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A world of threats awaits Gina Haspel as CIA director

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WASHINGTON -- During a tense Senate confirmation hearing last week, Gina Haspel rattled off a list of national security challenges she could face as the first woman to lead the CIA -- Russian aggression, Iranian ambitions in the Middle East, China's increasing global reach, destructive cyberattacks and deadly terrorist groups.

The senators ...Read more

New House bill would prohibit lawmakers from sleeping in offices

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi introduced a bill Thursday to prohibit House members from sleeping overnight in their congressional offices as a way to save money.

The bill also would grant members a tax deduction for living expenses so they can better afford to make second homes in Washington during the work week ...Read more

Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti accused of stiffing law partner on $2 million debt

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Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, broke his promise to make a $2 million payment that was due Tuesday under the settlement of his firm's bankruptcy, a new lawsuit alleges.

To resolve the bankruptcy, Avenatti promised in December to pay $4.85 million to Jason Frank, a former lawyer at Avenatti's Newport Beach law ...Read more

5 guilty pleas and 17 more indicted: Pivotal moments in the Mueller investigation's first year

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WASHINGTON -- It's been one year since Robert S. Mueller III was appointed as special counsel to probe Russian interference in the presidential election. His work has spawned a web of investigations digging deeper into President Trump's inner circle. Here's a look at how the cases have developed and how politicians have reacted to them.

May 17,...Read more

Blue State AGs fight for their jobs while fending off Trump

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Democratic attorneys general spent the past 16 months suing the current administration at a record pace, often thwarting President Donald Trump's most ambitious policy maneuvers with lawsuits questioning their constitutionality.

While the most prominent of Trump's critics, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, resigned a...Read more

Trump's Nobel Prize talk may have been a bit hasty, North Korea makes clear

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump smiled broadly last week when a reporter asked whether he deserved a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to get North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to give up nuclear arms.

"Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it," the president said, adding, "The prize I want is victory for the world."

Modesty real or ...Read more

FBI director raises concerns about Chinese tech giant Trump wants to help

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WASHINGTON -- FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday reaffirmed concerns about Chinese telecommunications company ZTE that President Donald Trump wants to help -- and defended the agency from political attacks coming from the White House and Congress.

At a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing about the FBI's fiscal 2019 budget request...Read more

Haspel backed by Senate Intelligence Committee to be next CIA director

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WASHINGTON -- Gina Haspel's nomination to lead the CIA was approved by the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday, sending it to a vote by the full Senate where confirmation is all but assured.

The committee voted 10-5 in favor of President Donald Trump's choice to head the spy agency. While many Democrats in the Senate say they oppose Haspel'...Read more

House Freedom Caucus using controversial bill to derail vote on Dreamer citizenship

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WASHINGTON -- The conservative House Freedom Caucus is pushing hard for an immigration bill despised by many advocates for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals participants -- an effort that has a chance of getting a House vote as soon as next week.

If that vote occurs, it would make it far more difficult for DACA backers to get votes on ...Read more

Women reaching new levels in political donations

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WASHINGTON--An unprecedented rise in female donors to political campaigns, fueled largely by opposition to President Donald Trump, continues to grow in the run-up to the 2018 elections.

The number of women donating to federal candidates has surged by 182 percent when compared with this time in the 2016 cycle, according to new data from the ...Read more

Supreme Court's embrace of states' rights could aid California in its battle with the Trump administration

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court decision upholding states' rights to offer sports betting was backed mostly by conservative justices, but it may also give a boost to California and other liberal states that are defying the Trump administration's drive for stricter immigration enforcement.

At issue on both fronts -- sports betting and ...Read more

The Trump agenda has Native American tribes feeling under siege

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WASHINGTON -- Every time black dust blows through the windswept Moapa River Indian Reservation about an hour's drive from Las Vegas, residents grow more unnerved.

This tribal community of just 225 has seen more than its share of sickness. Tribal council member Vickie Simmons watched her brother, a former coal plant worker, die at age 31 from ...Read more

Farm to government to table? Ridiculous, say congressional critics

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WASHINGTON -- Farm to table isn't as simple as it sounds, thanks to the federal government.

Federal rules control most of the action, particularly regarding food safety. But an unusual left-right congressional coalition hopes to change things.

Rep. Thomas Massie, a libertarian-leaning Republican from Kentucky, and Rep. Chellie Pingree, a ...Read more

Trump said to mull 2015 grid emergency law to save coal plants

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is weighing a broad array of strategies for keeping coal and nuclear power plants online as a matter of national security, with options ranging from invoking a 68-year-old law to a three-year-old one, according to a senior Energy Department official.

Members of the National Security Council agree that ...Read more

Trump taps McConnell's brother-in-law for Labor post

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WASHINGTON -- Family connections can help when you're applying for a new job -- especially in Washington, D.C.

Just ask President Donald Trump's latest executive branch nominee, whose sister-in-law is Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, who's married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Trump announced this week that tech ...Read more

Sen. Rand Paul asks CIA if it spied on presidential candidates

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul -- who opposes President Donald Trump's choice for CIA director -- is asking her whether the agency collected information on presidential candidates, including himself, during the 2016 presidential campaign.

In a letter sent just days before the Senate is expected to vote on Gina Haspel, Paul asks the acting ...Read more

Trump to use Mueller one-year mark to blast probe, Giuliani says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and his legal team are planning to use the one-year anniversary this week of Robert Mueller's appointment to ratchet up pressure on the special counsel to close his investigation.

Trump and his lawyers are trying to set up the milestone Thursday as a turning point in their campaign to end Mueller's probe ...Read more

Will Trump's financial disclosure report include any reimbursements to Cohen?

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's annual financial disclosure is due to a government ethics watchdog Tuesday, but it's unclear whether he will report reimbursing his attorney for payments made to Stormy Daniels or when the public will see the document.

Walter Shaub Jr., a frequent Trump critic who ran the Office of Government Ethics until ...Read more

Key Democrat backs Haspel for CIA director, virtually ensuring confirmation

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, announced Tuesday that he will support Gina Haspel's nomination as CIA director, a decision that will likely secure her confirmation.

Haspel has been a controversial choice, largely because she once ran a secret prison in Thailand where terrorism ...Read more