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Obama separated families at the border, too

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama separated parents from their children at the border.

Obama prosecuted mothers for coming to the United States illegally. He fast tracked deportations. And yes, he housed unaccompanied children in tent cities.

For much of the country -- and President Donald Trump -- the prevailing belief is that Obama was ...Read more

'White civil rights' rally marking Charlottesville anniversary set to be held next to White House

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Less than a year after deadly clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., the main organizer has gained federal approval for another demonstration -- across the street from the White House.

The National Park Service announced Wednesday it had approved the "white civil rights" rally for Lafayette Square the weekend of Aug. 11-...Read more

Jared Golden wins Democratic nod to take on Bruce Poliquin

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WASHINGTON -- More than a week after voters went to the polls, the Maine secretary of state on Wednesday night declared state House Assistant Majority Leader Jared Golden the winner of the Democratic nomination in the 2nd District.

Golden will now challenge two-term Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in November in a traditionally Democratic ...Read more

Trump administration and California clash in court over state's 'sanctuary' law

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--Trump administration lawyers and California's attorney general jousted in a Sacramento courtroom Wednesday over a trio of laws designed to limit the state's involvement in enforcing federal immigration policy.

The hearing before U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez is not expected to yield a decision. Even then, it will ...Read more

Painful scenes of child separations force a rare retreat from the White House

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WASHINGTON -- A 2-year-old girl, with red sneakers and dark hair, crying as a U.S. Border Patrol agent searches her mother. Boys filing along white tents against a desolate desert backdrop. Toddlers screaming for their parents in a detention center in South Texas.

As wrenching scenes of the more than 2,300 immigrant children pulled apart from ...Read more

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Poll: Kim Jong Un looks stronger than Trump after summit

WASHINGTON -- Kim Jong Un appears stronger than President Donald Trump in the wake of their historic summit, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll.

Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed a week after the meeting said Kim is a strong leader, up from roughly half in April.

Just 51 percent...Read more

Trump is said to be planning meeting with Putin in Europe in July

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is planning to meet with Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, during Trump's visit to Europe next month, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Two possibilities for the meeting are either before the NATO summit in Brussels on July 11 or after Trump's visit to Britain on July 13, one of the ...Read more

Feds block states from developing on land that could belong to frogs

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WASHINGTON -- Few people have glimpsed a dusky gopher frog or heard its loud, guttural, snorelike croak.

If you held one in the palm of your hand, it likely would cover its eyes with its forefeet and ooze a bitter white substance from the dark warts on its back.

The defense mechanism is not enough to ensure the frog's survival.

Once widely ...Read more

The public widely rejected Trump's family separation policy, polls found

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WASHINGTON -- Several polls taken in recent weeks have found widespread public rejection of the Trump administration's now-abandoned policy of separating children from parents when families are caught crossing the border illegally.

But at least one survey found that President Donald Trump's core supporters -- those who voted for him during the ...Read more

Americans who suffered severe neurological disorders in Cuba hire a lawyer

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MIAMI -- Several U.S victims of alleged "health attacks" in Cuba have hired a lawyer out of concern over how the U.S. government will handle their long-term medical treatment.

"That's not at all clear," said lawyer Mark Zaid, who represents eight of the at least 24 U.S. diplomats, intelligence officers and relatives affected by the incidents in...Read more

New Panama Papers leak shows US oddly inactive

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WASHINGTON -- A new leak of data from the beleaguered law firm Mossack Fonseca shows it scrambling to contain the crisis triggered by the April 2016 leak of the Panama Papers and attempting to field demands for information from authorities in numerous countries -- with the glaring exception of the United States.

The publication more than two ...Read more

Trump's immigration order replaces one crisis with another

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's immigration executive order attempts to solve one contentious action -- the separation of families -- but will bring back another -- locking them up together indefinitely.

The order, which Trump signed Wednesday, directs the Department of Homeland Security to keep families intact when they are caught ...Read more

Hundreds of imprisoned immigrants can't see lawyers, ACLU says

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LOS ANGELES -- A group of lawyers sued the U.S. government to allow them access to hundreds of immigrants who were transferred to a federal prison in California recently and who are being held "incommunicado."

The federal government has said it wants to house about 1,000 detained immigrants in Victorville as part of its "zero tolerance" policy ...Read more

Mulvaney has CFPB advice for Warren: Anyone's better than me

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WASHINGTON -- Mick Mulvaney is using a curious tactic to encourage Sen. Elizabeth Warren to drop her opposition to the Trump administration's pick to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

"Anybody has to be better than me," Mulvaney, who has been leading the financial regulator part-time on an acting basis since November, said Wednesday...Read more

Air Force says planning for Space Force will be 'thorough' and 'deliberate'

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Planning to establish a new, separate U.S. Space Force, as directed by President Donald Trump earlier this week, is not expected to be a speedy process, Air Force officials say.

A letter to airmen signed by Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth Wright said ...Read more

Ex-soldier who shot up Afghan village may seek clemency from president, lawyer says

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WASHINGTON--Robert Bales, the former Army staff sergeant who killed 16 Afghan civilians, including seven children, will likely ask the president to commute his life sentence once he exhausts his legal appeals for one of the nation's most notorious war crimes.

Bales' attorney, John Maher of Chicago, said earlier this month that if he runs out of...Read more

Vulnerable Republicans ready to work with Democrats if immigration votes fail

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WASHINGTON -- If House votes on immigration fail Thursday -- which lawmakers said is a real possibility -- vulnerable Republicans are ready to defy their party establishment and work with Democrats to revive the effort.

Votes on two Republican-authored immigration bills are expected late Thursday. One is a compromise pushed by GOP leaders. The ...Read more

In a first, LAPD voluntarily releases body camera video of suspect who died in custody

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LOS ANGELES--Los Angeles police Wednesday released body camera video and other recordings related to the death of a suspected prowler who clashed with officers in South L.A. last month, marking the first time the department has released such materials under a new policy approved by the Police Commission earlier this year.

For years, the ...Read more

Trump orders end to his family-separation policy amid national furor

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WASHINGTON -- In a rare retreat amid continued outrage about his "zero tolerance" policy at the southern border, President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end the separation of immigrant families.

His directive was expected to keep families together but in indefinite detention. That likely would open a new legal battle, ...Read more

Voter interest in the midterm elections stands at a historic high with a singular focus: Trump

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WASHINGTON -- With about 4 1/2 months to go until a midterm election that will determine whether Democrats gain power to check President Donald Trump, voter interest in the contest has reached historic highs, with far more intense focus than usual on one subject: the president.

Midterm elections often act as a referendum on whoever occupies the...Read more