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EPA chief recorded a single, one-hour meeting on day 1 of Morocco trip
Jason Andrew/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The Environmental Protection Agency has released new details about Administrator Scott Pruitt's schedule in Morocco last year that show he was scheduled for only one meeting on the first day of the costly trip. The new details about Pruitt’s schedule came in an updated response to a records request from ABC News and other news organizations on the Morocco trip, which generated controversy both about his spending habits and his justification for being there. Earlier this month, the EPA released the six-page schedule from Pruitt's 47-hour North Africa trip with four pages blacked out. On...
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'The next generation is us': Chicago teen hopes to change community, gun policy through voting
Ethan Miller/Getty Images (CHICAGO) -- Arieyanna Williams remembers being 9 years old and staring at the two bloody handprints on a wall near the front door of her aunt’s home in Chicago. She pressed one of her small palms against the blood-stained concrete wall as a final goodbye to her father. The night before, Williams was watching classic television shows with her mother while her four younger sisters were sound asleep. She was drifting to sleep when her mother received that frantic phone call from her aunt that forever changed all of their lives. Her aunt told them the bad...
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DNC files federal lawsuit against Russia, Trump campaign and associates
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The Democratic National Committee named the Russian government, the Trump campaign, Trump family members, WikiLeaks and others Friday in a sweeping lawsuit making a detailed case for collusion between the Russians and Trump campaign operatives.“No one is above the law and the perpetrators of this attack must be held accountable,” Tom Perez, the DNC chairman said in a statement. “They successfully hacked the Democratic Party in 2016 and they will be back. We must prevent future attacks on our democracy, and that’s exactly what we’re doing today. This is not partisan, it’s patriotic.”The DNC alleges a...
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Missouri Gov. Greitens charged with second felony
Cristina M. Fletes/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/TNS via Getty Images (ST. LOUIS) -- Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has been charged with felony computer tampering related to his alleged use of a donor list from his veterans’ charity for his 2016 gubernatorial campaign, according to the state's attorney general.It’s the second felony charge the Missouri Republican is facing. Greitens also faces a felony charge related to accusations from his former mistress who alleges he bound her hands with tape, put a blindfold on her, took a partially nude photo of her and then threated to release the photo if she mentioned his name,...
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Coons announces opposition to Pompeo, cuts off path to favorable committee vote
Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Chris Coons, a Delaware Democrat, announced Friday that he will not vote to support the nomination of Mike Pompeo to be secretary of state, officially closing the door on Pompeo’s chances of being favorably recommended out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ahead of a full Senate floor vote.Coons, the last Democrat on the panel to announce his position, said in a statement that he was encouraged by Pompeo's commitment to the diplomatic corps that he laid out in his confirmation hearing but concluded that the current CIA director and...
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Strong fundraising numbers boost Senate Democrats in battle to control upper chamber
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Most Democratic Senate candidates brought in strong fundraising hauls for the first quarter of 2018, the latest reports show, a positive sign for a party defending multiple seats and leaving some Republicans playing catch up in the race for campaign cash.Democrats are defending more seats on the map in November than the GOP in their uphill battle to win control of the Senate. They need a treasure trove of dollars to defend their seats plus pick up the two they need to control the upper chamber.Adding to the financial pressures are the number of seats the...
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DHS confirms agreement with California on Guard troops despite Trump objections
iStock/Thinkstock (LOS ANGELES) -- The Trump administration and California have reached an agreement that the state's National Guard will deploy only in support of the U.S. Border Patrol, according to a Homeland Security official, despite President Donald Trump complaining that the troops will "do nothing" and the federal government won't pay.California National Guard troops will support the Border Patrol with radio communications, motor transport operations, training administration operations, paralegal administration, planning, intelligence analysis, and surveillance camera operations and will not be involved in law enforcement, according to DHS, as is similar for all the state Guard troops being deployed.This specific...
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Read Former FBI Director James Comey's memos
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- The Justice Department on Thursday turned over to Congress declassified copies of former FBI director James Comey's memos - his contemporaneous notes about his conversations and encounters with President Donald Trump before he was fired last year.The 15-page disclosure includes Comey's account of the briefing he gave Trump at Trump Tower about some of the allegations about his contacts with Russia, as well as his later meetings with Trump at the White House, during one in which Comey said that the president asked him for his loyalty and in another in which Comey says Trump told...
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Rosenstein told Trump he's not a target of investigation of his personal lawyer: Sources
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Donald Trump a week ago that he is not a target of the investigation of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, two sources close to Trump told ABC News. Rosenstein on his own brought up the probe of Cohen to the president during that meeting, sources said. The Department of Justice declined to comment on the matter. The president has repeatedly threatened both publicly and privately to fire Rosenstein, as he has also done with both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading...
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In memos, Comey describes Trump's reactions to dossier, concerns over Flynn
Drew Angerer/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- In newly released copies of memos written by James Comey, the former FBI Director describes what he says were Donald Trump's strenuous and repeated objections to claims that prostitutes visited his Moscow hotel room in 2013 as well as the president's "serious reservations" about his embattled National Security Adviser. "There were no prostitutes; there were never prostitutes," Comey recalled Trump saying in one of the memos. ABC News obtained copies of the memos, which are partially redacted, on Thursday after the Justice Department turned over 15 pages of declassified material to Congress. Top House Republicans...
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Appeals court rules against Trump administration sanctuary city policy
Win McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- A federal appeals court upheld a nationwide injunction that blocked the Trump administration from linking a federal grant program to cooperation with immigration enforcement Thursday.The program, known as the Byrne JAG grant, is the “primary provider” of federal criminal justice funding to state and local governments, according to the court. Attorney General Jeff Sessions had tied the funds to grant recipient’s compliance with three conditions."From now on, the department will only provide Byrne JAG grants to cities and states that comply with federal law, allow federal immigration access to detention facilities and provide 48 hours...
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Pompeo faces unprecedented Senate opposition for top US diplomat spot
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump's pick for secretary of state, CIA director Mike Pompeo, is facing stiff opposition to his becoming the nation's top diplomat - and it may be unprecedented.The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to vote on Pompeo’s nomination on Monday and right now it's not clear if he has the votes to receive a positive recommendation.If the Senate panel rejects Pompeo’s nomination – and it’s looking increasingly likely that it will – it would be a first.Never before in at least a century has a secretary of state nominee received an unfavorable recommendation...
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