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Recent articles by Christal:

'You’re dipping into the Kool-Aid' and the other top moments from Wednesday's spirited debate

Here are the top moments from Night Two of the Democratic Debate in Detroit, including Booker telling Biden you can't invoke Obama when it's "convenient" and Biden's fundraising flub. → Read More

Marianne Williamson on the 'dark psychic force', and other top moments of Tuesday's Democratic debate

Top moments from tonight's Democratic debate in Detroit, including Warren's takedown of Delaney, Williamson's speech on slavery reparations and Sanders' line "I wrote the damn bill" → Read More

Will Mueller's testimony help impeachment effort? Pelosi doesn't budge as GOP claims victory

Former special counsel Robert Mueller's appearance before Congress left Republicans claiming victory and Democrats torn over whether it helped their case against President Trump → Read More

What we learned from Robert Mueller: Seven hours, zero bombshells and everyone declares victory

House hearings with former special counsel Robert Mueller summarize sprawling Russia investigation without revealing new bombshells → Read More

AOC to DHS chief: Border agents shared 'Photoshopped images of my violent rape' in secret Facebook group

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan about the whereabouts of Border Patrol agents who threatened her in a secret Facebook group. → Read More

'A kennel for dogs': Lawmakers hammer acting DHS chief Kevin McAleenan over migrant detention facilities

Acting DHS chief Kevin McAleenan faces questions on the separation of migrant families and conditions at overcrowded detention centers. → Read More

Democratic-controlled House kills articles of impeachment against Trump

The House voted to kill a measure seeking to impeach President Donald Trump — the first vote on such a measure since Democrats took the majority and since the release of former special counsel Robert Mueller's report. → Read More

Mike Pence heads to border to defend migrant facilities as Democrats decry 'unconscionable' conditions

Mike Pence will tour a migrant detention center while House Democrats host a hearing about the centers featuring Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez → Read More

‘Are you proud to be an American?’ Why Trump’s 4th of July was a tale of three different celebrations

Donald Trump's role in the 4th of July created three different events: a protest, campaign rally and a holiday for families to enjoy fireworks. → Read More

'Nothing America cannot do': Donald Trump touts U.S. military strength in 4th of July speech

President Donald Trump paid tribute to the military during a hot and rainy Independence Day celebration that drew crowds of supporters and protesters. → Read More

Thousands expected for Donald Trump's 4th of July celebration, featuring tanks and lots of protests

This year's 4th of July festivities in Washington, D.C., will feature Army tanks on the Mall, protests and a speech by President Donald Trump. → Read More

Luis Alvarez, former NYPD cop who advocated for 9/11 responders with Jon Stewart, dies

Luis Alvarez, a retired New York Police Department detective and 9/11 first responder died on Saturday after years battling cancer. → Read More

Luis Alvarez, former NYPD cop who advocated for 9/11 responders with Jon Stewart, dies

Luis Alvarez, a retired New York Police Department detective and 9/11 first responder died on Saturday after years battling cancer. → Read More

'A colossal mistake': GOP-controlled Senate votes down measure blocking Iran military strike

The GOP-controlled Senate defeated a bill that would have required Donald Trump to get explicit congressional approval for a military strike on Iran. → Read More

'That little girl is me': Harris attacks Biden in key debate moment. Here are 4 other takeaways

Kamala Harris' powerful story on race, Eric Swalwell calls on Joe Biden to pass the torch, Marianne Williamson goes viral and more top moments from the first Democratic debate in Miami. → Read More

'America does not want to witness a food fight': Harris breaks up fighting during Democratic debate

"Hey guys, you know what, America does not want to witness a food fight," Sen. Kamala Harris said. "They want to know how we're going to put food on their table." → Read More

'Children come first': House passes $4.6 billion in aid for migrants at border after Pelosi caves to Republicans

The House reluctantly passed $4.6 billion in emergency funds for the humanitarian crisis at the southern U.S. border on Thursday after a tense battle with the Senate. → Read More

Beto O'Rourke's Spanish, Cory Booker's stare: Top 7 takeaways from Wednesday's Democratic debate

Cory Booker's "personal" moment on gun violence, Beto O'Rourke speaks Spanish and more top moments from the first Democratic debate in Miami. → Read More

Senate passes $4.6 billion border funding bill amid gridlock on humanitarian funding

The Senate 84-8 to pass its compromise border funding bill, which would appropriate $4.6 billion in emergency border funding. → Read More

'It’s a stalemate': Emergency migrant funding up in the air as House, Senate eye different measures

The House and Senate both want to approve funding to help the humanitarian crisis along the southern U.S. border, but opposing measures have created a hurdle that leaves the funds -- and care of migrants -- in jeopardy → Read More