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At the twilight of a storied career and battling a brain tumor, Sen. John McCain stands poised to deliver for his party and his president on the issue that's defined the GOP for the past seven years.
It's a situation heavy with drama and symbolism. The 80-year-old Arizona senator will return to Washington just days after a cancer diagnosis, to cast what could be the deciding vote Tuesday to open debate on legislation to repeal and replace "Obamacare."
McCain himself campaigned heavily on the "Obamacare" repeal issue last year as he won re-election to a sixth and almost certainly final Senate term. And there could be sweet revenge in defying cancer to undo the signature legislation of the man who beat him for the presidency in 2008, Barack Obama.
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President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner will return to Capitol Hill Tuesday for a second day of private meetings with congressional investigators, this time for a closed-door conversation with lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee.
Kushner on Monday answered questions from staff on the Senate's intelligence panel, acknowledging four meetings with Russians during and after Trump's victorious White House bid and insisting he had "nothing to hide." He emerged smiling to publicly declare, "All of my actions were proper."
A quiet insider who generally avoids the spotlight, Kushner is the first top Trump lieutenant to be quizzed by the congressional investigators probing Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
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President Donald Trump took a remarkable new swipe at his own attorney general on Monday, referring to Jeff Sessions in a tweet as "beleaguered" while privately musing about whether he should fire his longtime ally.
Fuming about the ongoing investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign collusion with foreign officials, Trump again directed his displeasure at Sessions. He has speculated aloud to allies in recent days about the potential consequences of firing Sessions, according to three people who have recently spoken to the president. They demanded anonymity to discuss private conversations.
Trump often talks about making staff changes without following through, so those who have spoken with the president cautioned that a change may not be imminent or happen at all.
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A federal judge in Detroit Monday halted the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals, NBC News reported.
The Iraqis, many of whom are part of their home country's Christian minority, could face "grave harm and possible death" if sent back to Iraq, U.S. District Court Judge Mark Goldsmith ruled, granting a request for preliminary injunction.
Goldsmith said the government's position is "inconsistent" with the Constitution.
The government targeted the Iraqis, who have criminal convictions or overstayed their visas, over long-standing deportation orders. More than half had been in the United States for more than a decade because Iraq refused to issue travel documents, the ruling says.
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A woman approached the back of a Minneapolis police car and "slapped" it shortly before an Australian woman was shot and killed by an officer, according to a search warrant filed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
The search warrant obtained by Minnesota Public Radio doesn't specifically say that the woman was Justine Damond, but: "Upon police arrival, a female 'slaps' the back of the patrol squad ... After that, it is unknown to BCA agents what exactly happened, but the female became deceased in the alley."
News of the warrant came hours after personnel records for the officer who fatally shot Damond were publicly released Monday. The records provided some detail about the training courses the officer took but no insight into his performance on the job.
President Donald Trump on Monday jokingly threatened to fire his health secretary if a crucial vote to repeal "Obamacare" fails.
Trump told thousands of Boy Scouts at a national gathering in West Virginia that Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price "better get" the votes to begin debate on health care legislation Tuesday, lest Trump repeat his tagline from "The Apprentice," the reality show he once starred in.
"Hopefully he's going to get the votes tomorrow to start our path toward killing this horrible thing known as Obamacare," Trump said, before turning to Price.
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A Burleson woman says she is recovering from excruciating burns after flames from a Bath & Body Works 3-wick candle burst in her face when she tried to blow the candle out.
Ashley Brawley ended up in the hospital and now wants to know if the candle was defective.
“I would’ve never imagine in a million years that I would walk in and it would be in flames,” said Brawley. “I’ll never use a candle again. Ever. I mean, it scared me.”
Snooty, the world’s oldest-known manatee, died Saturday, just one day after celebrating his 69th birthday. South Florida Museum officials said Snooty’s death is due to a “heartbreaking...
A Connecticut mother who has taken refuge in a church to avoid deportation is one of a dozen immigrants staying in houses of worship nationwide under a sanctuary movement invigorated by President Trump’s positions on undocumented immigration.
The case of Nury Chavarria, which has received national attention, comes after the Trump administration expanded the categories of people to be deported and specified that no one was protected.
Chavarria refused to leave for Guatemala last week as ordered by U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement, instead fleeing to Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal in New Haven.
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A U.S. Army soldier based in Hawaii pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of attempting to support ISIS.
Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang was arraigned in federal court in Honolulu after a grand jury indicted him last week on four counts of attempting to provide material support to the group.
The indictment and an FBI affidavit filed previously allege that Kang met with undercover agents he believed were part of ISIS. He allegedly provided them with classified military information, a drone, military equipment and training in combat fighting.
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The last killer whale born in captivity under SeaWorld's former orca-breeding program died Monday at the company's San Antonio park, SeaWorld said.
Veterinarians were treating 3-month-old Kyara for an infection last weekend, but her health continued to decline, the Orlando-based company said in a news release.
"Kyara had a tremendous impact on the entire zoological team, not to mention all of the guests that had the chance to see her," San Antonio trainer Julie Sigman said in a statement. "The heart and support that has gone into caring for her throughout Takara's pregnancy until today has been amazing. As animal caregivers we dedicate our lives to these animals, and this loss will be felt throughout the entire SeaWorld family."
A special counsel is overseeing the federal investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, which is also examining whether anyone in President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians.
Here's a look at some of the Americans whose names come up often in connection with the investigation.
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Promising "A Better Deal" for American workers, Democratic Party leaders rolled out a new agenda with a populist pitch on Monday as they sought to bounce back from their losses in November and look ahead to the 2018 midterms.
They left the Beltway for small-town Berryville, Virginia, in an attempt to appeal to the working-class voters that Donald Trump appealed to last November and Democrats hope to win back.
The Hawaii Emergency Management Agency is kicking off an educational campaign aimed at helping residents and visitors figure out what to do if the state becomes a target of a nuclear missile attack from...
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Passions are running high on Capitol Hill — but pistols at 10 paces over health care?
GOP Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas is angry with some fellow Republicans in the Senate who are balking at parts of legislation to overturn "Obamacare." After GOP promises to repeal the law, that "is just repugnant to me," he says.
Who's to blame?
"Some of the people that are opposed to this, there are some female senators from the Northeast," Farenthold said.