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23 May 10:55pm Updated Trump orders intel agencies to assist Barr with review of Russia probe
President Donald Trump ordered all intelligence agencies late Thursday evening to assist Attorney General William Barr in his review of surveillance issues surrounding Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, delegating significant authority to Barr to declassify intelligence documents as the attorney general sees fit.
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23 May 9:28pm Read: President orders intelligence agencies to cooperate with AG on Russia review
President Donald Trump ordered all intelligence agencies late Thursday evening to assist Attorney General William Barr in his review of surveillance issues surrounding Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, delegating significant authority to Barr to declassify intelligence documents as the attorney general sees fit.
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23 May 9:14pm Updated Analysis: Rex sets the record straight
When President-elect Donald Trump was searching for his secretary of state, he wanted someone who looked the part: strong, experienced and battle-ready.
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23 May 8:57pm Updated 2020 trend: Big cities keep getting bigger
We are increasingly a country of cities. Big cities.
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23 May 8:44pm Updated The Point: Rex Tillerson proves something very important about Donald Trump
When Donald Trump chose Rex Tillerson to be his secretary of state in December 2016, he praised the former head of ExxonMobil for his "tenacity, broad experience and deep understanding of geopolitics." In a tweet touting the pick, Trump called Tillerson "one of the truly great business leaders of the world."
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23 May 6:26pm Updated These House Democrats are calling for an impeachment inquiry into Trump
As President Donald Trump has been openly feuding with House Democrats pursuing investigations into him, his administration and his finances, some lawmakers are calling to start an impeachment inquiry, the first step in a lengthy and likely divisive process.
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23 May 5:33pm Melania, Donald Trump pay unannounced visit to Arlington Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects to fallen American troops during an unannounced visit to Arlington National Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day.
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23 May 5:23pm Updated Trump set to send $16 billion to bailout farmers hurt by China trade war
The federal government will spend an additional $16 billion to help farmers hurt by the US-China trade war, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Thursday.
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23 May 5:12pm Updated Deal struck to pass $19 billion disaster relief package without border funds
Republicans senators say President Donald Trump has agreed to a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill, providing relief to a country beset by devastating floods, wildfires and hurricanes without funding for the border that the President had sought, and that the Senate is expected to vote as soon as Thursday afternoon to advance the measure.
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23 May 4:29pm Updated Feds say banker bribed Manafort while seeking job in Trump administration
Manhattan federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment Thursday charging a banker with bribing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort with $16 million in loans in order to secure a high-ranking position in the presidential administration.
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23 May 4:13pm John Delaney releases $4 trillion climate plan that aims to tax carbon, return funds to American people
Democratic presidential candidate John Delaney became the latest 2020 candidate to unveil a plan to combat climate change on Thursday, rolling out a $4 trillion proposal that includes a carbon tax and a substantial increase to the Department of Energy's budget to spur green technology investment.
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23 May 3:09pm Trumps pay unannounced visit to Arlington Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump paid their respects to fallen American troops during an unannounced visit to Arlington National Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day.
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23 May 3:04pm Updated Shanahan: US could send additional troops to the Middle East
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said the US is considering sending additional troops to the Middle East to "enhance force protection" amid tensions with Iran.
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23 May 2:46pm Senate passes bill cracking down on robocalls
A bill to crack down on unwanted robocalls sailed through the Senate on Thursday, adding to a push by Congress to defeat the growing problem of phone scams and nuisance calls.
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23 May 2:07pm Nadler pushes for empowering committee chairs on contempt
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is pushing to empower committee chairs to hold individuals in contempt of Congress without going to the floor for a full House vote, a move that could expedite Democrats' ability to punish anyone who defies their subpoenas but also risk further escalating tensions between congressional Democrats and the White House.
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23 May 1:59pm FAA chief says nothing shows agency failed in review or certification of Boeing 737 MAX
Despite two crashes involving the Boeing 737 MAX, the acting administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration said he has not come across any information that suggests his agency failed to properly review and certify the aircraft.
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23 May 1:56pm Updated NRA sues ad firm, claiming it orchestrated attempted coup against Wayne LaPierre
In the latest sign of strife at the National Rifle Association, the powerful gun lobby has filed a new lawsuit against its longtime advertising firm.
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23 May 1:43pm Updated Nancy Pelosi, master of shade
President Donald Trump -- so far -- has been reluctant to give Nancy Pelosi any kind of nickname. Well, here are a few ideas.
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23 May 1:06pm FBI has seen significant rise in white supremacist domestic terrorism in recent months
The FBI has seen a significant rise in the number of white supremacist domestic terrorism cases in recent months, a senior FBI counterterrorism official said Thursday.
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23 May 12:38pm Senators look for bipartisan path on health care amid House squabbles
As Democrats and Republicans continue to battle over "Medicare for All" in the House, leading lawmakers on the Senate Health Committee are trying to move ahead with bipartisan health care fixes.
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23 May 12:29pm Updated HUD proposes rule critics say would roll back protections for transgender homeless
The Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing a new rule that would allow federally-funded homeless shelters to consider sex and gender identity when deciding whether to accommodate someone.
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23 May 12:12pm Updated The 10 Democrats most likely to be the 2020 nominee, ranked
The first debates are coming.
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23 May 11:15am Pete Buttigieg reflects on his military service in defense of national anthem protests
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg on Thursday defended athletes who choose to kneel during the national anthem, saying that he served in the military to defend their right to do just that.
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23 May 11:14am Updated Trump blow up leaves lawmakers worried about disaster aid, budget talks
President Donald Trump's angry threats Wednesday to not work with congressional Democrats until they stopped investigating him came at a sensitive time for talks over several important issues that bipartisan negotiators on Capitol Hill and the White House had hoped to wrap up before Congress leaves as early as Thursday for the Memorial Day recess.
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23 May 9:12am US military targets ISIS-Somalia in fifth airstrike since April
The US targeted ISIS fighters in Somalia for the fifth time since mid-April, killing two terrorists in an airstrike Wednesday, US Africa Command said in a statement.
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23 May 8:46am Updated Tillerson told lawmakers Putin was more prepared than Trump in Germany meeting
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told lawmakers that Russian President Vladimir Putin was more prepared than President Donald Trump for their meeting in Hamburg, Germany, putting US officials at a disadvantage, a Democratic House Foreign Affairs committee aide told CNN Wednesday.
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23 May 8:45am Updated Trump walkout marks point of no return
President Donald Trump seems to have realized that despite the end of the Mueller probe, his administration may never escape the vise handed to Democrats by their midterm election wins last year.
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23 May 7:25am Betsy DeVos releases more data on student loan debt
The Education Department released new student loan data this week, as part of its plan to deal with student loan debt by giving individual consumers more information about what they're likely to get for their money.
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23 May 6:42am Democrats have an advantage in 2020, but it may not win them the White House
The country's demographics are shifting in such a way that the Democratic base is growing, but that's not necessarily good news for the party's chances of seizing back the White House next year.
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23 May 5:10am Updated Michael Avenatti charged with stealing $300,000 from former client Stormy Daniels
A federal grand jury in Manhattan indicted celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday in two alleged schemes, charging him with fraud and aggravated identity theft involving his former client, Stormy Daniels, and with attempting to extort more than $20 million from sportswear giant Nike.
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23 May 12:41am Updated Trump spreads false claims about Mueller as Democrats start tightening the screws
President Donald Trump spread at least four false claims Wednesday about the conclusions and costs of the Russia investigation, while pushing back against Democratic leaders who are trying to pick up where special counsel Robert Mueller left off.
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