Trey Gowdy pledges to be a 'different' sort of watchdog; but can he be effective?

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WASHINGTON -- It's long been considered the House bomb-throwing committee, a panel known for investigating everything, no matter how outrageous or far-fetched things seem.

That's changed. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican known for his judicious temperament and tough-minded but fair approach to investigations -- and his loyalty to ...Read more

In the 'Me too' campaign, men must help stop sexual harassment, advocates say

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- As Wake Forest minister John Pavlovitz watched his Facebook and Twitter feeds fill up in recent days with the proclamations of friends, family and acquaintances that they had been victims of sexual assault or harassment, he thought the wrong people were baring their souls.

The victims, most of whom are female, shouldn't have to...Read more

Facebook and Google helped anti-refugee campaign in swing states

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SAN FRANCISCO -- In the final weeks of the 2016 election campaign, voters in swing states including Nevada and North Carolina saw ads appear in their Facebook feeds and on Google websites touting a pair of controversial faux-tourism videos, showing France and Germany overrun by Shariah law. French schoolchildren were being trained to fight for ...Read more

Georgia teacher who told students to remove Trump shirt resigns

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ATLANTA -- A Cherokee County high school math teacher embroiled in a controversy has tendered her resignation to the school board.

Lyn Orletsky's resignation is on the agenda set for Thursday.

She was put on administrative leave last month after a video of her request that two students wearing "Make America Great Again" T-shirts turn them ...Read more

How did Trump's response to Niger deaths go so wrong?

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump kept silent on the deaths of four American soldiers for nearly two weeks, while finding time to tweet about "fake news" and Republicans' fundraising, attack Puerto Ricans and a Republican senator, among others, and keep up his complaints against protesting professional football players.

When he finally spoke...Read more

Trump punts his top priorities to Congress, setting stage for a year-end showdown

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WASHINGTON -- In kicking his top priorities to Congress, President Donald Trump is setting the stage -- intentionally or not -- for weeks of messy horse-trading that may culminate in a year-end standoff to avoid another government shutdown.

Trump is betting he can pressure Congress into breaking its gridlock and squeeze some concessions from ...Read more

Trump thinks he owns Renoir, but Art Institute says real one hangs in Chicago

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CHICAGO -- There are two versions of French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Two Sisters (On The Terrace)."

One has hung in the Art Institute of Chicago since 1933.

The other is in President Donald Trump's New York apartment.

But one of them is a fake -- and the Art Institute says it isn't the one in Chicago.

Trump, apparently, ...Read more

Trump is said to tell senators they might see his taxes one day

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump told a bipartisan group of senators Wednesday that they may see his tax returns one day, according to a Democratic aide who was briefed on the meeting.

The aide said the remark appeared to be flippant, and it's not clear the attendees believed the president. Democrats have pushed for Trump to release his tax...Read more

Vice president's brother files papers to run for Congress in Indiana

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WASHINGTON -- Greg Pence, the oldest brother of Vice President Mike Pence, has filed paperwork to run for Congress, The Associated Press reports.

Pence has long been considering running for Indiana's 6th District, which Rep. Luke Messer is vacating to run for Senate. Pence is currently the finance chair of Messer's Senate campaign.

Pence has ...Read more

Trump claims proof Rep. Wilson fabricated words to military widow

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WASHINGTON -- A Democratic Florida congresswoman became the latest target of a morning presidential twitter attack, with Donald Trump alleging Rep. Frederica Wilson "totally fabricated" his call to the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger.

Trump called the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson on Tuesday afternoon, shortly before his body was ...Read more

Trump twists Judiciary leaders' findings on Comey actions

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump started Wednesday by twisting the findings of two senior Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, tweeting that Hillary Clinton was among "people not interviewed" by the FBI in an investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of State.

The FBI released documents Monday that show then-FBI ...Read more

Trump: Congresswoman 'totally fabricated' my response to Miami Gardens soldier's widow

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MIAMI -- President Donald Trump accused a Miami-Dade Democratic congresswoman Wednesday morning of lying about his response to a fallen soldier's widow -- that "he knew what he signed up for" -- and said he had proof of the conversation.

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, who represents Miami Gardens, "totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a ...Read more

Homeland Security Must Reveal Why It Ended 'Dreamers' Policy

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security must produce documents that detail the decision-making process for ending the "Dreamers" policy for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

A federal judge in San Francisco who is overseeing five lawsuits challenging the September announcement to end Deferred Action for Childhood ...Read more

Trump is said to plan Fed chair pick before Nov. 3 Asia trip

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to choose his nominee to chair the Federal Reserve before he leaves Nov. 3 for an 11-day trip to Asia and Hawaii, a person familiar with the process said.

Trump is working with a shortlist of five names to lead the central bank: former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh, Stanford University economist John Taylor...Read more

Trump takes credit for Islamic State defeat years in the making

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump took credit for making changes to the military that allowed U.S.-backed forces to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa -- the last major urban stronghold of the Islamic State.

"It had to do with the people I put in and it had to do with rules of engagement," Trump said in an interview Tuesday on Washington-...Read more

Trump brings his chief of staff, whose son died in combat, into controversy over condolence calls

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, facing blowback for his failure to call the families of four soldiers who died in combat, on Tuesday invoked the fallen son of his chief of staff, retired Gen. John Kelly.

"As far as other presidents, I don't know, you could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama? I don't know what Obama's policy was,...Read more

Embattled congressman withdraws from consideration as drug czar, Trump says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's pick to be the nation's drug czar withdrew from consideration Tuesday after news reports focused attention on his role in weakening the government's power to combat the nation's opioid epidemic.

Trump sent a message on Twitter Tuesday morning announcing that Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) had withdrawn his name ...Read more

Justice Elena Kagan talks about life on the Supreme Court during Chicago appearance

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CHICAGO -- The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia forced the remaining eight members of the nation's highest court to work harder toward compromise, Justice Elena Kagan said Monday during a speech at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

In an hourlong appearance before law students and high-profile lawyers including Illinois ...Read more

Armed with cash and powerful friends, Mark Sanford preps for election fights

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mark Sanford is facing what is arguably his first competitive re-election campaign since returning to Congress in mid-2013 -- and both his Republican and Democratic challengers raised more money than the South Carolina lawmaker this summer.

Sanford, however, holds a major cash advantage in the latest round of fundraising ...Read more

Trump calls for short-term Obamacare fix and reaches out to Republican leaders

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump threw his weight Monday behind a measure to fix parts of Obamacare, the first time he has voiced approval of a specific legislative approach to do so and an abrupt turnaround on a bipartisan effort to preserve key elements of the health care system that he has sought to repeal.

Trump's backing of what he ...Read more