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Confusion as Trump and outgoing director pick leaders for consumer agency

President Donald Trump named an interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shortly after the outgoing director appointed his own successor, signaling a potential showdown over who's in charge of the federal... More>>

Trump tweets he 'took a pass' at being named TIME's person of the year

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he turned down a potential offer to be TIME Magazine's coveted "Person of the Year" after, Trump says, the magazine told him he would "probably" be given the honors. More>>

Pentagon reports increase in misconduct complaints against senior officials

Just as the political, entertainment and media worlds have been shaken by allegations of sexual misconduct, the Defense Department's watchdog has named "ensuring ethical conduct" one of the top 10 "management and... More>>

Turkish FM: Trump agreed to stop arming Kurdish militia

President Donald Trump told the Turkish President that he will stop arming a Kurdish militia the Turkish government considers a terrorist organization, Turkey's foreign minister announced Friday. More>>

Tillerson's senior team planning to skip Ivanka Trump's India trip

Days ahead of what should be a major moment for Ivanka Trump on the world stage, CNN has learned Secretary of State Rex Tillerson isn't sending a high-level delegation to support her amid reports of tensions between... More>>

McClatchy report details alleged Manafort flights to Russia, Ukraine

New flight records show that Paul Manafort traveled to Russia and Ukraine more extensively than previously known, McClatchy news reported Thursday. More>>

US pilots alerted to unsafe Russian flying in Syria

US military aircraft flying over Syria in the last few weeks have been subjected to unsafe flying practices by Russian aircraft on several occasions, according to a senior defense official. More>>

Trump to head to the Hill next week

President Donald Trump will return to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with Senate Republicans ahead of their expected vote on tax reform next week. More>>

As ISIS retreats, US is set to reveal troop numbers in Syria

The US currently has approximately 2,000 troops in Syria on an ongoing basis, mainly special operations forces, according to several defense officials. More>>

Rep. Kathleen Rice: Ethics committee's accountability 'not real'

Rep. Kathleen Rice said that the congressional ethics committees being proposed as a way to investigate serial sexual assault offenders on Capitol Hill are "not real" and "not accountable." More>>

Why some victims of sexual harassment can't speak out

As more and more women come forward with sexual harassment allegations in the workplace, others are remaining silent -- not because they don't want to share their powerful stories, but simply because, legally, they can't. More>>

The 13 most bizarre lines in Donald Trump's Thanksgiving speech

President Donald Trump stopped by a local Coast Guard station in Florida on Thursday to celebrate Thanksgiving. While there, he gave a speech extolling the virtues of the Coast Guard "brand" and talking about how... More>>

Trump's Friday: Foreign calls, golf with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson

While much of America is in a post-Thanksgiving daze or rushing out for holiday shopping deals, the President will be spending this Black Friday on phone calls with foreign leaders and golfing with celebrities. More>>

Is Meek Mill a poster boy for mass incarceration? What the outrage is all about

Meek Mill's supporters have slammed his two-to-four-year prison sentence as excessive, but others have argued that Mill -- a celebrity who has violated the terms of his probation several times -- knew what he was getting... More>>

Al Franken apologizes for making 'some women feel badly' amid groping allegations

Sen. Al Franken released a statement Thursday addressing recent allegations of sexual harassment. More>>

Can the world's mightiest naval fleet survive the perfect storm?

It was a once-in-a-decade display of American firepower. More>>

Navy ends its search for 3 missing sailors in the Philippine Sea

The US Navy stopped the search and rescue mission to find three sailors who went missing after their plane crashed into the Philippine Sea on Wednesday, a statement said. More>>

Flynn's lawyers no longer sharing information with Trump's legal team

Michael Flynn's lawyers have told other defense lawyers in the ongoing Russia probe, including President Donald Trump's legal team, that they're no longer able to share information, a source familiar with the matter told CNN. More>>

GOP pollster's advice to Republicans in 2018: 'Be aggressive'

One Republican pollster has figured out the only way his party can win next fall: Destroy every Democratic candidate in sight. More>>

Trump's Mar-a-Lago Thanksgiving

President Donald Trump arrived in Florida Tuesday to celebrate his first Thanksgiving while in office, but he will spend it a little differently than past presidents -- at his Mar-a-Lago residence surrounded by family and... More>>

