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After Joe Biden kissing allegation, 2020 candidates weigh whether he should enter race

After Joe Biden kissing allegation, 2020 candidates weigh whether he should enter race"I believe Lucy Flores," Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said. "And Joe Biden needs to give an answer."



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Mueller offers no answer on whether Trump obstructed justice

Mueller offers no answer on whether Trump obstructed justiceWASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, special counsel Robert Mueller drew no conclusion at all.



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The Pentagon's Watchdog Is Investigating Whether the Acting Defense Secretary Boosted Boeing

The Pentagon's Watchdog Is Investigating Whether the Acting Defense Secretary Boosted BoeingThe Department of Defense Office of Inspector General has launched an investigation into Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan.



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Attorney General Bill Barr set to decide whether or not the Mueller report will be released to the public

Attorney General Bill Barr set to decide whether or not the Mueller report will be released to the publicFormer U.S. Attorney Guy Lewis says he believes AG Bill Barr will make the Mueller report public.



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President Donald Trump won't say whether he will pardon Paul Manafort

President Donald Trump won't say whether he will pardon Paul ManafortPresident Trump did not address whether he is considering a pardon for Paul Manafort, who faces nearly four years in prison.



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Poll: Virginia split on whether Gov. Ralph Northam should resign; he insists, 'I'm not going anywhere'

Poll: Virginia split on whether Gov. Ralph Northam should resign; he insists, 'I'm not going anywhere'Gov. Ralph Northam vowed to remain in office Sunday while Virginians appeared split on whether the besieged Democrat should resign from office.



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Elizabeth Warren hits US campaign trail amid questions over whether she can shrug off 'Pocahontas' row

Elizabeth Warren hits US campaign trail amid questions over whether she can shrug off 'Pocahontas' rowElizabeth Warren, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, hit the campaign trail for the first time on Sunday hoping to shake off criticisms of her questionable past claim to Native American heritage that could undermine her White House bid. The Massachusetts senator, regarded as a top tier contender for the nomination but facing an increasingly crowded Democratic field, immediately took aim at Donald Trump, who she said could be in jail come election day. "By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president," Ms Warren said. "In fact, he may not even be a free person." Ms Warren, 69, travelled to the critical electoral state of Iowa less than 24 hours after officially launching her candidacy. In Cedar Rapids, she spoke of rebuilding the middle class through economic equality and challenging corporate wrongdoing. "I want to be clear on this. I’m not taking one thin dime of PAC money. I’m not taking one thin dime of federal lobbyist money. And I’m not going out kissing up to a bunch of billionaires hoping they’ll fund a super PAC for me," she said. Despite her unquestionable popularity within her party, the progressive democrat has been dogged by accusations that early in her career she misrepresented her heritage as Native American to take advantage of affirmative action. Ms Warren has denied such an intention. With a crowded and talented field vying for the nomination – to which Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota was also expected to officially join late on Sunday – the issue could be too big a hurdle for her to overcome. Speaking on CNN, Liz Cheney, a Republican member of congress, said: "The notion that anybody of any political party would pretend that they were a member of a tribe or pretend they were Native American and would do it as she seems to have done it in order to get benefits, that is, in my view, the disgrace." Last week Ms Warren apologised after the Washington Post unearthed her handwritten registration for the State Bar of Texas on which she identified as "American Indian". “I can’t go back,” she told the newspaper. “But I am sorry for furthering confusion on tribal sovereignty and tribal citizenship and harm that resulted.”  Last year she released the results of a DNA test which did indeed showed distant Native American lineage, six to 10 generations ago. But proof of that tenuous link did nothing to dampen the flames. Just as Mr Trump latched on to Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server in the 2016 race, he has zoned in on Ms Warren's assertion that she descends from the Cherokee nation, repeatedly calling her Pocahontas.  On Saturday, he was widely criticised for a tweet in which he jokingly referenced the Trail of Tears, the forced relocation of Native Americans from their ancestral homeland to reservations in the 1800s. Thousands died of exposure, disease and starvation on the journey. Shortly after Ms Warren declared, he wrote: "Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!" On Monday the president will travel to El Paso in Texas where he will hold his first rally of the year, as Beto O'Rourke, another potential presidential contender, joins an anti wall march less than a mile away. On Sunday it emerged that talks to over border security funding have stalled, with Mr Trump's chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, saying he "absolutely cannot" rule out another government shutdown.  With Friday's deadline fast approaching, Democrats want to place a limit on the number of beds at detention facilities as a way to stop overly aggressive arrests by ICE, the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Mr Trump tweeted: "I don't think the Dems on the Border Committee are being allowed by their leaders to make a deal. They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall and now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention."



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U.S. banks weigh whether to embrace or avoid progressive firebrand Ocasio-Cortez

U.S. banks weigh whether to embrace or avoid progressive firebrand Ocasio-CortezBarely a month into the new Congress, financial lobbyists in Washington are already strategizing how to handle the star power of rookie Democrat lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The Democratic Socialist and Wall Street critic joined the 60-member House Financial Services Committee in mid-January and more than a dozen lobbyists interviewed by Reuters say the 29-year-old activist and former bartender is too high-profile to ignore. Richard Hunt, chief executive of the Consumer Bankers Association, said he had not encountered a lawmaker like Ocasio-Cortez in more than 20 years in Washington.



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Mark Warner: 'It is a very real question' whether Trump acted as a Russian agent

Mark Warner: 'It is a very real question' whether Trump acted as a Russian agentSen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said it’s worth asking whether President Trump acted as an agent for the Russian government during his presidential campaign — wittingly or unwittingly.



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Transcripts Show FBI Considered Whether Trump was ‘Following Directions’ of the Kremlin

Transcripts Show FBI Considered Whether Trump was ‘Following Directions’ of the KremlinFollowing president Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey, a group of senior FBI officials considered the possibility that the dismissal was executed “at the behest of” the Russian government, according to Congressional testimony obtained by CNN. Then-FBI general counsel James Baker testified last year that he and other officials considered whether Trump was “acting at the behest of [Russia] and somehow following directions, somehow executing their will,” when he fired Comey in May, 2017. The other extreme is that the President is completely innocent, and we discussed that too,” Baker told House investigators.



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