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Price traveled by private plane at least 24 times

HHS secretary chartered flights even to cities with frequent, inexpensive commercial options.<p>Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has taken at least 24 flights on private charter planes at taxpayers’ expense since early May, according to people with knowledge of his travel plans and a …

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Trump's approval again reaches 40% after positive reaction to hurricane response

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's approval rating has once again reached 40%, while earning high marks for his handling of the government's response to recent hurricanes, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.<p>A broad 64% of Americans say they approve of how Trump's government …

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Facebook says it will hand Russian ads over to Congress

Facebook will share the content and related information of the more than 3,000 ads it sold to Russian-linked accounts with the House and Senate intelligence committees, the company said Thursday.<p>Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg held a Facebook Live event Thursday afternoon to explain the company's …


Jeff Flake has absolute faith governors will keep pre-existing condition protections

<b>(CNN) —</b> Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday that he doesn't believe that governors will weaken insurance protections for people with preexisting conditions -- though the Graham-Cassidy health care bill currently being pushed by Republicans in Congress allows …

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Fort Drum soldiers mark beginning of Afghanistan deployment (VIDEO)

pFORT DRUM — Hundreds of soldiers formally marked the beginning of their deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, where they will train and advise …


After 2000 GOP campaign, a group of us went to #Vietnam w/ #McCain family. We saw the source of his pain & courage.

I never heard this story about 9/11: The Dancing Israelis

The entire health care industry opposes this bill. Even its supporters don't like it.

Subtle bias in NYT that drives me nuts: 2017: Warren learning national security to "expand her command". 2000: Bush needed to be "tutored"

AP reported Graham was persuading Senator by phone on health care. He was actually calling into Hannity's radio show

On podcast, Preet Bharara gives new details on why Donald Trump fired him

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Preet Bharara, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York who President Donald Trump fired just three months into his presidency, says he believes that if he had stayed Trump would have asked him "to do something inappropriate."<p>"I will tell you one thing, now that it's …

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Special counsel asks WH for documents pertaining to Trump presidency

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Special counsel Robert Mueller has requested documents and information covering a range of events from President Donald Trump's White House, including two firings and an Oval Office meeting, sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.<p>Mueller's investigators are looking for …

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Maria kills 15 in Dominica, leaves Puerto Rico dark for months

<b>San Juan, Puerto Rico (CNN) —</b> Hurricane Maria picked up steam Thursday afternoon, turning streets into raging rivers as it continues its deadly tear across the Caribbean.<p>The storm has now killed at least 15 people on the island of Dominica, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit posted on Facebook. …


The one major reason Graham-Cassidy could pass

<b>(CNN) —</b> When it comes to the Graham-Cassidy health care bill, there is one thing Republicans agree on right now: It's their last shot to repeal and replace Obamacare.<p>That may be all the motivation they need to pass it.<p>In recent days, an intense operation to sell the bill to few key holdouts has …


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Immigrant taken by ICE from Austin courthouse was killed in Mexico

Juan Coronilla-Guerrero’s wife warned a federal judge this spring that her husband would be murdered if the U.S. government followed through with his …


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Manafort offered to give Russian billionaire ‘private briefings’ on 2016 campaign

Less than two weeks before Donald Trump accepted the Republican presidential nomination, his campaign chairman offered to provide briefings on the race to a Russian billionaire closely aligned with the Kremlin, according to people familiar with the discussions.<p>Paul Manafort made the offer in an …

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The jobs boast in Trump's UN speech was wrong

Jake Tapper looks at a claim President Trump made about the US economy during his speech to the United Nations General Assembly. Read more at

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