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Trump, Dems in tentative deal on North American trade pact

The new trade pact would replace the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement, which eliminated most tariffs and other trade barriers involving the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Russia, Ukraine to revive peace process amid little progress

  Watchdog report: FBI’s Russia probe justified, no bias found

  Nativity scene shows Jesus, Mary and Joseph in cages

  Watchdog expected to find Russia probe valid, despite flaws

  House impeachment report looks at abuse, bribery, corruption

  Impeachment collides with funding deadline, testing Congress

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As Dems zero in on White House, Trump racks up court losses

  Trump complains low-flow toilets are flush with problems

Supreme Court keeps federal executions on hold

Supreme Court temporarily shields Trump bank records

White House won’t participate in next impeachment hearing

  Report: Teen who died in US custody unresponsive for hours

  Kerry endorses Biden as ad cites NATO leaders mocking Trump

The Biden campaign rolled out Kerry’s endorsement as it continued to portray Trump as a dangerous and erratic commander in chief and head of state.

  Giuliani in Ukraine as Congress moves closer to impeachment

Giuliani met in Kyiv with Andrii Derkach, a member of Ukraine’s parliament who has promoted unsubstantiated claims against the Bidens.

  Democrats say Trump impeachment charges must come swiftly

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will deliver an unusual public statement Thursday morning on the status of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

Trump asks Supreme Court to void financial records subpoena

President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to void a subpoena from the House of Representatives that seeks the president’s financial records from his accounting firm.

  Impeachment takeaways: History lessons, partisan feuds

  Profs make impeachment case; Democrats say they’re all in

  668,000 will lose food stamp benefits under new work rules

  Trump aims for role of NATO statesman but mars unity message

  Abortion bill in Ohio suggests doctors reimplant ectopic pregnancies

  Trump calls Trudeau ‘2-faced’ after palace chat goes viral

Kim again rides horse up sacred peak as nuke deadline nears

Official photos show Kim riding a white horse to snow-covered Mount Paektu, which he has previously visited before making major decisions.

  House report: Trump misused power, obstructed Congress

The House released a sweeping impeachment report Tuesday outlining evidence of what it calls President Donald Trump’s wrongdoing toward Ukraine, findings that will serve as the foundation for debate over whether the 45th president should be removed from office.

Powerful union to host Biden, Warren, Sanders in Nevada

The union said Tuesday that the town halls in Las Vegas on Dec. 9-11 would give candidates a chance to pitch themselves to the bartenders, housekeepers and other workers in the city’s famed casinos.

Gun background checks are on pace to break record in 2019

On Black Friday alone, the FBI ran 202,465 checks.

Sen. Rand Paul offering bill to combat student loan debt with retirement savings

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul wants to combat the rising debt load engulfing college students by allowing families to use their retirement savings to pay off their loans.

  Kamala Harris ends Democratic presidential campaign

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris told supporters on Tuesday that she was ending her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020.

Court sides with Congress in battle for Trump’s bank records

A federal appeals court in New York has handed President Donald Trump another legal defeat. It ruled that Congress can see his banking records for investigations into possible foreign influence in U.S. politics or other misdeeds.

  Trump barrels into NATO summit, clashes with France’s Macron

As prime ministers and presidents of the 29-member alliance converged on London for a summit marking NATO’s 70th birthday, Trump told reporters Tuesday that Macron’s comments were “very nasty” when he lamented the “brain death” of the organization.

Health program offers free HIV prevention drug to uninsured

Taking certain anti-HIV drugs every day dramatically reduces the chances that someone who is still healthy becomes infected through sex or injection drug use.

  Congress pushes ahead on Trump impeachment with nation split

Democrats are focused on whether Trump abused his office by withholding military aid approved by Congress and a White House meeting as he pressed the Ukrainian president to launch investigations into Trump's political rivals.

Joe Biden sees fundraising improvement after rough summer

Joe Biden has already surpassing the $15.6 million he raised across July, August and September within the past two months.

Trump campaign to stop giving credentials to Bloomberg News

Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale said Bloomberg reporters would no longer be credentialed to cover campaign events.

  Impeachment shadows Trump on trip to NATO leaders meeting

Crying foul over timing, President Donald Trump on Monday accused Democrats of scheduling this week’s impeachment hearing to undercut him during his trip abroad for a NATO leaders’ meeting playing out at a crucial moment for the 70-year-old military alliance.

Trump administration quietly releases Lebanon military aid

Over $100 million in Foreign Military Financing funds for the Lebanese Armed Forces was released just before the Thanksgiving holiday after months of unexplained delay, leading some lawmakers to compare it to the aid for Ukraine at the center of the impeachment inquiry.

