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How to squeeze all those Democrats on the debate stage

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With virtually the entire adult U.S. population seeking the Democratic presidential nomination -- or so it seems -- the party faces some knotty questions.

Is anyone left to vote for somebody besides him- or herself? Can all those people squeeze onto a single debate stage? How does that Buttigieg guy pronounce his name, anyway?

The debate ...Read more

Emergency border funds face delays as money and time run short

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WASHINGTON -- Swift passage of billions of dollars in emergency aid to help care for tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants, many of them children, was in doubt Monday night as House Democrats were facing a possible revolt and a lone Republican senator was holding up action across the Capitol.

Members of the Congressional Progressive ...Read more

Carnival passengers hospitalized after tour bus crash in Bahamas

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MIAMI -- Four people injured in a Carnival Cruise Line Bahamas shore excursion single bus crash were airlifted to hospitals in Nassau and Fort Lauderdale, the cruise line said Monday night.

An email from Carnival also said one of the injured went to Nassau and three went to Fort Lauderdale, which also admitted an accompanying relative of one of...Read more

White House rejects House panel's request for Conway's testimony

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WASHINGTON -- The White House on Monday evening told the chairman of a House committee that Kellyanne Conway, a top aide to President Donald Trump, would not testify before the panel.

Last week, a government watchdog recommended that Conway be "removed from federal service" for disparaging Democratic presidential candidates in her official ...Read more

In addition to mail, Baltimore postman delivered marijuana on his route

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BALTIMORE -- A man pleaded guilty Monday to his role in a drug-dealing operation that involved paying a U.S. Postal Service driver in drugs and cash in exchange for delivering over 100 kilograms of marijuana while on his mail route in Baltimore.

Michael Gray faces up to 20 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to ...Read more

China presses Trump to compromise on trade war demands ahead of key meeting

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BEIJING -- Chinese officials on Monday demanded compromise from the Trump administration, with hopes for an end to a bruising trade war resting on a key meeting this week with China's Xi Jinping.

China's vice minister of commerce, Wang Shouwen, told journalists Monday that compromise had to come from both sides.

"Both sides must make ...Read more

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Chicago police release hundreds of videos, documents on Jussie Smollett investigation

CHICAGO -- On the night Jussie Smollett reported being the victim of a vicious hate crime, he stepped forward to greet police officers wearing a powerful symbol of the attack he said he suffered: a thin white rope looped around his neck, braided into a tangled...Read more

Trump plans to meet with Xi, Putin and Erdogan this week at G-20

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will meet with China's Xi Jinping, Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan while attending the Group of 20 summit later this week in Japan, White House officials confirmed Monday.

Trump also plans to meet with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about regional stability, an ...Read more

Trump official says US is running out of money to shelter migrant kids

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government may run out of money in July to shelter migrant children apprehended as they cross the southern border with Mexico, said Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.

"We are full," he told reporters after a meeting at the White House on Monday. "We do not have capacity for more of these unaccompanied children...Read more

Jury recommends death for man convicted in McStay family murders

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LOS ANGELES -- A jury Monday recommended death for a man convicted of killing Joseph and Summer McStay and their two children before burying their bodies in the Mojave Desert.

Jurors deliberated for several hours over three days before reaching a verdict in the penalty phase of the five-month trial of Charles "Chase" Merritt.

The same panel ...Read more

Democrat Sara Gideon is challenging Maine's Susan Collins

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WASHINGTON -- Maine state House Speaker Sara Gideon is running against Sen. Susan Collins, one of Senate Republicans' most vulnerable incumbents in 2020.

The Democrat, who had long been expected to run but was waiting until the end of the legislative session, announced her candidacy in a video Monday.

"Susan Collins has been in the Senate for ...Read more

How will Turkey's authoritarian president react to opposition's big win in Istanbul?

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ISTANBUL -- First, democracy watchers in Turkey cheered. Now, they're holding their collective breath.

In the country's largest city, Istanbul, all-night, car-honking revelry took place after an opposition candidate won Sunday's closely watched mayoral election in a landslide.

The result, ratified Monday, marked the most humiliating setback in...Read more

US sees Russia, China an Iran trying to influence 2020 elections

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WASHINGTON -- A Trump administration official said that Russia, China and Iran are trying to manipulate U.S. public opinion ahead of the 2020 elections but that none has successfully corrupted physical election infrastructure, which remains a potential target for state and nonstate actors.

China has primarily used conventional media outlets to ...Read more

Bill Cosby's wife hasn't visited him in prison — and that's how he wants it

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Bill Cosby's wife, Camille, and their children haven't yet visited him in prison, where he's been since late September. But they're not shunning him.

The disgraced comic simply doesn't want his family to see him as a prisoner, his spokesman says.

"He feels that when he left home, he left home the day of the sentencing as Bill Cosby, not as ...Read more

Democrats' presidential hopefuls jockey to outdo one another with pre-debate promises

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WASHINGTON -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders burnished his socialist bona fides -- and sought to one-up progressive rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts -- with a $1.6 trillion plan to pay off all the country's college debt, an idea that could be more of a boon to the rich than the poor. Joe Biden, the former vice president and leader in ...Read more

Kim sent birthday greetings in 'very friendly letter,' Trump says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Monday he received birthday wishes in "a very friendly letter" from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The president provided no other details when he mentioned the correspondence after a reporter asked him about North Korea during a question-and-answer session at the White House.

Trump celebrated his ...Read more

Sen. Chuck Schumer wants Senate to vote on Iran, after the Democratic debates

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer wants senators to vote on restricting the ability of the Trump administration to go to war with Iran, but he suggested Monday that vote should not take place until after this week's Democratic presidential debates.

"One of the best ways to avoid bumbling into a war is to have a robust, ...Read more

Presidential candidates start arriving in Florida for debate week

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Jay Inslee, who is making climate change the centerpiece of his presidential campaign, made the traditional pilgrimage Monday for candidates seeking to show their support for the environment in Florida: an airboat tour of the Everglades in western Broward County.

Inslee's visit -- the kind of appearance that produces ...Read more

Former Chicago alderman gets year in prison for misusing ward charitable fund

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CHICAGO -- Another convicted Chicago alderman is headed to prison.

Former Alderman Willie Cochran was sentenced to one year in prison Monday by U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso for using a ward charity fund like his personal piggy bank, including paying for gambling trips, fancy meals and accessories for his Mercedes-Benz.

After court, a ...Read more

Supreme Court to decide whether Congress can use riders to defund laws

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will delve into how much power members of Congress wield when they insert riders on appropriations bills, in a trio of cases that deals with $12 billion in payments to insurers related to the 2010 health care law's exchanges.

The justices agreed Monday to decide whether lawmakers can essentially repeal a previous...Read more


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