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Analysis: Bully pulpit laced with race

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WASHINGTON -- For much of his time as president, Donald Trump has been the bully in the bully pulpit, castigating targets foreign and domestic. Much of Trump's bluster attempts to divide people into us-against-them, and it often has a single polarizing agent: race.

On Friday night, as he has many times before, Trump inflamed an almost ...Read more

Trump's star power tested in Alabama Senate race

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- President Donald Trump has tweeted and rallied, cajoled and extolled in his all-out effort to save Sen. Luther Strange of Alabama, who is struggling to survive a Republican runoff against an opponent embraced by much of the president's own base.

And as the contest nears its end, the race Tuesday is emerging as a test of ...Read more

Johnson C. Smith president not happy with Trump's initiative on black schools

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WASHINGTON -- Ronald Carter, president of Johnson C. Smith University, said he's seen just what he expected to see so far from President Donald Trump's initiative on historically black colleges and universities -- nothing.

"There's a statement attributed to a French philosopher who said that 'The eyes cannot see what the mind doesn't comprehend...Read more

Trump wants to eliminate federal program that oversees long-term hurricane relief

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WASHINGTON -- The federal agency tasked with managing billions in long-term hurricane relief money is on the Trump administration's chopping block.

In May, President Donald Trump announced that he wanted to cut the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Block Grant Program, which administers about $3 billion a year to local ...Read more

Bernie Sanders, in speech, takes aim at 'outrageous' inequalities

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FULTON, Mo. -- Drawing a direct link between the United States' foreign policy and his own long-standing message of economic equality, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday that "the planet will not be secure or peaceful when so few have so much and so many have so little."

"Foreign policy must take into account the outrageous income and ...Read more

Cruz praises end of DACA but has no solution for 'Dreamers'

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz's tough stance on immigration has put him at odds with fellow Republicans in his own state as he prepares for a re-election run next year.

Cruz, R-Texas, has wholeheartedly praised President Donald Trump's decision to end the Obama-era DACA program in six months. Trump also asked Congress to consider a replacement ...Read more

Trump campaign bodyguard linked to ex-con who is key in Russia probes

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WASHINGTON -- Another connection has emerged between Donald Trump and Felix Sater, the Russian emigre and ex-con who has become a key figure in widening investigations into ties between Trump associates and Russian figures.

Trump plays down his relationship with Sater, despite growing evidence of links between the two, including recently ...Read more

Trump offered condolences, assistance to Mexico after earthquake

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump extended his condolences to Mexico's president and offered assistance on Wednesday, a day after an earthquake devastated central Mexico, including the capital of Mexico City, and killed more than 200 people.

Trump and President Enrique Pena Nieto had a "lengthy" telephone call in the morning, according to the ...Read more

Trump seeks to reassure loyalists even as he courts deals with Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- As mainstream media outlets raised questions Tuesday about the wisdom of President Donald Trump labeling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "Rocket Man" from the lectern at the United Nations, the president's message-making sped into gear.

"Trump supporters around the country should take pride in President Trump's strong and ...Read more

ACLU moves from defense to offense, starting in Kris Kobach's home state

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WASHINGTON -- Flush with cash and a newfound demand for activism, the American Civil Liberties Union next month will launch a new effort to expand voting rights in all 50 states that top officials hope will finally let liberals play offense on an issue that has long bedeviled them.

Rollout will start on Oct. 1 in Lawrence, Kan. -- and that ...Read more

Trump's UN speech delivers just what his voters wanted

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NEW YORK -- In his first speech to the world's leaders, President Donald Trump delivered the message of the voters who elected him.

"The United States will forever be a great friend to the world, and especially to its allies," Trump said Tuesday. "But we can no longer be taken advantage of or enter into a one-sided deal where the United States ...Read more

Senate Republicans want houses of worship to help aid Harvey, Irma victims

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are moving quickly to assure houses of worship can routinely receive federal disaster aid as hurricane-battered Texas and Florida struggle to recover.

Four Senate Republicans, including Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas, Tuesday proposed legislation to permit religious institutions to get federal relief....Read more

Trump will use campaign funds to pay for Russia legal bills

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will use money donated to his campaign and the Republican National Committee to pay for his personal legal bills related to investigations into his campaign's ties to Russia, two people familiar with the matter said.

The first payments from the campaign and RNC have already been made to Trump lawyers John ...Read more

Fox News seeks dismissal of suit by contributor who said he was used to deflect Trump-Russia story

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NEW YORK -- Fox News has filed a motion to dismiss a defamation and discrimination lawsuit filed by a former contributor who said he was used by the network in a plot to downplay reporting on President Donald Trump's ties to Russia.

Rob Wheeler, a private investigator and former Washington, D.C., police detective, alleged in a suit filed Aug. 1...Read more

Record gains by Latinos in Congress contradict narrative

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's victory last year was widely understood to challenge predictions of a coming surge in Democratic-leaning Latino voters that would forever alter the American electorate.

But with National Hispanic Heritage Month underway, some Latino political leaders are pointing to Congress to argue that Trump's win was ...Read more

Is Kobach a private citizen on Trump commission? Question will test Kansas transparency law

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's use of private email for a presidential commission could bring him into conflict with a 1-year-old state law meant to increase government transparency.

Kobach, a candidate for Kansas governor, told ProPublica last week that he was serving on President Donald Trump's voting fraud ...Read more

Trump's chance to reshape the Federal Reserve could be his biggest economic legacy

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is betting he can turbocharge the U.S. economy with tax cuts and trade deals, but his greatest leverage to influence growth may rest with an unparalleled opportunity to reshape the world's most powerful central bank.

Because of a wave of vacancies, Trump will have the ability in the coming months to appoint ...Read more

Trump again floats military parade that Pentagon once vetoed

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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon might have vetoed Donald Trump's interest in parading U.S. military vehicles across the streets of Washington during his inauguration festivities. But now he's the commander in chief and talking about holding such a show of military might on the Fourth of July.

Trump floated the idea to reporters during a meeting with...Read more

Black colleges finally get a White House voice

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WASHINGTON -- Johnathan Holifield, a consulting firm co-founder and former National Football League player, was named Monday to lead the Trump administration's initiative on historically black colleges and universities.

Holifield will be executive director of an effort that's been stalled since President Donald Trump signed an executive order ...Read more

Trump may strip protections from 10 national monuments

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's plan for shrinking and diminishing protections at America's national monuments appears far more expansive than previously reported, targeting 10 of the nation's most ecologically sensitive landscapes and marine preserves for diminished protection.

The plan, which the White House has been keeping secret ...Read more