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As Congress taps leaders, House's McCarthy fends off rival

By Richard Cowan and Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday chose Kevin McCarthy as their party's leader for the new Congress that will

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U.S. Senate's Flake takes a stand on protecting Mueller probe

By David Morgan and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A lone Republican lawmaker on Wednesday vowed to block judicial nominations in the U.S.

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Justice Department calls Trump appointment of Whitaker lawful

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department on Wednesday defended the legality of President Donald Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general to replace the

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Citizenship query will not cause U.S. census undercount: official

By Nick Brown NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Census Bureau's top scientist on Wednesday insisted the bureau can get a full count of American residents during the 2020 census, despite the Trump

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Manafort business partner Gates still assisting with Mueller probe: filing

By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rick Gates, a former business partner of President Donald Trump's ex-campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is still cooperating with several ongoing investigations

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Too close to call: U.S. federal, state elections still in flux

(Reuters) - Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 elections and Republicans held onto a majority in the U.S.

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Florida asks US to investigate ‘irregularities’ as state races toward recount deadline

Florida election officials asked federal prosecutors to look into allegations state Democrats sent faulty forms to voters in four counties that could have resulted in mail-in ballots being disqualified, Fox News confirmed Wednesday.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg, recovering from injury, to return to workout routine next week: report

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg plans to continue her workout routine next week after recently injuring herself in a fall, her trainer reportedly said.

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Flake vows to boycott GOP judicial nominees after McConnell torpedoes Mueller protection legislation

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday blocked an effort by outgoing Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake and Delaware Demoratic Sen. Chris Coons to introduce legislation protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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Jeff Flake: Troop deployment at southern border is ‘a stunt’

Sen. Jeff Flake on Wednesday criticized President Trump’s decision to send military troops to the nation’s southern border in the wake of an approaching caravan of Central American migrants, labeling the maneuver as a sham.

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Trump says 'disaster' Snipes should be removed as election head, calls her 'very competent but in a bad way'

President Trump on Wednesday called embattled Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes a "disaster" who should be fired, and suggested she is intentionally trying to throw elections to Democrats.

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Goodlatte: Rosenstein could still testify before Congress by end of year

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte told Fox News in an interview Wednesday there are ongoing discussions to bring Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in for testimony with lawmakers this year – after negotiations hit an impasse last month.

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Trump ally McCarthy to lead House GOP, work to win majority

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy easily won an internal party election Wednesday to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus, handing the seven-term Californian a familiar role of building the party back to a majority as well as protecting President Donald Trump's agenda.

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Trump aide departs West Wing after rebuke from first lady

WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is leaving the White House, one day after first lady Melania Trump's office issued an extraordinary statement calling for her dismissal.

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The Latest: Bloomberg: Leader's GOP women claim misleading

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional Republicans' leadership elections (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Michael Bloomberg's team says it's misleading for Republican leader Kevin McCarthy to claim that the billionaire is responsible for reducing the number of GOP women in Congress.

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After midterms, Democratic hopefuls eye early-voting states

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Democrats pondering 2020 presidential bids in the aftermath of the midterm elections are pivoting from campaigning for other candidates across the country to refocusing on their own efforts, including moves in early-voting states like South Carolina.

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Pelosi challenges unhappy Dems to block her bid for speaker

WASHINGTON (AP) — A defiant Rep. Nancy Pelosi challenged maverick Democrats on Wednesday to produce a rival who could win enough votes to prevent her from becoming the House's new speaker.

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US government: 3 SKorean firms to pay $236M in bid-rig plot

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says three South Korean companies have agreed to pay $236 million to settle allegations they were part of a bid-rigging scheme that overcharged the U.S.

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'US Military Superiority Is No Longer Assured'

A new report to Congress delivers a "flashing red" warning of a national security crisis. It's no migrant caravan, but the general degradation of American military might. "The US military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict. It might struggle to win,...

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Pence Rebukes Suu Kyi Over 'Deeply Troubling' Issues

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi rebuffed criticism from Vice President Mike Pence and other leaders Wednesday over her government's treatment of its ethnic Rohingya Muslims. In a meeting in Singapore, Pence told Suu Kyi he was anxious to hear about progress in resolving the crisis, which stems from a...

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Defeated Republican Could Still Get a Senate Seat

After it became clear that Democrat Kyrsten Sinema had an insurmountable lead in the Arizona Senate race, Republican Martha McSally delivered a gracious concession speech —so gracious that she might end up in the Senate after all. Arizona's other Senate seat is currently held by Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, who...

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Disney Bans Man Over Trump Banner

A man banned from Disney World for unfurling a huge pro-President Trump banner on Main Street, USA, in September was given a reprieve—until he came back with more Trump signs. New Yorker Dion Cini, 49, had his annual pass revoked and was banned from all Disney properties last week...

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Jordan Challenges McCarthy for Leadership of House GOP

The speaker's gavel now out of reach, Republican Kevin McCarthy is poised to take over the shrunken House GOP caucus in closed-door elections that will determine party leadership and set the tone for the new Congress. The race for minority leader is McCarthy's to lose Wednesday, but the Californian, who...

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Monica Lewinsky Reflects on Her Apology to Hillary

Monica Lewinsky sat for more than 20 hours of interviews to participate in an upcoming docuseries on her involvement with then-President Bill Clinton and the aftermath, and in a new essay for Vanity Fair , she explains why she would choose to relive such a "painful and traumatic" time in her...

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