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Mitch McConnell, John Thune, John Cornyn The Associated Press
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, announces to reporters that the Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan at the Capitol in Washington. Senate Republicans seem to be on cruise control to pass a $4 trillion budget plan that shelves GOP deficit concerns in favor of the party’s drive to cut taxes.
Donald Trump, Orrin Hatch The Associated Press
President Donald Trump, left, sitting next to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, right, speaks during a meeting of the committee and members of the President's economic team in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.
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This frame grab from a video released on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 provided by Ronahi TV, a Kurdish TV channel media outlet that is consistent with independent AP reporting, shows members of a Kurdish female militia, the Women's Protection Units, flashing victory signs as they celebrate the victory against the Islamic State group, in Raqqa, Syria. The militia that took part in freeing the northern Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State group said it will continue the fight to liberate women living under the extremist group's brutal rule. (Ronahi TV, via AP)
John Kelly The Associated Press
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly speaks during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. Some in the military community are furious that Trump has drawn John Kelly’s family tragedy into a political brawl. Trump this week suggested that President Barack Obama did not properly console Kelly’s family when his son, Robert, was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.
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Ed up for work at a countertop company in Maryland and shot several of his co-workers and then drove to Wilmington, Del., and shot a man he knew at an auto sales and service business. Prince, the suspect in the shootings in Maryland and Delaware is in custody, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office. (Maryland State Police via AP)
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The defendant, sits in a court room in Bonn, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. The 31-year-old rejected asylum seeker from Ghana has been convicted of raping a camper in Germany. The dpa news agency reported Thursday the man, whose name wasn’t release in line with privacy laws, received 11 1/2 years in prison. The man had denied the rape, but the Bonn state court found that DNA evidence clearly linked him to the attack. (Henning Kaiser/dpa via AP)
Mitch McConnell, John Thune, John Cornyn The Associated Press
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., flanked by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., left, and Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, announces to reporters that the Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan at the Capitol in Washington. Senate Republicans seem to be on cruise control to pass a $4 trillion budget plan that shelves GOP deficit concerns in favor of the party’s drive to cut taxes.
Jacinda Ardern The Associated Press
New Zealand Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern addresses a press conference at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, Thursday Oct. 19, 2017. Ardern will be New Zealand's next prime minister after a small political party chose to make a deal with liberals following the nation's election nearly a month ago. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald via AP)
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The view in Havana, Cuba, from his hotel room - room 1414 - at Hotel Capri in April 2014. Allen’s phone started buzzing as word broke of invisible attacks hitting a U.S. government worker at Havana’s Hotel Capri. Allen’s friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before. The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to Cuba two years earlier after numbness spread through all four of his limbs, just minutes after he climbed into bed at the same hotel. Those weren’t the only parallels in Allen’s recounting, which put him in a growing list of Americans with no government connections, asking the same alarming but unanswerable question: Were we victims, too? (Chris Allen via AP)
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A mosque with its dome blasted out with holes is seen at the battle-scarred Marawi city in southern Philippines Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Two days after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the liberation of Marawi city, the military announced the killing of more suspected militants in the continuing military offensive.
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Maryam Nawaz, daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, right front passenger in vehicle, arrives at an accountability court in Islamabad, Pakistan, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. Sharif and his family members have been indicted on corruption charges stemming from leaked documents known as the Panama Papers.
Dianne Feinstein The Associated Press
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco. Democrats are at war with themselves in California, where restless activists are challenging party leaders to resist all things President Donald Trump and move further left on health care, the minimum wage and populist issues.
Donald Trump The Associated Press
President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Trump says Democrats are holding up his judicial nominees, but almost nine months into his presidency he has had more judges confirmed than President Barack Obama did in the same time period. And his numbers aren’t far off those of other recent presidents.
Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell The Associated Press
President Donald Trump listens to a questions prior to speaking to members of the media in the Rose Garden of the White House. Trump is proving to be an erratic trading partner as he kicks thorny policy issues to Congress and then sends conflicting signals about what he really wants. His rapid backpedal on a short-term health care fix this week is the latest example to leave Republicans and Democrats alike scratching their heads.
Jacinda Ardern The Associated Press
New Zealand Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern during a visit to Addington School in Christchurch, New Zealand. Ardern, 37, will be New Zealand’s next prime minister after a small political party chose to make a deal with liberals following the nation’s election nearly a month ago.
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A firefighter builds a containment line as he battles a wildfire Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, near Boulder Creek, Calif.
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Letters sent by future President Barack Obama to his college girlfriend Alexandra McNear and held by Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library in Atlanta. The university is making the letters available to researchers on Oct. 19, 2017. (Ann Borden/Emory University via AP)
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Frame from video, Myeshia Johnson cries over the casket of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger, upon his body's arrival in Miami. President Donald Trump told the widow that her husband "knew what he signed up for," according to Rep. Frederica Wilson, who said she heard part of the conversation on speakerphone. In a Wednesday morning tweet, Trump said Wilson's description of the call was "fabricated." (WPLG via AP)
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Frame from video, Myeshia Johnson cries over the casket of her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed in an ambush in Niger, upon his body's arrival in Miami. President Donald Trump told the widow that her husband "knew what he signed up for," according to Rep. Frederica Wilson, who said she heard part of the conversation on speakerphone. In a Wednesday morning tweet, Trump said Wilson's description of the call was "fabricated." (WPLG via AP)
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A firefighter walks at a burnt building following a fire at the Kandawgyi Palace Hotel Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Yangon, Myanmar. A fire has nearly destroyed the luxury teakwood hotel popular with foreigners in Myanmar's biggest city of Yangon.
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Popular Mobilization Forces take control of a former Kurdish security forces checkpoint outside Bashiqa, Iraq, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Kurdish forces pulled out of disputed areas across northern and eastern Iraq a day after handing Kirkuk to federal forces amid a tense standoff following last month's vote for independence.
Barack Obama, Dale R. Griffin The Associated Press
President Barack Obama, right, salutes as an Army carry team carries the transfer case containing the remains of Sgt. Dale R. Griffin of Terre Haute, Ind., during a casualty return at Dover Air Force Base, Del. President Donald Trump is claiming his predecessors did not sufficiently honor the nation’s fallen. His accusation that most presidents did not call families of military personnel is provoking a heated response. Obama, for one, visited the air base that often receives the remains of the dead. He wrote letters to military families, too. Obama’s office says Trump is “unequivocally wrong.”
Sarah Huckabee Sanders The Associated Press
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks to the media during the daily briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.
Xi Jinping The Associated Press
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, presides over the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Xi on Wednesday urged a reinvigorated Communist Party to take on a more forceful role in society and economic development to better address "grim" challenges facing the country as he opened a twice-a-decade national congress.
Shannon Kepler The Associated Press
Ex-Tulsa police officer Shannon Kepler, left, arrives with his legal team for afternoon testimony in his third trial in Tulsa, Okla. Jurors in the fourth murder trial for Kepler, a white former Oklahoma police officer, heard a 911 call Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 where his daughter screams to dispatchers that her father had shot her 19-year-old black boyfriend.