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House approves farm bill without tightened food stamps criteria
House approves farm bill without tightened food stamps criteria

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the farm bill on Wednesday, capping months of acrimonious debate to finalize the legislation funding the nation's $867 billion food and agriculture programs. The bill, which passed by a vote of 369 to 47, will be submitted to President Donald Trump for his

Republicans beginning to worry about Trump re-election
Republicans beginning to worry about Trump re-election

President Donald Trump's intensifying legal troubles are unnerving some of his fellow Republicans. Trump, ever confident of his ability to bend story lines to his will, mocks the investigations into his conduct as candidate and president as a "witch hunt" and insists he will survive the

Maria Butina, accused Russian agent, reaches plea deal with prosecutors that includes cooperation
Maria Butina, accused Russian agent, reaches plea deal with prosecutors that includes cooperation

Maria Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist who stands accused developing a covert influence operation in the United States, has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy and cooperate with federal, state and local authorities in any ongoing investigations. Based on the description, the "Russian

In possible plea deal, accused Russian agent case
In possible plea deal, accused Russian agent case 'resolved'

WASHINGTON (AP) - A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government has likely taken a plea deal, prosecutors indicated Monday in a court filing that said her case has been "resolved."

Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump
Top House Dems raise prospect of impeachment, jail for Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) - Top House Democrats on Sunday raised the prospect of impeachment or almost-certain prison time for President Donald Trump if it's proved that he directed illegal hush-money payments to women, adding to the legal pressure on the president over the Russia investigation and other scandals

Jared Kushner Gave Saudi Crown Prince Advice After Khashoggi Slaying: NY Times
Jared Kushner Gave Saudi Crown Prince Advice After Khashoggi Slaying: NY Times

According to a NY Times report, Jared Kushner offered Mohammed bin Salman advice about how to weather the storm following the journalist's death.

Trump chooses new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, against Mattis wishes
Trump chooses new Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman, against Mattis wishes

US President Donald Trump on Saturday announced he was nominating Army chief of staff General Mark Milley as his next top military advisor -- a new slap in the face for Pentagon chief Jim Mattis. Milley, a four-star general who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan, would replace General Joseph Dunford

Trump picks Army chief of staff as next top military adviser
Trump picks Army chief of staff as next top military adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he's picked a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation's next top military adviser.

Trump Picks Nauert for UN Envoy But Not for Seat in His Cabinet
Trump Picks Nauert for UN Envoy But Not for Seat in His Cabinet

The loss of the cabinet seat suggests Nauert would have less clout than her predecessor, Nikki Haley, who departs at the end of this year. Haley had successfully argued for a cabinet-level post and wielded broad influence, carving out her own authority separate from the secretary of state.

Trump signs funding stopgap, setting holiday fight on wall
Trump signs funding stopgap, setting holiday fight on wall

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has signed a stopgap spending bill to fund key government departments for two-weeks, setting up a pre-Christmas showdown over border wall funding.

Trump to pick State Department spokeswoman for U.N. ambassador: White House officials
Trump to pick State Department spokeswoman for U.N. ambassador: White House officials

Nauert, whose nomination would require Senate confirmation, is a former Fox News Channel correspondent and anchor. If confirmed, Nauert, 48, would succeed Nikki Haley, who said in October she would be leaving the U.N. post at the end of the year. It was unclear whether the U.N. ambassador post would

Trump confidant Stone won
Trump confidant Stone won't give Senate documents or testify

WASHINGTON (AP) - Roger Stone, a confidant of President Donald Trump, says he won't provide documents to the Senate Judiciary Committee or testify and will instead invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Bernie Sanders Stakes Out Forceful Climate Stance, Leapfrogging The 2020 Field
Bernie Sanders Stakes Out Forceful Climate Stance, Leapfrogging The 2020 Field

On Monday the Vermont senator held a star-studded town hall meeting on climate change.

George HW Bush flies back to capital to lie in state
George HW Bush flies back to capital to lie in state

HOUSTON (AP) - Sent off with a 21-gun salute, George H.W. Bush left his beloved Texas for the final time Monday, headed to Washington as the nation paid tribute to the 41st president for a lifetime of public service that began in the Navy during World War II, ended with four years as president and was

Analysis: On this Trump trip, low drama, signs of acceptance
Analysis: On this Trump trip, low drama, signs of acceptance

If there has been a constant to President Donald Trump's tumultuous first two years in office, it has been that his foreign trips have tended to be drama-filled affairs - the president barreling through international gatherings like a norm-smashing bull, disrupting alliances and upending long-standing

Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94
Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94

HOUSTON (AP) - He was the man who sought a "kinder, and gentler nation," and the one who sternly invited Americans to read his lips - he would not raise taxes. He was the popular leader of a mighty coalition that dislodged Iraq from Kuwait, and was turned out of the presidency after a single

Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress
Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress

NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former lawyer, has pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about work he did on a Trump real estate project in Russia.

