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Some Calif. Congress members say Guard didn't explain scale of enlistment bonus repayments

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WASHINGTON -- Some of California's members of Congress say California's National Guard did not explain in 2014 how many guard members were being forced to repay enlistment bonuses.

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter ordered the Pentagon to suspend all efforts to collect reimbursement from the nearly 10,000 California National Guard ...Read more

Trump mixes business and politics at hotel opening

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's presidential bid often has dipped into a glitzy brand promotion, but perhaps never has the line between business and politics been more blurred than at his opening event Wednesday for his Washington hotel.

Trump's campaign insisted the ribbon-cutting at Trump International Hotel's storied Pennsylvania Avenue address...Read more

NRCC ad mocks 'zany professor' Teachout in tossup House race

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The National Republican Congressional Committee launched a new ad in which it mocks Democratic House candidate Zephyr Teachout as "the zany professor."

"Remember that professor who always pushed their liberal agenda?" the narrator asks as an actress with a hairstyle similar to Teachout's is shown from the back or with a book obscuring her face....Read more

Pennsylvania Senate race breaks spending record

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With a little less than two weeks before Election Day, the Pennsylvania Senate race has set a new spending record of $113 million by candidate committees and independent groups.

Incumbent Republican Sen. Patrick J. Toomey is in a tight race against Democratic challenger Katie McGinty that could determine who controls the Senate in the next ...Read more

Clinton super PAC steps into Iowa House race

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For much of this year, Iowa 1st District Rep. Rod Blum was at the top of Roll Call's list of the most vulnerable House incumbents. Until earlier this month, when he wasn't.

Now the super PAC aligned with Hillary Clinton is setting its sights on the GOP freshman in its first foray into a House race, the Washington Post's Paul Kane first reported...Read more

Wisconsin Senate race getting nasty

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The race between Republican Sen. Ron Johnson and former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold in Wisconsin is becoming increasingly personal as the race comes to a close.

In a radio interview, Johnson, who beat Feingold in 2010, repeated his view that he did not respect Feingold.

"He says one thing, does something completely different," Johnson said. ...Read more

Trump making same wrong claim about polls that conservatives used in 2012

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump is making the same mistake as President Mitt Romney.

He insists that public polls showing him trailing Hillary Clinton are biased results because they "oversample" Democrats. But that's exactly the same argument that a lot of conservatives used in 2012, wrongly convincing themselves that Romney would win easily and ...Read more

Republican Senate ads turn toward countering President Clinton

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WASHINGTON -- As it appears increasingly likely that Hillary Clinton will be the next president, many conservative outside groups are stressing the importance of keeping control of the Senate as a check on her presidency.

Senate Leadership Fund is putting $25 million into six key Senate races in an effort to counter Democrats focusing their ...Read more

Clinton dominates Trump among millennial voters in Harvard poll

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America's youngest voters are overwhelmingly backing Hillary Clinton for president, as a majority also express fears about the country's future, a nationwide survey released Wednesday by Harvard University's Institute of Politics shows.

The Democratic nominee is backed by 49 percent of likely voters ages 18 to 29, followed by Republican nominee...Read more

WikiLeaks shows Clinton advisers debating how to respond to Ferguson grand jury

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WASHINGTON -- In the hours before the St. Louis County grand jury investigating the Michael Brown shooting death reported its decision not to indict policeman Darren Wilson on Nov. 24, 2014, top advisers to Hillary Clinton were debating how she should respond.

In a series of email exchanges under the subject line of "Ferguson -- time sensitive,...Read more

Police investigate vandalism of Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star

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LOS ANGELES -- Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame has had a rough go of it since the controversial business mogul and reality television star became a Republican presidential candidate.

It has been stomped on and on one occasion someone spray-painted a swastika and "mute" icon on it. Someone else built a miniature border wall ...Read more

Defense secretary suspends California National Guard bonus repayments

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WASHINGTON -- Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Wednesday ordered the Pentagon to suspend all efforts to collect reimbursement from thousands of California National Guard members who were improperly given enlistment bonuses.

"I want to be clear: This process has dragged on too long, for too many service members," Carter said. "Too many cases ...Read more

Ryan likely to survive Trump while presidential hopes tarnished

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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul Ryan will probably be able to survive Donald Trump's presidential bid with his job intact. But it may be at the cost of his own ambitions for 2020.

Ryan's anguished on-again, off-again support of Trump has left him in no-man's land inside the Republican Party -- tainted by his endorsement of the nominee while ...Read more

Islamic State loyalists kill 26 Afghan civilians after kidnapping dozens, officials say

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KABUL, Afghanistan -- Gunmen kidnapped and killed 26 civilians, including children, in an isolated central province in the latest violence attributed to loyalists of Islamic State in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday.

Officials in Ghor province said the civilians were abducted Tuesday outside the provincial capital of Ferozkoh during fighting...Read more

Trump has 2-point edge in Bloomberg poll of Florida

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Donald Trump has a slim advantage in Florida as critical independent voters narrowly break his way in the must-win battleground state, a Bloomberg Politics poll shows.

The Republican presidential nominee has 45 percent to Democrat Hillary Clinton's 43 percent among likely voters when third-party candidates are included, the poll found. In a ...Read more

Calais migrant camp empty, as official announces 'end of the Jungle'

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PARIS -- All the migrants at a camp near the northern French port city of Calais have left, the official heading the Pas de Calais administration said Wednesday.

"The camp is finally empty," Fabienne Buccio told BFMTV.

Crews began the process of clearing the makeshift shelters at the so-called Jungle camp on Monday, when authorities started ...Read more

Putin springs leaks of his own as Russian Assange airs secrets

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MOSCOW -- Vladimir Putin is learning that embarrassing leaks are a two-way street.

Infighting among Putin's inner circle has led to a series of disclosures over the past few months that have shined a harsh light on the private dealings of the Kremlin court -- much as Hillary Clinton has endured the airing of thousands of emails as a result of ...Read more

Tribune News Service politics quiz

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1. About 71 million people watched the third and final presidential debate. Where was that debate held?

A. San Diego

B. Los Angeles

C. Phoenix

D. Las Vegas

2. At the Al Smith dinner last week, the general consensus was that Donald Trump's best-received joke was at the expense of?

A. Hillary Clinton

B. Melania Trump

C. Pope Francis

D. Al...Read more

Election economics come into focus in countdown to Nov. 8

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WASHINGTON -- As Americans head to the polls to vote early for a new president, researchers have been taking a keener look at the economic side of U.S. politics.

Socioeconomic indicators influence engagement with the political system, a new paper from Germany's ZEW finds. Financial markets have been gyrating in response to election-related ...Read more

The rich get ready for higher taxes under a President Clinton

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NEW YORK-- For wealthy Americans, a big win by Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8 could get pretty expensive.

Clinton is proposing higher taxes on Americans who make more than $250,000, including a 4 percent "fair share surcharge" on incomes of more than $5 million a year. She's also trying to limit the ability of the rich to lower their tax bills ...Read more