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Warren's 'economic crash' call spotlights Democrats' line of attack on Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren highlighted burgeoning debt levels and recent declines in manufacturing as factors making the U.S. economy vulnerable to a downturn, previewing a line of attack Donald Trump's opponents will use to pierce the aura of a record-long expansion and half-century low in unemployment.

In a...Read more

Democrats will force a House vote on TPS for Venezuelans. They'll need GOP support

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WASHINGTON -- An urgent push by Democrats to pass a measure in Congress that would give Venezuelans temporary legal status in the U.S. is running up against the clock, with the House of Representatives set to go into summer recess Friday.

To get the measure to a vote, House Democrats are suspending the rules so they can quickly take up a bill ...Read more

Will Mueller's testimony spark new impeachment talk?

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats who back opening an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump are hoping former special counsel Robert Mueller's appearance Wednesday before two House committees gives the effort a pivotal boost.

Despite a House vote last week to reject opening impeachment proceedings -- a vote widely dismissed as having nothing...Read more

'I feel indignation, pure indignation': Thousands of Puerto Ricans protest governor

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Tens of thousands of demonstrators descended on Puerto Rico's capital Monday for what was expected to swell into the biggest protest in more than a week of public calls for Gov. Ricardo Rossello's resignation.

Laura Rodriguez, a music teacher from Caguas who arrived in San Juan around dawn, said she was incensed that ...Read more

FBI raids LA City Hall, Department of Water and Power

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LOS ANGELES -- The FBI conducted a search of the downtown headquarters of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and City Hall, officials said Monday.

"There is a search taking place at the DWP building. The affidavit in support of the search warrant is under seal by the court," said Rukelt Dalberis, an FBI spokesman in Los Angeles. Law ...Read more

Wendy Davis launches bid to unseat Chip Roy

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Former Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis announced Monday she is running for the U.S. House, mounting the first significant challenge to freshman U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, a Republican from Hays County, in a district being aggressively eyed by national Democrats.

"I'm running for Congress because people's voices ...Read more

Trump administration to expand quick deportations anywhere in US

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WASHINGTON -- Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers will be able to more quickly arrest and deport undocumented immigrants anywhere in the United States without going before an immigration judge under a new policy released by the Trump administration Monday.

The move aggressively expands a process known as "expedited removal" -- quick ...Read more

Al Franken tells New Yorker he regrets resigning from Senate

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Sen. Al Franken, who resigned in late 2017 after multiple women accused him of unwanted touching or kissing, received a measure of redemption Monday with the release of a lengthy article in The New Yorker that questions the severity and circumstances of the allegations.

Seven current and former senators told reporter Jane ...Read more

House Democrats and Trump administration close to deal on debt ceiling

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WASHINGTON -- White House officials and congressional leaders are in the final stages of negotiating a deal to lift the nation's debt limit and permanently end substantial annual spending cuts mandated under a 2011 budget law, a potentially hefty agreement they hope to enact before the end of the month.

The deal, if it moves forward, would ...Read more

California seizes $30 million in black market cannabis from illegal pot shops

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California authorities have tripled the number of raids on unlicensed cannabis shops in the last year and seized $30 million in pot products, but legal industry leaders say enforcement is still inadequate to break the dominance of the black market in the state.

In 2018, the first year of licensing, the state Bureau of ...Read more

Trump Doral golf resort didn't get strippers, but it may get world leaders

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MIAMI -- World leaders could be coming to President Donald Trump's Doral golf resort.

According to an exclusive report from Axios, the 800-acre golf club west of Miami International Airport is a finalist to host the G-7 summit, where leaders of the world's most powerful economies will gather.

The White House declined to comment.

Earlier this ...Read more

Drug price transparency prompts fight among Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- A dispute among Democrats over competing drug price transparency bills is complicating an issue that should have been one of the least controversial parts of the congressional effort to lower health care costs.

Two panels that oversee health care issues each approved measures this year to require drug companies to reveal ...Read more

Facebook is big winner in Democrats' 2020 presidential debates

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WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee's debate-qualification rules are driving a social media spending frenzy.

But as the 2020 presidential campaigns spend millions to secure donors and push up polling numbers to win coveted debate slots, they're also discovering that the economics of online advertising can be confusing -- and ...Read more

Republican group apologizes for mocking congresswomen as 'Jihad Squad'

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WASHINGTON -- Republican Party leaders in Illinois apologized over the weekend for a Facebook post that smeared the four congresswomen at the center of the President Donald Trump's recent verbal attacks as the "Jihad Squad."

An image shared by the Republican County Chairmen's Association of Illinois Friday depicts the first-term lawmakers, all ...Read more

Negotiators close to two-year spending, debt limit accord

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders and the Trump administration are closing out talks on a two-year spending caps agreement that would suspend the debt limit until July 31, 2021.

The agreement is not yet finalized as negotiators were still working on some "technical language" issues, according to a source familiar with the talks.

But the "...Read more

Iran says it arrested 17 CIA spies, sentencing some to death

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TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran claimed Monday that it had smashed a CIA spy ring on its soil, saying some of the 17 Iranian nationals netted by authorities had already been sentenced to death.

U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, in an interview with Fox News, dismissed the claims, insisting that "the Iranian regime has a long history of lying."

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Democrats hope Mueller's testimony will boost support for impeachment

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WASHINGTON -- House Democrats hope to boost public support for impeaching President Donald Trump when former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III testifies to Congress for the first time Wednesday about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and alleged obstruction of justice.

Mueller has warned he doesn't intend to ...Read more

Indian Americans, a rising political force, give $3 million to 2020 presidential campaigns

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Indian Americans are a sliver of the nation's population but a growing political force. They have contributed more than $3 million to 2020 presidential campaigns -- more than the coveted donors of Hollywood.

On the Democratic side, they are largely split among three candidates who have ties to their community: Sen. Kamala Harris of California, ...Read more

Puerto Rico governor says he will not seek reelection but does not resign

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Puerto Rico's embattled governor -- who had gone almost entirely silent in the days since thousands of protesters began demanding his resignation -- dug in his heels Sunday, refusing to step down.

But in a four-minute speech, streamed live on Facebook, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said that he would not seek reelection in 2020...Read more

Puerto Rico governor, under fire, says he won't run again

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Embattled Puerto Rico governor Ricardo Rossello said Sunday he will finish out his current term, but is withdrawing his name from the ballot for the island's 2020 election.

He also said he welcomes the "process started by the Puerto Rico legislative assembly," as calls for his resignation continue to rage on the island....Read more