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{FD} Darrell Issa said to be considering run for another House seat – just not his

Powerful GOP lawmaker Darrell Issa dropped a bomb this week when he said he would not defend his House seat in November, but the California congressman may yet wind up on the midterm ballot. Continue reading

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{FD} Feinstein blames ‘bad cold’ for handling of Fusion GPS transcript

Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein seemed to blame a “bad cold” for the controversial way she handled the release of an interview transcript for the co-founder of the firm behind the anti-Trump dossier. Continue reading

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{FD} Republicans probe FBI agents’ text messages for evidence of leaks

Republican-led committees reportedly are investigating whether FBI officials once involved in Robert Mueller’s Russia probe helped leak to the media, based in part on text messages they exchanged mentioning news outlets. Continue reading

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{FD} Obamas criticized for lavish library plans, including ‘test kitchen’

In their effort to break the mold, the planners of the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago are taking heat for some less-than-lofty features in the sprawling complex. Continue reading

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{FD} GOP senators refer Trump dossier author for federal investigation

Two top Republican senators have formally recommended that the Justice Department and FBI investigate the author of the controversial anti-Trump “dossier,” in the first known criminal referral from Congress as part of lawmakers’ Russia probes. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump says Dems ‘doing nothing’ on DACA, predicts Hispanics will turn on them

President Trump predicted Tuesday that Hispanics will soon turn on Democrats and start “falling in love” with Republicans and his presidency, claiming his political rivals are “doing nothing” to address the future of the Obama-era DACA program. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump administration ends 2017 confronting Russia after year of collusion accusations

The year that began with the narrative of Trump-Russia collusion is ending with an unexpected plot twist – the Trump administration is confronting and cracking down on Russia on several fronts, a development drawing praise from some of the president’s … Continue reading

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{FD} Trump accuses FBI of using ‘pile of garbage’ dossier to go after campaign

President Trump on Tuesday blasted the so-called “dossier” – which was compiled during the 2016 campaign and contained salacious allegations against him – as a “pile of garbage” and accused the FBI of relying on it to go after his campaign. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump predicts mandate repeal will kill ObamaCare, spur replacement plan

President Trump, tweeting from his holiday retreat at Mar-a-Lago, predicted Tuesday that the newly passed tax bill’s repeal of ObamaCare’s individual mandate will unravel the 2010 law in its entirety and spur a bipartisan health overhaul. Continue reading

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{FD} DOJ scrutiny opens door to new Uranium One investigation

The Justice Department’s scrutiny of an Obama-era deal that gave Russia partial control of the U.S. uranium supply has opened the door to the possibility of a new investigation – egged on by the White House. Continue reading

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{FD} Obama adviser Ben Rhodes slammed for tweet joking about GOP leaders’ ‘obits’

Obama adviser Ben Rhodes woke up Thursday to a wave of social media condemnation after a wee-hours tweet joking about the “obits” for top Republican leaders. Continue reading

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{FD} Congress approves final tax reform bill, handing Trump year-end victory

The House gave the final stamp of approval Wednesday to a sweeping tax reform package, handing President Trump his first major legislative victory and most Americans a tax cut starting next year. Continue reading

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{FD} House approves tax reform bill, as Trump eyes major legislative win

The House on Tuesday approved a massive tax overhaul that would usher in steep rate cuts for American companies, double the deduction millions of families claim on their annual returns and make a host of other changes as part of the biggest rewrite of … Continue reading

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{FD} House approves final tax reform bill, as Trump eyes major legislative win

The House on Tuesday approved a massive tax overhaul that would usher in steep rate cuts for American companies, double the deduction millions of families claim on their annual returns and make a host of other changes as part of the biggest rewrite of … Continue reading

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{FD} Trump national security strategy restores reference to ‘jihadist’ terror threat

President Trump’s National Security Strategy, set to be unveiled in a major address Monday afternoon, restores references to the “jihadist” terror threat – in a tacit rebuke to the Obama-era decision to avoid such language. Continue reading

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{FD} Paul Ryan eyeing the exits? Speculation mounts over speaker’s future, as source dismisses ‘gossip’

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s political future returned to the speculation spotlight Thursday amid reports that he’s eyeing an exit from Congress after the 2018 midterms. Continue reading

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{FD} Tax bill: What’s in and what’s out?

Congressional Republican negotiators are preparing to unveil the final version of their sweeping and historic tax plan, aiming to muscle it through the House and Senate next week. Continue reading

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{FD} Top senator expands probe into Obama-era Uranium One deal, says he was misled

A top Republican senator has expanded his investigation into an Obama-era deal that gave Russia partial control of the U.S. uranium supply, claiming he was repeatedly misled by the Obama administration about a Russian company’s ability to export that m… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump blasts New York Times over TV-binging claim: ‘Wrong!’

