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Trump, Breaking With U.S. Intelligence, Appears to Accept Saudi Explanation of Journalist’s Death44m Trump, Breaking With U.S. Intelligence, Appears to Accept Saudi Explanation of Journalist’s Death
The president’s response sets up a clash with Congress, where Republicans and Democrats both tarred the Saudi explanation as lacking credibility.
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1h 24m Updated Manafort appears in court in wheelchair, to be sentenced in February
Paul Manafort, the Mueller investigation's top cooperator, may learn Friday when he'll be sentenced.
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In 2020, Democrats Expect a Female Front-Runner. Or Three.2h Updated In 2020, Democrats Expect a Female Front-Runner. Or Three.
“It’s not going to be just one woman running,” said Kirsten Gillibrand, one of three senators who positioned themselves this week as potential presidential candidates in 2020.
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2h Updated Throngs of migrants reach Mexico-Guatemala border
A chaotic scene unfolded as a massive caravan of Honduran migrants reached the Guatemala-Mexico border Friday.
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2h Updated Takeaways from court filing on how Russian trolls manipulate American politics
A new complaint unsealed Friday revealed extraordinary new details of how Russian trolls manipulate US politics and try to fool unsuspecting Americans on social media.
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3h Updated Alaska Gov. Bill Walker suspends re-election bid
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker suspended his re-election campaign Friday night with less than three weeks to go before election day.
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After More Than Two Weeks, Saudi Arabia Says Jamal Khashoggi is Dead. Here’s What We Know.3h After More Than Two Weeks, Saudi Arabia Says Jamal Khashoggi is Dead. Here’s What We Know.
The ghastly saga has strained relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and put the United States at the center of a dispute with a key Arab ally.
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Justice Dept. Accuses Russians of Interfering in Midterm Elections3h Updated Justice Dept. Accuses Russians of Interfering in Midterm Elections
Russians working for a close ally of President Vladimir V. Putin created social media accounts to pose as Americans and write posts on divisive issues including race and gender, prosecutors said.
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U.S. to Tell Russia It Is Leaving Landmark I.N.F. Treaty3h Updated U.S. to Tell Russia It Is Leaving Landmark I.N.F. Treaty
President Trump has been moving toward leaving the treaty because Russia has been violating it and because it is constraining American efforts to counter China in the Western Pacific.
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The Issues That Russian Operatives Used to Divide Americans, in Their Own Words3h The Issues That Russian Operatives Used to Divide Americans, in Their Own Words
A criminal complaint offered a rare view into how Russian operatives tried to disrupt the American political process, including the midterm elections.
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4h HUD official resigns as drama over Interior inspector general appointment mounts
After a week of confusion, the political appointee who had -- in an unusual move -- been announced as the next Interior Department watchdog has resigned from government service, according to a spokesman.
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Anti-Brexit march to call for final say on deal4h Anti-Brexit march to call for final say on deal
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to march on the streets of London later demanding a people's vote on Brexit.
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Justice Dept. Rank-and-File Tell of Discontent Over Sessions’s Approach4h Updated Justice Dept. Rank-and-File Tell of Discontent Over Sessions’s Approach
The attorney general was so determined to implement his agenda that he ignored dissent and warnings that he would lose some cases in court, interviews show.
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Brexit EU summit: The week the talks got stuck in spinach4h Brexit EU summit: The week the talks got stuck in spinach
This was to be the EU summit when a deal came into view. But that was not how it turned out.
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‘Corrupt Chris’ and ‘Two-Faced Tammy’: Candidates Try Their Best Trump Impressions6h Updated ‘Corrupt Chris’ and ‘Two-Faced Tammy’: Candidates Try Their Best Trump Impressions
Candidates have learned what Mr. Trump and his digital campaign gurus figured out in 2016: visceral anger travels further than inspirational messages.
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On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Democrats, Looking Ahead to 2020, See a Future That Is Female6h Updated On Politics With Lisa Lerer: Democrats, Looking Ahead to 2020, See a Future That Is Female
In the On Politics newsletter, a record midterms for women sets the stage for a record presidential campaign; plus, a barrier-breaking candidate in Texas and a new poll in California.
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On Politics With Lisa Lerer: For Democrats, the Future Looks Female6h Updated On Politics With Lisa Lerer: For Democrats, the Future Looks Female
A record year for women sets the stage for a record presidential campaign; a barrier-breaking candidate in Texas; and a new poll in California.
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Georgia Voting Begins Amid Accusations of Voter Suppression6h Updated Georgia Voting Begins Amid Accusations of Voter Suppression
Questions about the fairness of voting rules and procedures have continued to grow as early voting began in the governor’s race between Stacey Abrams and Brian Kemp.
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6h Young and black -- and running for Congress -- in Mississippi
We're in Paul B. Johnson State Park, and Democratic congressional candidate Jeramey Anderson is cleaning his campaign's RV.
