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Sessions to Congress: DACA answer is 'in your hands'

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Sessions to Congress: DACA answer is 'in your hands'


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The Latest: Sessions says Mueller team hasn't questioned him

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The Latest: Sessions says Mueller team hasn't questioned him


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Watch live: Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies in D.C.

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Watch live: Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies in D.C.


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Portugal interior minister resigns over 106 wildfire deaths

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Portugal interior minister resigns over 106 wildfire deaths


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State Department discovers 2,800 government documents on Anthony Weiner's personal laptop

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State Department discovers 2,800 government documents on Anthony Weiner's personal laptop


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Tribune Editorial: Who does the Attorney General really represent?

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Tribune Editorial: Who does the Attorney General really represent?


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Dorothy Pelanda ends campaign to become Ohio's secretary of state

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Dorothy Pelanda ends campaign to become Ohio's secretary of state


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Canada's Liberals look to economy to guide them past ethics scandal
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has been badly shaken by a conflict-of-interest controversy about his finance minister, but the Liberal government’s upcoming fiscal update offers an opportunity to reset the public focus on Canada’s strong economy, political observers say. The government has been plagued all week about questions about the finance minister, Bill Morneau, the multimillionaire former chief executive officer of human resources management firm Morneau Shepell   Read More ...
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Slow debris removal sparks investigation by Texas attorney general
AUSTIN — Attorney General Ken Paxton is investigating an undisclosed number of debris removal companies he said "may be overpromising and under-delivering" across battered southeast Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The promise of investigation to look into companies contracted to haul debris came at the behest of John Sharp, Texas A&M University's chancellor who is overseeing the state's recovery operations   Read More ...
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Slow debris removal sparks investigation by Texas attorney general
AUSTIN — Attorney General Ken Paxton is investigating an undisclosed number of debris removal companies he said "may be overpromising and under-delivering" across battered southeast Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The promise of investigation to look into companies contracted to haul debris came at the behest of John Sharp, Texas A&M University's chancellor who is overseeing the state's recovery operations   Read More ...
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U.S. yields trim rise after report on Yellen's return to White House
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Eric Holder: I Am Part of the Trump Resistance
Former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday he was a member of the political resistance against President Donald Trump. "There's no question about that," Holder told CNN. "You know, I'm a progressive Democrat committed to the ideals of my party and proud of the work that I did as attorney general." He said he's proud of what the Obama administration accomplished and he's going to work to put leadership in place in 2018 and 2020 that will preserve that agenda   Read More ...
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Judge refuses to dismiss Schuette private email lawsuit
Lansing — Liberal critics of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette have cleared a procedural hurdle in a lawsuit seeking emails from the private accounts of key members of his staff. A group called Progress Michigan believes Schuette and 20 staffers for years used private email to discuss public business. The group filed a lawsuit after the attorney general’s office responded to a public records request by saying it possessed only one record and it was exempt   Read More ...
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Norway government gets 1st woman foreign minister
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's prime minister has presented three new government ministers in a minor reshuffle of her two-party coalition following a general election last month. Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Friday that Ine Eriksen Soereide has been reassigned from defense minister to foreign minister. The move makes the 41-year-old Eriksen Soereide the first woman to be Norway's top diplomat   Read More ...
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Norway government gets 1st woman foreign minister
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Norway's prime minister has presented three new government ministers in a minor reshuffle of her two-party coalition following a general election last month. Prime Minister Erna Solberg said Friday that Ine Eriksen Soereide has been reassigned from defense minister to foreign minister. The move makes the 41-year-old Eriksen Soereide the first woman to be Norway's top diplomat   Read More ...
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Overlooked dues payment led to brief law license suspension for attorney general candidate John Adams
