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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (Jan 19) - Government funding bill

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

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U.S. government to shield health workers under 'religious freedom'

By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government is seeking to further protect the "conscience and religious freedom" of health workers whose beliefs prevent them from carrying out abortions

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China looks to call bluff on Trump trade action

By Michael Martina and Kevin Yao BEIJING (Reuters) - As influential voices within the U.S. business community warn China that U.S.

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Trump appointee quits after CNN unearths anti-Muslim rants

(Attention: strong language in paragraphs 6-7.) (Reuters) - A U.S. official appointed by President Donald Trump has resigned after CNN posted excerpts of him making racist and Islamophobic comments

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Sales of Trump properties suggestive of money-laundering: researcher

By Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Testimony to the U.S. Congress by the head of a political research firm indicates that the Trump Organization's sales of properties to

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Senate passes bill renewing internet surveillance program

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program for six years with minimal changes,

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Syrian opposition leaders, in Washington for talks, deliver message to Trump administration, Congress

Members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) left Washington with a message for President Trump: Stop Iran and Al Qaeda in Syria, and they will work with his administration to bring peace to the war-torn nation.

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Ex-Montana lawmaker gets 18 years for drug trafficking

A former leader of the Montana House of Representatives who once supported funding for an anti-drug campaign was sentenced to 18 years in prison Thursday for his central role in a methamphetamine trafficking ring.

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Trump DOJ asks Supreme Court to overturn DACA ruling

The Department of Justice on Thursday formally asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling to block, in part, the Trump administration’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program.

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Trump administration bolsters protections for doctors, nurses who oppose abortion

More than eight months since President Trump signed an executive order instructing agencies to expand religious liberty under federal law, his administration on Thursday delivered some results.

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GOP lawmakers demand that 'alarming' memo on FISA abuses be made public

A four-page memo that documents government surveillance in the United States is being described by Republican lawmakers as “shocking,” “troubling” and “alarming,” with one congressman likening what he read to KGB activity in Russia.

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Supreme Court delays order requiring North Carolina to redraw election maps

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state's congressional districts by next week because of excessive partisan bias in current lines.

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Transcript: Trump dossier focused on \"opaque\" business deals

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's "opaque" business deals in the former Soviet Union, history of tax disputes and real estate projects abroad were critical areas of research that led to the dossier alleging a compromised relationship between the president and the Kremlin, according to the transcript of a congressional interview released Thursday.

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Supreme Court delays order for North Carolina to redraw maps

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delayed a lower-court order that would have forced North Carolina Republican lawmakers to redraw the state's congressional districts by next week because of excessive partisan bias in current lines.

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The work that won't get done during a government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of intelligence agency employees would be furloughed even as tension over North Korea's nuclear program remains high.

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Trump wades into PA race seen as test of GOP strength

CORAOPOLIS, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump waded into a potentially risky race on Thursday, throwing his support behind a Pennsylvania Republican in a contest widely viewed as a test of whether his party can stave off Democratic 2018 gains.

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Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and lawmakers haggled Thursday over what former chief strategist Steve Bannon and other top aides to President Donald Trump can tell Congress as it investigates possible connections with Russia.

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Clash with Trump casts spotlight on Kelly

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's very public pushback against his chief of staff's statement that the president's views on a border wall have "evolved" is casting a fresh spotlight on the limits of John Kelly's ability to manage White House tumult, navigate Capitol Hill and keep a demanding, scattershot president on track.

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If a Shutdown Happens, McConnell Has a Plan

If he were a betting man, it doesn't sound like President Trump would be betting on a short-term budget agreement passing Congress by Friday. In brief comments to reporters outside the Pentagon Thursday, Trump said there "could very well be" a shutdown. "We'll see what happens. It's up to the...

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Ex-DOE Staffer: My Rick Perry Photos Got Me Fired

Snapping photos of a meeting attended by Energy Secretary Rick Perry was part of Simon Edelman's role as a Department of Energy photographer. Yet he says he lost his job for doing just that, and ensuring the photos were seen. In an interview with the AP , Edelman says he was...

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Report: HHS to Offer 'Conscience Protections' for Medical Staff

A planned Health and Human Services initiative would offer "conscience protections" for medical workers, and women's and LGBT rights advocates are teaming up with doctors' groups to push back against it before it's even announced. It appears a new civil rights division within the HHS would offer protections for doctors,...

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Trump Disputes Own Chief of Staff on the Wall

President Trump is pushing back against his own chief of staff over the border wall with Mexico. Trump tweeted Thursday morning that "the Wall is the Wall, it has never changed or evolved from the first day I conceived of it." Some Democrats who met with Trump aide John Kelly...

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The Trump-Stormy Daniels Details Keep Coming

It's not every day that the New York Times reports on an In Touch article about a porn star, but here we are. In a follow-up to last week's Wall Street Journal article that alleged an adult film actress was paid $130,000 in 2016 to stay mum on a...

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Trump Reveals Winners of 'Fake News Awards'

Stephen Colbert and other late-night hosts experienced real disappointment Wednesday night when President Trump revealed the winners of his inaugural Fake News Awards: The "honors" went to the New York Times , CNN, ABC, the Washington Post , Time , and Newsweek . In a list of 10 winners posted on the GOP website,...

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