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Mitt Romney postponed the expected launch of his campaign for U.S. Senate on Wednesday as a result of the Florida school shooting that left 17 people dead.

Romney had planned to announce his candidacy in a video scheduled for release Thursday morning, followed by a speech Friday night at the Utah County Republican Party's annual fundraising dinner in Provo.

Romney is still expected to attend the dinner Friday night.

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The day after President Trump’s top intelligence advisor warned that Russian hackers will be back with a vengeance in the upcoming midterm election, House Democrats intensified their push to shore up the nation’s network of wheezing voting machines that are vulnerable to attack.

The Democrats released a voluminous report detailing the many ways in which election systems are ripe to breached, and the 2016 incidents in which at least one state’s voter registration files were penetrated and 20 others were targeted for various forms of cyberattack.

Election officials and many lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are growing increasingly alarmed by how vulnerable their voting systems are. Many are still using machines that are easily hacked, and they have no money to fix them. Congress has so far balked at approving any of the bipartisan measures that address the problem, such as the Secure Elections Act championed by  Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and others.

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Former Trump advisor Rob Porter left the White House last week.
Former Trump advisor Rob Porter left the White House last week. (Saul Loeb / AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump broke his weeklong silence on spousal abuse Wednesday, but only after declaring that everyone already knows his view on the subject.

“I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind,” Trump said, according to a pool report by Newsday reporter Laura Figueroa. “Everyone knows that and it almost wouldn’t even have to be said.”

It wasn’t said, for more than a week, as his White House has reeled from the resignations of two high-ranking officials accused of violence against former partners. The women told their stories months ago to FBI investigators conducting background checks on White House aides Rob Porter and David Sorenson, but the men did not leave the White House staff until the accounts went public.

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks during a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing on Feb. 6.
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks during a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing on Feb. 6. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, traveling on what he said was an "essential" trip to London and Copenhagen, improperly accepted Wimbledon tickets and brought along his wife at taxpayer expense, according to a scathing new inspector general's report.

The report says Shulkin and some top staff members made a number of false and misleading statements both to justify the $122,334 trip and in defending it afterwards. His chief of staff, Vivieca Wright Simpson, doctored an email to convince an agency ethics lawyer to approve a $4,300 flight for Shulkin's wife, the report found.

Another aide devoted "many hours" to arranging for tourist activities for Shulkin and his wife, the report found, "time that should have been spent conducting official VA business and not for providing personal travel concierge services."

President Trump’s proposal to hold a large-scale military parade in Washington, with marching soldiers and rows of tanks and armored vehicles, could cost as much as $30 million, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney

The cost would depend on how many troops are involved and the types of military equipment chosen, Mulvaney told the House Budget Committee on Wednesday.

“I’ve seen various different cost estimates of between $10 million and $30 million, depending on the size of the parade, the scope of it, the length of it, those kind of things,” Mulvaney said.

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President Trump’s proposed grand parade of American military equipment could cost as much as $30 million, his budget director said Wednesday.

In taking the administration’s first stab at a price tag on the project, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers he has looked at more than one cost projection.

“I’ve seen various different cost estimates from between, I think, $10 million and $30 million, depending on the size of the parade, the scope of it, the length of it, those types of things,” Mulvaney told members of the House Budget Committee. “We’ve not accounted for it in this year’s budget simply because it’s come up at the last minute.”

Former White House aide Rob Porter, right, Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, and economic advisor Gary Cohn arrive at Andrews Air Force Base.
Former White House aide Rob Porter, right, Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, and economic advisor Gary Cohn arrive at Andrews Air Force Base. (Andrew Harnik / Associated Press)

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to know how former presidential aide Rob Porter was allowed to work at the White House under an interim security clearance — despite allegations of spousal abuse.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told CNN on Wednesday that the panel decided Tuesday night to launch an investigation.

Word of the probe comes a day after the FBI publicly contradicted the White House over Porter, who has been accused of domestic abuse by his two ex-wives. The FBI said that it gave the Trump administration information on multiple occasions last year about Porter and that the investigation wrapped up in January.

A longtime personal attorney for President Donald Trump said that he paid $130,000 to an adult-film star who had told people she had an affair with Trump a decade before he won the presidency. (Feb. 14, 2018)

President Trump's personal attorney said Tuesday he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to a porn actress who allegedly had a sexual relationship with Trump in 2006.

Michael Cohen said in a statement to the New York Times that he was not reimbursed by the Trump Organization or the Trump campaign for the payment to Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.

Cohen wrote, "The payment to Ms. Clifford was lawful, and was not a campaign contribution or a campaign expenditure by anyone."

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President Trump's administration didn't offer "legally adequate reasons" for ending a program that spared many young immigrants from deportation if they were brought to the U.S. as children, a judge ruled Tuesday as he ordered the program to continue.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis in Brooklyn, N.Y., said in a written order that the Republican president "indisputably" had the power to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program but relied on flawed legal positions in doing so.

"The Trump administration should be able to alter the policies and priorities set by its predecessor," Garaufis said.