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U.S. Senate Republicans ask Moore to withdraw as new accuser steps forward

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell led a chorus of establishment Republicans on Monday urging Roy Moore, the party’s Senate candidate in Alabama, to quit the race as a fifth woman came forward with allegations Moore had sexual contact with teenage girls decades ago.

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U.S. Senate to vote on advancing Trump transportation nominees

The U.S. Senate was set to vote on Monday to approve a senior Transportation Department nominee and advance another nomination, after Republicans accused Democrats of blocking some nominees to push for funding of a New York area infrastructure project.

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House Democrats seek probe of FCC chairman’s treatment of Sinclair

Two U.S. House Democrats on Monday asked the Federal Communications Commission inspector general to probe whether FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was biased in favor of Sinclair Broadcast Group, which is seeking approval of a $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co.

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Jurors in U.S. Senator’s bribery trial told to keep talking

The judge in the bribery trial of Democratic U.S. Senator Bob Menendez of New Jersey told a jury on Monday to continue deliberating after the panel said it was unable to reach a unanimous verdict, according to defendant’s spokesman.

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Senator Rand Paul returns to work after being tackled while mowing lawn

U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky said he returned to work on Monday, more than a week after he suffered six broken ribs when tackled by a neighbor while mowing his lawn.

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Trump urges lawmakers to end health mandate, cut top tax rate

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday pushed lawmakers debating tax reform proposals in the Republican-controlled Congress to end the Obamacare individual mandate and cut the top income tax rate to 35 percent.

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U.S. Senate Republican leader says Alabama nominee Moore should ‘step aside’

U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Monday called on Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore to “step aside,” saying he believed the woman who accused Moore of inappropriate sexual contact.

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Trump says he will nominate ex-pharma executive Azar as health secretary

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said he has chosen former pharmaceutical company executive Alex Azar to serve as U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary and vowed to lower the price of medicines.

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Supreme Court to hear Minnesota voter apparel law challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear a conservative group’s free speech challenge to a Minnesota law prohibiting voters from wearing T-shirts or other apparel adorned with overtly political messages inside polling stations.

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Former U.S. Vice President Biden leaves open door to 2020 run

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday left the door open to a presidential run to challenge Republican President Donald Trump in the 2020 election and said he is focused now on boosting Democrats in the 2018 midterm races.

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Trump vaunts trade progress, red carpets on ‘fruitful’ Asia trip

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday he had made significant progress on trade issues during a fruitful trip across Asia.

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Trump donates first quarter salary to National Park Service

President Donald Trump has decided to donate his first quarter salary of $78,333 to the National Park Service, the White House announced on Monday.

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U.S. appeals court sets May hearing on revised Trump travel order

A U.S. appeals court said on Monday it would hold a hearing in May over a Hawaii federal judge’s order that blocked President Donald Trump’s revised travel restrictions on people from several Muslim-majority countries.

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House Republican tax chief to huddle with Democrats

The Texas Republican spearheading tax reform efforts in the U.S. House of Representatives will meet with Democrats to discuss policy ideas, as Republicans try to secure a victory for President Donald Trump after his healthcare bill’s failure.

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Trump signs repeal of U.S. broadband privacy rules

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday signed a repeal of Obama-era broadband privacy rules, the White House said.

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Pence meets with House conservatives on reviving healthcare bill

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus were meeting on Monday with a group of Republican House conservatives about reviving an effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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U.S. withdraws funding for U.N. Population Fund

The State Department said on Monday it was ending U.S. funding for the United Nation Population Fund, the international body’s agency focused on family planning as well as maternal and child health in more than 150 countries.

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Prior to his SEC nomination, Clayton communicated with SEC contractor

Before Wall Street attorney Jay Clayton was nominated to be head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, he communicated with more than a half dozen of President Donald Trump’s transition representatives, including one whose company has a multi-million-dollar contract with the SEC.