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President Donald Trump speaks to the members of the media before leaving the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, for a campaign rally in Huntington, W.Va., and Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump loses another round in emoluments court battle

President Trump suffered another setback Friday in his bid to avoid a constitutional rebuke when a federal judge refused to halt a case challenging his ownership of the Trump International hotel in D.C. Published November 2, 2018

President Barack Obama uses a laptop computer to send a tweet during a "Twitter Town Hall" in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) **FILE**

Obama-era CIA peeked at congressional staff emails

The CIA during the Obama administration intercepted and analyzed the email of some congressional staffers, the agency publicly confirmed this week, releasing declassified notifications from 2014 that contained details of the snooping. Published November 1, 2018

Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., listens to President Donald Trump speak during a meeting with Republican lawmakers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump rebukes Paul Ryan over birthright citizenship

President Trump lashed out at House Speaker Paul D. Ryan Wednesday over birthright citizenship, telling the GOP leader on Capitol Hill he "knows nothing" about the issue and should butt out. Published October 31, 2018

In this Oct. 21, 2018, photo, Central American migrants walking to the U.S. start their day departing Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Total immigration to U.S. ties all-time record

The U.S. tied its all-time record for new immigration -- both legal and illegal -- in 2016, with 1.75 million arrivals, according to a new study Wednesday. Published October 31, 2018

National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins speaks during a news conference in Trenton, N.J., on Sept. 18, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

NIH ousts three employees over controversial alcohol study

The National Institutes of Health has ousted three employees who were involved in a highly questioned study of moderate alcohol use, and Director Francis S. Collins said he's determined to prevent other bum studies from moving forward in the future. Published October 30, 2018

President Donald Trump shakes hands with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., during an event to acknowledge the final passage of tax overhaul legislation by Congress on the South Lawn of White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) ** FILE **

Paul Ryan shoots down Trump's birthright citizenship plans

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan poured cold water Tuesday on President Trump's plan to issue an executive order ending birthright citizenship for illegal immigrants, saying "you obviously cannot do that." Published October 30, 2018

In this Aug. 18, 2010, file photo, California National Guard troops, part of Task Force Sierra, which are training for future deployment at the border along with Border Patrol Agents, stand in formation near the California/Mexico border in San Diego. California National Guard troops have started training with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to be camera operators, radio dispatchers, intelligence analysts and fill other support roles to free up more agents to patrol the Mexican border. (John Gibbons/San Diego Union-Tribune via AP) **FILE**

5,200 active-duty troops deployed to border ahead of migrant caravan

The Pentagon announced a massive deployment Monday of military muscle to the U.S.-Mexico border, saying at least 5,200 troops will soon be on the lines helping build fencing, ferry Border Patrol agents to hotspots and provide support as the government braces for the migrant caravan. Published October 29, 2018

President Donald Trump arrives arrives to speak at a campaign rally at Bojangles' Coliseum, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump, supporters defiant in wake of bombing accusations

Hours after the FBI arrested a Trump supporter and charged him with attempting to bomb Democrats, President Trump blasted the media for trying to "score political points" with its overwhelming focus on the man's political leanings. Published October 26, 2018

In this Sept. 24, 2018, file photo, Michael Avenatti, attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, talks to reporters after a federal court hearing in Los Angeles. A California judge on Monday, Oct. 22, ordered Avenatti to pay $4.85 million to an attorney at his former law firm--the first time the potential presidential candidate is being held personally liable in the case. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers) **FILE**

Avenatti accused of 'outright fraud' in new FBI referral

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley sent a new request Friday for the Justice Department to open a second investigation into Michael Avenatti, saying the anti-Trump lawyer lied to Congress through a second affidavit. Published October 26, 2018

For the first time in the history of the national head count, the next census will for the first time allow respondents to specify whether they are living with a partner of the same sex. (U.S. Census Bureau) **FILE**

Judge rejects DOJ, orders speedy trial on Census citizenship question

A federal judge Friday said the government was too clever by half in demanding a halt to a planned trial over adding a question about citizenship to the 2020 census, saying the call for a stay contradicts the Trump administration's earlier repeated requests for speedy action. Published October 26, 2018