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Trump denies 4- to 8-hour TV habit: ‘I seldom, if ever, watch CNN or MSNBC’Monday morning, shortly after CNN discussed a New York Times report describing Trump’s TV viewing habits, Trump took to Twitter to dismiss the article. Though he claimed he doesn’t watch much TV and seldom if ever watches CNN, many have seen signs that he does.


 

Predicting the unpredictable in Alabama Senate raceTuesday’s special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions is as difficult a race to predict as you will ever see. In the deep red state that hasn’t had a competitive statewide contest in years, the polling apparatus are rusty.


 

Trump visits Mississippi's Civil Rights Museum amid protestsAs Trump visited the new Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, protesters held up signs and shouted "No Trump, no hate, no KKK in the USA."


 

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In Israel, even the left backs Trump on JerusalemJerusalem has a special status in Israeli life and politics, and with few exceptions, parties from across the political spectrum agreed that it was time for America to recognize their country’s capital. But President Trump’s decision highlighted differences with mainstream Jewish groups in America.


 

As Democratic rage builds, Kyrsten Sinema tries a different approach. Will Arizona voters buy it?Many Democrats have given up on compromise and centrism, but Kyrsten Sinema — a three-term member of the House from Arizona, a bisexual, secular triathlete — believes it’s a viable strategy as she prepares to run for the Senate in her mostly red state.


 

Congress tax conference to tackle individual mandate, corporate tax cutThe House and Senate must now form a committee to work out the differences between their tax bills. President Trump calls the committee a “mixer” and says lawmakers will come out with something that’s “perfecto.” But the process is likely to be messy.


 

In one day, U.S. has off-again, on-again Olympic Games plansApart from the 1980 boycott, American participation in recent Olympic Games has never really been in doubt. But over the last 24 hours, the Trump administration left it unclear whether the threat from North Korea might lead the U.S. to skip the upcoming competition in South Korea.


 

White House slams 'ridiculous' Trump health questionsPress secretary Sarah Sanders called questions about President Trump slurring his words in a speech Wednesday “ridiculous” and said he will have a checkup at Walter Reed early next year, with results to be shared with the public.


 

Al Franken announces intention to resign from Senate over sexual misconduct allegationsSen. Al Franken, D-Minn., announced his plans to resign following a series of allegations from women accusing him of sexual harassment and misconduct. Franken said that while he believes an ethics committee investigation would find him innocent, he didn’t feel he could continue to serve and would be stepping down in the coming weeks. “This decision is not about me,” Franken said Thursday.


 

Bernie Sanders thinks Trump should consider resigning over sexual misconductVermont Sen. Bernie Sanders thinks that President Trump should think about resigning over the sexual assault allegations against him.


 

Will tax cuts spur the American economy? Maybe with a time machine.The GOP tax bill's main failing is that it's based on a played-out theory, aimed at the problems of an age when the economy looked completely different.


 

A partisan split on harassment charges: Dems resign, GOPers denyThe growing chorus of Democratic lawmakers calling on Sen. Al Franken to step down Wednesday opened up a dramatic partisan divide in how the two major parties are responding to their members and candidates accused of sexual harassment or abuse. By the day’s end, 30 lawmakers — and well over half the Democratic Senate Caucus — had weighed in to say that Franken should resign. The pressure on Franken to step aside has an element of political calculation, as Democrats seek to create a contrast with support by President Trump and the Republican National Committee for Alabama’s Roy Moore, who has refused to give up his bid for the Senate despite allegations by numerous women that he sexually pursued or even molested them when they were in their teens.


 

‘Pizzagate’ troll claims another victim as culture war rages onThe decision by MSNBC this week to cut loose a contributor over a bad-faith misinterpretation of an eight-year-old tweet represents a new escalation of the culture wars, inspired by the same alt-right troll who advanced the conspiracy theory known “Pizzagate.”