President Trump slammed The New York Times on Monday morning over what he called a “false” story claiming he watches up to eight hours of television a day – while taking yet another swipe at CNN and MSNBC. Continue reading

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{FD} Franken fake-out? Delayed departure prompts speculation over reversal

Sen. Al Franken’s curiously phrased resignation speech – in which he called out Republicans accused of sexual misconduct, did not admit wrongdoing and scheduled his departure for “the coming weeks” – has spurred a conspiracy theory that may be too capt… Continue reading

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{FD} FBI Director Wray grilled by Republicans over ‘bias’ concerns in Russia, Clinton email cases

FBI Director Christopher Wray faced heated questions Thursday from House Republicans concerned top officials in his agency are “tainted by bias” – in connection with both the 2016 Hillary Clinton email probe and ongoing Russia meddling probe – though t… Continue reading

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{FD} Republicans allege DOJ ‘double standard’ as Mueller probe takes heat

Allegations of anti-Trump bias inside Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team are reviving Republican claims of a “double standard” at the Justice Department, with GOP critics saying Hillary Clinton enjoyed comparatively “special” treatment when she was … Continue reading

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{FD} Trump calls Flynn treatment ‘unfair,’ claims Clinton ‘lied many times’ with impunity

President Trump on Monday called the criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn “very unfair,” claiming he and Hillary Clinton both “lied” to the FBI but only Flynn faced consequences. Continue reading

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{FD} Michael Flynn pleads guilty to false-statements charge in Russia probe

Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to making false statements to the FBI – as part of a deal that involves his full cooperation with investigators in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Continue reading

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{FD} Lawyer for rival CFPB leader won’t say who’s funding suit against Trump administration

The lawyer for the federal official suing to take control of the consumer agency at the center of a power struggle with the Trump White House is refusing to say who’s funding the lawsuit, suggesting a legal defense fund is quietly financing the case. Continue reading

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{FD} 12 Months of Trump: Year since election brings economic boom, deepening divisions, probe politics

A year ago today, Donald Trump was elected president. Twelve months later, the changes are seismic. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump rips Clinton link to Fusion GPS dossier as a ‘disgrace,’ says Russia ‘hoax is turned around’

President Trump, in a wide-ranging sparring session with reporters Wednesday afternoon, blasted Hillary Clinton over new revelations her campaign helped fund a salacious anti-Trump dossier last year – calling the project a “disgrace” and claiming the t… Continue reading

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{FD} Trump blasts ‘Fake Media’ for ignoring Russia uranium deal sealed ‘with Clinton help’

President Trump accused the “Fake Media” on Thursday of ignoring new details about the 2010 approval of a controversial uranium deal with a Russian company, amid scrutiny of potential “conflicts of interest” for Hillary Clinton and the Obama administra… Continue reading

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{FD} Grassley probes Clinton ‘conflicts of interest’ amid new questions in Russia uranium deal

A top Senate Republican is probing potential “conflicts of interest” for Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration regarding the 2010 approval of a controversial uranium deal with a Russian company, amid new details about donations from “interested … Continue reading

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{FD} ‘Bump stock’ ban opposed by gun owners group, despite NRA stance

The bipartisan call to ban or better regulate “bump stocks” after the Las Vegas gunman appeared to use them to boost his arsenal’s lethality is facing some resistance from gun-rights advocates, even as the National Rifle Association opens the door to n… Continue reading

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{FD} House Republicans renew call for 2nd special counsel, amid fresh Comey concerns

House Republicans on Tuesday formally renewed their call for a second special counsel to probe 2016 controversies involving Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration – following allegations that former FBI director James Comey drafted an “exoneration statement” for Clinton weeks before interviewing her. Continue reading

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{FD} Chuck Grassley’s DACA ‘deal’ tweet is a postmodern work of art

Nobody tweets quite like Chuck Grassley. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump rips GOP for Hill failures, after siding with Dems over Ryan and McConnell

President Trump tore into congressional Republicans Friday for their failure to pass big legislation, effectively firing back at critics griping about his dealings this week with Democratic leaders. Continue reading

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{FD} Comey’s alleged Clinton ‘exoneration statement’ calls Senate testimony into question

Fresh allegations that former FBI director James Comey began drafting an “exoneration statement” for Hillary Clinton well before interviewing her and other key witnesses have called into question his Senate testimony about why he decided to go public with his findings in the email case last summer. Continue reading

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{FD} Clinton book reveals what she was really thinking at Trump debate: ‘Back up, you creep’

“Back up, you creep.” That’s what Hillary Clinton suggests in her forthcoming memoir she wanted to say to then-candidate Donald Trump, during a close-quarters debate last October. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump shuts down 2 jobs councils amid wave of CEO departures

President Trump announced Wednesday he is shutting down two jobs councils, amid a wave of resignations by executives in the wake of the president’s response to the violence in Charlottesville. Continue reading

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{FD} NJ train crash renews debate over train safety tech

The catastrophic train crash Thursday in Hoboken, N.J., has renewed debate over technology known as “positive train control” that potentially could have helped avert the disaster that injured over 100 and left one woman dead. Continue reading

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