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Trump gives Pentagon power to reset Iraq, Syria troop limits

By Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump has given the military the authority to reset a confusing system of troop limits in Iraq and Syria that critics said allowed the White

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U.S. chief justice alarmed at Trump administration immigration case stance

By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts took issue on Wednesday with the Trump administration's stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for

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U.S. lawmakers say Trump administration still lacks clear North Korea plan

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers said high-profile briefings by the Trump administration on North Korea on Wednesday failed to provide the firm strategy they had hoped for

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Republicans take next step in U.S. deregulation with Senate bill

By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers launched the next round in their fight against federal regulation on Wednesday, helped by at least one Democrat, as the U.S.

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Conservatives back latest U.S. healthcare bill, obstacles remain

By Susan Cornwell and Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The conservative House Freedom Caucus came out in support of a reworked U.S.

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U.S. Congress may seek one-week funding extension to avert shutdown

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress inched toward a deal to fund the government through September but was preparing to possibly extend a midnight Friday deadline in order to

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Rep. Chaffetz to take leave of absence to recover from foot surgery

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah says he needs immediate foot surgery and will be out of Washington for three to four weeks, missing a key vote on a spending bill to keep the government open

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Trump agrees to renegotiate NAFTA with Canada, Mexico leaders

President Trump and the leaders of Mexico and Canada agreed Wednesday to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the White House said Wednesday night.

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Sen. Ted Cruz: 'It's only fitting' cartel money be used for border wall

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz told Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that "there's a justice" to his proposal that money seized from drug cartel capos be used to pay for President Trump's promised border wall.

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Mnuchin: Trump's tax plan is a 'middle-income tax cut'

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that President Trump's tax reform plan would amount to a "middle-income tax cut" and would "make business competitive."

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Fox News Poll: President Trump's first 100 days getting mixed reviews

A Fox News Poll taken as the Trump administration nears its 100-day milestone gives mixed messages to the president.

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Bill in Congress would pressure Palestinian gov't to cut off terror-tied payments

Taylor Force was a West Point graduate who served in Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Trump secrecy moves threaten his 'drain the swamp' pledge

WASHINGTON (AP) The leader of a bipartisan good-government group, Zach Wamp, headed to the White House last week to ask whether President Donald Trump's "drain the swamp" slogan would ever be more than a throwaway campaign slogan.

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The Latest: Champs-Elysees reopening after gun attack

PARIS (AP) The Latest on the shootings of two police officers in Paris (all times local): ___ 6:45 a.m. Paris' iconic Champs-Elysees boulevard is reopen and picking up its usual early morning routine Friday after a gunman opened fire on police, killing one officer and wounding three people before police shot and killed him.

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Utah's Chaffetz says he may not finish term in Congress

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz's decision not to seek another term in Congress and possibly resign sets the GOP congressman up for a 2020 run for governor without a damaging re-election campaign or pressure to doggedly investigate his party's president.

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Correction: House Election-Georgia story

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) In a story April 19 about a runoff election in Georgia's 6th Correctional District, The Associated Press misspelled the name of a voter.

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Utah Rep. Chaffetz says he won't run for re-election

WASHINGTON (AP) Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican who doggedly investigated Hillary Clinton before the 2016 presidential election but declined to investigate President Donald Trump, abruptly announced Wednesday that he won't run for re-election.

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High-profile Georgia congressional race heads to a runoff

DUNWOODY, Ga. (AP) A Georgia congressional election is headed to a runoff that will ratchet up the already significant national attention and campaign cash on a race that poses an early measure for President Donald Trump and both major parties ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

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Senate Democrats Call for Sessions to Testify

All nine Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee are asking for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify before the panel to explain his failure to disclose his conversations with Russia's envoy to the U.S.

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Trump Administration Considering Separating Women, Children at Mexico Border

Women and children crossing together illegally into the United States could be separated by U.S. authorities under a proposal being considered by the Department of Homeland Security, according to three government officials.

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WH Defends Pence's Use of Private Email While Governor

A White House spokeswoman said Friday that Vice President Mike Pence did everything to the letter of the law after public records revealed that he used a private email account to conduct public business as Indiana's governor.

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Trump Tours Private School in Florida, Promoting Choice

President Donald Trump toured a private, religious school in Florida on Friday, praising it as an ideal institution for "disadvantaged children" while re-emphasizing that his education agenda will focus on school choice.

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Pence on Email Use: 'No Comparison' to Clinton

Vice President Mike Pence says his use of a private email while governor of Indiana was in full compliance with state laws.

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Trump, Schumer Trade Barbs on Twitter Over Russia

President Donald Trump blasted Sen. Chuck Schumer, an outspoken critic of the administration's connections to Russia, calling the New York Democrat a "total hypocrite" in a tweet that included a photo of the senator having coffee and doughnuts with Russian President...

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At Center of All These Russia Stories: Sergey Kislyak

As Attorney General Jeff Sessions remains mired in controversy about his contact with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, more info is emerging about the man NBC News refers to as "the shadowy apparatchik at the center of Trump's Russia crisis." Kislyak, who has held his post since 2008, was the same...

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New American Horror Story: Election 2016

After seasons focused on witches, freak shows, and the paranormal, American Horror Story 's seventh season will tackle what Gizmodo describes as "the most terrifying thing imaginable": the 2016 election. "It's very scary and very fun and very ... topical," producer Ryan Murphy tells E! While appearing on Watch What Happens...

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Woman Ends 22-Year Marriage Over Husband's Trump Support

Divisions between supporters of President Trump and Hillary Clinton have taken a toll on plenty of relationships, reports Reuters , but this might be the most extreme example: Gayle McCormick, a 73-year-old retired prison guard in Washington state who describes herself as a "Democrat leaning toward socialist," says she decided to...

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I'm a 'Deplorable' Trump Voter, and I'm Not Sorry

Jeff Bust doesn't like Donald Trump. He thinks the president is "arrogant, careless with what he says, overly competitive, and insensitive." But Bust also voted for Trump and proudly considers himself "deplorable," he writes for the Chicago Tribune . He focuses on the amount of money the US has expended over...

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161K Invalid Votes Cast in Fla. Trump Only Won by 113K Votes

Beyonce, Tim Tebow, or the Norse god Thor for prez? Those were some of Florida's more unusual picks for president this past election. And the number of Florida voters who didn't cast a vote for either Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or any other valid contender spiked in 2016, apparently in...

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Hillary to Dish on 2016 Race in New Book

Hillary Clinton has a lot of plans for 2017, including some reflections on her stunning loss last fall to Donald Trump. The former secretary of state, senator, and first lady is working on a book of personal essays that will come out this fall, Simon & Schuster tells the AP...

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