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What's behind Trump's decision to ditch a decades-old arms control treaty?

What's behind Trump's decision to ditch a decades-old arms control treaty?

(CNN) - President Donald Trump said Saturday that the he intends to withdraw the US from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, citing Russia's violations of the treaty and China's missile ars ... Continue Reading
US general wounded Thursday in Afghanistan attack

US general wounded Thursday in Afghanistan attack

(CNN) - US Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley, who oversees the NATO military advisory mission in southern Afghanistan, was wounded in the Thursday insider attack that took place in Kandahar Province, Af ... Continue Reading
Human Rights Campaign calls on Trump admin not to go forward with potential rollback of transgender protections

Human Rights Campaign calls on Trump admin not to go forward with potential rollback of transgender protections

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Human Rights Campaign on Sunday called for the Trump administration not to go forward with a rollback of protections for transgender people, following a report in The New York T ... Continue Reading
CNN Poll: Democrats up in Florida with two weeks to go

CNN Poll: Democrats up in Florida with two weeks to go

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the final two weeks of campaigning begin, Democrats hold an edge in both the gubernatorial and Senate contests in the key state of Florida, according to a new CNN Poll conducted ... Continue Reading
A White House staffing shuffle could come after midterms

A White House staffing shuffle could come after midterms

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Here are the stories our top political reporters are talking about in this week's "Inside Politics" forecast, where you get a glimpse of tomorrow's headlines today.The White Hous ... Continue Reading
GOP Sen. Sasse: Ending arms sales to Saudis 'should be on the table'

GOP Sen. Sasse: Ending arms sales to Saudis 'should be on the table'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sen. Ben Sasse said Sunday that ending arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to the country's involvement in the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi "should be on the table."

"We don't do arms sales for the purposes of the profits from arms sales. We do arms sales because we want to be allied with different countries around the globe that believe in our values and have a long-term sense of what we're up to together and why we have that alliance," Sasse, a Republican from Nebraska, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union."

"(The) Saudis got a lot of explaining to do," he said.

US arms sales to the Saudis have become a topic of debate in recent days as the investigation into Khashoggi's death has called into question the US' relationship with the country.

On Friday, the Saudis admitted the death of Khashoggi, saying it happened after a fistfight involving more than a dozen Saudi officials at the country's consulate in Istanbul. President Donald Trump, responding to the news, said he would work with Congress to develop a response to Khashoggi's death, but said that he didn't want sanctions to affect US arms sales to the kingdom.

"I would prefer if there is going to be some form of sanctions -- this was a lot of people they're talking about ... I would prefer we don't use as retribution (canceling) $110 billion worth of work," the President told reporters in Arizona.

On Sunday, Sasse told Tapper that arms sales "are always means to an end. They're not the end."

"The end is the American idea. And the end is stability in the world so that problems abroad don't come home to roost for us," he said.

Sasse also said that he doesn't believe Saudi Arabia's explanation of Khashoggi's death.

"I think the cover stories from the Saudis are a mess" he said. "You don't bring a bone saw to an accidental fist fight."

Sasse previously told CNN that the disappearance of Khashoggi will not be "swept under the rug," and that he believes there should be an "international investigation" into what happened.

Garcetti advice to Dems: 'Run more Latinos'

Garcetti advice to Dems: 'Run more Latinos'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Los Angeles Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti said the Democratic Party needs to take active steps to engage with Latino voters, including putting more Latino candidates on the ballot. ... Continue Reading
Corker: 'Has to be a punishment' for Saudi journalist's death

Corker: 'Has to be a punishment' for Saudi journalist's death

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Tennessee Republican Sen. Bob Corker said that the US should punish Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman if an investigation concludes he was behind the death of Jamal Khashoggi. ... Continue Reading
Mnuchin to attend Saudi anti-terrorism finance meeting amid Khashoggi crisis

Mnuchin to attend Saudi anti-terrorism finance meeting amid Khashoggi crisis

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will participate in a meeting to combat terrorism financing with government officials from Saudi Arabia and other Middle East partners in Riyadh th ... Continue Reading
Gillum ready to 'go there' if DeSantis attacks in Florida governor debate

Gillum ready to 'go there' if DeSantis attacks in Florida governor debate

(CNN) - Only a few days after making his return to the campaign trail following a hurricane-enforced hiatus, Florida Democrat Andrew Gillum will square off with Republican Ron DeSantis on Sunday nigh ... Continue Reading
Trump says US is ending decades-old nuclear arms treaty with Russia

Trump says US is ending decades-old nuclear arms treaty with Russia

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US is pulling out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with Russia, a decades-old agreement that has drawn the ... Continue Reading
McConnell confronted in Kentucky restaurant

McConnell confronted in Kentucky restaurant

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was confronted at a restaurant in Kentucky on Friday, according to CNN affiliate WLKY. According to WLKY, McConnell, a Republican represent ... Continue Reading
Trump says GOP working on tax plan for middle class

Trump says GOP working on tax plan for middle class

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republicans are looking into implementing an additional tax break for middle-income Americans ahead of the midterm elections, President Donald Trump said on Saturday. Speaking to ... Continue Reading
Trump casts Democrats as 'angry, ruthless, unhinged mob' in Nevada ahead of midterm elections

Trump casts Democrats as 'angry, ruthless, unhinged mob' in Nevada ahead of midterm elections

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Donald Trump concluded his three-day tour of Western states with a stop in Nevada on Saturday, telling voters there that Democrats maintain an "extremist immigration agenda" while characterizing the party as an "angry, ruthless, unhinged mob."

