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U.S. lawmakers near deal on massive must-pass annual defense policy bill

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers are close to compromise on a $700 billion military policy bill, congressional aides said on Friday, easing fears that Congress could fail to

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Kerry joins Biden in Iowa, making a foreign policy pitch

By James Oliphant ELKADER, Iowa (Reuters) - Former Vice President Joe Biden campaigned in Iowa on Friday with John Kerry, the former U.S.

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Vulnerable Democrats in U.S. Congress eager to move beyond impeachment

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Politically vulnerable Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are eager to move quickly on the impeachment inquiry into U.S.

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White House hopeful Warren releases medical report showing 'excellent health'

By Amanda Becker WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Elizabeth Warren on Friday became the first 2020 Democratic White House contender to release the results of a recent medical exam, showing the U.S.

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U.S. Democratic contender Sanders proposes $150 billion for 'high-speed internet for all'

By Simon Lewis WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders launched a plan on Friday to provide high-speed broadband for every U.S.

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Biden endorsed by John Kerry, 2004 Democratic presidential nominee

By Trevor Hunnicutt (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday won the endorsement of his party's former presidential nominee, John Kerry, a high-profile show of support.

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Impeachment witness who invoked Barron Trump floated by liberal group for Supreme Court

A former Hillary Clinton aide's organization has promoted Pamela Karlan -- the Stanford professor who referenced the president's son during an impeachment hearing this week -- as a possible Democratic choice for the Supreme Court nominee, raising more questions about Karlan's impartiality while testifying during the on-going impeachment inquiry.

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GOP rep wants answers from DoD after Army bans company from printing Bible verses on dog tags

A Louisiana congressman sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper this week seeking answers about the Army banning "Shields of Strength" from putting Bible verses on military dog tags.

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Schiff: Trump 'doesn't give a s--t about what's good for our country'

In reflecting on his impeachment hearings, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., reportedly pointed to a particular exchange which verified for him that President Trump "doesn't give a s--t about what's good for" the United States.

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Booker 'taken aback' after Bloomberg calls him ‘very well spoken’

Presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker said Friday he was “taken aback” by 2020 Democratic nomination rival Mike Blomberg’s "problematic" description of the New Jersey senator as “well-spoken,” saying it plays into "tired tropes" about African Americans.

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Former top attorney for Obama suggests Dems should impeach Trump again if Senate acquits

An impeachment trial in the Republican-led Senate is largedly expected to fail but that may not stop some Democrats from pushing for another impeachment after President Trump's would-be re-election in 2020.

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For Biden, it’s always Iowa

Each time Biden has sought the presidency, Iowa has been a rocky shoal.

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Melania Trump befriends 18-year-old former leukemia patient

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time Caoilinn McLane met Melania Trump she had no idea it wouldn't be the last time. Fighting leukemia from her bed at Children's National Hospital, Caoilinn McLane, then 15, met the first lady in 2017.

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White House won't participate in next impeachment hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Trump administration official said the White House will not participate in the House Judiciary Committee's next impeachment hearing.

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Bipartisan Medicare drug bill gets makeover to lower copays

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan Senate bill to curb prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients got a makeover Friday to lower copays and make it easier for seniors to budget for their expenses.

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Senators urge Medicare to allow seniors a drug plan do-over

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading senators are urging Medicare to allow seniors concerned about their drug plan pick for next year to switch if they received inaccurate information due to changes the agency made this sign-up season.

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As Dems zero in on White House, Trump racks up court losses

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump knows he has fierce Democratic adversaries in Congress. But there is also ample push-back from the Judiciary branch, where black-robed judges who sit in courtrooms just blocks from the Capitol and in New York City have repudiated his view of executive power.

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House passes bill to restore key parts of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Friday that would restore key sections of the Voting Rights Act that once required officials in all or parts of 15 mostly Southern states to receive federal approval before making changes to the voting process.

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Trump to SCOTUS: Void Financial Records Subpoena

President Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to void a subpoena from the House of Representatives that seeks the president's financial records from his accounting firm, the AP reports. The justices already have shielded the documents from being turned over while they consider whether to hear Trump's case and...

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Biden Picks Up Backing of a Former Nominee

Joe Biden picked up a notable endorsement on Thursday from someone who once won the Democratic nomination. Former Secretary of State John Kerry backed his longtime friend for the White House, reports the Boston Globe . "The world is broken,” said Kerry, "and I believe very deeply that Joe Biden’s character,...

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Trump Mocks Pelosi's 'Nervous Fit' With Reporter

Thursday morning, President Trump challenged House Democrats to impeach him quickly so he could be cleared in the Senate. Soon after, Nancy Pelosi obliged by shifting the proceedings into an important new phase—the House will begin drafting articles of impeachment. Trump responded by saying Democrats want to "impeach me...

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Trump Has New Explanation for Ukraine Request

President Trump has, somewhat belatedly, offered a new explanation for his language in the July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president that may lead to his impeachment. The president, accused of abusing his office by asking a foreign leader to investigate a political rival, now says that when he asked...

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Pelosi: We're Moving Ahead on Impeachment

The House is formally moving ahead with impeachment—and that timeline is just fine with President Trump. Nancy Pelosi on Thursday announced that the House will draft articles of impeachment against the president. "The facts are uncontested," she said, per CBS News . "The president abused his power for his own...

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Biden Floats a Possible Running Mate

Joe Biden was asked on Wednesday whether he'd consider picking Kamala Harris as his running mate. "Of course I would," he told reporters. Politico suggests it might be more than a press-friendly reply. It reports he publicly praised Harris on Tuesday and Wednesday, and his words on the latter day...

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