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  Michael Cohen claims Trump knew hush money payments wrong

Michael Cohen — who for more than a decade was a key power player in the Trump Organization and a fixture in Trump's political life — said he "gave loyalty to someone who, truthfully, does not deserve loyalty." Cohen spoke in an interview with ABC that aired Friday on "Good Morning America."

  Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary

Judge asks Mueller for more info on Manafort allegations

Trump threatens gov’t shutdown in heated meeting with Dem leaders over border wall

Deadline for ACA healthcare enrollment is Saturday

Presidential hopefuls pushed to go big on climate change

Trump confirms John Kelly leaving White House at end of year

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  George HW Bush laid to rest in Texas

Supreme Court hearing closely watched double jeopardy case with Russian probe implications

President George H.W. Bush honored at state funeral; body returns to Texas to lie in repose

GOP senators, White House clash after CIA briefing on Khashoggi murder

Bush family returns to Capitol rotunda to view casket, thank visitors

‘A great leader who made a great difference’: George HW Bush lies in state after eulogies from Pence, others

Campaign worker for N.C. congressional candidate has criminal history

WECT uncovered documents at the Bladen County Board of Elections office that show McCrae Dowless, a convicted felon who has done prison time after convictions for fraud and perjury, personally turned in hundreds and hundreds of absentee ballot requests leading up to the November election.

Dictionary mocks President Trump’s latest Twitter misspelling

In an angry tweet, President Donald Trump said former attorney Michael Cohen was getting off “Scott Free.”

  Funeral services for George H.W. Bush to be held in Washington, DC, Houston

Former President George H.W. Bush will be interred Thursday at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum near his wife and daughter.

Trump’s labor secretary criticized for negotiating wealthy sex offender’s plea deal

Epstein, a financier who counted Donald Trump, Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, Duke of York, among his friends, was accused of sexually abusing dozens of girls as far back as 2001.

  Report: White House prepared to announce bump stock ban

Trump says pardon for Manafort ‘not off the table’

Government shutdown looms over border wall fight

GM stocks plunge after White House threats

White House reacts to Paul Manafort’s Mueller problems

Caravan migrants explore options after Tijuana border clash

Trump rejects key conclusion of US government climate report

The National Climate Assessment report warned that natural disasters are worsening in the United States because of global warming.

Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi refuses Mueller plea deal

Jerome Corsi, an author, political commentator and conspiracy theorist, said he's rejecting a plea deal from special counsel Robert Mueller.

Mexican officials: 39 arrested at US-Mexico border will be deported to home countries

The vast majority of the more than 5,000 Central American migrants, who have been camped out for more than a week in Tijuana, returned to their makeshift shelter to line up for food and recuperate from an unsettling afternoon.

Trump pardoned a turkey named Peas for Thanksgiving

To honor Thanksgiving, President Donald Trump pardoned a turkey named Peas on Tuesday.

2020 visions: Presidential potentials make power moves - yes, already

It's early, and the Democratic field is crowding with potential challengers to Trump.

Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

Trump, in an interview that aired Sunday, made clear that the audio recording, supplied by the Turkish government, would not affect his response to the Oct. 2 killing of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been critical of the Saudi royal family.

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson ends re-election bid after decades in Congress, concedes to Republican Rick Scott

Scott issued a statement Sunday saying Nelson "graciously conceded" their Senate race shortly after the state's recount ended.

Judge rules on requests by Abrams campaign

Unofficial results in one of the nation's hottest midterm contests give Republican Brian Kemp a slim majority. But Democrat Stacey Abrams maintains that enough uncounted absentee, mail-in and provisional ballots remain to force a Dec. 4 runoff and keep alive her bid to become the first black woman i

Freshman class of 116th Congress invades Washington

The freshman class is in Washington learning how to govern in the nation’s capital and how to navigate the halls of power ahead of their official start in January.

Florida recount chugs along as more irregularities surface

State law requires a machine recount in races where the margin is less than 0.5 percentage points. In the Senate race, Rick Scott's lead over incumbent Bill Nelson was 0.14 percentage points. In the governor's race, unofficial results showed GOP's Ron DeSantis ahead of Andrew Gillum by 0.41 points.

Judge: Sides in Florida recount should ‘ramp down’ rhetoric

All 67 counties in the Sunshine State are facing a state-ordered deadline of Thursday to complete their recounts, and half had already begun by Monday.

Colorado voted to abolish slavery in their state – in 2018

Slavery was allowed in cases where it was punishment for a crime

Brian Kemp steps down as secretary of state after declaring victory over Stacey Abrams in Georgia governor’s race

Kemp has just above 50 percent of the vote. A runoff only happens if no candidate is above that percentage.