California Rep. Hunter to plead guilty to corruption charge

The California Republican is facing federal corruption charges he looted campaign cash to finance vacations, golf outings and other personal expenses.

Kemp expected to pick Loeffler to succeed Isakson in Senate

Loeffler, perhaps best known as co-owner of the Atlanta Dream professional woman's basketball franchise, will have to defend the seat next November as Republicans battle to maintain control of the Senate and the White House.

Chicago mayor fires city’s top cop over ‘ethical lapses’

Lightfoot said she decided to fire Johnson after reviewing an inspector general's report on its investigation into a recent incident in which he was found asleep behind the wheel of his SUV.

Joe Sestak drops out of 2020 Democratic presidential race

Sestak was not able to poll high enough to make the debate stage in any of the events.

Trump to tariff steel and aluminum from Argentina and Brazil

President Donald Trump on Monday accused Argentina and Brazil of hurting American farmers through currency manipulation and said he’ll slap tariffs on their steel and aluminum imports to retaliate.

China to suspend US Navy visits to Hong Kong over new law

While the nature of the sanctions remained unclear, the move followed Chinese warnings that the U.S. would bear the costs if the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act was approved.

Democrat Steve Bullock ends struggling presidential campaign

The two-term governor and former state attorney general tried to make the case that he was the best bet to beat President Donald Trump because he was the only Democratic candidate to win in a state that Trump won in 2016.

UN chief warns of ‘point of no return’ on climate change

Speaking before the start Monday of a two-week international climate conference in Madrid, the U.N. chief said the impact of rising temperatures — including more extreme weather — is already being felt around the world, with dramatic consequences for humans and other species.

House panel to vote on Ukraine report as Trump mulls defense

Investigators are planning a vote Tuesday to approve their report making the case for President Donald Trump’s removal from office.

Malta leader to resign amid protests over reporter’s death

Muscat said he had informed Malta’s president that he will quit as leader of the governing Labor Party on Jan. 12 and that "in the days after I will resign as prime minister."

Trump to decide if he wants lawyers at impeachment hearings

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee asked President Donald Trump on Friday to say whether he’ll send his attorneys to participate in impeachment proceedings before the panel.

  Trump visits troops in Afghanistan, reveals US-Taliban talks

President Donald Trump paid a surprise Thanksgiving visit to Afghanistan, where he announced the U.S. and Taliban have been engaged in ongoing peace talks and said he believes the Taliban want a cease-fire.

Ads assail conservative legal group over Trump’s court picks

A liberal activist group is launching a digital ad campaign assailing major law firms that sponsored the Federalist Society’s recent annual dinner, where Brett Kavanaugh addressed more than 2,000 people in tuxedos and gowns at Washington’s Union Station.

US to pay less into NATO budget as Macron urges deep talks

Macron's call for intensive talks on how to shore up security in Europe, cope with volatile member Turkey and restore U.S. leadership came as NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Washington will pay less into the alliance's budget from next year, with Germany filling the spending gap.

Fired Navy leader highly critical of Trump in SEAL case

Richard Spencer wrote an opinion piece published on The Washington Post’s website Wednesday evening in which he slammed President Trump, three days after he was fired.

Seoul says North Korea has fired 2 short-range projectiles

The reported launches were the 13th major public weapons test by North Korea this year and the first since it conducted what it called a test-firing of a new "super-large" multiple rocket launcher late last month.

Michigan, Illinois set to usher in recreational pot sales

Both Michigan and Illinois, which allows sales starting on Jan. 1, are officially joining nine other states that broadly allow marijuana sales.

China furious, Hong Kong celebrates after US move on bills

Thousands of pro-democracy activists crowded a public square in downtown Hong Kong on Thursday night for a “Thanksgiving Day” rally to thank the United States for passing the laws and vowed to “march on” in their fight.

Appeals court issues stay for former White House counsel

The House Judiciary Committee sought Donald McGahn’s testimony about efforts by the president to obstruct the investigation into Russian election interference.

  How to survive the tense Thanksgiving table talk

Pass the turkey, hold the arguments. How do you survive talking politics at the dinner table?

Report: US lacked technology to track separated families

The U.S. government separated thousands of families despite knowing it lacked the technology to document and track their whereabouts, according to a report released Wednesday by an internal government watchdog.

Ruckelshaus, who defied Nixon in Watergate firing, dies

William Doyle Ruckelshaus, who famously quit his job in the U.S. Justice Department rather than carry out President Richard Nixon’s order to fire the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate scandal, has died. He was 87.

