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Romney calls U.S. pastor at Jerusalem embassy ceremony a 'bigot'

A White House spokesperson insisted he did not know how an American Christian pastor had been chosen to offer prayers at Monday’s inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem after the minister was called a bigot for his view of non-Christian religions.

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May. 14, 2018, 12:58 p.m.

    By Tracy Wilkinson

    May 14, 2018 | 12:58 PM

    Romney calls U.S. pastor at Jerusalem embassy ceremony a 'bigot'

    In this file photo, Mitt Romney speaks with a group during a campaign stop in Green River, Utah, in March. (Associated Press)

    A White House spokesperson insisted he did not know how an American Christian pastor had been chosen to offer prayers at Monday’s inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem after the minister was called a bigot for his view of non-Christian religions. 

    The Rev. Robert Jeffress, leader of a Southern Baptist church near Dallas and a spiritual advisor to President Trump, delivered the invocation at the ceremony in Jerusalem, attended by an official U.S. delegation featuring Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.

    Jeffress has said Jews and other non-Christians, a group in which he includes Mormons, will go to hell — a belief he reconfirmed Monday.

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    May. 14, 2018, 12:25 p.m.

      By Associated Press

      May 14, 2018 | 12:25 PM

      Harry Reid treated for pancreatic cancer, according to reports

      Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks during a lecture series at the University of Nevada, Reno on April 3, 2018 (Scott Sonner / AP Photo)

      Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid underwent surgery Monday after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

      The generally grave cancer diagnosis was made early, according to multiple media reports citing sources close to the Nevada Democrat.

      “They caught it early. The doctors believe it went well, and he is expected to make a full recovery,” a source told the Nevada Independent.

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      May. 14, 2018, 12:25 p.m.

        By Associated Press

        May 14, 2018 | 12:25 PM

        Melania Trump hospitalized after procedure to treat a benign kidney condition

        First Lady Melania Trump meets with personnel at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati on Feb. 5. (John Minchillo / Associated Press)

        The White House says Melania Trump is hospitalized after undergoing a procedure to treat a benign kidney condition. 

        The first lady's spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said Monday that the procedure was successful and that there were no complications. 

        Grisham said Trump is at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center just outside Washington and she will likely remain there for the rest of the week. 

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        May. 14, 2018, 12:09 p.m.

        • White House

        By Noah Bierman

        May 14, 2018 | 12:09 PM

        Trump finally calls Waffle House hero

        President Trump, who has been criticized by some for his delay in reaching out to James Shaw Jr., who saved lives in last month’s shooting at a Waffle House in Tennessee, called him on Monday "to commend his heroic actions and quick thinking,” Raj Shah, the White House’s deputy press secretary said.

        “It was a conversation that the president asked to have,” Shah told reporters during the press briefing.

        Shah said he did not know whether Shaw had been invited to the White House, as other figures who have been lauded as public heroes have been. 

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        May. 14, 2018, 6:26 a.m.

          Watch live: U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem opens

          May. 12, 2018, 8:23 a.m.

            By Associated Press

            May 12, 2018 | 8:23 AM

            Second Democratic senator announces support for Trump's CIA pick Gina Haspel

            Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) heads to the Senate floor in 2017. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

            A second Democratic senator has announced his support for President Trump's nominee to lead the CIA.

            Joe Donnelly of Indiana said in a statement Saturday that he made his decision after "a tough, frank and extensive discussion" with Gina Haspel, the spy agency's acting director who’s in line for the job permanently.

            Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia has also come out for Haspel. Both Donnelly and Manchin are considered to be among the most vulnerable Senate incumbents in the November election.

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            May. 11, 2018, 12:25 p.m.

              By Tracy Wilkinson

              May 11, 2018 | 12:25 PM

              'New embassy' in Jerusalem is modest; actual new one to take years and much more money

              (AFP/Getty Images)

              For all the fanfare the Trump administration has planned — and contrary to President Trump’s boasts — the new U.S. Embassy to be opened in Jerusalem on Monday will be a decidedly modest affair, and probably a temporary one.

              The staff will number about 50 or 60, compared to 800 at the compound in Tel Aviv where the embassy has been for years — until Trump upended decades of international consensus to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel. Previous American policy called for the status of Jerusalem, which is claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians, to be decided by a peace agreement between them.

              The U.S. ambassador, David Friedman, said on Friday that he will continue to split his time between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He acknowledged that having a fully operational embassy in Jerusalem will take a long time. Government estimates have said it will be up to seven years.

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              May. 11, 2018, 11:08 a.m.

              • White House

              Watch live: Trump discusses lowering drug prices

              May. 11, 2018, 6:05 a.m.

                By Jim Puzzanghera

                May 11, 2018 | 6:05 AM

                Wells Fargo will need a formal vote from the Federal Reserve before growth restrictions are lifted

                Wells Fargo & Co. will have to receive formal approval in a vote taken by the Federal Reserve Board of Governors before the growth restriction on the San Francisco bank is lifted, Fed Chairman Jerome H. Powell has decided.

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                May. 10, 2018, 7:56 a.m.

                  By Chris Megerian

                  May 10, 2018 | 7:56 AM

                  Both California senators will oppose Gina Haspel for CIA director

                  Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Sen. Kamala Harris on Capitol Hill (Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call)

                  Both of California’s U.S. senators will vote against Gina Haspel to lead the CIA, and her confirmation in the full Senate appears increasingly shaky. 

                  Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced Thursday that she will oppose Haspel’s nomination, a day after she sharply questioned Haspel at a confirmation hearing on Wednesday about the CIA’s abusive interrogations in the years after the Sept. 11 attacks.

                  Although Haspel pledged to not restart the discredited program, her answers did not satisfy Feinstein, who spearheaded a scathing 2014 report on the CIA’s secret prison network and brutal treatment of detainees. Haspel ran one of those secret facilities in Thailand in 2002.

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