Trump touts his leadership during Thanksgiving teleconference with troops

Speaking to five branches of the military serving overseas via satellite from Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump highlighted how the US military is "really winning" since he took office. More>>

Thousands of names purged from FBI background check system for gun buying

Tens of thousands of names were removed from the national criminal background check database this year after the FBI narrowed its interpretation of who is a "fugitive from justice," according to an administration official. More>>

US troops overseas celebrate Thanksgiving with 98,820 pounds of turkey

US troops serving overseas during the holiday still have much to be thankful for, including nearly 100,000 pounds of turkey. More>>

Former ethics director: Kellyanne Conway violated Hatch Act with Roy Moore comments

A former director of the US Office of Government Ethics says he filed an official complaint against White House counselor Kellyanne Conway for what he argues was a violation of the Hatch Act after she attacked GOP Alabama... More>>

Explicit Barton image raises possibility of 'revenge porn'

After a sexually explicit photo of Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton surfaced this week on an anonymous Twitter account, the congressman -- one of the most senior members of the House of Representatives -- is raising the... More>>

Navy aircraft crash leaves 3 missing in Philippine Sea

A US Navy plane crashed into the ocean southeast of Okinawa Wednesday afternoon, leaving three people missing in the latest of a string of troubling incidents facing the Navy in waters off East Asia this year. More>>

Ex-staffer: Conyers 'harassed' and 'verbally abused' me repeatedly

Former Capitol Hill staffer Melanie Sloan on Wednesday detailed her experiences working in the 1990s for Rep. John Conyers, whom she said had harassed and "verbally abused" her repeatedly. More>>

Roy Moore's communications director resigns

The communications director for controversial Senate candidate Roy Moore has resigned from his position on the campaign, senior campaign adviser Brett Doster tells CNN. More>>

Clyburn on Conyers allegations: 'For all I know, all of this could be made up'

One of Rep. John Conyers' most senior colleagues initially reacted to the allegations about the Michigan Democrat on Tuesday by saying they might be fabricated. More>>

Lawyer: Conyers won't resign House seat, did not harass women

An attorney for embattled Rep. John Conyers told CNN on Wednesday that the Michigan Democrat will not resign as he faces an investigation by the House Ethics Committee over allegations that he sexually harassed and... More>>

Meet the judge who'll oversee DOJ's antitrust case against AT&T-Time Warner

A federal judge who was critical of the Comcast-NBC Universal merger before signing off on the media megadeal in 2011 will oversee the Justice Department's lawsuit to block AT&T's similar takeover of Time Warner. More>>

Democratic lawmaker: Conyers should resign after 'credible' and 'repulsive' allegations

New York Democratic Rep. Kathleen Rice is calling on embattled Rep. John Conyers to resign from Congress after the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into allegations that the Michigan Democrat had sexually... More>>

Sessions directs feds to find ways to beef up background check system

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered a comprehensive review of the national database that houses background checks. More>>

Likely Census Bureau pick questioned over writings on competitive elections

The likely pick to fill the role of deputy director at the Census Bureau has no government experience and authored a book that argues that competition in district races is bad for the country, Politico has reported. More>>

Roy Moore is using Trump's playbook -- and Trump is helping him out

Roy Moore is threatening to sue his accusers. Roy Moore is threatening to sue the news outlets reporting on their allegations. Roy Moore says he doesn't care what the Republican establishment wants him to do. More>>

Texas Rep. apologizes for not having 'better judgment' after anonymous tweet of graphic image

Texas Republican Rep. Joe Barton on Wednesday apologized for not using "better judgment" while separated from his wife and in consensual relationships with women. More>>

White House disputes senator's claim of faked bad connection to get Trump off the phone

A senator's claim that the White House's chief economic adviser faked a bad connection to get President Donald Trump off the phone during a long call drew immediate pushback Wednesday from the White House and multiple... More>>

Judge schedules hearing for American accused of fighting for ISIS

A federal judge in Washington has scheduled a hearing for next week on the case of a US citizen detained in Iraq for allegedly fighting on behalf of ISIS in Syria. More>>

Tillerson: Myanmar clearly 'ethnic cleansing' the Rohingya

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has shifted his stance on the Myanmar government's actions against the Rohingya Muslim minority in the country, labeling its actions "ethnic cleansing" in a statement Wednesday. More>>

