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GOP senator criticizes Paul Ryan over health care comments
US Congress (WASHINGTON) -- Republican Sen. Bob Corker criticized House Speaker Paul Ryan for warning Republicans that if they don't pass health care reform, President Trump may work with Democrats on the issue."We have come a long way in our country when the speaker of one party urges a president NOT to work with the other party to solve a problem," the senator from Tennessee tweeted Thursday in response to Ryan's comments to CBS News.Corker appeared to be responding to the speaker's comments in an interview that aired Thursday on CBS This Morning, in which Ryan said Republicans should support...
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Donald Trump takes aim at Freedom Caucus again with a 2018 threat
ABC News (WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump took aim at the Freedom Caucus Thursday morning in a tweet, saying that it will do damage to the Republican Party.Members of the caucus helped play a key role in the decision not to bring the GOP health care bill to a vote in the House last week."The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" Trump tweeted Thursday morning. The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team,...
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Senate committee probe on Russian interference in US election begins Thursday
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- While the House Intelligence Committee is embroiled in controversy, the Senate Intelligence Committee's chairman, Sen. Richard Burr, and vice chair, Sen. Mark Warner, are committed to getting to the bottom of Russian interference in the U.S. election and any possible collusion between President Trump, his aides and the Russian government.The Senate Intelligence Committee will hold an open hearing Thursday and several witnesses, including Gen. Keith Alexander, the former National Security Agency director, are expected to testify.Thursday's hearing will last about two hours and will look at "the policies that we think Russia is implementing and to look...
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How Trump is tackling and drawing fire on women's issues
ABC News (WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump has repeatedly sparked outrage among women since he entered the political fray in the 2016 race.On one hand, he has garnered praise from some corners for promoting women to top positions within his company and to certain positions within his Cabinet, and can count women such as Kellyanne Conway, his former campaign manager, among his closest advisers.On the other, he has drawn fire for his comments over the years, including a tape that surfaced just before the election that showed him bragging about groping women, for which he later apologized.He also faced criticism...
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How the House, Senate Russia probes are headed down different paths
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) — It appears to be a tale of two Russian investigations.There is the probe in the House Intelligence Committee that has been publicly marred by controversy over the actions of the chairman, Devin Nunes, R-Calif., once a member of the Trump transition team, and his wrangling with Democratic counterpart, Adam Schiff, D-Calif.Then there is the Senate, where, by contrast Wednesday, the leaders of that body's Intelligence Committee presented a united front as they shared details of their ongoing inquiry into Russian interference, including possible collusion with a campaign, and vowed to "get to the bottom of this."The probes,...
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Dems: Red flags from Kushner sit-down with Russian banker
NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — New red flags about Jared Kushner’s business dealings have emerged with his recent disclosure of a December meeting he held with the chief of a Russian development bank, leading Democratic lawmakers tell ABC News."Mr. Kushner needs to come clean and be fully transparent with the public — immediately — about all of the businesses that he continues to profit from while he serves in the White House," Rep. Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, told ABC News.Kushner, 36, who is married to Ivanka Trump, played a central role in his father-in-law’s...
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FBI director Comey: 'We're not on anybody's side, ever'
Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) — FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday affirmed the independence of his agency, saying he didn't care whose "political ox is gored by our work."Speaking at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance Leadership dinner, Comey said if the FBI were ever to "start to think about who will be affected in what way by our decisions in a political sense, we're done."The crux of his speech was focused on the nature of law enforcement and intelligence, but Comey was invariably asked questions about his role in leading investigations into both Hillary Clinton's...
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Poisoned Russian activist delivers rebuke of Putin regime in Senate testimony
vchal/iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- A Russian opposition activist who has been hospitalized twice in the last year in alleged poisonings by the Putin regime testified on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, in a Senate hearing aimed at establishing counter-Russia funding.Vladimir Kara-Murza was active in working for a U.S. law passed in 2012 that bans visas and freezes assets of Russian officials involved in repression and corruption. He splits his time between Moscow and Washington as Vice Chairman for Open Russia, an organization that advocates democracy and human rights inside Russia.In his testimony before the Senate committee on Wednesday, Kara-Murza said the U.S....
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Gov. Terry McAuliffe on 2020: 'Go big or go home'
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Asked about the possibility of a presidential bid in 2020, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he isn’t ruling it out.“You know my personality, go big or go home,” McAuliffe told ABC’s Jonathan Karl and Rick Klein on the Powerhouse Politics podcast. “I’m not thinking about it, but I never take anything off the table.”Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has resurfaced from a period of post-election privacy, giving speeches at events in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. this week.But does that mean Clinton’s considering throwing her hat in the ring again in 2020? McAuliffe, who was Clinton’s campaign...
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State Department employee concealed 'extensive' contacts with Chinese intelligence agents, officials say
InterestingLight/iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- A State Department employee with Top Secret clearance allegedly made unreported contacts with Chinese intelligence officials and accepted thousands of dollars in "gifts and benefits," the Department of Justice said Wednesday.Candace Marie Claiborne, 60, was arrested Tuesday and charged with "obstructing an official proceeding and making false statements in connection with her alleged concealment and failure to report her improper connections to foreign contacts along with the tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and benefits they provided," according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips, of the District of Columbia.“Claiborne used her position and...
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Ivanka Trump taking formal role in administration amid ethics concerns
Pool/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump, announced today that she will take an official position in her father's administration, according to a statement.This comes as her unofficial role has grown in recent weeks, and she was granted security clearance and a West Wing office, drawing scrutiny from some.Ivanka Trump will be a special assistant to the president but will not take a salary, she said in a statement first reported by The New York Times.How first daughter Ivanka Trump's role at the White House has grown"I have heard the concerns some have with my advising...
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Everything you need to know about former acting Attorney General Sally Yates
Pete Marovich/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates was fired by President Donald Trump back in January after a career spanning more than 27 years with the Justice Department.Now it appears that she’s come back to haunt the Trump administration.Yates was expected to testify on March 28 at a House Intelligence Committee open hearing as part of its probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.Last week, committee Chair Devin Nunes, R-California, postponed the opening hearing, the same day Yates’ attorney advised the Trump administration that she would testify about internal discussions had about communications between Trump’s...
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