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Past articles by Stephen:

First look at Will Smith as the Genie in 'Aladdin' raises more questions than it answers

Actor said he is hoping to pay homage to Robin Williams' original character while adding his own spin. → Read More

The next Avengers movie has a trailer, and a title: 'Endgame'

"This is the fight of our lives," Chris Evans' Captain America says as the heroes assess a bleak situation. → Read More

Republicans applaud 'new cop on the block' Trump for UN address

GOP lawmakers dismiss laughter, stress progress after Trump's 'America first' address. → Read More

Polls: GOP favorability, enthusiasm up, but warning signs for midterms remain

The GOP is uniting behind Trump, but Democrats still hold a significant edge in generic ballot polls. → Read More

'A pretty high stakes game of chicken': Trump pushes wall funding as shutdown looms

Nobody knows if the president is demanding action, venting frustration, or just riling up his base. → Read More

Pelosi and her Democratic critics eye battle for speakership if they take House

Some Dems are seeking a caucus rule change seen as step toward ousting Pelosi, but it's unlikely to pass. → Read More

Midterms unlikely to impact Trump's tariff agenda, experts say

Trump is expected to impose more tariffs on Chinese goods Monday in a politically complicated trade war. → Read More

The Hurricane Maria death toll President Trump denied, explained

WASHINGTON (Circa) — The governor of Puerto Rico and disaster mortality experts are pushing back against President Donald Trump’s claim that the official death toll from Hurricane Maria was inflated… → Read More

Democrats still have questions for SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh

WASHINGTON (Circa) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s grilling by the Senate Judiciary Committee may be over, but Democrats still have questions about the man who would be President Donald… → Read More

'Confession of sedition' or expression of free speech? Debate over op-ed continues

WASHINGTON (Circa) — A New York Times opinion column by an anonymous government official continues to roil the Trump administration nearly a week after it was published, and the White House is not… → Read More

Democrats, Republicans welcome Obama's venture into midterm campaign

Both parties expect the rare sight of a former president slamming his successor will energize their base. → Read More

Op-ed, Woodward book unlikely to change minds about Trump, experts say

'Most people in S.C. are not going to take the op-ed in the NYT very seriously,' Sen. Lindsey Graham says. → Read More

Treason? Probably not, but senators, experts concerned by anti-Trump op-ed

'I think it’s disloyal, I think it’s cowardly, but not technically treason,' said Sen. Lindsey Graham. → Read More

Nike ad puts Kaepernick, anthem controversy in spotlight days before NFL season kicks off

'It’s clearly a calculated move meant to draw maximum attention,' one marketing expert said. → Read More

Experts skeptical of Trump's claim China is holding up N. Korea progress

Trump tweetstorm signals stall in denuclearization talks as North Korea seeks declaration of end of war. → Read More

'It's a case of who blinks first': High stakes, uncertainty in NAFTA negotiations

'This isn’t a real NAFTA renegotiation unless you have all three countries,' said Sen. Sherrod Brown. → Read More

Democrats sideline superdelegates in effort to heal wounds of 2016 primaries

Bernie Sanders supporters declare victory, but experts doubt the change will impact the outcome in 2020. → Read More

Gaming community shaken by mass shooting at Madden tournament

Shock, sadness, and calls for more security as gamers cope with a moment of real-life violence. → Read More

Tibbetts murder revives debate over need for E-Verify system

Expert: 'E-Verify checks the documents you give it. It doesn’t check the person who hands you the document.' → Read More

The saga of Michael Cohen and Stormy Daniels, as told through tweets

A review of tweets shows how quickly the story, and the president's relationship with his fixer, unraveled. → Read More