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As Trump denies wrongdoing, pace of Russia probe quickens

4:09 pm Dec. 10, 2018

Even as President Donald Trump again denounced the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections and any ties to his campaign as a ‘witch hunt,’ federal prosecutors on Monday reached a plea bargain agreement with a Russian woman accused of illegal political activity in the U.S., and the Special Counsel’s office prepared to reveal details of alleged lies by former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The federal judge overseeing Manafort’s

Top Pence aide won’t fill post as Trump’s Chief of Staff

4:02 pm Dec. 9, 2018

A day after announcing that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly would be leaving his post, President Donald Trump’s plan to shift the Vice President’s Chief of Staff into the job collapsed on Sunday, as a White House official told reporters that the President had been unable to reach a deal with Pence aide Nick Ayers, leaving Mr. Trump to look for another choice.

Ayers had been talked about for

Tidbits from the closed door questioning of James Comey

10:18 pm Dec. 8, 2018

House Republicans on Saturday released a transcript of their private interview on Friday with former FBI Director James Comey, detailing a lengthy closed door skirmish between Comey and GOP lawmakers over the origin of the

Trump chooses new Attorney General, ridicules former Secretary of State

3:23 pm Dec. 7, 2018

Amid reports that his White House Chief of Staff might be on his way out, President Donald Trump on Friday said he will nominate former U.S. Attorney General William Barr to serve in that post again, as the President also publicly insulted his former Secretary of State, hours after Rex Tillerson offered a less than flattering review of his time working in the Trump Cabinet.

“A terrific person, a terrific man,”

North Carolina Republican owes money for disputed absentee ballot work

7:11 am Dec. 7, 2018

In a filing made late Thursday night to the Federal Election Commission, the campaign of Republican Mark Harris of North Carolina, which has come under fire for possible absentee ballot fraud in the 2018 elections, listed a debt of $34,310 to an outside GOP consulting group which was tasked with absentee ballot work in Bladen County, the epicenter of fraud allegations in the race for North Carolina’s Ninth Congressional District.

The

Democrats win final California race for 40 seat gain in the House

7:01 pm Dec. 6, 2018

A month after Election Day, Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) conceded defeat to challenger T.J. Cox on Thursday, as Republicans lost a seventh U.S. House seat to Democrats in California, pushing the party’s net gains to 40 seats in the 2018 mid-term elections, as Democrats triumphed in yet another Congressional district which had voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

A three-term more moderate Republican, Valadao had led by almost eight points on

Congress okays two week punt on border wall, shutdown fight

4:02 pm Dec. 6, 2018

With most work of the government interrupted this week by the ceremonies honoring the late President George H.W. Bush, the House and Senate on Thursday approved a two-week stop gap funding plan for part of the federal government, re-setting a partisal government shutdown deadline for December 21, as the two sides seem no closer to a deal on money that the President wants for his wall along the Mexican border.

“The

Pelosi raises option of not seating two new GOP lawmakers from Florida, North Carolina

10:29 am Dec. 6, 2018

With allegations that absentee ballot fraud may have delivered victory to a new Republican lawmaker from North Carolina, and a newly-elected GOP member admitting he broke federal campaign fundraising laws during his 2018 election bid in Florida, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday that it’s possible neither of the Republicans who won those races in November will be sworn-in when the 116th Congress convenes in January.

“The House