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The United States is a federal republic in which the President of the United StatesUnited States Congress, and United States federal courts share powers reserved to the national government. At the same time, thefederal government shares sovereignty with the state governments.

The executive branch is headed by the President and is formally independent of both the legislature and the judiciary. The cabinet serves as advisers to the President. They include the Vice President and heads of the executive departments. Legislative power is vested in the two chambers of Congress, the Senate and the House of Representatives. The judicial branch (or judiciary), composed of the Supreme Court and lower federal courts, exercises judicial power (or judiciary). The judiciary's function is to interpret the United States Constitution and federal laws and regulations. This includes resolving disputes between the executive and legislative branches. The federal government's layout is explained in the Constitution.

Two political parties, the Democratic Party and the Republican Party, have dominated American politics since the American Civil War, although there are also smaller parties like the Libertarian Party, the Green Party, and the Constitution Party.

There are major differences between the political system of the United States and that of most other developed democracies. These include greater power in the upper house of the legislature, a wider scope of power held by the Supreme Court, the separation of powers between the legislature and the executive, and the dominance of only two main parties. Third parties have less political influence in the United States than in other developed country democracies; this is because of a combination of stringent historic controls. These controls take shape in the form of state and federal laws, informal media prohibitions, and winner-take-all elections, and include ballot access issues and exclusive debate rules.

This multiplicity of jurisdictions reflects the country's history. The federal government was created by the states, which as colonies were established separately and governed themselves independently of the others. Units of local government were created by the colonies to efficiently carry out various state functions. As the country expanded, it admitted new states modeled on the existing ones.

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‘He's dying anyway': WH official in hot water after mocking cancer-battling Senator McCain

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A White House official reportedly mocked John McCain’s health status after he opposed Trump’s spy-chief nominee Gina Haspel. Officials were forced to respond after furious reaction from both the senator’s family and social media.

President Trump in April on Air Force One, where he was asked specifically whether he knew about the payment to a pornographic film actress, Stephanie Clifford. Mr. Trump said, “No,” and referred questions to his personal lawyer. Credit Doug Mills/

Trump Says Campaign Money Played "No Role" In Repayments For Stormy Daniels Hush Money

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The President admitted that his former lawyer Michael Cohen received a "monthly retainer," but said that it had "nothing to do with the campaig

Comedian Michelle Wolf (pictured) was criticized for her jokes about White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and other administration officials. | Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Journalists distance themselves from Correspondents’ Dinner after Wolf routine

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The comedian’s scorching routine generates some discomfort.
 

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Trump campaign used 'poor judgment' in dealing with the Russians, House Intel report says

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The Committee also found the Trump campaign's periodic praise for and communications with Wikileaks

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Trump veterans nominee Ronny Jackson bows out amid allegations

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White House doctor Ronny Jackson has withdrawn as nominee to lead the department of Veterans Affairs amid a series of misconduct allegations.

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Comey memos released to Congress, track his testimony and new book

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Among the disclosures in the memos is a Feb. 8, 2017, encounter in which Trump confronted Comey about the contents of a dossier prepared by a former British intelligence agent purportedly describing Trump's involvement with prostitutes during a 2013 visit in Moscow.

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Federal judge denies Trump's bid to review records seized in FBI raid

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Hannity said his discussions with Cohen "dealt almost exclusively about real estate."

GETTY IMAGES / Comey created a stir when he testified to Congress last year

Comey may be many things, but is he really a liar?

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So let's cut straight to it. I've been reading the book, and watched the interview. I also spent hours listening to James Comey giving testimony to Congress before he was fired and afterwards. And my views about him have coalesced.

There's a lot more to the Michael Cohen probe

There's a lot more to the Michael Cohen probe

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What's now slowly coming to light as we gather more pieces of the puzzle is a coordinated pattern and practice by Trump associates to silence those with potentially embarrassing information about Trump in the weeks leading up to the 2016 election.

Comey says Trump asked if he could disprove salacious prostitute allegations in 'dossier'

Comey says Trump asked if he could disprove salacious prostitute allegations in 'dossier'

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The book likens Mr Trump to a mafia boss and details his denials of an alleged incident in Moscow

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Paul Ryan is set to retire from Congress

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  • House Speaker Paul Ryan is telling confidants that he will not run for reelection in November, according to multiple reports.
  • Ryan has long been pushing for a major overhaul of the tax code, which the GOP accomplished in December.
  • With tax reform complete, Ryan reportedly decided that now is the right time to step away.

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Forced out? Trump’s Homeland Security adviser resigns

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has announced the resignation of President Donald Trump’s Homeland Security adviser, Tom Bossert.

Police and security outside offices of US President Donald Tump's lawyer Michael Cohen, New York, US, April 9, 2018 © Andrew Kelly / Reuters

FBI raids Trump's private lawyer in what he calls ‘total witch hunt’

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FBI agents have raided the home and office of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen, seizing business records that reportedly include details of payments to porn star Stormy Daniels.

Federal prosecutors got a search warrant for Michael Cohen's office after receiving a referral from special counsel Robert Mueller. (JONATHAN ERNST/REUTERS)

FBI agents raid Manhattan office of President Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen

  •   09/04/2018 05:18:00 PM
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Ryan said the search was not directly correlated to Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling, but likely relates to information his team had uncovered and flagged for prosecutors in New York.


 

‘There would be no reason for me to resign. I made a commitment, I took an oath, and I was here to fight for our veterans’, David Shulkin said on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA

'I did not resign': Veterans Affairs chief David Shulkin insists he was fired

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  • Ousted VA secretary disputes White House version of exit
  • Distinction could have serious ramifications for agency

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that current CIA director Mike Pompeo, left, would replace Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. (Reuters)

Trump replaces Rex Tillerson as U.S. secretary of state

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'Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service!' Trump tweets, naming CIA head Mike Pompeo to the post

Mr Tillerson lasted in the job for just over a year

Trump sacks Rex Tillerson as state secretary

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US President Donald Trump has sacked Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, replacing him with the director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo.

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House Republicans reach opposite conclusion from intelligence community

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Rep. Mike Conaway, the Texas Republican leading the Russia investigation, said Monday that the committee had concluded its interviews for the Russia investigation, and the Republican staff had prepared a 150-page draft report that they would give to Democrats to review on Tuesday morning.

Tom Williams | Roll Call | Getty Images Adult film star Stormy Daniels appeared at a news conference to tout the success of Restricted to Adults (RTA) website and other efforts by the adult film industry to protect children from inappropriate mate

Trump's lawyer reportedly got a secret order barring porn star Stormy Daniels from dishing on tryst

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  • A lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels says she did have sex with President Donald Trump more than a decade ago.
  • Daniels is suing to be released from a nondisclosure agreement that she signed on the eve of the 2016 presidential election with a company set up by Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen.
  • Cohen has admitted facilitating a $130,000 payment to Daniels but has denied she had an affair with Trump.
  • Trump has never publicly responded to the claims about Daniels.

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