Sebelius: The Clinton White House doubled down on 'abusive behavior' and it's fair to criticize Hillary Clinton

As a wave of stories unfold about sexual harassment and assault by men in power, a senior Democratic leader says her party should reflect on how it handled such charges when they were leveled against former President Bill... More>>

National Park Service doesn't object to sale of Trump wine at park

Bottles from Trump Winery have been on sale at a gift shop in Shenandoah National Park, located about two hours from Washington, D.C. More>>

Plane crash latest in spate of US Navy accidents in Asia since January

A US Navy plane crashed into the ocean southeast of Okinawa on Wednesday afternoon, marking at least the sixth apparent accident involving a Navy asset in East Asian waters this year. More>>

Donald Trump's LaVar Ball tweets cross a line - even for him

Before 6 a.m. ET, Donald Trump had already sent two tweets about the self-proclaimed "big baller" LaVar Ball. More>>

Congressional Black Caucus member: Conyers should step down as top Dem on House panel

Rep. Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Wednesday that his colleague Rep. John Conyers of Michigan should leave his post as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary... More>>

The mystery over the attack on Rand Paul deepens

It's been 19 days since Rand Paul was attacked by a neighbor while mowing his lawn. And on Wednesday, the story got even stranger as the wife of the Kentucky Republican Senator wrote a piece for CNN detailing the extent of... More>>

Why getting rid of John Conyers won't be easy

Michigan Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat, continues to battle allegations of sexual harassment, accusations first made public in reporting by Buzzfeed on Monday. On Tuesday night, the Detroit Free Press editorial board... More>>

National historic site in Puerto Rico reopens after hurricane

By next week, two important areas of a national historic site in San Juan, Puerto Rico, damaged by Hurricane Maria will be open to visitors and back to normal operations. More>>

GOP congressman won't support Roy Moore

Republican representative Leonard Lance during a Wednesday morning appearance on CNN's "New Day" supported the women who have come forward with allegations against Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. More>>

Trump calls LaVar Ball an 'ungrateful fool'

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to continue to rail against LaVar Ball, the father of a UCLA basketball player who was detained for shoplifting in China. More>>

Trump chooses his own version of reality to back Moore

When reality boxes in President Donald Trump, he simply chooses his own alternative, convenient truth. More>>

If you think politics makes Thanksgiving dinner unbearable, you're correct

There was no shortage of guides and explainers to save Thanksgiving dinner from bitter partisan rancor following President Donald Trump's win over Hillary Clinton last November. More>>

Woman filed, then dropped, lawsuit against Conyers for harassment in 2017

Another former staffer alleged that Michigan Democratic Rep. John Conyers sexually harassed her, according to court documents filed in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in March 2017 and... More>>

Report: Military personnel reassigned following Trump's Asia trip

Allegations that multiple US service members had "improper contact" with foreign women while on the President's Asia tour have spurred an investigation and led to their reassignment, The Washington Post reports,... More>>

Sen. Murkowski supports Obamacare repeal mandate

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said Tuesday she supports the repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate. More>>

Trump administration asks SCOTUS to allow all of travel ban to go into effect pending appeal

Lawyers for the Trump administration are asking the Supreme Court to allow the latest version of the President's controversial travel ban to go fully into effect pending appeal. More>>

Documents show involvement of Zinke's wife on official trip

A batch of documents reveal frustration among staffers at the Department of Interior over coordinating travel for Secretary Ryan Zinke's wife on an official trip, creating another headache for an administration that's... More>>

Speier: Conyers not one of harassers I mentioned last week

Last week, Rep. Jackie Speier said that she knew of two sitting members of Congress who have "engaged in sexual harassment." But the California Democrat on Tuesday said that Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, who is... More>>

What John Conyers' colleagues in Congress are saying

An explosive report rocked Capitol Hill late Monday and early Tuesday, with the allegation that Rep. John Conyers -- the longest-serving active member of the House of Representatives -- settled a wrongful dismissal... More>>

Trump's double-talk on wave of sexual misconduct allegations

President Donald Trump is "very happy" sexual misconduct in American society is being "exposed." More>>

Amid legal challenges, Gates, Manafort get OK to spend Thanksgiving with family

Former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates will be able to spend Thanksgiving with their families and leave their homes this week, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. More>>

