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October 18, 2017 - 1:35 pm
(NEW YORK) -- Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta criticized President Donald Trump’s recent comments regarding his predecessor’s outreach to the families of fallen soldiers, saying it was ill-advised to point to the experience of his chief of staff John Kelly. “He’s intensely private about not...
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October 18, 2017 - 10:39 am
(WASHINGTON) -- Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended President Donald Trump's third travel ban Wednesday, the day it was set to go into effect, as a "lawful" and "necessary" order that the Department of Justice is "proud to defend." The Trump administration's attempts to restrict travel from...
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October 18, 2017 - 5:36 am
(WASHINGTON) -- The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee is sending a warning shot to federal agencies and the White House for not fully complying with the panel's investigation into administration air travel. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., could subpoena the Departments of Justice and...
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October 18, 2017 - 5:29 am
(LAS VEGAS) -- House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headed to Las Vegas Tuesday to pay her respects to the victims of the shooting earlier this month. Gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire during a country music festival killing 58 attendees. Pelosi, joined by Rep. Ruben Kihuen, D-Nevada, spent time...
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October 18, 2017 - 5:26 am
(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump Wednesday denied telling the widow of a fallen U.S. soldier "he knew what he signed up for" in a phone call he made Tuesday, contradicting a Florida congresswoman who said she was with the woman at the time. Rep. Frederica Wilson said she was with Myeshia...
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October 18, 2017 - 4:04 am
(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump waded into a new statue controversy on Tuesday night when he called out people who want to tear down statues of Christopher Columbus. "We believe we should preserve our history, not tear it down," Trump said in remarks he delivered Tuesday night at the...
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October 17, 2017 - 9:09 pm
(WASHINGTON) -- Less than a week after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to halt government payments that subsidize insurance plans for low-income Americans, Senate leaders agreed "in principle" to a bill that would cover the payments for two years. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the...
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October 17, 2017 - 7:15 pm
(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump told the audience at a Heritage Foundation event in Washington Tuesday night that his administration's tax plan will boost the average American household income by $4,000. The figure was included in a report from White House economists published on Monday. "...
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October 17, 2017 - 5:03 pm
(WASHINGTON) -- Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer met with members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s staff Monday as part of the expanding probe into potential collusion with Russia on election interference efforts in the 2016 presidential campaign, according to sources with direct...
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October 17, 2017 - 12:12 pm
(WASHINGTON) -- Adding to the continued drama over whether past presidents have called the families of fallen soldiers, a senior White House official told ABC News today that then-President Obama did not call John Kelly, now the White House chief of staff, after the death of his son in 2010. The...
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