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7h Updated Russian national charged with attempting to interfere in 2018 midterms
A Russian who allegedly worked on funding an online propaganda effort to hurt American democracy was charged with a federal crime Friday for fanning division between racial minority groups, political radicals and disaffected voters.
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7h Climate Change Is No Joking Matter. Except, This Week, It Was.
Global warming made the rounds on the late-night comedy shows this week. It was funny, but do jokes blunt the message that climate change is a threat? Hardly, experts say.
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With Kavanaugh on Court, Abortion Rights Groups Sharpen Their Focus on the States7h Updated With Kavanaugh on Court, Abortion Rights Groups Sharpen Their Focus on the States
The initiatives have two primary goals: to challenge restrictive measures advanced by emboldened states, and to bolster clinics in places friendlier to abortion rights that may become a lifeline.
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Manafort to Be Sentenced in February in Financial Fraud Case7h Updated Manafort to Be Sentenced in February in Financial Fraud Case
President Trump’s former campaign chairman, who is now cooperating with the special counsel’s Russia inquiry, appeared in court in a wheelchair.
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8h Updated The Point: What Donald Trump did Thursday night in Montana is genuinely dangerous
During a Thursday night campaign rally in Montana, Donald Trump, the President of the United States, praised a Republican Congressman for assaulting a reporter.
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8h Trump says he has no regrets about praising congressman for assaulting reporter
President Donald Trump praised Montana Republican Rep. Greg Gianforte for assaulting a reporter during his campaign last May, saying "any guy who can do a body slam ... he's my guy" and made a gesture mimicking a body slam.
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It Has Been Weeks Since Jamal Khashoggi Disappeared. Here’s What We Know.8h It Has Been Weeks Since Jamal Khashoggi Disappeared. Here’s What We Know.
The ghastly saga has strained relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, and put the United States at the center of a dispute with a key Arab ally.
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8h Updated Goldman Sachs and others line up for fresh tax breaks
The Treasury Department on Friday outlined details of a sweeping set of tax breaks under last year's tax cut that are intended to promote investment in underdeveloped neighborhoods across the nation.
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U.S. and South Korea Suspend Military Drills8h Updated U.S. and South Korea Suspend Military Drills
The decision was made as part of an effort to give the continuing nuclear negotiations with North Korea an opportunity to work, Pentagon officials said on Friday.
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Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg9h Updated Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg
The former Liberal Democrat leader will head Facebook's global affairs and communications team.
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10h New York man charged with threatening senators over Kavanaugh vote
A New York man was arrested and charged Friday by federal prosecutors with threatening to assault and murder two US senators in retaliation for their support of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court.
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Johnny Mercer questions whether Tory party still shares his values11h Updated Johnny Mercer questions whether Tory party still shares his values
Backbencher Johnny Mercer says he would not have stood as an MP "if the situation was like it is now".
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11h Updated Trump claims (without evidence) that Dems are behind migrant caravan ahead of midterms
President Donald Trump, seizing upon a new migrant caravan approaching the US, sought to frame the midterm elections Thursday as a fight between Republicans who will defend the country and Democrats who would allow undeterred illegal immigration.
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Brexit: Tories must be as united as EU, says Hunt11h Updated Brexit: Tories must be as united as EU, says Hunt
Foreign secretary urges his party to get behind Theresa May as the Scottish Secretary raises concerns.
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John Kelly and John Bolton Have Shouting Match Over Immigration11h Updated John Kelly and John Bolton Have Shouting Match Over Immigration
An expletive-laden blowup over border security between the White House chief of staff and the national security adviser was loud enough to be overheard by several officials in the West Wing.
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12h Updated GOP Rep. Jason Lewis once mocked women who felt traumatized by unwanted touching
Republican Rep. Jason Lewis once mocked women who were traumatized by unwanted sexual advances, including those inappropriately kissed or who had their thighs touched, a CNN KFile review of his former radio show reveals.
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A Look at Where North Dakota’s Voter ID Controversy Stands12h A Look at Where North Dakota’s Voter ID Controversy Stands
The state is embroiled in a battle over Native Americans’ ability to vote under a law the Supreme Court just let take effect.
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12h US cancels major military exercise with South Korea
The US and South Korea decided Friday to suspend another major joint military exercise to give the diplomatic process with North Korea "every opportunity to continue."
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Facebook job not lobbying, says Sir Nick Clegg12h Facebook job not lobbying, says Sir Nick Clegg
Sir Nick Clegg talks about how he got his new Facebook job and what he will be doing for the social media giant.
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Abroad in America: ‘Why Does it Cost So Much (Insert Extreme Word of Choice) Money to Run for Office?’12h Abroad in America: ‘Why Does it Cost So Much (Insert Extreme Word of Choice) Money to Run for Office?’