Trump heads to G20 primed for new conflicts
Trump heads to G20 primed for new conflicts

US President Donald Trump jets to Argentina Thursday for a G20 summit, keen to do battle with China on trade and sharpening his rhetoric against Russia over Ukraine. The weekend summit is confronted with increasingly dire warnings, by the International Monetary Fund among others, of the potential harm

Pelosi takes big step toward reclaiming U.S. House speaker
Pelosi takes big step toward reclaiming U.S. House speaker's job

Pelosi, who held the speakership from January 2007 until January 2011, won the Democratic nomination by a vote of 203-32, putting her in contention in the early January contest in which both Democrats and Republicans will vote. After the secret ballot voting concluded, Pelosi said, "I'm proud

Trump Threatens To Cut
Trump Threatens To Cut 'All GM Subsidies' Following Company Layoffs

The president says he's looking into cutting subsidies from the automaker after the company announced it would remove more than 14,000 people from its payroll.

Ohio GM Workers Voted for Trump. Now They Want Him to
Ohio GM Workers Voted for Trump. Now They Want Him to 'Step Up'

Bryan Keeley said he wants to believe it, but he's heard talk like that before. Keeley is one of the thousands of workers at GM's Lordstown factory near Youngstown who learned that the plant is being idled in March, with no new production promised.

Defeated Republican Rep. Mia Love delivers rebuke to Trump
Defeated Republican Rep. Mia Love delivers rebuke to Trump

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The first and only black Republican woman in Congress delivered a sharp rebuke Monday to President Donald Trump and her party's relationship with African-Americans in her first remarks since her midterm defeat.

Trump says doesn
Trump says doesn't believe own government's climate warning

President Donald Trump said Monday he doesn't believe his own government's report last week warning of massive economic losses if carbon emissions continue to feed climate change unchecked. "I don't believe it," Trump said at the White House, adding that the United States would

Mississippi senator banking on boost from Trump rallies
Mississippi senator banking on boost from Trump rallies

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - President Donald Trump is stumping in Mississippi on Monday for a Republican Senate appointee who wants voters to focus on her unwavering support for him, and not the racial questions that have made Tuesday's runoff election a much closer contest than anyone expected.

Trump tweets support of Mississippi senator ahead of runoff
Trump tweets support of Mississippi senator ahead of runoff

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - President Donald Trump tweeted support Sunday for U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, calling the Mississippi Republican an "outstanding person" the day before he planned to campaign with her ahead of Tuesday's runoff election.

Schiff says Trump
Schiff says Trump 'dishonest' about CIA report on Khashoggi

WASHINGTON (AP) - The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says President Donald Trump isn't telling the truth when he says a CIA report lacks evidence to blame Saudi Arabia's crown prince for the killing in Turkey of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK

Ex-Trump Aide Heads to Jail After Judge Rejects Bid for Delay
Ex-Trump Aide Heads to Jail After Judge Rejects Bid for Delay

Papadopoulos had asked U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss in Washington to delay his incarceration pending the outcome of another man's challenge to the legality of Mueller's appointment, currently before a federal appeals court. The special counsel opposed the request, arguing that Papadopoulos himself

Incoming Mexico gov
Incoming Mexico gov't: No deal to host US asylum-seekers

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexico's incoming government denied a report Saturday that it plans to allow asylum-seekers to wait in the country while their claims move through U.S. immigration courts, one of several options the Trump administration has been pursuing in negotiations for months.

Trial set to begin in deadly white nationalist rally
Trial set to begin in deadly white nationalist rally

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A planned "Unite the Right" rally by white nationalists in Charlottesville exploded in chaos: violent brawling in the streets, racist chants, smoke bombs, and finally, a car speeding into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing one and injuring dozens more.

Impeaching Trump not on House Democrats
Impeaching Trump not on House Democrats' to-do list for now

Their agenda for now includes spending on public works projects, lowering health care costs and increasing oversight of the administration.

Government asks high court to hear transgender military case
Government asks high court to hear transgender military case

The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court on Friday to issue an unusually quick ruling on the Pentagon's policy of restricting military service by transgender people. It's the fourth time in recent months the administration has sought to bypass lower courts that have blocked some of its

White House deputy chief receiving millions from Fox
White House deputy chief receiving millions from Fox

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida (AP) - White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine has received millions of dollars in severance from Fox News Channel's parent company and is owed millions more, a new financial disclosure report shows.

Fox News Apologizes For Guest Who Likened Hillary Clinton To
Fox News Apologizes For Guest Who Likened Hillary Clinton To 'Herpes'

Fox News' Rick Leventhal issued an apology after guest Anna Paulina compared Hillary Clinton to a herpes virus during a discussion about her email use.

Hillary Clinton: Europe Needs Tougher Immigration Laws To Stave Off Nationalism
Hillary Clinton: Europe Needs Tougher Immigration Laws To Stave Off Nationalism

The former U.S. secretary of state said Europe needs to "get a handle" on reforming immigration laws in order to fend off another Brexit.

