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President Donald Trump revealed highly classified information about Islamic State militants to Russian officials during a meeting at the White House last week, The Washington Post reported Monday.

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The newspaper cited current and former U.S. officials who said Trump shared details about an Islamic State terror threat with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The threat was related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft.

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during an Armed Forces Full Honor Farewell Review for him, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Conmy Hall, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.
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Former President Barack Obama is starting to define his new role in the age of Donald Trump.

 

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After dropping out of sight for a pair of glamorous island getaways, Obama is emerging for a series of paid and unpaid speeches, drawing sharp contrasts with Trump even as he avoids saying the new president's name.

Now-Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says she is a "strong supporter" of historically black colleges and universities.

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In a statement released late Sunday, DeVos said she would "continue to be an advocate for them and for programs that make higher education more accessible to all students."

 

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Move over Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Republicans have a new campaign boogeyman. Well, sort of new.

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President Donald Trump became the first sitting president to address a National Rifle Association convention in more than 30 years when he spoke Friday at the group's annual meeting.

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He kicked off his speech by praising Republican Congressional candidate Karen Handel. 

“She’s totally for the NRA. She’s totally for the Second Amendment," Trump said of the candidate. 

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The National Rifle Association Convention kicked off in Atlanta Thursday, and, today, Donald Trump will become the first sitting president to address a the annual meeting in more than 30 years.

The last president to address an NRA convention was Ronald Reagan, who spoke to the 1983 gathering, according to the powerful gun rights lobby. Trump's appearance in Atlanta is expected to spark significant protests, in particular a die-in in Woodruff Park. 

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Not since John F. Kennedy appointed his brother Bobby to be attorney general and his brother-in-law as director of the Peace Corps has a president leaned so heavily on his family. Even Donald Trump's 5-year-old granddaughter Arabella has pitched in.

 

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As the administration nears its 100-day mark, Trump has established a White House operation with such an unusual commingling of blood, business and government that it has surprised even his own family.

 

Health and Human Services Secretary-designate, Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
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Coming soon to the West End and Broadway stage: Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Tom Price and Scott Pruitt.

 

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Four key players in President Donald Trump's new administration are central characters in a "verbatim play," boiled down from combative U.S. Senate confirmation hearings, that looks to Trump's Cabinet picks for clues to his government's direction.

 

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up during a South Carolina Republican primary night event in Spartanburg, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.
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Before his election, back in October, then-presidential candidate Donald Trump laid out a 100 Day Action Plan. He called it his Contract With The American Voter.

Among other things, it called for the full repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act, suspension of immigration from certain "terror-prone regions," and the lifting of "roadblocks" to let "infrastructure projects like the Keystone Pipeline move forward."

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A Georgia congressional election in a historically conservative district is headed to a runoff that raises the stakes in an early measure for President Donald Trump and both major parties ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Democrat Jon Ossoff, a 30-year-old former congressional staffer, fell a few percentage points shy of an outright victory amid an 18-candidate scramble in Georgia's 6th Congressional District. Republican Karen Handel, a former Georgia secretary of state, finished a distant second, qualifying for the June 20 runoff.

President-elect Donald Trump calls to media from the entryway of Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 in Bedminster, N.J..
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President Donald Trump on Monday attacked his political enemies seeking an upset in Georgia's special congressional election, blasting the leading Democratic candidate as a "super liberal" who "wants to protect criminals, allow illegal immigration and raise taxes!"

In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Hershey, Pa.
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Laying bare deep and dangerous divisions on Syria and other issues, President Donald Trump declared that U.S. relations with Russia "may be at an all-time low." His top diplomat offered a similarly grim assessment from the other side of the globe after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

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President Donald Trump has removed chief strategist Steve Bannon from the National Security Council, reversing an earlier, controversial decision to give Bannon access to the high-level meetings.

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A new memorandum about the council's composition was published Wednesday in the Federal Register. The memo no longer lists the chief strategist as a member of the Principals Committee, a group of high-ranking officials who meet to discuss pressing national security priorities.

Ivanka Trump: A White House Force, Just Not An 'Employee'

Mar 24, 2017
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President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump will have a security clearance, a West Wing office and the ear of her father on important policy matters. But don't call her an employee.

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When it comes to government work, "employee" is more than just a word. That designation triggers an array of transparency and ethical provisions, including a law prohibiting conflicts of interest.

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The nominee for agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, on Thursday sought to reassure farm-state senators fearful about the impact of President Donald Trump's proposed deep cuts to farm programs, promising to work with Democrats to create jobs in the struggling industry.

