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White House reviewing prank phone call incident: Source

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The White House has launched an internal review into how a call from comedian John Melendez was connected to President Donald Trump, a senior White House official told ABC News. Confirming the authenticity of a call between the president and a former Howard Stern sidekick, the White House official said the office of legislative affairs reached …

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Capital Gazette mass shooting suspect swore 'legal oath' to kill staff writer years ago

Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images(ANNAPOLIS, Md.) — Over four years ago, Jarrod Ramos swore a “legal oath” in court documents to kill a staff writer for the Capital Gazette. On Thursday, Ramos allegedly gunned down five employees at the daily local newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland, while barricading the office’s exit door as part of a “targeted attack,” authorities said. Ramos, a 38-year-old …

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President Trump attacks Democrats over increasing calls to abolish ICE

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to attack Democrats over increased calls among the left ranks of the party for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be eliminated. “The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that …

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Comedian claims he prank called President Trump

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — In what appears to be a bizarre security breach, comedian John Melendez claims he tricked the White House into putting him on the phone with President Donald Trump while pretending to be Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez. The White House has declined to comment – to either confirm or deny it. But a source familiar with the …

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Trump to announce pick for the next Supreme Court justice

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday that he would announce his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on July 9 – a choice that he will likely make from a previously released list of 25 potential nominees. Trump made the comments aboard Air Force One and added that he is meeting with two contenders in Bedminster, …

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Despite GOP controlling Senate, Democrats promise SCOTUS fight ahead of midterms

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — On the issues of LGBTQ rights, abortion access, money in politics and the environment, no member of the federal judiciary has been more influential in the last 30 years than Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. The announcement earlier this week of Kennedy’s retirement sent political shock waves through both parties, and scrambled an already uncertain 2018 midterm landscape, …

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Trump invites swing-vote senators to White House for Supreme Court vacancy discussion

ABC News.(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump has yet to name his replacement for retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, but the push to approve his new pick has already begun. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted that five senators expected to play a crucial role in swinging the confirmation process were invited to the White House on Thursday evening. …

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Rod Rosenstein defends himself against 'personal' attacks from GOP's Jim Jordan

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Chris Wray defended themselves against grilling by GOP lawmakers, including Rep. Jim Jordan, on Capitol Hill Thursday, facing off against House Republicans angry over the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigations. Their appearance came as the GOP-led House voted along party …

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