Inside Trump's decision to embrace Moore

President Donald Trump's decision to embrace Roy Moore on Tuesday was rooted in several factors, but one of the biggest: the noise and confusion from a recent tidal wave of sexual harassment and misconduct allegations from... More>>

State Dept employees protest exclusion of violators from child soldiers list

A group of State Department employees penned a memo accusing the agency's leadership of violating US law by refusing to call out three countries for not doing more to stop the recruitment of child soldiers. More>>

By the numbers: The Trump orbit's contacts with Russians

Here is a look, by the numbers, at all the known contacts between Trump associates and Russians. From meetings to emails, to text messages and Skype sessions, these lists have been growing throughout the year as more... More>>

US airstrike in Somalia kills more than 100 al-Shabaab militants

More than 100 al-Shabaab militants were killed Tuesday in a US airstrike on a camp in Somalia, US Africa Command said in a statement, the latest in a series of strikes against the al-Qaeda-affiliated group and ISIS... More>>

Roy Moore says he first noticed his wife when she was 15 or 16 years old

Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has been accused of pursuing romantic relationships with teenagers while in his 30s, said he first noticed his future wife eight years before he formally met her -- when... More>>

Moore campaign: 'We don't believe these women'

Spokespeople for Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore denied the allegations against the candidate at an event on Tuesday, refusing to answer questions as women come forward about Moore's past. More>>

Trump all but endorses Roy Moore

President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended embattled Alabama Republican Roy Moore, all but endorsing the Senate candidate who has been accused of sexual assault. More>>

Donald Trump just did Roy Moore a massive favor

President Donald Trump broke his silence Tuesday afternoon on allegations of sexual abuse facing Roy Moore, the Republican Party's Senate nominee in Alabama. More>>

Second federal judge blocks Trump's transgender military ban

A second federal judge blocked enforcement of President Donald Trump's prohibition on transgender individuals serving in the US military Tuesday, finding active-duty service members face substantial harm from the ban. More>>

House Ethics Committee investigating Conyers allegations

The House Ethics Committee announced Tuesday it has opened an investigation into allegations against Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan after reports being made public this week that he settled a wrongful dismissal... More>>

Members of Congress push for US to take tougher line on Qatar

Member of Congress are calling on the Trump administration to take a tougher line against Qatar, accusing the small Persian Gulf nation of supporting the Palestinian militant group Hamas. More>>

Has Trump weighed in on Roy Moore yet? (Update: Yes)

President Donald Trump is not known for being shy when it comes to hot-button political questions. But he was unusually quiet when it came to the scandal enveloping Alabama Republican Roy Moore's Senate campaign, only... More>>

Ivanka Trump sets for trip to India

Ivanka Trump is India-bound, traveling to Hyderabad just after the Thanksgiving holiday. More>>

Trump, Putin discuss Syria in lengthy phone call

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke for "a little over an hour" Tuesday morning, discussing a range of pressing international concerns a day after Putin met with Syrian President Bashar... More>>

Life after 'Hope': Obama poster creator Shepard Fairey reflects on art and politics in the age of Trump

President Obama invited Shepard Fairey, the street artist who made the ubiquitous portrait of him titled "Hope," to bring his family and visit him at the White House the day after the 2016 election. More>>

Additional remains of Sgt. La David Johnson found in Niger

Additional remains have been discovered of Sgt. La David Johnson who was killed in the October 4 ambush by ISIS fighters in Niger, according to a US official. More>>

Fowl play: Trump officially pardons Drumstick the turkey

It's become part of the annual tradition of the White House Thanksgiving turkey ritual: voting to see which of the two official birds will be pardoned, and which will be the alternate. This year's winner is "Drumstick,"... More>>

Justice Dept. investigating Harvard over affirmative action policies

The Justice Department is actively investigating Harvard University's use of race in its admissions policies and has concluded the school is "out of compliance" with federal law, according to documents obtained by CNN. More>>

Judge issues blow against Trump's sanctuary city

President Donald Trump's latest executive order aimed at implementing the hardline immigration policies he championed during his campaign has been blocked by a federal court. More>>

DNC's fundraising woes continue with worst October in 15 years

The Democratic National Committee's fundraising woes continued last month, when the party posted its lowest total for the month of October in at least 15 years. More>>

