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The Latest: Gov. Fallin vetoes budget bill with shortfall

The Latest on a budget bill passed by the Oklahoma Legislature meeting in special session : Oklahoma Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have raided cash reserves and cut deeper into agency funding to balance the state budget. Fallin vetoed the measure Friday, hours after the state Senate's final approval.

Oklahoma governor vetoes budget bill with shortfall

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin watches from the gallery as the senate considers legislation before adjourning from a special session on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is joined by members of the House of Legislature as she watches from the senate gallery during the close of a special session on Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Kushner attorney fires back at Senate Judiciary Committee

The attorney for Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, is pushing back against the Senate Judiciary Committee after the panel accused Kushner of not disclosing key documents. In a letter Friday to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California, attorney Abbe Lowell wrote that there were no "missing documents" as the committee has alleged, while criticizing the panel's leaders for going to the media on Thursday with their accusations.

Trump announces five more judges to be considered for Supreme Court

Already well on his way to reshaping the federal judiciary, President Trump announced Friday the names of five more conservative jurists that he will consider for the next Supreme Court vacancy. The new list of candidates for the high court includes Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a conservative stalwart on the high-profile U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Ohio judge brags about sex with ’50 very attractive females’ on Facebook

An Ohio Supreme Court justice who is running for governor has volunteered candid details of his sexual past on Facebook, saying he was "speaking for all heterosexual males" in taking a swipe at the "media frenzy" over sexual misconduct. In it, he wrote that he has been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females," including "a gorgeous blonde" with whom he "made passionate love" in a hay loft and a "drop dead gorgeous red head" from Cleveland.

Mueller seeks interview with publicist who set up Russia meeting

Special counsel Robert Mueller is in talks with the attorney for the British publicist who set up the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, according to a source familiar with the matter. Investigators want the publicist, Rob Goldstone, to come to the US to talk to the special counsel's team.

Kushner’s lawyer pushes back on Senate committee request

Add Russia Investigation as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Russia Investigation news, video, and analysis from ABC News. A lawyer for White House adviser Jared Kushner pushed back Friday after a Senate committee said he had not been fully forthcoming in its probe into Russian election interference.

Derided by critics, trickle-down economics gets another try

Behind their legislation is a theory long popular among conservatives: Slash taxes for corporations and rich people, who will then hire, invest and profit - and cause money to trickle into the pockets of ordinary Americans. The White House says the plan's corporate tax cut alone would eventually raise average household incomes by $4,000 a year.

Gillibrand: Bill Clinton should have resigned overa

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said President Bill Clinton resigning during the Monica Lewinsky affair would have been the "appropriate response." Gillibrand, who succeeded Hillary Clinton as New York's junior senator in 2009, told the New York Times on Thursday that under the circumstances, Clinton should have left office after his inappropriate relationship with the intern was uncovered in 1998.

Trump adds 5 judges to list of potential Supreme Court nominees

U.S. President Donald Trump has added federal appellate Judge Brett Kavanaugh and four other jurists to his list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court, the White House said Friday. The most notable new name, Kavanaugh is a judge on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and once clerked for Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

Trump delays new policy on importing elephant parts

President Donald Trump said Friday he's delaying a new policy allowing the body parts of African elephants shot for sport to be imported until he can review "all conservation facts." The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it would allow such importation, arguing that encouraging wealthy big-game hunters to kill the threatened species would help raise money for conservation programs.

Franken apologizes to woman who says he kissed, groped her

In this still image taken from video provided by KABC-TV, Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden discusses her allegations of sexual harassment by Al Franken during a 2006 overseas USO tour, before he became a U.S. senator from Minnesota, at ABC7 studios in Glendale, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Franken faces a storm of criticism and a likely ethics investigation.

Trump halts decision to allow elephant trophy imports after uproar

U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Friday he is putting a decision to allow imports of elephant trophies on hold after a torrent of criticism from conservation advocates and across social media. Trump's reversal came hours after his administration released a rule on Friday to allow hunters who kill elephants in Zimbabwe to bring their trophies back to the United States, which had been banned by the Obama administration.

Politics & Policy Daily: ‘He Will Not Step Down’


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APNewsBreak: Lujan Grisham tells Senate leader to leave race

In this Jan. 20, 2015, file photo, State Democratic Sen. Michael Padilla stands at the New Mexico state capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham says Padilla should leave his race for lieutenant governor over claims he harassed women as a city of Albuquerque supervisor.

These Models Are Up In Arms About The Elephant Trophy Ban Being Lifted

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service lifted the ban on importing sport-hunted trophies of Elephants into the U.S. on Thursday and some of the world's top supermodels are up in arms about it. The lifting of the ban has outraged tons of conservationists, but a large part of the pushback is coming from supermodels who have a soft spot for the endangered animals and fear what the lifting the ban may cause.

Trump could appoint conservatives to California’s federal courts more easily after Senate shift

President Donald Trump could have an easier time appointing conservative judges to California's federal courts under a policy shift in the U.S. Senate this week. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said Thursday that he wouldn't necessarily follow the Senate's informal "blue slip" policy, which allows senators to veto judicial nominees in their home states.

Ultra-wealthy win in Senate tax bill, other face hikes

The ultra-wealthy, especially those with dynastic businesses - like President Donald Trump and his family - do very well under a major Republican tax bill moving in the Senate, as they do under legislation passed this week by the House. Want to toast the anticipated tax win with champagne or a beer - or maybe you're feeling Shakespearean and prefer to quaff mead from a pewter mug? That would cheer producers of beer, wine, liquor - and mead, the ancient beverage fermented from honey.

Trump adds 5 judges to potential Supreme Court nominee list

President Donald Trump has added federal appellate Judge Brett Kavanaugh and four other jurists to his list of potential nominees to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh recently wrote a dissent when his colleagues on the federal appeals court in Washington allowed an immigrant teen in U.S. custody to have an abortion.

Congress paid $17 million in workplace violation settlements

The federal Office of Compliance has paid more than $17 million over the last 20 years to resolve claims of sexual harassment, pay disputes and other workplace violations filed by congressional employees. The independent office says it doesn't break the figures down because the cases may involve violations of multiple statutes.

Prosecutor declines to charge pilot accused of having gun

A Southwest Airlines pilot arrested after Transportation Security Administration agents found a loaded handgun in his carry-on luggage before his flight left St. Louis Lambert Airport will not face criminal charges, a Missouri prosecutor's office said Friday. "The warrant was refused today on Unlawful use of a Weapon, as we cannot prove he knowingly carried the firearm into the secure area," Ed Magee, spokesman for St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch, said in an email.

Will: In Illinois, a looming battle over the bankrupting ‘blue model’


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This state's story, which lately has been depressing, soon will acquire a riveting new chapter. In 2018 Illinois will have the nation's most important, expensive and strange election.

Report shows Takata recall still moving slowly

A new report on recalls of potentially deadly Takata air bag inflators shows that automakers have replaced only 43 percent of the faulty parts even though recalls have been under way for more than 15 years. The report, issued Friday by an independent monitor who is keeping tabs on the recalls, also shows that auto companies are only about halfway toward a Dec. 31 goal of 100 percent replacement of older and more dangerous inflators.

The Latest: Agent denies sex assault allegation by actress

Cameron Mitchell says in a statement released by a spokeswoman Friday that Mann had been "under consideration" for representation by the high-profile talent agency he worked for, Creative Arts Agency. Mann filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that she had been sexually harassed and that Mitchell had forced her to perform oral sex on him twice.

White House requests $44 billion in additional disaster relief

The White House asked Congress on Friday for $44 billion in additional relief from this year's devastating hurricanes but urged lawmakers to make spending cuts to offset disaster costs that are now approaching $100 billion. The White House request for more disaster relief after the hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria, set up a possible confrontation over whether Congress must find spending cuts to pay for relief even as President Donald Trump pushes for as much as $1.5 trillion in tax cuts over a decade.

Female Ex-Staffers Speak Out In Support Of Franken

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Florida Democratic Party chair resigns over sexual behavior

The Florida Democrat Party chairman resigned after anonymous allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior, a decision he made Friday after four candidates for governor said he should step down over the report. "When my personal situation becomes distracting to our core mission of electing Democrats and making Florida better, it is time for me to step aside," Bittel said.

Three California Republicans vote against House tax plan

WASHINGTON >> Three California Republican members of Congress broke ranks on Thursday to vote against the Republican tax reform bill that passed the House of Representatives. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Costa Mesa, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, and Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, all voted against the bill, which passed 227-205.

Candidate for Ohio governor reveals sexual past on Facebook

A state Supreme Court justice running for Ohio governor has volunteered explicit details of his sexual past on Facebook, saying he was trying to de-legitimize the national "media frenzy" over politicians' sexual indiscretions. Democrat William O'Neill posted Friday that he has been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females."

Former Franken female staffers speak out: a He treated us with the utmost respecta

Sen. Al Franken speaks during a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on May 8. Some former female staffers of Sen. Al Franken spoke out on Friday in his defense, saying that he had treated women with respect while they worked in his office. The statement came on the same day that Leeann Tweeden, the Los Angeles radio news anchor who accused Franken of kissing and groping her against her will, said that she had heard directly from the senator and is willing to meet with him to discuss the allegations.

Welfare queens and red-blooded Americans: How Russia tapped into our…

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events A misleading YouTube video, "U.S. WELFARE PAYS FOR 4 'WIVES' PER HUSBAND," used by Russia to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election. As the investigation and intrigue around Russian election interference continue, one unexplored arena remains - an introspective look at the United States' lives truths about the nation's taste for various biases: Prejudice directed at racial, ethnic and religious minority groups continues to drive our politics, shape and often distort our understanding of public events, crystal clear facts and the content of our policy.

Kushner Still Does Not Have Permanent Security Clearance

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's top adviser and son-in-law, still has interim security clearance, while his application for permanent clearance is being reviewed, according to Politico. Many senior White House officials have gotten permanent clearance, but interviews and paperwork for Kushner - who has been with the administration since the first day - are still in the works.

Rev Jesse Jackson discloses Parkinson’s disease diagnosis

The director of Puerto Rico's power company has resigned amid ongoing blackouts and following scrutiny of a contract awarded to Whitefish Energy Holdings Inc. The director of Puerto Rico's power company has resigned amid ongoing blackouts and following scrutiny of a contract awarded to Whitefish Energy Holdings Inc. Police have arrested two people after the fatal stabbing of a New Jersey man who relatives say was trying to defend his 8-year-old son from being robbed. Police have arrested two people after the fatal stabbing of a New Jersey man who relatives say was trying to defend his 8-year-old son from being robbed.

Wholesome Mike Pence is good for the Trump administration

Vice President Pence speaks in Floresville, Tex., before attending the Republican Governors Association meetings in Austin. With abundant displays of general dysfunction and specific allegations of sexual assault and harassment becoming pervasive in Washington, it is worth remembering that there are good examples of decency and leadership that we can point to.

Grassley alters Senate policy for 2 judicial nominees

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Thursday he's going ahead with confirmation hearings for two appellate court nominees, Davis Straus of Minnesota and Kyle Duncan of Louisiana, even though they have not received the support of both of their home-state senators. In each case, a senator declined to return a so-called blue slip marking their support for the judicial nominee from their state.

GOP closer to big win with House tax vote; Senate unclear

Republicans have stretched closer to delivering the first big legislative victory for President Donald Trump and their party, whisking a $1.5 trillion overhaul of business and personal income taxes through the House. The House passage of the bill Thursday on a mostly party-line 227-205 vote also brought nearer the biggest revamp of the U.S. tax system in three decades.

The Finance 202: ‘Biggest tax cut in American history’ isn’t popular with many Americans

Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Addressing a black-tie crowd at the National Building Museum on Thursday night, Vice President Pence hailed congressional progress toward what he said would be the " biggest tax cut in American history ." As he spoke, less than a mile away the Senate Finance Committee was racing to wrap up work on a tax bill that will hand large cuts to the wealthiest while raising taxes on those earning between $10,000 and $75,000 over the next decade.

Gillibrand: Bill Clinton should’ve resigned over sex affair

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says former Democratic President Bill Clinton should have resigned over his sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky 20 years ago. The New York Democrat made the remark in an interview with The New York Times that was published on its website Thursday after being asked if she believed Clinton should have stepped down at the time.

Roy Moore’s faithful don’t own God, scriptures, or faith

As allegations of sexual misconduct towards teenagers in Roy Moore's past hang like a toxic stench over his U.S. Senate campaign, we incessantly hear was how his God-fearing supporters aren't going to let folks who ain't from 'round here tell them what to do. Not those heathens, those outsiders from The Washington Post , The New York Times , CNN and other national news outlets who were suddenly visiting our state and GPSing themselves everywhere from Birmingham to Gadsden to wherever Moore popped up--looking for dirt on the former judge.

The Latest: Franken accuser says voters will decide his fate

Minnesota Senator Al Franken apologized Thursday after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept. The Los Angeles radio anchor who accuses Democratic Senator Al Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour says she accepts his apology but he could have apologized earlier.

20 injured in fire at Pennsylvania senior living community

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McCain accuses Lockheed exec of ‘ducking’ conflict-of-interest concerns at confirmation hearing


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Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, accused Lockheed senior executive John Rood, the nominee to become the Defense Department's undersecretary for defense policy, of "ducking the answer" when asked if he would recuse himself from discussions with U.S. allies that could benefit Lockheed.

Perdue: U.S. farm exports hit 3rd highest level on recordThey climb…

U.S. agricultural exports totaled $140.5 billion in fiscal year 2017, climbing nearly $10.9 billion from the previous year to the third-highest level on record, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Thursday. As it has done for well over 50 years, the U.S. agricultural sector once again posted an annual trade surplus, which reached $21.3 billion, up almost 30 percent from last year's $16.6 billion.

