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Democrats release redacted memo pushing back on GOP claims of DOJ abuse of government surveillance powers

Drew Angerer/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee have released a redacted memo meant to push back on Republicans’ claims of DOJ and FBI abuse of government surveillance powers to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser. President Donald Trump objected to the release of the memo two weeks ago, citing national security concerns. In a letter to …

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Rep. Joe Kennedy III talks gun control after Fla. shooting

Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC(NEW YORK) — Rep. Joe Kennedy III thinks the U.S. needs to do more to stop gun violence in the wake of the recent mass shooting that killed 17 at a Florida high school. Kennedy expressed strong opinions on the necessity of Congress taking more action and discredited the debate being focused on mental health issues. “We’re not doing …

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Trump: Arming teachers in schools 'up to States'

ABCNews.com(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday in support of arming teachers following this month’s deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, saying educators should have annual training and proposing they should get a yearly bonus for being armed. Trump has supported the idea in recent days amid the national conversation on combatting mass shootings, …

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Bernie Sanders' son considering run for Congress from New Hampshire

Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic(WASHINGTON) — A new but familiar name might soon be added to the list of candidates running in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District race: Levi Sanders, the son of 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. A senior adviser to Levi Sanders told ABC News that he’s “in the stages of deciding” whether he’ll run for Congress, talking it over with …

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Texas Democratic candidate says she’s 'disappointed' in party after DCCC launches attack

Michael Stravato/The Washington Post(HOUSTON) — Texas congressional candidate Laura Moser said she was shocked when the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee — which tends to reserve its attacks for Republican candidates — released negative research about her recently. “If I was a comic book character, I think my mouth would’ve hit the floor,” she said. The DCCC prides itself on supporting …

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Grand jury returns new charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed a five-count superseding indictment Friday that accuses former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of paying a group of “senior European politicians” to lobby members of Congress on behalf of the then-Russia backed government of Ukraine. The plan, the indictment said, was for the group to appear to be presenting U.S. officials …

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Trump says Kushner security clearance up to chief of staff Kelly

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump indicated Friday he would not intervene if chief of staff John Kelly were to revoke the temporary top secret security clearance for his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, whose background check is still open after more than a year. After Trump was asked whether he would grant a waiver to Kushner, he …

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Former Trump aide Rick Gates pleads guilty to 2 counts in Russia investigation

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Richard Gates, Donald Trump’s one-time campaign aide, pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts: conspiracy against the U.S. and lying to federal authorities. Gates is the latest person in the Trump campaign’s orbit to face charges in the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential contest. He is now cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s …

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Van strikes security barrier near White House, driver apprehended

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Secret Service has apprehended a female driver who struck a security barrier near the White House, the agency reported on Twitter Friday. The vehicle did not breach the security barrier around the White House and no shots were fired, the agency added in subsequent tweets. Photos from the scene show a white Chevrolet minivan at the …

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Car strikes security barrier near White House, driver apprehended

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Secret Service has apprehended a female driver who struck a security barrier near the White House on Friday, the agency reported on Twitter. The vehicle involved in the situation did not breach the security barrier of the White House, the agency added in a subsequent tweet. “The female driver of the vehicle was immediately apprehended by …

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