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How Trump turned the immigration debate from reform to 'anchor babies'

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At a recent anti-immigrant rally in the Inland Empire region of Southern California, where activists stood on a street corner chanting, "Help America, not illegals," several sported the same white T-shirt. On it, in large blue letters, was a name: "Trump."

This has been a satisfying summer for those who favor stricter immigration enforcement, ...Read more

Army appeals court reverses rape conviction, citing appearance of unlawful command influence

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WASHINGTON -- A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was inspired by the military's ramped-up campaign against sexual assault when she reported in 2012 she had been raped several years before.

The soldier's belated testimony helped convict Army Staff Sgt. Gabriel C. Garcia. But now, an appeals court has dismissed Garcia's rape conviction, citing ...Read more

Clinton vows to 'do something' about gun violence in wake of Virginia shooting

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Hillary Rodham Clinton used the high-profile shooting deaths of two Virginia television reporters on Wednesday to call for stricter gun-control measures, vowing that as president she would "do something" about gun violence.

Speaking to reporters in Iowa, Clinton said lawmakers must figure out how to balance Second Amendment rights with "...Read more

Univision anchor finds self at center of story after clash with Trump

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MIAMI -- The man who single-handedly started the Latino backlash against Donald Trump found himself at the center of his own story.

Jorge Ramos, the star Univision television anchor, stood up during a news conference to ask Trump a confrontational question about immigration. And Trump, who hadn't called on Ramos, kicked him out.

Broadcast live...Read more

Democratic women seek to regain lost ground in California

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Women have long enjoyed a key advantage in California's strong Democratic political ecosystem: Sheer numbers.

Polling taken before last November's election underscored the obvious: 56 percent of Democrats were women, clocking men by 12 percentage points. Evidence of their power can be seen in the forms of Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, who...Read more

Pentagon: No deadline, progress on site surveys for Guantanamo closure plan

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MIAMI -- The Pentagon's new press secretary said Tuesday that the Obama administration has not settled on a date to deliver its Guantanamo closure plan to Congress and has not identified future survey sites beyond U.S. military lockups at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and Charleston, S.C.

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter "wants to move ...Read more

Feds could call Ed Rendell, Bob Casey as witnesses when Rep. Fattah's trial begins

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PHILADELPHIA -- A veritable who's who of Pennsylvania politics could end up taking the stand as U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah heads to trial next year to fight off federal racketeering conspiracy charges.

A list of possible government witnesses filed with the court Tuesday contains such bold face names as U.S. Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr., D-Pa., former ...Read more

Christie joins effort to sway Booker to reject Iran deal

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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined rabbis and groups advocating for Israel's security Tuesday to call on U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., to oppose the proposed nuclear deal with Iran.

"We cannot permit a treacherous, murderous, deceitful regime to possess the most dangerous weapon that the world has ever invented," ...Read more

Rick Perry tries to break out by attacking pretty much everybody

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Lagging in the polls and unable to escape the shadow of Donald Trump, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry accused his Republican rivals over the weekend of being converts to conservatism.

Without mentioning names, Perry made an appeal to tea party activists at the annual meeting of the group founded by billionaires Charles and David Koch that he is an...Read more

Obama endorsement possible as Biden considers Clinton challenge

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama may issue an endorsement in the Democratic primary, his press secretary said Monday, as Vice President Joe Biden considers whether to challenge former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

While Obama considers his selection of the former Delaware senator as his running mate the best political decision he's ...Read more

Reid dismisses 'longshot' prospects for Iran deal filibuster

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid told reporters gathered in Las Vegas that filibustering a bill to disapprove of the nuclear deal with Iran would be a "longshot."

Still, the Nevada Democrat has far from given up hope on rounding up not only the 34 votes needed to sustain a veto from President Barack Obama, but the 41 needed to ...Read more

In the San Gabriel Mountains, they're asking: What monument?

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LOS ANGELES -- Visitors to the San Gabriel Mountains can be forgiven if they see overflowing trash bins, broken marijuana pipes, graffiti and road kill and wonder what became of President Barack Obama's vision for the wilderness.

Nearly a year after he upgraded Southern California's mountainous backyard to national monument status, with a ...Read more

Americans recount French train attack

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PARIS -- "He seemed like he was ready to fight to the end. So were we."

Spencer Stone, the U.S. serviceman who was the first American to tackle a gunman aboard a Paris-bound train, spoke publicly for the first time since Sunday and described a fierce struggle that neutralized the attacker but left Stone with injuries requiring surgery, ...Read more

Democrats defend Hillary Clinton's use of private email server

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WASHINGTON -- Several prominent Democrats hit the TV airwaves Sunday to defend Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of a private server for work-related emails while she was secretary of State, batting down claims that her presidential campaign has been damaged by the controversy.

Polls show a growing number of Americans believe the Democratic front-...Read more

'Anchor babies' and the 14th Amendment

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I had a former "anchor baby" in my office the other day. You know what I'm talking about, don't you? It's that almost mythical creature, like the unicorn, the sweet-tempered feminist or the heterosexual Boy Scout leader: a child who will allow his illegal alien parents to become citizens before you can say "God Bless America."

That child, now ...Read more

Israel blames Iran for rockets from Syria, protests nuclear pact anew

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JERUSALEM -- Israel has accused Iran of involvement in a rocket attack from Syria that set off a series of Israeli artillery and airstrikes in Syrian territory, including a strike Friday on a vehicle that killed those inside.

The allegations, which could not be independently verified, come amid an intense Israeli campaign against the recent ...Read more

Cyberattacks and keyboard complacency: A lesson about spying

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The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Friday, Aug. 21:

"The culprit is American complacency, the tendency to assume that the Russians are technically inferior to us and that we can handle them."

--Former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger in 1988

History is instructive, even events from prehistoric days, meaning the era ...Read more

Climate rules: Bad news for low-income families

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"We know that low-income, minority communities would be hardest hit."

That's Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, speaking about the higher energy prices that would result from the Obama administration's recently announced climate regulations on power plants.

The Clean Power Plan, which will require drastic cuts in 47 ...Read more

Israel blames Iran for rockets from Syria, protests nuclear pact anew

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JERUSALEM -- Israel has accused Iran of involvement in a rocket attack from Syria that set off a series of Israeli artillery and airstrikes in Syrian territory, including a strike Friday on a vehicle that killed those inside.

The allegations, which could not be independently verified, come amid an intense Israeli campaign against the recent ...Read more

US says it has killed Islamic State's No. 2 in Iraq airstrike

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WASHINGTON -- The second-in-command of the Islamic State died in a U.S. airstrike near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul earlier this week in what the White House described Friday as a blow to the group's operations.

Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, who used the alias Hajji Mutaaz, is the second senior leader of the Islamist extremist group killed by the...Read more