 

More than 25 Democratic senators call for Al Franken to resignSeven Democratic women in the Senate tweeted that Sen. Al Franken should quit over sexual misconduct allegations, and they were quickly joined by many colleagues.


 

Trump's top aides, including one he fired, praise his loyaltyCorey Lewandowski and David Bossie, authors of the just-published campaign memoir “Let Trump Be Trump,” describe the president’s loyalty in glowing terms – notwithstanding that Lewandowski was fired during the campaign and that neither of them received the high-level White House jobs they were promised.


 

White House: Trump 'doesn't necessarily' agree with Moore about barring Muslims from CongressWhite House press secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump doesn't necessarily back all of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore's controversial views.


 

Five things to watch in Trump's Jerusalem speechPresident Trump is planning to announce around midday on Wednesday that he is formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and directing the State Department to begin the process of building a future U.S. Embassy there, ushering in a sea change in American policy and potentially roiling the Muslim world.


 

Protesters rally outside Supreme Court over wedding cake caseThe U.S. Supreme Court appeared closely divided with likely pivotal vote Justice Anthony Kennedy posing tough questions about a Christian baker's refusal to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.


 

Divided by symbols, Americans see a 'serious threat' across the aisleThe nation’s divisions are growing dangerously deep and wide. Yet, “When you turn from symbols to policy, there’s less polarization,” says Robert Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, which conducts the American Values Survey.


 

Japanese defense in the age of North Korean missile successesThe Japanese Self-Defense Forces and the U.S. military have a ballistic missile defense system in place in case that would respond if North Korea were to use any of its missiles against the island nation.


 

Hillary Rodham Clinton to LGBT synagogue: 'Resistance is high on the need list right now'Hillary Clinton speaks of "a bold spiritual community of resistance and love" at an event at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST) in New York City and affirms the importance of empathy in private and public life.


 

'Leave my baby out of this': CNN's Poppy Harlow responds to Roy Moore spokeswoman over abortion stanceJanet Porter, spokeswoman for embattled Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, appeared on CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday, telling Poppy Harlow, who is pregnant, that she and Moore were standing up for Harlow’s unborn child.


 

Confronting a nuclear North Korea: Lessons from ChinaA scene-setter for current tensions with North Korea? Yes, but also a fair description of events in 1964, when the People’s Republic of China, ruled by Mao Zedong, conducted its first successful test of a nuclear bomb


 

Ending refugee program for Central American youth may drive them to smugglersThe Trump administration’s crackdown on immigration across the southern U.S. border may drive a new wave of youngsters from Central America to attempt a dangerous and illegal journey through Mexico to escape rampant gang violence in their home countries.


 

'They've threatened your hearts': Trump shrinks two national monuments in UtahPresident Trump signed two presidential proclamations dramatically scaling back the sizes of two national monuments in Utah — outraging environmentalists and Native American tribes.


 

Supreme Court wedding cake case asks whether baking is protected speechThe Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case Tuesday that asks whether a baker in Colorado can legally ignore his state’s non-discrimination law by refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.


 

Amid North Korea fears, Pence tours U.S. intelligence agenciesAs the tense confrontation with North Korea has escalated over the past four months, Vice President Pence has visited four different U.S. intelligence agencies, the nation’s top counterterrorism coordination body, and toured the North Dakota Air Force base that houses Minuteman missiles and B-52 bombers.


 

Ex-Justice Department officials defend FBI after Trump says bureau is 'in tatters'President Trump’s assertion that former FBI Director James Comey left the bureau’s reputation “in tatters” isn’t sitting well with Comey and other former members of the Justice Department.


 

Trump endorses Roy Moore: 'We need his vote'President Trump on Monday tweeted his endorsement of Roy Moore, the Republican candidate for Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat, despite multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against the former judge.


