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Trying to avoid politics, FBI Director Comey instead shaped an election

The FBI director, fearing the backlash that would come if it were revealed after the election that the agency had been investigating Hillary Clinton and had kept it a secret, sent a letter informing Congress that the case was reopened. What he did not say was that the FBI was also investigating the Trump campaign. While partisanship was not a factor in Comey’s approach to the two investigations, he handled them in starkly different ways.

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Trump’s primary threats flop in conservative districts

At a turbulent town hall in Idaho over the congressional recess, Republican Rep. Raúl Labrador fielded anguished questions about Russia, outrage over President Donald Trump’s tax returns and the stray query about recreational rock collecting. It’s the latest sign that the threats the White House issued to members of the House Freedom Caucus for opposing that bill, which would have repealed much of the Affordable Care Act, aren’t resonating.

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5 weeks of dating, a breakup, threats and a neighborhood under siege

A Boise woman who was in a short relationship with Alan Amundson last summer spoke to the Idaho Statesman for the first time since Amundson exploded into violence at her home near Capital High School. Amundson assaulted her and her daughter, shot her teenage son and fired on homes and responding police officers before taking his own life.

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African Moment: A visitor comes calling in South Africa

China's announced plans to end its Ivory trade this year offers an Easter message of hope for the world's elephants, particularly the curious guy I ran into on a recent African trip.
Michael Gordon The Charlotte Observer
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African Moment: A visitor comes calling in South Africa

President Obama's Commutations 1:35

President Obama's Commutations

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Commutation recipient James Patterson Jr. had sentence reduced because of Obama

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More than 1000 march in support of immigrants