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In asking senior federal prosecutors to examine a number of Republican grievances, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to strike a balance.
He appears to be attempting to placate a boss who has repeatedly suggested that Sessions' own job might be in jeopardy for failing to investigate his Democratic rivals. At the same time, Sessions is taking a step toward defending the Justice Department's credibility by leaving the actual work to senior officials whose findings, while unlikely to please everyone, would have more credibility.
In a letter this week, the department directed senior federal prosecutors to "evaluate certain issues" raised by Republican lawmakers. Among them: whether a special counsel should be appointed to look into allegations that the Clinton Foundation benefited from an Obama-era uranium transaction involving a Russian state company, a deal President Donald Trump himself has continually urged the Justice Department to investigate.
Senate Republicans are intent on scrapping the Affordable Care Act's requirement that Americans get health insurance, targeting a repeal of the individual mandate to help finance deep tax cuts in their tax overhaul.
The surprise renewal Tuesday of the failed effort to scrap the law's mandate came a day after President Donald Trump renewed pressure on GOP lawmakers to include the repeal in their tax legislation. It has sharp political stakes for Trump, who lacks a major legislative achievement after nearly 10 months in office.
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Venice is planning to divert massive cruise liners. Barcelona has cracked down on apartment rentals.
Both are at the forefront of efforts to get a grip on "overtourism," a phenomenon that is disrupting communities, imperiling cherished buildings and harming the experience of travelers and local residents alike.
Tourism-phobia has become increasingly prevalent, particularly in European destinations where visitors crowd the same places at the same time.
The backlash has even given rise to slogans such as "Tourists go home" and "Tourists are terrorists."
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With allegations of sexual assault and misconduct piling up against Republican candidate Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate campaign has transformed into a tighter race and given Democrats hope.
As many call for Moore to step down and Republicans scramble to find a write-in candidate to replace him, Democratic candidate Doug Jones, previously trailing in the polls, now seems to stand a chance. Jones leads Moore 46 percent to 42 percent among Alabama voters, according to a new poll by JMC Analytics. Another poll, however, which was also conducted after the sexual assault allegations against Moore, showed that he still held a four-point lead over Jones.
Cards Against Humanity, the irreverent card game, is buying land on the U.S.-Mexico border in a bid to stop President Donald Trump's border wall, and offering shares of it to fans who pay $15.
There are five more surprises as part of the holiday promotion, though it's already sold out within hours of being announced Tuesday. And it's all squarely aimed at the president and his trademark campaign promise.
"It’s 2017, and the government is being run by a toilet. We have no choice: Cards Against Humanity is going to save America," the Chicago-based card game writes on a dedicated site.
Museum of the American Revolution
The recent discovery of a 235-year-old painting offers a never-before-seen glimpse into the Revolutionary War.
The watercolor panorama of a Continental Army encampment features the only known wartime depiction of George Washington's headquarters tent, his command center throughout the war. The tent is also the marquee exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution, which opened in April in the Old City section of Philadelphia.
Historians at the museum have determined the unsigned painting was created by Pierre L'Enfant, the French-born engineer who designed the nation's capital.
A gunman "randomly picking targets" killed four people and injured at least 10 others, including two children, in a shooting rampage Tuesday during which he fired into an elementary school in rural Northern California, sheriff's officials said.
The alleged gunman was shot dead by Tehama County law enforcement officials. Officers recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns, which they believe were used by the shooter, according to Assistant Tehama County Sheriff Phil Johnston.
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Wednesday that the U.S. is deeply concerned by "credible reports" of atrocities committed by Myanmar's security forces and called for an independent investigation into a humanitarian crisis in which hundreds of thousands of Muslim Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh.
Speaking at a joint news conference with leader Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar's capital, Tillerson said the U.S. would consider individual sanctions against people found responsible for the violence, but he would not advise "broad-based economic sanctions" against the entire country.
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Attorney General Jeff Sessions answered questions about U.S. Senate Republican candidate from Alabama Roy Moore and whether he should step aside amid allegations of sexual...
A streak of light that cast a brilliant glow in the night sky was captured on camera late Tuesday in Phoenix.
The fireball, possibly a meteor, can be seen on a city security camera as it falls from the sky and erupts in a flash. It was one of several major fireball sightings reported during a 10-hour period Tuesday and early Wednesday to the American Meteor Society.
Attorney Jeff Sessions answered questions from Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) on Nov. 14, 2017, about an August FBI report that described "black identity extremist" groups the FBI says are increasingly...
Two cousins and an aunt of Lyle and Erik Menendez have watched the "Law and Order True Crime" series of what allegedly happened inside a Beverly Hills mansion.
"It’s very true," said Kitty Menendez sister, Joan Vandermolen.
The three tell NBC4 that the show merely scratched the surface.
"Finally they are starting to talk about the truth," said Diane Hernandez, Erik and Lyle Menendez's cousin.
When they learned Kitty and Jose were murdered none of them suspected Lyle and Erik. But these three women have no doubt the brothers feared for their lives.
"You need to pay attention to your kids," Vandermolen said. "My sister could have protected her kids. That was her job."
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An unnamed actress sued Harvey Weinstein Tuesday in Los Angeles, alleging he sexually assaulted her.
The plaintiff, who is seeking unspecified damages, is identified only as Jane Doe in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit that alleges sexual battery, gender violence, assault, negligence and negligent retention.
A spokeswoman for Weinstein previously stated that any allegations of non-consensual sex "are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein."
Howard County Police
Police in Howard County, Maryland, are searching for a woman who was caught on camera climbing through a McDonald's drive-thru window and stealing food and money.
Surveillance video shows the woman reaching through the window, grabbing a cup and pouring herself a beverage. Moments later, she climbs through the window and walks around the kitchen of the restaurant.
Former President Barack Obama and his vice president, Joe Biden, will not only be immortalized in the history books, but on the internet, as memes.
Memes depicting the close relationship between Biden and Obama have been shared all over social media. He confirms that he's seen them and said that many of them reflect his relationship with the former president.
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