Woman accuses Sen. Franken of harassment

By MATTHEW DALY and JULIET LINDERMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON - Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faces a storm of criticism and a likely ethics investigation after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused him Thursday of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour.

New Jersey senator’s bribery trial ends in a hung jury

By DAVID PORTER Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. - The federal bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ended Thursday with the jury hopelessly deadlocked on all charges, a partial victory for him that could nevertheless leave the case hanging over his head as he gears up for re-election to a sharply divided Senate.

Congress sends Trump $700B military spending bill

By RICHARD LARDNER Associated Press WASHINGTON - Congress on Thursday sent President Donald Trump a sweeping defense policy bill authorizing a $700 billion budget for the military, including billions of dollars more for missile defense programs to counter the growing nuclear weapons threat from North Korea.

Department of Defense retweets call for Trump, Franken and Moore to quit over allegationsNewsweek

The Department of Defense's Twitter account on Thursday retweeted a call for President Donald Trump, as well as Senator Al Franken and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, to leave politics over sexual assault allegations-something the agency insisted was a mistake. The original tweet from the account @ProudResister said: "The solution is simplea Roy Moore: Step down from the race.

A Presidential Report Card

There are many ways to judge a president-polls, approval ratings, legislative successes, foreign breakthroughs, memorable speeches, and historic moments. But there's a better way than any of these, and Fred Greenstein, a professor of politics emeritus at Princeton University, has developed it.

Gillibrand: Bill Clinton should’ve resigned over sex affair

In this Oct. 26, 2006 file photo, former President Bill Clinton holds up the hand of Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democratic lawyer who is running against three-term Rep. John Sweeney, R-N.Y., at a rally in Albany, N.Y. U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said, in an interview in The New York Times, that former President Clinton should have resigned over his sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky 20 years ago.

Gillibrand: Bill Clinton should’ve resigned over sex affair

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says former Democratic President Bill Clinton should have resigned over his sexual affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky 20 years ago. The New York Democrat made the remark in an interview with The New York Times that was published on its website Thursday after being asked if she believed Clinton should have stepped down at the time.

Congress debates oil drilling in largest US wildlife refuge

Sometime next April, pregnant cows in the Porcupine Caribou Herd in Canada will take the lead in an annual migration of nearly 200,000 animals north to Alaska. From winter grounds in Canada's Yukon Territory, the caribou traveling in small and large groups will cross rivers and gaps in the mighty Brooks Range on the 400-mile journey.

Leonardo DiCaprio after enjoying dinner with Sarah Snyder

Beyonce, Jay Z, Kim Kardashian and Anna Wintour head the all-star guest list as Serena Williams marries millionaire Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in a Beauty and the Beast themed wedding 'When she passes out, I put her in various positions and take pictures of her': Playboy model groper Senator Al Franken had pitched SNL skit about drugging and raping 60 Minutes reporter Leslie Stahl in 1995 Mandalay Bay places security staff outside its elevators six weeks after Las Vegas gunman sneaked 23 guns into his rooms there and killed 58 while firing from the 32nd floor First ever fatal marijuana overdose reported in Colorado: Doctors claim the drug killed an infant who ate some of his parent's stash PIERS MORGAN: What does Trump have in common with the detestable dictator Mugabe? They BOTH believe in elephant trophy hunting.

Cambodia Faces Threat of Trade Sanctions

A supporter of the now dissolved opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party wears a poster of party leader Kem Sokha as she stands outside the Supreme Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Oct. 31, 2017. Cambodia's government faced international criticism Friday after the main opposition party was dissolved ahead of elections and the European Union raised a potential threat to vital trade preferences.

US to allow elephant trophy hunting

Partially reversing an Obama-era ban, the Trump administration will now allow U.S. hunters to bring home the remains of elephants they've killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia in southern Africa. The move, announced this week, was greeted with cheers by hunters and firearms groups but was derided by animal rights advocates as the government argued that conditions for elephants in parts of Africa had "changed and improved" in recent years.

A Tallahassee couple says a frog was found in their iced water last week at Waffle House.

When Claire Sheats and her husband sat down for a meal at a local Waffle House in Tallahassee last week, it wasn't long before they noticed they had company - a dead frog floating in their iced water. "We were served a whole frog in our ice water at Waffle House today," she said in a complaint to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

Mueller Subpoenaed Trump Campaign for More DocumentsBloomberg

Special Counsel Robert Mueller served U.S. President Donald Trump's election campaign a subpoena in mid-October, according to two people familiar with the matter, in the latest sign that his criminal investigation is aggressively pursuing links between campaign officials and Russia. The subpoena to more than a dozen campaign officials sought documents related to any contacts they had with Russian operatives, according to one of the people who requested anonymity to speak about sensitive investigative matters.

House Republicans pass long-awaited tax reform bill

House Republicans successfully passed their wide-ranging tax plan Thursday, moving the party one step closer to reshaping the tax code by year's end. The proposal, called the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, would add $1.4 trillion to the federal deficit over the next 10 years, while decreasing the number of tax brackets and deductions, and slashing the corporate tax rate to 20 percent - if it eventually becomes law.

Bipartisan group in Senate aims to strengthen background check system for guns

In the wake of the recent mass shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill Thursday meant to strengthen the existing background check system for firearms. The Fix NICS Act, which refers to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, would set up incentives and penalties for state and federal agencies to boost their compliance with existing requirements that they report criminal history records to the system, helping ensure it stays up to date.

White House plans to seek another $45 billion in U.S. hurricane aid

The White House plans to ask the U.S. Congress on Friday for about $45 billion in additional aid for disaster relief to cover damage from hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida and other disaster damage, a congressional aide said on late Thursday. FILE PHOTO: An aerial photo shows damage caused by Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas, U.S., August 31, 2017.

Sen. Franken should take a long walk along the shores of frozen Lake Wobegon

Then-comedian Al Franken and sports commentator Leeann Tweeden perform a comic skit for service members during the USO Sergeant Major of the Army's 2006 Hope and Freedom Tour in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, on Dec. 15, 2006. Then-comedian Al Franken and sports commentator Leeann Tweeden perform a comic skit for service members during the USO Sergeant Major of the Army's 2006 Hope and Freedom Tour in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, on Dec. 15, 2006.

Free Press Group Ready to Cut Off WikiLeaks


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The Freedom of the Press Foundation routed half a million dollars to WikiLeaks. But Assange's embrace of Trump split the group's board, and now it's on the verge of a major break.

On Republican tax bill, Donald Trump and Paul Ryan nudged skeptic Ken …

Last-minute conversations with President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan helped persuade U.S. Rep. Ken Buck to vote with most of his Republican colleagues in support of a broad tax bill, the Colorado lawmaker said Thursday after the 227-205 vote. Buck initially was skeptical of the measure - given expectations that it would grow the national deficit - but the Windsor Republican said he was convinced to get behind it after he got assurances the tax cuts would be partially offset by future reductions to spending on social programs.

New Jersey senator’s bribery trial ends in a hung jury

The federal bribery trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez ended Thursday with the jury hopelessly deadlocked on all charges, a partial victory for him that could nevertheless leave the case hanging over his head as he gears up for re-election to a sharply divided Senate. U.S. District Judge William Walls declared a mistrial after more than six full days of deliberations failed to produce a verdict on any of the 18 counts against the New Jersey politician or his co-defendant, a wealthy Florida eye doctor accused of buying Menendez's influence by plying him with luxury vacations and campaign contributions.

Trump stops short of saying U.S. Senate candidate Moore should leave race


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President Donald Trump believes Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore should step aside if sexual misconduct allegations against him are true, the White House said on Thursday, while state party leaders in Alabama vowed to stand by their nominee. Judge Roy Moore speaks as he participates in the Mid-Alabama Republican Club's Veterans Day Program in Vestavia Hills, Alabama, U.S., November 11, 2017.

Menendez avoids ‘political grave,’ but cloud still looms

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez fights tears as he speaks to reporters outside Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse after U.S. District Judge William Walls declared a mistrial in Menendez's federal corruption trial, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Newark, N.J. less U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez fights tears as he speaks to reporters outside Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse after U.S. District Judge William Walls declared a mistrial in Menendez's federal corruption ... more Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez becomes emotional as he speaks to reporters in front of the courthouse in Newark, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.

Gov.-elect Phil Murphy breaks silence on Menendez after mistrial declared

ATLANTIC CITY -- All during his winning campaign for governor, Phil Murphy said pretty much nothing when asked whether or not U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez , a fellow New Jersey Democrat, should step down if convicted on federal bribery charges. Even when jurors said they were deadlocked late Friday morning and it appeared a mistrial was imminent, Murphy -- who was about to give a speech at the New Jersey League of Municipalities' annual conference in Atlantic City -- kept mum, telling reporters he would "not speculate."

Lawmakers seek more information from Trump son-in-law Kushner in Russia probe


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Jared Kushner's lawyer failed to give the Senate Judiciary Committee a document President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser received about a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite," the committee's leaders said on Thursday. White House Senior adviser Jared Kushner attends bilateral meetings held by U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, November 9, 2017.

NFL steps into politics, fights tax cut bill with no stadium bond breaks

The NFL has come out against House Republicans' tax cut bill, putting the league out on a political limb even as it deals with the fallout from national anthem protests. Other big pro sports leagues are staying out of the fight, but a spokesman for the National Football League said teams don't want to lose a special tax break that allows them to use tax-free bonds to build stadiums.

New GOP tax bill could make grad school more expensive

A new GOP congressional tax bill could scale back deductions for graduate students, meaning tuition waivers would be taxed like regular income. Some graduate students at universities across Illinois are worried getting their doctorates could become impossible financially because of the possible tax deduction elimination.

Tillerson under fire for turmoil at State

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is facing a wave of withering bipartisan criticism that his effort to reform the State Department is instead spurring an exodus of talent that undermines American diplomacy and endangers the nation. The turmoil surrounding Tillerson's stewardship of the State Department deepened this week as lawmakers questioned key elements of his strategy to shrink what he sees as a bloated bureaucracy.

Three cups of coffee each day slashes risk of liver cancer

The son former NFL star Rae Carruth tried to kill: Disabled teen who was pulled from his dying mother's womb after she was gunned down turns 18... as his father enters his final year in prison for plotting her brutal murder Beekeeper who posed with 20,000 bees on her belly in viral maternity shoot suffers a stillbirth and shares heartbreaking photos of her baby in specially-made onesie PIERS MORGAN: What does Trump have in common with the detestable dictator Mugabe? They BOTH believe in elephant trophy hunting.

Al Franken accuser: ‘I’ve been angry about it for over 10 years’

Leeann Tweeden, who has said that Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken forcibly kissed and groped her, said Thursday that Franken's forced kiss on her years ago was "persistent" and "uncomfortable." Speaking on CNN's "The Lead" with Jake Tapper on Thursday, Tweeden said that the incident, which occurred in 2006, before Franken was a senator, left her "so angry, I was in disbelief."

There’s a massive moral vacuum in the country right now

When an "Access Hollywood" tape featuring Donald Trump making comments about how money and power allowed him to grab women in their private parts without penalty - and he still won the White House - we knew there would be political and cultural repercussions. When more than a dozen women accused Trump of sexually inappropriate behavior during the campaign - and he still won - we knew the impacts would be long lasting and meaningful.

What Al Franken’s Senate colleagues are saying

The US Senate is reeling from one woman's account of how she was kissed without her consent and groped in 2006 by Democratic Sen. Al Franken before he was elected. Many of Franken's colleagues have condemned his behavior, but both Democrats and Republicans have referred the case to the Senate ethics committee to investigate.

Larry Summers: Republican tax plan is a ‘serious policy error’

"I think it's a serious policy error that will make middle class Americans poorer," the former Treasury Secretary told CNN's Jamie Gangel on Thursday. He has reiterated his criticism of current Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who claims tax reform will pay for itself, and expressed concerns about how the proposal will add to the national debt.

Mugabe: I’m not surrendering to a coup

It, er, might not be Robert Mugabe's call to make any more. When the military rolls into your capital, seizes broadcast outlets, and takes you into "protective custody," it's a little late to fall back on the institutions you've spent the last couple of years corrupting on behalf of your wife.

The Latest: Democrats use new analysis to bash GOP tax bill

A Senate Finance Committee hearing got heated Wednesday as the committee's chair, Sen. Orrin Harch, defended the decision to include in the tax bill a repeal of the Obamacare requirement for Americans to get health insurance. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., left, the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee, criticizes the Republican tax reform plan while Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, listens to his opening statement as the panel begins work overhauling the nation's tax code, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.

Social media reacts to Sen. Al Franken’s alleged sexual assault

On Thursday, Los Angeles radio anchor Leeann Tweeden accused Minnesota Sen. Al Franken of forcibly kissing her during a 2006 USO tour and of posing for a photo with his hands on her breasts as she slept. Tweeden shared her story with her followers on social media and it quickly became a topic of conversation with users across Twitter.

COLUMN: Nat’l GOP: Thank Virginia Voters for wake-up call

DEMOCRATS across the nation, ecstatic at their party's landslide win in the recent Virginia election, are eagerly thanking the state's voters for thoroughly repudiating Trumpism. Virginia voters spoke loud and clear in giving the largest Democratic margin of victory in a gubernatorial campaign here since 1985.

The Latest: McConnell: Committee should review Franken

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says sexual misconduct allegations against Minnesota Sen. Al Franken are "troubling" and he hopes and expects that the Senate Ethics Committee will fully investigate. He said Thursday that a bipartisan ethics panel should "fully investigate this troubling incident, as they should with any credible allegation of sexual harassment."

