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Pentagon warned Flynn in 2014 against taking foreign payments; IG launches investigation

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former national security adviser Michael Flynn was warned by the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 against accepting foreign payments as he entered retirement, according to new documents obtained by the House oversight committee.<p>The inspector general of the Department of Defense also …


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This former journalist helps caregivers get to know who their patients once were, before dementia took hold

Three years ago, when Jay Newton-Small moved her father into a care facility in Sykesville, Md., she was given a 20-page questionnaire to fill out. Her father had Alzheimer’s disease, and his fading memory and agitated behavior made it hard for caregivers to understand his needs. But as …


How to turn failure in Hungary into a mysteriously vague job at the US White House: The Seb Gorka Story.

The education of Donald Trump

The White House remains on a collision course between the president’s fixed habits and the unique demands of his new job.<p>The 70-year-old leader of the free world sat behind his desk in the Oval Office last Friday afternoon, doing what he’s done for years: selling himself. His 100th day in office …

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Venezuelan Activist Seeking Asylum Detained in Miami

A Venezuelan man living in South Florida after he fled his native country, seeking political asylum, was detained Wednesday.<p>Marco Coello was prepared …


US Air Force test fires long-range missile

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The US Air Force test-fired an unarmed long-range missile capable of carrying a nuclear weapon, Wednesday, according to the Air Force Global Strike Command.<p>Deployed from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, the missile traveled roughly 4,200 miles to a test range near the …

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Nuclear tests will 'never stop,' North Korean government official says

<b>Pyongyang, North Korea (CNN) —</b> A North Korean government official in a rare interview promised his country's nuclear tests would "never stop" as long as the US continued what they viewed as "acts of aggression."<p>Speaking to CNN Wednesday, Sok Chol Won wouldn't confirm when the country's …

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NK: Military drill a response to US aggression

A North Korean government official tells CNN's Will Ripley that the country's massive military drill was in response to perceived aggression from the US.

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Saudi Arabia will kill this man because he's an atheist

A man in Saudi Arabia has reportedly been sentenced to death on charges of apostasy after losing two appeals.<p>Several local media reports identified …


A shocking poll number we need to discuss

Jake Tapper reminds viewers that truth and facts matter in a democracy.


How Trump's tax proposal might benefit Trump

CNN's Cristina Alesci reports on Trump's tax proposals.


How much of Trump's busy week is about optics?

The political roundtable on who's paying for the President's 'biggest tax break' ever and whether his packed week will bring results.


Trump can't split 9th circuit, but Congress can

Trump said he "absolutely" considered splitting the 9th Circuit Appeals Court. But he can't do it alone. CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin explains how.


Panel debates sanctuary city policy

The political roundtable reacts to President Trump's executive order on sanctuary cities.


Rep. Pelosi's full interview with Jake Tapper

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's tells CNN's Jake Tapper her thoughts on President Trump's first 100 days, North Korea, the tax code and sanctuary cities.

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Some bright spots for Trump in new poll

A new CNN poll shows positive some news for President Trump. Our political panel weighs in.


New poll: 54% say things are going well in US

CNN's John King breaks down the numbers at the Magic Wall.


A Chilling Threat of Political Violence in Portland

Activists threatened to drag local Republicans off a parade route if they weren’t excluded from a local celebration. Organizers cancelled the entire event in response.<p>On the day after Donald Trump was inaugurated, perhaps 3 million Americans took to the streets in peaceful protest to register their …


Trump agrees 'not to terminate NAFTA at this time'

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump told the leaders of Canada and Mexico Wednesday he was not immediately planning to end the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact which he railed against as a candidate and as recently as last week declared was harmful to US workers.<p>In a description of …


Maxine Waters floats conspiracy theory about Jason Chaffetz

In Ann Coulter’s Speech Battle, Signs That Conservatives Are Emboldened

Without uttering a word to students at the University of California, Berkeley, Ann Coulter on Wednesday made herself the latest cause célèbre in the rapidly escalating effort by conservatives to fight liberals on what was once the left’s moral high ground over free speech on campus.<p>Ms. Coulter, the …

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