One of the issues that most perplexes and exasperates foreigners about the U.S. elections is the thorny topic of money.
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12h US commander drew firearm in Kandahar attack
Gen. Scott Miller, the head of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, drew his sidearm during an attack that erupted in a Kandahar compound Thursday, according to a coalition member with direct knowledge of what happened.
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13h Updated Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr faces lawmakers Friday
Nellie Ohr, the Fusion GPS contractor whose husband is a senior Justice Department official, faces congressional investigators on Friday who are expected to press her over the opposition research dossier on Donald Trump and Russia that Republicans and the President charge is at the heart of alleged DOJ misconduct during the 2016 election.
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13h Washington Post: Conservatives raising doubts about Khashoggi to protect Trump
Some conservatives have been peddling smears against missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in an effort to cushion President Donald Trump from blowback over his handling of the situation with Saudi Arabia, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
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13h Updated Bolton and Kelly get into heated shouting match sparking resignation fears
A heated argument in the West Wing between chief of staff John Kelly and national security adviser John Bolton over a recent surge in border crossings turned into a shouting match Thursday, two sources familiar with the argument told CNN.
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EU rules into UK law14h EU rules into UK law
A deep dive into the process of converting EU laws on everything from dog fur to flag days into UK law in time for Brexit day.
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The case for backing self-identification...14h The case for backing self-identification...
Some trans people want to see reforms that would it make it easier for people to "self identify" their gender.
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...And the case against self-identification14h ...And the case against self-identification
A group of feminists opposed to proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Act allow access to their 'Woman's Place' meetings.
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15h Updated Trump more involved in stopping FBI HQ move than previously known, emails show
President Donald Trump was more instrumental than previously known in scrapping plans to move the FBI headquarters out of Washington to the DC suburbs, according to newly released internal government emails.
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Alastair Campbell on Iraq and Brexit marches and numbers15h Alastair Campbell on Iraq and Brexit marches and numbers
Ahead of Saturday's march calling for a new EU referendum, Alastair Campbell is reminded that one million people marched against the Iraq War in 2003.
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15h Trump Praises Congressman for Body-Slamming Reporter
President Trump praised Representative Greg Gianforte, Republican of Montana, for body slamming a reporter last year.
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In Shift on Khashoggi Killing, Trump Edges Closer to Acknowledging a Saudi Role15h Updated In Shift on Khashoggi Killing, Trump Edges Closer to Acknowledging a Saudi Role
But the president stopped short of saying the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for Mr. Khashoggi’s death.
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MP Dan Poulter works 28 hours a week as doctor16h MP Dan Poulter works 28 hours a week as doctor
MP Dr Dan Poulter works longer in his second job than any other MP in Parliament, the BBC finds.
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Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs16h Facebook hires Nick Clegg as head of global affairs
Facebook has hired former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg as the head of its global affairs and communications team.
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17h Updated Political GIFs of the week
Let's not waste time here. It's Friday and you've got a weekend to get to, so here's the week in review via GIFs, and the political stories that go with them.
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What Happens When Multiple Women Run for President? Democrats Are Starting to Find Out19h Updated What Happens When Multiple Women Run for President? Democrats Are Starting to Find Out
“It’s not going to be just one woman running,” said Kirsten Gillibrand, one of three senators who positioned themselves this week as potential presidential candidates in 2020.
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For a Change, Democrats Seem Set to Equal or Exceed Republicans in Turnout19h For a Change, Democrats Seem Set to Equal or Exceed Republicans in Turnout
Polls show enthusiasm surging in many mostly white suburban districts, but less so among young and nonwhite voters.
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Diesel and petrol ban should come much faster, say MPs20h Updated Diesel and petrol ban should come much faster, say MPs
The government’s 2040 deadline for shifting to electric-powered cars criticised as 'unambitious'.
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Brexit: PM faces backlash over possible extension to transition period21h Brexit: PM faces backlash over possible extension to transition period
Members of Theresa May's own party condemn suggestions that the transition period could be extended.
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23h On Politics: Trump Says He Believes Khashoggi Is Dead
President Trump said he believed that the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was probably dead and that if the Saudis were responsible, “the consequences should be severe.”
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Nikki Haley Pokes Fun at Trump, and Herself, at Al Smith Dinner24h Nikki Haley Pokes Fun at Trump, and Herself, at Al Smith Dinner
The United Nations ambassador, who has announced she will resign at year’s end, tried her hand at humor as guest speaker.
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‘That’s My Kind of Guy,’ Trump Says of Republican Lawmaker Who Body-Slammed a Reporter24h ‘That’s My Kind of Guy,’ Trump Says of Republican Lawmaker Who Body-Slammed a Reporter
In praising Representative Greg Gianforte, who is running for re-election, President Trump jokingly warned the crowd to “never wrestle him.”
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