The law license of Republican attorney general candidate John Adams was suspended for about two weeks in 2011, according to the Democratic Attorneys General Association. "John is a member of both the Washington, D.C., and Virginia bars. Due to an oversight, John was late paying his Virginia annual dues and it was quickly rectified," Adams spokeswoman Taylor Keeney said in an email   Read More ...
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Foreign Affairs' Wilson calls on State to probe Cuba attacks
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson is calling on the U.S. State Department to investigate a bizarre string of attacks on diplomats in Cuba. The South Carolina Republican and House Foreign Affairs Committee member made that request Thursday in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. At least 22 American diplomats, intelligence agents and their spouses in Havana have been harmed in unexplained, invisible attacks over the last year   Read More ...
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Foreign Affairs' Wilson calls on State to probe Cuba attacks
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson is calling on the U.S. State Department to investigate a bizarre string of attacks on diplomats in Cuba. The South Carolina Republican and House Foreign Affairs Committee member made that request Thursday in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. At least 22 American diplomats, intelligence agents and their spouses in Havana have been harmed in unexplained, invisible attacks over the last year   Read More ...
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Foreign Affairs' Wilson calls on State to probe Cuba attacks - | WBTV Charlotte
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson is calling on the U.S. State Department to investigate a bizarre string of attacks on diplomats in Cuba. The South Carolina Republican and House Foreign Affairs Committee member made that request Thursday in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. At least 22 American diplomats, intelligence agents and their spouses in Havana have been harmed in unexplained, invisible attacks over the last year   Read More ...
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Treasury yields slip as geopolitical tensions rise; Trump seen favoring Powell for Fed boss
Treasury prices rose, pulling yields lower, on Thursday after geopolitical tensions in Spain flared up. Meanwhile, reports late-afternoon indicated that President Donald Trump was leaning toward Fed. Gov. Jerome Powell as the next Federal Reserve chief. How are Treasurys doing? The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield fell 2 basis points to 2.323%. The 2-year yield edged lower a basis point to 1   Read More ...
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Stocks end flat, U.S. Treasury yields fall after Powell report
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The sooner Rex Tillerson resigns as secretary of state the better
The longer Tillerson stays, the greater the long-term damage to the State Department. And to paraphrase Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, if the State Department gets ransacked, then the Pentagon will need to buy a lot more ammunition. It still looks as though Tillerson will be around for a spell — which is a shame, because at this point almost anyone else would have a better chance at doing the job   Read More ...
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U.S. yields renew fall after report on Powell as Fed Chair nominee
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Law license of John Adams, GOP candidate for Virginia attorney general, briefly suspended in 2011
The law license of Republican attorney general candidate John Adams was briefly suspended in 2011, according to the Democratic Attorneys General Association. "John is a member of both the Washington, D.C., and Virginia bars. Due to an oversight, John was late paying his Virginia annual dues and it was quickly rectified," Adams spokeswoman Taylor Keeney said in an email. When asked if he practiced law in Virginia during the time his license was suspended - and whether his D   Read More ...
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Canada's finance minister says will adopt blind trust, divest assets
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Thursday he has told the federal ethics watchdog he will place his assets in a blind trust and work to divest his holdings in Morneau Shepell Inc amid allegations he had a conflict of interest. Questions about the assets and holdings of Morneau, the multimillionaire former chief executive officer of human resources management firm Morneau Shepell, have dogged the finance minister for days, despite his repeated assurance that he had followed ethics rules to guard against any conflict of interest   Read More ...
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‘There is no magical growth fairy’: Dem senator tears into Trump’s tax cuts based on ‘unicorns’ and ‘rainbows’
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) on Thursday blasted President Donald Trump’s treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, for using dubious economic projections to sell a tax cut plan that will largely benefit the wealthiest Americans. “It certainly isn’t a tax recipe focused on the middle class,” Wyden explained in a speech on the Senate floor. “The treasury secretary doubled down on the failed experiment that tax cuts pay for themselves   Read More ...
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Judge tosses Gov. LePage's lawsuit against attorney general
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Maine's Republican governor against the state's Democratic attorney general alleging that she was refusing to represent the administration in court cases for political reasons. Gov. Paul LePage sued Attorney General Janet Mills in May after she declined to file amicus briefs on LePage's behalf supporting President Donald Trump's immigration orders   Read More ...
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Legislative leaders vote to sue attorney general to seek release of secret legal opinion on special election