Supreme Court upholds Dayton veto of Legislature’s budget

The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Gov. Mark Dayton 's line-item veto of the Legislature's operating budget, declining to referee a political dispute between two co-equal branches of government that it said could resolve the issue themselves. The 5-1 decision handed Dayton a major legal victory as he seeks to rework costly tax breaks and other measures that he signed into law this spring as part of a new state budget.

Jury in Bob Menendez trial says it’s deadlocked

The jury in the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez said Thursday that it could not reach a verdict on the fourth day of deliberations since a federal judge instructed them to start their discussions from scratch. U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., arrives at the federal courthouse in Newark on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.

Loophole allows fundraisers during Oklahoma special session

Oklahoma legislators have been raising thousands of dollars from lobbyists at lavish fundraisers during a special session limping into its eighth week, yet they've failed to make much progress toward plugging a $215 million hole in the state budget. The Associated Press obtained invitations to a dozen scheduled fundraisers held over the past few weeks for some of the Legislature's top Republican leaders, including the powerful chairs of the appropriations committees in the House and Senate.

House poised to vote on tax overhaul as bigger battle lies ahead

The House is preparing to vote Thursday on the first major rewrite of the tax code since 1986, a crucial step toward delivering one of President Trump's signature promises. Starting Jan. 1, the bill would drop the top corporate rate dramatically, realign how Washington treats domestic and foreign income of multinational companies, and give individuals lower rates while eliminating some deductions and credits.

Lower-income brackets would face tax increase after 2019 under Senate plan: Scorekeepers

All income levels would on average get a tax cut in 2019 under the Senate's modified plan, but people making between $10,000 and $30,000 would on average face an income tax increase starting in 2021 compared to current law. That's according to new projections released Thursday by congressional scorekeepers, who also found that people making more than $30,000 per year would on average get a net tax cut through 2025 compared to current law.

Bob Menendez jury deadlocked on all counts

The jury in the corruption trial of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez said Thursday it is deadlocked on all charges and is now being interviewed by the judge, one-by-one. Defense attorney Abbe Lowell has requested the judge formally declare a mistrial.

3D scanners can ‘digitally unpack’ carry-ons and transform airport…

Technology used in the medical field for years may soon revolutionize screening of carry-on bags at airports - bolstering security while dramatically cutting bottlenecks at checkpoints. Computed-tomography machines being tested at airports in Phoenix and Boston allow Transportation Security Administration screeners to rotate a three-dimensional image of a suspicious object without opening up a bag, meaning travelers can whisk through faster without removing items such as laptops and small containers of liquids.

Republicans hope to intervene in federal lawsuit over House race,…

Republican leaders want to intervene in a Democratic House of Delegates candidate's federal lawsuit over 55 unopened absentee ballots in Stafford County, writing that the "stakes a could not be higher." The campaign of Democrat Joshua Cole, who lost the 28th District House election last Tuesday to Republican Bob Thomas by 82 votes, requested an emergency court order requiring those 55 ballots to be counted in a race that could determine control of the chamber.

Strippers pose for photos with piles of dollar bills

Radio host and former Playboy model says Democratic Senator Al Franken kissed and GROPED her while she was asleep and without consent during a USO tour to Afghanistan in 2006 'I don't expect any of you to forgive me': Man who STOMPED his prison mate to death confesses to killing girlfriend and baby boy who 'were SUFFOCATED before their mysterious disappearance eight years ago' Grandmother, 69, dies of an overdose while cleaning up her son's drug paraphernalia by 'absorbing the substances into her system' just days after his fatal overdose Top interior designer reveals the decorating hack that will add THOUSANDS to your home Children's yoga teacher, 22, is charged with repeatedly molesting a six-year-old because he thought the boy was 'cute' EXCLUSIVE - Runaway bride: Serena Williams pairs Versace couture gown with NIKES for rehearsal dinner as she and fiance Alexis Ohanian generously pay ... (more)

Report: VA clinic where vet set self on fire was remiss

A stressed Gulf War veteran who set himself on fire outside a Veterans Affairs clinic and later died went nearly a year without a mental health appointment or medication, one of several serious problems government investigators found with the clinic in a report released Thursday. The Veterans Affairs Department's inspector general found Charles Ingram III went almost a year without seeing a counselor or taking medications for his mental health problems before his death in March 2016.

El Salvador Jesuits seek reopening of case in 1989 massacre

The Roman Catholic Jesuit community in El Salvador says it will ask authorities to reopen the case against a group of military officials suspected in the 1989 massacre of six priests and two female employees. The announcement comes a day after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for a Salvadoran ex-colonel's extradition to Spain to face charges of allegedly helping plan the attack on the Jesuit priests.

Judge declares mistrial in Sen. Menendez trial

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez waves at reporters before entering the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Courthouse for his federal corruption trial, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in Newark, N.J. Jury deliberations continued on Thursday morning. NEWARK, N.J.>> Sen. Bob Menendez's bribery trial has ended in a mistrial after the jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on the charges against the Democrat and his co-defendant.

GOP Muscling Tax Bill Through House; Hits Senator Roadblock

Republicans are muscling their massive tax bill through the House, with President Donald Trump urging them on to a critically needed legislative victory and GOP House leaders exuding confidence they have the votes. But the tax overhaul hit a roadblock Wednesday as Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party's politically must-do tax legislation.

Congress paid out $15M in settlements

Two things have become painfully clear on Capitol Hill this week: Lawmakers and staffers say sexual harassment is "rampant" -- but even members of Congress have no idea just how widespread the problem is. The controversial and sensitive issue has taken center stage in Congress this week, with female lawmakers making fresh allegations of sexual harassment against unnamed members who are currently in office, and the unveiling of a new bill on Wednesday to change how sexual harassment complaints are reported and resolved.

GOP braces for extended clash in Alabama

An attorney for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore is attempting to discredit a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by Moore in 1977. Phillip Jauregui says a year book she claimed bears Moore's signature doesn't appear to be real.

Revenge Is a Rotten Way to Run a Country

President Donald Trump chats with Russia's President Vladimir Putin as they attend the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on Nov. 11, 2017. Looking back at the last tumultuous year, to me, one of the saddest aspects of the Trump candidacy and presidency is that both in part were built from one of the basest of human impulses: revenge.

Records: Man posed for photo with dead wife, then cut her up

Preliminary autopsy results confirm that dismembered human remains found inside a subu... Court records say a man posed for photos with his dead wife and their two young children before dismembering her body in a Kansas City hotel room. Court records say a man posed for photos with his dead wife and their two young children before dismembering her body in a Kansas City hotel room.

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Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won't get sick and boosting premiums for others. Millions are expected to forgo coverage if Congress repeals the unpopular requirement that Americans get health insurance, gambling that they won't get sick and boosting premiums for others.

Zimbabwe calm as Mugabe is urged to step down peacefully

In an extraordinary statement after taking over the state broadcaster during a night of unrest, Zimbabwe's army said early Wednesday it was only targeting "criminals" ... Map locates Zimbabwe and its capital, Harare where the countrya TMs president and his wife are being held under house arrest by the military; 1c x 2 1/4 inches; 46.5 mm x 57 mm; . FILE - In this June, 2, 2017 file photo Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, left, and his wife Grace follow proceedings during a youth rally in Marondera Zimbabwe.

House Republicans await audience with Trump on tax overhaul

Republicans are muscling their massive tax bill through the House, with President Donald Trump urging them on to a critically needed legislative victory and GOP House leaders exuding confidence they have the votes. But the tax overhaul hit a roadblock Wednesday as Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party's politically must-do tax legislation.

Despite big signings, Cavani emerges as leader of PSG attack

Austria's Marcel Sabitzer, left, challenges Uruguay's Edinson Cavani, during an international friendly soccer match between Austria and Uruguay in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Court records say a man posed for photos with his dead wife and their two young children before dismembering her body in a Kansas City hotel room.

Boosted by stadium blessing, Atletico takes on Real Madrid

26, 2017. file photo of the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid. With Atletico Madrid's president and other club officials standing by the team's shield, an archbishop celebrated the ceremo... The $500 million Museum of the Bible, built by the owners of the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain, opens Friday in Washington.

Dortmund desperate to get back on track in Bundesliga

Court records say a man posed for photos with his dead wife and their two young children before dismembering her body in a Kansas City hotel room. A painting thought by scholars to be one of only a few by Leonardo da Vinci to have survived the half-millennia since the artist's death is set to be auctioned Wednesday in New York.

GSG pens letter against tax bill


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The Graduate Student Government sent a letter to the United States Congress on Wednesday expressing graduate students' concerns about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the latest Republican-sponsored bill proposed to modify the existing tax code. The letter, which garnered more than 450 signatures, was a direct response to several provisions in the proposed bill, including one that would repeal the graduate and professional students' tax-free tuition income.

Consumer bureau boss to exit early

Richard Cordray, the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said Wednesday that he will leave the agency by the end of the month. Cordray was a holdover from President Barack Obama's administration, appointed to his position in 2013 for a five-year term.

UniKey Technologies Expands Senior Management Team

UniKey Technologies, world's largest smart access control platform provider, today announced the promotion of Roy Johnson to Vice President of Strategic Accounts. Roy previously served as Head of Commercial Products, where he led the company in its expansion into the commercial sector.

Japan weighs plans to deal with North Korean evacuees in case of crisis

TOKYO: Japan is studying plans to cope with an influx of perhaps tens of thousands of North Korean evacuees if a military or other crisis breaks out on the peninsula, including ways to weed out spies and terrorists, a domestic newspaper said. The Japan Coast Guard would escort boats fleeing North Korea to designated ports, where police would screen them by checking their identity and possible criminal records and expel those deemed a threat, the Yomiuri newspaper said on Thursday.

Beachum to host U.S. Navy Academy info forum

Port St. Joe High School alum Javarri Beachum will hold a United States Naval Academy Information Forum 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. ET Saturday at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School. This is simply an information session that is primarily aimed at sophomores, juniors and seniors .

Palace welcomes US P5.1-B support for Marawi rehab, war on terrorism, drugs

MalacaA ang said that President Duterte has earned the trust of United States President Donald Trump with the White House announcement that the US would pour in $101.3 million, or P5.1 billion, to support the initiatives of the Duterte administration. The White House announced, upon President Trump's return from his 12-day Asian swing , that the US government was pledging the amount to support the rehabilitation of Marawi City, the country's counter-terrorism efforts, and the administration's drug war.

Silence from Trump as Moore-Alabama storm grows louder

President Donald Trump dodged questions about the turmoil in the Alabama Senate race on Wednesday, declining to join national Republicans who've called for Roy Moore to abandon the race amid allegations of sexual impropriety with teenage girls. Far from surrendering, Moore's camp challenged the credibility of one of the accusers.

1st GOP senator opposes tax bill

By ALAN FRAM and MARCY GORDON Associated Press WASHINGTON - Wisconsin's Ron Johnson on Wednesday became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party's tax bill, signaling potential problems for GOP leaders.

Los Alamos legislator joins land commissioner race after Powell bows out

One Democrat dropped his bid to become state land commissioner Wednesday, and his handpicked candidate stepped into the race for the Democratic nomination to succeed Aubrey Dunn, a single-term Republican who has said he is not running for re-election. Ray Powell, a veterinarian who served as land commissioner from 1994 to 2002 and again from 2011-14, withdrew from the race and said he was endorsing state Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of Los Alamos.

Jonah’s Off Target Again

There are at least two problems with this analysis. One, although suburbanites who live around large cities have added to the Republican vote in the past, one has to qualify this generalization by noting the obvious .

Is Jeff Sessions Trump’s Gen. George McClellan?

Congressman Jim Jordan laid out a blistering litany of transgressions committed by Hillary Clinton and other Obama apparatchiks in the last administration that all of us who regularly follow the news are familiar with. He did so in a simple, methodical way that was nonetheless staggering to listen to.

McGovern: Ex-SJC chiefs rap Moore for violating gay marriage ruling


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So when former Alabama Chief Justice and current Senate candidate Roy Moore instructed judges in his state to defy federal court orders on same-sex marriage, it was a jarring blow to a fundamental tenet of democracy. That was the position taken by former Bay State chief justices Roderick Ireland and Margaret Marshall, who last night celebrated the Supreme Judicial Court's 325th anniversary.

Deval has clearest path to 2020 nomination

With Democrats claiming victory in the 2017 elections and Donald Trump's approval ratings mired in the mid-30s, political chatter has turned predictably to 2020 and who could, or should, be the Democrats' presidential nominee. The chatter has intensified with Joe Biden's book tour; in Massachusetts, the buzz hovers over U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton.

Wednesday’s Games

A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million at auction on Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately. WASHINGTON - Wisconsin's Ron Johnson on Wednesday became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party's tax bill, signalling potential problems for GOP leaders.

Silence from Trump as Moore-Alabama storm grows louder

President Donald Trump dodged questions about the turmoil in the Alabama Senate race on Wednesday, declining to join national Republicans who've called for Roy Moore to abandon the race amid allegations of sexual impropriety with teenage girls. Far from surrendering, Moore's camp challenged the credibility of one of the accusers.

King County Council chairman accuses Trump administration of…

Attorrney General Jeff Sessions was quoted in a Justice Department news release Wednesday as letters went out to 29 jurisdictions - including Seattle and King County - threatening to pull criminal-justice grants. The Trump administration's latest threat against sanctuary jurisdictions gets a sharp retort from Seattle and King County.

