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May 18, 2018

Trump nominates Robert Wilkie to head Veterans Affairs
The president had previously nominated White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson for the job, but he withdrew last month.

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May 18, 2018

Rapper Meek Mill backs out of White House talk on prison reform
Mill was released from prison about a month ago after being sentenced in November to two to four years for a probation violation — a decision criticized by his supporters as too severe.

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May 18, 2018

Debut of poignant McCain documentary 'For Whom the Bell Tolls'
The Arizona Republican says he loves life and wants to stick around forever but also believes "there is a great honor that you can die with."

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May 18, 2018

Bill Gates reveals Trump's confusion between HIV and HPV
The billionaire Microsoft founder also said it was "kind of scary how much he knew about my daughter's appearance."

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May 18, 2018

Immigration once again splits the GOP
First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

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May 18, 2018

First Read's Morning Clips: Senate 'absolutely' in play, McConnell says
A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day

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May 18, 2018

Trump: DOJ put a 'spy' in campaign to 'frame' him
Rudy Giuliani, one of the president's lawyers, says they have been told that the feds had an informant, but haven't verified the info.

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May 18, 2018

Trump seeks to placate Kim Jong Un over uncertain summit
The president said he was looking at a deal in which North Korea's leader would remain in power and "his country would be very rich."

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May 18, 2018

Bill Gates dishes about Trump meetings, says he was confused by HIV vs. HPV
The billionaire Microsoft founder also said it was "kind of scary how much he knew about my daughter's appearance."

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May 18, 2018

Amid signs of tension, Pence hits the road with top Trump aides
The vice president returns to Indiana with a display of unity amid suggestions of internal friction.

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May 18, 2018

Trump targets Planned Parenthood with new abortion rule
The new rule would force groups like Planned Parenthood to choose between federal funding and abortion under the same roof as their other services.

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May 17, 2018

Fallows: Country better than its government
After four years, 31 cities and about 100,000 miles in a small private plane, Deborah and James Fallows are back home.

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May 17, 2018

Gillbrand demands vote on sexual harassment bill
Making members financially responsible for settlements is sticking point on House-passed bill.

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May 17, 2018

Gillibrand demands vote on sexual harassment bill
Making members financially responsible for settlements is sticking point on House-passed bill.

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May 17, 2018

On its anniversary, Mueller's investigation isn't close to finished
A year into his investigation, the special counsel has alleged or confirmed serious criminal activity, and he's not close to done.

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May 17, 2018

On its first anniversary, Mueller's investigation isn't close to finished
A year into his investigation, the special counsel has alleged or confirmed serious criminal activity, and he's not close to done.

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May 17, 2018

Trump: 'Animals' was about the violent MS-13 gang
The president had come under fire for the remarks from Democrats who charged he was referring to all undocumented immigrants.

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May 17, 2018

Senate confirms Gina Haspel as CIA director
Haspel is the first woman to serve as director of the CIA, succeeding Mike Pompeo, who was recently confirmed as secretary of state.

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May 17, 2018

Stormy lawyer: Two more women may have deals with Trump
The women claim to have gotten even bigger payouts than the $130,000 Stormy Daniels received

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May 17, 2018

Trump has his sights set on West Virginia for the fall
In a Senate lunch, the president was focused on a state where he remains very popular.

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May 17, 2018

Trump draws rebuke for 'animal' remark at immigration talk
The president was joined at the White House meeting by mayors, sheriffs and other local leaders from California who oppose the state's immigration policies and who applauded his administration's hard-line efforts.

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May 17, 2018

Trump offers 'congratulations' to America on anniversary of Mueller probe
Thursday marked one year since Mueller was named special counsel in the investigation into Russian interference in the election and the Trump campaign's alleged ties to Moscow.

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May 17, 2018

One year in, Trump's greatest asset in the Mueller probe has been all the chaos
First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

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May 17, 2018

First Read's Morning Clips: Indiana air war
A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day

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May 17, 2018

Trump slams Mueller probe on one-year anniversary
Thursday marked one year since Mueller was appointed special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.

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May 17, 2018

E.U. chief: 'With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?'
Trump 'has made us realize that if you need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of your arm,' the former Polish prime minister said.

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May 16, 2018

Mueller doesn't plan to indict Trump because of DOJ rules, Giuliani says
"They (the special counsel's office) acknowledge the fact that they can't indict us," Giuliani told NBC News on Wednesday.

