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Pentagon report on Turkey's F-35 program delivered to Congress

BERLIN/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Defense Department has delivered a report to Congress detailing implications of Turkey receiving 100 F-35 fighter jets, five people familiar with the report said

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U.S. House panel to look at finance sector's diversity, inclusion

By Pete Schroeder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats are planning to dramatically step up their focus on improving financial services for underserved communities when they take control of the U.S.

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U.S. senator to query Facebook about report on treatment of critics

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic U.S. senator said on Thursday she will ask Facebook Inc and the Justice Department about a media report that the company hired an outside

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Pentagon fails its first-ever audit, official says

By Idrees Ali and Mike Stone WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon has failed what is being called its first-ever comprehensive audit, a senior official said on Thursday, finding U.S.

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U.S. Senate votes to confirm Fed governor nominee Bowman

By Jason Lange WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted to confirm Michelle Bowman to the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors, cementing a majority at the board for officials picked

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U.S. judge refuses Russian firm's bid to dismiss Mueller indictment

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday refused to dismiss criminal charges against a Russian company accused by U.S.

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Broward misses machine recount deadline -- by 2 minutes

A Broward County election official said late Thursday that the county had uploaded the results of its recount 2 minutes after a 3 p.m. deadline – making the machine recount tally void. Instead, the results from last Tuesday’s election will stand.

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Acting AG Whitaker doesn't see need to recuse himself 'legally or factually,' Graham says

Acting Attorney General Jasson Whitaker sees no reason to recuse himself from overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said after meeting him Thursday on Capitol Hill.

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Maine congressman loses seat in controversial ranked-choice voting race

Democrat Jared Golden defeated incumbent GOP Rep. Bruce Poliquin after votes have been counted in Maine's controversial ranked-choice voting system, according to election officials. 

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Kasich, in New Hampshire, says all 'options are on the table’ when it comes to challenging Trump

MANCHESTER, N.H. – When it comes to running for the White House in 2020, John Kasich says “I really don’t know what I’m going to do.”

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Palm Beach misses election recount deadline after machines stop working

Florida's already farcical recount was dealt yet another blow Thursday when Palm Beach County failed to meet a 3 p.m. deadline, with the election supervisor blaming faulty equipment.

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How Democrats will rule: Roadmap drafted for House overhaul

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats unveiled a draft rules package Thursday for how they would govern the chamber when they take over the majority in the new Congress next year.

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Pelosi claims 'overwhelming support' for 2nd act as speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers trying to oust Nancy Pelosi started rallying behind a possible contender Thursday, but the House Democratic leader gained key endorsements and said she has "overwhelming support" to become the next speaker.

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Bitter battle for Florida Senate seat goes to hand recount

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's acrimonious battle for the U.S. Senate headed Thursday to a legally required hand recount after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Gov.

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Forest Service chief vows to rid agency of sexual harassment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid scrutiny stemming from fresh revelations of rampant discrimination, bullying, retaliation and sexual misconduct at the U.S.

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Women elected in record numbers in state legislative races

Women's winning streak in this year's elections has extended to statehouses across the country. More than 2,000 women will serve in state legislatures when those chambers convene for their upcoming sessions, representing roughly a quarter of all state lawmakers across the country.

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Senate lets Bahrain weapon sale proceed; Yemen unease grows

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate rejected an effort Thursday to block $300 million in weapon sales to Bahrain, but there's growing unease in Congress about the U.S.

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Trump Supports Sweeping Criminal Justice Reform Bill

"Did I hear the word bipartisan?" President Trump asked Wednesday as he announced his support for a major reform of prison and sentencing laws. The First Step Act, which the AP calls the "first major rewrite of the nation's criminal justice sentencing laws in a generation," was created by a...

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White House Aide Gone After Clash With First Lady

Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel was removed from her post Wednesday—the day after Melania Trump's office released a highly unusual statement calling for her firing . "Mira Ricardel will continue to support the president as she departs the White House to transition to a new role within the administration,...

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Stormy Daniels' Lawyer Calls Charge Against Him 'Bogus'

Stormy Daniels' lawyer was arrested Wednesday on what he claimed was a "completely bogus" charge of felony domestic violence. Michael Avenatti, a frequent and outspoken critic of President Trump, was released on $50,000 bail, the BBC reports. Los Angeles Police Department Tony Im says the victim in the case...

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House Republicans Choose Their Leader

The race for House minority leader was Kevin McCarthy's to lose on Wednesday, and lose it he did not. Politico reports the Republican successfully fended off a challenge from conservative Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan, with Republican sources saying the final count was 159 to 43. The remainder of...

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2 Reports Describe Trump as Deeply Impacted by Midterms

The Los Angeles Times and Washington Post are out with complementary pieces focused on what they see as President Trump's changing temperament in the wake of the midterms. At the Los Angeles Times , Eli Stokols contrasts Trump's frequent "ebullient" appearances at campaign rallies with a post-midterms retreat "into a cocoon...

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DOJ: No Senate Confirmation, No Problem for Whitaker

Matthew Whitaker is "unquestionably" authorized to lead the Justice Department despite his lack of Senate confirmation. That's the opinion of Steven Engel, assistant attorney general for the department's Office of Legal Counsel, who's penned a 20-page memo in support of Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general after Jeff Sessions was...

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