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Immigrants group sees trump as racist in ending refugee program

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NEW YORK -- Haitian and Salvadoran refugees sued President Donald Trump, claiming his administration's decision to end protections that allowed them to stay in the U.S. was "tainted by racial animus."

The lawsuit, filed in Boston federal court, seeks to block the administration from ending the Temporary Protected Status program that allowed ...Read more

GOP rattled by Pennsylvania congressional race in the heart of Trump country

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CARNEGIE, Pa. -- The dismayed laborers from shuttered coal yards and steel mills didn't have to shift political allegiances to vote for Donald Trump in this part of the Rust Belt. They had been electing Republicans long before he showed up on the ballot.

That explains why party leaders in a congressional district stretching from the Pittsburgh ...Read more

Trump berates California, threatens to pull federal immigration agents

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday lambasted California officials for how they are dealing with gangs and threatened to pull immigration and border agents out of the state to show just how bad things would be without federal help.

Federal agents are working to defeat gangs like MS-13, the president said, but the gang members "come...Read more

Clarence Thomas should be removed from Supreme Court, accuser says

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Decades before the #MeToo movement, and long before Time magazine honored "the Silence Breakers," there was Anita Hill and Angela Wright.

In 1991 both women were in Washington to accuse Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior.

Hill was allowed to testify before the Senate committee considering his ...Read more

Trump argues for arming teachers to stop school shootings

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump began Thursday on Twitter defending the concept of arming teachers, which he'd floated the day before at a White House session with gun violence survivors held in response to last week's Parkland, Fla., high school killings.

In a series of morning tweets, Trump raised the possibility of raising the minimum age for ...Read more

White House: 'No' chance Ivanka Trump meets with North Korean officials

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WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump is not expected to meet with any North Korean officials later this week when she leads the White House's official delegation to the closing ceremony for the Winter Olympic Games.

Asked if the president's daughter and senior adviser could meet with North Korean officials while in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a senior ...Read more

Supreme Court limits protections for corporate whistleblowers

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court sharply limited the legal protections for corporate whistleblowers on Wednesday, ruling they are not shielded from being fired under a federal law unless they have reported a potential fraud to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The justices conceded their ruling might "gut" the whistleblower protections ...Read more

Trump wants Russia investigation to look at Obama White House

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is suggesting special counsel Robert Mueller expand his investigation of Russia's election meddling to include top Obama administration officials.

Trump's veiled suggestion that former President Barack Obama and his team be investigated the way he and his campaign advisers are is part of a shift in the ...Read more

Trump takes in Australian refugees he never wanted ahead of prime minister's visit

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WASHINGTON -- A year ago, President Donald Trump told Australia's prime minister that he didn't want his refugees, saying they would become terrorists.

That was then, this is now. A steady group of refugees from the Middle East and South Asia previously housed in Australian detention camps have been quietly arriving in the United States over ...Read more

Parkland shooter always in trouble, never expelled. Why didn't school system do more?

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MIAMI -- At times, Nikolas Cruz's behavior could be a school administrator's nightmare: Teachers and other students said he kicked doors, cursed at teachers, fought with and threatened classmates and brought a backpack with bullets to school. He collected a string of discipline for profanity, disobedience, insubordination and disruption.

In ...Read more

School shooter may get inheritance β€” and be ordered to spend it on legal bills

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MIAMI -- Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz appears to have been in line for a sizable inheritance. He'll never get to spend it -- except perhaps on defense attorneys.

The amount could be enough to compel a judge to order him to hire a private lawyer rather than be represented by the taxpayer-funded Broward County Public Defender's Office.

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Trump 'supportive' of tougher gun law, but his record suggests that may not mean much

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WASHINGTON -- The deadly school shooting in Florida has moved President Donald Trump to call for a ban on devices that turn legal firearms into deadly automatic assault rifles. But some gun control supporters expressed skepticism: He has promised action before in response to a mass killing, only to drop it when Americans' attention wanes.

Trump...Read more

Trump to discuss school safety with students from Parkland, Newtown, Columbine

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday will meet with students, parents and teachers impacted by mass shootings in Parkland, Fla., Newtown, Conn., and Columbine, Colo., as he begins to searching for policies to keep America's schools safe.

Trump will hold a "listening session" that may address mental health, gun laws and other ...Read more

House Ethics Committee acknowledges investigation of John Duncan Jr.

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WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee on Tuesday acknowledged an investigation of Rep. John Duncan Jr., a scion of a Tennessee political dynasty who announced his retirement in July.

Duncan, a Republican, came under fire that month after reports that his campaign paid his son, John Duncan III, almost $300,000. The younger Duncan has pleaded ...Read more

H-1B visas: How the Trump administration is 'freaking people out'

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The Trump administration is bringing a new level of scrutiny to a temporary work visa popular among technology firms, costing employers more time and money as they seek to bring foreign workers to the United States.

From January to August 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent 85,265 requests for evidence in response to H-1B ...Read more

Supreme Court leaves in place California's 10-day wait for gun buyers, rejects 2nd Amendment challenge

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a 2nd Amendment challenge to California's mandatory 10-day waiting period for new gun purchases.

With only Justice Clarence Thomas in dissent, the justices let stand a ruling of the 9th Circuit Court that called the California law a "reasonable safety precaution" and one that does not ...Read more

Trump re-ups criticism of Obama's handling of Russia

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump kept his foot on the gas on Twitter Tuesday, blaming his predecessor for Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, annexation of Crimea, and swelling influence in Syria.

The Democrats' interest in the Russian affair, Trump alleged, arose only after he won the election.

"Thank you to @foxandfriends ...Read more

Republican Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida not running for re-election

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WASHINGTON -- Florida Rep. Tom Rooney announced Monday he will not seek a sixth term in November.

"After what will be 10 years in the United States Congress representing the good people of Florida's Heartland, it's time to 'hang 'em up,' as my old football coach used to say," the Republican congressman said in a statement.

First elected in ...Read more

Trump backs Romney in Utah Senate race, embracing GOP critic

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, setting aside longstanding differences with a GOP critic as the party looks to preserve its narrow majority in the chamber.

"He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support ...Read more

White House: Trump 'supportive' of better background checks for gun buyers

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WASHINGTON -- The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump was "supportive" of efforts to improve the system of background checks for people who seek to buy guns in the United States.

In a statement, the White House said Trump spoke to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on Friday to discuss a bipartisan bill Cornyn is co-sponsoring that ...Read more