Trump, Obama square off in whirlwind weekend before midterm elections

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama traded blow after blow as they crossed the country in the final weekend of campaigning before Tuesday’s midterm elections. Democrats are expected to make major gains in the House — potentially taking majority control of the chamber — and to win…

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Stacey Abrams calls Kemp investigation into Georgia Democrats a ‘witch hunt’

Washington (CNN)Democratic Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said Monday her Republican opponent, Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, was abusing his power by investigating the Georgia Democratic Party over what his office describes as an attempt to hack the state’s voter registration system. “It’s wrong to call it an investigation,”…

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Sen. Perdue grabs student’s phone while being asked voter ID question

Washington (CNN)Georgia Republican Sen. David Perdue grabbed a Georgia Tech student’s phone on Saturday as the student filmed him while trying to ask a question about the state’s voter identification policies. Kemp has since said those affected will be able to vote on Election Day. In the video, posted to…

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Ford’s sister-in-law: Manchin and Collins created an ‘alternate reality’ to support Kavanaugh

Washington (CNN)Christine Blasey Ford’s sister-in-law said Sens. Joe Manchin and Susan Collins were trying to have it both ways when the senators said they believed Ford was sexually assaulted but not by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The FBI conducted a supplemental background investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh, and…

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Suspicious letter delivered to Republican Sen. Susan Collins residence in Maine

Washington (CNN)Authorities are looking into a “suspicious letter” delivered to the residence of Republican Sen. Susan Collins in Bangor, Maine, local law enforcement said at a news conference Monday. During the news conference, Betters said he had no information on the contents of the letter or the identity of the…

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Secretary Zinke’s calendar omissions date to his very first day in office

(CNN)Ryan Zinke’s very first meeting as interior secretary was never put on his official calendar. The monthly calendars the Interior Department has released publicly in response to Freedom of Information Act requests have often left off or obscured some meetings. More detailed accounts of Zinke’s time are found in separate…

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Democrats send ‘information’ concerning Kavanaugh nomination to FBI

Washington (CNN)A top Senate Democrat said Thursday that she has referred information concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the FBI. “I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said…

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What Tom Cotton’s wild conspiracy theory about Christine Blasey Ford gets wrong

(CNN)Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton is a smart guy. Harvard undergrad. Harvard Law School. Here’s Cotton’s argument to Hewitt: “I believe the Schumer political operation was behind this from the very beginning. We learned last week that a woman named Monica McLean was Ms. Ford’s roommate, and she was one…

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Republicans hope strong blue-collar jobs numbers can stem November losses

(CNN)Republicans face a host of headwinds heading into November’s midterm elections: Democratic messaging in suburban and swing districts has put control of the House in play, there is a narrow path for the party to take control of the Senate and President Donald Trump continues to fume about issues that…

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FBI investigation looms over Democratic nominee for Florida governor

(CNN)An ongoing federal investigation into public corruption in Tallahassee, Florida, threatens to damage the nascent campaign of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Gillum, the city’s mayor. “Mayor Gillum is not a subject of the FBI investigation, and he’s committed to rooting out any corruption or wrongdoing in Tallahassee,” said Geoff Burgan,…

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GOP Senate candidate’s comments raise questions about potential campaign finance violations

(CNN)A Republican Senate candidate in Montana is facing questions over comments he made suggesting he knew of the National Rifle Association’s plans to be involved in his race — a move that experts say could violate campaign finance laws meant to prohibit campaigns from coordinating with outside groups. “Yes,” Rosendale…

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Spanish foreign minister claims Trump told him to build wall across the Sahara desert to stop migrants

Madrid (CNN)Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell claims that US President Donald Trump suggested Spain should build a wall across the Sahara desert to deal with the issue of migration from Africa. “While we can confirm that the President has discussed migration challenges with Spanish interlocutors, we do not have record…

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