Jeff Sessions out as attorney general

Sessions resigned at the president's request, ending a very tumultuous relationship with Trump. Chris Whitaker is acting attorney general, who has been critical of the Mueller investigation.

Trump celebrates GOP midterm victories despite loss of House to Democrats

Both President Trump and Rep. Nancy Pelosi said they were happy with the election results, but will the two parties work together?

Facebook blocks accounts for possible election meddling by Russia and others

On Sunday evening, Facebook was notified of the online activity, which may be linked to foreign entities.

Get an Uber, Lyft, Lime to cast your vote on Election Day, use promo code for discounts

Uber, Lyft, Zipcar, Lime and others want to help Americans get to the polls on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Rihanna says she doesn’t want Trump using her song at his ‘tragic rallies’

Last year, the singer entrepreneur referred to the president as an “Immoral Pig” when he banned citizens from Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S. (Source: Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)

Pizza to the Polls delivers free pies to voters stuck in long lines

Pizza to the Polls takes reports of long polling lines and then sends pizza to those locations.

In Georgia, online voting database problem leads to countercharge of hacking

Georgia's online voter database morphed into a last-minute curveball in one of the nation's hottest governor's races, with Republican nominee Brian Kemp making a hacking allegation against Democrats just as reports emerged of a gaping vulnerability in a system that Kemp controls as secretary of stat

These 2018 midterm candidates can make history with a victory

Candidates for governor, House and US Senate seats will make history as people of color, women and LGBTQ candidates are on 2018 midterm election ballots.

Pink wave: Women poised for political leadership in 2018 midterms

Even though women make up half the population of the U.S., they only make up about 20 percent of Congress.

Barbra Streisand to release anti-Trump album and star in ‘Carpool Karaoke’

Barbra Streisand has released a new political song aimed at Pres. Donald Trump called "Don't Lie to Me."

Campbell VP who tweeted Soros conspiracy theory leaves company

On Twitter on Monday, Kelly Johnston alleged the Open Society Foundations, which was founded by businessman and activist George Soros, was assisting the caravan by providing what he called “troop carriers” and “rail cars.”

Troops may be sent to halt caravan at border

The U.S. is expected to send troops to the border as part of a plan to prevent a migrant caravan from entering the country.

Defense Secretary Mattis may send at least 800 troops to southern border

Mattis may send around 800 troops to help border patrol agents when the caravan of migrants reaches the U.S.-Mexico border.

Challenge for indicted Republicans: Win re-election

Two Republican congressmen trying to win re-election while under indictment in a fresh test of partisanship in the Trump era

GOP on defense to explain pre-existing condition protections

Republican candidates who are still calling for repeal of the Obama-era health care law find themselves on the defensive about how they will preserve protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions

The Latest: Kavanaugh fending off 3rd accusation

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (all times local):

President Trump's comments on men feeling endangered discussed on ABC7 at 7

WASHINGTON D.C. (WWSB) - President Trump said earlier this week that when it comes to allegations of sexual assault, it's a scary time for men. It raises the question of whether parents need to sit down with their kids and explain to them the ramifications of making false allegations.

Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser he had called credible witness

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — President Donald Trump ignited a crowd at a campaign rally in Mississippi by mocking a woman who has claimed she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh decades ago.

NY Times report alleges Trump made much of fortune through ‘dubious’ tax dodges on inheritance

(RNN) – President Donald Trump built much of his wealth through money passed on to him through his father using suspect tax avoidance schemes, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Trump still backing Kavanaugh as FBI probe continues

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell accused Democrats on Tuesday of opening "the flood gates of mud and muck" against Brett Kavanaugh as Republicans sought to portray efforts to derail the Supreme Court nominee over accusations of sexual assault in the 1980s as "the politics of personal destruction."

Trump on Kim: Tough talk ... 'and then we fell in love'

WHEELING, W. Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump told a cheering crowd at a campaign rally that there was once tough talk "back and forth" between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "and then we fell in love."

Trump orders ‘limited’ new FBI probe after judiciary committee sends Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination to Senate for vote

President Trump said the supplemental FBI probe into Brett Kavanaugh must be limited in scope, and last no longer than a week.

GOP-led Committee advances Kavanaugh to Senate, but Senate vote will be delayed by FBI investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — After a dramatic flurry of last-minute negotiations, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh cleared a key procedural hurdle Friday, but his confirmation prospects were still deeply uncertain as Republicans agreed to ask for a new FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations.

Florida's 2 senators split over Supreme Court nominee

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's two senators, echoing a sharply partisan divide nationally, are splitting over whether to support U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Brett Kavanaugh allegations discussed on ABC7 at 7

WASHINGTON D.C. (WWSB) - Allegations have sufferance about Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulting a teenage girl when the two were in high school. Both Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford may or may not testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.

