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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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Senate health care bill analysis: Despite risk, Republicans don't have a choice Senate health care bill analysis: Despite risk, Republicans don't have a choice
WASHINGTON For Senate Republicans, the only thing worse than voting on a controversial health care bill may be not voting on it. The GOP has been vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act almost from the day it was passed, hammering the issue through four successive elections campaigns in which Republicans managed to win control first of the House, then of the Senate and finally the White Ho...
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Trump meets Ukraine president as Treasury Department sanctions Russia Trump meets Ukraine president as Treasury Department sanctions Russia
WASHINGTON The Trump administration greeted his Ukrainian counterpart at the White House with the announcement of a new set of sanctions on Russia though Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko took the opportunity to warn Trump against future dealings with Moscow. In brief comments to reporters about his meeting with President Petro Poroshenko, Trump said the leaders had "very, very good discus...
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Supreme Court to rule on how election districts are drawn Supreme Court to rule on how election districts are drawn
WASHINGTON The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a potential landmark case that addresses how far lawmakers can go in choosing their voters, rather than the other way around. Venturing into what one justice recently called the "always unsavory" process of drawing election districts for partisan advantage, the court will try to set a standard something it has failed to do in the past. ...
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