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Ramesh Ponnuru: Maybe Trump isn't a strongman at all

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By this point in his presidency, George W. Bush had announced the outline of a tax plan that, with modifications, he would sign into law a few months later. Barack Obama had signed the stimulus, a bill to expand the children's health-care program, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

President Donald Trump is having a slower start. He has not ...Read more

SpaceX Dragon capsule aborts attempt to dock at International Space Station

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ASpaceX capsule carrying more than 5,000 pounds of cargo aborted its attempt to dock at the International Space Station early Wednesday because of an "easily correctable" GPS error, officials said. It is scheduled to try again Thursday.

This was not the mission's first small delay. SpaceX scuttled its planned launch Saturday because of a ...Read more

Ellison gets unlikely boost from Trump in DNC chair race

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Keith Ellison picked up a semi-endorsement from an expected -- and potentially unwelcome -- source Wednesday morning in his bid to become Democratic National Committee chair: Donald Trump.

With DNC members set to vote on a new leader in just three days, the Republican president, apparently while watching morning cable news ...Read more

Found: 7 rocky Earth-sized planets in orbit around a nearby star

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Astronomers using powerful space telescopes and ground-based observatories have discovered seven Earth-sized planets in orbit around a star just 39 light-years away. Several of these exoplanets are in the habitable zone, where water could exist in liquid form.

The TRAPPIST-1 planetary system, described Wednesday in the journal Nature, marks the...Read more

With growth of the gig economy, states rethink how workers get benefits

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WASHINGTON -- As more and more Americans hold nontraditional jobs that don't have benefits attached -- think freelance graphic designers or Uber drivers -- cities and states are exploring ways to ensure those workers still have access to workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, and other support such as help paying for health insurance.

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Thousands flee rising floodwaters in San Jose as mandatory evacuation orders are widened

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SAN FRANCISCO -- San Jose was hit by what officials described as the worst flooding in 100 years as the Coyote Creek, which runs through the heart of Silicon Valley, overflowed, inundating neighborhoods and forcing thousands to evacuate.

The evacuations covered a large swath of central San Jose and involved an area where an estimated 14,000 ...Read more

Georgia Democrat picks up progressive endorsement

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WASHINGTON -- End Citizens United, a liberal PAC, is throwing its weight behind Democrat Jon Ossoff in the race to replace Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price in Georgia's 6th District.

The endorsement is the latest sign that Democrats want to make a play for this district, which President Donald Trump carried by less than 2 points, ...Read more

Supreme Court rejects use of 'racial stereotypes' in death penalty cases

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court rejected the use of "racial stereotypes" in death penalty cases Wednesday, reopening the case of a black man in Texas who was sentenced to die after his jury was told African-Americans are more likely than whites to commit crimes.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said this testimony had no place in a sentencing ...Read more

Trump's plan to compete jets 'doesn't make sense,' lawmaker says

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump wants Boeing's Super Hornet fighter to compete against Lockheed Martin's next generation F-35 jet. But that idea "doesn't make sense" to a key Republican lawmaker who would need to approve big changes in defense spending.

Boeing Co.'s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin Corp.'s stealthy F-35 are vastly ...Read more

Supreme Court orders review of Michigan service dog case

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WASHINGTON -- Wonder the goldendoodle will get another shot in court.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals should reconsider whether Ehlena Fry and her family can sue a Jackson County school district for its decision years ago to tell Ehlena, who has cerebral palsy, that she couldn't ...Read more

Miami-Dade mayor says of sanctuary change: 'I did a lot less than you thought I did'

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MIAMI -- Before a national television audience, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez minimized reversing county policy for extending the detentions of county inmates sought for deportation by federal authorities.

During a brief appearance on a Fox News town hall in Ponte Vedra on immigration under President Donald Trump, Gimenez defended his ...Read more

Kansas House overrides Brownback veto of tax bill

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Kansas House succeeded Wednesday morning in overriding Gov. Sam Brownback's veto of a tax plan that he's dubbed the largest tax increase in Kansas history.

The House narrowly won a veto-proof majority, with 85 votes to 40.

That came after two Republican lawmakers decided at the last minute to change their votes before the ...Read more

House Democrats look beyond DNC chairman race

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats have little sway over who the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee will be. But the eventual winner -- to be elected by DNC members this weekend in Atlanta -- may play an important role in shaping the direction of a party that desperately needs help articulating its message and organizing ahead...Read more

Black History Month: Librarian of Congress on her trailblazing role

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WASHINGTON -- The first African-American and first woman to hold the position of librarian of Congress says she is partly in her role thanks to the inspiration of Frederick Douglass. Carla Hayden, who was sworn in last year, discusses with Roll Call the significance of Black History Month, her own place in it and how African-American culture and...Read more

Trump's immigration crackdown likely to bring lawsuit flood

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump's plan to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants is likely to trigger waves of lawsuits that may soon dwarf the legal fight over the administration's temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim majority countries.

The Department of Homeland Security is pushing ahead with what the American ...Read more

Tennessee, Texas stand out for strengthened Hill sway

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WASHINGTON -- No state in this decade has seen a more meaningful boost than Tennessee in institutionalized congressional influence.

Only eight states, all with much bigger delegations because they're much more populous, have more overt sway at the Capitol this year. That is one of several notable findings from the new Roll Call Clout Index, ...Read more

Take Five: Sen. John Kennedy

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WASHINGTON -- Freshman Republican Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana, 65, shares his thoughts on Congress so far, why he chose not to continue teaching law school, and what he eats when his wife isn't in D.C.

Q: In your first couple of months here, what have you discovered about the Senate that you didn't know before?

A: I think I knew all this ...Read more

Poll: More than half think Trump acted unethically or illegally in business conflicts

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WASHINGTON -- More than half of voters believe Donald Trump has done something illegal or unethical as he faces potential conflicts of interest by continuing to own his businesses while serving as president, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.

Even more voters -- nearly six in 10 -- say Trump's conduct as president makes them feel ...Read more

Use of ruses by immigration agents is under fire in LA and around the nation

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LOS ANGELES -- During a nationwide operation this month by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a team of ICE agents in Los Angeles approached the house of a man targeted for deportation.

"Good morning, police," one agent announced in the predawn darkness.

A man opened the door moments later.

"Good morning. How you doing? I'm a police officer...Read more

Door closes on Obama administration's open data efforts

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WASHINGTON -- If you wanted to know who visited the White House, how much the president's secretary is paid, or which state has the most federally funded teaching positions, the information was just a few clicks away. With a bit more technical knowledge, you could explore public data sets to analyze the president's budget, or look for trends in ...Read more