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Weeks after Jussie Smollett reported being assaulted in a potential hate crime, the Empire actor has been released on bail after police questioned him for allegedly orchestrating the attack. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett faked the incident, paying two brothers about $3,500 to join a "publicity stunt" staged by Smollett because he "was dissatisfied with his salary."

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We begin with the story of a 24-year-old woman who fled America to join ISIS. She is pleading with the U.S. government to allow her to return home.

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President Trump is starting his 2020 campaign with a push to change the president in a different country.

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Donald Trump, the president of the United States, has never been one to hold back when he doesn't like something.

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They were under a whole lot of pressure to make it happen, and now Congress says they have a deal to prevent another government shutdown.

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How can President Trump get himself out of a corner?

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President Trump will deliver the State of the Union tonight, but he will do it in Nancy Pelosi's House.

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When he refused to resign over a racist photo, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam allowed one caveat.

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Senate Republicans disagree with the president.

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MITCH MCCONNELL: ISIS and al-Qaida have yet to be defeated. And American national security interests require continued commitment to our mission.

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How cold has it been in the Midwest?

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This morning, we're going to bring you everything you need to know about not one, Steve, not one but two different sets of high-stakes negotiations taking place in Washington today.

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We know Roger Stone's public position. Now, what is his legal defense?

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What, if anything, really needs to be done at the southwestern border?

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Jada Pinkett-Smith has been on a lot of screens.

She's been a steady presence on television since the early '90s: Think A Different World or Gotham. Her movie roles have varied widely: Set It Off, or the Matrix sequels, or Girls Trip. She has produced a new film, Hala, set to premiere this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival.

She's also on the screen of your laptop or smartphone.

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Members of the Senate sometimes like to refer to themselves as the world's greatest deliberative body.

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President Trump conceded a small defeat with words that were, for him, fairly measured.

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So the Senate is expected to vote on a bill this week to fund the government.

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Fund the wall, and DACA recipients will get three more years of protection.

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For 24 years, literary scholar Robert Alter has been working on a new translation of the Hebrew Bible and — "this may shock some of your listeners," he warns — he's been working on it by hand.

"I'm very particular — I write on narrow-lined paper and I have a Cross mechanical pencil," he says.

The result is a three-volume set — a translation with commentary — that runs over 3,000 pages.

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So there is new reporting suggesting that the FBI was concerned about President Trump's possible ties to Russia going back to early 2016.

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It's supposed to be payday for some 800,000 federal workers. But the partial government shutdown means that is not going to happen today.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is having a moment. For the past couple of years, she's transcended her role on the Court, becoming a liberal pop culture icon.

CNN made a much-hailed documentary about her life, titled RBG. There have been several biographies. She wrote her own memoir in 2016. There's even a coloring book.

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Today, President Trump is heading to McAllen, Texas. This is a city right along the border with Mexico.

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Any politician can give a speech. A few can be seen live on TV. But only the president can address the nation from the Oval Office as President Trump will do tonight.

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We're in a rare moment in Washington, D.C., when President Trump is not the lead news story. Instead it's the Democrats who've taken over the House of Representatives for the first time in eight years.

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The power dynamic in Washington shifts today. A new Congress is sworn in, Democrats take control, and a familiar face becomes the new speaker of the House.

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Congressional leaders are going to go to the White House today for a briefing on border security.

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