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U.S. says Russia, China, Iran seek to disrupt elections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government warned on Friday that Russia, China and Iran were seeking to influence next month's congressional elections as federal prosecutors unveiled charges against a

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Judge drops some charges against ex-Trump campaign aide Manafort

By Jan Wolfe and Mark Hosenball ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors on Friday agreed to drop criminal charges against Paul Manafort that a jury deadlocked on in August, as a federal judge

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Fed monitoring Khashoggi case, potential oil market impact: Bostic

By Howard Schneider MACON, Ga. (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Reserve officials are monitoring the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the possibility that any sanctions against Saudi

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Florida's Republicans feel brunt of hurricane in upcoming election

By Terray Sylvester PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (Reuters) - Two days after Katherine Shimonis returned to her home in the Florida Panhandle to find it destroyed by Hurricane Michael, she went to her local

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Trump praises U.S. congressman from Montana who body-slammed reporter

By Jeff Mason MISSOULA, Mont. (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday heaped praise on a U.S. congressman from Montana who body-slammed a reporter during a campaign for a special election in

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After ad gaffe, North Dakota's Heitkamp apologizes in Senate debate

By Sharon Bernstein (Reuters) - North Dakota Democratic U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp, facing a tough re-election fight, opened her debate on Thursday with Republican challenger Kevin Cramer by

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Nikki Haley pokes fun at prime political target -- herself -- at New York charity dinner

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White House Correspondents' Association condemns Trump’s rhetoric toward journalists

The White House Correspondents' Association condemned remarks that President Trump made on Thursday night when he joked about violence against members of the media.

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Sessions backs Chicago cops: 'Police aren't the problem, criminals are the problem'

Attorney General Jeff Sessions backed the Chicago Police Department Friday in the face of a proposed plan to overhaul the department -- saying that “police are not the problem, criminals are the problem.”

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California congressional candidate ties opponent to Nancy Pelosi by depicting him in red heels

A Republican congressional candidate is comparing her Democratic opponent to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi – by depicting him in red heels struggling to walk down a sidewalk.

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Sen. Susan Collins already facing post-Kavanaugh wave of potential Dem challengers

Republican Sen. Susan Collins, with her impassioned floor speech and critical vote in support of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh, has in a matter of days become one of Democrats’ top political targets for the next election cycle.

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Manafort shows up to court in wheelchair, as sentencing date set

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort appeared in court Friday in a wheelchair for a hearing to set his sentencing date, as lawyers claimed his terms of confinement were negatively affecting his health.

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Playing Trump's game in culture war a losing Dems' strategy

More than seven years after President Donald Trump launched his political career by questioning then-President Barack Obama's citizenship, Democrats are still struggling to find the right strategy to fight back against his racially-charged rhetoric.

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PAC won't end ad saying black men will face rape accusations

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A political action committee said Friday that it won't pull radio ads in hotly contested races in Arkansas and Missouri that suggest African American men will face rape accusations if Democrats win midterm elections.

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Trump wants to cut red tape, hasten water projects in West

DENVER (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday ordered the government to speed up environmental reviews and streamline regulations that he says are hindering work on major water projects in the Western United States.

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US goals in Afghanistan seem ever more distant after attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — A brazen attack that the Taliban says targeted the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is a stark reminder of the formidable task the Trump administration faces as it tries to extricate America from its longest war.

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Kamala Harris blasts GOP in South Carolina political debut

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Kamala Harris came to South Carolina with the stated intent of boosting turnout for the midterm elections, but many voters here wanted to talk to the California senator about her role in the battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, and her next political moves.

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Trump revives fiery immigration talk for 'caravan' election

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Donald Trump fueled his 2016 campaign with fiery immigration rhetoric, visions of hordes flowing across the border to assault Americans and steal their jobs.

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Senator's Ad Has 'Uncanny' Veep Resemblance

Either somebody on Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly's campaign is a big Veep fan, or it's a heck of a coincidence. The Democrat's new campaign ad, "Axe," bears a very strong resemblance to " Chopping ," a campaign ad on the sitcom for fictional candidate Jonah Ryan, Mediate reports. Both ads feature a...

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Trump: Rep Who Body-Slammed Reporter Is 'My Guy'

"Any guy that can do a body-slam, he's my guy," President Trump shouted to a cheering Montana audience Thursday night as he simulated slamming someone to the ground, then noting, "I shouldn't say that." Trump was discussing Rep. Greg Gianforte, who assaulted Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs last year during the...

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Trump Floats Conspiracy Theory on Migrants

A new mass group of migrants in Central America is walking toward the US border, and President Trump on Thursday suggested the timing is fishy so close to the midterms. At a rally in Montana, Trump seemed to back a conspiracy theory that Democrats or their supporters were paying migrants...

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'Profanity-Laced' Blowout Startles West Wing Staffers

There was shouting in the West Wing on Thursday, and it was even more intense than usual, sources tell CNN . The blowup—"profanity-laced," per Bloomberg — between Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Advisor John Bolton was related to an ongoing disagreement over how to handle increased crossings at...

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Trump: Yes, 'Looks' Like Khashoggi Is Dead

Asked Thursday if he believes missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, President Trump replied, "It certainly looks that way to me, it’s very sad. It certainly looks that way." Trump, who has in the past been reluctant to place blame on Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi's disappearance, said the...

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Pompeo Asks Trump to Give Saudis More Time

Mike Pompeo continues to urge patience with the Jamal Khashoggi case: The US secretary of state says he has advised the White House to give Saudi Arabia "a few more days" to complete its investigation into the journalist's disappearance. At that point, "we can make decisions about how or if...

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