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Mattis Issues Rebuke to Trump as He Announces Departure as Defense Chief
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Mattis Issues Rebuke to Trump as He Announces Departure as Defense Chief

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis told President Donald Trump on Thursday that he will resign in February, handing the president a strongly worded two-page letter that in effect rebuked the president for his military policies and lack of respect ... Read More

Third County Is Caught Up in NC Elections Board’s Ballot Investigation
Voting
Third County Is Caught Up in NC Elections Board’s Ballot Investigation

North Carolina’s state elections board has extended its investigation into allegations of illegal absentee-ballot gathering to Columbus County, with a focus on a sheriff’s race that has yet to be certified. Read More

South Carolina Republicans Could Forgo 2020 Primary to Protect Trump
2020 Elections
South Carolina Republicans Could Forgo 2020 Primary to Protect Trump

The South Carolina Republican Party could decide next summer to pass on holding the party’s 2020 primary election — a move that is not unprecedented — to help President Donald Trump’s re-election bid. Canceling... Read More

Mueller Asks House Committee for Roger Stone Transcript, Official Says
Congress
Mueller Asks House Committee for Roger Stone Transcript, Official Says

Special counsel Robert Mueller asked the House Intelligence Committee to turn over a transcript of its closed-door 2017 interview of Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Donald Trump, according to an official familiar with the request. Read More

BuzzFeed Beats Russian's Defamation Case Over Trump Dossier
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BuzzFeed Beats Russian's Defamation Case Over Trump Dossier

BuzzFeed Inc. defeated a defamation lawsuit by a Russian entrepreneur and his tech company who were mentioned in a report by a former British spy about links between Russia and Donald Trump. A federal judge in Florida... Read More

Ex-Missouri Governor’s Secretive Nonprofit Raised $6 Million, Spent Big on His Allies
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Ex-Missouri Governor’s Secretive Nonprofit Raised $6 Million, Spent Big on His Allies

The nonprofit allied with former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens raised almost $6.1 million from secret donors in 2017, the year the political outsider took office and rattled the capital city’s establishment, new tax filings show. Read More

Ultralight Plane Flying With No Lights Drops 129 Pounds of Meth Near Calexico, Agents Say
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Ultralight Plane Flying With No Lights Drops 129 Pounds of Meth Near Calexico, Agents Say

Border patrol agents seized 129 pounds of narcotics worth $1.4 million and arrested two people after agents spotted a suspicious aircraft landing just north of Calexico, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Read More

Senate Approves Bipartisan Criminal Justice Overhaul
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Senate Approves Bipartisan Criminal Justice Overhaul

The Senate late Tuesday approved a bipartisan overhaul of criminal sentencing and the federal prison system, an initiative pushed by President Donald Trump’s aide and son-in-law, Jared Kushner. The bill, approved in the... Read More

AG Hawley Helped Strike Down Obamacare. Can Sen. Hawley Pick Up the Pieces?
Health
AG Hawley Helped Strike Down Obamacare. Can Sen. Hawley Pick Up the Pieces?

Josh Hawley is in a bind as he enters the U.S. Senate and has to deal with fixing the nation’s health care system. The Missouri Republican was one of the state attorneys general to sign on to a ... Read More

Las Vegas, a City of Illusion, Is Having an Identity Debate
Nevada
Las Vegas, a City of Illusion, Is Having an Identity Debate

Blake Sartini never had any doubts when he bought the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino a little more than a year ago. It was on the Las Vegas Strip. He said it is on Las Vegas Boulevard. True. He said it ... Read More

New GOP Rules Limit Participation for Indicted House Members
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New GOP Rules Limit Participation for Indicted House Members

New Republican Party rules adopted last month for the incoming Congress are expected to block indicted members from committee work, sharply limiting the ability of Rep. Duncan Hunter to deliver specific benefits to... Read More

Trump Vets Candidates for Interior Secretary Who Have Backed Transferring Federal Lands
Public Lands
Trump Vets Candidates for Interior Secretary Who Have Backed Transferring Federal Lands

President Donald Trump, who campaigned on a pledge to keep federal lands in federal hands, is now considering candidates for interior secretary who have advocated transferring vast swaths of federal property to states... Read More

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