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A semiautomatic rifle with a "bump stock" attached.
A semiautomatic rifle with a "bump stock" attached. (Rick Bowmer / Associated Press)

The Trump administration Saturday took a step toward possibly banning “bump stocks,” proposing new regulations to prohibit ownership of the controversial equipment that allows semiautomatic rifles to fire at automatic speeds

Under the proposed rule from the the Department of Justice, bump stocks would be classified as machine guns that are currently banned under federal law.

"President Trump is absolutely committed to ensuring the safety and security of every American,” Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions said in a statement. 

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President Trump reviews a French military parade in Paris in July.
President Trump reviews a French military parade in Paris in July. (Associated Press)

The Pentagon is proposing to stage a military parade in November with soldiers in historic uniforms and warplanes, but no tanks — a scaled-down version of the grand display President Trump wants, according to two officials familiar with the plan.

Pentagon officials have drafted a memo outlining a plan for a parade in Washington on Veterans Day, the officials said. It was first reported by CNN.

Trump earlier this year asked the Defense Department to plan a parade of the U.S. armed forces to celebrate military strength, much like France’s annual French Bastille Day parade that he and First Lady Melania Trump attended in July in Paris as the guests of French President Emmanuel Macron.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Trump have agreed to pursue talks this year.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Trump have agreed to pursue talks this year. (AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump is open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to discuss his nuclear program, but only under certain conditions, the White House said Friday.

"We’re not going to have this meeting take place until we see concrete actions that match the words and the rhetoric of North Korea,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

Sanders made her comment in response to questions about whether Trump had agreed too quickly to a summit meeting — a long-sought goal for the North Koreans — without getting much in return.

  • Russia
Sam Nunberg, left, arrives at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington on March 9.
Sam Nunberg, left, arrives at the U.S. District Courthouse in Washington on March 9. (J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press)

Controversial former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg arrived at the federal courthouse in Washington on Friday for a scheduled grand jury appearance.

Nunberg had insisted in a series of defiant interviews earlier in the week that he intended to defy a subpoena issued by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's office, which is investigating potential coordination between Russia and President Trump’s campaign.

But Nunberg later changed his mind and said he would appear. He did not respond to reporters' shouted questions as he arrived at the courthouse..

President Trump’s final order to slap sweeping tariffs on imported steel and aluminum looks less like an effort to preserve national security and more like an attempt to create a giant bargaining chip that the president can play around the world.

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Hiring surged last month as U.S. employers generated the most new jobs since mid-2016, the Labor Department said Friday, but wage growth slowed as long-awaited gains in worker pay have yet to take permanent hold.

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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, right, and his lawyer walk away from the U.S. Capitol on Thursday.
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, right, and his lawyer walk away from the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. (Tasos Katopodis / Getty Images)

Corey Lewandowski, President Trump’s former campaign manager, left Democrats disappointed on Thursday by refusing to answer some questions from the House Intelligence Committee, one of three congressional panels investigating Russian political interference.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff of Burbank, the committee’s ranking Democrat, said Lewandowski wouldn’t talk about several key episodes, including Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James B. Comey in May 2017 and his reported discussions about firing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

Lewandowski also declined to answer questions about the drafting of an inaccurate statement last year on Air Force One about a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower involving the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and a Russian lawyer offering dirt on Hillary Clinton. 

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Paul Manafort and his wife enter federal court in Alexandria, Va., for his arraignment on Thursday.
Paul Manafort and his wife enter federal court in Alexandria, Va., for his arraignment on Thursday. (Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press)

Paul Manafort Jr., no stranger to expensive duds, has something new to wear.

President Trump’s former campaign manager is facing two separate criminal trials — one in Washington and one in northern Virginia — so he has been ordered to wear two different monitoring bracelets to ensure he shows up for proceedings in both courthouses. 

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III made the decision Thursday when Manafort was arraigned on additional charges filed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign. 

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Senators pushing legislation to roll back banking regulations instituted after the financial crisis are proposing changes to try to blunt liberal criticisms — and adding provisions for conservatives to assure House passage.

(Michael Reynolds / Getty)

President Trump said it was “a disgrace” that Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf warned last month about federal agents’ planned immigration raids in the Bay Area. 

"What the mayor of Oakland did the other day was a disgrace," Trump said during wide-ranging remarks at the beginning of a Cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Trump said Schaaf’s alert to immigrants in the country illegally put law enforcement agents at risk. He again suggested that cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration agents and their enforcement actions should be forced to forfeit federal funds.