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During Congressional Hearing on Venezuela, Role of US Envoy Elliott Abrams Seriously Questioned

Earlier on Wednesday, the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing on Venezuela, where members of Congress were able to ask President Trump’s Venezuela envoy Elliott Abrams and other invited guests about the situation in the country. The U.S. recognized opposition party leader Juan Guaidó as V

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Senate passes largest public lands package in a decade

The Senate just passed a public lands package that will restore a conservation program funneling offshore drilling revenue to land conservation, according to The Washington Post.

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Gun control groups outspend NRA in Ga., reversing an old story line

Last year’s mass shooting of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., refocused national attention on gun control, but in the campaigning that followed, Georgia politicians still accepted thousands from the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups.

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Watch: Rep Omar Embarassed Herself Again

Yesterday Rep Ilhan Omar exploded on former Reagan official Elliot Abrams during a Congressional hearing. During the hearing she spent most of her time reading from notes that she clearly didn't prepare herself.

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Illinois lawmakers set to vote on minimum wage hike to $15 an hour

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois House could vote on a plan to increase the minimum wage to $15 by 2025. Democrats who control the General Assembly are moving quickly because Gov. J.B. Pritzker wants to sign the measure into law before he proposes his first annual budget. That's scheduled for F

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Kentucky Senate panel approves NRA gun bill on anniversary of Parkland school shooting

FRANKFORT — A Kentucky Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that wouldallow people to carry a concealed handgun without a permit or training on the first anniversary of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting that killed 17 students and staff members.

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House Judiciary hires attorneys who have argued for Trump impeachment

House Judiciary chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday his panel has retained two high profile white collar lawyers to provide advice to Democrats and explore legal and ethics inquiries involving President Trump and his administration.

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U.S. Budget Deficit Widens to $319 Billion Amid Flat Revenue

(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. budget deficit widened to $319 billion in the first three months of the government’s fiscal year as spending increased and revenue was little changed, according to the Treasury Department.

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Dow soars 300 points on shutdown and oil deals

New York (CNN Business)Wall Street on Tuesday cheered a reversal of two trends that had been weighing on investors: US politics and oil. The Dow jumped more than 300 points Tuesday after politicians in the United States tentatively agreed on a plan to avert another government shutdown. Stocks also g

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Astronaut Mark Kelly announces "next mission": Running for U.S. Senate

Astronaut Mark Kelly is setting his eyes on a new frontier: the United States Senate. In a four-minute-long video released Tuesday morning, Kelly announced that his "next mission" is to run for Arizona's Senate seat formerly occupied by the late Sen. John McCain.

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Heather Nauert Withdraws From Consideration as U.N. Ambassador

PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump’s pick to serve as ambassador to the United Nations withdrew from consideration on Saturday, citing family concerns. His intended nominee, Heather Nauert, a spokeswoman at the State Department since 2017, said in a statement that “the past two months have been grue

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Woman in cot testifies to Congress on opioids, chronic pain management

WASHINGTON — A woman with a severe chronic pain condition testified before Congress from a cot set up in the hearing room Tuesday, calling for more research and a smarter approach to pain management amid efforts to curb opioid abuse.

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Bill Weld: 5 Facts About Former GOP Governor Running Against Trump For President In 2020

Another politician has announced that they’re running in 2020. This time it’s Bill Weld, the former governor of MA, and Gary Johnson’s running mate on the 2016 Libertarian ticket. Learn more about the Republican.

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Funeral held for Laurie Holt, mother of Utah man freed from Venezuelan jail

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The family and friends of a Utah woman who spent nearly two years pushing to get her son freed from a Venezuelan jail was remembered for her fearlessness and determination at her funeral Saturday.

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Military planes carrying lawmakers to John Dingell's funeral forced to turn back due to bad weather

The military planes transporting a number of lawmakers to former Congressman John Dingell’s funeral in Detroit had to turn around on Tuesday due to bad weather in Michigan. The funeral for Dingell, the longest-serving member in the history of Congress who died Thursday at 92, featured numerous empty

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House Judiciary Committee hires lawyers who have written case for Trump impeachment

(CNN)House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, has hired two legal consultants who have advocated for the impeachment or possible indictment of President Donald Trump for obstructing justice.

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Democrats tap Norm Eisen to consult on House Judiciary Committee

House Democrats leading a sweeping set of investigations into President Donald Trump and his administration announced Tuesday they’ve added two heavyweight legal consultants to the Judiciary Committee.

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House Judiciary Committee hires two new outside counsels

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary Committee is building out its legal team with an eye toward an aggressive oversight agenda, tasking new outside attorneys with a review of issues that could be at the heart of an impeachment case against President Trump.

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This is the daily cost in unpaid federal wages during a shutdown

(CNN)When the government closes, an average of about $275 million in compensation to federal employees is delayed per day, according to an analysis of agency staffing and pay data by CNN. All told, more than $9 billion in compensation went unpaid to federal employees during the 35-day shutdown over

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Poll: More Americans have confidence in Mueller than Trump

More Americans would be more confident in facts presented by special counsel Robert Mueller than President Donald Trump, according to a recent poll by The Washington Post and George Mason University's Schar School.

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