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Student Loan Watchdog Quits, Says Trump Administration 'Turned Its Back' On Borrowers

<b>Updated at 1:12 p.m. ET</b><p>The federal official in charge of protecting student borrowers from predatory lending practices has stepped down.<p>In a scathing resignation letter, Seth Frotman, who until now was the student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, says current leadership …

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Did Democrats Pass a Law Separating Children and Adults at the Southern Border?

During an interview on Friday, Trump stated that a law passed by Democrats was the reason illegal immigrants were being separated from the children …

Russia says its warships drove away Dutch sub shadowing them

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian warships in the eastern Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday drove away a Dutch submarine shadowing the squadron, the military said.<p>Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said two Russian navy destroyers spotted the Walrus-class submarine Wednesday while it …

Schoolyard taunts and deportation fears haunt U.S. minorities after Trump victory

(Reuters) - The morning after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States on a campaign to deport illegal immigrants and limit Muslim refugees, New Jersey mom Yasmeen Shehab awoke to the sound of crying.<p>Republican U.S. president-elect Donald Trump speaks at his election night rally in …

The Latest: Arrests in Portland anti-Trump protests

The Latest on anti-Donald Trump protests around the country (all times PST):<p>11:30 p.m.<p>Police in Portland Oregon have detained several people as an …

Reign ends for Joe Arpaio, once popular immigration enforcer

PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government had just stripped Sheriff Joe Arpaio of his power to arrest immigrants in the country illegally when the …

Report: Comey expressed concerns about accusing Russia of meddling with election because it was too close to November

That allegation came just days after Comey sent a letter to congressional leaders informing them that the FBI found new emails in another investigation that may be "pertinent" to the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server, which he had deemed closed over the summer.<p>The …

Swing-state Democrats don’t sweat Clinton email review

So far, there's no signs of diminished Democratic enthusiasm in early voting.<p>Democratic fears that the FBI’s new review of Hillary Clinton’s emails might sap party enthusiasm at exactly the wrong time may turn out to be unfounded. In the three days since the news surfaced, early voting data and …

Political Prediction Market: Clinton's chances for the White House dip

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Hillary Clinton's chances for the White House dipped from 95% to 78% Monday, according to CNN's Political Prediction Market.<p>Clinton, who is still in the lead to win the presidency, had her odds at 95% on October 20, but on October 26 dipped to 90% and then continued to decline …

Trump tries to spook Dems with Halloween Michigan swing

WARREN, Mich. — Donald Trump spent Halloween trying to give Democrats a fright, campaigning in solidly blue Michigan to conjure the specter of a shocking Election Day win here.<p>His two Monday rallies came on the heels of a late-Sunday night stop in New Mexico, another state that had faded from …

Donald Trump Faces a Barrage of New Allegations

A spate of new stories raise questions about the Republican nominee’s ties to Russia and his tax-avoidance schemes.<p><i>Après Comey le déluge</i>.<p>Since the director of the FBI on Friday announced the discovery of new emails potentially pertinent to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server, …

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Trump campaign denies report of Trump Organization tie to Russian bank

The Trump campaign has denied a report that a Trump Organization server was used to send or receive communications with a Russian bank.<p>The denial on Monday night came in response to a Slate article that said activity on the server indicated “a sustained relationship between a server registered to …

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White supremacist for Trump targets independent in Utah call

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin criticized Republican Donald Trump on Monday over an automated call in Utah …

Democrats: RNC violating anti-voter intimidation agreement

Democrats are asking a federal judge to block the Republican National Committee from coordinating with Donald Trump’s campaign on “ballot security” efforts, saying the RNC is violating a decades old legal agreement that bars the group from tactics that critics call voter intimidation.<p>In a motion …

State Dept. accuses Russia of 'PR stunt' in election-monitoring flap

The State Department on Thursday accused Moscow of a “PR stunt” after reports emerged that the U.S. had rejected Russia's request to send delegates to “monitor” November's polls — the latest twist in a bizarre election season sullied by accusations of Russian meddling.<p>Kremlin-backed news outlets …

Donald Trump’s claim that you can ‘rip the baby out of the womb’ is dangerously wrong

Donald Trump made a grossly inaccurate claim about abortion during Wednesday's third and final presidential debate, saying that according to his opponent, Hillary Clinton, a doctor can "rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby."<p>The claim came during a heated …

Long-time Arizona sheriff Arpaio trails in re-election bid: poll

PHOENIX (Reuters) - Embattled Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, whose get-tough policies to fight illegal immigration and praise of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump brought him nationwide attention, trails his opponent in this year’s election by nearly 15 percentage points, according to a …

3 Phoenix Cops Resign After Forcing Man to Eat Marijuana

Three police officers in Arizona have resigned after they allegedly forced a motorist to eat marijuana during a traffic stop, authorities said …

North Carolina Congressman Says Charlotte Protesters "Hate White People"

US Rep. Robert Pittenger told BBC TV on Thursday that protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina, "hate white people because white people are successful and they are not."<p>Pittenger, a Republican, has represented North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, which includes outer portions of Charlotte …

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Trump blames 'drugs' for Charlotte unrest

The candidate’s planned outreach to black voters hit a snag when he went off script to suggest drugs were fueling chaotic protests after a police shooting.<p>PITTSBURGH — Attempting to strike a unifying, presidential tone while commenting Thursday about urban unrest in Charlotte, Donald Trump veered …

Trump Supports Stop-and-Frisk Despite Policy’s Widespread Condemnation

Donald Trump is staying true to his tough talk on crime and law enforcement in America's most violent cities, no matter the political costs. In response to the unrest in Charlotte, Trump called for the nationwide adoption of a practice a federal judge called unconstitutional and critics derided as …

Conservative media heavyweights at war over Donald Trump

Conservative media friendships and alliances are breaking apart as Donald Trump's run for president roils the Republican Party.<p>This conservative media crackup has been happening for months, but this week it was broadcast on the airwaves like never before, with a verbal war of words involving Sean …

Krauthammer on Trump's trip to Mexico: 'He took a risk, and he pulled it off'

Syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s impromptu trip to Mexico to meet with that country’s president paid off, and could be a boon for his campaign.<p>“He took a risk, and …

Florida governor signs law ending funding to clinics providing abortions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott on Friday signed a law that cuts off state funding for preventive health services to clinics providing abortion and imposes abortion restrictions already being tested before the U.S. Supreme Court.<p>Florida Gov. Rick Scott addresses an …

In Florida Rehabs, Addicts Are Bought And Sold

DELRAY BEACH, Florida — One early evening last October, a group of young men and women were hanging out at the Starbucks on the main drag here, Atlantic Avenue, smoking cigarettes and bullshitting. They were sitting next to a pile of suitcases, the telltale sign of an addict looking for a place to …

Justices hostile to Virginia Republicans in black voters case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supreme Court justices on Monday signaled they are likely to leave in place a lower-court’s ruling that Virginia’s Republican-led legislature unlawfully considered race when drawing U.S. congressional districts by packing black voters into one of them.<p>The court heard oral …

Supreme Court rejects suit against Colorado over marijuana law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lawsuit filed by the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma against their neighbor Colorado over a law approved as a ballot initiative by Colorado voters in 2012 that allows the recreational use of marijuana.<p>A Cannabis plant is pictured at the …