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Ostrich jacket, fake rallies, therapy dogs and other odd scenes in Trump-Russia probe

By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Question: What do you get when you combine Russian agents, a therapy dog and a $15,000 ostrich-skin jacket? Answer: A criminal investigation that could decide

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White House to host CEOs for workforce advisory meeting

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday is hosting major chief executives who joined a Trump administration advisory board on workforce issues.

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Trump slams Mueller, mocks critics in fiery two-hour speech

(Note language in 1st and 9th paragraphs that may offend readers.) By Katanga Johnson and Steve Holland OXON HILL, Md. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Saturday attacked U.S.

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Bernie Sanders gets personal as he hits the 2020 campaign trail

By John Whitesides (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Bernie Sanders showed a more personal side as he hit the 2020 campaign trail for the first time on Saturday, describing the struggles

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Explainer: In Trump-Russia probe, when does collusion become a crime?

By Jan Wolfe WASHINGTON (Reuters) - As Special Counsel Robert Mueller has pursued his investigation into Moscow's role in the 2016 U.S.

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House panel demands Kushner clearance details from White House

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic-led congressional panel on Friday demanded that the White House comply with requests for documents and witnesses for a probe into alleged security

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Mike Huckabee blasts Gillibrand plan to extend Social Security to illegal immigrants

Making illegal immigrants eligible for Social Security benefits -- as 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has suggested -- is a "ridiculous proposal," former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee said Wednesday on Fox News' "Hannity."

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Trump calls on UAW to lower workers' dues during visit to Lima, Ohio, tank plant

Members of America's largest autoworkers union are paying too much in dues, President Trump said Wednesday during a speech at an Ohio tank plant.

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Gillibrand, pumped for return to Iowa, gets slammed for ‘cringeworthy’ workout video

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a 2020 presidential candidate, is facing blowback on social media for sharing a video of herself working out during a return campaign visit to Iowa.

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Kentucky governor says he intentionally exposed his 9 kids to chickenpox

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin said Tuesday that he deliberately exposed his nine children to chickenpox in lieu of vaccinating them, actions that follow reports of an outbreak of the contagious disease at a Roman Catholic school in a northern part of the state.

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Rep. Ilhan Omar's 'anti-Semitic tropes' prompt Jewish New York Dem to apologize to constituents

U.S. Rep. Max Rose, a Jewish New York Democrat in his first term in Congress, apologized to visibly frustrated constituents at a town hall in Staten Island on Tuesday for not "protecting them" from fellow freshman Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar's repeated use of "anti-Semitic tropes."

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Pentagon watchdog to investigate if Shanahan used office to promote Boeing

The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General said Wednesday that it had opened an investigation into whether acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan had used his position to improperly promote his former employer, Boeing.

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Migrants encounter snafus with new US asylum policy

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Scheduling glitches led an immigration judge to deny the Trump administration's request to order four Central American migrants deported because they failed to show for initial hearings Wednesday in the U.S.

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Pelosi's no fan of impeachment: Just ask Clinton and Bush

WASHINGTON (AP) — The day after Democrats swept to power, Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi stood before the cameras and declared impeachment was "off the table."

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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's slam on McCain ignores who aided vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's posthumous slam on Sen. John McCain flips reality on its head when it comes to who gave veterans the option to see a private doctor at public expense.

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Trump aims new blasts at McCain, claims credit for funeral

WASHINGTON (AP) — Casting aside rare censure from Republican lawmakers, President Donald Trump aimed new blasts of invective at the late John McCain Wednesday, even claiming credit for the senator's moving Washington funeral and complaining he was never properly thanked.

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AP-NORC Poll: Most at least partly confident in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the special counsel investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign winds down, a new poll finds that most Americans are at least moderately confident that Robert Mueller's probe has been fair and impartial.

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Trump says IS territory in Syria nearly eliminated

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday the last pocket of the Islamic State's land in Syria will be liberated by U.S.-backed forces "by tonight."

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Governor Says He Exposed His Kids to Chickenpox

Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says he deliberately exposed his children to chickenpox so they would catch the highly contagious disease and become immune. During an interview on Bowling Green radio station WKCT , Bevin said his children were "miserable for a few days" after contracting chickenpox but "they all turned out...

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Trump: I Wasn't Thanked for John McCain's Funeral

President Trump continued his feud with the late John McCain Wednesday, telling an audience at a tank factory in Ohio that he "wasn't a fan" of the senator—and complaining that he was never thanked for approving his funeral seven months ago. "I gave him the kind of funeral he...

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Gillum Thinks He Knows How to Take Florida From Trump

President Trump narrowly won Florida in 2016 with around 113,000 more votes than Hillary Clinton—and it's a lead former Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum wants to obliterate in 2020. The Democrat is launching a massive voter registration drive in the state, CBS reports. "We are going to commit ourselves...

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Trump Is Fine With Releasing Mueller Report

President Trump on Wednesday expressed confusion with why special counsel Robert Mueller is even writing a report ("It's interesting that a man gets appointed by a deputy, he writes a report, uh, you know, never figured that one out. Man gets appointed by a deputy, he writes a report," he...

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Cindy McCain Shares the Hate That Followed Trump's Criticism

"I'm glad he's dead," a stranger told John McCain's widow in a private social media message. Cindy McCain received the message after President Trump renewed his criticism of the longtime senator and POW, tweeting a series of attacks on McCain over the weekend, Today reports. John McCain died last year...

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Netanyahu Will Be at the White House Monday

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be at the White House for two days next week, the White House announced Wednesday. "The president and the prime minister will discuss their countries' shared interests and actions in the Middle East during a working meeting on March 25," says a statement obtained...

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