Tax bill thrown into uncertainty as first GOP senator comes out against it

Uncertainty gripped the Senate on Wednesday over efforts to pass a sweeping $1.5 trillion tax cut after a Wisconsin Republican became the first senator in his party to declare that he could not vote for the tax bill as written, and other senators expressed serious misgivings over the cost and effect on the middle class. The House is set Thursday to pass its own version of the tax bill, which would cut taxes by more than $1.4 trillion over 10 years and broadly rewrite the business tax code.

Ivanka Trump says child tax credit a not a pet projecta

The presidential daughter and adviser, in a "full-blown sprint" as she sells the Republican tax overhaul plan and juggles other initiatives, has had it with all that talk about her "pet project" to increase the child tax credit . "I get a little bit frustrated when people call it a pet project," Trump told The Associated Press as she spent a day shuttling between events in multiple states.

Dozens of Christian, Conservative and Pro-Family Leaders Sign Letter…

Dozens of Christian, Conservative and Pro-Family Leaders Sign Letter in Support of Judge Roy Moore - Will Attend Rally Tomorrow At the Press Conference, hosted by Faith2Action President Janet Porter and Dr. Steven Hotze, CEO of Restore Our Godly Heritage PAC, media will be presented with a letter signed by pro-family leaders and pastors from across the nation which states: "We stand with Judge Roy Moore, a man of integrity who has never wavered from his valiant defense of the unborn, the Ten Commandments, and the Constitution. We are confident the voters of Alabama will not be fooled by suspiciously timed accusations without evidence, and will reject the politics of personal destruction led by the Washington Post.

The Latest: Senate bill adds tax break for family leave

A new tax break for businesses that give their workers paid family leave has been put into the Senate Republican tax bill now moving toward approval. The proposal by Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., was included in a late revision to the bill written by Sen. Orrin Hatch, chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

GOP senators from NC come out against Trump EPA nominee

North Carolina's two Republican senators said Wednesday they oppose President Donald Trump's pick to oversee chemical safety at the Environmental Protection Agency, putting his nomination at serious risk. Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis issued statements saying they will vote against Michael L. Dourson to serve as head of EPA's Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

Trump’s sanctions seek regime change in Venezuela

On November 3, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed a meeting with creditors, for November 13 in Caracas, to discuss a restructuring of Venezuelan public debt. On November 8, the US administration reacted by warning US bondholders that attending this meeting could put them in violation of US economic sanctions against Venezuela.

Cuba rejects ‘arbitrary’ tightening of US sanctions

Cuba has rejected outright new US restrictions that took effect on November 8, describing them as confirming an "upsurge" of the blockade imposed by Washington since 1962. Cuba's top diplomat for the Americas, Josefina Vidal, said during a press conference on November 7 that the new measures to prevent US trade with and travel to the Caribbean island were "arbitrary."

North Carolina senators oppose Trump’s EPA nominee: reports

North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis said they will not support the Trump administration's nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency's chemical safety office, media reports said. If one more Republican votes against Michael Dourson, he likely wouldn't be confirmed to the post, the Hill reported on Wednesday.

Hannity: Moore answered my questions

Fox News host Sean Hannity said Wednesday night that Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore answered the questions he posed to him the previous night about the sexual misconduct allegations he is facing. "Now we demanded, rightly, answers from Judge Moore," Hannity said on his show.

The Pentagon Has Avoided Audit For 27 Years

To achieve this budget, which is expected to sail through the Senate after the Thanksgiving break, Congress will have to raise the caps set into place during the Budget Control Act. But if there is a will - which there certainly is, considering the powerful defense industry lobby, coupled with members' own special interests for their districts - there is a way.

Justice Department to offer update on Ferguson progress

In this Aug. 10, 2015, file photo, officers and protesters face off along West Florissant Ave. in Ferguson, Mo., a year after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old who was unarmed. Ferguson residents on Wednesday Nov. 15, 2017, will get an update from city leaders and officials with the Department of Justice concerning the consent agreement calling for major reforms in the St. Louis-area town where Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in 2014.

Senators warn Tillerson diplomatic power is being dismantled

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint press conference with Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi at the Foreign Ministry office in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. Tillerson said Wednesday that his country was deeply concerned by "credible reports" of atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis that has seen hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya flee to Bangladesh.

Judge sides with Philadelphia in ‘sanctuary cities’ case

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, left, accompanied by City Solicitor Sozi Pedro Tulante, speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. A federal judge on Wednesday blocked the U.S. government from withholding a major grant that pays for public safety equipment because Philadelphia is a "sanctuary city."

Roy Moore lawyer calls accuser’s account into question, demands yearbook

Attorney Phillip L. Jauregui says Judge Roy Moore has been falsely accused, wants Gloria Allred to release Beverly Young Nelson's yearbook for handwriting analysis. An attorney for Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore on Wednesday called into question the account of the fifth woman to accuse the candidate of past sexual misconduct, demanding she turn over evidence for an expert to review.

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The American Bar Association said Wednesday it didn't ask one of President Trump's judicial nominees about his personal opinions on abortion, saying the ABA's negative evaluation of him was instead based on peers who doubted he could leave his politics behind if he becomes a federal judge. Pamela Bresnahan, chair of the ABA's Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, was defending her organization's role in the vetting process for federal judges, which involves rating a president's picks.

Blumenthal, Leahy reveal consumer data security bill

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal in October 2017 in Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Blumenthal announced alongside U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and four other senators a proposed Consumer Privacy Protection Act that among other aims would penalize companies if they do not notify consumers promptly of breaches in their payment card systems and other databases storing sensitive information.

Roy Moore’s lawyer challenges Alabama woman’s claim of sexual assault

The Senate campaign of Roy Moore of Alabama sought Wednesday to discredit a woman's accusation that he sexually assaulted her when she was 16, suggesting that what looks like his signature on her high school yearbook could be a forgery. Moore's attorney, Phillip L. Jauregui, Jr., also disputed a statement by Beverly Young Nelson that she'd had no contact with Moore since the alleged assault took place in 1977 in Gadsden, Ala.

Trump likely to change watchdog agency as Cordray leaves


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Richard Cordray, the aggressive first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, plans to leave the agency by the end of the month, giving President Donald Trump a chance to appoint a replacement likely to be friendlier to the financial industry. Cordray was a holdover from the Obama administration, appointed to his position in 2013 for a five-year term.

The GOP Has Its First Casualty In Tax Reform Push

Well, the smooth road to tax reform just it a bump with Sen. Ron Johnson signaling that he will be a "no" vote on the legislation. The Wisconsin Republican is the first to definitively say he will be against the bill, as he feels it gives too much to corporations at the expense of other businesses.

2017 Silver Eagle Award Honors Merlyn Carlson

Nebraska Farm Bureau has selected former Nebraska Director of Agriculture Merlyn Carlson as the 2017 recipient of its highest honor, the Silver Eagle Award. The award will be presented to Carlson on Merlyn Carlson and his wife Janice raised their family on their ranch near Lodgepole, where they raised cattle.

DOJ Warns 29 Sanctuary Cities, States that They May Have to Repay Federal Funds

The Department of Justice warned Illinois, Oregon, Vermont and 26 other "sanctuary" jurisdictions Wednesday that in order to receive public safety grants under the DOJ's Edward Bryne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, they must prove compliance by December 8th with Section 1373 of 8 U.S. Code which prohibits state and local governments from restricting communications with federal immigration authorities "regarding the citizenship or immigration status" of individuals. "Jurisdictions that adopt so-called 'sanctuary policies' also adopt the view that the protection of criminal aliens is more important than the protection of law-abiding citizens and of the rule of law," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Wednesday.

Ezekiel Elliott to drop appeal of six-game suspension, will return December 24

The decision means Elliott will sit out the full six games and return to the team on December 24 against the Seattle Seahawks. A hearing for a potential preliminary injunction had been scheduled for December 1 before the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, but with the case unlikely to be resolved before the NFL's postseason, Elliott will serve the ban now and return in time for possible playoff games.

1st GOP senator opposes tax bill in early sign of problems

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., points to boxes of petitions supporting the Republican tax reform bill that is set for a vote later this week as he arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tue... WASHINGTON - Wisconsin's Ron Johnson on Wednesday became the first Republican senator to say he opposes his party's tax bill, signaling potential problems for GOP leaders. Passage of a similar package seemed certain Thursday in the House, where a handful of dissidents conceded they expected to be steamrolled by a GOP frantic to claim its first major legislative victory of the year.

Trump Court Pick Says He Was Joking When He Compared Gay Marriage To Marrying Bacon

One of President Donald Trump 's judicial nominees, Don Willett, said Wednesday he was just kidding that time he compared gay people's constitutional right to marriage with a right to marry bacon. Willett, nominated for a lifetime seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, told the Senate Judiciary Committee he wasn't mocking same-sex marriage when he tweeted in April 2015 that he "could support recognizing a constitutional right to marry bacon" - a day after the Supreme Court heard arguments in the landmark marriage equality case.

This Nonprofit Gave Women More Than $75,000 Last Year For Abortions

OCTOBER 14: The words "In God We Trust" are seen on U.S. currency October 14, 2004 in Washington, DC. Although the U.S. constitution prohibits an official state religion, references to God appear on American money, the U.S. Congress starts its daily session with a prayer, and the same U.S. Supreme Court that has consistently struck down organized prayer in public schools as unconstitutional opens its public sessions by asking for the blessings of God.

‘Gossip Girl’ Star Pummeled With Assault Allegations

Former "Gossip Girl" star Ed Westwick continues getting hit with sexual assault allegations after a third woman accused him of rape in a Tuesday interview. Westwick, known for playing Chuck Bass on the hit series Gossip Girl, now stands accused of sexually assaulting executive assistant Rachel Eck, according to BuzzFeed News.

Moore Lawyer Gives Cringeworthy Response On Dating Teens

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's attorney defended his client's admission that he always asked for permission from the mothers of girls he intended to date, citing the customs of unspecified foreign countries in a rambling statement on MSNBC Live Wednesday. Attorney Trenton Garmon seemed to suggest that MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi's background should serve as relevant context in explaining why Moore would need to ask the permission of someone's mother to date them, regardless of their age.

Judge Grilled Over Past Tweets At Judicial Confirmation Hearing

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, one of President Donald Trump's nominees to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, appeared Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Senate Democrats grilled him over statements made on his popular Twitter feed. Willett appeared with James Ho of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, another nominee to the 5th Circuit, the New Orleans-based federal appeals court.

GOP Inches Closer To Opening ANWR To Drilling

Legislation to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration advanced out of a Senate committee on Wednesday, largely along party lines. West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, joined with GOP lawmakers to pass ANWR legislation in a 13-10 vote.

UN Diplomat Falls To His Death Playing A Trust Game

An Australian envoy to the United Nations fell to his death in New York City early Wednesday morning when a "trust game" went disastrously wrong, according to police. Julian Simpson, a second secretary for Australia's permanent mission to the U.N., fell from the seventh story to the second story of a Lower East Side apartment building after a boozy attempt to build trust with another man, the New York Post reports .

New money: Mnuchin and Carranza signatures now on the dollar bill

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin took a tour of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing on Wednesday to see firsthand the production of new $1 bills, the first currency that will bear his signature. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza were on hand at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Wednesday to see the production of the new dollar bill bearing their signatures.

Happy 242nd Birthday, Marines

Today, U. S. Marines are deployed around the world to "fight our country's battles on the air and land and sea." The Corps, under General John LeJeune, institutionalized the celebration of the Marine Corps Birthday.

CarlsonCast Nov.15–7am hour

In a 5-4 vote the Seattle City Council rejects an employee "head tax" for the biggest companies in the city which was proposed by the socialist wing of the council to pay for $24 million in homeless related programs, which actually means homeless related bureaucracy in the city.

Hatch Defends ‘Obamacare’ Repeal in Tax Bill

The head of the Senate's tax-writing committee is defending the decision to include in the tax bill a repeal of the Obamacare requirement for Americans to get health insurance. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said Wednesday the requirement that nearly everyone have insurance coverage or face a fine is a tax.

House Panel OKs Bill to Sanction Financial Backers of Hamas

The Republican-led House panel delivered a blunt bipartisan warning to Qatar on Wednesday, backing legislation that would slap sanctions on any countries or individuals providing financial and material support to the Islamic militant group Hamas. The Foreign Affairs Committee passed the bill by voice vote, setting the stage for the full House to consider the measure.

Ohio Calls Off Execution After Failing to Find Inmate’s Vein

Ohio called off the execution of a condemned killer with multiple health problems on Wednesday, because members of the state's execution team were unable to find a vein to insert an IV that would administer the lethal drugs. It was only the third time in U.S. history that an execution has been called off after the process had begun.

No, The Electoral College Isn’t Rigged to Favor Rural Trumpism


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It's time to shed the mythical claim that electoral features of the United States Constitution somehow infuse our national political system with a rural Republicanism, conservatism, or Trumpism. This charge appears prominently in Nancy MacLean's controversial book Democracy in Chains , which cites the U.S. Senate's equal representation clause as well as the Electoral College as evidence of the Constitution's anti-democratic features.

The Latest: Inmate to be brought into chamber in wheelchair

This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Alva Campbell. The Ohio Parole Board on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, rejected a request for mercy from Campbell, a condemned inmate who argues he had such a bad childhood and is in such poor health that he should be spared from execution next month.

Florida man pleads guilty to threatening Utah congressman

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Charles Zachary Howard of Winter Park pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to threatening Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz last March. Howard, a registered Republican, called Chaffetz's Washington office and threatened to hunt him down, "wrap a rope around your neck and hang you from a lamppost."

