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U.S. Senate to vote on measure to block drilling in Arctic reserve

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday geared up to vote on an amendment that would block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, with opponents of the measure saying development

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Senator McCain says subpoena may be required to get answers on Niger ambush

By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said on Thursday he may consider issuing a subpoena because the White House has not been

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Trump administration weighs tighter vetting for women, children refugees: sources

By Yeganeh Torbati and Mica Rosenberg WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Trump administration is considering tightening the vetting process for women and children seeking to enter the United States

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Trump leaning toward Powell for Fed chair: Politico

(Reuters) - Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell is the leading candidate to become the chair of the U.S. central bank after President Donald Trump concluded a series of meetings with five finalists

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Trump says he will work with Congress on more aid for Puerto Rico

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will work with the U.S. Congress to approve grants and loans to help rebuild Puerto Rico after it was devastated

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Senate heads for vote crucial to Trump's tax reform plan

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's drive to overhaul the U.S. tax code headed for a pivotal moment on Thursday, with Senate Republicans poised to approve a budget measure

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First look at 8 prototypes of Trump's 'big, beautiful' border wall

U.S. Customs and Border Protection awarded eight contracts to six companies to build the prototypes. Four are made of reinforced concrete, the others involve alternate materials, mostly steel.

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George W. Bush says bigotry or white supremacy in any form is 'blasphemy'

Decrying what he called bigotry, bullying and prejudice in politics, former President George W. Bush bluntly warned about dangers to democracy, both abroad and here at home.

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Dems need more than 'meh' in Virginia race

Will they follow through?

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Report: North Korean generals love anti-Trump MSNBC show 'Morning Joe,' watch it daily

NBC News foreign correspondent Keir Simmons reported Thursday that a North Korean lieutenant colonel he spoke to watches MSNBC's "Morning Joe" and believes President Donald Trump is "mentally ill."

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Conservative divide could create nasty GOP Senate primary in Mississippi

Bannon is allegedly throwing his support behind Mississippi State Sen. Chris McDaniel, who narrowly lost to Sen. Thad Cochran in 2014. McDaniel is mulling a Senate run but says Bannon is urging him to enter the race.

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Dem rep on Weinstein scandal: Women have responsibility to watch their attire and behavior

A Democratic congresswoman suggested in a local TV interview that women bear a certain responsibility when it comes to sexual harassment, saying their attire and behavior can be inviting.

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Senators push for more online transparency in elections

WASHINGTON (AP) Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling on Thursday what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or other foreign actors on U.S.

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Trump kicks issues to Congress, is erratic negotiator

WASHINGTON (AP) President Donald Trump is proving to be an erratic negotiating partner as he punts policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants.

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Dog loses love of bomb sniffing, booted from CIA

WASHINGTON (AP) A puppy lost its love for sniffing out bombs and the CIA lost a recruit. Lulu gained a family. Just a few weeks into her training, the doe-eyed black Labrador with flappy ears just wasn't interested in detecting explosive odors anymore, the agency said.

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Trump thrusts Kelly's private tragedy into public spotlight

WASHINGTON (AP) Enraged and rattled by the political brawl over military mourning, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly returned this week to the one place he could go clear his head Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, some of the saddest ground in America.

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Obama tells Democrats to reject politics of division, fear

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Former President Barack Obama called on fellow Democrats to reject politics of "division" and "fear" while rallying on Thursday at the side of his former ambassador to Germany, who is running for governor in New Jersey.

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Kelly defends Trump's call to war widow, raps congresswoman

WASHINGTON (AP) White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman Thursday, accusing her of politicizing what he called a "sacred" presidential effort to console the grieving loved ones of a slain soldier.

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So, About That Crazy Melania 'Body Double' Conspiracy

Melania Trump now has something in common with Hillary Clinton: The first lady is now the subject of her very own nutso conspiracy about a body double. The bizarre claim trended on social media Wednesday, and the Washington Post traces it back to this tweet : "This is not Melania," wrote...

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Father of Slain Soldier: Trump Didn't Send Promised $25K

The father of a soldier killed in Afghanistan in June says he was "floored" when President Trump promised to write him a check for $25,000but it never arrived. Chris Baldridge tells the Washington Post that when Trump called a few weeks after his son, Army Sgt. Dillon Baldridge...

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Sessions Refuses to Answer Questions on Trump, Comey

Jeff Sessions refused Wednesday to answer questions about his "confidential conversations with the president" regarding the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, CNN reports. The attorney general claimed executive privilege when questioned by Democrats during testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I cannot waive that privilege myself...

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Strategy Emerges to Pass New ObamaCare Remedy

President Trump seemed to back away even further on Wednesday from his support of a bipartisan deal that would shore up ObamaCare for the near future. In a tweet , Trump said he could "never support bailing out" insurance companies, referring to the deal struck between Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and...

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Trump Gets Entangled in New Gold-Star Family Feud

Trump the candidate had a very public feud with a Gold Star family; Trump the president appears to be embroiled in one, too. The dust-up began with a Democratic Florida congresswoman, who says President Trump told the widow of a slain soldier that her husband "knew what he signed up...

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Fallen Soldier's Mom: Trump Never Called

President Trump's claim Tuesday that he has called the family of every American soldier to die during his presidency was simply untrue, reports the AP , which found three families that never got the call. Two of them didn't receive a letter. Sheila Murphy, whose Army son died in Syria in...

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