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{FD} Michelle Obama portrait faces brutal mockery, some praise after unveiling

The National Portrait Gallery on Monday unveiled portraits of former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama – to a very mixed reception. Continue reading

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{FD} Omarosa on ‘Celebrity Big Brother’: Trump tweets haunted me, had to ‘serve’ my country

Ex-White House staffer and full-time drama queen Omarosa Manigault Newman – back in her reality TV element – tearfully confessed Thursday to being “haunted” by President Trump’s daily tweets, accused his inner circle of keeping her at arm’s length and … Continue reading

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{FD} CDC director resigns over conflicts of interest, stock purchases

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention head Brenda Fitzgerald resigned Wednesday over conflicts of interest involving financial ties. Continue reading

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{FD} Sen. Bob Menendez will not face new trial in bribery case, feds say

Federal prosecutors have decided not to retry Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., whose bribery case ended in a mistrial in November. Continue reading

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{FD} Despite promises to cut back, fed and state governments press asset forfeitures

Alabama car dealer Jamey Vibbert had a bustling business. A Crimson Tide fan and hometown hero, Vibbert was a three-time Rotary Club “Ambassador of the Year” winner, an entrepreneur and in the eyes of the law – a criminal. Continue reading

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{FD} Senators blast Hawaii’s ‘inexcusable’ false missile alert at hearing

Senate lawmakers held a hearing Thursday trying to get to the bottom of what went wrong when a false ballistic missile alert was sent by authorities in Hawaii, fueling widespread public panic. Continue reading

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{FD} Dirty details of Missouri governor’s affair fuel resignation calls

Missouri’s Republican governor is the latest politician to star in his own drama: Fifty Shades of Greitens – a tawdry tale of lust, power and betrayal that has consumed state politics and led to bipartisan calls for his resignation. Continue reading

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{FD} Republicans hope to release ‘jaw-dropping’ memo on surveillance abuses

House Republicans are hopeful that a four-page memo allegedly containing “jaw-dropping” revelations about U.S. government surveillance abuses will soon be made public. Continue reading

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{FD} Feds to retry Senator Bob Menendez in bribery case

The Department of Justice announced Friday it intends to retry New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, two months after a federal judge declared a mistrial in the high-profile bribery case. Continue reading

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{FD} California’s ****** train (and biggest boondoggle) is over budget by billions

It’s billions of dollars over budget and seven years behind schedule, and appears to have no plausible way of living up to its goal of getting riders across the state in three hours or less. Continue reading

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{FD} Omarosa trying to lawyer up, may have secretly taped White House conversations

President Trump’s former spotlight-seeking staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman might have secretly recorded private conversations in the White House, The New York Daily News reported Friday. Continue reading

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{FD} Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, former Sen. Bob Dole on Wednesday received the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest civilian honor – for his service to the country as a “soldier, legislator and statesman.” Continue reading

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{FD} Romney takes swipe at Trump over ‘s—hole’ comments, race relations

Mitt Romney took a swipe at Donald Trump on Monday, condemning the crude comments the president reportedly made about Haiti and African countries — calling them “inconsistent (with) America’s history and antithetical to American values.” Continue reading

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{FD} Democrats ramp up efforts to boycott Trump’s State of the Union address

Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson added her name to a growing list of Democratic lawmakers who say they are fed up with President Trump and will boycott his State of the Union address at the end of the month. Continue reading

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{FD} Miami Vice: Two married lawmakers apologize for affair

Two Miami lawmakers were forced to admit and apologize for their bipartisan extramarital affair after an anonymous website claimed to have evidence of the swing-state senators getting busy behind closed doors. Continue reading

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{FD} Contractor hopes for a piece of Trump’s border wall – no matter who pays for it

No matter who ends up paying for President Trump’s border wall, billions of dollars will flow to American contractors who are lining up to bid for a piece of the project. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump ramps up Border Patrol recruitment, in bid to hire thousands of new agents

President Trump doesn’t yet have his “big, beautiful” border wall, but the administration is ramping up recruitment of border agents going into the new year in a bid to enhance security with more manpower – if not bricks and barbed wire. Continue reading