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During the hearing, Senators from the Senate Agricultural Committee asked Perdue how he felt about Trump's budget, which includes a 21 percent cut to the USDA's discretionary spending. 

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The FBI and Justice Department have no information to substantiate President Donald Trump's claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him before the election, according to FBI Director James Comey.

Comey is testified at a highly politically charged congressional examining Russian meddling and possible connections between Moscow and Trump's campaign. He acknowledged that the FBI does not ordinarily discuss ongoing investigations, but said he'd been authorized to do so given the extreme public interest in this case.

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Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, begins his three-day confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

‘It’s Unimaginable Feeling Unwelcome In The Country That I Was Born In’

Mar 18, 2017
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With the election of Donald Trump, political divide is at a seemingly all-time high, causing an uprise in social and racial tensions.

With the Trump administration’s revised travel ban that was scheduled to go into effect on March 16 now on hold  (it bans foreign nationals from six Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days and bans all refugees for 120 days but judges in Hawaii and Maryland have ruled against it) heightening this separation, I decided to investigate what it feels like to be Muslim in the heap of this great American divide.

Trump Welcomes Merkel To White House For High Stakes Visit

Mar 17, 2017
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It was all smiles as President Donald Trump welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel to the White House on Friday, their first personal encounter since he frequently criticized her during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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In late January, Hassan, his wife and his two young daughters were ready to start a new life across the globe in Atlanta. They’d been living in Jordan for about four years after Hassan and his wife fled Syria. Hassan didn't want to use his real name because of family members still living in Syria. 

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In today's  "Medical Minute," reporter Jim Burress and medical analyst Dr. Ford Vox talk about the American Health Care Act currently under committee debate in the House. The bill is under attack from the right and the left for different reasons.

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Vox explains why he joins the American Medical Association, the American Hospital Association and other stakeholders in criticizing this legislation.

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Plant Scherer in operation at Juliette, Ga.
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President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order this week that would begin dismantling one of the Obama administration’s key climate change rules.  

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As "Underground" starts its second season, it remains firmly rooted in history — but it also very much reflects on present-day American issues.

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One of the show's stars, Aldis Hodge, says the political commentary is unintentional by "Underground" co-creator Misha Green, who was highly critical of President Donald Trump during his candidacy, calling him "a racist and sexiest."

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The Supreme Court ruled on Monday to send a transgender case back to the lower courts.

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The case involves Gavin Grimm, a transgender male senior high school student in Virginia. He asserts he should be able to use the bathroom of his gender identity under Title IX, which is a national law that protects students against sexual discrimination. 

Although the case doesn't affect Georgia directly,  it could set a precedent on how other courts rule on similar cases. 

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President Trump has signed a revised executive order, once again barring travel to the United States from six majority-Muslim countries and suspending the U.S. refugee program.

It's similar to the president's January order that was blocked by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. But this latest order leaves Iraq off the list of barred countries. The White House cites more cooperation with the Iraqi government in vetting people who apply for U.S. visas.

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Everyone was in place for the hearing in Atlanta immigration court: the Guinean man hoping to stay in the U.S., his attorney, a prosecutor, a translator and the judge. But because of some missing paperwork, it was all for nothing.

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When the government attorney said he hadn't received the case file, Judge J. Dan Pelletier rescheduled the proceeding. Everybody would have to come back another day.

 

Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue remembers what it was like dealing with the aftermath of hurricane Katrina in Georgia with WABE's Denis O'Hayer on Tuesday, August 25, 2015.
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President Donald Trump picked former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue to be his agriculture secretary six weeks ago, but the administration still hasn't formally provided the Senate with the paperwork for the nomination.

 

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The delay is frustrating farm-state senators, who represent many of the core voters responsible for helping elect Trump.

 

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President Donald Trump will address a joint session of Congress for the first time on Tuesday evening at the Capitol, around 9 p.m.

The address comes a day after Trump gave an outline of his budget plan for Congress, which would increase defense spending and make cuts to domestic programs. Following tradition, House Speaker Paul Ryan invited the president to make the speech to lay out his agenda in the early days of his new administration.

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A presidential address to Congress is always part policy speech, part political theater. With President Donald Trump, a former reality TV star, there's extra potential for drama as he makes his first address to Congress.

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President Donald Trump is directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revisit a regulation on clean water.

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The Obama-era rule, known both as the Clean Water Rule and "Waters of the United States," was intended to clarify what bodies of water are protected by the Clean Water Act: Big rivers are, but what about creeks that feed into them, or streams that go dry part of the year, or wetlands? The rule would have protected those too.

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