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Just hours after arriving in the United States, American pastor Andrew Brunson, who was detained in Turkey for two years, joined President Donald Trump for a meeting in the Oval Office. "You are very, very special to all of us," Trump told Brunson on Saturday, adding that he has "galvanized" the country with his faith and strength.

Brunson thanked the Trump administration for fighting for him and his family, "we are very grateful." As a thank you, Brunson led a prayer for Trump. Brunson had been held in Turkey since 2016, accused of helping to plot a coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. US officials say Brunson was wrongfully detained.
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Kanye West was at the White House Thursday for a meeting on criminal justice reform with President Donald Trump. "There was something about putting this hat on that made me feel like Superman," West said in the Oval Office, joined by NFL legend Jim Brown, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, about feeling empowered wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat.

Despite receiving backlash over supporting the President, West said it's important for Americans to come together: "If he don't look good, we don't look good. This is our president." The meeting was billed by the White House as one centered on urban revitalization, workforce training, African-American unemployment, potential future clemencies and crime in Chicago. 📸 Pool/Getty Images
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US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has resigned and will leave by the end of the year, President Trump announced Tuesday.
Sitting side-by-side in the Oval Office, Haley said “it has been an honor of a lifetime” serving as UN ambassador, but that it was time to depart the administration.
Trump praised Haley as a “fantastic person” who has “done an incredible job” and said he would gladly welcome her back into his administration down the line.
The President said he plans to name a successor for the US’s top diplomatic post at the United Nations in two to three weeks.
📸: Evan Vucci/AP
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Former President George W. Bush’s daughter tied the knot Sunday in Kennebunkport, Maine. Barbara Pierce Bush married Craig Louis Coyne, a screenwriter and Georgia native in a private ceremony, the family said in a statement.

In an Instagram post, President Bush said he and his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, "are so proud of our compassionate, daring, fierce, kind, intelligent, loving daughter." (📸 Paul Morse and Allison V. Smith)

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Taylor Swift took to Instagram on Sunday to endorse two Democrats in the Tennessee midterms, after admitting she's been "reluctant" to voice her political opinions in the past.
"Due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now.”
She stated her support for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives.
📸: John Shearer/Rick Diamond/Getty Images
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Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine tells CNN’s Dana Bash that while she found Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony “heart-wrenching,” the fact that both Ford and now-confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh said they were “100 percent certain” of their statements meant that she had to look to the FBI for additional corroborating evidence. “In this country, we have a presumption of innocence ... There was no corroborating evidence that he did so."
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Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as a United States Supreme Court Justice on Saturday.

Chief Justice Roberts and retired associate justice Anthony Kennedy, whom Kavanaugh will replace, performed the swearing-in.

The Senate confirmed Kavanaugh on Saturday, in a 50-48 vote. 📸 Fred Schilling/Supreme Court of the United States
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The Senate confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court on Saturday, October 6.

The vote total was 50-48.

The final vote was interrupted several times by protestors. The confirmation of Kavanaugh marks a major victory for President Donald Trump.

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“Mr. President, I will vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.” Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine took to the Senate floor Friday afternoon and delivered a speech saying she would vote for Kavanaugh, whose nomination was embroiled in partisan politics and allegations he committed sexual assault in high school. The final vote is expected Saturday.
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At least 300 protesters were arrested at the Hart and Dirksen Senate Office buildings on Thursday over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Demonstrators made their way into the US Senate buildings after US Capitol Police barricaded the front of the Capitol building. All the while, senators from both sides of the aisle reviewed the findings of the new FBI report into Kavanaugh.

The Women's March, a liberal organization that originated as a grassroots movement in opposition of President Donald Trump, was one of the multiple groups tweeting from the protest at the Capitol building. 📸Drew Angerer/Getty Images
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Comedian Amy Schumer was among the hundreds of activists who descended on Washington, DC, Thursday to protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

With her fist held high, Schumer waited to be escorted out of the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill after being arrested.

Organizers initially planned for protesters to make their way to the East Steps of the Capitol, where they were to hold a "direct action," but US Capitol Police barricaded the building, forcing protesters into nearby Senate office buildings.

All 100 senators on Thursday had the opportunity to review a new FBI background investigation into accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. 📸Alex Wong/Getty Images
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#onthisday in 1927, work began on Mount Rushmore. According to the National Park Service, more than 300 people worked on the memorial that took 14 years to build. Despite the fact that 90% of the carving work was done with dynamite, no fatalities occurred. Upon completion in October 1941, the faces of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt looked out on the South Dakota landscape. 📷 National Park Service #tbt #history #politics #mountrushmore

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