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Washington talks end without agreement on Israeli settlements

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration reiterated its concerns about Israeli settlement activity, the two sides said on Thursday, as a round of talks ended without

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Trump to nominate businessman Hagerty as Japan ambassador-White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump intends to nominate businessman William Hagerty as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan, the White House said on Thursday.

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Trump preparing orders to review trade deals, procurement: officials

By David Lawder and David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration is preparing new executive orders to re-examine all 14 U.S.

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Republican Nunes apologizes over handling of Trump surveillance claim

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican head of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee apologized on Thursday for the way he handled sensitive allegations about

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U.S. senators set bipartisan bill to tighten sanctions on Iran

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran would face tighter U.S. sanctions over ballistic missile launches and other non-nuclear activities under a bill announced on Thursday by a bipartisan

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Senate confirms Trump nominee to be Israel envoy

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed President Donald Trump's nominee to be ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, an outspoken bankruptcy lawyer

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Potential 'smoking gun' showing Obama administration spied on Trump team, source says

Republican congressional investigators expect a potential smoking gun establishing that the Obama administration spied on the Trump transition team, and possibly the president-elect himself, will be produced to the House Intelligence Committee this week, a source told Fox News.

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CBO report: ObamaCare replacement bill changes cut deficit reduction

The changes Republican leaders have proposed in their health care bill to win House votes have cut the measure's deficit reduction by more than half, according to Congressional nonpartisan budget analysts.

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FBI's Comey warns of 'terrorist diaspora' from ISIS territory

FBI Director James Comey repeated his concerns Thursday over a "terrorist diaspora" that he believes will occur once ISIS territory in Iraq and Syria is "crushed" by coalition forces.

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State Department tells embassies to ramp up visa screening

The State Department has ordered American embassies and consulates around the world to draw up criteria for "population sets" needing extra scrutiny before receiving visas to travel to the United States, according to a recent diplomatic cable.

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Senate confirms Trump's choice for US ambassador to Israel

The Republican-led Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to Israel, ignoring objections from Democrats that David Friedman lacked the temperament for such an important diplomatic post.

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Justice investigating California GOP congressman

The Justice Department is investigating California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter for possible campaign violations.

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Most young Americans don't see Trump as a legitimate leader

WASHINGTON (AP) Jermaine Anderson keeps going back to the same memory of Donald Trump, then a candidate for president of the United States, referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers.

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Young Americans: Most see Trump as illegitimate president

WASHINGTON (AP) Jermaine Anderson keeps going back to the same memory of Donald Trump, then a candidate for president of the United States, referring to some Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers.

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Running for president? Some states want tax returns public

HONOLULU (AP) Lawmakers in nearly half the states want to add a requirement for presidential candidates: Show us your tax returns.

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Did Erdogan, Trump hurt Geert Wilders' bid for Dutch power?

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) If far-right Geert Wilders is looking for somebody to blame for his disappointing showing in the Dutch election, he could point to a couple of possible candidates: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and U.S.

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Yahoo breach indictments may shed light on other hacks

WASHINGTON (AP) U.S. authorities may now be in a better position to figure out if Russian hackers and Russian spies swayed last year's presidential elections.

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The Latest: Lawmakers want Americans' identities protected

WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on the congressional investigation into Russian hacking during the 2016 campaign and contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials (all times local): 2:50 p.m.

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Senate Democrats Call for Sessions to Testify

All nine Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are asking for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify before the panel to explain his failure to disclose his conversations with Russia's envoy to the U.S.

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Trump Administration Considering Separating Women, Children at Mexico Border

Women and children crossing together illegally into the United States could be separated by U.S. authorities under a proposal being considered by the Department of Homeland Security, according to three government officials.

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WH Defends Pence's Use of Private Email While Governor

A White House spokeswoman said Friday that Vice President Mike Pence did everything to the letter of the law after public records revealed that he used a private email account to conduct public business as Indiana's governor.

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Trump Tours Private School in Florida, Promoting Choice

President Donald Trump toured a private, religious school in Florida on Friday, praising it as an ideal institution for "disadvantaged children" while re-emphasizing that his education agenda will focus on school choice.

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Pence on Email Use: 'No Comparison' to Clinton

Vice President Mike Pence says his use of a private email while governor of Indiana was in full compliance with state laws.

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Trump, Schumer Trade Barbs on Twitter Over Russia

President Donald Trump blasted Sen. Chuck Schumer, an outspoken critic of the administration's connections to Russia, calling the New York Democrat a "total hypocrite" in a tweet that included a photo of the senator having coffee and doughnuts with Russian President...

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I'm a 'Deplorable' Trump Voter, and I'm Not Sorry

Jeff Bust doesn't like Donald Trump. He thinks the president is "arrogant, careless with what he says, overly competitive, and insensitive." But Bust also voted for Trump and proudly considers himself "deplorable," he writes for the Chicago Tribune . He focuses on the amount of money the US has expended over...

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161K Invalid Votes Cast in Fla. Trump Only Won by 113K Votes

Beyonce, Tim Tebow, or the Norse god Thor for prez? Those were some of Florida's more unusual picks for president this past election. And the number of Florida voters who didn't cast a vote for either Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or any other valid contender spiked in 2016, apparently in...

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Hillary to Dish on 2016 Race in New Book

Hillary Clinton has a lot of plans for 2017, including some reflections on her stunning loss last fall to Donald Trump. The former secretary of state, senator, and first lady is working on a book of personal essays that will come out this fall, Simon & Schuster tells the AP...

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How Donald Trump Cost George Soros $1B

George Soros literally bet against Donald Trump after the election and lost. The Wall Street Journal reveals the hedge fund manager and Hillary Clinton supporter misread what the stock market was going to do after the election and said goodbye to almost $1 billion. Soros, who'd already been leery of...

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Pre-Election Actions of FBI, Comey, DOJ Under Review

Hillary Clinton complained just days after the election that FBI Director James Comey's 11th-hour letters to Congress about her email scandal just before the election helped bring about her defeatand now the independent entity tasked with policing the Department of Justice is taking a formal look at those grievances....

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BuzzFeed's Choice to Publish Trump Dossier Praised, Pilloried

"The documents have circulated for months and acquired a kind of legendary status among journalists, lawmakers, and intelligence officials who have seen them." So writes BuzzFeed in introducing the 35-page dossier it published Tuesday night that alleges Russia has compromising information, both financial and personal, on President-elect Donald Trump. Their...

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