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Trump's attorney general appointment challenged at Supreme Court

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The fight over President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general has reached 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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Ex-Trump campaign aide Papadopoulos asks to put off prison pending Mueller appeal

(Reuters) - George Papadopoulos, a former aide to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign who pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents probing ties between the campaign and Russia, filed a motion

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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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Senate Judiciary chair Grassley's move leaves key opening

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator Chuck Grassley said on Friday he will relinquish his job as U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman next year, creating a coveted vacancy atop a panel

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Russians impersonating U.S. State Department aide in hacking campaign: researchers

By Christopher Bing NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hackers linked to the Russian government are impersonating U.S. State Department employees in an operation aimed at infecting computers of U.S.

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Stacey Abrams says she can’t defeat Brian Kemp in Georgia governor race; will sue over mismanagement of state's election

Stacey Abrams, the Democrat in Georgia’s governor race, acknowledged Friday that she cannot defeat her Republican opponent, Brian Kemp, but vowed to file a federal lawsuit challenging the “gross mismanagement” of the state’s elections.

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Senate Republicans push for permanent AG nomination

They're in need of a confidence boost.

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Abortion debate intensifies after amendments pass removing abortion protections in 2 states

Election results in the Midterms may be a mixed bag, but anti-abortion groups are claiming victory, pointing to constitutional amendments that passed in Alabama and West Virginia removing abortion protections.

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US hardens pro-Israel stance at UN, votes against resolution on Golan Heights

The U.S. on Friday voted against an annual resolution condemning the “occupation” of the Golan Heights -- a change from the U.S. abstention last year -- and ripped into the body’s anti-Israel bias, part of an increasingly pro-Israel stance under the Trump administration.

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Trump announces plans to name Wheeler permanent EPA chief

President Trump said Friday that he will name Andrew Wheeler the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, after the official served in an acting capacity over the last few months.

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Trump on CNN’s Jim Acosta: ‘If he misbehaves, we’ll throw him out’

President Trump told Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he will kick CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta out of press conferences if he misbehaves.

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Pelosi claims she has votes, but race for speaker goes on

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats won the majority. Now they just need a speaker of the House. The standoff over Nancy Pelosi's bid to regain the gavel intensified Friday as Democrats left Washington for the Thanksgiving holiday, an unsettling finish to an otherwise triumphant week that saw them welcome a historic class of newcomers to Capitol Hill and prepare to take control.

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Lawyer for WikiLeaks' Assange says he would fight charges

WASHINGTON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him, one of his lawyers said, foreshadowing a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S.

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US official: US intel says prince ordered Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S.

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Melania Trump's Moment: first lady flexes muscles in big way

WASHINGTON (AP) — It turns out there is more than one Trump who can employ a few well-chosen words as a poison dart. With a bombshell public statement this week, it was first lady Melania Trump who revealed her ability to carry out a political hit.

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China, US trade barbs in speeches at Pacific summit

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — China's leader Xi Jinping and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traded barbs in speeches to a summit of world leaders Saturday, outlining competing visions for global leadership as trade and other tensions between them simmer.

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The Latest: Pence meets Taiwan's delegation at APEC summit

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (AP) — The Latest on the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in Papua New Guinea (all times local): 2:40 p.m.

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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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Judge Sides With CNN's Acosta Over White House

Score one for CNN over the White House. A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump administration to immediately return the White House press credentials of reporter Jim Acosta, per the AP . US District Court Judge Timothy Kelly, an appointee of President Trump, announced his decision following a hearing in...

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Tweet About Ocasio-Cortez's Clothes Sets Off a Ruckus

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was expected to draw a lot of attention this week during orientation for incoming congressional freshmen, and draw attention she has. It began on day one , when the 29-year-old from the Bronx joined young climate activists in a protest at the office of Nancy Pelosi. The latest flare-up...

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Bernie Sanders Goes After the 'Wealthiest Family in America'

The bigger they come, the harder Bernie Sanders will go after them, apparently. The senator from Vermont, whose recent campaign to improve conditions for Amazon workers led to the company raising its minimum wage to $15 , now has Walmart in his sights, CNN reports. The independent senator, who calls the...

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'Error' Reveals Secret Assange Charges

Julian Assange has often claimed that the US has secretly filed charges against him—and an apparent error in a court filing for an unrelated case suggests he is right. The document, filed by federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia as part of an unrelated sex-crime case, asks...

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Midterm Turnout Broke Record

Americans were definitely fired up for this year's midterm elections: Turnout was almost 50%, the highest for a midterm since 1914—which the BBC points out was so long ago it was six years prior to women gaining the right to vote. The 49.2% turnout rivaled that of some...

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