Firefighters are making progress containing the largest of the wildfires currently burning in California, authorities said.

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When Shepard Smith announced Friday that he was leaving Fox News, he revealed something important about the state of conservative politics: there is little room for anyone who questions the status quo within most parts of the Republican universe. It appears Smith didn't like the continued pro-Trump spin that is so prevalent at the network, and so he left.

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Size does matter. As President Donald Trump tries to slash drastically the size of the National Security Council and make way for more political appointees instead, he's going to lose out on the important expertise and valuable relationships that career government employees bring to the NSC.

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The trade war is hurting America's factories, but it's not the only culprit. The strike at General Motors and Boeing's 737 Max crisis are taking a toll as well.

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By now, the news that Simone Biles has won another championship and has gained two new skills named after her is about as surprising as the news that a competition occurred. Breaking even more barriers at the World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, this week, becoming -- with 21 medals at Worlds (22, after winning the all-around competition with the largest margin ever) -- the most decorated female gymnast in history seems only what's expected.

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This week was a kaleidoscope in Trump's Washington, a big picture moving and twisting -- tax records, subpoenas, arrests, foreign policy reversals -- stories reshaping, shifting, blending, it seemed, by the hour. Or, to borrow a different metaphor, a soap opera -- only a very serious one: "Like sands through the hourglass, so are the days of our lives."

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A neighbor is in custody after he shot five people -- four of them fatally -- in an apartment building in Chicago, police said.

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"Saturday Night Live" opened its show this week by commenting on CNN's Equality Town Hall and brought in some special guests to help out.

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Shepard Smith, the chief Fox News anchor who was disliked by President Donald Trump, stepped down after more than two decades at the network.

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In an interview with CNN's David Axelrod, former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid laments Senator Lindsey Graham's unwillingness to stand up to President Trump.

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Independent voters in Wisconsin surveyed by CNN are in agreement that President Donald Trump committed an abuse of power on his phone call with the Ukrainian president, and some believe he should be removed from office for his actions. CNN's Randi Kaye reports.

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Imagine a man negotiating a crushingly repressive governing machine, doing it from the inside, and sweeping to power. Then imagine him immediately throwing the prison doors open to free thousands of political prisoners and journalists, welcoming back exiles, allowing banned opposition figures to run for office, and quickly reaching a peace deal with a neighboring country after decades of war.

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CNN's Martin Savidge asks voters in Florida, a key swing state, whether the ongoing impeachment inquiry has affected their opinion of President Donald Trump.

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I decided to visit Halle, Germany, shortly after moving to Berlin. I am one of a growing number of Jewish expats in Berlin, excited by the cultural outlets of the city, the cheaper rents and the diverse and open-minded Jewish life. Two weeks ago, an opportunity arose to visit a small, Russian-speaking Jewish community from the former USSR living in Halle to spend Yom Kippur with them. Our delegation was supposed to bring life and song to one of the most important days on the Jewish calendar.

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Alex Busarov was living in China in 2013 when he and his friend, Yaroslav 'Yaz' Belinskiy, became ill immediately after drinking a few sips of whiskey from a bottle they had bought at a store in Hangzhou.

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