Legislative leaders voted Wednesday to sue Attorney General Sean Reyes to force release of a legal opinion they requested about whether Gov. Gary Herbert overstepped his legal powers in setting rules for the 3 Congressional District special election. The Legislative Management Committee — consisting of top leaders from both parties and chambers — unanimously approved the move in a special meeting, but only if Reyes chooses in coming days to continue withholding the document   Read More ...
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Watch: Vladimir Putin giggles at agriculture minister's pork gaffe
This is something we don’t see very often. The usually stony-faced Russian President Vladimir Putin bursting into a fit of giggles. And the cause of his mirth? A suggestion by his agriculture minister that Russia boost its pork exports to Indonesia — the country with the world's largest Muslim population. Alexander Tkachyov had suggested while presenting his report to ministers that the country follow Germany’s example and increase pork exports to Asia   Read More ...
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South Africa's cabinet replaces Zuma ally as head of national airline
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s government has named Johannes Bhekumuzi Magwaza as chairman of loss-making state-owned airline South African Airways (SAA), replacing Dudu Myeni, who was an ally of President Jacob Zuma, the finance minister said on Thursday. In all six board members were replaced, Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba said in a statement without giving reasons for the clear-out, but adding that the new board brings “in-depth knowledge of business in both the private and public sectors”   Read More ...
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Kurdistan never intended to engage in war with Iraq, foreign minister says
CAIRO (Reuters) - The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) never intended to engage in a war with the Iraqi army, Kurdish foreign minister Falah Mustafa Bakir told broadcaster CNN in an interview. There is a need for dialogue between KRG and Iraq so as to reach a common understanding, Bakir said, adding that the dispute was not about oil or the national flag but about the future of two nations   Read More ...
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S. Korea, Japan, US vow diplomatic efforts to resolve N. Korea issue
SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Senior officials of South Korea, Japan and the United States on Wednesday agreed to make concerted diplomatic efforts to peacefully resolve the crisis over North Korea's nuclear and missile threats. The agreement was reached at a meeting in Seoul among South Korean Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung Nam, Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan   Read More ...
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Sessions to Congress: DACA answer is 'in your hands'
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a longtime immigration hardliner Sessions echoed the President in punting immigration policy to Congress Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions told senators they have an "opportunity to do something historic" on immigration on Wednesday as he was pressed repeatedly on the administration's move to terminate a popular protection for young undocumented immigrants. "We have got to have more than just an amnesty," Sessions said in his opening remarks   Read More ...
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Japan, US, S.Korea agree on 'maximum pressure'
Senior officials from Japan, the United States, and South Korea have agreed that the 3 countries will put maximum pressure on North Korea for its repeated ballistic missile and nuclear tests. Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shinsuke Sugiyama, US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, and South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam met in Seoul on Wednesday. They agreed that the threat posed by North Korea has increased markedly   Read More ...
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Franken grills Sessions on LGBT record
Washington (CNN)Democratic Sen. Al Franken criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for working to revoke LGBT rights, accusing him and the Department of Justice of wasting "no time in systematically undermining attempts to safeguard LGBT people." Questioning Sessions during a Senate judiciary committee hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday, the Minnesota senator blamed Sessions personally for new policy changes at the Justice Department   Read More ...
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Senators wrestle with Attorney General over sanctuary cities, federal grants
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — Republican and Democratic senators voiced concerns over the Trump administration's plans to withdraw federal law enforcement grants from sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with immigration enforcement orders. During a Wednesday hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended President Trump's controversial executive order on sanctuary cities against critics who he said were "advancing political agendas" rather than "following the law   Read More ...
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Canada's Trudeau defends finance minister amid ethics questions
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his finance minister on Wednesday amid criticism that Bill Morneau did not place his assets in a blind trust, moving to dampen a growing controversy that threatens to overshadow the government’s agenda. Questions about Morneau’s potential conflict of interest follow weeks of backlash over the finance minister’s attempt to reform small business taxes and have become a major stumbling block for Trudeau’s two-year-old Liberal government   Read More ...
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How the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Jeff Sessions