The deafening silence of Al Franken

Al Franken now stands accused of not only kissing and groping a woman in 2006, but also of grabbing another woman's butt while she was taking a picture with him in 2010. More>>

Lavar Ball's 39 most amazing lines on Donald Trump in Monday's CNN interview

On Monday night, CNN's Chris Cuomo took on a difficult task: Interviewing talker-in-chief LaVar Ball about his son's arrest in China and the role -- or lack thereof -- that President Trump played in the release of LiAngelo... More>>

Airstrikes in Afghanistan ramp up as ISIS fight in Iraq and Syria winds down

The US military has substantially increased the number of airstrikes it has conducted in Afghanistan even as the number of strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria has begun to decrease as the terror group loses more and... More>>

The incredible shrinking presidency of Donald Trump

In the past 7 days, President Trump has attacked the following people -- and institutions -- on Twitter: More>>

Trump administration to end protected status for Haiti

The Trump administration has announced it will end the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haiti by July 2019, potentially forcing tens of thousands of Haitian immigrants to either leave the US or live in the shadows. More>>

Welcome to Steve Bannon's controversial candidates' club

In the grand narrative of American politics, there is a lofty -- and often lucrative -- place for the strategists and advisers who guide winning presidential campaigns. More>>

How the computer revolution is deepening America's partisan divide

Add the computer and communications revolution to the list of fundamental changes that are widening the political divide between red and blue America. More>>

LaVar Ball responds to Trump, wishes him a 'great Thanksgiving'

LaVar Ball denies being in a feud with President Donald Trump, but repeatedly refused to issue a "thanks" to the President for his involvement in the release of his son from China. More>>

Trump names North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism

President Donald Trump, in the latest demonstration of increased tensions on the Korean Peninsula, placed North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. More>>

Judge rules Trump's sanctuary city order unconstitutional

A federal judge has permanently blocked US President Donald Trump's executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with US immigration authorities. More>>

US conducts airstrikes on Afghanistan opium labs

The US conducted airstrikes targeting opium processing labs in Afghanistan Sunday, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Michael Andrews tells CNN. More>>

Americans haven't forgotten about Puerto Rico, poll finds

Two months ago today, Hurricane Maria made direct landfall in Puerto Rico, devastating the island and wiping out the power grid and transportation infrastructure for its millions of residents. More>>

The White House wants Roy Moore's vote, but doesn't want to talk about Moore

The White House isn't saying that President Donald Trump supports Roy Moore. But Trump's aides are openly acknowledging something close: They need Moore's Republican vote in the Senate. More>>

This President wants you to give thanks every day

President Donald Trump has shown an incessant craving for praise during his first 10 months in office. More>>

Bureau of Prisons ending contracts with 16 halfway houses

The Bureau of Prisons is cutting off funding for halfway houses throughout the country, saving money the bureau says it needs at the expense of what reform advocates say are vital programs to help prisoners transition... More>>

Qatari foreign minister calls out Saudi Arabia over 'drama and discord'

Qatar's chief diplomat warned of "dark ages" in the Middle East on Monday, calling out neighboring states for perpetuating "drama and discord" as part of a "dangerous game of power." More>>

Here are the Senate Republicans who will decide the fate of the tax bill

In the US Senate, the tax bill could fail or succeed based off of the votes of just a handful of members. After recess this week, Senators will return from Thanksgiving and move immediately to vote on a plan that would... More>>

Rand Paul to 'likely support' GOP tax bill, aide says

Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, will "likely support" the GOP's Senate tax bill, a Paul aide told CNN in an email Monday. More>>

This is Jeff Flake's chance to back up his tough talk

On October 24, Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake made a speech. In the coming weeks, he'll have a chance to take a stand. More>>

Trump calls on NFL to suspend Raiders' Marshawn Lynch

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch early Monday morning. More>>

Flake: 'Hot mic' comments not that different from my public statements

After a live microphone captured him criticizing President Donald Trump, Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Monday the comments he made are more or less what he says publicly. More>>

Donald Trump and LaVar Ball are perfect for each other

The celebrity beef between Donald Trump and LaVar Ball was the most predictable thing in the world. More>>

