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Risch tries to calm Republicans furious with Trump

Sen. Jim Risch was on the verge of facing down an insurgency from his GOP colleagues. Top Senate Republicans were fuming at the Trump administration last week for ignoring congressional demands to further investigate the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. But Risch, the newly minted chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, wasn’t eager to preside […]

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Utah officials moved fast to shrink voter-approved Medicaid expansion, documents show

Utah officials pressed the Trump administration to approve a limited expansion of Medicaid just days after voters in the state last November supported a ballot measure calling for a broader expansion under Obamacare, according to correspondence obtained by POLITICO. Emails and text messages obtained through a Utah public records request indicate that state and federal officials, […]

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A Crucial Senate Race in Tennessee Is Coming Down to the Wire

Two years ago, Debbi Ross didn’t decide who to vote for in the presidential election until she was inside the polling booth. At that point, she prayed to God to help her decide whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump would be a better leader for the country. “I said, ‘Help me with this because I’m […]

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‘You Don’t Want Just a Yes Man.’ Barack Obama Rallies for Sen. Joe Donnelly in Indiana

Former President Barack Obama praised Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly on Sunday for being willing to break with his party, telling a roaring crowd at a rally in the state that “you don’t want just a yes man.” Donnelly has sounded more like President Donald Trump while trying to persuade voters in the conservative Midwestern […]

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In Texas Senate race, both parties are at the door — all 7.4 million of them

DALLAS — When Beto O’Rourke wrapped up his day here late Friday, rallying supporters in what he noted was the aptly named Opportunity Park, his voice was hoarse and scratchy, and there were bags under his eyes from lack of sleep. It was the Democratic Senate hopeful’s sixth public event of the day — his […]

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Trump Has Been Playing Rihanna Songs At Rallies. ‘Not For Much Longer,’ Singer Says.

President Donald Trump has been hitting the campaign trail over the past few months, rallying supporters around the country to vote in for conservatives in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Similar to his events during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump’s selection of music before and after the rallies has remained constant, most notably Lee Greenwood’s rendition of “God Bless the U.S.A.” […]

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Massive explosion of Pennsylvania house is felt in New Jersey, officials say

A house exploded in Pennsylvania Sunday night, causing shock a state away, according to multiple reports. The 9,000-square-foot home exploded in the community of Gladwyne, in Lower Merion Township, because of a gas leak, right before 8 p.m., the reports said. “The explosion could be heard township wide,” Lower Merion Police Department wrote on Facebook. WPVI reported […]

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Sinema closes in on Arizona’s hotly contested Senate seat

PHOENIX — Kyrsten Sinema was rallying volunteers for the “exciting week ahead of us” when a campaign poster tacked to the wall behind her fell noisily to the ground. “They’re coming for us, guys,” Sinema quipped before returning to her remarks on Saturday. In fact, they’ve been coming for the third-term House Democrat ever since […]

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Kavanaugh’s friends promoted him. Now they have to rescue him

Brett Kavanaugh isn’t the only prominent conservative whose reputation is threatened by allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against the Supreme Court nominee. White House aides and allies who vouched for Kavanaugh’s squeaky-clean public image and encouraged President Donald Trump to choose him for the highest court have a lot to lose, too — including the […]

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An Alaskan village is falling into the sea. Washington is looking the other way

This story comes to us through a partnership with the podcast and radio program Threshold, with funding support from the Pulitzer Center. The sun never really sets on summer nights in the far north, and the endless twilight makes Shishmaref, Alaska, something of a kids’ paradise. “There’s a lot of kids,” says 8-year-old Walter Nayokpuk, emerging from […]

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