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{FD} VA uses Trump-signed law to fire DC medical director – twice

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The former director of the VA Medical Center in Washington has been fired – again. Continue reading

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{FD} Sessions blasts California lawmakers for passing sanctuary state bill, says lives at stake

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday called it “unconscionable” that California lawmakers passed a sanctuary state bill that stops local police from cooperating with federal authorities to deport illegal immigrants. Continue reading

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{FD} UN speech: Trump says ‘Rocket Man’ Kim Jong Un on ‘suicide mission,’ in broadside at ‘rogue regimes’

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President Trump, in his first speech before the United Nations, launched a rhetorical broadside Tuesday at “rogue regimes” including North Korea, Iran and Syria – while pointedly warning Kim Jong Un that the United States will “totally destroy” his country if he does not turn back from the nuclear weapons path. Continue reading

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{FD} Democratic congressmen arrested in protests outside Trump Tower

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Three Democratic congressmen were arrested outside Trump Tower after protesting the president’s immigration policies in New York City on Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Hillary Clinton’s score-settling, Dem-rattling book tour only getting started

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The Hillary Clinton road show is only just beginning. Continue reading

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{FD} Nikki Haley to North Korea: ‘No problem’ letting Mattis deal with you

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned North Korea on Friday that she is more than willing to let Defense Secretary Jim Mattis deal with the nuclear threat from Pyongyang if sanctions do not work. Continue reading

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{FD} White House: DOJ ‘should certainly look at’ prosecuting James Comey

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The Department of Justice should consider prosecuting former FBI Director James Comey for his “improper” and “illegal” actions, the White House said Tuesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump is dismantling Obama’s executive action legacy

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Gridlock in Congress has not stopped the president from unraveling former President Barack Obama’s executive action legacy during his first eight months in office. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump warns US military response would mark ‘very sad day for North Korea’

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President Trump said Thursday it would be “a very sad day for North Korea” if the United States is forced to use its military to respond to Kim Jong Un’s nuclear threats. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump sells tax reform: ‘Our tax code is a giant self-inflicted economic wound’

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President Trump took his push to reform the country’s tax laws on the road to North Dakota on Wednesday, describing America’s tax code as “a giant self-inflicted economic wound” as he called for drastic tax cuts for individuals and businesses. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump has ‘no second thoughts’ on DACA as he meets with congressional leaders

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Meeting with congressional leaders from both parties, President Trump said Wednesday he has no regrets about his decision to end the program giving illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age a reprieve from deportation. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump has ‘great love’ for Dreamers, but says he’ll put ‘hardworking citizens’ first

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President Trump said Tuesday he has “great love” for the so-called Dreamers affected by his administration’s decision to end a program giving illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. at a young age a reprieve from deportation. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump calls for reducing ‘crushing tax burden’ as he meets with key Republicans on taxes

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President Trump on Tuesday met with key Republicans involved in crafting tax policy, calling for a legislative package as Congress returns to Washington that lowers taxes and makes America a “jobs magnet.” Continue reading

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{FD} Clinton blasts Bernie Sanders for inspiring ‘Crooked Hillary’ attacks

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Hillary Clinton takes aim at former Democratic presidential rival Bernie Sanders in her soon-to-be-released campaign memoir, accusing him of “paving the way” for the relentless “Crooked Hillary” attacks she endured from Donald Trump in the general election. Continue reading

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{FD} Judge denies ‘special treatment’ for Sen. Menendez as corruption trial set to begin

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A federal judge has denied Sen. Bob Menendez’s “unique” request to schedule his upcoming corruption trial around key Senate votes, telling the Democratic lawmaker he is no more special than “the radio repairman, the cab driver and the businessman.” Continue reading

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{FD} Trump to visit flood-ravaged Houston over the weekend

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President Trump plans to visit flood-ravaged Houston this weekend as the city copes with the devastating flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Continue reading

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{FD} Comey began drafting ‘exoneration statement’ before interviewing Clinton, senators say

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Then-FBI Director James Comey began drafting a statement exonerating Hillary Clinton in the investigation into her private email use before interviewing key witnesses, including Clinton herself, two Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Th… Continue reading

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{FD} Hillary Clinton charging big bucks for book tour events

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Hillary Clinton is ready to talk about “what happened.” But if you want to hear her speak about it in person, you may have to spend some serious dough. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump surveys Harvey damage, calls for recovery ‘better than ever before’

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Waving the Texas flag, President Trump vowed Tuesday to help storm-stricken residents get back on their feet as he surveyed the damage on the ground from Hurricane Harvey and predicted a recovery effort “better than ever before.” Continue reading

