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Republican Brian Kemp, right, speaks during a news conference as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal listens in the Governor's ceremonial office at the Capitol on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Atlanta, Ga. Kemp resigned Thursday as Georgia's secretary of state, a day after his campaign said he's captured enough votes to become governor despite his rival's refusal to concede. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

GOP wins Georgia governor's race as Abrams gives up fight

While claiming "democracy failed Georgia," Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said Friday she will no longer stand in the way of officials, certifying Brian Kemp, the Republican, as the winner. Published November 16, 2018

People walk outside CNN Center, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Atlanta. CNN is now screening all people who enter after a suspicious package was delivered to CNN in New York. NYPD's chief of counterterrorism says the explosive device sent to CNN's headquarters in New York appeared to be sent by the same person who mailed pipe bombs to George Soros, Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Ron Harris) **FILE**

Feds indict man for copycat CNN-bomb threats

A federal grand jury in Puerto Rico indicted a man this week on charges of threatening CNN, with prosecutors saying the man appeared to have been a copycat of the Trump-fan pipe bomb episode. Published November 16, 2018

CNN's Jim Acosta gestures as he leaves federal court in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, following a hearing on a legal challenge against President Donald Trump's administration over the revocation of his White House "hard pass." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Judge orders White House to restore press pass to CNN's Acosta

A federal judge ordered the White House to restore CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass, ruling Friday that President Trump and his aides didn't give Mr. Acosta enough of a chance to explain himself or contest the revocation. Published November 16, 2018

CNN's Jim Acosta walks into federal court in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, to attend a hearing on a legal challenge against President Donald Trump's administration. Trump's administration contends it has "broad discretion" to regulate press access to the White House as it fends off a legal challenge from CNN and other outlets over the revocation of Acosta's "hard pass." (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Upstart cable network backs White House in CNN lawsuit

One America News Network, a conservative cable network, filed court briefs Thursday siding with the White House and against fellow network CNN and its gauche chief presidential reporter, Jim Acosta. Published November 15, 2018

Acting Attorney General Matthew G. Whitaker speaking at the Dept. of Justice's Annual Veterans Appreciation Day Ceremony, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at the Justice Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Dems say Whitaker justification is 'fatally flawed'

Top Democrats on Thursday rejected the Justice Department's defense of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, calling the official opinion a "fatally flawed" attempt to pervert the Constitution. Published November 15, 2018

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., questions Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

Kamala Harris draws comparison between ICE, Ku Klux Klan

Sen. Kamala Harris compared ICE, the federal deportation agency, to the Ku Klux Klan Thursday, drawing a fierce retort from the agency's acting director who said there is no equivalence between patriotic officers enforcing the law, and a racist mob bent on violence and intimidation. Published November 15, 2018

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks about the FBI investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) **FILE**

Grassley rejects calls to probe Sessions ouster at DOJ

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley brushed aside demands to hold a hearing on the ouster of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the designation of Matthew Whitaker as his acting replacement, saying Thursday that the law appears to have been followed. Published November 15, 2018

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., speaks with reporters before he and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., try to bring up the legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. Senate Republicans are facing renewed pressure to pass legislation to protect Mueller, with a handful of GOP senators urging their leadership to hold a vote now that President Donald Trump has pushed out Attorney General Jeff Sessions. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Flake to halt judicial nominees until Mueller protection bill passed

Sen. Jeff Flake announced Wednesday that he will not vote to advance any new judicial nominees through the Judiciary Committee, nor will he vote to confirm picks on the Senate floor, until he gets his way on unrelated legislation to prevent the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller. Published November 14, 2018

FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, before the House Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) **FILE**

McConnell rejects Mueller protection bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flatly rejected the need to approve legislation protecting the special counsel's probe into the 2016 election, saying Wednesday there's no evidence the investigation needs protection. Published November 14, 2018

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., arrives to debate California Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) ** FILE **

Sen. Dianne Feinstein demands hearings on DOJ changes

Sen. Dianne Feinstein demanded Tuesday that the Senate hold hearings with both former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Matthew Whitaker, the man named to replace him temporarily, saying there are too many questions surrounding the ouster. Published November 13, 2018