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Scalise to begin rehab for gunshot wound

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WASHINGTON -- House Majority Whip Steve Scalise is set to begin "intensive inpatient rehabilitation" six weeks after he was shot in the hip during a congressional baseball practice in Virginia.

Scalise was discharged from MedStar Washington Hospital Center Tuesday after sustaining a life-threatening single rifle shot to the left hip, according ...Read more

Trump pressures Sessions to replace the acting FBI director

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump ratcheted up pressure on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire the acting FBI director, who has been a periodic target of conservative attacks.

In two tweets Wednesday morning, Trump criticized Sessions for not replacing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, whose wife ran for office in Virginia as a Democrat ...Read more

Trump announces transgender troops not allowed

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that the U.S. military would not allow transgender troops to serve, citing the "tremendous medical costs and disruption."

In a series of tweets, Trump tweeted that the U.S. government "will not accept transgender individuals to serve in the military in any capacity."

The president said ...Read more

House to vote on CBO staff cuts

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WASHINGTON -- The House this week will vote on whether to eliminate the positions of 89 Congressional Budget Office employees in what will be its first vote under the so-called Holman rule that Republicans in the chamber reinstated on a trial basis earlier this year.

The Holman rule allows members to offer amendments to appropriations bills ...Read more

Rogue Australia state provides glimpse of life after Turnbull

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CANBERRA, Australia -- South Australia has always been a bit different: it's the driest state on the Earth's driest inhabited continent, the world's first place to let women stand for election and the nation's only settlement to exclude convicts.

Nowadays it's a testing ground for the opposition Labor party to show how it could govern if it ...Read more

Trump is losing on TV; Scaramucci plans to turn it around

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WASHINGTON -- Since Day One, Donald Trump's White House has failed where he once had his most success-- on television. Anthony Scaramucci intends to turn that around.

According to Republicans close to the White House, Scaramucci -- one of Trump's few regular on-air allies and now his communications director --will make booking members of ...Read more

Pasadena officer who investigated overdose was skeptical of USC med school dean's story, recording shows

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LOS ANGELES--The police officer who last year questioned the then-dean of University of Southern California's medical school about his role in the drug overdose of a young woman expressed skepticism at Dr. Carmen Puliafito's account, according to an audio recording that was made by the officer and released Tuesday.

Puliafito told the officer he...Read more

Backers of another shot at a 'Calexit' ballot measure can now gather signatures

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Supporters of a plan for California to become independent from the United States are now allowed to gather signatures for their ballot measure.

On Tuesday afternoon, Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office released an official title and summary for the initiative, now called the "California Autonomy From Federal ...Read more

Guantanamo got 50 days' notice of band's history at terror prison

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MIAMI -- The commander of the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo learned in advance that the band hired to entertain troops on the Fourth of July had a notorious link to his base's terror prison and went ahead for morale reasons to have Drowning Pool play as a prelude to a "heart-pounding fireworks" show.

Moreover, a statement issued on behalf of ...Read more

Analysis: At Trump rally, it was 2016 again

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, echoing his populist 2016 campaign, mixed the politics of fear and bold promises as he returned to the campaign trail Tuesday evening in Ohio.

As he delivered parts of his remarks in Youngstown, it well could have been July 2016 with then-Republican nominee Trump at the podium. The world is more unsafe than...Read more

Muslim mass prayers devolve into rock throwing amid anger over Israeli screening

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JERUSALEM -- Violent clashes broke out in Jerusalem's Old City on Tuesday evening as Muslim worshippers kept up mass demonstrations and refused to enter a sacred plaza outside a contested shrine, even after Israel removed the metal detectors that had sparked the unrest.

The move by Israel was a bid to defuse tensions that have sown a tide of ...Read more

'Goldwater Rule' gains renewed attention in Trump era

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Shortly after Barry Goldwater was named the Republican presidential nominee in 1964, Fact magazine published an article headlined, "1,189 Psychiatrists say Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit to be President!"

Goldwater sued the magazine for libel, and in 1973, the American Psychiatric Association implemented an ethics rule that prohibits ...Read more

House approval of Russia sanctions bill is a rebuke to Trump

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WASHINGTON -- The overwhelming vote Tuesday by the GOP-controlled House to impose new Russia sanctions sends a strong and defiant message to President Donald Trump -- all the more remarkable because it came from his own party.

The 419-3 vote not only bucked a tradition of leaving foreign policy matters to the president, it marked the most ...Read more

African-American voters worry Democrats will forget them

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BALTIMORE -- African-American activists are issuing a terse warning to the Democratic Party: Don't ignore us while pursuing the white working class voters who eluded the party in the 2016 elections.

That message came emphatically and clearly from attendees at the NAACP's annual convention here Wednesday, a day after congressional Democratic ...Read more

Trump says Apple has plans to build 3 US factories; Apple doesn't comment

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President Donald Trump said Apple Inc. has committed to build three "big" manufacturing plants in the U.S., a move that would represent a major change in strategy for the world's most valuable company and boost the White House's long-held promise to return overseas factory jobs to America.

Trump told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that ...Read more

Trump's lawyers claim a free-speech right to urge supporters to use 'reasonable force' to kick out protesters

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WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for President Donald Trump say he had a First Amendment right to urge his supporters to eject "disruptive protesters" from his campaign rallies, including the "right to use reasonable force" to remove those who are not welcome.

The legal claim came in an emergency motion asking a U.S. appeals court in Ohio to throw out a ...Read more

Criminal probe launched over $28 million 'forest' uniforms for Afghan troops

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WASHINGTON -- The top U.S. oversight official in Afghanistan said Tuesday he has launched a criminal probe into why the Pentagon may have wasted up to $28 million on pricey forest-camouflage uniforms for Afghan troops who operate in a largely desert environment.

"This ... procurement demonstrates what happens when people in the government don't...Read more

Storm clouds gather in Trump's Russian summer of discontent

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WASHINGTON -- The nation's capital hasn't seen a summer like this in at least a generation.

There's growing talk that President Donald Trump might try to pulls strings to remove Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether his campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election. Trump has publicly, and now daily, undercut his ...Read more

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Trump administration toughens policy against sanctuary cities

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration on Tuesday strengthened its crackdown on so-called sanctuary cities, announcing a new policy that says local governments will lose some federal grants if they do not honor federal requests to detain illegal immigrants and allow immigration ...Read more

Appeals court upholds judge's decision not to dismiss lawsuit against Ferguson police

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ST. LOUIS -- An appeals court on Tuesday upheld a federal judge here who refused to dismiss a lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Mo., and police related to the 2014 fatal shooting of Michael Brown.

The lawsuit, filed in 2015 by Brown's friend Dorian Johnson, has been on hold pending the outcome of the appeal. Johnson sued Ferguson, former ...Read more

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