Warren wrestles with powerful interests, and questions about 2016, in first Iowa visit

(CNN)Sen. Elizabeth Warren arrived in Iowa on Friday evening and, through four events over a little more than 24 hours, quickly made clear that even as her presidential campaign evolves, she is poised to rise or fall with the same brand of wonky populism that took her from the classroom…

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Democrats head into 2019 split on everything but Trump

(CNN)Democrats are coming into control of the House and entering the 2020 presidential primary unified in their opposition to President Donald Trump — but split on almost everything else. Here is a look ahead at some of the debates that will animate the coming year. Getting real about ‘Medicare for…

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Feinstein requests Senate hearing after 2 migrant children die in US custody

(CNN)Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California called Thursday for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a hearing after two children died in the custody of Customs and Border Protection. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday that all children in Border Patrol custody had received medical screenings and she had “directed…

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Feds reverse fingerprint policy in move expected to speed release of unaccompanied children in HHS custody

(CNN)The Trump administration is reversing a controversial policy implemented this summer that immigration advocates say caused thousands of unaccompanied migrant children to remain in shelters for extended periods. Last spring, the Trump administration implemented new information-sharing policies between HHS and Immigration and Customs Enforcement that included stricter vetting of adults…

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Some Americans ditch Obamacare for cheaper alternatives

New York (CNN)When Guy Furay, who owns The Insurance Source in Greer, South Carolina, had a 61-year-old man and his wife come in looking for an alternative to pricey Obamacare insurance coverage, he had a solution: a short-term health plan. They are cheaper because they don’t have to satisfy all…

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Manafort lied after pleading guilty, Mueller’s team says

Washington (CNN)Paul Manafort has “breached” his plea agreement with the Justice Department by lying to the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller’s office two months after he started cooperating in the Russia probe, prosecutors said in a new court filing Monday. READ: Court filing accusing Manafort of lying

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CNN poll: Majority say midterms were repudiation of Republican policies

WASHINGTON (CNN)A majority of Americans say the 2018 midterms were mostly about the rejection of Republican policies, but Democrats may have more of a mandate this time around than in past election cycles, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS. In the new poll, which was conducted by…

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Republicans keep control of Senate in 2018 midterms, CNN projects

Washington (CNN)CNN projects that Republicans will keep control of the Senate, a result that was not unexpected but still never assured in this unpredictable political environment until voters had their say. The outcome represents a significant victory for the GOP and President Donald Trump. Democrats faced a daunting Senate map…

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Trump administration grants Wisconsin plan to make residents work for Medicaid

(CNN)The Trump administration Wednesday granted Wisconsin’s request to impose work requirements in its Medicaid program — the first such approval for a state that has not fully expanded Medicaid. Administration officials, however, maintain that these approvals are rooted in compassion and help Americans achieve self-sufficiency — a long-held conservative view…

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How politics became a risky business for companies in the era of Donald Trump, Steve King

Washington (CNN)Land O’Lakes and Purina, the two companies that dumped Iowa Rep. Steve King this week over his incendiary comments, learned what a growing number of corporate interests are discovering in a hyper-partisan America: It doesn’t always pay to play in politics. L.L. Bean, the Maine outdoor company famous for…

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Brett Kavanaugh pal Mark Judge’s memoir ‘Wasted’ is now available to read online

Read Judge's memoir all about booze and drugs at a young age for free.Image: Getty Images Brett Kavanaugh’s pal Mark Judge has been at the center of the debate over Kavanaugh’s fitness for service as a Supreme Court justice. Now you can read Judge’s memoir Wasted, which briefly features a…

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Flake to vote yes on Kavanaugh ‘unless something big changed’

Washington (CNN)Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a key Republican swing vote, said Friday he plans to vote in favor of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Fellow Republican senator and swing vote Lisa Murkowski voted to oppose Kavanaugh’s advancement. When asked about Murkowski’s vote, Flake said he admired her. “I…

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