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House, Senate intel committees receive briefing from Google
By MARY CLARE JALONICK
From Associated Press
October 18, 2017 4:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tech giant Google has briefed the House and Senate intelligence committees ahead of two Nov. 1 hearings that will examine Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions strongly defended President Donald Trump's firing of James Comey, but at a Senate hearing Wednesday repeatedly declined to discuss private conversations with the president about the dismissal, frustrating Democratic lawmakers who wanted to link the firing of the FBI director to a broader inquiry into Russian election meddling.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, who has made four visits to hurricane zones in recent weeks, isn't rushing to survey the damage from California's wildfires.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led Senate rejected Democratic attempts to spare health programs for the poor and elderly from cuts, absorbing political hits as the price for advancing a $4 trillion budget plan that's a crucial step in the GOP's drive to rewrite the tax code later this year.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A judge has ordered the federal government to allow a pregnant 17-year old immigrant who entered the country illegally to undergo an abortion.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee has delayed consideration of four of President Donald Trump's nominees for key posts at the Environmental Protection Agency amid opposition to the administration's proposed reduction in the volume of biofuels blended into gasoline and diesel.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence, the vice president's wife, said Wednesday that art therapy, a little-known mental health profession that she has championed for years, is the issue she will highlight during the Trump administration.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — State authorities said Wednesday they have launched an inquiry in response to a lawmaker saying that a higher-ranking legislator told her sexual favors would allow her bills to go further.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says health insurers have been "enriched" by President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Greg Pence, one of Mike Pence's older brothers, launched a campaign Wednesday for the eastern Indiana congressional seat that the vice president and former governor represented for 12 years.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and health care legislation (all times local): 3:55 p.m. Nineteen state attorneys general are asking a federal judge in California to force the Trump administration to make health care subsidy payments that the president abruptly cut off last week.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans would lose a prized tax break under President Donald Trump's sweeping revamp of the tax code, but corporations would get to keep it.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump is donating her inaugural ball gown to the First Ladies' Collection at the Smithsonian Institution.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Attorney General Jeff Sessions' appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee (all times local): 2:45 p.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Wednesday to revive his long-standing complaint about the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email server investigation, alleging that then-Director James Comey had protected the Democratic presidential nominee by prematurely "exonerating" her before the 2016 election.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mother of an Army sergeant killed in Niger said Wednesday that President Donald Trump, in a call offering condolences, showed "disrespect" to the soldier's loved ones as they drove to the airport to meet his body.

NEW YORK (AP) — Does the United States still have hard work ahead of it in enabling women to attain equality with men? The answer, according to a new large-scale survey, may depend on whether it's coming from a Democrat or a Republican.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the nation faces a "once in a lifetime opportunity" to overhaul the tax system. Trump spoke during a White House meeting with a group of senators.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Contrary to widespread perceptions, the IRS still appears to be enforcing the unpopular Obama-era requirement that most people carry health insurance or risk a fine.

WASHINGTON (AP) — As congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections wear on in the Capitol, some lawmakers are starting to wonder when — and how — the probes will end.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, who is under investigation for taking a 10-day trip to Europe that mixed business with sightseeing, is not being considered for the top job at Health and Human Services, the White House said Wednesday.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party's politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's independent watchdog has told Congress that he's never read the Senate's so-called torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency's treatment of terror suspects after 9/11.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Steve Bannon leveled a blistering attack on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans at an Arizona fundraiser for a GOP primary challenger to incumbent Sen.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Women lawmakers, lobbyists and staffers in California's Capitol are encouraging each other to share stories of sexual harassment in the workplace in an effort to show its pervasiveness and to ensure more men stand up against it.