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Trump signs bill toughing sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea

Trump signs sanctions billPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law a bill to strengthen sanctions against Russia, North Korea and Iran, a White House signing statement shows.

The signing statement indicates Trump expressed reservations about the bill's impact, saying it encroaches on presidential authority and may harm the United States' ability to work with allies on how to deal with Russia.

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Senate confirms Wray as FBI director

Christopher WrayThe Senate on Tuesday confirmed Christopher Wray as the new FBI director, filling a post left vacant since May when President Donald Trump fired James Comey.  The vote was 92-5.

During his confirmation hearing in July before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Wray said he would not let politics influence his decisions.

"My loyalty is to the Constitution and to the rule of law," he said. "Those have been my guideposts throughout my career, and I will continue to adhere to them no matter the test."

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Jeff Flake: My Party Is in Denial About Donald Trump

Jeff F;aleWho could blame the people who felt abandoned and ignored by the major parties for reaching in despair for a candidate who offered oversimplified answers to infinitely complex questions and managed to entertain them in the process?

With hindsight, it is clear that we all but ensured the rise of Donald Trump.

I will let the liberals answer for their own sins in this regard. (There are many.) But we conservatives mocked Barack Obama’s failure to deliver on his pledge to change the tone in Washington even as we worked to assist with that failure.

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Congress advised it has authority to undo any transgender military ban

Congress can undo transgender banIf President Donald Trump follows through on his declaration to ban all transgender military personnel, Congress could delay or even undo it, according to a new analysis from the legislative branch's research arm.

Trump, in a series of three tweets earlier this week, said that transgender men and women would not be allowed to serve in the ranks "in any capacity."The snap announcement took Pentagon leaders and members of Congress by surprise and sparked an immediate bipartisan backlash. While some House Republicans were seeking to limit health care benefits for transgender troops, no lawmakers were calling for outright abolition.

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McCain, fighting cancer, turns on GOP and kills health bill

McCain kills the billSen. John McCain appeared poised to be the savior of the GOP health bill when he returned to the Capitol earlier this week despite brain cancer.

He turned out to be the bill's executioner.

In an astonishing development early Friday, the longtime Arizona senator turned on his party and his president, joining two other GOP senators in voting "no" on Republicans' final effort to repeal "Obamacare."

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Look who's back: Nunes accuses Obama aides of hundreds of unmasking requests

Nines comes up with new accusaions against Obama aidesThe chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is accusing top political aides of President Obama of making hundreds of requests during the 2016 presidential race to unmask the names of Americans in intelligence reports, including Trump transition officials.

Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, said the requests were made without specific justifications on why the information was needed.

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Top Interior Dem calls for probe into Zinke's "political blackmail" call to Murkowski

Calls for proble of blackmail call to Alalska SenatorThe top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee is calling for a probe into whether President Trump’s Interior secretary threatened to retaliate against an Alaska senator for opposing the GOP healthcare measure this week.

Both Alaska Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R) and Dan Sullivan (R) said they received a call from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Wednesday, informing them that the Trump administration will not support key projects in Alaska after Murkowksi voted against the GOP healthcare bill in the Senate a day before.

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