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In stunning attack, George W. Bush accuses Trump of promoting falsehoods and prejudice

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In an extraordinary -- albeit veiled -- attack, former President George W. Bush delivered a scathing assessment Thursday of President Donald Trump and his policies, suggesting he has promoted bigotry and falsehoods to the detriment of the country and its values.

Speaking at a policy seminar in New York, the nation's 43rd president never ...Read more

Congress isn't doing enough to help Puerto Rico, Rubio says

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WASHINGTON -- While lawmakers push for more federal disaster funding in their home states after Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and a spate of wildfires across the West caused billions in damage, hundreds of thousands of Puerto Ricans are still without power and running water, and they don't have a vote in Congress.

Their governor, Ricardo ...Read more

DeVos policy may discourage sexual-assault complaints, lawsuit says

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NEW YORK -- U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' guidance on how universities should handle student claims of sexual assault violates federal civil rights law and may discourage victims from filing complaints, a women's rights group said in a lawsuit.

The Department of Education's "Q and A on Campus Sexual Misconduct," issued in September as a...Read more

Russia-sponsored troll networks still operating, targeting America

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WASHINGTON -- The number of networks of Russian-sponsored trolls spreading propaganda to the United States and Europe may number in the hundreds, including the one team drawing wide attention for blitzing American social media outlets last year with divisive information in a bid to tip voter sympathies to Donald Trump, according to an Obama ...Read more

She was 92, stranded in Puerto Rico nursing home. Her rescue: an Uber sent from Miami

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MIAMI -- The good news out of San Juan came in a hurry for Natascha Otero-Santiago but it wouldn't last long: Her mother's 92-year-old friend, stranded on the fifth floor of a nursing home with no power, finally had a seat waiting for her on a private jet. It was leaving in 90 minutes.

Otero-Santiago, stuck in her office in Fort Lauderdale, had...Read more

Top Senate Republican urges only 'some' tax reform this year

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WASHINGTON -- Even though top Republicans insist they're aiming to overhaul the nation's tax code this year, Sen. Roy Blunt, an influential GOP leader, is suggesting a far less ambitious approach that would have only a handful of changes being enacted this year.

The broader rewrite of the tax code, he is telling both House conservatives and ...Read more

Gen. Kelly calls Rep. Wilson 'selfish' for listening on call to soldier's family

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WASHINGTON -- White House chief of staff John Kelly delivered a somber but passionate defense Thursday of Donald Trump's phone call to the family of Sgt. La David Johnson, a Florida resident who was killed during an Oct. 4 ambush in Niger.

For nearly 20 minutes, Kelly recalled how difficult it is for presidents to speak with the families of ...Read more

Insured losses top $1 billion in Northern California fires

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Deadly wildfires in Northern California have caused more than $1 billion in insured losses, according to California's insurance commissioner.

Preliminary loss figures released Thursday by State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones estimate total insured losses at $1.045 billion.

Those insurers also found that there were 4,177 partial residential ...Read more

Kelly, who lost son in combat, gives emotional defense of Trump's calls to military families

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WASHINGTON -- White House chief of staff John F. Kelly on Thursday gave an emotional defense of Trump's calls to the families of soldiers killed earlier this month in Niger, and assailed a Democratic congresswoman who was among the president's chief critics.

Kelly said he was "stunned" and "broken hearted" to see a member of Congress, Rep. ...Read more

Trump meets with Janet Yellen as decision on next Fed chair nears

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump met at the White House on Thursday with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as he neared a decision on who will lead the central bank after her first four-year term ends in February.

Yellen, 71, a Democrat nominated to the job by former President Barack Obama, is one of five candidates and was the last to ...Read more

Pentagon probing troubling questions after deadly Niger ambush

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WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, troubled by a lack of information two weeks after an ambush on a special operations patrol in Niger left four U.S. soldiers dead, is demanding a timeline of what is known about the attack, as a team of investigators sent to West Africa begins its work.

The growing list of unanswered questions and...Read more

Shouts of 'Go home, Spencer' greet white nationalist at Florida speech

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- A public appearance by white nationalist Richard Spencer began tensely, but mostly peacefully, at the University of Florida on Thursday as police, protesters and white nationalists gathered for a planned speech that prompted Florida's governor to declare a state of emergency.

But inside the Phillips Center for the ...Read more

Senate Democrats fail in first attempt to save state and local tax deduction

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WASHINGTON --Senate Democrats on Thursday failed in their first attempt to save the state and local tax deduction, which helps many residents of high-cost states reduce their federal income tax bills.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 52-47 to reject an amendment that would have prevented the Senate from considering any bill that repeals ...Read more

Tracking down 'most wanted' insurance fraud suspects

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WASHINGTON -- Just a day after Leandre Garner took out insurance for his 2007 Chrysler 300, he filed a claim, saying the car had been damaged in a parking lot and needed more than $4,000 in repairs. But insurance investigators figured out that his car already was damaged, and in 2013 authorities charged the Tacoma, Wash-area man with filing a ...Read more

Trump administration tries to block abortion for pregnant undocumented immigrant

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WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for the Trump administration have asked a court for an emergency order allowing officials to block a pregnant 17-year-old immigrant in federal custody from having an abortion.

Thursday morning, the federal appeals court in Washington announced it would hold a hearing in the case on Friday.

The woman, known in court as ...Read more

Bail set at $2M for suspect in Maryland, Delaware shootings

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BALTIMORE -- The man suspected of carrying out shootings in two states that killed three in Maryland and injured three others is being held in Delaware on more than $2 million bail.

Radee L. Prince, 37, faces a range of charges -- including first-degree murder -- in Harford County, where the first shooting occurred, and in Wilmington, Del., ...Read more

George W. Bush delivers scathing rebuke of Trump presidency

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WASHINGTON -- Former President George W. Bush on Thursday delivered a scathing warning about Donald Trump, saying his "America first" philosophy portends a dangerous inward turn that is eroding democracy at home and threatening stability around the world.

"The health of the democratic spirit is at issue," the 43rd president said during a speech...Read more

University of Florida and local authorities brace for speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Police and protesters swarmed the University of Florida on Thursday as the campus braced for a speech by white nationalist Richard Spencer, whose planned appearance led Florida's governor to declare a state of emergency for the area.

Spencer, whose last major public appearance with other white nationalists ended with a riot...Read more

Cass R. Sunstein: Trump and Marxist strategies for disruption

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Karl Marx and his followers argued that revolutionaries should disrupt capitalist societies by "heightening the contradictions." Russia used a version of that Marxist idea in its efforts to disrupt the 2016 presidential campaign. It should come as no surprise that the most powerful nation from the former Soviet Union, whose leaders were schooled...Read more

Northern California fires are mostly contained. Next step: cleaning up

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As crews gain increasing control of Northern California's massive wildfires, firefighters from around the state are starting to return while some evacuees are just now digging through what's left of their neighborhoods.

Most mandatory evacuations throughout the region have been lifted, but about 22,000 people in Sonoma County were still ...Read more