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US military troops to be allowed to defend border patrol agents: Official

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The White House is set to announce on Tuesday that active duty troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border will be granted new authorities that allow them to protect Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel from a threat, according to a U.S. official. Currently, the 5,900 troops on the southern border can act in self-defense, but do not have …

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Mueller maintains that Trump’s controversial DOJ pick ‘has no effect’ on the special counsel’s authority

Steve Pope/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — As speculation swirls over whether Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker might try to rein in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Mueller’s team argued to a federal appeals court Monday that Whitaker’s appointment “has no effect” on the special counsel’s authority and that Mueller continues to have “the full power and independent authority to exercise all investigative …

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Two turkeys vying for presidential pardon strut their stuff

ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — The midterms elections may have ended earlier this month but another election season is in full flight between the two turkeys vying to become this year’s official National Thanksgiving Turkey. This year’s candidates: Peas and Carrots. One of the two turkeys will be selected via an online White House poll to become this year’s National Thanksgiving Turkey. The …

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White House drops efforts to suspend press pass for CNN’s Jim Acosta; outlines rules to reporters

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The Trump White House in a letter says it is dropping its effort to suspend the press pass belonging to CNN’s chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta but has outlined a set of rules that, if they aren’t followed, “may result in suspension or revocation” of a journalist’s press pass. “Your hard pass is restored,” White House press …

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Trump continues squabble with commander of raid that killed Bin Laden

Robert Daemmrich Photography Inc/Corbis via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump continues to squabble with retired Adm. William McRaven, the commander of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, now falsely claiming credit in a tweet for pointing out the terrorist’s name in a book he authored before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Here’s how the back-and-forth is unfolding. Trump’s Bin …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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