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By Herman Wong President Donald Trump took aim at longtime critic Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., on Thursday night, after Franken was accused of forcibly kissing and groping a woman 11 years ago. “The Al Frankenstein picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words,” Trump tweeted, adding in a second tweet that Franken had last week been “lecturing anyone who would li…

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By Ashley Parker and David Nakamura HANOI, Vietnam - President Donald Trump said Saturday that Russian President Vladimir Putin again denied his nation tampered in the U.S. presidential election last year when the two men spoke during brief conversations on the sidelines of an international summit. Trump told reporters that he and Putin had more than one informal dis…

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By Heather Long Senate Republicans unveiled their big tax proposal Thursday, with Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, hailing it as a way to “give hard working taxpayers across the country growing paychecks” and create a “vibrant” economy. Tax cuts are the centerpiece of President Donald Trump’s economic plan that Republican lawmakers are aiming to get to him by Chri…

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By Mike DeBonis Republicans seeking to overhaul the federal tax code faced new head winds Wednesday, including a new $74 billion hole in their plan and political fallout from GOP losses in Tuesday’s state and local elections. Democrats won gubernatorial races in New Jersey and Virginia on Tuesday and also stood on the cusp of winning control of the Virginia House o…

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By Peter Holley, Kristine Phillips and Mark Berman SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas – Names, faces and grieving family stories began to emerge Monday from the carnage at the First Baptist Church – including eight relatives spanning three generations – even as investigators struggled to grasp why a lone gunman dressed himself in black commando gear and opened fire on the …

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By Brandon Gee and Ed O'Keefe BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., is recovering from five broken ribs and bruises to his lungs, and it is unclear when he will return to Washington, D.C., aides said Sunday, signaling that injuries he sustained Friday are far more severe than initially thought. The second-term senator and 2016 presidential candidate was alleged…

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By Cindy Boren Shalane Flanagan came to the finish line of the New York City Marathon and enveloped herself in an American flag, the magnitude of what she had accomplished bringing her to tears and to her knees. Flanagan became the first American woman since Miki Gorman in 1977 to win the race, finishing in an unofficial time of 2:26:53. Flanagan, 36, is the American…

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By Mike DeBonis WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is pushing Republican leaders in Congress to make a major and potentially explosive change to their tax bill, directing them to use the legislation to begin dismantling the Affordable Care Act. After months of failed attempts to repeal President Barack Obama’s signature health care law, Trump wants lawmakers to in…

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By Alex Horton FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who in 2009 walked off a U.S. military outpost in eastern Afghanistan and spent the next five years in enemy captivity, was sentenced Friday to a dishonorable discharge from the Army but will avoid prison time. Bergdahl, 31, pleaded guilty in October to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and h…

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By Ian Shapira, Michael E. Miller and Steve Hendrix WASHINGTON - They’d been waiting 25 years to see the final - and potentially most sensitive - batch of records related to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Then came word late Thursday that President Donald Trump had acquiesced to CIA and FBI lobbying to withhold tens of thousands of the files. For hist…

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By Mike DeBonis WASHINGTON – House Republicans passed budget legislation Thursday morning, narrowly overcoming internal dissension and Democratic opposition to clear a major obstacle in the GOP’s quest to pass large-scale tax cuts. The budget legislation authorizes special procedures that will allow Republicans to reduce federal revenues over the coming decade by…

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By Cleve R. Wootson Jr. Call it the benefit concert’s most unlikely collaboration. The five living former U.S. presidents put aside political differences and made a cameo appearance onstage at the “Deep From the Heart” concert in College Station, Texas, on Saturday to help raise money for victims of a recent spate of natural disasters. Former presidents Bara…

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Mark Maske The NFL announced Friday night that it suspended Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch one game without pay after an on-field incident Thursday night involving an official. Lynch plans to appeal the decision. Should the suspension stand, he will miss next week's game against the Bills. Lynch, who was not in the game at the time and was standing on…

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By Jason Samenow If you’re itching for outbreaks of the polar vortex and waist-deep snow, the upcoming winter may not be your cup of tea. And, thanks to climate change, the odds of brutally cold winters are decaying. For the third time in as many years, the nation — on balance — should expect warmer-than-normal temperatures, according to the National Weather Se…

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By Dana Hedgpeth Three people were killed and two others wounded in a shooting at a business park in Harford County, Md., authorities said. A Harford County Sheriff official called it a “targeted” attack and said they were looking for a suspect who was driving a black 2000 Chevy Acadia with Delaware tags. All five of those who were shot are employees of the Ad…