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Jonathan Bernstein: The dangers of a weak president

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As the first month has passed of Donald Trump's presidency with little sign of success, and some question about whether he's even up to trying to turn his campaign platform into a real legislative agenda, it's occurring to more and more people that what we're looking at is someone on the road to being a very weak president.

Because Trump tends ...Read more

Homeland Security tried to downplay raids as routine. Now Trump says they're unprecedented

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WASHINGTON -- After nationwide immigration raids this month in which more than 680 people were arrested, the Department of Homeland Security issued a nothing-to-see-here statement downplaying the sweeps as anything out of the ordinary.

"ICE conducts these kind of targeted enforcement operations regularly and has for many years," the agency said...Read more

DeMint to Republicans: Don't go soft

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OXON HILL, Md. -- Former South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint on Thursday warned congressional Republicans to keep their pledges to enact a conservative agenda, despite mounting political pressure some are already facing over issues like repealing the Affordable Care Act.

"Fellow conservatives, this is our time," said DeMint, who is now the president...Read more

Kellyanne Conway breaks silence, advises less time on Twitter

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WASHINGTON -- Kellyanne Conway, once President Donald Trump's most visible proponent, broke her weeklong silence Thursday by telling a friendly crowd they should spend less time on Twitter.

Notably, her boss did just that before her appearance at the Conservative Political Action Caucus (CPAC), a rare instance when the president held his fire ...Read more

Democrats hope Trump backlash begins in this ruby-red House seat

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Jon Ossoff told about 150 of his supporters Wednesday night that they had a chance to start the electoral backlash to President Donald Trump.

Most of them hardly needed convincing from this Democratic congressional candidate -- even if they live in the heart of a longtime Republican stronghold.

"This is the first chance ...Read more

FBI investigating reported death threats against Muslims by NC conservative activists

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The FBI's Charlotte office is investigating reported threats against Muslims made at a meeting of conservative activists in Kernersville, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday.

"My only recommendation is to start killing the hell out of them," one participant said, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, based ...Read more

White nationalist leader booted from Conservative Political Action Conference

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One of America's most prominent white nationalists, Richard Spencer, was kicked out of the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday after conference organizers gave him credentials to attend and then wavered on whether to let him stay.

Spencer, who coined the term "alternative right" to describe his far-right views on separating the...Read more

SpaceX Dragon capsule delivers supplies to International Space Station

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SpaceX's Dragon capsule successfully attached to the International Space Station early Thursday, a day after aborting its first attempt.

NASA confirmed on its TV service that the capsule, carrying nearly 5,500 pounds of supplies and research materials, was "captured" by astronauts operating the station's robotic arm at 5:44 a.m. EST.

SpaceX, ...Read more

In Guatemala, Trump's homeland security chief contradicts new immigration directives

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MEXICO CITY -- During a visit to Guatemala, Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly contradicted deportation plans made public by the Trump administration just a day earlier.

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday after meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, Kelly said his agency would return deportees "to their home country as ...Read more

Ivanka Trump is pushing her $500 billion child care plan on Hill

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WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump has urged lawmakers writing a tax overhaul to include a deduction for child care expenses, but with a price tag of as much as $500 billion over a decade she may have trouble finding support in Congress.

Members of the House and Senate met with the president's eldest daughter in the Roosevelt Room at the White House ...Read more

Trump administration wants tax reform done by August, Mnuchin says

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration wants to overhaul the tax code by August, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday, laying out an aggressive timetable in his first significant public comments since taking office last week.

"Our economic agenda, the No. 1 issue is growth, and the first most important thing that will impact growth ...Read more

Dennis Hastert victim again argues for rest of hush money in court filing

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CHICAGO -- One of former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert's sexual abuse victims argues he kept his end of the bargain to remain silent about decades-old misconduct in exchange for $3.5 million, and it was the disgraced politician who first disclosed the existence of their secret pact.

In the latest filing in the man's breach-of-contract ...Read more

Ivanka Trump is pushing her $500 billion child care plan on Hill

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WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump has urged lawmakers writing a tax overhaul to include a deduction for child care expenses, but with a price tag of as much as $500 billion over a decade she may have trouble finding support in Congress.

Members of the House and Senate met with the president's eldest daughter in the Roosevelt Room at the White House ...Read more

How Jesse Jackson Jr. collects $138,400 a year from the federal government

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CHICAGO -- Records from former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s divorce case show how he has been able to collect hefty benefit checks from the federal government after serving time in prison for looting hundreds of thousands of dollars from his campaign fund.

Jackson, 51, receives about $138,400 a year -- more than he made as a freshman ...Read more

Protests after video appears to capture off-duty LAPD officer firing gun during confrontation with teens

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LOS ANGELES -- A day after an off-duty Los Angeles police officer fired his gun during a confrontation with a group of teenagers in Anaheim, videos purportedly showing the encounter spread online, prompting questions about the officer's actions.

No one was injured by the gunfire, but the footage -- posted on YouTube and Facebook -- sparked a ...Read more

Would a new world accord make the lawless internet safe again?

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SAN FRANCISCO -- In a few years, if you enter all available facts into a super computer and ask it how to make the internet secure, information security expert Adi Shamir predicts this is how the computer will respond:

Kill the internet. Start over again.

"The internet, as we know it, is beyond salvaging," says Shamir, an Israeli who won the ...Read more

A new diagnosis: 'post-election stress disorder'

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Wally Pfingsten has always been a news junkie. But since President Donald Trump was elected, he's been so anxious about the political tumult that even just having the TV news on in the background at home is unbearable.

"It's been crippling," said the 35-year-old San Mateo, Calif., resident and political moderate who has supported both ...Read more

Flawed voting in Texas likely the result of confusion — not fraud, official says

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AUSTIN, Texas -- After confusion over whether several hundred Texans voted improperly in the November election, local election officials say that the ballots in question likely were cast by eligible voters who got caught up in the chaotic scramble to implement a court order loosening the state's strict voter identification law.

The law, adopted...Read more

Trump scorns the IMF's globalism, and now he gets to vote on it

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WASHINGTON -- Christine Lagarde is racing through Uganda in a black SUV. It's a bumpy road -- not the only one the IMF chief is likely to encounter in the age of President Donald Trump.

Since World War II, America has set the agenda for the world economy. The International Monetary Fund has been one of its main tools. The Fund helped steady the...Read more

Still the same Trump, and his North Carolina fans love it

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Every Sunday afternoon for the past month, A.P. Dillon, a writer and mom in Cary, N.C., has given her two sons activities to stay busy while she heads for her computer with a spreadsheet that tracks President Donald Trump's executive orders and actions.

"He's doing what he said he was going to do," said Dillon, who voted for ...Read more