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Billy Graham,
Billy Graham, 'America's Pastor' And Noted Evangelist, Dead At 99

The influential Southern preacher was a spiritual adviser to several U.S. presidents and millions of Americans via their television sets.

Donald Trump Directs Justice Department To Ban Bump Stock Modifications For Guns
Donald Trump Directs Justice Department To Ban Bump Stock Modifications For Guns

President Donald Trump announced he has ordered Attorney General Jeff Sessions to ban bump stocks, the type of gun modification that enabled the Las Vegas shooter to kill 58 people in October.

What to wear at polls? High court will have a say on that
What to wear at polls? High court will have a say on that

A "Make America Great Again" hat. A tea party T-shirt. A MoveOn.org button. Wear any one of those items to vote in Minnesota, and a poll worker will probably ask you to remove it or cover it ...

Ex-workers at Russian
Ex-workers at Russian 'troll factory' trust US indictment

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - While Russian officials scoff at a U.S. indictment charging 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, several people who worked at the same St. Petersburg "troll factory" say they think the criminal charges are well-founded.

Former Trump Aide Rick Gates Will Plead Guilty To Mueller Probe Charges: Report
Former Trump Aide Rick Gates Will Plead Guilty To Mueller Probe Charges: Report

Rick Gates, a former campaign aide to President Donald Trump, will plead guilty to charges related to fraud and is willing to testify against his longtime business partner, Paul Manafort, The Los Angeles Times reported on Sunday.

Republicans face first test of tax cuts
Republicans face first test of tax cuts' power to sway voters

Two weeks ago he noticed an extra $100 in his bimonthly pay check, courtesy of sweeping tax cuts passed by the Republican Congress late last year. Marran says the extra cash is nice, but it will not change his life. "A lot of people around here think (the tax cuts) were a giveaway to the rich,

Russian indictments could set stage for more Mueller charges
Russian indictments could set stage for more Mueller charges

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told reporters on Friday there was no allegation in the indictment that any American knew about the alleged scheme. It said Russians did contact "unwitting" members of the campaign of now President Donald Trump in a bid to support him while denigrating

13 Russians charged with meddling to help Trump in election
13 Russians charged with meddling to help Trump in election

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thirteen Russians and three Russian companies were charged Friday with an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through social media propaganda aimed at helping Republican Donald Trump and harming the prospects of his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton

Senate leaders trade blame as hopes dim for immigration deal
Senate leaders trade blame as hopes dim for immigration deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate's party leaders traded blame as they moved toward possible showdown votes on rival measures that would help young "Dreamer" immigrants and bolster border security. The Trump administration savaged a leading bipartisan proposal amid growing doubts that any of

The Latest: Trump to visit Florida after school shooting
The Latest: Trump to visit Florida after school shooting

The Latest on President Donald Trump's response to the Florida school shooting (all times local): 11:36 a.m. President Donald Trump says he'll visit Parkland, Florida, the site of Wednesday's shooting ...

Porn star who alleged Trump affair: I can now tell my story
Porn star who alleged Trump affair: I can now tell my story

NEW YORK (AP) - Stormy Daniels, the porn star whom President Donald Trump's personal attorney acknowledged paying $130,000 just before Election Day, believes she is now free to discuss her alleged sexual encounter with Trump, her manager told The Associated Press Wednesday.

AP sources: Mitt Romney to launch Senate campaign Thursday
AP sources: Mitt Romney to launch Senate campaign Thursday

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will announce Thursday that he's running for the Utah Senate seat held by retiring Orrin Hatch, three people with direct knowledge of the plan confirmed Wednesday.

Conservatives lash out at GOP spending binge
Conservatives lash out at GOP spending binge

Conservative activists who railed against President Obama's spending plans called the recent GOP debt explosion "dangerous," ''immoral" and "a betrayal."

Trump laments
Trump laments 'shattered' lives after aides resign

President Donald Trump on Saturday said that lives were being "shattered" by allegations that may be false after two of his White House aides quit over domestic abuse accusations. Trump's White House has been heavily criticized for its handling of the allegations, which come amid a national

Trump accuses Democrats of playing politics with memo
Trump accuses Democrats of playing politics with memo

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Saturday accused the Democrats of playing politics with classified information, asserting that their memo countering GOP allegations about the conduct of the FBI's Russia probe was a trap meant to "blame the White House for lack of transparency."