Kellyanne Conway on Roy Moore: 'We want the votes' for tax bill

Kellyanne Conway suggested that the White House remains open to Roy Moore's embattled senate candidacy on Monday when she told Fox & friends that "we want the votes in the Senate to get this tax bill through" -- less than... More>>

Tillerson rejects criticism over State Department management

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson defended his management of the State Department Monday, following a host of recent criticisms from members of congress, a diplomatic union, and -- most recently -- The New York Times... More>>

Lisa Murkowski saved Obamacare. But here's why she may not abandon Republicans on taxes

When Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski helped defeat her own party's bill to repeal Obamacare earlier this year, she said she was applauded upon her arrival at airports across her home state of Alaska. More>>

Roy Moore accuser: 'I wonder how many me's he doesn't know'

One of the women accusing Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct when she was in her teens is calling him out on his denials. More>>

Woman says Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010

A woman says Sen. Al Franken inappropriately touched her in 2010, telling CNN that he grabbed her buttocks while taking a photo at the Minnesota State Fair. More>>

Mueller interviews with senior White House officials coming up

Investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller are scheduled to interview additional senior White House officials in the coming weeks, adding to their list of high-profile interviews and pushing the investigation... More>>

Donald Trump is playing zero-dimensional chess (again)

On Sunday night, President Donald Trump attacked Jeff Flake on Twitter. More>>

Trump: Administration will announce big-game trophy decision next week

President Donald Trump tweeted Sunday night that his administration will announce a decision "next week" on allowing the import of elephant hunting trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. More>>

Trump swipes at Flake on Twitter, calling his career 'toast'

President Donald Trump slammed Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake on Twitter on Sunday evening, calling his political career "toast" after he was caught on mic criticizing the President and Alabama Republican Senate... More>>

Franken cut from broadcast of Letterman's Mark Twain Prize presentation

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken has been cut from the TV broadcast of "David Letterman: The Mark Twain Prize" after allegations of sexual misconduct. More>>

Klobuchar takes sponsorship of Franken's sexual assault bill

Sen. Amy Klobuchar has taken over the sponsorship of a bill championed by fellow Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken that aims to help survivors of sexual assault. More>>

Kushner's attorney accuses Senate panel of 'gotcha game' over documents request

Jared Kushner's lawyer says the Senate Judiciary Committee is playing a "gotcha game" by accusing Kushner of not disclosing key documents -- including information about WikiLeaks. More>>

Publicist who set up Trump Jr., Russian lawyer meeting says he's ready to talk to Mueller

The British publicist who set up a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between a Russian lawyer and several members of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign team says he's open to speaking with special counsel Robert... More>>

Star Tribune: Franken won't resign, staffer says

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken has no intention of stepping down, a Franken staffer told the Star Tribune on Saturday. More>>

Trump to LaVar Ball: 'I should have left them in jail!'

President Donald Trump on Sunday shot back at Lavar Ball, the father of one of the UCLA basketball players arrested in China, for belittling the President's role in the students' release. More>>

Why White House aides worry about Trump's Mar-a-Lago holiday

White House aides are worrying about President Trump's Thanksgiving holiday at Mar-a-Lago. The legislative agenda after tax reform is very much up in the air. And how can Congress work to avoid a government shutdown? More>>

Collins: Moore's denials aren't convincing

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said on Sunday that she does not believe Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's denials of the sexual allegations against him and hopes the state's voters do not send him to... More>>

Mulvaney: WH would drop individual mandate repeal if 'impediment' to tax reform

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that the Trump administration wants a repeal of the individual health care mandate included in the GOP's tax reform plan, but is willing to take it out if... More>>

Top general says he'd push back against 'illegal' nuclear strike order

The top US nuclear commander said Saturday he would push back against an order from President Donald Trump for a nuclear strike if it were "illegal." More>>

Trump's elephant trophy reversal comes as a surprise to administration employees, interest groups

President Donald Trump's move late Friday night to postpone a decision to allow the import of elephant hunting trophies from two African countries came as a surprise not only to interest groups, but also the US Fish and... More>>

US threatens to close Palestinian office in Washington

The Trump administration put the Palestinian Liberation Organization on notice Friday that it will close the group's office in Washington if the Palestinians don't get serious about peace talks with Israel, State... More>>

Panetta on Lewinsky affair: Bill Clinton 'more than paid the price'

