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‘We’ve Always Been Here'

Transgender veterans are reacting with shock at President Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender Americans from military service. Trump tweeted Wednesday that transgender individuals will not be able to serve in the military "in any capacity"

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Governors Blast 'Skinny' Obamacare Repeal

A bipartisan group of 10 governors have penned a letter to Senate leaders blasting the Republican-led "skinny repeal" of Obamacare. The move would get rid of just a few aspects of Obamacare, including the individual mandate and certain taxes

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Mahershala Ali Set to Star in True Detective

The Academy Award-winner closed a deal to star in HBO's third season of the crime anthology series True Detective, the network's president of programming said at a Television Critics Associations' presentation

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U.S. Slaps Fresh Sanctions on 13 Venezuelan Officials

The Trump administration announced sanctions on 13 current and former members of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's administration, in an effort to pressure the president into halting his plans to rewrite Venezuela's constitution

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Senate Rejects GOP Plan to Repeal Obamacare

After seven years of emphatic campaign promises, Senate Republicans demonstrated they don't have the stomach to repeal Obamacare when it really counts, as the Senate voted 55-45 to reject legislation undoing major portions of the law without replacing it

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North Korea Warns of 'Powerful Nuclear Hammer'

North Korea threatened to launch a nuclear strike "at the heart of the U.S." if it sees signs that Washington is trying to remove Kim Jong Un as the country's leader. The warning follows comments from CIA Director Mike Pompeo

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Omaha Officers Charged With Assault After Man's Death

Two Omaha police officers will face assault charges in the death of a mentally ill man who was shocked with a stun gun a dozen times and repeatedly punched, even after he was on the ground, a Nebraska prosecutor said

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Trump Announces $10 Billion Factory in Wisconsin

President Donald Trump said that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to create 3,000 jobs. The factory will produce liquid-crystal display panels that are used in televisions and computer screens