Watch Shepard Smith Demolish Fox News’ Uranium One Clinton Conspiracy Theory

The only thing missing from Shepard Smith's complete debunking of his colleagues' Uranium One conspiracy theory was a calling out of the role that his own network has played in promoting this witch hunt into a Congressional investigation. In case you missed it, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that he is considering appointing a special counsel to investigate Fox News' whataboutism for the Russia investigation: Hillary Clinton's role in approving the 2010 sale of the Uranium One sale to a Russian company.

Senate Finance chairman revises tax plan to end Obamacare mandate

The head of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee proposed major changes to a Republican tax reform plan, adding a repeal of Obamacare's health insurance mandate and making corporate tax cuts permanent while ending individual cuts in 2025. In a statement late on Tuesday, committee chairman Orrin Hatch said the proposed changes would also slightly lower some individual tax rates and includes a repeal of the alternative minimum tax but only through 2025, when it would be reinstated.

Inspectors general in demand during Trump era

From Democrats on Capitol Hill to good-government groups, critics of President Donald Trump and his administration have turned to the federal government's 70-plus inspectors general seeking answers. The requests for IG investigations vary as widely as the headlines: The government's handling of Trump's Washington hotel.

Hannity to Moore: You’ve got 24 hours to explain yourself

Roy Moore is running out of defenders, and the one with the biggest platform of them all issued an ultimatum last night . Either come up with a better explanation that eliminates all of the inconsistencies in Moore's previous responses to sexual-abuse allegations, Sean Hannity declared, or "get out of this race."

The Australian plebiscite on gay marriage is finally over

It took a couple of months and was filled with charges and countercharges of dirty tricks and the suppression of free speech , but the Australian plebiscite on gay marriage is finally finished. The people responded in large numbers and in the end, the tally ran fairly close to what the current polling had indicated.

Fox News’ Smith debunks his network’s Clinton ‘scandal’ story

Fox News anchor Shepherd Smith debunked what his own network has called the Hillary Clinton uranium "scandal," infuriating Fox viewers, some of whom suggested that he ought go work for CNN or MSNBC. Smith's critique, which called President Donald Trump's accusations against Clinton "inaccurate," was triggered by renewed calls from Republicans on Capitol Hill for a special counsel to investigate Clinton.

Iraq snapshot

Wednesday, November 15, 2017. The Iraq War continues, where's THE NATION magazine? Iraqi girls are yet again under attack from the politicians who are supposed to be representing them.

Mikros Systems Announces Strong Financial Results for Third Quarter

Mikros Systems Corporation , an advanced technology company specializing in electronic systems technology for advanced maintenance in military, industrial and commercial applications, reported financial results for the third quarter and first nine months of 2017. Third-quarter revenue increased 31% to $1.55 million from $1.18 million in the third quarter of 2016.

The Latest: No problems found in veins of Ohio inmate

This undated photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows death row inmate Alva Campbell. The Ohio Parole Board on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, rejected a request for mercy from Campbell, a condemned inmate who argues he had such a bad childhood and is in such poor health that he should be spared from execution next month.

House could pass tax reform if Senate adds health mandate repeal: Ryan


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The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives could vote to pass a tax reform bill that also repeals the Obamacare health insurance mandate if the Senate includes the provision in its final version of the plan, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday. U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks during a news conference after Republican weekly conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., November 14, 2017.

Houzz editor reveals the biggest home trends of 2018

Gymnast Aly Raisman details how a breathless Dr. Larry Nassar would 'close his eyes' during painful 'ungloved' sex assault 'treatments' that took place alone in her hotel rooms from age 15 PICTURED: California gunman who was shot dead after ramming through school gates at end of drive-by rampage that saw him kill four and injure ten - including boy who was hit by bullet through classroom window Rose McGowan turns herself in to police over drug possession charge after 'cocaine was found in her dropped wallet' after a flight Parents are jailed for 130 years each after their nine-month-old twin daughters were left covered in sores and looking 'like skeletons' in the worst case of neglect police had ever seen Cards Against Humanity party game buys a vacant section of the US-Mexico border to prevent Trump from building his wall 'Obviously I've made a few people mad': Roy Moore jokes that he ... (more)

Defenses in Bundy standoff trial focus on government conduct

This undated, combination file photo provided by the Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff's Office shows, from left; Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his sons Ammon Bundy and Ryan Bundy and co-defendant Ryan Payne. Ryan Bundy, who is serving as his own lawyer, was ordered released Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 to a halfway house for the men's trial stemming from a 2014 armed standoff against government agents in a public lands cattle grazing dispute.

Analysis: Sessions seeks balance in pondering Clinton probe

During a hearing on Capitol Hill, Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned about the propriety of initiating a criminal investigation of President Donald Trump's chief political rival, Hillary Clinton. Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, left, and Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, center, talk with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, right, at the end of a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Washington.

Alabama GOP gets increasing heat about Moore

Washington Republicans are tightening pressure on Alabama's GOP to keep a defiant Roy Moore from being elected to the Senate next month. Many are voicing hope that President Donald Trump could use his clout to resolve a problem that Republicans say leaves them with no easy options.

AP Explains: What happened when Russia bought Uranium One

In this April 6, 2017, photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal, the Justice Department said Monday, Nov. 13. less In this April 6, 2017, photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York.

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., points to boxes of petitions supporting the Republican tax reform bill that is set for a vote later this week as he arrives for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tue... A Congresswoman at a hearing on sexual harassment said a friend of hers confided that a member of Congress exposed himself to a staff member. A Congresswoman at a hearing on sexual harassment said a friend of hers confided that a member of Congress exposed himself to a staff member.

Republican governors gather amid party setbacks, turmoil

Scientists for the first time have tried gene editing inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease. The gunman behind a rampage that killed 4 and injured 10 in California was free on bail and had been the subject of a domestic violence call the day before.

Fund set up to preserve African-American historical sites

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is setting up what i... Scientists for the first time have tried gene editing inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease. Scientists for the first time have tried gene editing inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person's DNA to try to cure a disease.

Chicago mother says video shows son with autism body-slammed, injured at school

A Chicago mother of a student with autism said her son was attacked at school in a brutal bullying incident that was captured on video.Gabrielle George said a vid... -- As President Donald Trump returned home Tuesday after a five-nation, 13-day tour of Asia, the region took stock of the lasting effects he left behind.Here's how ... OMAHA -- Critics of agricultural consolidation joined forces Tuesday in Washington to release reports calling on the Department of Justice to reject the merger between B... Lincoln - Freshman Taylor Kissinger led three Huskers in double figures with a game-high 18 points to help shoot Nebraska to an 80-60 women's basketball win over UMKC at Pin... -- Here are the scores from yesterday's sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONBoston 109, Brooklyn 102Toronto 129, Houston 113San Antonio 97, Dallas 91NATION... -- At the "God Save America Revival Conference" ... (more)

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a member of the Senate Finance Committee,…

The Obama health care law's requirement that Americans get insurance coverage is now pinned as a target of Republican lawmakers, as they look to end the individual mandate to help pay for deep cuts in their tax legislation. Senate Republicans showed Tuesday they're intent on scrapping the Affordable Care Act's insurance mandate, and the idea was endorsed by scores of GOP lawmakers in the House.

Amid calls to step down, Moore finds refuge with base

Taking the pulpit at a Baptist revival at a south Alabama church, Republican Roy Moore quoted lengthy Bible passages and made only passing reference to the allegations against him of sexual misconduct with teenagers. The former judge found a brief refuge from the political firestorm and the calls from national Republicans in elected office for him to drop out of the Alabama Senate race.

Vegas rolls dice, comes up a winner

There was Roger Goodell, praising Las Vegas with the lights of the glittering Strip shining brightly behind him. In the audience were a trio of NFL owners who had to be just a little envious about the rich possibilities that await Mark Davis and his Raiders.

3-year-old girl survives Russia plane crash that kills 6

A painting thought by scholars to be one of only a few by Leonardo da Vinci to have survived the half-millennia since the artist's death is set to be auctioned Wednesday in New York. A painting thought by scholars to be one of only a few by Leonardo da Vinci to have survived the half-millennia since the artist's death is set to be auctioned Wednesday in New York.

The wages of injudicious insurgency

A month ago, President Trump and Senate Majority Leader McConnell got together at the White House. According to reports, they discussed, among other things, Steve Bannon's threat to back insurgent candidates in an effort to defeat numerous GOP Senators in primaries.

Cruz and Cornyn refuse to fully condemn Roy Moore

First, there are those who don't believe the allegations against him: inappropriate relationships with teenage girls while in his 30s, including two who say he sexually assaulted them when they were 14 and 16 years old. These allegations were exhaustively reported by the Washington Post in a story that cited four accusers and more than 30 sources, and they were later supplemented by a fifth accuser who came forward Monday.

War Stories

The late Eduardo Galeano's forthcoming book, Hunter of Stories , has five or ten sentences on each page - each page a tiny story, their combination engaging and powerful. Galeano includes the story of a war resister who chose to die rather than kill, and that of an Iraqi who foretold and pre-grieved the 2003 looting of the National Museum, also the story of former drone pilot Brandon Bryant who quit after killing a child and being lied to that the child had been a dog, not to mention the story of the World War I Christmas truces.

Nuke launch order can be refused, nervous US senators told

A retired Air Force general told the Senate on Tuesday that an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused by the top officer at US Strategic Command if that order is determined to be illegal. During testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee, retired General Robert Kehler said the US armed forces are obliged to follow legal orders, not illegal ones.

FBI asks for Senate docs in fetal tissue probe: Report

The FBI has reportedly asked the Senate for unredacted documents obtained from abortion providers, which may signal an investigation into Planned Parenthood and other parties involved in the market for fetal tissue from abortions. The document request occurred recently and was directed to the Senate Judiciary Committee, The Hill reported.

Sessions denies lying on Russia, pleads hazy memory

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday displayed a hazy memory of the Trump campaign's discussions about and dealings with Russians in the 2016 election, denying he ever lied to Congress about those contacts but blaming the chaos of the race for fogging his recollections. During more than five hours of testimony to Congress, Sessions sought to explain away apparent contradictions in his earlier accounts by citing the exhausting nature of Donald Trump's upstart but surging bid for the White House.

Democrats add to win column in deep-red Oklahoma

Democrats added another win in the deep-red Oklahoma Legislature on Tuesday, continuing the minority party's string of success and chipping away at the Republican Party's hold on state government. The previously GOP-held House seat and two Senate seats on the ballot were all in mostly Republican districts around Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

The Latest: Police: Escaped mental patient is in California

Hawaii authorities are searching for Saito, who was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity, after he escaped from Hawaii St... Pieces of pottery found in the nation of Georgia reveal the earliest known evidence for the origins of today's winemaking industry. Pieces of pottery found in the nation of Georgia reveal the earliest known evidence for the origins of today's winemaking industry.

U.S. approves Transportation nominee criticized for ‘torture’ memos

A former government official criticized for being the principal author of the legal justifications for "enhanced interrogation techniques" was narrowly confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday as the top lawyer for the U.S. Department of Transportation in the Trump administration. Steven Bradbury, a Washington lawyer at Dechert LLP who was a senior Department of Justice lawyer under President George W. Bush, was criticized by both Republican and Democratic senators before being confirmed by a 50-47 vote.

GOP has folded up its big tent

Some will remember that Ronald Reagan used to describe the GOP as a "big tent," meaning it had room for a large spectrum of approaches to government, from nearly liberal to arch conservative. Well, his alleged "big tent" certainly is "past tents."

Why nuclear deterrence can work on North Korea

The same logic that kept a nuclear war from breaking out between the United States and former Soviet Union is the best strategy to now pursue with North Korea, several scholars said Tuesday at Stanford. The panel, convened at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation , included political scientist Scott D. Sagan of CISAC; political scientist Mira Rapp-Hooper of Yale University; and political scientist Vipin Narang of MIT.

Democratic cloakroom in Washington named after Gabby Giffords, Leo Ryan

Democratic lawmakers who want to chat off the House floor will soon do so in a room named for two former members of Congress who were targeted by violence. The "Gabrielle Giffords-Leo J. Ryan Cloakroom" is named for former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, and former Rep. Leo J. Ryan, who was killed in 1978 during the Jonestown massacre.

House passes bill to renew flood insurance program

The House on Tuesday backed legislation that will increase flood insurance premiums for many property owners to help firm up a program under stress from ever-more frequent and powerful storms. The bill's passage was secured when sponsors made a variety of changes to accommodate lawmakers determined to protect constituents from even steeper rate hikes or from being booted out of the program altogether.

Regulating Facebook, Google, Twitter in the wake of the election

With a Facebook event page featuring a "Miners For Trump" rally created by Russian operatives displayed behind him, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, questions witnesses during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing titled "Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online" on Capitol Hill, Oct. 31, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The committee questioned the tech company representatives about attempts by Russian operatives to spread disinformation and purchase political ads on their platforms, and what efforts the companies plan to use to prevent similar incidents in future elections.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens for Four Days in Jacksonville

Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency , the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of Florida are available to provide assistance to anyone filling out their applications or updating their status.

Disaster Recovery Center Opens for Four Days in Arcadia

Disaster Recovery Centers offer in-person support to individuals and small business owners. Recovery specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency , the U.S. Small Business Administration and the State of Florida are available to provide assistance to anyone filling out their applications or updating their status.

Tax Reform Bill Should Honor Free Speech of Churches and Charities

As Congress considers the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act this week, National Religious Broadcasters welcomed efforts to lift the free speech burden of the infamous "Johnson Amendment" off of all charitable organizations. NRB believes the Free Speech Fairness Act unshackles basic expression, a priceless bedrock principle of our nation, without allowing charities to become conduits for targeted political expenditures.