Jimmy Carter out of hospital after treatment for brain bleed

The Carters "look forward to enjoying Thanksgiving at home in Plains, where he will continue to recover," Carter Center spokeswoman Deanna Congileo said Wednesday in a statement.

US economy looking durable despite risks from trade conflict

The Commerce Department says the July-September growth rate in the gross domestic product, the economy's total output of goods and services slightly exceeded its initial estimate of a 1.9% rate.

  Trump knew of whistleblower before releasing Ukraine aid

Trump was told about the complaint in late August in a briefing by White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and John Eisenberg, an attorney with the White House National Security Council, according to two officials not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants

A U.S. judge in Oregon on Tuesday granted a preliminary injunction blocking a Trump administration proclamation that would require immigrants to show proof of health insurance to get a visa.

  Democrats push impeachment to next phase with Dec. 4 hearing

The Judiciary panel scheduled the hearing as the separate Intelligence Committee released two last transcripts from its depositions.

  Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event

Trump’s latest act of clemency Tuesday benefits Butter, a 47-pound turkey wished a “lot of luck” by the president. Trump also said he was sparing Bread, Butter’s partner, from being served up on a Thanksgiving table near you.

Trump order creates task force on missing American Indians

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday creating a White House task force on missing and slain American Indians and Alaska Natives. The task force will develop protocols to apply to new and unsolved case and create a multi-jurisdictional team to review cold cases.

  US criticizes China for abuses revealed by leaked cables

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday that a cache of leaked documents proves that Chinese authorities are engaged in massive and systemic repression of Muslims and other minorities in western China.

Probe of police shooting could revive scrutiny of Buttigieg

Mayor Pete Buttigieg is struggling to win black support for his presidential campaign, highlighted by the deadly shooting of an African American man by a white police officer over the summer in South Bend, Ind.

  Melania Trump draws some boos at youth summit in Baltimore

Melania Trump spoke at a youth summit in Baltimore Tuesday, urging the audience of middle and high school students to avoid misusing drugs. She was met with some boos.

House Oversight panel sues Barr, Ross over census documents

The chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee is suing two top Trump administration officials for refusing to produce documents related to a decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

  Brief White House lockdown, Capitol evacuation as small plane reported in airspace

The evacuations at the Capitol were ordered as a precaution and lasted about half an hour.

  UN: ‘Quick wins’ needed to keep climate goals within reach

Over the coming decade, worldwide emissions of carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases will have to drop more than 7% each year to stop average global temperatures from increasing by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius this century compared with pre-industrial times.

  Trump donates 3rd-quarter salary to help fight opioid crisis

A White House official says Trump has given the $100,000 he would be paid in the quarter to the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health, which oversees federal public health offices and programs, including the surgeon general's office.

After report of aide quitting, Biden says Latinos a priority

The former vice president responded to a report in Politico that his most senior Latina staffer, who served as national coalitions director, had quit. The aide raised concerns that the campaign focused too much on white voters in Iowa and black voters at the expense of Latino voters.

Trump signs bill to crack down on animal cruelty

President Donald Trump has signed a bill that makes certain acts of animal cruelty a federal felony, saying it’s important for the nation to combat “heinous and sadistic acts of cruelty.”

  Federal judge: McGahn must comply with House subpoena in impeachment probe

A federal judge has ordered former White House counsel Donald McGahn to appear before Congress in a setback to President Donald Trump’s effort to keep his top aides from testifying.

Schiff: Impeachment report to come soon after Thanksgiving

In a letter to his colleagues, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff is laying out evidence that his committee collected through 17 closed-door depositions and five open hearings in Democrats’ investigation of President Donald Trump’s dealings in Ukraine.

  Conan, hero dog from terror raid, welcomed at White House

President Donald Trump has wanted to honor the Belgian Malinois since the late October raid on Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s compound in northwest Syria.

Defense secretary says Trump ordered him to allow SEAL to keep status

Esper told reporters at the Pentagon Monday that was the reason he announced Sunday evening that Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher would be allowed to retire with his Trident Pin, retaining his status as a SEAL.

Doctors say ailing Assange needs medical care in hospital

Doctors said in a letter published Monday that Assange suffers from psychological problems including depression as well as dental issues and a serious shoulder ailment.

Pro-democracy camp wins landslide in Hong Kong vote

The result of Sunday's elections could force the central government in Beijing to rethink how to handle the unrest, which is now in its sixth month.