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The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones (center) took a knee prior to the national anthem and an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals. ESPN anchor Jemele Hill last month targeted Jones, after the Dallas Cowboys owner stated that players who disrespect the flag would not play for his team. (Associated Press/File)

Republicans cut tax break for NFL, let churches pick sides in political elections

The NFL would lose its ability to claim tax breaks for stadiums, colleges and universities would have to start paying taxes on massive endowments, and house "flippers" could no longer shield their income from the taxman under House Republicans' proposed tax bill, which takes aim at a number of quirks that have developed over the years. Published November 2, 2017

GOP senator: Treat NYC suspect as 'enemy combatant'

A top senator said Wednesday that the suspect in Tuesday's attack in New York should be held as an unlawful enemy combatant, denied Miranda rights and subject to interrogation to try to find out more about what motivated him and whether he is working with others. Published November 1, 2017

This undated photo provided by the St. Charles County Department of Corrections in St. Charles, Mo., via KMOV shows Sayfullo Saipov. A man in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists along a busy bike path near the World Trade Center memorial on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, killing several. Officials who were not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke on the condition of anonymity identified the attacker as Saipov. (St. Charles County, Mo. Department of Corrections/KMOV via AP)

NYC suspect came to U.S. on Diversity Visa Lottery

The suspect in Tuesday's New York City terrorist attack is an immigrant who came to the U.S. through the Diversity Visa Lottery, a controversial program that since 1990 has doled out pathways to citizenship in the U.S. based literally on luck of the draw. Published November 1, 2017

Sen. Richard Burr, North Carolina Republican, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 15, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Sen. Richard Burr says media botched Russian-social media story

The Russian operatives who ran Facebook ads surrounding last year's election ran four times as many ads in Maryland -- a deep-blue state -- than they did on the critical swing state of Wisconsin, the chairman of the Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday. Published November 1, 2017

Facebook's general counsel, Colin Stretch, told a Senate committee that the platform found efforts to sow doubts about the election's validity until it disabled bad accounts. Facebook, Twitter and Google will present more testimony to Congress on Wednesday. (Associated Press)

Russians fomented discord in U.S. over issues more than candidates, social media execs say

Russian-backed mischief-makers and disinformation accounts were a tiny fraction of the online conversation leading up to last year's presidential election, and most of their efforts sowed discord over hot-button issues such as immigration and guns rather than attacking specific candidates, top social media executives told Congress on Tuesday. Published October 31, 2017

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 26, 2017 following his testimony before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the fiscal 2018 federal budget. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

IRS chief jabs IG who exposed tea party targeting in farewell speech

The IRS fends off 4 million hacking attempts a day, Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday, saying the tax agency does a solid job of keeping intruders out of its databases, though hackers have managed to spoof some taxpayers and steal their information individually. Published October 31, 2017

A policeman stands guard at the site of a suicide attack in central Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 31, 2017. An Afghan official says at least three people were killed after a suicide bomber carried out an attack in central Kabul, near the U.S. Embassy. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

Afghanistan security deteriorates as U.S. takes deeper role

Even as the U.S. takes a deeper role in Afghanistan the situation there is getting worse, with armed clashes at an all-time high, insurgents controlling more territory and civilian casualties from pro-government forces up 52 percent this year, an inspector general told Congress Tuesday. Published October 31, 2017

Special counsel Robert Mueller is reported to have his first indictment from a federal grand jury in Washington, and the target could be taken into custody as soon as Monday. (Associated Press/File)

'Expect to see more shoes drop' in Mueller's Russia investigation

The special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election last year dropped two bombshells Monday, announcing a guilty plea from a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser to lying to the FBI about contacts with Russian operatives, and unsealing charges of money laundering and tax evasion against two top Trump campaign figures. Published October 30, 2017

FILE - In this Sunday, June 11, 2017 file photo, Equality March for Unity and Pride participants march past the White House in Washington. A federal court in Washington is barring President Donald Trump from changing the government's policy on military service by transgender people.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Judge halts Trump's transgender troop ban

A federal judge on Monday halted President Trump's move to oust transgender service members from the military, saying those troops qualify as a protected class and rejecting Mr. Trump's claim that his national security decisions shouldn't be questioned. Published October 30, 2017

FILE - In this April 28, 2011 file photo, Jessica Colotl, an illegal immigrant and student at Kennesaw State University, speaks during a media interview at her lawyer's office in Atlanta. Federal immigration authorities have for the second time this year revoked the protection from deportation granted to Colotl. Federal government lawyers said in a court filing Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, that the government had re-evaluated Colotl's protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and decided not to renew it. (AP Photo/John Amis, file)

ACLU sues Trump administration

The ACLU sued Thursday to try to force the Trump administration to grant Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections to an illegal immigrant woman, in a case that will test the boundaries of the Obama-era deportation amnesty and President Trump's bid to end it. Published October 26, 2017