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Feds could be coming for California's over-budget bullet train

The biggest boondoggle in California history is now under the microscope of the U.S. Department of Transportation as costs continue to climb on a multi-billion dollar high-speed rail project that routinely misses deadlines and blows through budgets.

Pruitt admits knowing about controversial raise, despite past denial

Embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt acknowledged in congressional testimony Thursday that he was aware of at least one of two controversial pay raises for members of his staff -- despite downplaying his knowledge of the move in a recent Fox News interview.

EPA's Scott Pruitt pushes back on pay raise, condo controversy in Fox exclusive

Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt fired back at critics Wednesday, defending his decision to take a $50 a day condo rental from the wife of a lobbyist and claiming he just found out about a controversial pay raise for two of his staff members.

Menendez kicks off re-election bid, slams Trump on immigration

New Jersey Democratic lawmaker Sen. Bob Menendez, who was brought up on bribery and corruption charges last year, kicked off his re-election campaign Wednesday in front of a cheering crowd at Union City High School.

Stormy Daniels offers proof she passed polygraph as Playboy model Karen McDougal sues to end silence on Trump

Playboy model Karen McDougal on Tuesday sued to be released from a 2016 agreement requiring her to keep quiet about an alleged tryst she claims she had with Trump, as newly released records showed that porn star Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, passed a 2011 polygraph test in which she claims she had unprotected sex with President Trump in 2006.

GOP governor braces for two big fights in Illinois primaries

One of the most vulnerable Republican governors up for re-election in 2018 is heading into Tuesday’s primaries in Illinois with a strong challenge from his own party as well as six Democrats gunning for his job.

Storm dealt Puerto Rico knockout blow after decades of fiscal failure, corruption

Six month after Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, tens of thousands of residents are still without water and power. There have been countless contracting scandals, material shortages and embarrassing abuses of power that have drained what little confidence was left that brighter days might be ahead.

Omarosa on 'Celebrity Big Brother': Trump tweets haunted me, had to 'serve' my country

Ex-White House staffer and full-time drama queen Omarosa Manigault Newman – back in her reality TV element – tearfully confessed Thursday to being “haunted” by President Trump’s daily tweets, accused his inner circle of keeping her at arm’s length and described her selfless service to the country.

Dirty details of Missouri governor's affair fuel resignation calls

Missouri’s Republican governor is the latest politician to star in his own drama: Fifty Shades of Greitens – a tawdry tale of lust, power and betrayal that has consumed state politics and led to bipartisan calls for his resignation.

Feds to retry Senator Bob Menendez in bribery case

The Department of Justice announced Friday it intends to retry New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, two months after a federal judge declared a mistrial in the high-profile bribery case.

Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal

In a rare moment of bipartisanship, former Sen. Bob Dole on Wednesday received the Congressional Gold Medal – the highest civilian honor – for his service to the country as a “soldier, legislator and statesman.

Romney takes swipe at Trump over 's---hole' comments, race relations

Mitt Romney took a swipe at Donald Trump on Monday, condemning the crude comments the president reportedly made about Haiti and African countries -- calling them “inconsistent (with) America’s history and antithetical to American values.

Miami Vice: Two married lawmakers apologize for affair

Two Miami lawmakers were forced to admit and apologize for their bipartisan extramarital affair after an anonymous website claimed to have evidence of the swing-state senators getting busy behind closed doors.

Trump slams Amazon, says USPS should raise rates

Fresh off the nation's biggest holiday shopping season in years, President Trump went postal on Amazon, suggesting on Twitter the online retailer is taking advantage of the federal government's beleaguered mail service.

Trump signs tax overhaul, budget bill before heading to Mar-a-Lago

President Trump on Friday signed his first major legislative triumph – a $1.5 trillion tax overhaul expected to trigger tax cuts for most Americans next year – as well as a temporary spending bill that keeps the government running through mid-January.

