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Donald Trump cancels Christmas holiday party after skipping correspondents' dinner; US president continues 'war on tradition'
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Donald Trump cancels Christmas holiday party after skipping correspondents' dinner; US president continues 'war on tradition'

Since taking office in January 2016, US president Donald has not only continued — and in some ways expanded — the wars of his predecessors, but even opened up a new front: A war on tradition

US midterm results 2018: For Donald Trump, historic turnout and Senate majority is opening battle for 2020
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US midterm results 2018: For Donald Trump, historic turnout and Senate majority is opening battle for 2020

Democrats seized the House majority from US President Donald Trump's Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what's left of the president's governing agenda. But Republicans gained ground in the Senate and preserved key governorships, beating back a "blue wave" that never fully materialized.

US midterm polls: Somali refugee Ilhan Omar, Palestine Immigrant Rashida Tlaib become first Muslim women elected to Congress
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US midterm polls: Somali refugee Ilhan Omar, Palestine Immigrant Rashida Tlaib become first Muslim women elected to Congress

Ilhan Omar won a House seat in the US midterms from Minneapolis, Minnesota, while Rashida Tlaib won unopposed from Michigan.

US midterm polls may mark firsts for minority groups: Transgender, Native American, Hispanic candidates hope to break barriers
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US midterm polls may mark firsts for minority groups: Transgender, Native American, Hispanic candidates hope to break barriers

The 2018 US congressional elections prompted a surge of candidates from minority groups that have not had electoral success in the past. Several have the potential to be the first of their background elected to office on Tuesday.

Twitter says it is giving its users more freedom to report fake, suspicious accounts
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Twitter says it is giving its users more freedom to report fake, suspicious accounts

Twitter users to flag tweets as originating from a fake account or a bot which are impersonating as something.

If US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein is forced out, the Robert Mueller probe into US election meddling is toast
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If US deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein is forced out, the Robert Mueller probe into US election meddling is toast

Rod Rosenstein, the seniormost official in the US Justice Department overseeing the Robert Mueller probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the US 2016 elections is said to have verbally offered his resignation to Donald Trump's chief of staff John Kelly Monday. If Rosenstein goes or is asked to go when he meets Donald Trump this week, who will oversee the Mueller probe and what does that imply in midterm election season?

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis dismisses news reports of widening rift with Donald Trump; says 'somebody cooks up a headline'
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US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis dismisses news reports of widening rift with Donald Trump; says 'somebody cooks up a headline'

Several news organizations have reported that Trump has become weary of Mattis, a retired Marine general who was one of his first Cabinet selections. He is seen by many as a steadying influence on Trump in the face of sometimes impulsive moves on national security issues.

As US midterm elections near, Donald Trump plays high risk political gamble with hardline trade policy; insists he can save US jobs and factories
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As US midterm elections near, Donald Trump plays high risk political gamble with hardline trade policy; insists he can save US jobs and factories

Trump's apparent belief is that he and congressional Republicans can rely on the unswerving support of core GOP voters — even in rural areas that have been economically hurt by his trade disputes — and maybe succeed in delivering better trade deals before Election Day. Still, as an insurance policy against failure, the administration is providing $12 billion in farm aid to soothe trade-war wounds in rural America.

Donald Trump okays sanctions against foreigners who meddle in US elections; aides keen to underline that 'it's something he cares deeply about'
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Donald Trump okays sanctions against foreigners who meddle in US elections; aides keen to underline that 'it's something he cares deeply about'

US president Donald Trump is signing an executive order authorizing sanctions against foreigners who meddle in U.S. elections. Trump has drawn widespread criticism for not taking threats to the U.S. electoral system seriously enough, particularly Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.

Tell-all book 'Fear' sets up Donald Trump-Bob Woodward clash of titans as White House heavyweights scurry for cover
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Tell-all book 'Fear' sets up Donald Trump-Bob Woodward clash of titans as White House heavyweights scurry for cover

It's not clear whether US President Donald Trump has much to fear from "Fear" itself. But the book of that name has set off a yes-no war between author Bob Woodward and the president, using all the assets they can muster.

Facebook and Twitter pledge to defend against foreign intrusion in US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing; Jack Dorsey says he's scrubbing '200% more accounts'
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Facebook and Twitter pledge to defend against foreign intrusion in US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing; Jack Dorsey says he's scrubbing '200% more accounts'

Facebook and Twitter executives pledged on Wednesday to better protect their social media platforms in the 2018 elections and beyond, and told Congress of aggressive efforts to root out foreign intrusions aimed at sowing divisions in American democracy.

'Up all night': Donald Trump is unraveling after the Cohen bombshell and it's looking far too much like Nixon's final days
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'Up all night': Donald Trump is unraveling after the Cohen bombshell and it's looking far too much like Nixon's final days

If someone were to write a book on how the end of this Presidency began, it would start with Trump tweeting, in all CAPS, at 1 in the morning after Cohen’s guilty plea. It’s looking more and more like the last days of Nixon, when he grew lonely and isolated and the walls closed in.

After the Michael Cohen bombshell comes this: National Enquirer hid in a safe damaging Trump stories it killed, hush money payments
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After the Michael Cohen bombshell comes this: National Enquirer hid in a safe damaging Trump stories it killed, hush money payments

The National Enquirer kept a safe containing documents on hush money payments and other damaging stories it killed as part of its cozy relationship with Donald Trump leading up to the 2016 presidential election, people familiar with the arrangement told The Associated Press.

US midterm elections 2018: Donald Trump faces real political threats from fixers, foes, women with lawsuits and tapes
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US midterm elections 2018: Donald Trump faces real political threats from fixers, foes, women with lawsuits and tapes

The Russia probe. His former lawyer's records — and memory. Two women with lawsuits. A third with tapes. US president Donald Trump is facing real political threats following one electrifying hour Tuesday that brought a plea deal by his onetime lawyer, Michael Cohen, and the conviction of Paul Manafort, the former chairman of the his 2016 presidential campaign.

Donald Trump hosts first White House Iftar dinner: American Muslim groups boycott, say thanks, but no thanks
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Donald Trump hosts first White House Iftar dinner: American Muslim groups boycott, say thanks, but no thanks

Last year, Trump broke with decades of precedent by forgoing the annual Iftar dinner – a bipartisan tradition that formally began with Bill Clinton in the 1990s but has conceptual roots tracing as far back as under Thomas Jefferson in 1805.