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Steve Bannon Savages 'Javanka,' Laying Bare White House Tensions

Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner are under fresh scrutiny over their influence at the White House after a very public eruption of their feud with former chief strategist Steve Bannon.

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Cyclist Who Gave Trump Motorcade the Middle Finger: 'He Wasn't Going to Hear Me Through the Glass'

Juli Briskman found flowers on her doorstep on Monday night. “Juli: I don’t know you and yet I am so proud of you,” an accompanying note said. “You’re my hero. Truly. Thank you for standing up to this admin. We need more like you. Continue to resist. We’re with you all the way. Sally M.”

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Trump's Politicized Reaction to New York Attack a Far Cry From Las Vegas Shooting

One prompted a sombre tone, quotation from scripture and prayer for unity. The other brought a barrage of tweets, peppered with capital letters and exclamation marks and bent on divisiveness and blame.

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Russia Inquiry Charges: How Close Does This Get to Trump?

On the day that Donald Trump summoned James Comey to a one-on-one dinner and asked the then FBI director to pledge loyalty, a crucial interview was taking place at the bureau. George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, was questioned about contacts with a Russia-linked professor who had offered “dirt” on election rival Hillary Clinton.

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Museum of the Bible: Inside a Sprawling, $500 Million Exploding Controversy

It is a museum of biblical proportions – and it is stirring controversies to match.

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Is the Republican Party on the Brink of All Out Civil War?

Looking out over a packed Alabama barn, Steve Bannon paced the stage and declared: “I come to you unshaven, unkempt, in this old bomber jacket, just like I was on the campaign.” What happened 24 hours later left some asking, or perhaps dreading: could this be the new face of the Republican party?

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Trump Warned: Send Help or Risk Making Puerto Rico Crisis 'Your Katrina'

Donald Trump will visit Puerto Rico next Tuesday, to see some of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria on the lives of 3.5 million Americans. As the president announced the visit, however, one Democratic congresswoman who was born in Puerto Rico warned that his lack of attention to the disaster so far risked making it “your Katrina”.

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Steve Mnuchin Just Landed Himself Under Investigation by His Own Treasury Department

Steven Mnuchin, the US treasury secretary, requested the use of a government jet for his European honeymoon, it was reported on Wednesday.

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Florida Officials Warn Irma Will Be 'Storm Wider Than the State'

Florida residents were racing to complete final preparations on Friday as Hurricane Irma, slightly weakened from its peak but still packing enormous destructive power, cast a dark shadow over the southern half of the Sunshine State.

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5 of the Most Controversial Acts of Clemency by U.S. Presidents

Richard Nixon, pardoned in 1974

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9 Trump Voters Reveal Why They Won't Be Abandoning Him Any Time Soon

Sylvia Allen, 70, former property saleswoman, now an Arizona state senator

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Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Face Pressure to Speak out on Antisemitism

Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, are facing a potentially awkward reception from Washington’s Jewish community after Donald Trump’s astonishing defense of antisemitic protesters.

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'The President Is a Pyromaniac': The Week Trump Set (Metaphorical) Fire to the White House

Donald Trump began the week by turning a national scout jamboree into something resembling a youth rally. He ended it in front of more massed ranks in uniform, telling police officers “please don’t be too nice” to suspects they arrest in what sounded to many like an endorsement of police brutality.And then, amid a blizzard of stories about White House infightingchief of staff Reince Priebus resigned, becoming the shortest-serving occupant of the post in history. Though he seemed blithely unaware of it, it was a fitting finale to the worst week of Trump’s short political career.

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Anthony Scaramucci in Furious, Foul-Mouthed Attack on White House Rivals

Donald Trump’s new communications director has launched an extraordinary, foul-mouthed tirade against two senior colleagues, raising the prospect of all-out civil war at the White House.

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'What Is Wrong with You?': Michelle Obama Savages Trump for Gutting Her Legacy

Michelle Obama has made her strongest political intervention since leaving the White House, stating bluntly at a health conference: “Think about why someone is OK with your kids eating crap.”

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Comey, Chaos … Crisis? Trump Enters New Territory After Most Explosive Week Yet

Ill met by moonlight, a dozen reporters and cameramen peered into the darkness. Where was Sean Spicer? The press secretary had given a TV interview at 9pm then disappeared behind an awning, apparently conferring with colleagues. Journalists waited on the drive. The White House glowed behind them. “This is so weird,” one said. “It’s like hunting a dog and then killing it.”

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Donald Trump Makes a Stunning Admission About His Decision to Fire James Comey

Donald Trump has said he was thinking of “this Russia thing” when he decided James Comey’s fate – contradicting the White House rationale that he fired the FBI director for mishandling the Clinton email investigation.

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Elizabeth Warren Rips Obama and the Democrats for Selling Out to Wealthy Elites

Elizabeth Warren, one of the most prominent Democrats in the Senate, has broken ranks to criticise Barack Obama for misreading the economy and a swath of Democrats for selling out to wealthy elites.

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Washington Officials Say They've Never Seen Anything Like the Chaos and Ineptitude of Trump's White House

When press officers at the White House glance up from their desks, they are constantly reminded of their boss’s big day. On the wall, in thick dark frames, are photos: Donald Trump taking the oath of office, giving a thumbs up at his inaugural address, bidding farewell to Barack Obama, waving to the crowd during his inaugural parade, dancing with his wife at an inaugural ball.

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Deutsche Bank Examined Donald Trump's Account for Russia Links

The scandal-hit bank that loaned hundreds of millions of dollars to Donald Trump has conducted a close internal examination of the US president’s personal account to gauge whether there are any suspicious connections to Russia, the Guardian has learned.

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Brian Sandoval for Supreme Court Seat Is 'Downright Absurd', Liberal Activists Say

Liberal activists have condemned reports that Barack Obama is considering a Republican politician to fill the contentious vacancy on the supreme court, saying such a move would be “downright absurd”.

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Tony Blair Admits He Is Baffled by Rise of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn

Tony Blair has said he is struggling to understand the appeal of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn because both are hampered by “the question of electability”.

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Bad Blood Between Jeb and Trump Erupts at GOP Debate

The rancour between Donald Trump and Jeb Bush exploded on the debate stage on Saturday, as the two traded insults over the legacy of George W Bush’s fateful decision to invade Iraq.

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Robert Gates: Republicans' Grasp of National Security Is at Child's Level

Robert Gates, a Republican stalwart and former US defence secretary who served under eight presidents, has derided the party’s election candidates for a grasp of national security issues that “would embarrass a middle schooler”.

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San Bernardino Shooting: Gun Sales Soar in Familiar Pattern of Panic and Profit

Stocks in Smith & Wesson, maker of some of the weapons used in the San Bernardino attacks, have surged in the days since the tragedy, in keeping with a pattern that sees the the share prices of gun manufacturers jump after high-profile shootings in America.

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Man Held at Guantánamo for 13 Years a Case of Mistaken Identity, Say Officials

A man who has spent 13 years in the US prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, was arrested partly in a case of mistaken identity, US officials conceded on Tuesday.

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Is Herman Cain and His Wildly Regressive 9-9-9 Plan For Real?

Suddenly Herman Cain is hot. After seeming destined early in the campaign to fill perennial-candidate Alan Keys’ shoes, within the last three weeks Cain has moved into serious contention for the Republican nomination for president.

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