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Rep. Mark Meadows banking his constituents' faith will extend to him Rep. Mark Meadows banking his constituents' faith will extend to him
HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. — In rural western North Carolina, faith runs deep. It is a place where a two-hour stretch of highway has more Baptist churches than houses and local law enforcement officers pray together before starting a lunch meeting. Right now, Rep. Mark Meadows, the local congressman, is banking on his constituents having faith in him, even if they are not sure what he is up to. “I...
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Trump team braces for North Korea 'event,' including a possible nuke test Trump team braces for North Korea 'event,' including a possible nuke test
WASHINGTON — President Trump hit the golf course Friday, as he and his aides braced for what North Korea calls a "big event," possibly some kind of nuclear test. Administration officials said they are hopeful that China can dissuade its communist neighbor from conducting a nuclear explosion or a missile test. "I think China has really been working very hard," Trump told reporters Thursday, l...
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New Alabama governor working on 'stabilizing' state New Alabama governor working on 'stabilizing' state
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama's new governor has two immediate goals: Restore public trust in government, and work to improve the state's image after an unprecedented series of leadership scandals. “There’s no doubt there’s been a dark cloud hanging over our great state,” Gov. Kay Ivey said Thursday, in her first news conference since becoming the state’s chief executive Monday. “People all over t...
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Trump’s tax returns will be immediately under audit Trump’s tax returns will be immediately under audit
WASHINGTON — For the average taxpayer, the odds of being audited by the Internal Revenue Service are just 0.7%. Unless you're President Trump, in which case your chance of an audit rises to 100%. It's not just that his net worth and more than 500 partnerships make him a likely audit target under IRS policies designed to direct its enforcement efforts to the richest taxpayers. Under an obscur...
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Congressional investigators review Trump transition for potential conflicts Congressional investigators review Trump transition for potential conflicts
WASHINGTON — The independent investigative unit of Congress — the Government Accountability Office — is reviewing the conduct of Donald Trump's transition to the presidency, including whether their were conflicts of interest or violations of protocol or security precautions. The review comes at the request of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who sent a letter to ...
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Neil Gorsuch sworn in as 113th Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch sworn in as 113th Supreme Court justice
WASHINGTON — It's Justice Gorsuch now. Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the 113th justice in the history of the Supreme Court on Monday — but more importantly, as the ninth justice who will bring the court back to full strength after 14 months in the wilderness. Chief Justice John Roberts performed the first set of honors in a private ceremony in the justices' conference room, where Gorsuch took...
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K.T. McFarland to leave White House amid NSC shakeup K.T. McFarland to leave White House amid NSC shakeup
President Trump will ask K.T. McFarland to step down as deputy national security adviser and serve instead as ambassador to Singapore, giving National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster a chance to pick his own lieutenant, two administration officials confirmed. The officials confirmed a report by Bloomberg Politics and spoke on the condition of anonymity because they're not authorized to discuss p...
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Syria strikes draw Capitol Hill support, calls for greater congressional role Syria strikes draw Capitol Hill support, calls for greater congressional role
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s decision to launch airstrikes against Syria sparked an intense and wide-ranging response Friday from lawmakers in Congress about what should come next, even as the president won bipartisan plaudits for his action. Some GOP hawks said the Trump administration should push for the ouster of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and deploy U.S. ground troops, while others s...
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U.S. missile strike on Syria: Here's what we know U.S. missile strike on Syria: Here's what we know
The U.S. launched cruise missiles against Syria on Friday, a day after President Trump said a chemical weapons attack that killed at least 86, including dozens of women and children, “crossed many, many” lines. Here’s what we know so far: What's the background to the attack? In 2013 President Obama set a "red line" against the use of chemical weapons by Syria's President Bashar Assad. The ...
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Trump says Syria attack "crossed a lot of lines" for me, vows policy change Trump says Syria attack "crossed a lot of lines" for me, vows policy change
WASHINGTON — President Trump opened a news conference with a key Middle East ally Wednesday by denouncing this week's chemical attack in Syria and suggesting his administration would develop a new policy toward Bashar al-Assad's government. At a Rose Garden news conference, Trump accused the Assad government of being behind the "horrific" attack that targeted "women, small children, and even be...
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