Emerging alliance between Breyer, Kennedy helps move Supreme Court to the left

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ended its term this week with two liberal victories -- on abortion and affirmative action -- that reflect in part a deepening center-left alliance between Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Stephen G. Breyer.

Breyer is the most moderate of the court's four Democratic appointees, and Kennedy is easily the most ...Read more

Trump pledges to withdraw from Pacific trade deal, punish China

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MONESSEN, Pa. -- Donald Trump, who has ridden a wave of anti-globalism to capture the GOP nomination, made a series of pledges and threats Tuesday aimed at punishing China and divorcing the U.S. from trade deals he blames for the loss of manufacturing jobs.

The speech, delivered from a Teleprompter at the Alumisource factory in Monessen, was ...Read more

Supreme Court justices start summer chill amid political heat

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WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices are setting out for their summer vacation certain of some things -- but clueless about when they'll be back at full strength.

The eight justices know they will return in October for challenges involving Texas death row inmates, North Carolina political districts and high-tech giant Microsoft. On Tuesday, ...Read more

Trump vows to bring back prosperity to American workers

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MONESSEN, Pa. -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump came to Monessen on Tuesday afternoon, promising not just to make America first, but to make it the last word in prosperity. "America" also appeared in many of the words in between.

American workers, American energy, American prosperity -- all could be re-energized, he ...Read more

Supreme Court to hear case of disabled Michigan girl and her dog

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will consider the case of a 12-year-old Jackson, Mich., girl with cerebral palsy and a goldendoodle named Wonder, deciding whether Ehlena Fry's family can sue for damages from a school district that balked at the service dog's presence in the classroom.

Stacy and Brent Fry brought the case...Read more

'A Child's First Book of Trump' is sporadically funny

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I'm guessing that your first question about this timely Trump satire is will it make a good birthday, hostess or thank-you gift for that hard-to-buy-for liberal in your life?

The short answer is yes, in a pinch. Both author Michael Ian Black and illustrator Marc Rosenthal offer flashes of fun in this satirical picture book for adults, and the ...Read more

Supreme Court ruling is likely to change the landscape of 'abortion desert'

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HOUSTON -- Texas abortion clinics at risk of being closed by a restrictive state law will remain open and some of those shuttered will probably be able to reopen in the wake of a landmark Supreme Court ruling Monday that could block similar laws in other states across the so-called abortion desert of the South and Midwest.

Opponents of abortion...Read more

Rep. Williams, a car dealer who helped car dealers, faces ethics review

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WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee disclosed Monday it is reviewing a complaint against Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas.

Although the panel did not reveal the details, in November the Campaign Legal Center announced it was filing a complaint against Williams, who owns a car dealership outside Fort Worth, accusing him of a conflict of ...Read more

Trump campaign reaches out to pastors after Supreme Court's abortion ruling

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump campaign reached out directly to Christian leaders in the aftermath the Supreme Court's overturning of Texas abortion laws on Monday, while deciding against releasing official statements or social media postings.

Earlier Monday, the campaign engaged its recently appointed Executive Evangelical Advisory Board about the ...Read more

House Ethics Committee extends inquiry into Texas Rep. Williams

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WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee announced it would extend its look into a matter regarding Rep. Roger Williams, R-Texas.

"The Committee notes that the mere fact of a referral or an extension, and the mandatory disclosure of such an extension and the name of the subject of the matter, does not itself indicate that any violation has ...Read more

Texas' limits on abortion clinics struck down by Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court struck down a Texas law Monday that was blamed for the closing of 3 out of 4 abortion clinics in the state.

The decision sends a warning shot to other conservative states that cite medical safety issues in applying new restrictions on abortion clinics.

The 5-3 ruling capped the court's term and marked the ...Read more

Supreme Court backs gun curbs in domestic violence case

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court backed the broad application of a federal law barring firearm possession by people convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence, ruling it could be used against two men convicted under a Maine law.

The justices voted 6-2 in the case, which drew attention in February when Justice Clarence Thomas asked questions...Read more

Donor promised to make Clinton 'look good' if he was appointed to intelligence board

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WASHINGTON -- A major Democratic donor personally lobbied then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's office for a seat on a sensitive government intelligence board, telling one of her closest aides that if appointed he would make Clinton "look good."

Rajiv Fernando acknowledged that he may not have had the experience to sit on a board that would...Read more

Wendy Davis celebrated Supreme Court abortion ruling with tears

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Wendy Davis, the former Fort Worth state senator whose nearly 13-hour 2013 filibuster of an anti-abortion law galvanized Democrats across the country, said she burst into tears Monday when she learned that the Supreme Court had struck down Texas abortion regulations.

"There was so much at stake," Davis told the Austin American-...Read more

Elizabeth Warren's takedown of Donald Trump earns Clinton's admiration

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CINCINNATI -- Elizabeth Warren may not end up being Hillary Clinton's running mate. But there's no question she's mastered one aspect of the job: attack dog.

Campaigning with the presumptive Democratic nominee for the first time here Monday, Warren spent nearly 15 minutes eviscerating Donald Trump as a "thin-skinned bully who's driven by greed ...Read more

Fort Worth a focal point of Texas abortion battles

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- Nowhere is more in the middle of America's melee over abortion than Tarrant County, where abortion clinics remained open throughout the latest Supreme Court challenge, and now will be allowed to stay in business.

It was a Mansfield woman, Kyleen Wright, who helped lead the grass-roots fight for part of the law. It was a ...Read more

Supreme Court overturns Robert McDonnell's bribery conviction

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday overturned the bribery conviction of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell, saying prosecutors did not prove he took significant official actions in exchange for the $175,000 in gifts and loans he received from a wealthy businessman.

The court's decision, by a unanimous vote, will likely make it harder ...Read more

Abortion rights advocates laud high court decision

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruling Monday that voided Texas requirements that abortion clinics meet certain safety standards and that providers be affiliated with nearby hospitals is reviving a fight over women's health that is reverberating on the campaign trail.

The 5-3 decision in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt re-focused attention ...Read more

Supreme Court rejects former Detroit mayor's appeal

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's appeal of a public corruption conviction, ending his bid to overturn a decision that sent him to prison for 28 years.

The court announced its decision not to review the case on its order list Monday without comment. The majority of cases petitioned ...Read more

Supreme Court overturns Texas abortion restrictions

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, in a victory for abortion-rights advocates, has limited the power of Texas and other states to restrict or effectively shut down clinics that offer the procedure.

The justices, by a 5-3 vote, said Monday that Texas lawmakers went too far by imposing unnecessary regulations that had forced most of the state's ...Read more