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Abrams admits defeat in hard-fought Georgia governor race

By Andy Sullivan and Letitia Stein (Reuters) - Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams admitted defeat in her effort to become the first black female U.S.

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Trump says he 'easily' answered Russia probe questions

By Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Friday said he had "very easily" completed his written answers for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in

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U.S. House Republican to subpoena ex-FBI head Comey, ex-AG Lynch

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The outgoing chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee is planning to issue subpoenas compelling former FBI Director James Comey and former U.S.

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Ohio Democrat hints may take on Pelosi for powerful U.S. House speaker job

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Out of a small pool of party dissidents trying to stop fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi from becoming speaker of the U.S.

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Supreme Court to hear census citizenship question dispute

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said it would hear oral arguments in February concerning a challenge by a group of states to the contentious decision by

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House ethics panel censures two lawmakers in misconduct probes

By Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives' Ethics Committee on Friday censured one lawmaker for sexually harassing women and another for mishandling accusations of

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Anti-Trump mayor of Portland, Ore., mutters he 'can't wait' to leave office

The thankless, winless job of being mayor of Portland, Ore., may have gotten to Ted Wheeler.

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Democrat Andrew Gillum concedes in Florida governor’s race to Republican Ron DeSantis

Democrat Andrew Gillum conceded Saturday to GOP challenger Ron DeSantis in their contentious race in Florida for the governor’s mansion.

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Georgia certifies election results showing Kemp as victor in governor's race

Georgia Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden on Saturday announced the certification of election results from the disputed midterm elections, and, as anticipated, Republican Brian Kemp was the top vote-getter in the governor's race.

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Cindy McCain says US needs 'a strong leader, not a negative Nancy’

Cindy McCain, in an interview broadcast Friday, said that she hopes President Trump learns from the midterm elections and realize that “our country needs a strong leader, not a negative Nancy.”

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Broward election boss says racism may be behind clamor against her

Embattled Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes claimed Saturday that racism is “probably” behind the widespread backlash against her.

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President Trump arrives in California to survey wildfire damage after hammering 'poor' forest management

President Trump arrived Saturday in Northern California to see the devastation from the California wildfires that have left at least 71 dead and more than 1,000 people missing -- saying it’s time “to pull together for the people of California.”

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Pacific summit ends with no communique as China, US differ

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — An acrimonious meeting of world leaders in Papua New Guinea failed to agree Sunday on a final communique, highlighting widening divisions between global powers China and the U.S.

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Barack Obama surprise guest at Michelle Obama's book show

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama practically brought the house down at Michelle Obama's book show in Washington. The former first lady is currently touring the country promoting her memoir, "Becoming," and participated in a conversation Saturday night moderated by her longtime friend and former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett.

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GOP Legislatures try to curb Democratic governors' power

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — With their grip on power set to loosen come January, Republicans in several states are considering last-ditch laws that would weaken existing or incoming Democratic governors and advance their own conservative agendas.

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The Latest: DeSantis: No reaction to race he declared 'over'

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on Florida's U.S. Senate and gubernatorial recounts (all times local): 7:10 p.m. The campaign of Republican Ron DeSantis says it has no immediate response to Democrat Andrew Gillum's concession in the Florida governor's race but referred back to a statement Thursday in which DeSantis declared the contest "over."

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Trump says report on Khashoggi's death coming in 2 days

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that his administration will release a full report in the next two days about the death of a Saudi journalist, which has created a diplomatic conundrum for the president: How to admonish Riyadh for the killing yet maintain strong ties with a close ally in the Middle East.

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Democrat Cisneros nabs GOP House seat in Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Democrat Gil Cisneros captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat in Southern California on Saturday, capping a Democratic rout in which the party picked up six congressional seats in the state.

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Florida's Gillum Decides on Race for Governor

Andrew Gillum has ended his race for Florida governor, Time reports. In a Facebook video, the Democrat conceded the race Saturday after finding himself 30,000 votes behind Republican Ron DeSantis in a legally mandated machine recount. DeSantis' margin was above the 0.25 percentage points required for a manual...

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Abrams Ends Georgia Bid With Fiery Parting Shot

It's over in Georgia: Stacey Abrams called a press conference Friday to acknowledge that Republican Brian Kemp will be the state's next governor, reports Politico . But Abrams made clear that she thinks Kemp, who oversaw the election as secretary of state, is guilty of foul play. "To watch an elected...

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A Single Vote Puts Candidate Into Office

Mary Beverly Goetz is 76, uses a walker, and recently had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. Worried her health issues would prevent her from voting for Democrat Jim Glenn in her western Kentucky state House district, she requested an absentee ballot by mail and sent it in weeks ahead...

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Trump Says Former Coal Lobbyist Will Be Next EPA Head

President Trump says he will nominate Andrew Wheeler to be the next administrator of the EPA, an agency that Wheeler has led on an interim basis since July, The Hill reports. “He’s done a fantastic job,” Trump said Friday when making the announcement during a White House ceremony honoring Medal...

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Trump Writes Answers to Mueller's Questions

"You always have to be careful answering questions for people who have bad intentions," President Trump said Friday as he told reporters that he has finished drafting answers to questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and any possible involvement Trump’s campaign...

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2 Democratic Longshots Eye 2020 Race

Oprah says she's not interested in running for president in 2020, but one of her friends definitely is. Marianne Williamson, described by Politico as a "spirituality guru and fixture of Hollywood's New Age community," announced Friday that she's forming an exploratory committee. "We need to get our country back on...

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