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FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. It was one year ago Thursday when Robert Mueller, the former FBI director, was appointed as special counsel to take over the Justice Department’s investigation into possible coordination between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
May 17, 2018 - 9:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul Manafort's former son-in-law says he has been so busy with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation that he's been unable to keep up with his other legal issues, according to a court filing and a lawyer involved in a civil lawsuit against him. The confirmation of...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and other lawmakers stop by an event on Capitol Hill during the debut a documentary film about Sen. John McCain, in Washington, Thursday, May 17, 2018. McCain, currently away from the Senate, was diagnosed in last July with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
May 17, 2018 - 8:51 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain ends a documentary about his life by sending the message that Washington is not giving the American people the government they deserve. The Arizona Republican also makes clear he is doing everything he can to fight the brain cancer that has stricken him. He says...
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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
May 17, 2018 - 8:08 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A West Wing aide's morbid remark about gravely ill Sen. John McCain has not yielded widespread White House soul searching. Instead it has produced a push to fire those responsible for leaking that story and others that have bedeviled President Donald Trump's administration. Nearly...
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In this image from video released by the Department of Defense, Niger military members arrive at the scene where the body of Army Sgt. La David T. Johnson, 25, of Miami Gardens, Fla., was recovered after an ambush that killed four U.S. service members in October 2017 in Niger. The dramatic new drone video, released May 17, 2018, of the ambush that killed four American soldiers shows U.S. forces desperately trying to escape, and fighting for their lives after friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy. (Department of Defense via AP
May 17, 2018 - 7:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dramatic new drone video of the Niger ambush that killed four American soldiers shows U.S. forces desperately trying to escape and fighting for their lives after friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy. It describes how the fleeing troops set up a quick defensive...
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May 17, 2018 - 7:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders have discussed scheduling House votes on two immigration bills, two GOP lawmakers said Thursday, a move they hope would resolve an internal battle over an issue that threatens to worsen party divisions as the election season heats up. Under the still-evolving...
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May 17, 2018 - 7:14 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is attempting to create a first-in-the-nation program to allow the wholesale importation of prescription drugs from Canada, but first the state needs approval from skeptical White House officials. Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill Wednesday that passed with...
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May 17, 2018 - 7:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has made 27 percent more deportation arrests during the first half of this fiscal year than were made during the same period last fiscal year, the latest piece of evidence that it is aggressively pursuing people who are living in the United States...
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In this Wednesday, May 16, 2018, photo, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner poses for a photo in her office in St. Louis. Attorneys for Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens twice threatened to "ruin" Gardner if she didn't back off investigations of the governor, Gardner said in an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, May 16, 2018. Gardner spoke two days after her office dismissed an invasion of privacy case stemming from Greitens' 2015 affair with his St. Louis hairdresser. She said a decision is expected by June 1 on whether to refile the felony charge. (AP Photo/Jim Salter)
May 17, 2018 - 5:41 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis prosecutor whose office now finds itself under investigation by police over its handling of a criminal case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens says his attorneys twice threatened to "ruin" her if she didn't back off investigations of the governor. St. Louis Circuit...
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President Donald Trump listens during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 17, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 17, 2018 - 5:41 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday cast doubt on the prospect of successful trade talks with China, saying the Asian economic powerhouse has become "very spoiled" because it usually gets its way with the U.S. Trump, in response to questions from reporters during a meeting with...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2018, file photo, CIA nominee Gina Haspel testifies during a confirmation hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The political schism in the Democratic Party is playing out in the vote for Haspel, as support from red-state senators facing re-election is bumping up against a more liberal flank eyeing potential 2020 presidential bids who reject of the nominee over the agency’s clouded history of torture. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
May 17, 2018 - 5:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Gina Haspel on Thursday as the first female director of the CIA following a difficult nomination process that reopened an emotional debate about brutal interrogation techniques in one of the darkest chapters in the spy agency's history. The 54-45 vote split...
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