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November 14, 2019

This Thanksgiving, 26.8 million people are projected to go through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, up 4 percent from last year, the TSA said Wednesday.

The agency is expecting this record number of travelers to fly from Nov. 22 through Dec. 2, with 2.7 million taking off on the day before Thanksgiving. In a statement, TSA acting Deputy Administrator Patricia Cogswell said 2019 saw "our busiest summer ever," and new technology will be introduced this holiday season, including scanners that can take better images of what's inside a person's bag.

Cogswell also said TSA agents will soon have new devices that allow them to quickly identify passengers, without having to place their photo IDs under lamps or lights, ABC News reports. Catherine Garcia

November 1, 2019

If you love your "Make America Great Again" hat, you'll really flip for the latest item from President Trump's fall collection: a "Read the Transcript" T-shirt.

During an interview with The Washington Examiner on Thursday, Trump defended his July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, a conversation that sparked the House impeachment inquiry. He revealed that his strategy to fight back against the accusations of quid pro quo involves releasing a shirt that says "Read the Transcript" and talking directly to the people, FDR style.

"At some point, I'm going to sit down, perhaps as a fireside chat on live television, and I will read the transcript of the call, because people have to hear it," he said. "When you read it, it's a straight call." In late September, the White House released a reconstructed transcript of the call, which Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman testified was incomplete and missing key words and phrases, The New York Times reports.

Trump's phone call with Zelensky raised eyebrows, as he used the time to ask Zelensky to launch an investigation into his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. "Everybody knows I did nothing wrong," Trump told the Examiner. "Bill Clinton did things wrong. Richard Nixon did things wrong. I won't go back to [Andrew] Johnson because that was a little before my time. But they did things wrong. I did nothing wrong." When asked if he would cooperate with subpoenas, Trump responded, "You are setting a terrible precedent for other presidents." Catherine Garcia

December 4, 2017

Congress is heading into another busy week following the frenetic rewriting and passage of the Senate GOP tax bill. At the top of the agenda is negotiating a deal on keeping the federal government funded to avoid a shutdown of some agencies on Friday, when current funding runs out. House Republican leaders are proposing a two-week extension through a "continuing resolution" that would keep government agencies funded until Dec. 22. GOP leaders say the extra time would allow for negotiations on boosting spending for the Pentagon and domestic agencies, which otherwise face cuts. Democrats are demanding a deal on protecting young undocumented immigrants. Republicans don't want to include the immigration fix in the budget deal, suggesting a possible deadlock. Harold Maass

August 18, 2017

Chief strategist Stephen Bannon is out at the White House, but in the words of The New York Times' Maggie Haberman, "Bannon is much more of a problem for the White House staff from the outside than inside it."

That's putting it mildly, at least if you ask people in the orbit of Bannon and Breitbart, the far-right publication Bannon might soon be returning to lead. In the words of Breitbart editor Joel Pollak, after all, this means #WAR.

Here are six dramatic quotes about the coming storm. Jeva Lange

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2. Bannon "has a 'killing machine' in Breitbart News." [Axios]

3. Breitbart and Bannon will go "thermonuclear" against the "globalists." [Axios]

4. "Get ready for Bannon the barbarian." [Axios]

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6. "If they get rid of Bannon, you know what's gonna happen? The motherlode. If Bannon is removed, there are gonna be divorces, because I know about the mistresses, the sugar babies, the drugs, the pill popping, the orgies. I know everything. If they go after Bannon, the mother of all stories is gonna drop, and we're just gonna destroy marriages, relationships — it's gonna get personal." [Alt-right leader Mike Cernovich via The Daily Beast]

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