Trump Blocks Release Of Democrats
Trump Blocks Release Of Democrats' Rebuttal To GOP FISA Memo

WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump blocked the release of a memo written by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee as a rebuttal to allegations from their Republican counterparts that the FBI abused surveillance laws to improperly spy on the Trump campaign.

Lawmakers press to reopen government, pass huge budget deal
Lawmakers press to reopen government, pass huge budget deal

Lawmakers were striving in the pre-dawn hours to reopen the federal government, shuttered since midnight after a rogue Senate Republican blocked a speedy vote on a massive, bipartisan, budget-busting spending ...

Rob Porter
Rob Porter's Ex-Wife Said He Asked Her To 'Downplay' His Abuse In A Statement

Jennie Willoughby said that her ex-husband, former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, recently asked her to release a statement "downplaying" a blog post she wrote about abuse she said she endured during their marriage.

Big budget deal in Senate hailed as
Big budget deal in Senate hailed as 'genuine breakthrough'

Senate leaders announced Wednesday they have sealed agreement on a two-year budget pact that would shower both the Pentagon and domestic programs with almost $300 billion above existing limits, giving ...

Court affirms $25 million Trump University settlement
Court affirms $25 million Trump University settlement

A federal appeals court cleared the way Tuesday for students who claim they were duped by the now-defunct Trump University to get most of their money back. The $25 million settlement, approved in March, had been threatened by a lone objector, Florida lawyer and Trump University attendee Sherri Simpson

Trump says:
Trump says: 'I'd love to see a shutdown' if no immigration law

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would welcome a federal government shutdown if Congress is not able to agree to changes in immigration law that he said would prevent criminals from entering the country. "If we don't change the legislation, if we don't get rid of these loopholes

Bannon will not testify before House committee on Tuesday: sources
Bannon will not testify before House committee on Tuesday: sources

Former White House senior strategist Steve Bannon will not testify before the Intelligence Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, two sources said on Monday, despite a subpoena requiring him to appear. The panel wants Bannon to testify as part of its investigation of allegations

Jerry's Kwik-Kash Drive-By Lending
Jerry's Kwik-Kash Drive-By Lending

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, payday lenders have contributed more than $13 million to members of Congress since 2010, with the majority of that money going to Republicans who have made it a priority to roll back the financial regulations put in place by President Barack Obama after the financial crisis.

Exclusive: U.S. consumer protection official puts Equifax probe on ice - sources
Exclusive: U.S. consumer protection official puts Equifax probe on ice - sources

Mick Mulvaney, head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has pulled back from a full-scale probe of how Equifax Inc failed to protect the personal data of millions of consumers, according to people familiar with the matter. Equifax (EFX.N) said in September that hackers stole personal data it

Pence
Pence's approach to troubles in White House: He wasn't there

WASHINGTON (AP) - With Congress barreling into yet another big budget battle this week, Vice President Mike Pence is headed halfway around the world to Asia. During the government shutdown last month, he was in the Middle East.

US lawmakers caution Trump against firing DOJ, FBI chiefs over memo
US lawmakers caution Trump against firing DOJ, FBI chiefs over memo

Democrats on Sunday cautioned President Donald Trump that firing top law enforcement officials over the investigation into his campaign's links to Russia could spark a dangerous "confrontation," as Republican lawmakers broke ranks to say the probe should go on unhindered. The warnings

Tillerson: U.S. mulling sanctions on Venezuela oil
Tillerson: U.S. mulling sanctions on Venezuela oil

The United States said Sunday it has not ruled out sanctions on Venezuelan oil as it turns the screw on President Nicolas Maduro, but is wary of hurting the country's people. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is in Argentina as he tours Latin American to bolster a common front against Venezuela'

Paul Ryan slammed over tweet praising tax cut for $1.50 pay rise
Paul Ryan slammed over tweet praising tax cut for $1.50 pay rise

US House Speaker Paul Ryan came under fire Saturday over a tweet that framed a worker's $1.50 per week pay increase as an impressive result of his party's massive tax cut plan, US media reported. Ryan's tweet, now deleted, told of a secretary featured in an Associated Press report who was

Trump claims memo
Trump claims memo 'totally vindicates' him in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed complete vindication from a congressional memo that alleges the FBI abused its surveillance powers during the investigation into his campaign's possible Russia ties. But the memo also includes revelations that might complicate efforts by

Hope Hicks Told President That Trump Jr.
Hope Hicks Told President That Trump Jr.'s Emails 'Will Never Get Out': Report

