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    GOP’s Susan Collins to stay in Senate, ditches governor run

    ROCKPORT, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins announced Friday that she won’t run for governor because she believes she can do more good by remaining in Washington, where she serves as an important swing vote. Her announcement was welcomed by supporters who view her as an important check on President Donald Trump, with […]
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    Votel: More US advisers will help break Afghan war stalemate

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — U.S. military troops in Afghanistan have begun working with smaller Afghan units to prepare them for a more aggressive offensive against the Taliban next year in a push to break the stalemate in the 16-year-old war, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East said Thursday. While acknowledging there is still […]
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    AP FACT CHECK: Trump vs. Grassley on tax cuts in history

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is going around mischaracterizing his tax plan as the largest tax cut in U.S. history and a Republican senator is calling him out on it. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley tweeted Thursday, as if speaking to Trump, “Ur tax cut will not be ‘largest in history of country,'” and proceeded […]
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    Biden calls new Republican ad ‘return of Willie Horton’

    EDISON, N.J. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday weighed in on the race to succeed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, criticizing a new campaign ad from Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno as the “return of Willie Horton” and casting the election as an opportunity to rebuke President Donald Trump. “What’s going on […]
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    Congress OKs expanded protections for federal whistleblowers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress voted Thursday to boost the protection of federal whistleblowers from retaliation, part of a bid to uncover bad behavior at the Department of Veterans Affairs and other government agencies. The House easily cleared the bill, 420-0. It now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature, having previously passed the Senate […]
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    Mnuchin: Trump hopes to announce Fed chair within a month

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that President Donald Trump hopes to decide within a month whom he will choose to lead the Federal Reserve starting next year but is still going through the interview process. Trump said two weeks ago that he had had four meetings to interview potential nominees for […]
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    Biden: New campus sex assault guidelines not an improvement

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden, speaking to students at Rutgers University on Thursday, defended college sexual assault guidelines he helped champion that recently were relaxed by the Trump administration. During a 45-minute speech to about 2,000 students on combating sexual violence, Biden also took shots at disgraced film executive Harvey […]
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    Pelosi says Congress should weigh policy change on nukes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi suggested Thursday the U.S. should revisit its policy on nuclear weapons to institute a “no first use” protocol. That would mean the U.S. would not unleash nuclear weapons unless another country did first. The California Democrat insisted her proposal had nothing to do with President Donald Trump […]
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    McCaskill raises $3M for tough re-election campaign in 2018

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill far outpaced Republican rivals in fundraising with nearly $3 million raised in the three months to the end of September for what’s likely to be an expensive and gritty fight for her Missouri seat, her campaign announced Thursday. McCaskill’s campaign said she raised more than […]
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    Kelly: N. Korea threat ‘manageable’; hopes diplomacy works

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said Thursday the North Korean nuclear and missile threat is “manageable” for now but the isolated nation can’t be allowed to develop the ability to strike the U.S. homeland. Although President Donald Trump recently declared his top diplomat was “wasting his time” trying to negotiate […]
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    Trump to bash Iran on non-nuke issues in decertifying deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to deliver a broad and harsh critique of Iran in a speech Friday declaring that the landmark Iran nuclear deal is not in America’s national security interests, according to U.S. officials and outside advisers to the administration. Trump’s speech from the White House will outline specific faults he […]
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    White House says Cuba could stop attacks on Americans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House chief of staff John Kelly says the United States believes that Cuban President Raul Castro’s government could stop attacks on U.S. diplomats. Kelly isn’t elaborating on why the U.S. believes Cuba could stop it. Previously, the United States has said merely that it was Cuba’s responsibility under international law to […]
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    Dangerous sound? What Americans heard in Cuba attacks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It sounds sort of like a mass of crickets. A high-pitched whine, but from what? It seems to undulate, even writhe. Listen closely: There are multiple, distinct tones that sound to some like they’re colliding in a nails-on-the-chalkboard effect. The Associated Press has obtained a recording of what some U.S. Embassy workers […]
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    DeVos touts school choice, STEM for $4 billion in grants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has put forth a new set of priorities for states, schools and universities competing for federal grant money. The priorities include school choice, science and technology, special education and school safety. The Education Department awards approximately $4 billion per year in new and continuation competitive grants across some […]
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    Kelly pushes back against perception of White House chaos

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The retired general brought in to instill order at a chaotic White House made a rare public appearance Thursday to declare he’s staying in his post — and to insist that the president’s volatile Twitter feed wasn’t making his job harder. “Unless things change, I’m not quitting, I’m not getting fired and […]
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