 

Twelve miles from Damascus, rebel holdout faces humanitarian 'catastrophe'Five hundred critically ill Syrian patients — including scores of young children — are trapped with dwindling access to medical supplies in a besieged rebel-held district northeast of Damascus that has become ground zero for the latest humanitarian crisis in that country's bloody six-year civil war, according to United Nations officials and international aid groups.


 

Feinstein: 'We are beginning to see' an obstruction of justice case against TrumpSen. Dianne Feinstein, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says it is becoming increasingly clear that President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey represents an obstruction of justice.


 

Trump fumes about Comey, Clinton and the FBI after Flynn guilty pleaPresident Trump spent part of his weekend on Twitter fuming over coverage of ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI.


 

The evangelical professor who turned against 'reparative therapy' for gaysWarren Throckmorton, a psychologist and evangelical Christian, once believed gays could turn straight if they wanted to. But science has convinced him otherwise. And direct experience with members of the LGBT community has made him question his religious assumptions about the issue.


 

Protesting the Republican tax billRepublicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday. Here’s a look a tax bill protests in Washington, New York, Florida and Colorado.


 

Flynn says he is cooperating with Mueller probeFormer national security adviser Michael Flynn confirmed Friday that he is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI about two conversations he had with the Russian ambassador in the weeks before President Trump took office.


 

Michael Flynn pleads guilty to lying to the FBI and plans to 'cooperate' with Russia probePresident Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty to a charge of making false statements to the FBI.


 

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'Think before you tweet': Obama warns of new tech pitfalls on India visitFormer President Barack Obama discussed the perils of social media, his hope for the United States and his partnerships with Indian’s most recent prime ministers during a wide-ranging discussion at the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi.


 

Trump lights the National Christmas Treeinging in the holidays for the first time from Washington, President Donald Trump lit the National Christmas Tree Thursday evening, wishing the country "a Merry Christmas" — as he vowed to do during his campaign.


 

Taking on 'foreign fighters': How the West tracks — and targets — jihadis fleeing the collapse of ISISTens of thousands of young Islamic men and women from around the world flocked to join the ISIS army in Iraq and Syria. With the collapse of their desired caliphate, survivors are now seeking to return to home to Europe and the U.S., posing a risk of new terror attacks. How are Western intelligence services tracking and neutralizing the jihadis?


 

Trump likely to put off Israel embassy move — againSix months after he grudgingly postponed moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, President Trump seems on track to do so again.


 

Nobody can call Trump a 'kook' around Lindsey Graham, who called Trump a kookThe South Carolina senator is blasting the press for calling Donald Trump the same thing he once called him.


 

Pelosi: 'Conyers should resign'Four days after she was panned for calling Rep. John Conyers an “icon” in the wake of sexual harassment allegations against him, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on him to resign.


 

Trump calls the New York Times 'a virtual lobbyist' against GOP tax billPresident Trump lashed out at the New York Times on Thursday after the newspaper’s editorial board published the telephone numbers of Republican senators on Twitter, urging readers to call to oppose the GOP tax reform bill.


 

The martyrdom of the Mooch doesn't help the leftActivist students at Tufts targeted Anthony Scaramucci and made him a martyr. That’s a problem for universities, and the left.


 

U.S. demands countries end ties with North Korea's 'sick puppy' Kim“Little Rocket Man … he is a sick puppy,” Trump said in the middle of a speech focused on the Republican tax-cut plan in Congress.


 

Trump video retweets could be playing with fireThe president drew widespread condemnation for sharing with his Twitter followers incendiary videos from the right-wing British anti-Muslim party Britain First.


 

Accuser's open letter to Roy Moore: 'Where does your immorality end?'Leigh Corfman, the first woman to accuse Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her when she was a minor, publishes an open letter to the former judge Tuesday demanding he stop calling her a liar.


 

NBC fires Matt Lauer for 'inappropriate sexual behavior'The journalist, who had been with the “Today” show since 1994, was terminated after a review by the network of a detailed complaint from a colleague. Variety is reportedly preparing to reveal other accusations against Lauer.


 


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