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Judge rules Trump's pardon doesn't undo Joe Arpaio's conviction

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:25:22 -0400

Joe Arpaio was convicted of criminal contempt. President Donald Trump pardoned him before sentencing. Video provided by Newsy

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The Senate passed its budget plan: Here's what that means for tax cuts, what it doesn't and what's next

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:17:04 -0400

The budget itself is non-binding, but language in it would prevent a tax bill from being filibustered by Democrats later this year.

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Meghan McCain tweets photo of 'amazing hike with dad' after senator's brain-cancer diagnosis

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 16:49:13 -0400

Senator John McCain revealed he has a primary brain tumor, with doctors describing the tumor as a glioblastoma.

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A proposed bill would change how political ads are regulated online

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:10:30 -0400

A bipartisan group of senators hope to bring rules for political ads on the internet up to the same standards as other media. Video provided by Newsy

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These are the letters Obama wrote to his college girlfriend

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:20:47 -0400

Future president Barack Obama's letters were penned in a combination of careful cursive and “Dear Alex” in print.

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US Senate passes Republican-backed budget, 51-49

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 09:36:02 -0400

Republicans on Thursday muscled a $4 trillion budget through the Senate in a major step forward for President Donald Trump's ambitious promise of 'massive tax cuts and reform.' The 51-49 vote sets the stage for the tax reform debate. (Oct. 20)

Meet the new U.S. senators

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 13:28:26 -0500

The 2017 freshman class includes the first Latina senator along with the first African American and Indian American to represent California in the Senate.

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USA TODAY's blog on all things political

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 12:15:47 -0500

USA TODAY follows the latest updates from Washington, D.C., and across the nation.

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Capital Download: Latest interviews

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:27:52 -0500

USA TODAY's weekly video newsmaker series with Susan Page.

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Obama: Distant cousin Jefferson Davis is ‘spinning in his grave’

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:24:12 -0400

At a rally for gubernatorial candidate, Ralph Northam, former president Barack Obama said he is related to the former head of the confederacy, Jefferson Davis.

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Speaker Ryan roasts Trump at Al Smith dinner

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:05:02 -0400

During his speech at the popular New York charity dinner, House Speaker Paul Ryan threw in a few jokes at President Trump's expense.

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Trump's opioid commission turns to the role of health insurers in addiction crisis

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:59:48 -0400

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie wants insurers to comply with law requiring mental health and substance abuse to be covered like other diseases.

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Paul Ryan pokes fun at Trump at charity dinner

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 06:42:25 -0400

House Speaker Paul Ryan poked fun at President Trump and others as he faced hundreds of New York's elite at a charity dinner. Ryan spoke at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, which encourages speakers to joke about politics. (Oct. 20)

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Trump's world: It's different from what others see

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:57:32 -0400

Sometimes President Trump contradicts himself in a matter of minutes or hours, confounding those who try to follow his directions.

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Paul Ryan takes aim at President Trump in his Al Smith dinner speech

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 05:46:36 -0400

House Speaker Paul Ryan poked fun at himself, the Senate's top Democrat and even the Catholic church on Thursday night. But the top target of the speaker's ribbing was President Donald Trump himself.

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Paul Ryan gets in some good Trump burns at Al Smith dinner

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:06:22 -0400

Ryan was the keynote speaker at the Al Smith dinner, which encourages speakers  to “poke fun at a political issue, an opponent, or themselves.”

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Trump repeats claim 'wacky' Rep. Wilson's version of call to Army widow was 'total lie'

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 07:55:41 -0400

President Trump is not quite ready to let the issue of his call to a fallen soldier's widow go.

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Senate passes GOP-backed budget in crucial step for Trump’s ambitious tax plan

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 22:29:03 -0400

The 51-49 vote sets the stage for debate later this year to dramatically overhaul the U.S. tax code for the first time in three decades.

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OnPolitics Today: That comment to a widow Trump denied making? Kelly claims he said it.

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:22:41 -0400

Trump denied saying a slain soldier "knew what he signed up for." Then his chief of staff said that he did.

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WH Chief of Staff 'broken-hearted' about Trump backlash

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:54:05 -0400

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said he was "stunned" that a member of Congress criticized what President Trump said while talking to Army Sgt. La David Johnson's widow.

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Bernie Sanders will go to Puerto Rico instead of Women's Convention

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:58:34 -0400

The senator's decision follows criticism over a man being chosen as a key speaker for the event.

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Here's how U.S. presidents responded to fallen soldiers

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 17:47:29 -0400

Many Americans have been critical of how President Trump handled a recent phone call to a fallen soldier's widow. Here's a look at how other American presidents have consoled fallen soldiers' families as they grieved.

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Sunday Standings: Tallying the top talk-show guests

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 13:25:43 -0500

USA TODAY is keeping score, tracking who's most in demand week-to-week on the Sunday talk show circuit.

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Sanders backs Trump protests, questions Electoral College

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 13:51:59 -0500

The surprisingly strong challenger for the Democratic nomination wasn't shocked by Trump's victory

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