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White House says Trump son-in-law Kushner can do job without security clearance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, can continue in his role as a senior White House adviser even if he does not obtain a security clearance, the White

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U.S. Attorney General Sessions forms cyber task force to probe election meddling

By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the creation of a task force to examine how his Justice Department can better combat a wide cross-section of

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U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare

By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Caroline Humer WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in

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House Democrats ask EPA chief for details on premium travel

By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on the House energy committee on Tuesday asked Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to explain travel records that recently came to

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Republicans will sue to block court-drawn Pennsylvania congressional map

By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - State and national Republican officials will file a federal lawsuit as soon as Wednesday seeking to block a new Pennsylvania congressional map released on Monday by the

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Trump endorses Romney in run for U.S. Senate seat in Utah

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's run for a U.S.

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Trump urges ban on 'bump stocks,' other gun modifiers

President Trump on Tuesday directed Attorney General Jeff Sessions to craft new regulations to ban gun modifiers including the “bump stock” used in the Las Vegas massacre, amid bipartisan calls to strengthen gun restrictions in the wake of recent shooting rampages.

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How do gun background checks work? A look at the current system

Here’s a look at how the federal background check works, and what activists and experts have to say about it.

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Florida city to rename library after Obama

The public library in St. Petersburg, Fla., is being renamed in honor of the 44th president of the United States. This fall, the building will receive a major facelift as the President Barack Obama Community Library.

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Power Rankings: New recruits, new ratings

Thirty-seven weeks until Election Day 2018

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Americans could lose passports if 'seriously delinquent' on taxes

Americans who are behind on their taxes could be denied a passport, or even have theirs seized, unless they enter into a payment agreement -- a radical step that forms part of a crackdown on delinquent tax debt legislated by Congress.

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Dems taking heat from allies for fixation on slamming tax cuts, Trump

Washington Democrats are taking heat from some of their biggest financial supporters over a midterm-election strategy still focused on bashing President Trump and the Republican tax cut plan – as recent polls suggest the party's candidates could be losing their edge.

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Trump urges ban on gun devices like bump stocks

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he has signed a memo directing the Justice Department to propose regulations to "ban all devices" like the rapid-fire bump stocks involved in last year's Las Vegas massacre.

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Idaho lawmaker not sorry for yelling 'abortion is murder'

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Republican Idaho state senator yelled "abortion is murder" at a group of students who were pushing for birth control legislation at the Statehouse and now faces an ethics complaint after a post from an unverified Twitter account told them to discuss "killing babies" with a Democratic lawmaker.

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Attorney admits he lied to Mueller's federal agents

WASHINGTON (AP) — An attorney linked to a former Trump campaign official admitted Tuesday he lied to federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller.

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The Latest: Attorney pleads guilty to lying

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Russia probe (all times local): 3:25 p.m. An attorney for a prominent law firm is pleading guilty to lying to federal authorities about his interactions with a former Trump campaign associate.

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Luxury property ad blitz heralds Trump son's visit to India

NEW DELHI (AP) — "Trump has arrived. Have you?" shout the barrage of glossy front-page advertisements in almost every major Indian newspaper.

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Insiders: Russia troll farm even zanier than indictment says

MOSCOW (AP) — A Clinton-Obama sex tape using body doubles. A Facebook page promoting Texas independence riddled with grammatical mistakes.

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New Pa. Voting Map Could Affect Control of US House

Pennsylvania's high court issued a new congressional district map for the state's 2018 elections Monday, potentially giving Democrats a boost in their quest to capture control of the US House unless Republicans are able to stop it in federal court. The map of Pennsylvania's 18 congressional districts is to be...

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Trump Will Hate This New Ranking of US Presidents

The American Political Science Association is out with a new ranking of US presidents for Presidents' Day, but don't expect the current White House occupant to be celebrating the results. Donald Trump finishes dead last in the assessment of 170 members of the group, made up of Democrats, Republicans, and...

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RI State Senator, 27, Charged With Extorting Sex

A grand jury indictment unsealed Monday accuses a Republican state senator of extorting sex from a page in the Senate's page program. The indictment was unsealed as Senate Minority Whip Nicholas Kettle was arraigned on two counts of extortion in Providence Superior Court. Kettle, of Coventry, is accused of extorting...

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Trump Backs Beefing Up FBI Database on Gun Buyers

President Trump offered support Monday for an effort to strengthen the federal gun background check system. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president spoke on Friday to GOP Sen. John Cornyn about a bipartisan bill designed to strengthen the FBI database of prohibited gun buyers, the AP reports. "While...

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Trump Goes After Oprah on Twitter

President Trump used to know Oprah Winfrey "quite well," he tweeted late Sunday night, but he didn't exactly have warm words for his former acquaintance. Politico reports the tweet came after Winfrey appeared on 60 Minutes , which reprised a panel discussion it had last fall with 14 residents of Grand...

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Report: Former Trump Aide Plans to Plead Guilty

A former Trump campaign aide has decided 18 months in prison for fraud-related charges is the best deal he's going to get from Robert Mueller's team, insiders tell the Los Angeles Times . The sources say that in return for leniency, Rick Gates plans to change his plea to guilty and...

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