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{FD} Bullets, ballots and babies: A look at new state laws coming in 2018

From buying ********** casting ballots, states across the country are ushering in a wave of new laws in 2018. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump slams Amazon, says USPS should raise rates

President Trump on Friday took aim at online retailer Amazon and then suggested the country’s postal service raise its rates to recoup costs. Continue reading

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{FD} Bumped United passenger fires back at Rep. Jackson Lee’s racism charge, airline

A United passenger whose first-class seat on a recent flight from Houston to D.C. was given to Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is firing back at the Democratic congresswoman’s accusations of racism – while challenging the airline’s account of the incident. Continue reading

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{FD} Court turns back challenge to Trump’s voter fraud commission

A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled that a challenge to President Trump’s voter fraud panel does not have the legal standing to move forward. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump signs tax overhaul, budget bill before heading to Mar-a-Lago

President Trump on Friday signed his first major legislative triumph – a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul expected to trigger tax cuts for most Americans next year – as well as a temporary spending bill that keeps the government running through mid-January. Continue reading

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{FD} Border wall contractors face growing boycotts from Dem-led cities

As President Trump pushes forward with his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall, companies competing for the chance to work on the multi-billion-dollar project are facing mounting boycotts from local Democratic lawmakers moving to blacklist the border buil… Continue reading

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{FD} FBI’s McCabe faces GOP calls for ouster, ahead of closed-door testimony

Top Republicans are stepping up their criticism of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, even suggesting he should be ousted amid allegations conflicts of interest and anti-Trump political prejudice at the agency. Continue reading

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{FD} Collins, Lee to vote in favor of GOP tax bill

GOP tax holdouts Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mike Lee of Utah said Monday they will support the president’s tax overhaul, leaving only one Republican undecided as the bill nears its final vote this week. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump unveils national security strategy: ‘America is going to win’

President Trump on Monday unveiled a national security strategy that enshrines his “America First” approach into U.S. policy, stressing American strength and economic security and putting rivals like China and Russia on notice. Continue reading

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{FD} McCain says he’s ‘feeling well,’ will return to work after holidays

Republican Sen. John McCain, tweeting for the first time since returning to Arizona for treatment, said Monday he’s feeling better and plans to come back to work after the holidays. Continue reading

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{FD} GOP tax bill: Can you really file your taxes on a postcard?

Republicans have often used a 14-line oversized postcard to pitch the simplicity of their massive tax overhaul – but with all of the recent changes, will most Americans really be able to file their taxes on a half sheet of paper? Continue reading

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{FD} Manafort released from house arrest on $10 million bail

A U.S. District Court judge on Friday released former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort from house arrest on $10 million bail. Continue reading

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{FD} Ethics panel opens inquiry into Nevada Dem over sexual harassment claims

The House Ethics Committee confirmed Friday it has opened an investigation into Nevada Democratic Rep. Ruben Kihuen tied to allegations of sexual misconduct. Continue reading

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{FD} Female Dem lawmaker walks back comments on women’s wardrobes being an ‘invitation’ to harassment

Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio came under fire after telling colleagues in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday that the way some women on Capitol Hill dress is an “invitation” to sexual harassment. Continue reading

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{FD} 2nd woman accuses Dem Rep. Kihuen of sexual misconduct; Dem leaders torn over resignation

A second woman has come forward alleging that Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nev., made inappropriate sexual advances toward her – claiming he asked her to sit on his lap and sent dozens of suggestive Facebook messages and hundreds of text messages. Continue reading

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{FD} Sex scandal storm about to get worse for Congress, amid calls to nix ‘hush fund’: ‘It’s coming’

The resignation of two powerful Democratic lawmakers and a socially conservative Republican this week is unlikely to stop the wave of sexual misconduct allegations crashing against the U.S. Capitol – in fact, more names could soon emerge as pressure mo… Continue reading

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{FD} Franken resigns from Senate amid new claims of sexual misconduct, backlash from Dems

Calling it “the worst day of his political life,” Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken said Thursday he will resign from the U.S. Senate following a wave of sexual misconduct allegations against him that ranged from groping to forcibly trying to kiss w… Continue reading

