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Violence prompts U.S. Congress to discuss militant threats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional panel next month will hold a hearing on violent extremism, including threats from domestic militants, following a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville

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Republicans offer few tax plan details at high-profile event

By Lisa Girion SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (Reuters) - Republican tax writers from the U.S. House of Representatives promoted their legislative goals at a special gathering in California on Wednesday, but

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Sessions slams Chicago sanctuary policies

By Dan Levine (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly criticized the city of Chicago's political leadership, citing its so-called sanctuary policies as an example of the

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U.S. ends program for Central American minors fleeing violence

By Mica Rosenberg NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security terminated a program on Wednesday that allowed minors fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to settle

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Trump to make August cost-sharing payments to health insurers

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration will make cost-sharing payments to insurance companies under Obamacare for August, a White House spokesman said on Wednesday, but

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Trump says ending two CEO advisory panels: tweet

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump dismantled two CEO advisory panels on Wednesday as a growing number of chief executives announced their resignations following his response to a

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Bannon calls far right 'clowns,' says enemies are 'wetting themselves,' in rare interview

In a rare interview, White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon referred to the alt-right as a collection of clowns.

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Birmingham, mayor sued for covering Confederate monument

Alabamas Attorney General is suing the city of Birmingham and its mayor for putting barriers around a Confederate monument in a park on Tuesday night, WBRCFox 6 News reported.

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Richmond mayor wants Confederate statues on Monument Avenue removed

The mayor of Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday said he wants to see the removal of Confederate statues on the citys famous avenue of monuments.

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Sanctuary cities: What are they?

Sanctuary cities: What are they?

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Federal court: Arkansas can block Planned Parenthood money

A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, two years after the state ended its contract with the group over videos secretly recorded by an anti-abortion group.

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Ben Carson says his home was vandalized with 'hateful rhetoric about President Trump'

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson said Wednesday his Virginia home was recently vandalized with hateful rhetoric about President Trump.

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Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president's recent pledge to answer further aggression with "fire and fury."

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Trump signs bill expanding college assistance for veterans

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law an updated veterans' education bill that marks the largest expansion of college assistance for military veterans in a decade.

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Ousted chief justice makes runoff in Alabama Senate race

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) Ousted Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is trying to play usurper to deep-pocketed Republican forces after making a runoff with incumbent Sen.

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1 US soldier killed in combat in Afghan; others wounded

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. military says one soldier died and an unspecified number of American and Afghan soldiers were wounded in a combat operation against the Islamic State affiliate in eastern Afghanistan.

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Former Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers, a physicist, dies at 83

LANSING, Mich. (AP) Vern Ehlers, a research physicist and moderate Republican who represented a western Michigan congressional district for 17 years and advocated for Great Lakes cleanup funding, has died.

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The Latest: Pence promotes US trade with Latin America

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Latin America (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is finishing up a visit to Chile by trying to assure business leaders that the U.S.

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McConnell Condemns Statements but Not Trump

"There are no good neo-Nazis," Sen. Mitch McConnell said Wednesday. We can have no tolerance for an ideology of racial hatred," the Hill quotes the Senate majority leader as saying. "Those who espouse their views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms." McConnell went on to say that all...

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Court Decision Could Pave Way for 'Showdown' Over Planned Parenthood

A federal appeals court panel ruled Wednesday that Arkansas can block Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood, the AP reports. In a 2-1 ruling, an 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals panel vacated preliminary injunctions a federal judge issued preventing the state from suspending any Medicaid payments for services rendered to...

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The White House Has a New Communications Director

The White House has named Hope Hicks interim communications director, taking over for the recently departed Anthony Scaramucci, CNN reports. Hicks, current White House senior communications adviser, is unlikely to last long in the new position, both because officials say a permanent communications director will be named "at the appropriate...

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Trump Praises 'Incredible' Charlottesville Victim

A day after setting off a firestorm for remarks giving the "alt-left" its share of the blame for the violence in Charlottesville, President Trump has tweeted kind words about its female victim. "Memorial service today for beautiful and incredible Heather Heyer, a truly special young woman," the president wrote . "She...

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Trump Loses 2 WH Business Councils Amid Criticism

President Trump tweeted Wednesday that he's shutting down both his Manufacturing Council and Strategic and Policy Forum "rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople" involved. However, Bloomberg reports the Strategic and Policy Forum had already decided to disband Wednesday in the wake of Trump's comments on neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and...

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George HW, George W. Respond to Charlottesville

Two former Republican presidents are coming out strong against racism following the Charlottesville violence. "America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism, and hatred in all forms," say George HW Bush and George W. Bush in a statement released Wednesday. "As we pray for Charlottesville, we are reminded of the fundamental...

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