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Budget deal: The Republicans and Democrats who broke with their parties

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> With a large chunk of Republicans voting against the spending deal early Friday morning to end a brief government shutdown, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives needed a sizable group of Democrats to jump on board to pass the bill.<p>Here's a list of the 67 Republicans …

CNN

Day of bombshells takes Mueller probe to critical point

<b>(CNN) —</b> Finally, inexorably, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has clawed all the way up to Donald Trump himself.<p>Now a foreboding moment looms for his presidency and for the nation.<p>A stunning barrage of revelations on Tuesday suggested that at least one strand of Mueller's Russia probe …

Donald Trump

The day the U.S. called out UN back-stabbers

Allies and enemies of the United States condemned the U.S. this week for supporting Israel – and some say the vote at the United Nations is a badge …

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sells short the record of predecessors

WASHINGTON (AP) — In laying out his national security strategy, President Donald Trump sold short the records of his predecessors, speaking as if the energy boom started with him and the gates of America were wide open before he came along.<p>On Twitter, meanwhile, Trump tweeted a wrong score in the …

Trump Lays Out His National Security Vision: America Will Win

Speaking from the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington D.C. Monday afternoon, President Trump officially laid out his National Security Strategy …

Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner are sued over financial disclosures

The White House calls the suit 'frivolous.'<p>First daughter and presidential adviser Ivanka Trump and her husband and fellow White House adviser Jared Kushner were hit with a lawsuit Sunday alleging illegal omissions on their public financial disclosure forms.<p>Washington lawyer Jeffrey Lovitky …

Jared Kushner

ISPs won’t promise to treat all traffic equally after net neutrality

Lots of talk, little promise<p>The FCC voted to put an end to net neutrality, giving internet providers free rein to deliver service at their own discretion. There’s really only one condition here: internet providers will have to disclose their policies regarding “network management practices, …

FCC Chair mocks net neutrality supporters with misleading comments

It doesn't work like that.<p>The morning after the Federal Communications Commission repealed net neutrality rules, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai went on <i>Fox &</i> …

Net Neutrality

The Biggest Controversies From Betsy DeVos' First Year

Before she was even sworn in as Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos emerged as one of the most controversial members of the Trump Administration. Her …

White House Corrects Tillerson on Whether U.S. Will Talk to North Korea

WASHINGTON — President Trump and Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson are once again at odds over how to deal with nuclear-armed North Korea after Mr. Tillerson declared on Tuesday that the United States was ready to open talks with the North “without precondition.”<p>The secretary’s comments were …

North Korea

Donald Trump got 3 things wrong in 1 tweet this morning

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted.<p>"Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia - so now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know …

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Here's why 'man flu' might actually be real, according to one professor

Man flu is apparently real — and the cure is lying on the sofa and watching telly, according to one professor.<p>Dr. Kyle Sue, a medical professor at a Canadian university, spelled out what he described as "the science behind man flu" after growing "tired of being accused of over-reacting" to flu-like …

Medical Journals

VA Orders Staff Not To Respond To Subpoena Requests By Federal Investigators In Hospital Plagued By Wrongdoing

A Pennsylvania Veteran Affairs hospital plagued by whistleblower allegations of wrongdoing has emailed a memo to all employees instructing them not …

Is This the Dumbest Insult Ever Uttered in Alabama?

Throughout the South, at craft stores and gas stations and farmer’s markets, you can find people selling handmade signs and other knickknacks that …

If President Trump Feels Trapped Between Scandals Now, It's His Own Fault

The gentleman doth protest too much.<p>For somebody his acolytes portray as a tough guy, he’s got to be the whiniest, most easily offended little …

Cassini Found a Weird Ring Shadow Effect in Saturn's Ionosphere Before It Died

The little spacecraft that could.<p>Although Cassini's demise was the end of an era for unprecedented Saturn observation, it also went out on a high …

Behind Trump’s plan to target the federal safety net

Under the banner of welfare reform, the administration is eyeing changes to health care, food stamps, housing and veterans programs.<p>The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are hoping to make the most sweeping changes to federal safety net programs in a generation, using legislation and …

