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Published: Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:08:01 GMT2017-12-17T01:08:01Z

 



Gov.-elect poses next to cutout of Chris Christie on beach

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 01:08:01 GMT2017-12-17T01:08:01Z

GLEN RIDGE, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy is getting some pushback for posing for photos next to a cardboard cutout of Gov. Chris Christie lounging on a beach last summer.



CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:51:51 GMT2017-12-16T22:51:51Z

Agency analysts are told to avoid these 7 banned words and phrases in budget documents.



FBI officials' text message about Hillary Clinton said to be a cover story for romantic affair

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:37:30 GMT2017-12-16T19:37:30Z

Republican critics of the bureau have seized on the message, saying it's proof of political bias.



Philly judge blocks Trump rules on birth control

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:16:19 GMT2017-12-16T02:16:19Z

A Philadelphia federal judge on Friday ruled in favor of temporarily blocking Trump administration rules nationwide that would limit women's access to free birth control under the federal Affordable Care Act.



Gov. Wolf urges Congress to pass CHIP funding

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 22:46:12 GMT2017-12-15T22:46:12Z

Absent federal funding, the state will likely run out of money for CHIP in early 2018.



Why I will veto the anti-choice Senate Bill 3 | Gov. Tom Wolf

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:54:44 GMT2017-12-15T17:54:44Z

"These politicians are sending the message that women are less than full partners in our civil society and that they should not have the right to make their own health decisions."



Trump judicial nominee fumbles basic questions about the law

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:14:07 GMT2017-12-15T13:14:07Z

Senator pressed judicial nominee Matthew Petersen on his legal knowledge and lack of courtroom experience.



House Speaker Paul Ryan denies reports he may leave Congress

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:05:05 GMT2017-12-15T11:05:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Speaker Paul Ryan is denying reports that he plans to leave Congress after the Republicans' treasured tax bill is approved.



Rubio to vote against tax bill unless child credit expanded

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:54:57 GMT2017-12-15T10:54:57Z

Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, also pushing for the change, is undecided on the tax plan.



White House urges Roy Moore to concede, as supporters look for evidence of 'voter fraud'

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:49:55 GMT2017-12-15T10:49:55Z

Moore said in a Wednesday web video that late-counted ballots could change the results of the election.



Senator: Comey's remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 01:50:01 GMT2017-12-15T01:50:01Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - A draft statement former FBI Director James Comey prepared in anticipation of concluding the Hillary Clinton email case without criminal charges was heavily edited to change the "tone and substance" of the remarks, a Republican senator said Thursday.



Trump relishes progress on rolling back federal rules

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:44:10 GMT2017-12-15T00:44:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump is trumpeting the rolling back of federal rules and regulations in his administration's first year even as critics say he has tried to dismantle important protections for the environment, consumers and others, and that his claims are overblown.



Ex-'Apprentice' star Omarosa to tell all about White House

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:45:13 GMT2017-12-14T23:45:13Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former "Apprentice" star Omarosa is putting the White House on notice as she makes her exit: She has "quite a story to tell" about her time in President Donald Trump's administration and "the world will want to hear it."



Sen. Robert Menendez to Justice Dept.: 'If you want to prosecute, bring it on'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:28:51 GMT2017-12-14T23:28:51Z

After the mistrial, jurors in the case against Menendez and the doctor on trial with him, Salomon Melgen, said the jury came close to an outright acquittal, with 10 jurors believing Menendez not guilty, and only two on the panel in favor of finding him guilty.



Senate may put off most anticipated Russian probe findings

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:27:09 GMT2017-12-14T23:27:09Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - With no firm conclusions yet on whether President Donald Trump's campaign may have coordinated with Russia, the Senate intelligence committee could delay answering that question and issue more bipartisan recommendations early next year on protecting future elections from foreign tampering.



Rubio defection threatens GOP's slim majority on tax bill

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 23:09:08 GMT2017-12-14T23:09:08Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Republicans' razor-thin margin for driving their sweeping tax package through the Senate was thrown into jeopardy Thursday when GOP Sen. Marco Rubio declared he will vote against it unless negotiators expand the tax credit that low-income Americans can claim for their children.



Philly puts aside $3.4M more for Sharswood properties

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:29:51 GMT2017-12-14T22:29:51Z

The Philadelphia Housing Authority set aside the last batch of millions owed to property owners whose homes, businesses and vacant lots were taken through the 2015 Sharswood eminent domain plan. On Friday, the authority deposited $3.4 million into a court-held account for 439 condemned properties that have yet to settle up with the authority. That money combined with the $3.8 million deposited earlier this year for 208 properties, brings the total amount set aside at $7.2 million.



Gerrymandering case is a glimmer of hope for Pa. voters | Editorial

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:51:15 GMT2017-12-14T20:51:15Z

These two suits could result in fair districts being drawn in time for the 2018 congressional races. But even good judgments for voters would not take control of map making away from the highly partisan legislature.



Is NJ Gov-elect Phil Murphy's liberal agenda too much for his own party?

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:35:06 GMT2017-12-14T18:35:06Z

Even as Gov.-elect Phil Murphy positions himself as a liberal star in a leaderless national party seeking to combat the Trump administration, intra-party feuds at home and a tight fiscal situation threaten his agenda.



With Moore endorsement, Trump took presidency to new lows | Opinion

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 14:52:27 GMT2017-12-14T14:52:27Z

After the president's full-throated support of the grotesque, he should be icily shunned by all but his diehard collaborators.



Roy Moore turns recount into religious crusade: 'Immorality sweeps over the land'

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:38:44 GMT2017-12-14T11:38:44Z

"We are indeed in a ​struggle to preserve our republic​, our civilization​, and ​our religion."



After Senate loss, will Moore leave politics? Probably not

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:35:24 GMT2017-12-14T10:35:24Z

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Roy Moore has now lost more statewide races than he's won in Alabama, including a Senate contest that seemed within reach. So will the Republican former judge now abandon politics and ride off into the sunset?