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When congressional spouses (allegedly) misbehave

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WASHINGTON -- With congressional job approval hovering around 17 percent, members of Congress are carrying their own baggage into their re-election races, even without the weight of a spouse in legal trouble.

Jane Sanders isn't a stranger to the spotlight, as her husband, Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, ascended the political ladder ...Read more

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Americans are paying more attention to politics, and finding it stressful

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WASHINGTON -- Americans are paying more attention to politics since Donald Trump's election, but many find the experience a stressful one, according to new data from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center.

Slightly more than half of those surveyed by Pew said they were paying more attention to politics since Trump's victory; only about one in ...Read more

Trump move to fire Mueller likely would trigger purge at Justice

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's interview with The New York Times on Wednesday has stirred speculation he may consider firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller for investigating Trump's business dealings as part of the Russia probe.

But Trump can't fire Mueller directly, according to the law that authorizes Mueller's activities. If he tried...Read more

Trump says he sat with Putin at dinner because the wife of Japan's leader doesn't speak English. But she does

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a lack of English conversational skills on the part of Akie Abe, the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, prompted him to leave his spot next to her at dinner at an international summit and talk with Vladimir Putin instead.

Mrs. Abe "doesn't speak English ... like, not 'Hello,'" Trump told ...Read more

Report: Trump says Sessions' recusal 'very unfair to the president'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in last year's election is "very unfair to the president," The New York Times reported.

"Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told ...Read more

Dana Rohrabacher dismisses new report on request he got from Russia as insignificant

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WASHINGTON -- Yes, the Russian government asked Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to push back against sanctions on Russians, and he doesn't see what the big deal is.

Rohrabacher, R-Calif., dismissed fresh reports on Wednesday detailing how the Russian government asked him to change his colleagues' opinions about Russian sanctions as a "nothing burger ...Read more

Trump Jr., Manafort called to testify next week by Senate panel

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump Jr. and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort are being asked to testify on Wednesday in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to the committee's website.

The hearing comes after revelations of a previously undisclosed meeting last year in which Trump Jr., Manafort and Jared Kushner, President ...Read more

Should foreign farm workers be allowed to become citizens? GOP, Democrats disagree

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WASHINGTON -- The last time foreign farm workers got amnesty to stay in this country, many left the farms for better paying jobs.

So as the agriculture community pushes for a way to get more farm workers into the United States, it's finding not only the political obstacle -- Republican lawmakers are reluctant to do much for undocumented ...Read more

Analysis: Gov. Jerry Brown shows President Trump the upside of experience

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As his party's health care plan imploded Monday night, President Donald Trump could look across the country to the state he seems to disdain the most and see success forged by the very thing he ran against: old-fashioned politics.

California Gov. Jerry Brown and legislative Democrats worked with Republicans to craft a climate change measure ...Read more

Despite being outlawed, apparently pork not chopped in DC

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WASHINGTON -- Remember earmarks? Those special projects that members of Congress called essential to their constituents -- but critics called pork?

They were outlawed, but some say they never really went away.

Citizens Against Government Waste, a nonprofit fiscal watchdog group, is releasing Wednesday its "Pig Book," which details money set ...Read more

The one race where Trump's Putin problem might hurt the GOP

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WASHINGTON -- Deepening controversy around the Trump campaign's Russian ties is barely registering in the early stages of competitive congressional races around the country.

But if there's one place where investigations into Moscow's support for Donald Trump might matter, it's in Republican Dana Rohrabacher's California district--the ...Read more

Trump had second conversation with Putin while at G-20 summit

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had a second encounter while at the G-20 summit in Germany earlier this month that wasn't disclosed at the time, a White House official said Tuesday.

The U.S. and Russian presidents had a conversation during a dinner July 7 at the summit in Hamburg after spending more than two hours in a formal ...Read more

GOP has no big thing to tout after health care collapses

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans are desperate for a big win as the party's inability to score a major victory by the August recess marks one of the few times in four decades a new president has failed to use his honeymoon period to achieve a huge legislative triumph.

While there's plenty of talk at the White House and on Capitol Hill about ways to ...Read more

Congress is irked with Trump over health care, but isn't ready to abandon him yet

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans are in a state of political paralysis, saddled with a White House that doesn't know how to win votes. But leadership is afraid of defiance because the base is still overwhelmingly behind President Donald Trump.

Trump is bewildered by the Senate's inability to rally enough members around a proposal to ...Read more

Trump set out to uproot Obama's legacy; so far, that's failed

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WASHINGTON -- Rarely has a president taken office so focused on undoing his predecessor's works as Donald Trump. Six months in, he has little to show.

Monday brought twin blows. Not only did the Affordable Care Act survive another Republican repeal effort, maintaining President Barack Obama's signature domestic achievement, but Trump was forced...Read more

Talks for US's return of Russian compounds fail, sparking anger from Moscow

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WASHINGTON -- Russia said Tuesday that it is losing patience over the return of properties that the United States seized as penalty for Moscow's election interference, as tense talks between the two countries have yielded no resolution.

In Moscow, officials threatened to take "retaliatory measures" if the U.S. continued to "hinder" their ...Read more

A California businessman born in former Soviet Union also attended Trump Jr. meeting

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer to obtain derogatory information about Hillary Clinton in June 2016 was attended by a California businessman born in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, according to two people familiar with the meeting.

Irakly "Ike" Kaveladze, a 52-year-old businessman from Huntington Beach, was...Read more

K Street ups pressure for Congress to raise debt limit

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WASHINGTON -- Wall Street and K Street haven't hit the panic button just yet, but lobbyists for financial services and business groups are increasing their pressure on lawmakers to swiftly extend the debt limit and fund the government without drama.

Their main focus is on the debt limit, which the Trump administration has asked Congress to ...Read more

Tiptoes on the Hill back into war debate

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WASHINGTON -- Sixteen years on, Congress seems to be getting genuinely close to forcing itself into a fresh debate on how to prescribe the use of military force against terrorism.

Writing a new war authorization will not happen before the end of the year, meaning those deliberations would be influenced by the dynamics of the midterm election ...Read more

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