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta defended President Bill Clinton on Saturday, telling CNN he "more than paid the price" for his affair with Monica Lewinsky while he was in office. More>>

LaVar Ball belittles Trump's role in release of son, 2 other UCLA players

Days after President Donald Trump touted his role in the release of three UCLA basketball students who were arrested in China, LaVar Ball, the father of one of those players, suggested the President had little to do with... More>>

US to allow imports of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe, Zambia

US authorities will remove restrictions on importing African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. More>>

Trump says he has put big-game trophy decision on hold

President Donald Trump said Friday that he has decided to put a decision about big-game trophies on hold. More>>

Franken, Moore assault allegations dredge up accusations against Trump

As a swirl of sexual impropriety allegations roil Washington, President Donald Trump's top aides are trying to inoculate him from comparisons with the stories of more than a dozen women who have accused Trump of sexual... More>>

The post-Weinstein wave of sexual misconduct charges, in one chart

In the six weeks since The New York Times report that brought down movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, dozens of new accusations against powerful men -- from Hollywood to Capitol Hill -- have dominated news cycles and set off a... More>>

The Puerto Rican migration could shape Florida politics for years to come

In the wish lists of Democratic strategists, one imagines the arrival of tens of thousands of Democratic-leaning voters to Florida, seemingly overnight, ranks pretty high. More>>

Despite Menendez mistrial, public corruption cases aren't dead

Twelve jurors in New Jersey couldn't reach consensus in the federal corruption trial of Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez after 11 weeks together, but it took only minutes for some outside the courtroom to form unanimous... More>>

Gillibrand: Bill Clinton should have resigned over Lewinsky affair

New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand believes that former President Bill Clinton should have resigned in light of the Lewinsky affair. More>>

Kushner attorney fires back at Senate Judiciary Committee

The attorney for Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, is pushing back against the Senate Judiciary Committee after the panel accused Kushner of not disclosing key documents. More>>

Lawmakers push to end 'hush money' deduction in tax fight

During a week where Congress is examining its own policies regarding sexual harassment settlements, one lawmaker wants to use Republicans' plans to overhaul the US tax code to eliminate a loophole for corporations to... More>>

National Republicans can't get rid of Roy Moore

National Republicans are increasingly resigned to what they see as a grim reality in Alabama: They're stuck with Roy Moore. More>>

New Roy Moore accuser: He grabbed me 'on my buttocks'

Eight days after The Washington Post first published reports alleging Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore pursued relationships with teenagers and sexually abused a 14-year-old and 16-year-old while he was in his... More>>

White House blasts Russia for vetoing UN investigation into Syria chemical weapons

The White House blasted Russia in a statement Friday for vetoing a UN Security Council resolution on an independent group investigating the use of chemical weapons in Syria. More>>

Mueller seeking interview with publicist who set up Trump Jr., Russian lawyer meeting

Special counsel Robert Mueller is in talks with the attorney for the British publicist who set up the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, according to a source familiar with the matter. More>>

Florida's top Democrat resigns after claims of 'inappropriate behavior'

The head of Florida's Democratic Party resigned Friday on the heels of a Politico report alleging he had engaged in inappropriate and demeaning behavior toward women. More>>

Kushner testified he did not recall any campaign WikiLeaks contact

White House senior adviser Jared Kushner told congressional Russia investigators that he did not communicate with WikiLeaks and did not recall anyone on the Trump campaign who had, a source with knowledge of his testimony... More>>

Trump adds five to his Supreme Court list -- but there's still no vacancy

President Donald Trump took the unusual step Friday of adding names to the roster of potential Supreme Court justices he distributed during his run for office, even though the court has no current vacancies and no justices... More>>

Sessions jokes: 'Is Ambassador Kislyak in the room?'

