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Trump endorses Romney in run for U.S. Senate seat in Utah
President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's run for a US Senate seat in Utah despite Romney often being critical of Trump. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Romney excoriated Trump as a fraud who was playing the American public for suckers. Trump responded that Romney had choked like a dog in his 2012 campaign against President Barack Obama. Romney announced Friday he would run to replace retiring Senator Orrin Hatch.
Rob Porter's Charisma and Ambition Disguised Flare-ups of Anger
He had access to some of the same sensitive information Mr Trump saw, but lacked a permanent security clearance. Mr Porter's mother, who died in 2017, was the faculty dean of Dunster House, along the banks of the Charles River. The Porters socialized with other prominent Mormon families, full of high-achieving children and known to compete with each other. The two were in love but sometimes argued over Mr Porter's ambition, according to two people who were close to both during their marriage.
Pennsylvania top court redraws voting map in boost to Democrats
The state Supreme Court had ruled that the Republican plan effectively marginalized likely Democratic voters. The court-imposed plan could help Democrats who want to gain control of the US Congress in the November midterm elections. Pennsylvania is a hotly contested swing state, and the redistricting is expected to boost Democrats' chances of winning several of the US House seats in the state in November. The Republican-controlled legislature created the current map in 2011, after the 2010 US census.
Trump backs effort to improve gun background checks
The White House said on Monday that President Donald Trump supports efforts to improve federal background checks for gun purchases, days after a shooting at a Florida school killed 17 people. Trump spoke to Senator John Cornyn, a Republican, on Friday about a bipartisan bill that he and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy introduced to improve federal compliance with criminal background checks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.
Trump Edges Toward a Conventional Republican Approach, at Least on Policy
If they squint hard enough, Republicans looking at President Trump can almost see George W Bush. Many Republicans say that what has unfolded so far is not the Trump administration they were expecting. Their concern could indicate trouble for Mr Trump if his more conventional approach on some policy issues alienates his base and depresses Republican turnout in the midterm elections in November.
Tax Overhaul Gains Public Support, Buoying Republicans
The tax overhaul that President Trump signed into law now has more supporters than opponents, buoying Republican hopes for this year's congressional elections. The growing public support for the law coincides with an eroding Democratic lead when voters are asked which party they would like to see control Congress. Support has grown even among Democrats, from 8 percent just before the bill passed in December to 19 percent this month.
As Some Got Free Health Care, Gwen Got Squeezed: An Obamacare Dilemma
It seems to me that people who earn nothing and contribute nothing get everything for free, said Ms Hurd, 30. She qualifies for Medicaid - free government health insurance that millions more low-income Americans have gained through an expansion of the program under the Affordable Care Act. About 53,000 are getting free Medicaid coverage through the health law's optional expansion of the program.
Texas Democrat Writes Giant-Killer Narrative One Livestream at a Time
No Democrat has won a statewide office in Texas since 1994, the year before Amazon sold its first book. By the calculations of Mike Baselice, a Republican pollster in Austin, demographic changes might make Texas competitive in 2032, certainly not in 2018. It has been so bleak for Democrats in Texas that they define victory in terms of the size of their losses. There is power in the giant-killer narrative and signs that his anti-campaign playbook campaign is working.
Congress sets sights on federal cryptocurrency rules
Even free-market Republican conservatives, normally wary of government red tape, said regulation could be needed if cryptocurrencies threaten the US economy. Bitcoin, the best known virtual currency, lost over half its value earlier this year after surging more than 1,300 percent. While many lawmakers agree tighter oversight is needed, there is no consensus yet in Congress on how to proceed. Senator Rounds told Reuters there was an opportunity to regulate cryptocurrencies as both a security and a commodity.
Russia looms large as U.S. election officials prep for 2018
Ten months before the United States votes in its first major election since the 2016 presidential contest, US state election officials huddled in Washington this weekend to swap strategies on dealing with an uninvited guest: Russia. Voting machines were not directly affected and there remains no evidence any vote was altered, officials say. Other secretaries of state and election directors said relationships with DHS had improved dramatically compared with a year ago.
Kremlin says charges over U.S. election tampering prove nothing
The Kremlin said on Monday that US charges against 13 Russians and three Russian companies accused of meddling in the 2016 US presidential election campaign contained zero proof of Russian state involvement. The comments were the Kremlin's first reaction to charges drawn up by the office of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump blasts Oprah over 60 Minutes episode
US President Donald Trump blasted media mogul Oprah Winfrey on Twitter on Sunday night over a segment on CBS's 60 Minutes program and again said he hoped she would face him as an opponent in the 2020 presidential race. Hope Oprah runs so she can be exposed and defeated just like all of the others!. Winfrey has told various media outlets, including Entertainment Weekly, that she is not running for president, but has considered it, after there was much recent media speculation.
Fact-Checking a Facebook Executive's Comments on Russian Interference
Rob Goldman, vice president for ads at Facebook, posted an eight-part thread on Twitter late Friday about his company's role in Russian disinformation - and quickly caused a firestorm. The indictment does show that Russian operatives used social media - particularly Facebook - to try to sow division among Americans. That aim was pursued not just through ads, which Mr Goldman focuses on, but through Facebook pages, groups and events.
Students plan protests, Washington march, to demand gun control after mass shooting
We're the ones in these schools, we're the ones who are having shooters come into our classrooms and our spaces. Students from the Florida high school are planning a March for Our Lives in Washington on March 24 to call attention to school safety and ask lawmakers to enact gun control. They also plan to rally for gun control, mental health issues and school safety on Wednesday in Tallahassee, the state capital.
Tools of Trump's Fixer: Payouts, Intimidation and the Tabloids
Legal experts also have noted that the payment on behalf of his client may have violated New York's ethics rules. In an interview, he disputed details of some of his other activities that were described to The Times. He has never shied away from his role as Mr Trump's loyal defender. By heading off trouble involving Mr Trump's history with women, he accrued loyalty points, the ultimate currency with Mr Trump.

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