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May 16, 2018

Pruitt: I don't recall asking security detail to use sirens in traffic
Pruitt said he didn't recall asking his security detail to use lights and sirens to skip traffic. Democratic senators disclosed an email saying he did.

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May 16, 2018

What Trump's disclosure of his 500 LLCs can and can't tell us
What Trump's disclosure of his 500 LLCs can and can't tell us about his income and his businesses.

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May 16, 2018

Meet the winning progressive who just spoiled establishment Democrats' plans
Single-payer healthcare has long been a liberal pipedream, but no one really knows how it plays politically. Now, it will finally get an electoral test.

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May 16, 2018

Fired Tillerson slams 'growing crisis in ethics and integrity' in commencement address
The former secretary of state called on the graduates at the Virginian Military Institute to maintain a "fierce defense of the truth."

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May 16, 2018

Trump form discloses debt payment to Cohen, lawyer who paid Stormy Daniels
Last year, Trump did not disclose any debts to attorney Michael Cohen, who executed a payment of $130,000 to Clifford less than two weeks before the 2016 election.

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May 16, 2018

Voters on both sides say Trump shouldn't fire Mueller
Trump backers warn that firing Mueller would look "suspicious."

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May 16, 2018

De Blasio message to Dems: Find 'courage' to tax the rich
The New York City mayor talks to NBC News about where Democrats went wrong, offers ideas for getting back on track and how blue New York produced Donald Trump.

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May 16, 2018

Trump's CIA nominee wins Senate panel backing, confirmation expected
The confirmation vote by the full Senate could occur before the end of the week.

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May 16, 2018

Novartis general counsel resigns over deal with Trump lawyer
The Swiss pharmaceutical giant ultimately paid Michael Cohen, the president's personal lawyer, $1.2 million.

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May 16, 2018

An upset in Omaha and five key takeaways from Tuesday's primaries
First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

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May 16, 2018

Democrats try to balance governing agenda with resistance fervor
At CAP conference, talk of a broad agenda is outweighed by warnings about President Donald Trump.

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May 16, 2018

Trump backer wins GOP nod to take on Sen. Casey in Pennsylvania
Rep. Lou Barletta, a Trump supporter, won a chance to challenge Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in Pennsylvania, and Trump is expected to hit the campaign trail.

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May 15, 2018

Trump eliminates job of national cybersecurity coordinator
Top congressional Democrats immediately introduced a bill to restore the position of cyber czar.

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May 15, 2018

Rand Paul asks Haspel if the CIA spied on Trump in 2016
As the CIA nominee picked up key supporters, one critic demanded answers about political surveillance.

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May 15, 2018

Democrat Doug Jones offers his party a recipe for success beyond Alabama
The senator came out against Trump's nominee to be CIA Director, even as some of his red-state colleagues are supporting her.

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May 15, 2018

Judge rejects Manafort claim that Mueller overreaching in probe
Trump's former campaign manager tried to claim that that the special counsel had a "a blank check to be filled in after the fact."

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May 15, 2018

Trump gets a pass from Senate Republicans
A growing number of GOP senators have said the White House staffer who joked about Sen. John McCain dying should apologize — but not to the president when he visited the Hill Tuesday.

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May 15, 2018

Nation's most restrictive abortion law is challenged in Iowa
The state's attorney general said he would not defend the law, which was slated to take effect July 1.

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May 15, 2018

CIA director-nominee Gina Haspel now says torture was a mistake
The nominee to lead the CIA had previously declined to condemn the agency's enhanced interrogation program.

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May 15, 2018

Top U.S. official says China's ZTE cellphones could be used for spying
President Trump wants to help the Chinese firm, but a top intel official told the Senate that ZTE cellphones may be used by the Chinese government to spy.

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May 15, 2018

Sanctuary cities could get boost from Supreme Court's sports betting ruling
There is a direct link between the ruling in the sports betting case and the administration's effort to punish local governments that resist Trump's immigration enforcement policies, experts say.

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May 15, 2018

Five midterm primaries to watch Tuesday night
There are three primaries Tuesday night with implications for the control of Congress.

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May 15, 2018

In Florida Senate race, Dems face down a daunting price tag
First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

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May 15, 2018

First Read's Morning Clips: Primary night
A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day.

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May 15, 2018

Trump-voting crab town left shell-shocked by his visa changes
New restrictions on a program that allowed seasonal foreign workers to enter the U.S. are devastating Hoopers Island, Maryland.