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{FD} Franken to deliver Senate floor speech amid new claims of sexual misconduct, backlash from Dems

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken is planning to deliver a speech from the Senate floor shortly before noon on Thursday, amid speculation over whether he will accept mounting calls from female colleagues to resign over sexual misconduct accusations. Continue reading

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{FD} Al Franken told to resign by several female Democratic colleagues after sixth woman accuses him of sexual misconduct

A growing group of Democratic senators on Wednesday called for Sen. Al Franken to resign in the wake of multiple sexual misconduct complaints made against the Minnesota lawmaker. Continue reading

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{FD} Aide accuses Franken of forcibly trying to kiss her, says it was his ‘right’

Another woman is accusing Sen. Al Franken of forcibly trying to kiss her – this time after a taping of his radio show in 2006. Continue reading

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{FD} Aide accuses Franken of trying to force a kiss and saying it was his ‘right’

Another woman is accusing Sen. Al Franken of forcibly trying to kiss her – this time after a taping of his radio show in 2006. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump lawyers push to have defamation suit thrown out

President Trump’s actions during his “Apprentice” days took center stage Tuesday afternoon as lawyers for the 45th commander-in-chief pushed to dismiss a defamation claim by a former contestant on his reality TV show. Continue reading

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{FD} Supreme Court permits full enforcement of Trump travel ban

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will permit the full enforcement of President Trump’s controversial travel ban. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump shrinks Utah monuments created by Obama, Clinton

Capping months of speculation, President Trump on Monday signed a pair of executive orders to significantly shrink two of Utah’s national monuments – Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante – that were created by his Democratic predecessors. Continue reading

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{FD} After Steinle verdict, rep unveils bill to imprison officials who shelter illegal immigrants

A Republican congressman plans to introduce a bill Monday that would threaten huge fines and prison time for elected officials accused of sheltering illegal immigrant criminals from deportation, in the wake of the not-guilty verdict in the Kate Steinle… Continue reading

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{FD} House lawmakers introduce bill to expose secret settlements, end ‘hush fund’

In a push to end the secrecy surrounding sexual harassment inside the U.S. Capitol, House lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation to bar the use of taxpayer dollars to settle misconduct claims against members of Congress — and to name names. Continue reading

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{FD} Ethics case opened on Conway’s comments about Alabama Senate race

The Office of Special Counsel has opened a case looking into allegations that White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway violated federal law when she made comments about Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore’s Democratic challenger. Continue reading

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{FD} Illinois Rep. Gutierrez, longtime advocate for immigration reform, announces retirement

One day after filing paperwork for re-election, Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez announced he will retire from Congress. “Today I’m announcing I won’t be seeking re-election,” Gutierrez said on Tuesday, but added he isn’t “retiring” from his eff… Continue reading

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{FD} Mulvaney cracks down on CFPB as White House insists he’s in control

White House budget boss Mick Mulvaney moved quickly Monday to rein in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, imposing a 30-day hiring freeze and other new rules as the fight over who’s really in charge of the agency heads to court. Continue reading

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{FD} Mulvaney freezes out rival official at CFPB as battle for control heads to court

President Trump’s pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau seized the reins of the agency Monday morning amid a heated battle over who’s in charge, firing off a memo instructing staff to disregard directives from a rival official. Continue reading

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{FD} Judge rules Seattle’s tax on the wealthy is illegal; city vows to appeal

Seattle’s controversial tax on the wealthy failed its first legal test this week after a judge ruled the new ordinance violates state law – but the city isn’t backing down and vows to appeal, setting the stage for a Washington State Supreme Court showd… Continue reading

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{FD} Conyers accused of taking staff meeting in his underwear, ordering subordinate to babysit his kid

No one had to guess whether Rep. John Conyers wore boxers or briefs, according to a former key staffer, who said the embattled Michigan lawmaker once showed up to a meeting sporting only his skivvies. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump tweets tout talk with Turkey’s president, bash NFL, NBA and hype golf with Tiger Woods

President Trump on Friday tweeted about his meeting with Turkey’s president, golf plans with Tiger Woods and stepped up his attack on the NFL – this time taking aim at not only the payers but league commissioner Roger Goodell. Continue reading

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