The President, in an effort to galvanize voters ahead of next month's midterm elections, held one of his signature Make America Great Again rallies in Elko, Nevada, where he sought to outline the differences between the GOP and Democrats, particularly on the issue of immigration.

"The Democrats don't care about what their extremist immigration agenda will do to your communities, to your hospitals -- what about your hospitals and to your schools," Trump said. "The Democrats don't care that a flood of illegal immigration will bankrupt our country."

In an attempt to paint Democrats as unfit to govern, the President described the party in no uncertain terms, telling the crowd: "The Democrat party has become an angry, ruthless, unhinged mob determined to get power by any means necessary."

"The choice for every American could not be more clear," he said.

Trump also used the rally as an opportunity to speak about the caravan of migrants headed for the Southern border, telling supporters that, "The Democrats want caravans. They like the caravans."

The President highlighted the scene from Friday of migrants crossing a bridge leading to Mexico.

"Did anybody see that bridge over the weekend?" Trump asked the crowd. "I mean, is that an incredible situation? It's sad. And it's sad, honestly; it's sad from both sides. It's sad from their side also."

He said that his administration is "going to figure it out" and that he's "already figured it out," but didn't elaborate on what the administration is doing to stop the caravan from entering the US, instead telling the crowd that he would keep it "low-key" until after the election.

Trump also stumped for Nevada Republican Sen. Dean Heller, who is fighting to maintain control of his seat from his Democratic challenger, Rep. Jacky Rosen, whom he called "Wacky Jacky" at the rally as he has done in the past.

"That's what we need ... we need a wacky Jacky in Congress," he joked.

In a Saturday tweet, Trump said that Heller was a "good friend" and that he needs the senator's "Help and Talent in Washington." The two previously had an icy relationship, which Trump acknowledged in September when he campaigned for Heller in Las Vegas.

"We weren't friends. I didn't like him and he didn't like me," he said of their initial relationship. "And as we fought and fought and fought, believe it or not, we started to respect each other, then we started to like each other, then we started to love each other."

At Saturday's rally, the President lampooned political correctness, calling it "a crazy phenomenon that's going on" and expressed regret at how closely his language is watched.

He told supporters that he expected some backlash for referring to women as "beautiful" at another MAGA rally he held Friday in Arizona.

"Last night, last night in Arizona we had, you never saw so many people. I said, 'I want to thank the great men that are here, and I want to thank the beautiful women everyone beautiful, everyone,'" he said.

"And I said, 'Ugh, I better apologize, because if I don't, for calling you beautiful, because if I don't apologize they will go wild tomorrow, headlines Donald Trump called women beautiful,' they all say 'please call me beautiful,'" he said. "It is a crazy phenomenon that's going on."

The President's Nevada stop comes fewer than 24 hours after his Arizona rally, where he also spoke at length about Democrats and immigration.

"Democrats believe our country should be a giant sanctuary city for criminal aliens," he said, while "Republicans believe our country should be a sanctuary for law abiding Americans."

On Monday, the President will head to Texas to campaign for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

Biden takes swipe at Trump in Nevada: 'It's all about Donald'

Biden takes swipe at Trump in Nevada: 'It's all about Donald'

LAS VEGAS (CNN) - Former Vice President Joe Biden took a swipe Saturday at President Donald Trump as the former vice president rallied Democrats in Las Vegas shortly before the President was set to ho ... Continue Reading
HealthCare.gov system hack leaves 75,000 individuals exposed

HealthCare.gov system hack leaves 75,000 individuals exposed

(CNN) - A hack was detected earlier this month in a government computer system that works alongside HealthCare.gov, exposing the personal information of approximately 75,000 people, according to the ... Continue Reading
Valerie Jarrett on 'The Conners' reboot: 'This really isn't about me'

Valerie Jarrett on 'The Conners' reboot: 'This really isn't about me'

(CNN) - The woman who was the target of racist tweets that led to Roseanne Barr's firing from her namesake sitcom says "it really isn't about" her. In an interview on "The Van Jones Show" that wil ... Continue Reading
The Forecast: Republicans could keep the House. Here's how.

The Forecast: Republicans could keep the House. Here's how.

(CNN) - House forecast: Democrats will win 226 seats (and the House majority) while Republicans will win just 209 seats. A Democratic win of 202 seats and 260 seats is within the margin of error.S ... Continue Reading
The Harvard admission trial puts the school's dirty secrets on display

The Harvard admission trial puts the school's dirty secrets on display

(CNN) - As a trial over alleged discrimination against Asian-Americans in Harvard admissions finishes its first week, one thing has become clear: there are ways to win a place at the Ivy League campu ... Continue Reading
9 midterms races with Electoral College implications

9 midterms races with Electoral College implications

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Redistricting! It's not just for wonks.Here's why it really matters -- and why the 2018 election will have a major impact on the election cycles to come:Voters this fall will ... Continue Reading

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