Standing before a friendly audience of conservative lawyers Friday afternoon at the Mayflower Hotel, Attorney General Jeff Sessions addressed the elephant in the room. More>>

State Dept spokeswoman: 'Sure, there's a morale issue in this building'

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert acknowledged Friday that that there is a morale problem in the agency and offered this advice to workers: "Don't give up." More>>

WH official: 'Appropriate' for Sen. Johnson to have concerns on tax bill

A White House official said Thursday that it is "appropriate" for Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson to have concerns about the tax reform package being pushed by the White House. More>>

What's next for the Republican tax plan: All eyes move to the Senate

Senate Republicans are poised to return after the Thanksgiving break and begin debating their tax bill on the floor, but don't expect the body to move forward without a bit more controversy. More>>

US Navy admits aircrew drew penis in the sky

In case there was any doubt, the US Navy has confirmed that there is "zero training value" in drawing penises in the sky. More>>

Tillerson under fire for turmoil at State

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is facing a wave of withering bipartisan criticism that his effort to reform the State Department is instead spurring an exodus of talent that undermines American diplomacy and endangers... More>>

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will vote for Roy Moore

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Friday she plans to vote for Republican Roy Moore in the state's Senate special election on December 12. More>>

#2020Vision: Gillibrand starts the Clinton debate; Kaine wants superdelegates eliminated; Booker gets an endorsement

Our weekly roundup of the news, notes and chatter about the prospects for the next Democratic presidential race: More>>

White House waits for McConnell to spell out Alabama options

The top Republican in the Senate plans to urge President Donald Trump to help contain the damage in the Alabama Senate race, though administration officials cautioned that Trump remains hesitant to get involved as the... More>>

Alabama GOP continues to support Roy Moore in face of allegations

A group of Alabama Republican women led by Kayla Moore gathered Friday to defend her husband, Senate nominee Roy Moore, in the wake of sexual allegations against him. More>>

Trump begins paying legal bills from own pocket

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Should Democrats turn on Bill Clinton?

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Republican calls Democrat's comments 'bullcrap' during shouting match over taxes

The Senate finance committee advanced Republicans' plans to overhaul the tax system on Thursday night, but not without a fiery argument between senators just minutes before the vote. More>>

Tillerson urges speedy return to civilian government in Zimbabwe

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed concern Friday over the apparent military coup in Zimbabwe, urging "a quick return to civilian rule in that country in accordance with their constitution." More>>

Rep. Dingell says she was groped by 'prominent historical person' in the '80s

Rep. Debbie Dingell recounted on Friday decades-old instances when a "prominent historical person" groped her and that a former senator acted inappropriately toward her. More>>

DACA deal state of play

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Neil Gorsuch reflects on 'surreal' court tenure

Justice Neil Gorsuch returned to the faithful on Thursday night to address the Federalist Society, a conservative group that was instrumental to his nomination to the Supreme Court. More>>

Trump blasts Franken, but stays silent on Moore

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Poor record-keeping hindering Zinke travel investigation, IG says

The Interior Department's internal watchdog has chastised agency officials for poor record-keeping as she investigates Secretary Ryan Zinke's travel expenses. More>>

Washington tells time in political bombshells

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US allies frustrated by Trump as they lobby hard to keep Iran deal

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Rep. Deutch on sexual harassment allegations: 'This is a moment of reckoning'

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Senate tax reform bill advances out of committee

The Senate Finance Committee approved the $1.5 trillion Republican tax overhaul proposal late Thursday night after four days of markup. More>>

Special counsel subpoenas Trump campaign for more documents

Special counsel Robert Mueller has issued a subpoena to the Trump campaign for more Russia-related documents, two sources familiar with the matter tell CNN. More>>

Alabama Senate poll: Jones opens up lead over Moore

Democrat Doug Jones has opened up an eight-point lead in the US Senate race in Alabama amid multiple sexual abuse allegations against Republican Roy Moore, according to a new Fox News poll released Thursday. More>>

Roy Moore continues to deny mounting allegations

Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore on Thursday continued to deny the allegations against him as more women continue to come forward. More>>

Can Al Franken survive?

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Congress paid out $17 million in settlements. Here's why we know so little about that money.

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Homeland Security's head of community outreach resigns over past controversial comments on black community, Islam

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Senate judiciary committee requests more information on Kushner

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Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne says he'll vote for Roy Moore

After being asked repeatedly and in different ways by reporters Thursday, Alabama Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne revealed he is still voting for Roy Moore, his party's embattled nominee for the state's open Senate seat. More>>

Democrats, liberal groups are on the defensive following Franken revelations

Democrats and allied liberal groups are on the defensive -- and cautiously weighing their next steps -- amid revelations of sexual harassment and assault by Minnesota Sen. Al Franken. More>>

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