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Gillibrand to appear on Fox News Monday night Presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandCongress needs to bring family and medical leave policies into the 21st century Trump campaign fundraising on Bernie Sanders's M haul Gillibrand tells Iowan 'ranch girl' that pizza is on her next time MORE will appear on Fox News's "Special Report" Monday night.

Harris on Smollett: 'I'm sad, frustrated, and disappointed' "Like most of you, I've seen the reports about Jussie Smollett, and I'm said, frustrated, and disappointed," Harris, who is running for the president in 2020, said in a statement.

White House braces for Mueller report "Anything short of them saying the president colluded with Russia and is now being indicted is going to depress Democrats," a source close to the White House told The Hill. But Mueller's report won't end Trump's legal headaches, and it could raise new questions about the investigation itself.

NJ Senate passes bill that would keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns The New Jersey state Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly voted to pass a bill that would keep presidential candidates off the state's 2020 ballot unless they release their tax returns.

Rep. Bobby Rush unloads on Smollett over 'devious,' 'disgraceful' actions Bobby RushBobby Lee RushDem behind impeachment push to boycott State of the Union Democrats seek to take on Trump at State of the Union Dem leaders avert censure vote against Steve King MORE blasted "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett on Thursday as "devious" and "disgraceful" for allegedly staging an attack against himself.

Trump, Erdogan hold phone call ahead of US-Turkey military meeting The two men spoke over the phone about the creation of a possible safe zone in Syria, the White House said. The Trump administration said it will pull U.S. troops out of the war-torn country, and has sought assurances from Turkey that it will not attack Kurdish fighters in the region.

Trump campaign manager links Nike factories to Duke basketball star's injury President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE's 2020 campaign manager on Thursday linked Nike factories not being in the U.S.

Trump's labor secretary broke federal law in sex offender plea deal, judge says A plea agreement with financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein that Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta had a part in when he was a U.S.attorney violated federal law, a judge ruled Thursday. Officials with Acosta's office and the White House had not responded to requests for comment at the time this story was published.

GOP lawmaker comes out against Trump's emergency declaration The Wisconsin Republican argued that though he agrees with Trump's call to increase spending on border security, bypassing Congress after it failed to meet the president's full funding request for a border wall set a bad precedent.

Rosenstein: My time at DOJ is 'coming to an end' Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinDems seize on Times bombshell to push allegations of Trump obstruction Trump calls Andrew McCabe a 'poor man's J.

Another New York condo votes to remove 'Trump' from name About 55 percent of "Trump Place" condo owners at 120 Riverside Blvd. in Manhattan voted in favor of removing the large sign above the front door, the building's condominium board announced in an email obtained by The Washington Post.

As Amazon Moves In, Synetic Theater Won't Be Kicked Out Of Its Home After All - DCist After being told their lease wasn't going to be renewed, the Crystal City-based theater company is getting a three-year extension.

Mother Recounts Trying to Save 4-Year-Old Son Impaled by Broken Glass Adrian, 4, suffered a fatal wound from the piece of broken glass, which came from a large picture frame that had shattered. Velez rushed the boy Wednesday afternoon from the house in the 3200 block of North Reese Street to the nearest hospital. "They tried to do everything," she said.

Thousands of People in DC Area Seek Treatment for Marijuana Dependency Each Year Several thousand people in the Washington, D.C., area have sought admission to state drug treatment programs for marijuana dependency in each of the past four years, according to state records obtained by the News4 I-Team. The local cases include a rising number of women who acknowledge a dependency on marijuana.

Rep. Dan Kildee interviewed by Alec Baldwin for Flint documentary Dan Kildee met with actor and "Saturday Night Live" Donald Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin on Wednesday for an interview in Michigan that will be featured in an upcoming documentary film about the Flint water crisis.

Pre-Market Source: Feb. 21 Every week the Eli Residential Group scours our network for off-market and pre-market homes to give home buyers and investors access to properties they can't find anywhere else online.

Mayor Bowser Doubles Down on Her Rejected Nominee for D.C. Ethics Board The Board of Ethics and Government Accountability's membership is dwindling.

Hashish Found Hidden in Chocolates at Dulles Airport Customs officers inspecting luggage at Washington Dulles International Airport thought something seemed off about chocolates in a woman's luggage. They searched the treats and found hashish inside. During a routine secondary inspection on Monday, U.S.

All officers hurt in Aurora shooting released from hospital - Police say all five of the officers who were wounded last week in a deadly shooting at a warehouse in suburban Chicago have been released from the hospital. The Beacon-News reports that four of the officers hurt were released by Sunday, and the fifth was released Thursday.

New election ordered in disputed North Carolina House race — When the Republican narrowly leading the country’s last undecided congressional election asks North Carolina elections officials to overlook ballot manipulation in a rural county…

Oakland teachers walk off the job in latest teacher strife - Teachers in Oakland, California, went on strike Thursday, part of a national wave of discontent by educators over classroom conditions, pay and other issues. Recent walkouts have taken place in West Virginia, Los Angeles and Denver.

Rural Kansas lawmakers push Farm Bureau health coverage plan - Rural state lawmakers are pushing a plan to allow the Kansas Farm Bureau to offer health insurance coverage to members without having to comply with federal Affordable Care Act mandates in hopes that the influential agriculture group can offer a lower-cost product.

Chef RJ Cooper Is Taking Over Mop/Broom For His Latest Project Just six months after Mop/Broom Mess Hall's anticipated arrival in Germantown, James Beard Award-winning chef RJ Cooper is moving in to transform the casual eatery into a to-be-announced venture. Mop/Broom was started by a fellow JBA-winning chef, Tandy Wilson, who focuses on barbecue chicken at his Southern-styled restaurant.

Man Strikes Secret Service Officer Outside White House A man is accused of striking a female U.S. Secret Service officer outside the White House Monday, after breaching a police security perimeter, according to a Secret Service affidavit reviewed by the News4 I-Team. Officers arrested Christopher Henry Alexander Davis after a physical struggle, according to the affidavit.

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