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Trump fires off volley of angry tweets on Russia probe, attacks 'leaks'

President Donald Trump leaves the White House in Washington, Saturday, July 22, 2017, for a trip to Norfolk, Va., to participate in the commissioning ceremony for the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford.

Hours before he was to help commission a new aircraft carrier at a patriotic ceremony on the Virginia coast, President Donald Trump fired off a volley of early morning tweets that again showed how furious he remains over multiple investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Minnesota House speaker reverses course, backs legislative raises

House Speaker Kurt Daudt, shown with House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin in May.

House speaker relents on salary decision after facing lawsuit.

California governor turns to housing, rail after climate win

Gov. Jerry Brown's aggressive plea for lawmakers to renew California's signature climate change law proved fruitful this week, bolstering his credibility as a world leader in the fight against global warming.

Russian spies' New Jersey home heading for sale

A New Jersey home that has been vacant since the FBI arrested a family of undercover Russian spies living there is heading for sale.

Democrats herald agreement on sweeping Russia sanctions bill

Congressional Democrats announced Saturday that a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators have reached an agreement on a sweeping Russia sanctions package to punish Moscow for meddling in the presidential election and its military aggression in Ukraine and Syria.

NAACP to embark on listening tour to plan its future

The NAACP announced on Saturday it would embark on a nationwide listening tour to talk to its local members and help figure out what the future of the nation's oldest civil rights organization should be.

Spicer resigns as White House press secretary over Scaramucci

White House press secretary Sean Spicer abruptly resigned Friday over President Donald Trump's decision to tap a camera-ready financier to lead the beleaguered White House communications team. The departing spokesman said the president "could benefit from a clean slate" as he seeks to steady operations amid the Russia investigations and ahead of a health care showdown.


Thousands of unexploded bombs are another "secret war" legacy
Secrecy Rules

The landscape of Laos was sown with cluster bombs that continue to maim and kill, more than 40 years later.

Paulsen raised $565K in second quarter
Hot Dish Politics

Paulsen's newly Democratic challenger raised nearly as much in half the time this spring.


Trump helps commission $12.9 billion aircraft carrier

President Donald Trump helped commission the USS Gerald R. Ford on Saturday and declared that the most advanced aircraft carrier to join the Navy will cause America's enemies to "shake with fear" whenever they see its form cutting across the horizon.


The Latest: Trump calls on Congress to raise defense budget

The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to Virginia to commission an aircraft carrier (all times local):


The Latest: Councilwoman suggests outsider for police chief

The Latest on the resignation of Minneapolis' police chief amid the investigation into the fatal shooting of an Australian woman by an officer (all times local):


Kushner discloses additional $10M in assets

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner "inadvertently omitted" more than 70 assets worth at least $10.6 million from his personal financial disclosure reports, according to revised paperwork released Friday.


The Latest: Senators update plans for Trump Jr., Manafort

The Latest on the probe into allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election (all times local):


Trump Jr., Manafort may be interviewed privately by senators

President Donald Trump's eldest son and his former campaign chairman won't be forced to testify publicly next week and are instead discussing being privately interviewed by a Senate committee investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, the panel said.


Mixed signals from Trump White House on health care strategy

Repeal and replace "Obamacare." Just repeal. Or let it fail — maybe with a little nudge. President Donald Trump has sent a flurry of mixed messages, raising questions about the White House strategy on health care.


U.S. intercepts: Sessions, Russian envoy talked about Trump campaign

That's contrary to public assertions by the attorney general.


House committee seeks to let Veterans Affairs redirect funds

A House committee has unveiled a disputed plan to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall that could threaten medical care for thousands of patients in the coming weeks.


For Sanders, path to Trump press secretary began in Arkansas

New White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was schooled in hardscrabble politics — and down-home rhetoric — from a young age by her father, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.