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On Thursday, CNN reported that the FBI and other agencies had refused the White House’s request to tamp down on stories about repeated contact between members of the Trump campaign and Russian nationals, including intelligence operatives.

The White House has denied instigating any improper request of the FBI to refute reports.

However, the one member of Trump’s inner circle named in the article, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, spoke at length on two Sunday political talk shows about his contact with unnamed intelligence officials in the days following reports that Trump campaign associates had been in contact with Russian officials.

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White House aide Sebastian Gorka took a break from chewing out his critics to tell the audience Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference that the United States government should work to quash the ideology of "jihad" both abroad and at home.

Gorka said that the U.S. will make "the black flag of jihad" as "repugnant" as the Nazi flag.

"The brand of jihad has to be destroyed," he said, adding that it must be "vilified" in America as well as in the Middle East.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — These should be heady times for the GOP as the nation's governors prepare to gather for their winter meeting in Washington, D.C. Republicans hold 33 governorships, compared with just 16 for Democrats, and the GOP has full control of the legislatures in two-thirds of the states.

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