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Small dollars, slip-ups and sideshows: A weekly roundup on potential 2020 field

(WASHINGTON) -- With everyone still waiting on former Vice President Joe Biden to decide if he’s running (and the added speculation that he might pick Stacey Abrams as his running mate), the field did see one more official entry this week.New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand transitioned her exploratory committee to…... Read More

White House rejects House Democrats' request for Trump-Putin communications

(WASHINGTON) -- The White House rejected a request from Congressional Democrats for a slew of documents related to President Donald Trump's phone calls and meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin.White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, in a letter sent Thursday to the chairmen of the House Oversight, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence…... Read More

Mississippi becomes latest state to approve 'heartbeat' law designed to ban most abortions

(JACKSON, Miss.) -- Mississippi on Thursday became the latest state to try to ban most abortions when its governor signed a so-called "Heartbeat Bill," a measure designed to undermine Roe v. Wade and similar to ones passed in other conservative states but then blocked in court.The bill, signed into law…... Read More

Letter from deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offers potential road map to special counsel Robert Mueller's probe

(WASHINGTON) -- There's no shortage of speculation on the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, much of it totally uninformed.But we don't need to speculate on the scope – the man who appointed Mueller has already given us a potential road map on what to expect from the special counsel.The bottom…... Read More

Trump signs executive order threatening aid to colleges if speakers silenced

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order that would deny colleges certain federal research and education grants if they failed to comply with free speech standards outlined by the administration."Under the guise of speech codes and safe spaces and trigger warnings, these universities have tried to…... Read More

Jared Kushner used WhatsApp to message foreign contacts in White House: Cummings

(WASHINGTON) -- White House senior adviser and President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner has used an encrypted messaging application for official business and to communicate with contacts outside the United States, his lawyer told senior lawmakers in December.House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, disclosed the admission from Kushner lawyer Abbe…... Read More

Meghan McCain says she's 'emotionally exhausted' having to address Trump's comments

(NEW YORK) -- An "emotionally exhausted" Meghan McCain again defended her father against President Donald Trump Thursday on ABC's The View, saying she doesn't "expect decency" from his family. “I don’t like coming here every day and having to do this, as all of you know. It’s extremely emotionally exhausting,”…... Read More

Jimmy Carter is poised to be the president who has lived the longest in US history

(WASHINGTON) -- Jimmy Carter is now one of the oldest-living former president in U.S. history at 94 years and 171 days old, tying with George H.W. Bush.Bush, the 41st president, died on Nov. 30, 2018 at 94 years, 171 days old.Before Thursday, Carter had already set the record for being…... Read More

Trump, showing a map, declares ISIS will be 'gone by tonight'

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump announced to reporters at the White House Wednesday that the Islamic State in Syria would be "gone by tonight." He made the announcement with some fanfare, unfurling a big piece of paper that he had carried out with him to Marine One. He then guided…... Read More

Pentagon watchdog to investigate complaints of alleged ethics violations against acting Defense secretary

(WASHINGTON) -- The Pentagon's Office of Inspector General has opened an investigation into complaints of alleged ethics violations against acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. In a statement on Wednesday, the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General said it had recently received a complaint that Shanahan "allegedly took actions to…... Read More

President Trump, rebuked for attacking John McCain, complains he didn't get 'thank you' for his funeral

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump, already facing widespread rebuke for his attack on Sen. John McCain, stepped up his criticism in a speech on Wednesday in Ohio, at one point, sounding annoyed, saying "I gave him the kind of funeral that he wanted —- which as president I had to…... Read More

GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson calls Trump attack on McCain 'deplorable'

(WASHINGTON) -- Georgia GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson on Wednesday denounced President Trump's continued attacks against Isakson's Republican colleague, the late Sen. John McCain.“It's deplorable what he said,” Isakson said in an interview with Georgia Public Broadcasting’s “Political Rewind” radio show.“It will be deplorable seven months from now if he says…... Read More

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein staying longer at the Department of Justice: Sources

(WASHINGTON) -- The deputy Attorney General is staying on longer than he was originally expected, sources tell ABC News.Previously, ABC News reported Rod Rosenstein was planning to leave the Department of Justice in mid-March. Sources had said, that he had wanted to stay on to ensure a smooth transition for…... Read More

Trump says he has no idea when Mueller report will come out, open to public release

(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he has no idea when special counsel Robert Mueller's report will be released but signaled he was open to letting the public see it."We'll see what the report says -- let's see if it's fair. I have no idea when it's…... Read More