President Donald Trump's former legal spokesman is expected to tell special counsel Robert Mueller about a previously undisclosed phone call in which White House aide Hope Hicks allegedly promised that emails from Donald Trump Jr. about a 2016 Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer "will never get

FBI expresses
FBI expresses 'grave concerns' over Republican memo's accuracy

The FBI said on Wednesday it had "grave concerns" about the accuracy of a top-secret House Intelligence Committee memo alleging anti-Trump bias within the Justice Department, challenging President Donald Trump's pledge to release it. "The FBI was provided a limited opportunity

Trey Gowdy Won
Trey Gowdy Won't Seek Re-Election To Congress

Rep. Trey Gowdy announces that he is returning to the courtroom, and he will not run for reelection to Congress this year.

Kennedy SOTU response:
Kennedy SOTU response: 'Bullies may land a punch,' don't win

WASHINGTON (AP) - Soaring stock prices under President Donald Trump have boosted investor portfolios and corporate profits but have not eased the economic anxieties of middle-class families, Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III said Tuesday night in the Democratic response to Trump's first State of

AP FACT CHECK: Trump
AP FACT CHECK: Trump's speech stretches on taxes, energy

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump took his penchant for inflated claims to his biggest stage Tuesday night, asserting in his State of the Union speech that he signed the most consequential tax cuts in history, when his achievement was far from that, and declaring an end to a "war" on

US issues
US issues 'Putin list' of Russian politicians, oligarchs

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Trump administration late Monday released a long-awaited list of 114 Russian politicians and 96 "oligarchs" who have flourished during the reign of President Vladimir Putin, fulfilling a demand by Congress that the U.S. punish Moscow for interfering in the 2016 U.S. election

FBI deputy director leaving post ahead of planned retirement
FBI deputy director leaving post ahead of planned retirement

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump's criticism who led the bureau for months last year following the firing of James Comey, is leaving his position ahead of ...

GOP senators: Trump needs to show restraint in Russia probe
GOP senators: Trump needs to show restraint in Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Republican senators said Sunday that President Donald Trump would be wise to keep a public silence on an independent investigation into his 2016 campaign's contacts with Russia in the wake of news reports that he sought to fire the special counsel.

Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigns as top GOP finance chairman
Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigns as top GOP finance chairman

Casino mogul Steve Wynn resigned Saturday as finance chairman of the Republican National Committee amid allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Wynn has been a prolific Republican donor and led the ...

Clinton
Clinton 'dismayed' by harassment complaint involving ex-aide

The ex-presidential candidate says she called a former campaign worker who said she was sexually harassed by a senior staffer to tell her she was proud she came forward.

Trump calls report he ordered Mueller
Trump calls report he ordered Mueller's firing 'fake news'

President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed as "fake news" a New York Times report that he ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June, but backed down after White House lawyer ...

Report: Trump wanted Mueller fired, backed off
Report: Trump wanted Mueller fired, backed off

President Donald Trump ordered the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller last June, but he backed off the order after White House lawyer Don McGahn threatened to resign, according to a report Thursday ...

Trump Says He
Trump Says He's 'Looking Forward' To Speaking With Special Counsel Under Oath: Reports

President Donald Trump said he would be willing to speak with special counsel Robert Mueller under oath regarding the ongoing Justice Department investigation into his presidential campaign's ties with the Russian government, multiple media outlets reported on Wednesday.

Schumer takes back wall offer in new immigration push
Schumer takes back wall offer in new immigration push

WASHINGTON (AP) - Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer has taken back his offer of billions of dollars for President Donald Trump's long-promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.

US Attorney General Sessions questioned in Russia probe
US Attorney General Sessions questioned in Russia probe

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned last week for several hours by investigators probing possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's election campaign, the Justice Department confirmed Tuesday. Sessions, who like Trump has repeatedly downplayed the idea that Russian

Pence visits Western Wall after pro-Israel speech
Pence visits Western Wall after pro-Israel speech

US Vice President Mike Pence visited Jerusalem's Western Wall on Tuesday while Palestinians held a general strike after denouncing his fervently pro-Israel speech the previous day as "messianic". The devout Christian's speech to the Israeli parliament on Monday laden with biblical

Back to work: Government shutdown ends after Dems relent
Back to work: Government shutdown ends after Dems relent

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump signed a bill reopening the government late Monday, ending a 69-hour display of partisan dysfunction after Democrats reluctantly voted to temporarily pay for resumed operations. They relented in return for Republican assurances that the Senate will soon take up

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