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WATCH: Jeff Sessions announces guidelines for stricter sentencing

Speaking from the Department of Justice headquarters in D.C. today, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced new charging and sentencing guidelines for federal prosecutors. WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directing federal prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible against the vast majority of suspects, a reversal of Obama-era policies that is sure to send more people to prison ...

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Trump to Comey: Better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of their talks

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, in an apparent warning to his fired FBI director, said Friday that James Comey had better hope there are no “tapes” of their conversations. Trump’s tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times that he wasn’t under FBI investigation. “I said, ‘If it’s possible, would you let me know, am ...

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Most Americans unfamiliar with school choice, poll finds

WASHINGTON — Even as fierce political battles rage in Washington over school choice, most Americans know little about charter schools or private school voucher programs. Still, more Americans feel positively than negatively about expanding those programs, according to a new poll released Friday. “I wonder what the fuss is about,” said Beverly Brown, 61, a retired grocery store worker in ...

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EPA may allow massive mine near pristine Alaskan bay

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON — The Trump administration settled a lawsuit Friday over the proposed development of a massive gold and copper mine at the headwaters of one of Alaska’s premier salmon fisheries. The Environmental Protection Agency settled the long-running case with the Pebble Limited Partnership, agreeing to allow the Canadian-owned company to seek a federal permit to build its mine near ...

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Did Sessions break recusal vow in helping fire Comey?

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations related to the presidential campaign, yet he played a central role in the sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey, leaving many wondering if he violated that pledge. Democratic Sen. Al Franken, of Minnesota, called Sessions’ involvement a “complete betrayal” of his commitment, and Sen. Ron Wyden, of Oregon, ...

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WATCH: Schumer calls for senators meeting with DOJ leaders in wake of Comey firing

0SHARESShare Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to his request to invite Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to brief senators next week. Schumer made the announcement on the Senate floor Thursday. He says he hopes the briefing will take place early next week. The development comes as Capitol Hill is consumed with the drama ...

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Federal judge in D.C. delays ruling in Trump travel ban case

0SHARESShare WASHINGTON — A federal judge in the nation’s capital said Thursday she won’t act on a request to block President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban because two other judges have already stopped the executive order from going into effect. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said in an order that she is “inclined to agree” that Trump’s effort to temporarily ...

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Glaciers will disappear from mainland U.S. in our lifetime, scientists say

0SHARESShare Of the estimated 150 glaciers that existed when Glacier National Park was created in Montana back in 1910, only 26 remain. That’s according to a study released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey and Portland State University. The researchers warn  the formations are disappearing so quickly that the lower 48 states will have no more glaciers before the turn ...

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On Comey’s firing, the White House keeps changing its story

0SHARESShare The public announcement of President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey sparked chaos late Tuesday evening , and the confusion hasn’t stopped since. In a letter removing Comey as the agency’s director , Trump wrote that he agreed with a Department of Justice assessment that the director was “not able to effectively lead the Bureau.” READ MORE: ...

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Acting FBI chief McCabe contradicts White House explanations on Comey firing

WASHINGTON — Piece by piece, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe undermined recent White House explanations about the firing of FBI Director James Comey during testimony before a Senate committee Thursday. Since President Donald Trump’s surprise ouster of Comey on Tuesday, the White House has justified his decision, in part, by saying that the director had lost the confidence of the ...

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