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Senate defeats Trump’s immigration plan

Durbin: senators defeat Trump's immigration billThe Senate defeated a GOP proposal based on President Donald Trump's immigration framework.

The plan would have offered a path to citizenship for "Dreamers" and increased border security while also cutting legal immigration.

The vote was 39-60, with 60 votes needed for approval.

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House panel launches investigation of Rob Porter's security clearance

Gowdy Committee to probe clearance in WHThe House Oversight Committee launched an investigation into the security clearance for former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter on Wednesday, escalating a growing controversy into what the White House knew about domestic violence allegations against President Trump's senior aide.

Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., sent letters to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and FBI Director Christopher Wray, demanding answers about who in the White House knew of the accusations by two ex-wives.

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Top intelligence chief: U.S. elections 'under attack' from Russia

Senate Intel CommitteeU.S. intelligence leaders warned a Senate committee Tuesday that Russia will continue to try and influence elections in the United States this year.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers all testified before the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday to address potential national security threats.

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Lawmakers want casino probe from Interior watchdog

Lawmakers want casino probe

Connecticut lawmakers are asking the Interior Department’s inspector general to launch an investigation into why a pair of Indian tribes are being prevented from opening a new casino in the state.

Interior has refused to sign off on an arrangement that would allow the new Connecticut casino to open within a deadline prescribed by federal law. The agency's inaction followed an intensive lobbying campaign from MGM Resorts International, which is opening a competing casino nearby.

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From Fallujah to FBI investigation: The undoing of Duncan Hunter

Duncan Hunter under investigation by FBI

The criminal investigation into Rep. Duncan Hunter is intensifying as a grand jury in San Diego questions multiple former aides about whether the California Republican improperly diverted political funds for personal use.

Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed Hunter’s parents, as well as a female lobbyist with whom many people close to the congressman believe he had a romantic relationship, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation.

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Nancy Pelosi's all-day marathon speech sets record as longest continuous speech since at least 1909

Nancy Pelosi speech sets record for longest in House history

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's all-day speech broke a record for longest-continuous speech in House history.

The California Democrat spoke for more than 8 hours before yielding the floor. It was the longest continuous speech since at least 1909.

And she did it all while wearing 4-inch high-heels.

Pelosi got the news of her new record while continuing to tell stories of DREAMers, undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States when they children. Her all-day remarks are aimed at protesting a budget deal that doesn't include protections for the group.

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Democrats urge panel, Trump to release rebuttal memo

Nunes memo: Dems ask for release of their rebuttal A rebuttal memorandum from Democrats that answers a controversial Republican document that was released last week now has approval from some Republican members in the House.

The House intelligence committee will meet Monday afternoon to vote whether the rebuttal should be released.

The four-page GOP memo it addresses, on alleged Justice Department surveillance abuses concerning a campaign adviser of President Donald Trump, said federal law was broken in spying on the adviser. The committee and Trump approved its full release last week, without allowing a confidential memo by committee Democrats to also be released.

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