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Trump defends CIA nominee, says she is 'tough on terror'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Monday defended Gina Haspel, his nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, dismissing debate over her involvement in a harsh interrogation program and arguing Democrats want her out because she "is too tough on terror."...

Trump: '13 angry Democrats' on Mueller team should be wary
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump said Monday he was "Fighting Back" against the Russia probe and warned the "13 Angry Democrats" on the special counsel's team to "just wait 'till the Courts get to see your unrevealed Conflicts of Interest!"...

The Latest: Trump defends CIA pick as 'tough on terror'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency (all times local):...

From Bakersfield to DC, McCarthy's unlikely rise in GOP
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) -- People watching Rep. Kevin McCarthy's political rise often marvel at how he got here. He's the not-so-serious guy who used to bop around town selling sandwiches and cars before dipping into politics. He was considered likable and fun but hardly Bakersfield's star pupil....

Trump urges West Virginia voters to reject Blankenship
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A defiant Don Blankenship fired back Monday after President Donald Trump urged West Virginia voters to support two of the convicted ex-coal executive's opponents in the Republican U.S. Senate primary....

Military seeks to limit Congress on fixing child sex assault
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. military officials have sought to ward off congressional efforts to address child-on-child sexual assaults on bases, even as they disclose that the problem is larger than previously acknowledged....

Former Obama adviser teams up with group helping US hostages
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former homeland security and counterterrorism adviser to President Barack Obama is teaming up with a non-profit that gives free counseling and legal and other advice to the families of captives....

UN envoy she says won't defend Trump's 'communication style'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nikki Haley says President Donald Trump has "his communication style," but the U.N. ambassador says "you're not hearing me defend that."...

Giuliani's media blitz defending Trump is off to rough start
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's new attorney, Rudy Giuliani, is off to a rough start in his media blitz defending Trump's stance toward the special counsel's Russian investigation and a $130,000 porn star hush payment....

Pelosi says Democrats have cash and environment to win House
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that House Democrats have the fundraising, the issues and the political atmosphere on their side to win back the majority in November....

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