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Trump speaks at new civil rights museum in Mississippi; protesters object

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JACKSON, Miss.--Protesters greeted President Donald Trump in the Mississippi capital Saturday as he came to speak at the opening of a civil rights museum.

After the White House announced this week that Trump would visit the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and give a speech at its dedication, many people in Jackson said they would boycott the ...Read more

Trump attacks credibility of Moore accuser as he rallies support for Alabama Senate hopeful

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President Donald Trump defended embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama on Friday by trying to undercut the credibility of a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when she was 16.

At a campaign rally just over the Alabama state line in Pensacola, Fla., Trump tried to buttress Moore's argument that Beverly Young ...Read more

'Get out and vote for Roy Moore,' Trump says at rally

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday flew 800 miles aboard Air Force One to the doorstep of the hotly contested Alabama Senate race, but addressed it directly for just over three minutes.

In a way, however, by using his remarks in Pensacola, Fla., to discuss his agenda and issues that matter to conservative voters just over the border...Read more

Trump doubles down on his demand for a border wall

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump still wants his wall.

Minutes after he signed a stopgap measure to give Congress two more weeks to negotiate a spending deal and avoid a government shutdown, the president renewed his call for lawmakers to fund his signature campaign promise -- a large physical wall along the 2,000 miles of border between ...Read more

Taxpayers paid $220K to settle case involving Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida

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WASHINGTON -- The Treasury Department paid $220,000 in a previously undisclosed agreement to settle a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment involving Florida Democrat Alcee L. Hastings, according to documents obtained by Roll Call.

Winsome Packer, a former staff member of a congressional commission that promotes international human rights, said in...Read more

Partisan gerrymandering fight expanded by Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court expanded its review of partisan gerrymandering, agreeing to consider arguments that a Maryland congressional district was unconstitutionally drawn to ensure the ouster of a Republican lawmaker.

The justices already are considering a more sweeping gerrymandering case, hearing arguments in October on a ...Read more

Gov. Rick Snyder sets election dates to replace John Conyers in Congress

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LANSING, Mich. -- Voters in Michigan's 13th Congressional District will go to the polls Aug. 7 and Nov. 6 to choose a successor to U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Gov. Rick Snyder announced Friday -- the same dates on which elections are already scheduled.

Snyder announced the dates for a special primary and a special general election after Conyers ...Read more

Aide to Rep. Bob Brady pleads guilty in probe of payoff to 2012 campaign rival

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PHILADELPHIA -- A top political strategist for U.S. Rep. Robert Brady on Friday became the latest defendant to admit his role in a scheme to illegally cover up a $90,000 payment the congressman's campaign made to convince his 2012 primary challenger to drop out of the race.

In a brief hearing in federal court in Philadelphia, Donald "D.A." ...Read more

Trump says Wells Fargo won't escape penalties in mortgage case

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump Friday denied a report that the federal consumer financial watchdog might drop sanctions against Wells Fargo & Co. for alleged mortgage lending abuses and said the bank could face even tougher penalties.

Trump's response was to a Reuters report that Mick Mulvaney -- installed last month as acting director of ...Read more

Trump signs bill to keep government's lights on through Dec. 22

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday signed the stopgap spending bill to fund the government through Dec. 22, according to a tweet from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

The House and Senate passed the measure on Thursday, averting a government shutdown, for now.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows and ...Read more

This is the White House wise man Trump's detractors are counting on

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WASHINGTON -- Around 2 p.m. on the afternoon before Donald Trump's inauguration, Hillary Clinton's longtime aide and gatekeeper Philippe Reines was sitting on a couch in his Georgetown condo, still in pajamas, absorbing the new reality of the Trump presidency.

Reines had stayed home from his consulting business that day, still deeply shaken by ...Read more

Trump's middle-class tax pledges go unfulfilled in Senate bill

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders are on the brink of achieving their top priority, centerpiece tax legislation, but only after a series of inaccurate claims and broken promises.

Lawmakers have made -- and then retracted -- pledges that their planned overhaul bill wouldn't raise taxes on any middle-class ...Read more

Want to know who else has been accused of sexual harassment in Congress? Good luck

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WASHINGTON -- The details of sexual harassment complaints against members of Congress and their staffs are secret and cannot be released to lawmakers seeking to determine the extent of the problem on Capitol Hill, a congressional official testified Thursday.

"The law doesn't allow us to release anything," Susan Grundmann, the executive director...Read more

House Republicans approve stopgap government funding, averting shutdown threat for now

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans approved legislation Thursday to keep the government running -- something they've rarely been able to do on their own -- ensuring a week-end shutdown will likely be averted.

The Senate was expected to follow suit later Thursday.

Most House Democrats refused to support the stopgap measure, which extends ...Read more

Democrats force out their own for sexual harassment while Republicans sit tight

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats are moving swiftly and forcefully to remove congressional colleagues accused of sexual misconduct. Republicans are doing little but talking.

Democrats on Thursday saw a second party lawmaker fall as Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., said he would resign after being accused by several women of sexual harassment -- and urged to ...Read more

A gun rights vote only the GOP base can appreciate

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WASHINGTON -- One government shutdown may be narrowly averted, but another looms right around the corner. The stain of sexual misconduct at the Capitol continues to spread, and an alleged child predator is days away from possibly joining the Senate. Middle East destabilization seems assured as Congress gets its wish to move the U.S. embassy in ...Read more

Bump stocks get first hearing in Senate, dealt another blow in House

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WASHINGTON -- More than two months after the Las Vegas shooting, the deadliest in U.S. history, the Senate Judiciary committee held a long-awaited hearing addressing the bump stock devices the shooter used to kill more than 50 people and injure hundreds more.

"ATF's authority to regulate firearms is of course limited by the terms of (the 1934 ...Read more

Donald Trump Jr. meets with House Intelligence panel in Russia probe

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WASHINGTON--Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, told House lawmakers Wednesday that he couldn't answer questions about what he told his father after a controversial meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016, citing attorney-client privilege, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee said.

The Democrat, Adam Schiff of ...Read more

Why No. 3 House Democrat Clyburn voted to start Trump impeachment proceedings

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jim Clyburn, saying he was compelled to vote his conscience, broke with House Democratic leaders Wednesday and backed a measure to start impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

The South Carolina lawmaker and Assistant House Democratic Leader said he voted on the impeachment resolution, sponsored by Texas ...Read more

Trump warns a government shutdown 'could happen' if Democrats dig in on immigration demands

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said a government shutdown "could happen" Saturday and wants any blame to fall on Democrats for refusing to agree to tougher immigration measures.

"It could happen," Trump told reporters at the beginning of a Cabinet meeting at the White House. "Democrats maybe will want to shut down this country because ...Read more