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U.S. lawmaker says Facebook cannot be trusted to regulate itself

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democratic U.S. Representative David Cicilline, expected to become the next chairman of House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel, said on Wednesday that Facebook Inc cannot

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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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China appears to relax North Korea sanctions: report to U.S. Congress

By David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional commission said on Wednesday that China appears to have relaxed enforcement of sanctions on North Korea and called on the Treasury

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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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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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Whitaker said to angrily demand website remove posts about patent firm

Since President Trump appointed Mr. Whitaker last week, the acting attorney general has faced questions about the extent of his involvement with World Patent Marketing, where he was a paid advisory-board member until at least 2016. The company was shut down last year by the Federal Trade Commission after it accused the firm of scamming $26 million.

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Judge rules some absentee ballots must be counted in Georgia gubernatorial election

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the results of Georgia's gubernatorial race cannot be certified until certain absentee ballots have been counted.

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Ted Cruz, Beto O'Rourke smile for photo in Texas airport in first meeting since election

Political rivals Beto O'Rourke and Ted Cruz — who both engaged in one of the most heated races for a U.S. Senate seat in the months leading up to the midterm election — were spotted flying out of Texas, apparently on the same flight to Washington, D.C.

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Mira Ricardel to leave White House, after Melania Trump's office called for her dismissal

Just one day after the office of first lady Melania Trump called for her dismissal, deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is officially set to exit the White House, the Trump administration has announced.

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Will Dems do worse at checking Trump than GOP did?

Could they do better?

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Trump backs sentencing reform bill he says will give ex-inmates 'a second chance at life'

President Trump threw his support behind a bipartisan bill to reform federal sentencing guidelines Wednesday, which he said would "reduce crime while giving our fellow citizens a chance at redemption."

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After arrest, Michael Avenatti denies LA domestic violence

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stormy Daniels, has denied allegations of domestic violence after his arrest near his ritzy Los Angeles skyscraper apartment.

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Nielsen's DHS replacement to face same border challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen never quite clicked personally as the president chafed at her explanations of complicated immigration issues and her inability to bring about massive changes at the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Deadlines looming in pivotal, rancorous Florida recounts

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's bumpy election recount reaches a pivotal point Thursday as most counties across the state complete reviews that could determine the next senator and governor in one of America's top political battlegrounds.

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Gov's race: Dems doubt Kemp's claim of 'insurmountable lead

ATLANTA (AP) — As Democrats ratcheted up their attacks on Georgia Republican Brian Kemp, he claimed Wednesday that results certified by county election officials confirm he has an "insurmountable lead" in the governor's race.

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Michael Avenatti arrested in LA on domestic violence charge

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Avenatti, who skyrocketed to fame as a critic of President Donald Trump and the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was arrested Wednesday and booked on a felony domestic violence charge, Los Angeles police said.

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Bitter Florida recount: Lawsuits pile up, machines overheat

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With time running out in Florida's high-stakes election recount, lawsuits piled up Wednesday amid a maelstrom of courtroom arguments, outdated ballot-scanning machines overheated and President Donald Trump leveled his latest unfounded allegation, that people had been voting in disguise.

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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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Fox News Sides With CNN on Jim Acosta-Trump Flap

Fox News on Wednesday came out in support of CNN's suit against the Trump administration in a bid to get back Jim Acosta's "hard pass." Its statement, from Fox News President Jay Wallace: "Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter's press credential. We...

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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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