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U.S. senator insists special counsel won't derail Congress' Russia probes

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior U.S. senator said on Friday that he expects Congress' investigation of Russia and the 2016 U.S.

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Trump opts to keep Pentagon's top officer for another term

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated Marine General Joseph Dunford to keep his post as his top military adviser for another two-year term.

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Ex-U.S. Congressman Weiner pleads guilty in teen 'sexting' case

By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner wept on Friday as he pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit messages to a teenage girl, capping a "sexting" scandal

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White House moving ahead with stiff EPA budget cuts: group, citing document

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's administration plans deep cuts to state environmental programs, a summary of the Environmental Protection Agency's 2018 budget

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U.S. official backs Trump version on Comey firing timing

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump decided to fire FBI chief James Comey before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a memo outlining his own concerns, Rosenstein said in a

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White House says will not announce FBI director nominee on Friday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - There will be no planned announcement on Friday of U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for FBI director, the White House said.

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'Sanctuary Cities' protests interrupt Texas House session

Protests erupted in the Texas capitol building on Monday over Gov. Greg Abbotts new law cracking down on sanctuary cities, interrupting the final day in this years regular session of the Texas Legislature.

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President Trump lays wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

President Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery on Monday to perform one of the most solemn duties as commander-in-chief laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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President Trump gives Memorial Day Address at Arlington National Cemetery

President Trump visited Arlington National Cemetery on Monday to perform one of the most solemn duties as commander-in-chief laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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President Trump proclaims Memorial Day 2017 as a day of 'Prayer for Permanent Peace'

President Trump proclaimed Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, as a Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace.

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Vice President Pence hosts annual Project Hero Memorial Day Bike Ride

Vice President Mike Pence honored more than 200 bike-riders at the annual Project Hero Memorial Day Bike Ride on Monday morning.

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President Trump's Memorial Day tweets

President Trump took to Twitter on Memorial Day honoring service men and women, but also added a 40-character message for North Korea.

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McConnell juggling diverse demands on Republican health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan? Those are some GOP senators whose clashing demands McConnell, R-Ky., must resolve.

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A sampling of VA drug-theft prosecutions

Government data obtained by The Associated Press show more cases of opioid drug theft or missing prescriptions at Veterans Affairs health facilities despite new prevention efforts.

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Judges weigh law cutting governor's elections oversight role

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) If judges sign off on Republican legislation that curtails the new governor's control over state and local elections, future balloting could be wracked with confusion, unethical politicians could go unpunished and campaign finance tricks could continue unabated, Democratic lawyers contend.

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Kelly defends plan for Russia back channel as a 'good thing'

WASHINGTON (AP) Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is defending an alleged effort by top White House adviser Jared Kushner to create back-channel communications with Russia as a "good thing," while the Trump administration sought to quell mounting questions over secret ties to the Kremlin.

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Trump lashes out at leaks, considers staff upheaval

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump is assailing internal leaks as he considers an overhaul of his White House staff and grapples with a burgeoning crisis involving alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.

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Dems view vets as strong candidates in bid to retake House

ATLANTA (AP) Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight for majority control of the House. Looking ahead to next year's elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen military veterans to challenge Republican incumbents, arguing that candidates with a military background on their resumes appeal to independent voters and can help the party break the GOP grip on Washington.

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Tillerson Breaks With Tradition on Ramadan

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has done things a bit differently from the start, and Reuters reports on his latest break from tradition: Though Tillerson issued a statement Friday to mark the start of Islam's holy month of Ramadan, officials tell Reuters he declined a request from the State Department's...

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Merkel: US, Britain No Longer Reliable Allies

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Trump walked away from the G7 summit in Sicily with very different takes on the meetings. The BBC reports that Merkel made a somber speech at an election event in Munich on Sunday, suggesting that Europe could no longer rely on allies Britain and...

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Trump Supporter Accused of Rally Violence Blames Trump

President Trump is dealing with another campaign-related legal headacheand it's got nothing to do with the Kremlin. White nationalist Matthew Heimbach is being sued by a protester who says he assaulted her at a rally in Kentucky last year and he, in turn, is suing Trump, saying he was...

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8th-Graders Ditch Photo Op With Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan recently discovered that not all of social-media savvy Generation Z is game to jump in front of a camera. During a class trip to Washington, DC, half the visiting students from New Jerseys South Orange Middle School opted out of a photo with Ryan, reports ABC...

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Homeland Security Chief: Leaks 'Darn Close to Treason'

Whoever is behind the leaks of intelligence Britain shared with the United States in the wake of the Manchester bombing is in dangerous territory, according to the secretary of Homeland Security. "I believe when you leak the kind of information that seems to be routinely leakedhigh, high level of...

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As Crisis Grows, White House Eyes Big Shakeups

President Trump is back from his foreign tour and has no shortage of items on his to-do list: Chief among them is containing the Russia crisis, and the Washington Post is reporting that the White House is looking to create a "war room" to do so and fill it with...

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