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O’Rourke reports massive $6.1M fundraising haul in first 24 hours of campaign

Beto O’Rourke’s campaign touted its “grassroots” fundraising base, noting that the former congressman pulled in donations from all 50 states and every U.S. territory within the first 24 hours. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Share [...]

U.S. trade deficit rose to 10-year high in 2018, government reports

The U.S. trade deficit grew to $ 621 billion last year, its highest level since 2008, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. While President Trump has made reducing trade deficits a key part of his agenda, the trade gap in goods rose [...]

Molly Jong-Fast reports in from CPAC, the year’s top conservative conference, and hilarity ensues

Journalist and author Molly Jong-Fast is back to talk about her recent visit to the top Republican conference of the year, CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference). But Molly being Molly, she couldn’t just cover the far-right Trumpist [...]

Reports: Ex-Rome mayor convicted in corruption case

ROME (AP) – Italian news reports say a former Rome mayor has been convicted of corruption and illegal financing and sentenced to six years in prison. The ANSA news agency quoted Gianni Alemanno as saying Monday’s “verdict is wrong. [...]

Amid Afghan Peace Talks, U.N. Reports Record Civilian Deaths in 2018

KABUL, Afghanistan — Even with peace talks underway, the war in Afghanistan killed almost 4,000 civilians last year, including a record number of children, officials said Sunday, making it the single deadliest year for Afghan civilians [...]

Reports: 2 killed, dozens detained in gay purge in Chechnya

MOSCOW (AP) – LGBT activists said Monday that at least two people have died and about 40 people detained in what has been described as a new crackdown on gay people in the Russian republic of Chechnya. The new allegations come after reports [...]

Russia dismisses reports of prisoner swap with US

MOSCOW (AP) – Russia’s Foreign Ministry has dismissed suggestions that an American arrested in Moscow on suspicion of spying could be used in a prisoner swap for a Russian held in the United States. Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, [...]

Michael Williams, Georgia ‘deportation bus’ candidate, reports to jail

ATLANTA — A Republican gubernatorial candidate in Georgia who campaigned in a “deportation bus” has turned himself in to county jail after being indicted on charges including insurance fraud. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports an [...]

Trump says he doesn’t know acting AG, despite reports of Oval Office meetings

AP Photo/Evan Vucci Share on Facebook Share on Twitter */ ]]> President Donald Trump defended acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker as a “highly respected man” on Friday, while also claiming he didn’t know him [...]

Trump Says He Believes Khashoggi Is Dead, Citing Intelligence Reports

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Thursday that he believes the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he expressed confidence in intelligence reports from multiple sources that strongly suggest a high-level Saudi role in [...]