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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks to the media at the White House on Oct. 19, 2017.

John Kelly Defends Trump's Call to Widow

White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered an extraordinary denunciation of a Democratic congresswoman Thursday, accusing her of politicizing what he called a "sacred" presidential effort to console the grieving loved ones of a slain soldier

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U.S.-Backed Syrian Forces Confirm Raqqa Freed from ISIS

At a press conference held inside the city Friday, the Kurdish-led force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces formally handed over administration of the city in northern Syria to a council made up of local officials and tribal leaders

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Pentagon Pressed for Details on Deadly Niger Ambush

Members of Congress demanded answers Thursday two weeks after an ambush in the African nation of Niger killed four U.S. soldiers, with one top lawmaker even threatening subpoenas. The White House defended the slow pace of information, saying an investigation would eventually offer clarity

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Protesters Drown Out Richard Spencer Speech

White nationalist Richard Spencer's speech at the University of Florida was disrupted by dozens of protesters with raised fists who booed and chanted. Outside, protesters gathered in opposition to the speech, shouting, "We don't want your Nazi hate"

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Here's What Trump's Border Wall Could Look Like

Eight models for President Trump's border wall, each between 18 and 30 feet high, now stand on the border between Mexico and San Diego. Four of the wall models are made of concrete, four of concrete with steel reinforcements, and one is topped with spikes

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Joan Rivers' Fashion Police Has Been Canceled

E!'s long-running series, Fashion Police, will come to an end next month with a special finale featuring its late host and co-creator Joan Rivers. The series began in 1995 and became a staple on the red carpet at major awards shows

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The LAPD Is Investigating Harvey Weinstein

The Los Angeles Police Department has opened a sexual assault investigation involving Harvey Weinstein. The department said it interviewed a victim who says they were assaulted by the Hollywood producer in 2013, but could not provide more details

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Rohingya Refugee Children in Desperate Need, U.N. Says

The UN children’s agency says violence in Myanmar is driving as many as 12,000 children across the border into Bangladesh each week, warning that hundreds of thousands are at risk of waterborne disease in overcrowded and unsanitary displacement camps

Former President Barack Obama speaks during a canvasing event for New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial nominee Phil Murphy, Oct. 19, 2017, in Newark.

Obama Returns to the Campaign Trail

The former President took the stage for his first campaign event since leaving office, a canvas kickoff for Phil Murphy, the Democratic candidate for Governor of New Jersey. He encouraged people to vote to affect change, but didn't mention President Trump