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U.S. House approves stopgap funding bill to avoid government shutdown

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives approved a stopgap government funding bill on Thursday that would avoid a government shutdown by maintaining current spending

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Border wall, Iran, Space Force among hurdles for $700 billion U.S. defense bill

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Disputes between U.S. Republicans and Democrats over President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, Space Force and his ability to launch a war with Iran

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Republican, Democratic lawmakers launch caucus to 'End the Youth Vaping Epidemic'

By Bryan Pietsch and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers said on Thursday they are forming a caucus to combat the "epidemic" of youth vaping, as cases of lung

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Trump sues Manhattan prosecutor over tax returns, says immune from criminal probe

By Jonathan Stempel and Karen Freifeld NEW YORK (Reuters) - Donald Trump sued Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Thursday, seeking to void a subpoena for eight years of tax returns related to

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House Democrats ask if Trump interfered in DOJ automaker antitrust probe

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two U.S. Democratic lawmakers on Thursday asked the White House to turn over documents that would show if President Donald Trump interfered or directed a

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U.S. Senate panel embraces $250 million in election security grants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Senate panel on Thursday approved $250 million in additional federal grants to states and local jurisdictions to improve the security of their voting systems in the

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Retired SEAL McRaven says US will be in Afghanistan for 'very long time'

Retired Navy SEAL Adm. William McRaven, the former head of U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) who organized the 2011 raid that took out Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden, says the U.S. will be in Afghanistan “for a very long time.”

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California lawmaker says it’s 'incomprehensible' that 'racist sexual predator' Ed Buck roamed free

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., said Wednesday that it was “incomprehensible” that authorities took so long to arrest Democratic megadonor Ed Buck on charges of causing a drug overdose.

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State Department expels two Cuban diplomats in the midst of UN General Assembly, restricts travel of remaining Cuban mission to Manhattan

The State Department Thursday expelled two members of Cuba’s mission to the United Nations and forbid the remaining members from leaving Manhattan.

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Sen. Menendez stalls Issa nomination over fake ID flap from youth

EXCLUSIVE: Former GOP Rep. Darrell Issa’s confirmation hearing for a top trade position in the Trump administration was indefinitely delayed Thursday after Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member Bob Menendez insisted on the release of an FBI background file that sources say shows Issa used a fake ID when he was 17. 

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Pompeo announces US to rescind $160 million in aid to Afghanistan, cites government corruption

Washington is rescinding $160 million directed to Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday, citing unacceptable levels of corruption in the Afghan government.

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House passes temporary spending bill meant to avoid government shutdown

The House of Representatives approved an interim spending bill Thursday, boosting hopes of avoiding a government shutdown at the end of the month.

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Bernie Sanders says he's reached 1 million individual donors

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders' campaign says that it has received contributions from more than 1 million individual donors and that it's the first in the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field to do so.

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump team distortions on fuel economy rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his team are distorting the facts in explaining the administration's decision to stop California from setting its own emission standards for cars and trucks.

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Sanford takes his first 2020 campaign trip to New Hampshire

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Mark Sanford's first presidential campaign stop in New Hampshire began with an interruption in the hopes of being heard.

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2020 Democrats shift strategies as leadoff caucus nears

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Kamala Harris will "exponentially" increase the time she's spending in Iowa. Bernie Sanders is shaking up his operations there and in New Hampshire.

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Buttigieg calls Warren 'extremely evasive' on health taxes

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is accusing his 2020 rival Elizabeth Warren of being "extremely evasive" when it comes to explaining how she'd finance a universal health care plan.

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Trump scores a victory in bicoastal battle over tax returns

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump's efforts to keep his tax returns private played out on both coasts Thursday, with a California judge handing him an initial victory and his lawyers in New York City arguing that federal prosecutors there are trying "to harass" him by seeking the documents.

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Trump Condemns Whistleblower Story

President Trump is pushing back against the allegation that he made some kind of improper promise to another world leader while on a phone call. In a series of tweets Thursday, Trump pointed out that he knows full well all of his calls to foreign leaders have lots of people...

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Matt Drudge Names Democrat to Watch in Primaries

Matt Drudge, the influential conservative blogger who predicted Donald Trump's nomination and election victory in 2016, thinks Elizabeth Warren is the Democrat to watch in next year's primaries. "It's Elizabeth Warren's nomination to lose," he tweeted Wednesday, sharing a photo of a large crowd at the senator's Monday rally in...

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Whistleblower Complaint Filed Over Trump Phone Call

A phone conversation between President Trump and a foreign leader alarmed an intelligence official so much that they filed a formal whistleblower complaint, sources tell the Washington Post . The sources say the complaint filed with the inspector general of the intelligence community involved a "promise" Trump made to the leader....

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Pelosi: I'd Have Held Lewandowski in Contempt

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler didn't hold Corey Lewandowski in contempt for his "completely unacceptable" behavior during a hearing Tuesday—but Nancy Pelosi would have been stricter. Sources tell Politico that the House speaker told a group of lawmakers Wednesday that she would have held President Trump's former campaign...

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Trump Shares Fake Video of Ilhan Omar

President Donald Trump on Wednesday used Twitter to share an edited video made by a conservative comedian that falsely accused Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of dancing and partying last week on the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the AP reports. The inaccurate video provoked new Twitter criticism of...

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Trump Officially Bars California From Setting Fuel Standards

As expected , President Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators, a move critics said would result in less fuel efficient cars that create more planet-warming pollution. In a series of tweets , Trump said his action...

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