Health Care

Treasury Department admits Senate tax plan won’t pay for itself

A “dynamic” score that just assumes growth.<p>Today, the Treasury Department finally released its much-promised analysis of its tax plan. And it turns out, they can’t deliver what they promised.<p>For months now, top leaders in the Trump administration have been promising to produce a dynamic economic …

Roy Moore in 2011: Getting rid of amendments after 10th would 'eliminate many problems'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore appeared on a conspiracy-driven radio show twice in 2011, where he told the hosts in an interview that getting rid of constitutional amendments after the Tenth Amendment would 'eliminate many problems' in the way the US government is …

Barack Obama

Uranium Company Urged Trump To Carve Up Bears Ears, Then He Did

An energy firm's lobbying team was led by Trump's incoming EPA deputy secretary.<p>Earlier this month Donald Trump hailed his edict slashing Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument by some 85 percent as a great move for American citizens. But another interest was likely far more delighted: a mining …

VA kills plan to cut homeless-vet program after outcry

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has killed a plan to shift money from a major homelessness program in response to a wave of protest from veterans' advocates, who said the move would aggravate conditions for chronically ill and vulnerable vets.<p>Advocates for veterans, state officials and …

Homelessness

A Missing Piece Falls Into Place in the Saga of Michael Flynn

A whistleblower alleges that the former national-security adviser promised that sanctions on Russia would be “ripped up.”<p>A whistleblower claims that then-National-Security Adviser Michael Flynn promised that sanctions on Russia would be “ripped up,” enabling a business project for which he’d worked …

Donald Trump

I Saw the Kate Steinle Murder Trial Up Close. The Jury Didn’t Botch It.

I was an alternate juror in the Kate Steinle murder trial in San Francisco. I didn’t get a vote, but I saw all of the evidence and the jury instructions, and I discussed the verdict with the jury after it was delivered. Most of the public reaction I've seen has been surprise, confusion and …

Crime

Senate Judiciary chairman, top Democrat clash over Russia investigation

<b>(CNN) —</b> The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is accusing the panel's Republican chairman of not wanting to dig deeply into the Russia investigation, the latest sign of rising partisan tensions on Capitol Hill over President Donald Trump and Russia.<p>Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California …

Donald Trump

McFarland’s Testimony About Russia Contacts Is Questioned

WASHINGTON — A leading Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee questioned on Monday whether a high-ranking official in Donald J. Trump’s transition team had been deceptive over the summer about her knowledge of discussions between Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser, …

Donald Trump

Trump’s Lawyer Claims the President Is Above the Law

Republicans have tended to dismiss Donald Trump’s attacks on the rule of law as the naïve utterances of a political novice. When confronted with …

Donald Trump

A NASA astronaut films his spacewalk — and a breathtaking view of Earth

On its surface, Earth is chaos. It is traffic jams and the threat of nuclear war and fake news operations trying to punk real ones but owning themselves spectacularly in the process.<p>But launch yourself a couple hundred miles above the atmosphere, and Earth seems a different world. It is quiet. It …

Space Science

Mueller Removed Top Agent in Russia Inquiry Over Possible Anti-Trump Texts

WASHINGTON — The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, removed a top F.B.I. agent this summer from his investigation into Russian election meddling after the Justice Department’s inspector general began examining whether the agent had sent text messages that expressed anti-Trump political views, …

Donald Trump

Documents Reveal New Details on What Trump Team Knew About Flynn’s Calls With Russia’s Ambassador

WASHINGTON — Since it first emerged that Michael T. Flynn had repeated phone conversations last December with Russia’s ambassador to the United States, one of the most significant unanswered questions has been what transition team officials and Donald J. Trump, then the president-elect, knew about …

Donald Trump

Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I. and Will Cooperate With Russia Inquiry

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the F.B.I. about conversations with the Russian ambassador last December, becoming the first senior White House official to cut a cooperation deal in the special counsel’s …

Donald Trump