Politics How the Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Jeff Sessions The Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a Department of Justice oversight hearing on Oct. 18, asking him about issues from Russian meddling to immigration enforcement. The Senate Judiciary Committee grilled Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a Department of Justice oversight hearing on Oct. 18, asking him about issues from Russian meddling to immigration enforcement   Read More ...
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Norway to appoint first woman foreign minister: reports
OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian Defence Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide will on Friday be named minister of foreign affairs, making her the first woman to hold the post, local media reported on Wednesday. If confirmed, she will replace Boerge Brende, who last month was appointed president of the World Economic Forum. Citing unnamed sources, public broadcaster NRK and independent TV2 both reported that Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg would promote Eriksen Soereide to the Foreign Ministry post   Read More ...
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Sessions defends FBI director's firing, won't disclose conversations with Trump
U.S. attorney general told Senate judiciary committee he was surprised at James Comey's announcement Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly defended U.S. President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey, linking the FBI director's abrupt dismissal to his handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation. Sessions, appearing before the Senate judiciary committee, said it was "the first time I'm aware of" in which an FBI director had performed the traditional role of Justice Department prosecutors by announcing on his own the conclusion of a federal investigation — that no charges would be brought against Clinton   Read More ...
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Sessions, Franken get heated at hearing: 'The ambassador from Russia is Russian'
Sen. Al Franken grilled Jeff Sessions during a Senate judiciary hearing Wednesday The now attorney general was a top advocate for Donald Trump's candidacy Washington (CNN)Jeff Sessions told Democratic Sen. Al Franken Wednesday that he had no "improper discussions" with the Russians in a tense exchange during the attorney general's hearing with the Senate judiciary committee Wednesday. "Not being able to recall what you discussed with him is very different than saying, 'I have not had communications with the Russians,'" Franken said   Read More ...
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Sessions clashes with Franken over Russia claim: 'Give me a break'
close Attorney General Jeff Sessions publicly and repeatedly clashed with Democratic Sen. Al Franken on Wednesday after being pressed over the accuracy of past testimony regarding his communications with the Russians during the 2016 presidential campaign. In one of several testy exchanges Sessions had with Democratic senators during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Franken, D-Minn., grilled the attorney general and suggested his explanations have changed   Read More ...
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Washington’s secretary of state pushing to move presidential primary to March
As Secretary of State Kim Wyman prepares her legislative agenda for the session that starts in January, “One of the biggest priorities is moving the presidential primary earlier. I’d like Washington to be relevant, and also would like to see better voter turnout,” she said. She proposes moving the presidential primary to the second Tuesday after the first Monday in March   Read More ...
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The Latest: Franken, Sessions spar about Russia
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee (all times local): Democratic Sen. Al Franken is accusing Attorney General Jeff Sessions of "moving the goalposts" in denying his interactions with the Russian ambassador. In a testy exchange, Franken confronted Sessions about his testimony in January, in which he said he had no communications with Russians   Read More ...
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VIDEO: Franken-Sessions’ Tense Senate Hearing Exchange
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee is questioning U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday about several topics. The hearing got very interesting when Sen. Al Franken from Minnesota asked Sessions about discussions with the Russians. Franken accused Attorney General Jeff Sessions of “moving the goalposts” in denying his interactions with the Russian ambassador. In a tense exchange, Franken confronted Sessions about his testimony in January, in which he said he had no communications with Russians   Read More ...
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Russia, Comey firing, Clinton emails: Attorney General Jeff Sessions in his own words
WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions's testimony Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee was his first this year and he touched on a variety of topics, including: Russia Sessions rejected any suggestion that he colluded with Russian officials while advising Trump’s campaign, calling such assertions “an appalling and detestable lie.” Sessions has recused himself from any role in the ongoing Russia inquiry because of his prior contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak — which were not disclosed during his confirmation hearing   Read More ...
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AG Jeff Sessions declines to answer questions about the firing of FBI director
In an attempt to weed out leakers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is apparently considering giving the National Security Council staff a lie detector test. Veuer's Josh King has the story (@abridgetoland). WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a Senate panel Wednesday that he would not discuss the content of his conversations with President Trump about the May firing of FBI Director James Comey, citing the president’s privileged communications with his executive staff   Read More ...
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