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A ‘Cinderella story’: How this year’s White House Christmas tree came to Washington
JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- This year's White House Christmas tree, a 19 1/2-foot-tall Fraser fir, was plucked from the North Carolina mountains, but was nearly abandoned before being chosen.Before it was presented Monday in Washington, D.C. the tree hailed from Larry Smith's tree farm in the mountains of Newland, N.C.The tree nearly had a different fate, according to Smith.“I’d basically abandoned it,” Smith told the Charlotte Observer.However, he told the newspaper that two White House officials who chose the tree loved the “natural look” of the fir that had not been trimmed in a few years.“It’s like a Cinderella...
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After a 181-year ban, House Dems aim to allow religious headwear on the floor
Mark Wilson/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Ilhan Omar, one of the first two Muslim women newly-elected to Congress, is helping spearhead an effort to allow religious headwear, such as hijabs or kippahs, on the House floor.The proposal would reverse a 181-year ban on headwear of any type in the House.Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, said on Twitter that wearing a religious headscarf is her First Amendment right.Omar, could be one of the first federal representatives to wear religious headwear in Congress. She’s joined by Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib as one of the first two Muslim women representing their districts on Capitol Hill.The rule...
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White House goes after Jim Acosta's press pass again as CNN seeks hearing
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta is once again under fire from the White House over his press pass, which was revoked earlier this month and temporarily restored by a court order Friday.As it stands, Acosta is guaranteed use of his press pass to the White House through the end of the month. But the White House wasted no time informing Acosta of a “preliminary decision” to suspend his pass after that period is up. Lawyers for CNN responded Monday by filing for an emergency hearing the week after Thanksgiving, “or as soon thereafter as possible.”The...
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After messy Florida recount, Broward election official Brenda Snipes resigns
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Florida's most embattled election official is resigning, effective January.After drawing more criticism than anyone in the state during the -- at times -- messy recount that unfolded in Florida following Election Day, Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes has submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Rick Scott."Although I have enjoyed this work tremendously over these many election cycles, both large and small, I am ready to pass the torch," Snipes wrote to Scott. She asked for her resignation to be effective Jan. 4, 2019.Snipes had previously hinted she might step down after 2018's vote...
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Meghan McCain pens powerful note on 'sharp and primal' pain 3 months after losing father
Heidi Gutman/ABC via Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The View host Meghan McCain has penned a powerful note about her father John McCain almost three months after losing him to cancer.McCain, 34, shared an inside look into the strong bond and special relationship the father-daughter duo shared for years before his death earlier this year.Alongside a picture of McCain cooking breakfast, Meghan wrote on Instagram, "84 days without you. You used to get up early in the morning and go get us all Starbucks in town in the Cottonwood Safeway and then come home and make eggs and bacon. You...
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Kansas governor demands county commissioner resign over 'master race' comment to black consultant
Leavenworth County Board of County Commissioners (NEW YORK) -- The governor of Kansas is demanding the resignation of a white county commissioner who claimed he was "part of the master race" when talking to an African-American consultant during a public meeting last week. Gov. Jeff Colyer is asking Louis Klemp, chairman of the Leavenworth County Board of Commissioners, to step down following his "inappropriate remarks" made during a public meeting on Nov. 13. "Racial and discriminative language have no place in our society, and most especially when spoken by someone holding a public office," Colyer said in a statement. "The...
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Once Republican bastions, Democrats see gains in traditionally conservative districts
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- From Orange County, California, to rural Maine, to the congressional district that's home to one of President Donald Trump's golf courses, the Democratic majority that will preside over the 116th Congress will claim members from areas of the country once thought of as impenetrable bastions of conservatism and Republican dominance. While the laborious task of counting mail-in ballots delayed projections in many key California races, what once was a possibility has now become a reality for the GOP: they will have zero congressional representation in Orange County, once described by President Ronald Reagan as the...
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Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general 'unconstitutional': Top House intel Democrat
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said President Donald Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general was unconstitutional because the attorney general is a “principal officer” and those positions require Senate confirmation under the Constitution. “I think the appointment is unconstitutional,” Rep. Adam Schiff of California told “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz in an interview Sunday morning. “He is clearly a principal officer and the fact that he is a temporary principal officer doesn't mean that that is any less subject to Senate confirmation.” “Will Democrats still challenge that appointment and...
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After long recount, Gov. Rick Scott wins Florida Senate race
Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Nearly two weeks after Election Day, Republican Gov. Rick Scott has won Florida's Senate race. Sitting Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson conceded to Scott Sunday afternoon, recording a YouTube video in which he acknowledged defeat. Nelson called Scott to concede, the latter said in a statement. President Trump congratulated Scott in a tweet, writing: "From day one Rick Scott never wavered. He was a great Governor and will be even a greater Senator in representing the People of Florida." It marks the end of a long and at-times messy vote recount that drew national attention...
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Trump 'needs to listen to the experts because clearly he isn't one of them:' California Rep. on wildfires
Paul Kitagaki Jr.-Pool/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- A top Democrat from California said President Donald Trump “needs to listen to the experts” when it comes to the wildfires ravaging the state because there is no simple solution. While in California Saturday, Trump suggested the United States address forest management in a way similar to Finland, which the president claimed spends “a lot of time on raking and cleaning” the forests. He added that “they don't have any problem.” “It doesn't make much sense to me,” Rep. Adam Schiff said on “This Week” Sunday, in response to a question from co-anchor Martha...
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Hard to imagine Saudi crown prince not behind Khashoggi killing: Bipartisan members of Congress
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- While President Donald Trump said Saturday it’s “too early” to determine if Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was responsible for ordering the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, two members of the intelligence committees in both houses of Congress said it is difficult to avoid coming to that conclusion. On “This Week” Sunday, incoming House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff told co-anchor Martha Raddatz it would be unlikely such a killing would occur without the Saudi crown prince’s knowledge. “Given what we know of how the Saudi government operates and the crown...
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‘We’re a better representation’ of the country: 5 newly-elected Democratic women on their agendas, diversity and Nancy Pelosi
Win McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- On the heels of an election in which a record number of women were elected to the House of Representatives, “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz sat down with five representatives-elect who were part of the blue wave. Reps.-elect Chrissy Houlahan of Pennsylvania, Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, Deb Haaland of New Mexico, Lauren Underwood of Illinois and Donna Shalala of Florida spoke to Raddatz about their priorities, the importance of women in Congress and the upcoming House leadership elections. The conversation, which took place Nov. 16 between orientation sessions on Capitol Hill, began with the significance...
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