Senators from 2 states want to change opioid grant funding

U.S. senators from New Hampshire and West Virginia have introduced a bill to prioritize federal funding for states that have been hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. It would require the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to take into account mortality rates and lack of access to treatment and services when allocating grants to states, rather than making determinations based on population size.

Ga. coast globally important for shorebirds

Piping plovers are among the shorebirds that rely on the Georgia coast. Red knots like this one fatten up on horseshoe crab eggs in the spring along the Georgia coast before continuing their long-distance migration from South America to the Arctic.

How Roy Moore and Alabama can work wonders for women

In light of sexual impropriety accusations, GOP leaders deserve credit for going against partisan interests, but not too much: Our view There is something truly remarkable about the insistence of Republican leaders that Roy Moore end his bid for a Senate seat from Alabama. Absent these entreaties, Moore, a former state Supreme Court justice accused by five women of sexual impropriety - including sexual assaulting 16-year-old Beverly Nelson and molesting 14-year-old Leigh Corfman - would likely still be the front-runner.

State Rep. from Rye latest to enter race to replace Carol Shea-Porter NEW

State Rep. Mindi Messmer of Rye on Tuesday became the sixth Democrat to officially launch a campaign for New Hampshire's First Congressional District. "I bring a proven track record of being able to get legislation passed in the State House that's helped citizens of New Hampshire," Messmer told the Monitor in an interview conducted hours before she formally kicked off her congressional bid at an event in Portsmouth.

White House considers Nicaragua sanctions for Venezuela links

The Venezuelan opposition met with members of Donald Trump's administration last week to urge the White House to sanction Nicaragua and a company whose joint venture they say is helping to prop up the government in Caracas, according to multiple sources familiar with the conversations. Five Venezuelan opposition party officials and activists met Thursday on Capitol Hill with U.S. State Department officials and staffers for the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees.

AP Top Stories November 14, 2017

Here's the latest for Tuesday November 14th: Jeff Sessions defends himself to Congress; Sen. Mitch McConnell talks to president about Roy Moore; A shooter is down after killing at least 5 in California; A giant panda cub to be reunited with her parents.

NH ‘Cruella De Vil’ dog breeder denies animal cruelty

Kevin Spacey is spotted for the first time at the $36,000-a-month Meadows rehab clinic in Arizona after being hit with a string of sex abuse allegations BREAKING NEWS: Three people dead and children airlifted to hospital in rush-hour shooting near elementary school in California before shooter is killed by police Is Google spying on you? Firm's voice assistant records and keeps conversations you're having around your phone when you least expect it: Here's how to see what it knows What it feels like to DIE: People who have narrowly escaped death describe their 'last moments' - from a deep sense of calm to the 'worst loneliness' EXCLUSIVE: 'I'm willing to pay....a lot.'

DeWine urging Congress to restore DEA’s power to fight opioid epidemic

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine joined 43 other state attorneys general to ask Congress to repeal a law they argue has damaged the Drug Enforcement Agency's ability to crack down on drug manufacturers and distributors that have contributed to the nation's sweeping opioid epidemic. In a letter Tuesday to House and Senate leadership, the attorneys general argue that a bill passed by voice vote in 2016 made it more difficult for the DEA to take action against drug companies that were flooding communities with prescription painkillers.

Does Jeff Sessions have the world’s worst memory?

Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 in Washington. Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal.

Retired US general says nuclear launch order can be refused

A retired Air Force general told the Senate on Tuesday that an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused by the top officer at U.S. Strategic Command if that order is determined to be illegal. During testimony before the Foreign Relations Committee, retired Gen.

Documents: Puerto Rico utility ignored advice on repair deal

Puerto Rico's bankrupt electric utility ignored advice from its own lawyers before signing an expanded contract worth $300 million with a tiny Montana company to repair its damaged power grid, newly released documents show. The law firm, Greenberg Traurig, recommended that the state-run power authority be allowed to terminate the deal within 10 days for any breach by the company, Whitefish Energy Holdings.

AP Explains: Can GOP keep Roy Moore out of the Senate?

Senate Republicans face a limited, unappealing set of options in responding to Alabama GOP candidate Roy Moore, who is caught up in allegations of sexual misconduct decades ago with minors. The election is already underway, with absentee ballots being mailed in with Moore's name on them.

Don’t mind those rumbling jets overhead. It’s just an exercise.

A U.S. Air Force F-16 is refueled mid-air over the Atlantic Ocean off the east coast of the United States from a KC-135 tanker plane from the 101st Air Refueling Wing out of Bangor, Nov. 14. The F-16 was part of a group of warplanes from Shaw Air Force Base in Sumpter, S.C. headed for the Persian Gulf for possible military strikes against Iraq. The F-16 is just one of the aircraft scheduled to take part in NORAD exercises over the D.C. region this week.

Training is ‘ first step’ in stopping sexual harassment in the House, lawmakers say

Rep. Barbara Comstock , seen here in 2016, was among the members of Congress speaking out about a culture of harassment on Capitol Hill at a hearing Nov. 14. First came the flood of social-media posts from former and current congressional employees who were sexually harassed on the job. Then came more than 1,500 names of former congressional staffers urging Congress to fix the problem.

Body Language Expert: Judge Moore Denial of Gloria Allred…

In a video posted to YouTube on Tuesday, body language expert Bombard analyzed Judge Roy Moore's facial expressions and eye movements as he denied the sexual harassment allegations made by Gloria Allred accuser Beverly Young Nelson. Bombard then goes on to note as Moore touches on the allegations that he's clearly disgusted by the claims as he's talking out of the side of his mouth.

Congressional GOP upbeat about prospects for tax overhaul

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday projected confidence about delivering on an overhaul of the nation's tax code with President Donald Trump planning an in-person appeal to lawmakers ahead of a crucial House vote this week. House GOP leaders rallied support with the rank-and-file at a closed-door meeting.

‘Multiple People Dead’ After Shooting at…

At least three people are dead after a shooting took place at an Elementary School in Rancho Tehama, California on Tuesday. Authorities said at least three people are dead following a shooting at an elementary school in Northern California on Tuesday morning.

Jeff Sessions threw cold water on calls for a 2nd special counsel to investigate Clinton


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Attorney General Jeff Sessions had a heated exchange with Republican Rep. Jim Jordan on Tuesday over the appointment of a second special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton. "We will use the proper standards, and that's the only thing I can tell you Mr. Jordan," Sessions said.

Sessions Defends Himself In House Testimony

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in a raised voice and defiant tone, strongly defended himself Tuesday against allegations that he had misled members of Congress about his knowledge of communications between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. "In all of my testimony, I can only do my best to answer all of your questions as I understand them and to the best of my memory," Sessions told the House Judiciary Committee.

All about the prices

JAMA had a great article last week on how total healthcare costs have increased over time in the United States. The short version is that it is all about the prices.

Trump heads home to face new challenges in tax overhaul, Alabama race

President Donald Trump headed home Tuesday buoyed by an Asia tour he called "tremendously successful," but he'll face immediate challenges with the Republican tax overhaul and the party meltdown in Alabama over a Senate candidate accused of sexual misconduct. Underscoring the sharp political stakes for Trump, who lacks a major legislative achievement after nearly 10 months in office, Trump will meet with House Republicans on Thursday ahead of an expected vote on the tax overhaul legislation.

What Don Jr.’s conversations with WikiLeaks prove

On Monday night, the Atlantic's Julia Ioffe reported that Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of the President and a senior adviser to his campaign, had exchanged direct messages on Twitter with WikiLeaks during the course of the 2016 race. Trump Jr. quickly released his DM exchanges, which amounted to a number of notes sent from WikiLeaks to Trump Jr. and three responses sent from Trump Jr. to WikiLeaks.

Poll: 60% of Voters Say Moore Should Quit

Sixty percent of voters nationwide said Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore should withdraw from the election set for December 12 due to the sexual misconduct allegations against him, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll released on Tuesday. Fifty-nine percent of voters overall said they considered the allegations against Moore as described in a Washington Post article last week, that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl when he was in his 30s, as very or somewhat credible.

Senate Republicans Struggle With Moore Controversy

As a fifth woman came forward on Nov. 13 to accuse Republican U.S. Senate nominee Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, Senate Republicans scrambled to find ways to block Moore from office should he win the special election on Dec. 12. Beverly Young Nelson, Moore's latest accuser, alleged that he attacked her behind the restaurant where she worked when she was 16, and he was 30. Nelson is the fifth woman to accuse Moore of making sexual advances toward her when she was a teenager, and the first to allege assault.

Maybe he’ll do the wave with RaAol and Joanne, too

We just learned that Oscar Lopez Rivera will be going to Cuba to receive special recognition or an award, as reported by a state newspaper in the island : According to a program prepared for the independence activist - the first after his release last May 17th - , the award will be giv According to the Institute of Friendship with the Peoples, ICAP, Lopez Rivera will assist in a political-cultural activity on Monday at th The agenda also includes an exchange with students at the University of Havana's Master Hall, visits to provinces and to the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery in eastern Santiago de Cuba where he will visit the memorials that hold the remains of National Hero Jose Marti and the leader of the Revolution Fidel Castro.

Brooks Will Stick with Roy Moore

Rep. Mo Brooks told the Birmingham News that he is sticking with Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, arguing that the conservative agenda is "vastly more important" than the claims against Moore. Said Brooks: "Who will vote in America's best interests on Supreme Court justices, deficit and debt, economic growth, border security, national defense, and the like? Socialist Democrat Doug Jones will vote wrong.

Every Vote Would Be the Deciding Vote

James Hohmann : "A victory by Democratic candidate Doug Jones would narrow the GOP's margin of control in the Senate from 52-48 to 51-49. This would make every single Republican 'the deciding vote' on every bill, which anyone who has ever had an attack ad run against them in a race for Congress will tell you is not a great spot to be in.

Rick Saccone, the GOP pickto replace Tim Murphy,viewed as unabashedly Christian

Rick Saccone, the GOP pick to replace Tim Murphy, viewed as A unabashedlyA Christian Pittsburgh Tribune Review, by Wes Ventiecher Over six years of voting in the General Assembly, Republican Rep. Rick Saccone garnered perhaps the most public attention for his support of legislation promoting Christian values. Saccone, the Republican PartyA s newly selected nominee for a March special election to represent the 18th Congressional District, promoted bills that would have allowed schools to display the national motto, "In God We Trust," and would have declared 2012 to be "The Year of the Bible."

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A music video director on Sunday morning temporarily placed a twice-life size statue of an African-American woman on the slab where the statue of Jefferson Davis once stood. The controversial monument to the President of the Confederacy was removed on May 11. New Orleans filmmaker Zac Manuel explained that the installation will set the scene for a video accompanying a new song titled "If All I Was Was Black" by renowned folk singer and civil rights activist, Mavis Staples, who was not present Sunday.

Mike’s Blog Round Up

My long-time iNternet acquaintances at World O' Crap have dug into their archives & pulled out some "Just How Awful Is Roy Moore?" items from the late Mesozoic Era . "Pretty awful" is the answer.

GOP Bill Aimed at Overhauling Taxes to Get President Trump Push

As Republicans stake their claim to middle-class rescue in tax cut legislation deemed to carry tax hikes for millions, President Donald Trump plans an in-person appeal to lawmakers as the proposal faces a crucial vote in the House. Underscoring the sharp political stakes for Trump, who lacks a major legislative achievement after nearly 10 months in office, Trump will meet with House Republicans on Thursday ahead of an expected vote on the tax overhaul legislation.

California launch of new US weather satellite postponed

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in the United States with a digital ingestion tracking system in an unprecedented step to ensure patients with mental disorders take medicine prescribed... The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug in the United States with a digital ingestion tracking system in an unprecedented step to ensure patients with mental disorders take medicine prescribed for them. A new analysis says a surge in suicide rates and depression among U.S. teens may be linked with rising social media use.

Democrats have leverage in one part of the GOP tax cut process

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Nov. 7 said he expects the GOP tax plan "in the end to be revenue neutral for the government, if not a revenue gainer." As Republicans work to pass the largest overhaul of the U.S. tax code since 1986 by the end of this calendar year, they're not banking on any support from Senate Democrats.

Holiday Gift Guides 2017: Presents Under $25: Keep the spending to a…


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The holidays can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. We have trawled the internet for feel-good gifts that are useful, entertaining or inspirational-from grooming products to games and toys, these presents won't cost more than $25 but don't look like it.

Republicans continue abandoning Moore after new accusations

Roy Moore's support from fellow Republicans is hemorrhaging after a second woman accused the Alabaman of groping her when she was a teenager in the late 1970s, the latest setback to his effort to win an open Senate seat that suddenly seems up for grabs. "I can tell you without hesitation this is absolutely false," Moore said Monday at an abruptly called news conference in Gallant, Alabama, after the latest allegations were made.

Sessions facing Congress amid new Russia probe details

In this Nov. 6, 2017, file photo, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to members of the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition in Indianapolis. Sessions returns to Capitol Hill amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump, bracing for an onslaught of lawmaker questions about how much he knew of that outreach during last year's White House campaign.

The Latest: Trump hopeful on return of detained UCLA players

U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for a family photo during the ASEAN-U.S. 40th Anniversary commemorative Summit in Manila, Philippines, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. . U.S. President Donald Trump, left, walks past Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as they arrive for a family photo during the ASEAN-U.S. 40th Anniversary commemorative Summit in Manila, Philippines, Monday, Nov. ... .

