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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves the Fort Bragg courtroom facility after the defense and prosecution rested in a sentencing hearing on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, on Fort Bragg, N.C. Bergdahl, who walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009 and was held by the Taliban for five years, pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. (Andrew Craft/The Fayetteville Observer via AP)

GOP congressman writes bill to deny Bowe Bergdahl back pay

A Republican congressman moved Wednesday to try to block disgraced former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from collecting back pay and retirement benefits tied to the time after he deserted his post in Afghanistan in 2009. Published November 15, 2017

U.S. Border Patrol agents are reporting a new surge in illegal border crossings in Texas. (Associated Press/File)

Catch-and-release of illegals restarted in Texas, Border Patrol agents say

The Trump administration reinstated a de facto catch-and-release policy for illegal immigrants nabbed crossing the border in Texas, with Border Patrol agents being told Wednesday not to even bother turning them over for speedy deportation because there was no bed space, a top agent said. Published November 15, 2017

President Trump has undermined the judiciary by using his pardon powers on former Sheriff Joe Arpaio and has hurt the First Amendment by berating news outlets or calling them "fake," according to some of the Democrats' articles of impeachment. (Associated Press/File)

Democrats introduce articles of impeachment against Trump

A handful of House Democrats officially introduced Wednesday five articles of impeachment against President Trump, accusing him of everything from breaking the Constitution's emoluments clause to being mean in his tweets about the press. Published November 15, 2017

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray listens to a speaker during a a hearing in Denver. State and federal authorities are suing Ocwen Financial Corp., saying the mortgage servicing company botched the handling of millions of mortgage accounts. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Thursday, April 20, 2017, that Ocwen generated errors in borrowers' accounts, failed to credit payments, illegally foreclosed on homeowners, and charged borrowers for add-on products without their consent. Ocwen is one of the nation's largest non-bank mortgage lenders. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Obama's Wall Street cop to leave job by the end of the month

The chief of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Wednesday he'll step down before the end of this month, marking the departure of yet another Obama-era holdover who'd battled the new administration. Published November 15, 2017

Kirstjen Nielsen testifies during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee hearing on her nomination to be Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Committee clears Trump's pick to lead DHS

The Senate Homeland Security Committee voted Tuesday to approve Kirstjen Nielsen as the next Homeland Security secretary, overcoming objections from Democrats who said she lacked leadership experience and didn't appear to be independent enough from the White House. Published November 14, 2017

"We're optimistic that inserting the individual mandate repeal would be helpful," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, said of the tax bill. (Associated Press/File)

Senate Republicans' tax plan includes repeal of Obamacare mandate

Senate Republicans said Tuesday they will include a repeal of Obamacare's individual mandate in their tax cut bill in a bold move that frees up more money for deeper tax cuts and takes a whack at the health care law they have repeatedly tried but failed to repeal. Published November 14, 2017

Probe of Clinton Foundation, Obama's Russia uranium deal possible: Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday he's considering appointing a special counsel to look at whether the FBI properly handled the investigation into Russia's purchase of uranium rights and donations to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary Clinton led the State Department. Published November 13, 2017