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Trump denies latest sexual misconduct accusation

President Donald Trump is denying accusations from a woman accusing him of sexual misconduct. Rob Smith has all the details.
Alleged $150K payoff to Trump accuser, ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal: Was it illegal?

Alleged $150K payoff to Trump accuser, ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal: Was it illegal?

A watchdog group wants the Justice Department and federal regulators to examine a $150,000 tabloid payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal.

Lawyer charged with lying in Mueller investigation

Lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan is accused of lying to federal agents regarding the last conversations he had with ex-Trump aide Rick Gates in August 2016.
Poll: Most Americans say Congress, Trump not doing enough to stop mass shootings

Poll: Most Americans say Congress, Trump not doing enough to stop mass shootings

The poll found 77% of Americans do not think Congress is doing enough to stop mass shootings, while 62% don't believe Trump himself is doing enough.
Trump proposes 12-month insurance plans that don't cover people, issues Obamacare requires

Trump proposes 12-month insurance plans that don't cover people, issues Obamacare requires

Insurers said they are concerned the proposal could lead to higher prices and discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions.
Supreme Court won't hear challenge to California's waiting period for gun purchases

Supreme Court won't hear challenge to California's waiting period for gun purchases

Gun control efforts are galvanizing the nation again, but the Supreme Court is remaining silent.
Trump lashes out at accusers, denying alleged Trump Tower sexual harassment incident

Trump lashes out at accusers, denying alleged Trump Tower sexual harassment incident

Accuser Rachel Crooks came forward in 2016, after Trump boasted of sexually assaulting women in a leaked Access Hollywood interview from 2005.
Attorney charged with lying in Russia special counsel probe

Attorney charged with lying in Russia special counsel probe

Attorney charged with lying in Russia special counsel probe

Trump is America's 'worst president,' according to new study

President Donald Trump scored failing marks in categories like "Communicating with the Public" and "Embodying Institutional Norms."
Donnelly touts his support for Trump -- while attacking Pence

Donnelly touts his support for Trump -- while attacking Pence

Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is criticizing Vice President Pence after touting his support for President Trump.
Donald Trump Jr. is in India to help sell luxury apartments

Donald Trump Jr. is in India to help sell luxury apartments

Newspaper ads promise that buyers who order apartments by Thursday will get "a conversation and dinner" with Trump Jr.
Trump urges Pennsylvania Republicans to take congressional district map fight to high court

Trump urges Pennsylvania Republicans to take congressional district map fight to high court

President says new congressional district map approved by Pennsylvania Supreme Court favors Democrats
Trump again faults Obama over Russian election meddling

Trump again faults Obama over Russian election meddling

Another day, another presidential attack on the Russia investigation – and on Obama.
What you need to know about the FBI tip line that failed in the Florida shooting

What you need to know about the FBI tip line that failed in the Florida shooting

The busy call center had been operating in near-anonymity – until the Florida school shooting.

VA chief of staff misled ethics officials on travel, probe finds

The Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin's chief of staff doctored an email and made false statements so the secretary's wife could use taxpayer money for her 10-day trip to Europe, an

U.S. indicts 13 Russian nationals with interfering in 2016 election

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said on Friday that a federal grand jury has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering with U.S. elections and political

Poll: Most Americans support GOP tax Llaw

51% of Americans now approve of the tax law. That number is up from 37% in December.
History experts in New York Times op-ed: Trump worst president ever, Obama in top 10

History experts in New York Times op-ed: Trump worst president ever, Obama in top 10

Trump is America's worst president, says an opinion piece that's based on a survey of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents and Executive Politics section.
Pence defends faith as normal after TV host calls it crazy to think Jesus talks to him

Pence defends faith as normal after TV host calls it crazy to think Jesus talks to him

Pence said the criticisms are "evidence of how out of touch some in the mainstream media are with the faith and values of the American people."
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' new policy on transgender troops expected by Wednesday

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' new policy on transgender troops expected by Wednesday

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis set a deadline of Feb. 21 for the new policy on transgender troops, six months after President Trump called for a ban.