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FBI nominee Christopher Wray says Russia probe not witch hunt FBI nominee Christopher Wray says Russia probe not witch hunt
Donald Trump's pick to lead the FBI has rejected the president's depiction of a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the US election as a witch hunt. "I do not consider Director Mueller to be on a witch hunt," Christopher Wray said about the former FBI director who is leading the special investigation. Mr Wray, 50, also told a Senate hearing he would quit if the president asked him to do a...
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Congressional Republicans deflect, dodge and downplay Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian attorney Congressional Republicans deflect, dodge and downplay Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with Russian attorney
WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans sought to deflect, dodge and downplay questions on Tuesday about Donald Trump Jr.’s decision during the 2016 campaign to meet with a “Russian government attorney” to discuss damaging information about then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Some lawmakers said Trump Jr.’s session with the Russian lawyer was due to his political inexperience, and it did...
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G-20 minus 1: How Trump changed the nature of American leadership at global summit G-20 minus 1: How Trump changed the nature of American leadership at global summit
HAMBURG — President Trump attended the G-20 summit in Hamburg, but he wasn't really a part of it. Instead, Trump used the conference space generously provided by his host, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, to conduct a series of his own mini-summits — separate on-on-one "meetings on the sidelines" with other world leaders where Trump pursued his own agenda. He met with Russian President Vladi...
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Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein traveling to Guantanamo Bay for terror prosecution briefings Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein traveling to Guantanamo Bay for terror prosecution briefings
WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein are visiting the military's high-security prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on Friday for briefings on the continued use of the controversial camp for the detention and prosecution of suspected terrorists. "Keeping this country safe from terrorists is the highest priority of the Trump administration,'' Justice ...
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Senate health care bill negotiations: These are the big issues on the table Senate health care bill negotiations: These are the big issues on the table
WASHINGTON — Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., delayed a vote on the Senate health care bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare after it became clear the legislation was lacking enough votes for even an initial motion to bring the bill to the floor Tuesday. At least eight senators have come out against the bill, and a handful of others have raised concerns. Republicans can lose just ...
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Trump tweets about 'fake news' nearly 10 times more often than 'build the wall' Trump tweets about 'fake news' nearly 10 times more often than 'build the wall'
President Trump cares more about tearing down the news media than building a wall along the Mexican border — at least according to his Twitter feed. Trump on Sunday tweeted a mocked-up wrestling video of him body-slamming and beating a character labeled as CNN. "#FraudNews," Trump tagged it. His supporters reveled in the joke while critics maligned him for suggesting violence against the media....
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New Jersey shutdown: Christie, lawmakers try again New Jersey shutdown: Christie, lawmakers try again
TRENTON, N.J. — Gov. Chris Christie and lawmakers returned to the capital Sunday "to consider the ongoing budget impasse," as the governor's office put it. Doing that would be progress. The two sides left Trenton by dinner time Saturday, having spent the day pointing the finger at one another in successive news conferences and speeches but doing nothing to reopen government. Just as he...
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Pentagon delays acceptance of transgender recruits and officers Pentagon delays acceptance of transgender recruits and officers
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon announced late Friday that it will delay until at least 2018 rolling out its policy for acceptance of transgender troops into the ranks. The move by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis comes just hours before a July 1 deadline, set in the Obama administration, for the military to recruit transgender enlisted troops and to accept new officers. "Secretary Mattis today approv...
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State election officials push back on data request from Trump voter fraud panel State election officials push back on data request from Trump voter fraud panel
WASHINGTON — State election officials around the country pushed back Friday against a request by President Trump's voter fraud commission for states to hand over detailed information about their voters, including birth dates, parts of Social Security numbers and voting histories. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, a Republican, said the state would require the commission to file a formal reques...
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Poll: Only 12% of Americans support the Senate health care plan Poll: Only 12% of Americans support the Senate health care plan
Just 12% of Americans support the Senate Republican health care plan, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll finds, amid a roiling debate over whether the GOP will deliver on its signature promise to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. In the survey, taken Saturday through Tuesday, a 53% majority say Congress should either leave the law known as Obamacare alone or work to fix its probl...
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