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May 15, 2018

Prosecutors drop sex-related charge against Missouri governor
The prosecutor's surprise move, announced after the third day of jury selection.

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May 15, 2018

Trump's visa changes are clawing a famous crab town. And they voted for him.
New restrictions on a program that allowed seasonal foreign workers to enter the U.S. are devastating Hoopers Island, Maryland.

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May 15, 2018

Scores dead, 2,700 hurt in Gaza as U.S. moves embassy
Israeli forces have killed more than 100 demonstrators and wounded around 12,300 more since protests began on March 30, Gaza's Health Ministry says.

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May 14, 2018

Disgraced former GOP congressman lands lucrative lobbying gig
The former U.S. representative hasn't yet kept his promise to repay the $84,000 in taxpayer funds he used to settle a sexual harassment claim in 2014.

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May 14, 2018

As states race to launch sports betting, calls grow for Congress to protect games' integrity
Some sports leagues want lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to step in and set uniform rules to prevent lax enforcement and ineffective regulation.

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May 14, 2018

Scores dead, 1,960 hurt in Gaza as U.S. moves embassy
Israel forces have killed at least 90 demonstrators and wounded 11,500 more since protests began on March 30, Gaza's Health Ministry says.

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May 14, 2018

Former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid treated for pancreatic cancer
"His surgeons are confident that the surgery was a success and that the prognosis for his recovery is good," Reid's family said in a statement.

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May 14, 2018

White House backs Kushner, blames Hamas for Palestinian deaths
The comments came as more than 50 Palestinians were killed in Monday in border clashes between protesters and the Israeli military.

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May 14, 2018

Melania Trump hospitalized after undergoing procedure for 'benign kidney condition'
"The procedure was successful and there were no complications," the White House said.

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May 14, 2018

Why is Trump fighting to save telecom jobs — in China?
Trump's odd reversal about Americans losing jobs at China's expense is likely a negotiating ploy ahead of important trade talks this week, experts say.

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May 14, 2018

Former Trump aide Lewandowski to join Pence's PAC
The president asked his former campaign manager to sign up with the vice president's team as the midterm elections heat up, according to a Republican source.

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May 14, 2018

Fringe liberal ideas move to front-burner for Democrats
From legal pot to guaranteed jobs, progressive ideas are drawing more attention from Democratic lawmakers — especially potential 2020 contenders.

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May 14, 2018

Pastor who blessed Jerusalem embassy is 'religious bigot,' Romney says
The pastor denied the former GOP presidential candidate's claim he was a bigot, but added that he believed Mormonism was "wrong."

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May 14, 2018

Jerusalem embassy opened by 'religious bigot,' Romney says
The pastor denied the former GOP presidential candidate's claim he was a bigot, but added that he believed Mormonism was "wrong."

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May 14, 2018

Supreme Court allows sports betting across the country
The court struck down a federal law that required states to ban gambling on the outcome of sporting events.

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May 14, 2018

U.S. tells Israel 'you are not alone' as Jerusalem embassy opens
Moving the diplomatic outpost breaks with decades of Washington policy and distances the U.S. from its allies, who have kept their embassies in Tel Aviv.

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May 14, 2018

Will 2018 be the fourth-straight "change" midterm election?
First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

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May 14, 2018

First Read's Morning Clips: California (GOP) dreamin'
A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day

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May 14, 2018

U.S. tells Israel 'you are not alone' as Jerusalem embassy set to open
Moving the diplomatic outpost breaks with decades of Washington policy and distances the U.S. from its allies, who have kept their embassies in Tel Aviv.

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May 14, 2018

Rise of the left: 5 ideas gaining Dem support
From legal pot to guaranteed jobs, progressive ideas are drawing more attention from Democratic lawmakers — especially potential 2020 contenders.

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May 14, 2018

Jerusalem embassy to be opened by 'religious bigot,' Romney says
The pastor denied the former GOP presidential candidate's claim he was a bigot, but added that he believed Mormonism was "wrong."

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May 13, 2018

Talk of tax cut repeal raises GOP hopes to revive the issue
Some Democrats are calling for partial rollback of a tax cut law that hasn't stirred voters so far.

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May 13, 2018

Trump tells Commerce Department to help Chinese company ZTE
At issue is that department's move last month to block telecom giant ZTE Corp. from importing American components for seven years.

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May 13, 2018

North Carolina voters dump Democratic sheriff who backed ICE deportation program
The winner, an ex-homicide detective who once hosted a true-crime series based on his career, will end Charlotte's participation in Trump's effort to go after undocumented immigrants.