Ferry McFerryface chosen as name of new Sydney ferry

Bijou Phillips poses for selfies after apologizing to former co-star Daniel Franzese over claims she made homophobic comments, body shamed him and even physically assaulted him Actor Tom Sizemore 'was removed from set of Born Killers for sexually assaulting 11-year-old girl during a photoshoot' - and 'livid' director had to stop members of crew from 'kicking his ass' REVEALED: Donald Trump Jr was secretly corresponding with Wikileaks in the lead-up to the presidential election as his private exchanges are laid bare Jeff Sessions considers a special counsel to investigate Hillary: Attorney General urges prosecutors to look into Clinton Foundation 'wrongdoing' and sale of a Uranium company to Russia Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond is revealed as 23rd largest landowner in US with 433,000 acres - and the government paid her family $23.9 MILLION in rent over the past decade REVEALED: Republican ... (more)

Senate to explore president’s unchecked nuclear authority

In this June 25, 2014, file photo, an inert Minuteman 3 missile is seen in a training launch tube at Minot Air Force Base, N.D. Here's a question rarely raised before Donald Trump ran for the White House: If the president ordered a pre-emptive nuclear strike, could anyone stop him? The answer is no. Not the Congress.

Georgia sheriff suspended over intrusive search at high school

Georgia's governor on Monday suspended a sheriff who faces charges including sexual battery after a drug search at a high school earlier this year. In an executive order, Gov. Nathan Deal suspended Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby pending the final outcome of his case or the expiration of his term of office, whichever comes first.

‘Trump’s Asia visit one of most embarrassing trips taken by US president’

IMAGE: China's President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump attend a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People, Beijing. Photograph: Thomas Peter/Pool/Getty Images Donald Trump's visit to Asia has been one of the most "embarrassing" foreign trips taken by a United States president as he could not demand concessions from China on trade and failed to highlight Beijing's "unfair" trade practices, a senior Democrat leader has alleged.

Puerto Rico asks for $94 billion in hurricane aftermath

Puerto Rico's governor on Monday asked the federal government for $94.4 billion as the island struggles to recover from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Maria, with much of the U.S. territory without power and thousands still homeless. Ricardo Rosello also urged Congress to adopt a tax overhaul plan that addresses Puerto Rico's specific needs to avoid an exodus of the companies that currently generate 42 percent of the island's gross domestic product.

Trump skips East Asia summit plenary, but says trip was a success

MANILA: U.S. President Donald Trump skipped the plenary session of a summit of East and Southeast Asian leaders in Manila on Tuesday because of scheduling delays, but he said his marathon trip to the region had been a success. Trump left for home from the Philippines after a lunch with the other leaders, as meetings were running about two hours behind schedule.

Sessions faces Congress amid new Russia probe details

Attorney General Jeff Sessions returns to Capitol Hill Tuesday amid growing evidence of contacts between Russians and associates of President Donald Trump. And he'll be bracing for an onslaught of lawmakers' questions about how much he knew of that outreach during last year's White House campaign.

Glamour fuses with politics at annual Women of Year awards

But perhaps the most rapturous ovation at Glamour magazine's annual Women of the Year awards went to 79-year-old Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters of California, who delighted the crowd - including hundreds of cheering young girls - with a rousing speech that ended on a very political note. "Impeach him," she exhorted the audience.

Girls glued to phones ‘more likely to suffer depression’

Bijou Phillips poses for selfies after apologizing to former co-star Daniel Franzese over claims she made homophobic comments, body shamed him and even physically assaulted him Actor Tom Sizemore 'was removed from set of Born Killers for sexually assaulting 11-year-old girl during a photoshoot' - and 'livid' director had to stop members of crew from 'kicking his ass' REVEALED: Donald Trump Jr was secretly corresponding with Wikileaks in the lead-up to the presidential election as his private exchanges are laid bare Jeff Sessions considers a special counsel to investigate Hillary: Attorney General urges prosecutors to look into Clinton Foundation 'wrongdoing' and sale of a Uranium company to Russia Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond is revealed as 23rd largest landowner in US with 433,000 acres - and the government paid her family $23.9 MILLION in rent over the past decade REVEALED: Republican ... (more)

Claims David Davis is ‘furious’ at Johnson and Gove

Bijou Phillips poses for selfies after apologizing to former co-star Daniel Franzese over claims she made homophobic comments, body shamed him and even physically assaulted him Actor Tom Sizemore 'was removed from set of Born Killers for sexually assaulting 11-year-old girl during a photoshoot' - and 'livid' director had to stop members of crew from 'kicking his ass' REVEALED: Donald Trump Jr was secretly corresponding with Wikileaks in the lead-up to the presidential election as his private exchanges are laid bare Jeff Sessions considers a special counsel to investigate Hillary: Attorney General urges prosecutors to look into Clinton Foundation 'wrongdoing' and sale of a Uranium company to Russia Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond is revealed as 23rd largest landowner in US with 433,000 acres - and the government paid her family $23.9 MILLION in rent over the past decade REVEALED: Republican ... (more)

Sessions mulls second special counsel to investigate Clinton Foundation, uranium sales

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is entertaining the idea of appointing a second special counsel to investigate a host of Republican concerns - including alleged wrongdoing by the Clinton Foundation and the controversial sale of a uranium company to Russia - and has directed senior federal prosecutors to explore at least some of the matters and report back to him and his top deputy, according to a letter obtained by The Washington Post. The revelation came in a response from the Justice Department to an inquiry from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., who in July and again in September called for Sessions to appoint a second special counsel to investigate concerns he had related to the 2016 election and its aftermath.

WikiLeaks urged the Trump campaign to challenge the results of…

WikiLeaks encouraged Donald Trump's campaign to contest the results of the 2016 election if he lost to Hillary Clinton, according to private messages sent to the then-candidate's eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr. Despite his surprise election victory, Trump still cast doubt on the legitmacy of the election, hinting at possible voter fraud without providing any evidence back it up. The self-described radical transparency organization WikiLeaks told Donald Trump Jr. on Election Day that it would be "much more interesting" if his father challenged the election results if he lost to Hillary Clinton, instead of conceding victory, The Atlantic reported on Monday.

Trump Jr. messaged with WikiLeaks during 2016 campaign

This image of Donald Trump Jr.'s Twitter account shows a series of direct messages he received from the Twitter account behind the WikiLeaks website, including his responses to the communications, which he posted on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. The direct messages had been turned over to congressional committees investigating Russian intervention in the 2016 election and if there were any links to Donald Trump's campaign.

Sessions open to idea of Clinton Foundation special counsel

In this April 6, 2017, photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal, the Justice Department said Monday, Nov. 13. less In this April 6, 2017, photo, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in the World Summit at Lincoln Center in New York.

Missile Defense: Next Steps for the USA’s GMD

November 14/17: Milestone Boeing has announced that the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system now has 44 interceptors deployed at two sites on the continental United States. They added that the loading of the missile fulfils a US Department of Defense requirement of increasing the inventory to 44 by the end of 2017, but did not reveal to which site the milestone load took place.

Trump choosing white men as judges, highest rate in decades

President Donald Trump is nominating white men to America's federal courts at a rate not seen in nearly 30 years, threatening to reverse a slow transformation toward a judiciary that reflects the nation's diversity. So far, 91 percent of Trump's nominees are white, and 81 percent are male, an Associated Press analysis has found.

Protesters disrupt U.S. fossil, nuclear event at climate talks

Protesters drowned out speeches by White House advisers and business representatives Monday at an event the U.S. government sponsored at the U.N. climate talks in Germany promoting the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy. About 200 protesters stood up 10 minutes into the event and began singing an anti-coal song to the tune of "God Bless the U.S.A." They were ushered out of the room without further incident.

FEMA denies aid for Illinois flood victims.


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The Federal Emergency Management Agency has decided against helping victims of last summer's record flooding in the Chicago area. In a letter to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, FEMA administrator Brock Long says the agency determined damage from flooding in Cook, Lake, McHenry and Kane counties was not beyond the state's capability to address.

Senate Judiciary to interview Russian-American lobbyist

The Senate Judiciary Committee is planning a Tuesday interview with a Russian-American lobbyist who attended a campaign meeting last year with President Donald Trump's son, according to a person familiar with the interview. The staff interview behind closed doors with Rinat Akhmetshin is part of the committee's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as well as an ongoing investigation by Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley into lax enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Analysis says Senate bill would hike taxes for 13.8 million

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, left, calls for a short recess to consider his manager's amendment, to the objections of Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., right, the ranking member, as the GOP tax bill debate enters a final day, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, left, joined by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., the ranking member, and Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., offers his manager's amendment as the GOP tax bill debate enters the final stage, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

With easy ballot access, Libertarian Party seeks N.M. candidates; Dunn eyes bid for governor

A new political avenue toward statewide elected office and Congress may be opening in New Mexico as the Libertarian Party achieves major party status, giving its candidates ready access to the ballot in 2018. Failed presidential candidate Gary Johnson in 2016 won a historic consolation prize for the Libertarian Party by surpassing 5 percent of the popular vote in his home state of New Mexico, thereby lowering daunting signature requirements for Libertarian candidates.

MO: AG launches Google ‘investigative subpoena’ to promote his US Senate campaign

"Missouri's attorney general announced Monday that his office is investigating Google for potential violations of the state's consumer-protection and antitrust laws. Republican Attorney General Josh Hawley, who also is running for Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill's seat in 2018, told reporters that he issued an 'investigative subpoena' to the tech giant to gather information.

This Democrat Is About To Give Payday Lenders A Big Boost

Sen. Mark Warner in July introduced a bill that would give payday lenders a way to ignore state interest rate caps on consumer loans. A little over a year ago, Sen. Mark Warner addressed a small audience of political insiders at the Brookings Institution, one of the most prestigious think tanks in the nation's capital.

Texas Rep. Gene Green says he won’t seek re-election

Veteran Democratic Rep. Gene Green - a key reason Houston has become America's largest Hispanic city without a Hispanic member of Congress - is retiring. The 70-year-old said in a statement Monday that he's "confident that I still have the support of my constituents and would be successful if I ran for another term" but wanted to spend more time with his family.

AGA pursues full interest deductibility in tax reform legislation

President and CEO of the American Gaming Association Geoff Freeman, left, leads a panel discussion with gaming leaders, including Everi president Michael D. Rumbolz, at the Special Events Stage at the Global Gaming Expo, Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. @EliPagePhoto The American Gaming Association has joined a coalition of business-related organizations emphasizing the need to maintain full interest deductibility for growth investments in tax-reform legislation being debated in Senate and House committees.

Another accuser claims sexual assault by Republican Roy Moore in 1970s

A new accuser has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Roy Moore in a locked car when she was a teenager in the 1970s, further rocking the Alabama Republican's race for an open Senate seat. The allegation came on the day Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said Mr Moore should quit the contest, while Mr Moore fired back that it is Mr McConnell who should step down.

New sex assault accusation hits Senate candidate

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore waits to speak the Vestavia Hills Public library, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. According to a Thursday, Nov. 9 Washington Post story an Alabama woman said Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14. Moore is denying the allegations.

Raiders’ playoff chances triple to 13 percent in 2 weeks

Oakland Raiders cornerback Dexter McDonald signals the ball is theirs after a turnover by Miami Dolphins running back Kenyan Drake during the first half of the NFL game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Heidi Fang Las Vegas Review-Journal @HeidiFang According to fivethirtyeight, a statistics-driven analytical website, the Raiders entered Week 9 with a 4 percent chance of qualifying this season for the playoffs.

DNC Chair Tom Perez: We Just Put Republicans On Notice


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When I was elected DNC Chair in February, I said that a united Democratic Party would be our best hope and Donald Trump's worst nightmare. Last week, we proved it.

Attorneys defend Mississippi law on denying LGBT services

Attorneys for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant are defending a state law that lets government workers and private business people cite religious beliefs to deny services to LGBT people. In arguments filed Monday to the U.S. Supreme Court, they wrote that the law protects people from being penalized for refusing to participate in activities they consider "immoral," such as same-sex marriage.

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A U.S. appeals court on Monday allowed President Donald Trump's newest version of the travel ban to partially take effect. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling will bar people from six Muslim-majority countries included in the travel ban who do not have a "bona fide" relationship with a person or entity in the U.S. from entering the country.

5th Woman Comes Forward With Assault Allegations Against Roy Moore

Roy Moore, the Alabama Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, has been accused of previous sexual misconduct with teenagers, which he has denied. Another woman has charged that Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually assaulted her when she was a teen, and top Republicans now threaten to expel Moore should he win Alabama's special election on Dec. 12. In an emotional news conference, Beverly Young Nelson said Moore groped her and tried to force himself on her in his car behind the restaurant where the then-16-year-old worked.

US court hears case involving impersonation of AP journalist

A federal appeals court heard arguments Monday in a case that developed after an FBI agent pretended to be an Associated Press journalist as part of an investigation into bomb threats at a high school in Washington state. When the ruse became public in 2014, the AP and a press freedom organization attempted to get government records about the case and any other times FBI agents have impersonated journalists.

Keurig says it regrets taking sides, but does not reinstate advertising on Hannity

Some fans of the talk show host Sean Hannity posted videos of themselves destroying Keurig coffeemakers and started the social-media hashtag #boycottKeurig after the company announced on Twitter "It's wise to do nothing that alienates a lot of people from buying their products," said Charles Taylor, professor of marketing at Villanova University near Philadelphia, Pa. "It's pretty smart to stay out of the fray."

