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Senate sets evening vote on Powell to be Fed chair

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday voted to limit debate on the nomination of Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell to lead the central bank, setting the clock ticking toward a final confirming vote in the evening.

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U.S. Embassy in Israel to move to Jerusalem by end of 2019: Pence

The U.S. Embassy in Israel will move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech to the Israeli parliament on Monday that highlighted a policy shift that has stoked Palestinian anger and international concern.

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Senators strike deal to end government shutdown

U.S. senators struck a deal on Monday to lift a three-day government shutdown and try to end a fight between Democrats and President Donald Trump’s Republicans over immigration and border security.

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Rex Tillerson visits new U.S. embassy in London

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visited the new $1 billion U.S. embassy in London on Monday, just days after Donald Trump criticized the move to new diplomatic premises as part of a bad deal agreed by the administration of Barack Obama.

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Senate sets noon Monday vote after it is unable to reach deal to open government

The U.S. Senate scheduled a vote for Monday at noon (1700 GMT) on a stopgap spending measure, canceling a planned vote for Monday at 1 a.m. (0600 GMT), ensuring that the federal government will remain closed when the work week begins.

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Senator says FBI lost crucial texts tied to Clinton probe

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has lost about five months worth of text messages between two staffers who worked on probes into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails and possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

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Republican congressman removed from ethics committee

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan removed Representative Patrick Meehan from the House Ethics Committee on Saturday following sexual misconduct allegations, Ryan’s office said.

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U.S. to retry Senator Menendez on bribery, corruption charges

The U.S. Justice Department said it plans to retry Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez on bribery and corruption charges after a jury was deadlocked during a trial in November.

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Paramedics called to treat Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a life-long diabetic, was treated by paramedics for low blood sugar at her home in Washington on Friday morning but was able to go to work afterward, a court spokeswoman said.

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Supreme Court to decide legality of Trump travel ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide the legality of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries.

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U.S. government shutdown begins as spending bill fails in Senate

The U.S. government officially shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a last-minute deal to fund its operations, divided in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security.

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Trump appointee quits after CNN unearths anti-Muslim rants

A U.S. official appointed by President Donald Trump has resigned after CNN posted excerpts of him making racist and Islamophobic comments on a radio show he used to host, the news network reported.

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Ex-CIA Director Stansfield Turner dead at 94; served under Carter

Stansfield Turner, a Navy admiral and Rhodes Scholar who was Director of Central Intelligence under President Jimmy Carter, died on Jan. 18 at home in Seattle, Washington. He was 94.

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Senate panel to probe Hawaii alerts as FCC investigates

A U.S. Senate panel plans to hold a Jan. 25 hearing on the errant Hawaii ballistic missile alert that stirred panic and anger as the Federal Communications Commission investigates the matter.

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U.S. senators rip Trump over his attacks on the media

Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake castigated President Donald Trump on Wednesday for his attacks on the media, saying Trump had embraced the despotic language of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and inspired modern-day authoritarians.

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White House doctor says Trump in ‘excellent’ overall health

U.S. President Donald Trump had a normal score on a cognitive exam and is in excellent health, although he could benefit from a lower-fat diet and more exercise, the White House physician said on Tuesday.

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21 states sue to keep net neutrality as Senate Democrats reach 50 votes

A group of 21 U.S. state attorneys general filed suit to challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to do away with net neutrality on Tuesday while Democrats said they needed just one more vote in the Senate to repeal the FCC ruling.

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Ex-Trump chief strategist Bannon to meet with House panel on Russia

President Donald Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon will meet behind closed doors on Tuesday with a U.S. House of Representatives committee that is probing whether Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump calls U.S. court system ‘unfair’ after DACA ruling

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the U.S. court system as “broken and unfair” after a federal judge blocked his move to end the program protecting young immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents, commonly known as “Dreamers.”

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U.S. judge blocks Trump move to end DACA program for immigrants

A U.S. judge blocked President Donald Trump’s administration on Tuesday from ending a program that shielded from deportation children brought to the United States illegally by their parents.

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Trump to attend Davos economic forum: U.S. administration official

U.S. President Donald Trump plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in coming weeks, a U.S. senior administration official said on Tuesday.

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Scalise to undergo surgery in post-shooting treatment

U.S. Representative Steve Scalise said he would undergo surgery on Wednesday as part of continuing treatment of wounds sustained in a June shooting.

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Former Arizona Sheriff Arpaio says running for U.S. Senate

Former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a close ally of President Donald Trump, said on Tuesday he was running for the U.S. Senate to replace retiring Republican Senator Jeff Flake.

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FBI chief calls unbreakable encryption ‘urgent public safety issue’

The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an “urgent public safety issue,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday in remarks that sought to renew a contentious debate over privacy and security.

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Oprah Winfrey ‘intrigued’ by U.S. presidential run: friend Gayle King

Media magnate Oprah Winfrey is “intrigued” by the possibility of running for the U.S. presidency in 2020 but is not considering it now, a close friend said on Tuesday after Winfrey’s speech at a Hollywood awards show thrust her name into the political arena.