Border wall contractors face growing boycotts from Dem-led cities

As President Trump pushes forward with his promised U.S.-Mexico border wall, companies competing for the chance to work on the multi-billion-dollar project are facing mounting boycotts from local Democratic lawmakers moving to blacklist the border builders.

Collins, Lee to vote in favor of GOP tax bill

GOP tax holdouts Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mike Lee of Utah said Monday they will support the president’s tax overhaul, leaving only one Republican undecided as the bill nears its final vote this week.

Trump unveils national security strategy: 'America is going to win'

President Trump on Monday unveiled a national security strategy that enshrines his “America First” approach into U.S. policy, stressing American strength and economic security and putting rivals like China and Russia on notice.

GOP tax bill: Can you really file your taxes on a postcard?

Republicans have often used a 14-line oversized postcard to pitch the simplicity of their massive tax overhaul – but with all of the recent changes, will most Americans really be able to file their taxes on a half sheet of paper?

Trump lawyers push to have defamation suit thrown out

President Trump’s alleged dalliances during his “Apprentice” days will be center stage in a New York courtroom Tuesday afternoon as lawyers for the 45th commander-in-chief push to dismiss a defamation claim by a former contestant on his reality tv show.

Trump shrinks Utah monuments created by Obama, Clinton

Capping months of speculation, President Trump on Monday signed a pair of executive orders to significantly shrink two of Utah’s national monuments – Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante – that were created by his Democratic predecessors.

Ethics case opened on Conway's comments about Alabama Senate race

The Office of Special Counsel has opened a case looking into allegations that White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway violated federal law when she made comments about Alabama Senate Republican candidate Roy Moore’s Democratic challenger.

Mulvaney cracks down on CFPB as White House insists he's in control

White House budget boss Mick Mulvaney moved quickly Monday to rein in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, imposing a 30-day hiring freeze and other new rules as the fight over who’s really in charge of the agency heads to court.

Judge rules Seattle's tax on the wealthy is illegal; city vows to appeal

Seattle’s controversial tax on the wealthy failed its first legal test this week after a judge ruled the new ordinance violates state law – but the city isn’t backing down and vows to appeal, setting the stage for a Washington State Supreme Court showdown.

GOP committees, Moore remain at odds as Alabama election nears

Despite President Trump's recent support of Roy Moore, the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee say they are standing behind their decision to cut ties to Alabama Senate candidate.

Mistrial declared in Bob Menendez bribery case

A federal judge on Thursday declared a mistrial in the high-profile bribery case of New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, after jurors twice reported they were hopelessly deadlocked.

Lawmakers call out colleagues, accuse them of sexual harassment

At least two sitting members of Congress - one from each party - have been the subjects of rampant sexual harassment complaints, one lawmaker testified Tuesday in a House hearing about overhauling the current system on Capitol Hill that some argue stacks the deck against the accuser.

Sexual misconduct spotlight shifts from Hollywood to state capitols

The tidal wave of sexual harassment allegations that started in Hollywood and the media has swept into statehouses across the country, with state lawmakers and others facing new accusations and legislative leaders grappling with how to handle the groundswell.

Trump slams Sessions, DOJ for not going after Clinton, DNC

President Trump made it clear on Friday that he’s not happy with the Justice Department and hinted that Attorney General Jeff Sessions could be out of a job if he didn’t start investigating Democrats.

ACLU, immigrant groups slam for-profit prisons as 'inhumane'

A handful of immigrant rights organizations are pushing back on plans to expand the use of private for-profit prisons to house undocumented immigrants – calling conditions inside the cells “inhumane” and ripe for abuse.

Trump declares opioid crisis a 'public health emergency'

Calling it a “national shame” and “human tragedy,” President Trump on Thursday declared the widespread opioid epidemic crippling American communities a “public health emergency” and pledged federal resources to help combat the growing problem.

Drug czar pick Tom Marino withdraws after opioid report

President Trump’s pick for drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino, has withdrawn from consideration following allegations he helped water down legislation and weaken the Drug Enforcement Administration’s ability to go after big drug distributors.

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