Roy Moore’s Senate future: Expulsion

Senate Republicans will be forced to seat Judge Roy Moore if he wins a special election next month to fill Alabama's U.S. Senate seat, but if he wins, he would likely face a quick expulsion vote that will end his Senate career before it begins. Republicans began signaling last week they don't want Moore in the Senate, and that sentiment picked up steam on Monday after a woman stepped forward and claimed Moore sexually assaulted her in his car when she was 16. Beverly Young Nelson said after she resisted, Moore either pushed her out of his car or she fell to the ground as Moore sped away.

Catholic cardinal condemns a oeforces of divisiona and fear

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops decried what he said were "the forces of division" in the country, as he called Monday for immigration policies that keep families together and a "humane" approach to policing the border. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Texas, affirmed the government's authority to protect national security.

Sen. Rand Paul returns to Washington following assault

Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Monday he is returning to Washington following an attack in his yard that left him with six broken ribs. "While I'm still in a good deal of pain, I will be returning to work in the Senate today, ready to fight for liberty and help move forward with tax cuts in the coming days and weeks," Paul posted on his Twitter account .

McConnell On Moore: ‘I Believe The Women…He Should Step Aside’

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell told the press this morning that embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore should "step aside' after reports came to light that he liked to date teenage and underage girls. After completing a forum with business leaders on tax reform, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said in no uncertain terms that he believed the woman interviewed in the blockbuster Washington Post report.

The Latest: Roy Moore argues Senate leader should step down

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore waits to speak the Vestavia Hills Public library, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. According to a Thursday, Nov. 9 Washington Post story an Alabama woman said Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14. Moore is denying the allegations.

Hate crimes in the United States increased last year

FBI personnel walk along a road as the investigation of the mass shooting continues in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 6, 2017. More hate crimes were carried out in the United States last year, with an uptick in incidents motivated by bias against Jews, Muslims and LGBT people, among others, according to new FBI data released Monday.

McConnell on Moore accusations: a I believe the womena

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Monday that Republican candidate Roy Moore should end his campaign for U.S. Senate in Alabama, following allegations that Moore initiated a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. "I think he should step aside," said McConnell. His comments marked the most definitive position he has taken on Moore's candidacy since The Washington Post reported the allegations last Thursday.

How the Republican Party Will Die

Gabriel Sherman has done some outstanding reporting and gotten some major scoops, but when he says he has a source who claims that Steve Bannon predicted that Trump has only a thirty percent chance of completing his term, I'm not sure if I can take that to the bank. I do know that Bannon is worried about it, because he's said that on the record.

Corruption inquiry launched in Phuket after detained illegal immigrants spared deportation

POLICE ON the resort island of Phuket have arrested 2,415 illegal immigrants during a one-year period, but failed to hand over the majority of them to immigration police for deportation. The finding has led to deputy national police commissioner Pol General Srivara Rangsibharamanakul issuing an urgent order for police to apprehend illegal immigrants who are still at large.

Texas may swap US House seniority for staunch conservatism

Four veteran Texas Republicans are quitting Congress, meaning the country's largest red state will be trading House seniority for newcomers who could prove even more conservative and willing to buck their party's leadership on Capitol Hill. Sam Johnson, an 87-year-old Vietnam veteran and member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, announced in January he was retiring next year.

#MeAt14: People share photos of their 14-year-old selves

People on Twitter shared snapshots of themselves at age 14, the age a woman was when she said Senate candidate Roy Moore molested her 40 years ago. In the Washington Post 's story Thursday, four women claimed Moore dated them as teens, including Leigh Corfman, who claimed he plied her with alcohol, kissed and fondled when she was 14. Moore, the GOP candidate to replace Attorney Gen.

Court hears Utah child-labor case tied to polygamous group

A Utah contractor with ties to a polygamous group is set to appear in court Monday to challenge a judge's finding that they put nearly 200 children to work picking pecans for long hours in the cold without pay. Paragon Contractors' lawyers argue the kids were volunteering with their families to pick up fallen nuts for the needy and children looked forward to the break from home-schooling.

Jury deliberations in Menendez trial to begin anew

Jurors in New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez's federal corruption trial are getting a chance at a fresh start. Their 16 hours of deliberations -- which spilled into rare public view last week -- are set to continue Monday with an alternate juror replacing one who was excused due to vacation plans.

Rep. Adam Schiff: One thing Mike Pence and I agreed on

Seven years ago, I was proud to stand behind President Barack Obama as he signed into law the Daniel Pearl Freedom of the Press Act. The bill, which I named in honor of former Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, placed press freedom at the center of promoting human rights and democracy -- where it belongs.

Hill Republican dilemma: Dash to pass tax reform or face donor backlash

Republicans aren't hiding a key part of their motivation to pass tax reform in the weeks ahead: if they don't do something -- anything-- the donor class could abandon them and imperil their chances of keeping the majority in 2018 In a candid moment last week, Rep. Chris Collins conveyed out loud what many members have been thinking for months. "My donors are basically saying, 'Get it done or don't ever call me again,'" the New York Republican told The Hill.

Roy Moore: Like Trump, a child molester

Looks like scandal-ridden Roy Moore, the twice fired chief justice of the Alabama State Supreme Court and Republican candidate for Senate who lusted after teenage girls while in the 30s , is stealing a tactic from equally-scandalous Donald Trump. Moore says he's going to sue The Washington Post for writing about Moore's predilection for young female flesh in the late 1970s while he was an assistant district attorney in Alabama, where a popular joke says a virgin in that state is any 13-year-old year old who can outrun a dirty old man.

Joe Biden: ‘I’m Not Closing The Door’ on 2020 Run


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Former Vice President Joe Biden appeared on the Today show Monday morning as part of the publicity tour for his new book, and left open the door on a possible 2020 presidential run. On to discuss his new book Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose , a memoir about his last moments with late son Beau Biden , the former vice president was quizzed about his much-hyped 2020 ambitions.

Trump distances himself from remarks on Putin over election meddling

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday attempted to clear up confusion over whether he accepts Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials of meddling in the U.S. election last year. At a news conference in Vietnam, Trump distanced himself from remarks he made on Saturday in which he suggested he believed Putin when he said there had been no Russian meddling in the election that took him to the White House.

Moore Threatens Lawsuit Over Story That Threatens Campaign

Alabama Republican Roy Moore says a lawsuit will be filed over the newspaper report carrying allegations that he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl four decades ago and that neither Democrats nor Republicans want to see him win a special Senate election. While pressure to quit the race four weeks before Election Day intensified from within the Republican Party, Moore assured supporters Sunday night at a Huntsville, Alabama, gym that the Washington Post story was "fake news" and "a desperate attempt to stop my political campaign."

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore denies sex accusations, threatens lawsuit

Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, the Republican insurgent running for the U.S. Senate, over the weekend again flatly denied he had initiated a sexual encounter in 1979 with a 14-year-old girl, insisting the accusation was "fake news." In his first public appearance since a Washington Post story on Thursday detailing allegations of sexual misconduct, Moore portrayed himself a victim of a baseless attack on his character.

Reads: What We’re Reading

Fall is finally here! And so is our long-delayed round-up of the reads we're snuggling up with this season. Barbara: I'm reading Brittney Cooper's new book, Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women .

Take Action To Stop the Deportation of Muslim Community Activist Siham Byah

Last Tuesday, Siham Byah - a 40-year-old undocumented Moroccan Muslim woman, single mother, and community activist - was detained by ICE at what was supposed to be a routine her to Morocco, where she would be in serious danger due to her human rights activism there. , we have a responsibility to support immigrant communities that are under attack, by any means necessary .

Nick Knowles opens up about his womanising reputation

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USDA delays organic livestock and poultry practices ruleSome consider …

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service has released notice that they are delaying, for the third time, implementation of the Organic Livestock and Poultry Practices rule. "The USDA's move this week should be seen for what it is: a clear attempt to let industrial agriculture interests usurp the legitimacy of the organic label," said OEFFA Policy Program Coordinator Amalie Lipstreu.

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Kevin Brady: House Won’t Agree to Nix Property Tax Deduction

The chairman of the House's tax-writing committee is expressing confidence that chamber won't go along with the Senate's proposal to eliminate the deduction for property taxes, setting up a major flashpoint as Republicans aim to put a tax cut bill on President Donald Trump's desk before Christmas. The GOP is moving urgently on the first rewrite of the U.S. tax code in three decades, but key differences promise to complicate the effort.

Mozambique:FBI Investigating U.S.$2 Billion Secret Debt

The U.S. Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation are investigating the role of three banks in the $2 bn Mozambique secret debt, the Wall Street Journal reported . They are the Swiss bank, Credit Suisse, and the Russian Bank, VTB, which together organised the syndicated loans and bonds, the French Bank BNP Paribas, which was involved in the loan syndication.

Liz Smith, syndicated gossip columnist, dies at 94

In this May 29, 2017, file photo, Bette Midler, left, and Liz Smith attend the New York Restoration Project's 13th Annual Spring Picnic at Riverside Park in New York. Smith, a gossip columnist whose mixture of banter, barbs, and bon mots about the glitterati helped her climb the A-list as high as many of the celebrities she covered, has died.

Moore threatens lawsuit over story that threatens campaign

Former Alabama Chief Justice and U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore waits to speak the Vestavia Hills Public library, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, in Birmingham, Ala. According to a Thursday, Nov. 9 Washington Post story an Alabama woman said Moore made inappropriate advances and had sexual contact with her when she was 14. Moore is denying the allegations.

Chairman: House won’t agree to nix property tax deduction

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, left, joined by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., the ranking member, and Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., offers his manager's amendment as the GOP tax bill debate enters the final stage, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, left, joined by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., the ranking member, and Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., offers his manager's amendment as the GOP tax bill debate enters the final stage, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.

Confirmation slows for nominee to serve as top CIA watchdog

Two former CIA employees are accusing the Trump administration's choice for CIA chief watchdog of being less than candid when he told Congress he didn't know about any active whistleblower complaints against him. Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee asked Christopher Sharpley , the current acting inspector general who's in line for the permanent job, about complaints that he and other managers participated in retaliation against CIA workers who alerted congressional committees and other authorities about alleged misconduct.

Zoe Foster Blake on struggles of motherhood

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How Hillary Clinton’s 2020 hopes were ruined by Donna Brazile

The explosive book by the former head of the Democratic National Committee is rocking the political world with its tales of Hillary Clinton's brazen corruption and tawdry deceits. To add extra punch to her insider's account, Brazile is telling interviewers that Clinton's 2016 campaign was "sterile" and a "cult," and mocking it as sexless and joyless.

Reps. Jordan and Gaetz: Special counsel needed as questions mount on…

Why in 2016 did FBI Director Comey begin drafting an exoneration letter for Secretary Clinton, whom he called " grossly negligent " in an early draft of the letter, before completing the investigation? Before interviewing several witnesses? And before interviewing Secretary Clinton? Why in 2016 did James Comey and the Justice Department give Cheryl Mills, Secretary Clinton's Chief of Staff, an immunity agreement for turning over her laptop computer? Typically, the Department would issue a subpoena or get a warrant and seize it.

Moore dismisses allegations in story, says lawsuit to come

Amid pressure from within the Republican Party to step aside, GOP Senate nominee Roy Moore on Sunday night called a newspaper report carrying allegations he had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl four decades ago "fake news" and said a lawsuit would be filed in response. Moore's condemnation of a Washington Post story during a campaign speech in Huntsville, Alabama, came hours after another fellow Republican, Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, urged him to drop out of a special election for one of Alabama's Senate seats.

Letter: Reasons why women should support Democrats

The author of the Nov. 6 letter, "Maybe women should support Republicans," notes that women in Hollywood are standing up to sexual abuse and asks, "Why would any woman ever vote for a Democrat?" I don't really see a connection there but I think I might be able to help him out with his question. Democrats aren't trying to defund Planned Parenthood or eliminate health care coverage for 23 million Americans.

Legislators in scandals keep seats, if not stature

Beneath the wave of sexual misconduct allegations in recent weeks against male lawmakers and candidates lies a common theme: These offenses had been going on for decades but were either not acknowledged or were dealt with quietly. Now, veils of silence in legislative chambers are lifting as public disavowals and calls for resignations pour in against the accused, even from fellow party members.

Tax bills remain at odds

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, left, joined by Rep. Richard Neal, D-Mass., the ranking member, and Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., offers his manager's amendment as the GOP tax bill debate enters the final stage, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House's tax-writing committee said Sunday that he's confident that chamber won't go along with the Senate's proposal to eliminate the deduction for property taxes, setting up a major flash point as Republicans aim to put a tax cut bill on President Donald Trump's desk before Christmas.

Clinton allies look forward to reunion

A quarter-century after unseating an incumbent Republican president, the masterminds behind Democrat Bill Clinton's successful 1992 White House bid are returning to Little Rock this week to celebrate their achievement. The former Arkansas governor, who had dreamed of the presidency for decades, will be making the journey, along with his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones ‘ignore bullying’

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The Latest: Trump thanks Duterte for his hospitality

President Donald Trump is again thanking the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte , for hosting world leaders at the annual ASEAN summit. Trump tells the leaders of member nations gathered in Manila that he's "here to advance peace, to promote security and to work with you to achieve a truly free and open Indo-Pacific."

The Latest: Trump meets with allies in Philippines

President Donald Trump is winding down his lengthy Asia trip with trio of meetings with Pacific Rim allies, including his host in the Philippines who is overseeing a bloody drug war. Trump on Monday attended the opening ceremonies of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations conference in Manila.

His Asia trip winding down, Trump meets with allies

President Donald Trump is winding down his lengthy Asia trip with an international summit and a trio of meetings with Pacific Rim allies, including his host in the Philippines who is overseeing a bloody drug war. Trump, in Manila, attended the opening ceremonies of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations conference, which began with pageantry, including a group photo of the leaders and the summit's traditional handshake.

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