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May 13, 2018

Trump thanks North Korea for saying it will dismantle nuclear test site
"Thank you, a very smart and gracious gesture!" President Donald Trump wrote in a tweet Saturday evening.

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May 12, 2018

Trump thanks North Korea for saying it will dismantle nuclear
"Thank you, a very smart and gracious gesture!" President Donald Trump wrote in a tweet Saturday evening.

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May 12, 2018

Giuliani says Trump did not intervene to nix AT&T-Time Warner merger
Giuliani told NBC News that the president was out of the loop on Cohen's consulting deal with AT&T.

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May 12, 2018

Oklahoma governor angers gun and gay rights groups same day
Oklahoma's governor vetoed a bill to allow adults to carry guns without a permit and allowed religious groups to exclude same sex couples from adoptions.

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May 12, 2018

Giuliani suggests Trump intervened to nix AT&T-Time Warner merger
"The president denied the merger," Rudy Giuliani told HuffPo. "They didn't get the result they wanted."

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May 12, 2018

Lab dog to lap dog: Research animals get new lease on life
Eight states have passed laws requiring research institutions to offer healthy dogs and cats up for adoption, rather than killing them.

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May 11, 2018

Dems, rights advocates are about to lose the battle over torture
Gina Haspel seems likely to be confirmed as CIA director without apologizing for the torture of terror suspects during the Bush administration.

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May 11, 2018

Trump pleases insurers, angers Democrats with drug-pricing plan
The new strategy for lowering consumer drug costs targets pharmaceutical companies, but doesn't let Medicare negotiate.

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May 11, 2018

Lawmaker anger builds after White House aide mocks 'dying' McCain
"He's dying anyway," Kelly Sadler reportedly said after learning that McCain planned to oppose Trump's CIA director nominee.

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May 11, 2018

AT&T and Novartis paid Michael Cohen. Why it's not considered a bribe — yet
It sounds like influence peddling. It sounds like rogue lobbying. It's not clearly a federal crime.

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May 11, 2018

AT&T CEO says hiring Michael Cohen was 'a big mistake'
Trump's lawyer was paid $600,000 to provide the telecom giant with insight into the president's thinking.

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May 11, 2018

Here are five spring primaries that could hurt Dems' chances to win back the House
First Read is your briefing from "Meet the Press" and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.

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May 11, 2018

FIrst Read's Morning Clips: Trump targets 'Sleeping Joe' in Indiana
A roundup of the most important political news stories of the day.

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May 11, 2018

Lawmakers weigh Plan B to protect Mueller's work
Some on Capitol Hill are looking to make sure the special counsel's work lives on no matter what happens to the investigators.

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May 10, 2018

White House aide mocks McCain's cancer: 'He's dying anyway'
The White House declined to deny the remarks made by communications aide Kelly Sadler.

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May 10, 2018

Trump says he's aiming for new Iran deal that is 'better for them'
"I hope to be able to make a deal with them, a good deal, a fair deal — a good deal for them, better for them," Trump said at an Indiana campaign rally.

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May 10, 2018

Giuliani leaves law firm to focus on representing Trump
Giuliani said he thought joining team Trump would be "part-time and quick," but realized that "you can't just jump in and jump out."

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May 10, 2018

William Cohen talks Russia and Asteroids
In his new book, Final Strike, Former Defense Secretary William Cohen writes about what would happen if an asteroid threatened mankind.

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May 10, 2018

Pence says it's time for Mueller to "wrap it up"
The vice president made the comments in an interview with NBC News' Andrea Mitchell.

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May 10, 2018

Data shows big gap in asylum approval rates between U.S. immigration courts
Some observers wonder if political beliefs are influencing the decisions of immigration court judges.

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May 10, 2018

Candidates can use campaign cash for child care, FEC rules
It's a victory for Liuba Grechen Shirley, who was a full-time caregiver to her two young children before running for office.

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May 10, 2018

As GOP effort to force immigration votes gains support, Paul Ryan pushes back
The speaker said Thursday he was looking to prevent a 'spectacle' on the House floor

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May 10, 2018

Trump says he will hold summit with North Korea in Singapore next month
The president, who made the announcement in a tweet, said he hopes it will be a "special moment" for world peace.

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May 10, 2018

Trump says he will hold North Korea summit in Singapore next month
The president, who made the announcement in a tweet, said he hopes it will be a "special moment" for world peace.

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