Trump says CIA has not found Saudi prince culpable in murder
Trump says CIA has not found Saudi prince culpable in murder

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Thursday disputed that U.S. intelligence officials had concluded that the de facto leader of American ally Saudi Arabia ordered the killing of a U.S.-based journalist critical of the kingdom's royal family.

U.S. Rep. Fudge says she will not challenge Pelosi for House speaker
U.S. Rep. Fudge says she will not challenge Pelosi for House speaker

Nancy Pelosi's bid to become the next speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives got a boost on Tuesday when fellow Democratic Representative Marcia Fudge announced that she would support her election to the top post. Fudge, who has been mulling a challenge to Pelosi, said in a statement, "

Report: Ivanka Trump used personal email for government work
Report: Ivanka Trump used personal email for government work

Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter and a top White House adviser, sent hundreds of emails about government business from a personal email account last year, The Washington Post reported Monday. The emails were sent to White House aides, Cabinet members and Ivanka Trump's assistants, many

16 Democrats Sign Letter Opposing Pelosi as House Speaker
16 Democrats Sign Letter Opposing Pelosi as House Speaker

The letter is a sign that there's little wiggle room for Pelosi, 78, to lose any more support if these Democrats stick to their promise. Some other party members have said they won't vote for Pelosi, but they didn't sign the letter. While thanking Pelosi -- who served as speaker from 2007 to 2011 -

Kremlin says Putin told Pence Russia did not meddle in U.S. election: Ifax
Kremlin says Putin told Pence Russia did not meddle in U.S. election: Ifax

Russian President Vladimir Putin told U.S. Vice President Mike Pence Russia had nothing to do with meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, Interfax reported on Monday, during discussions about an upcoming meeting between Putin and President Donald Trump. Putin and Pence spoke in Singapore last week about

US Sen Nelson concedes to Gov. Scott as Florida recount ends
US Sen Nelson concedes to Gov. Scott as Florida recount ends

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida political icon who first arrived on Capitol Hill in the decades when Democrats dominated this presidential battleground state, conceded his bitterly close re-election bid to Republican Rick Scott on Sunday, ceding a razor-thin race to the outgoing

Trump would not intervene if Whitaker moves to curtail Mueller probe
Trump would not intervene if Whitaker moves to curtail Mueller probe

President Donald Trump said in an interview aired on Sunday he would not intervene if Matthew Whitaker, his acting U.S. attorney general, moved to curtail Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. In an interview with the "Fox

Stacey Abrams Says She
Stacey Abrams Says She'll Run For Office Again: 'I'm Planning To Get Back Into The Ring'

2 days after acknowledging her loss to Brian Kemp, Stacey Abrams said she plans to run for office again.

As Florida recount wraps up, Democrat Gillum concedes
As Florida recount wraps up, Democrat Gillum concedes

Democrat Andrew Gillum ended his hard-fought campaign for Florida governor Saturday with just hours remaining for counties to turn in official recount results, conceding to a Republican whose party has held that office since 1999. Gillum, in a video he posted on Facebook, congratulated Republican Ron

Trump says troops to remain at border
Trump says troops to remain at border 'as long as necessary'

President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his controversial deployment of thousands of troops to the US-Mexico border, confirming they would remain in place "as long as necessary."

Trump visits as California struggles to locate 1,000 people
Trump visits as California struggles to locate 1,000 people

PARADISE, Calif. (AP) - President Donald Trump heads to Northern California on Saturday to see firsthand the grief and devastation from the deadliest U.S. wildfire in a century amid confusion over how many people remain unaccounted for.

Democrat flips US House seat in Maine ranked balloting
Democrat flips US House seat in Maine ranked balloting

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Democrat Jared Golden, who finished behind Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin in the first round of balloting in Maine's new voting system , came from behind to flip the U.S. House seat representing one of two congressional districts in the state, election officials said Thursday

Russia investigation
Russia investigation 'disgrace to our nation,' says Trump

US President Donald Trump on Thursday launched a fresh attack on the Russia investigation, branding it a "disgrace to our Nation" a week after he fired his attorney general, raising questions about the probe's future. The president has frequently lashed out at the probe led by special

Trump aide Ricardel forced out after showdown with first lady
Trump aide Ricardel forced out after showdown with first lady

Mira Ricardel, the White House deputy national security adviser, was forced out of her job on Wednesday after President Donald Trump's wife, Melania, said Ricardel did not deserve the honor of working for her husband. Ricardel "will continue to support the president as she departs the White

Disguised
Disguised 'illegal' voters cost Republicans midterm victories: Trump

President Donald Trump on Wednesday said Democrats wearing disguises and voting more than once were responsible for Republican losses in tight congressional elections. "The Republicans don't win and that's because of potentially illegal votes," Trump was quoted as saying by right-wing

Trump to fire Homeland Security boss, replace chief of staff: source
Trump to fire Homeland Security boss, replace chief of staff: source

Trump has been mulling removing Nielsen, a Kelly protege who became the secretary at Homeland Security when he left the job to become Trump's chief of staff, for a number of weeks, the source said. The source cautioned Trump could still change his mind on the matter, but said he has grown weary

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