeping plan to deport undocumented immigrants
The Department of Homeland Security issued a sweeping set of orders Tuesday that implement President Trump's plan to increase immigration enforcement, placing the vast majority of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation. The memos instruct all agents — including Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — to identify, captur...
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