1 hearing, 2 witnesses, but vastly different takeaways

The Latest: Trump postpones meeting with Rosenstein

President Donald Trump has postponed his highly anticipated meeting with embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until next week

Here’s what to expect at the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify separately about her allegation of sexual assault at a high school party in the early 1980s.

Spanish ballots discussed on ABC7 at 7

SARASOTA & MANATEE COUNTIES (WWSB) - Just over a year ago, Hurricane Maria was hitting Puerto Rico. This caused thousands of Puerto Ricans to move from the island to Florida. Now, a federal judge is ordering 32 Florida counties, including Sarasota and Manatee, to print sample ballots in Spanish.

White House postpones meeting between Trump, Rosenstein

President Donald Trump says his would prefer to keep Rod Rosenstein and not fire the deputy attorney general

Fertilizer impact on Red Tide discussed on ABC7 at 7

SARASOTA & MANATEE COUNTIES, FL (WWSB) - Many residents on the Suncoast love their lawn and will go through extreme lengths to take great care of it. That includes putting lots of fertilizer to make it as green and healthy as possible. But does this lead to Red Tide getting worse?

Trump boasts of America's might, draws headshakes and laughter at UN

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — President Donald Trump delivered a sharp rebuke of multinational authority at the United Nations on Tuesday, drawing headshakes and even laughter from fellow world leaders as he boasted of America's economic and military might.

Democratic candidate for 17th District Congressional seat has died. What happens now?

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - April Freeman, the Democratic candidate in Florida’s Congressional District 17, died Sunday night, her husband announced on Facebook. She was 54.

April Freeman, Democratic candidate for 17th District seat, dies unexpectedly

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The Democratic candidate for the 17th District Congressional seat, April Freeman, has died.

Still employed, Rod Rosenstein to meet with Trump Thursday

As deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein had been in charge of the Russia investigation.

The Week in Washington discussed on ABC7 at 7

WASHINGTON D.C. (WWSB) - On Friday, news broke the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly wanted to secretly record President Trump last year and possibly recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president.

Buchanan urges Congress to pass Violence Against Women Act

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - Congressman Vern Buchanan is calling on Congressional leaders to take action next week authorizing legislation that protects victims of domestic violence, before it expires on Sep. 30.

David Shapiro responds after report of son posting offensive, racist comments on social media

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The Democratic nominee in Florida's 16th Congressional District, David Shapiro, is issuing an apology after his son's offensive social media comments surfaced from 2010.

Sarasota County Commission considering banning recreational marijuana discussed on ABC7 at 7

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The Sarasota County Commission is considering banning recreational marijuana, even though it's still illegal in the Florida. The drug doesn't appear to be made legal anytime soon, so why is the Commission trying to ban it?

Debate for Sarasota County Commission District 2 on ABC7 at 7

SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The first debate between the two candidates for the Sarasota County Commission District 2 seat took place on ABC7 at 7 Monday night.

Protesters greet Governor Scott at Rally in Venice

VENICE, FL (WWSB) - Politics collided with red tide today in Venice, where Governor Rick Scott came face-to-face with protesters who say he isn't doing enough to fix the algae problem.

Kavanaugh's accuser willing to talk to Congress, lawyer says

WASHINGTON (AP) - The woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her is willing to tell her story in public to a Senate panel considering his nomination to the Supreme Court, her lawyer said Monday.

Gov. Rick Scott to visit the Suncoast

Gov. Rick Scott is visiting the Suncoast while on the campaign trail for his 2018 U.S. Senate bid.

The week in Washington discussed on ABC7 at 7

WASHINGTON D.C. (WWSB) - On Friday, President Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy and one count of witness tampering. Earlier in the week, President Trump praised the work the United States did in relief for Puerto Rico after the island was hit with two hurricanes last year.

Manafort to plead guilty on second set of charges in deal

(RNN/AP) - Paul Manafort will plead guilty to federal crimes Friday morning and has cut a plea deal to cooperate with investigators.Manafort, who was President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, was under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.Prosecutor Andrew Weissman said in court Friday that Manafort had struck a “cooperation agreement.” Details of what the cooperation entails aren’t clear.He will admit to depositing money into offshore accounts to hide his income from the IRS. It’s related to his consulting work with the former president of Ukraine.The plea will cancel his trial on the charges, which was to begin Sept. 24.Rudy Giuliani, who is a member of Trump’s legal team, claims the plea deal has nothing to do with the president.Copyright 2018 Raycom News Network. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.