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{FD} Trump lands in Texas to tour Harvey damage

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President Trump landed in Texas on Tuesday to tour the damage from Hurricane Harvey and get briefed on the flooding that continues to devastate the state. Continue reading

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{FD} Combative ex-Trump aide Sebastian Gorka in talks to rejoin Breitbart

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Sebastian Gorka, fresh off his departure from his job as President Trump’s national security aide, says he will likely take a post-White House role at the populist Breitbart News. Continue reading

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{FD} Hurricane Harvey: Trump readies ‘firepower of the federal government’ to deal with storm

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As Hurricane Harvey barrels toward Texas, the president’s homeland security adviser said Friday the Trump administration is readying the “firepower of the federal government” ahead of landfall late Friday or early Saturday. Continue reading

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{FD} Menendez mess: Trial threatens to sideline senator just as Dems plot Trump resistance

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The upcoming bribery trial for New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez could have damaging consequences for his party whether or not he’s convicted, by sidelining him from Congress just as Democrats gear up to fight the Trump agenda. Continue reading

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{FD} Moderate Republicans begin speculating about 2020 primary challenger to Trump

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Several high-profile moderate Republicans have begun publicly speculating about the possibility that President Trump could face a primary challenger when he seeks re-election in 2020. Continue reading

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{FD} Sanders stands by Trump’s border wall threat

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday stood by President Trump’s threat that he’s willing to shut down the government in order to get funding to build a wall on the border with Mexico. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump, McConnell portray themselves as ‘united’ after rift

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President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are both attempting to portray themselves as united on a political agenda following their recent rift as Congress prepares to return to Washington. Continue reading

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{FD} Allies use Trump assassination wish scandal to fundraise for Missouri Dem

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Allies of the state senator in Missouri fighting to keep her seat after saying she hopes President Trump is assassinated have set up a website that encourages people to donate money to the embattled Democrat. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump signs ‘historic’ veterans bill at American Legion convention

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President Trump signed what he called a “historic bill” for veterans on stage during the American Legion’s national convention in Nevada on Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Hiding secret anti-Trump messages in resignation letters is latest political craze

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Like a page ripped out of a really bad spy novel, Trump critics appear to be slipping secret messages in their resignation letters. But put away that decoder ring: the code has been cracked. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump goes on rampage against the media, sitting Arizona senators at Phoenix rally

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President Trump rallied with his base Tuesday in Arizona. Continue reading

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{FD} Phoenix speech: Trump rallies base on heels of Afghanistan plan, staff shakeups

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President Trump returns to his comfort zone behind the podium in Arizona tonight for a campaign-like rally after some of the most challenging weeks of his presidency. Continue reading

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{FD} Steve Bannon exits White House, says the presidency Trump campaigned for is ‘over’

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Steve Bannon is on his way out at the White House – but the fiery, anti-establishment conservative who helped Donald Trump win the presidency says he’s getting ready to wage his populist campaign from the outside. Continue reading

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{FD} Steve Bannon: ‘I’m leaving the White House and going to war’

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Steve Bannon is on his way out at the White House – but the fiery, anti-establishment conservative who helped Donald Trump win the presidency says he’s getting ready to wage his populist campaign from the outside. Continue reading

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{FD} Steve Bannon out at the White House

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President Trump’s controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon is leaving the White House, in another major staff shakeup announced at the close of another tumultuous week in Washington. Continue reading

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{FD} Obama holdovers on president’s arts council quit over Charlottesville

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Nearly all the members of the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities resigned Friday in protest of President Trump’s reaction to last weekend’s white supremacist violence in Charlottesville. Continue reading

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{FD} Trump cites tale of Gen. Pershing’s pigs’ blood bullets that historians dismiss

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President Trump on Thursday again cited a story about the late U.S. Army Gen. John J. Pershing dipping ********** pigs’ blood to deter Islamic attacks that has been dismissed by historians as apocryphal. Continue reading

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{FD} Richmond mayor wants Confederate statues on Monument Avenue removed

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The mayor of Richmond, Virginia on Wednesday said he wants to see the removal of Confederate statues on the city’s famous avenue of monuments. Continue reading

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{FD} Ben Carson says his home was vandalized with ‘hateful rhetoric about President Trump’

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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson said Wednesday his Virginia home was recently vandalized with “hateful rhetoric about President Trump.” Continue reading

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{FD} Trump admin will make ObamaCare cost-sharing payments to insurers this month

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The Trump administration will make its August cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers, a White House spokesman told reporters Wednesday. Continue reading

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{FD} Moore, Strange head to Alabama Senate runoff

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Republican and Democratic primary voters in Alabama are choosing nominees for the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Continue reading

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