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Trump escalates his criticism of Federal Reserve interest rate hikes

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WASHINGTON -- Before this week, it had been more than a quarter-century since a sitting U.S. president publicly pressured the independent Federal Reserve on interest rates.

On Friday, President Trump did it for the second day in a row.

In unprecedented back-to-back statements, Trump escalated his criticism of the nation's central bankers for, ...Read more

Trump's lawyer secretly recorded him; tape reveals discussion of payment to ex-Playboy playmate who alleged an affair

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WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities have obtained a recording, made two months before the presidential election, of Donald Trump discussing a payment to a former Playboy playmate who said she had an affair with him, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The former playmate, Karen McDougal, received $150,000 from the publisher of ...Read more

'Worst enemy': Trump warns Putin even as second summit in works

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump continues to defend his Monday summit with Vladimir Putin and says he wants a second meeting soon -- while also warning the Russian president he could become Putin's "worst enemy."

A day after his top spokeswoman announced Trump wants a follow-up summit in Washington this fall, the president said this of ...Read more

From obscurity to political stardom: How viral videos are reshaping elections

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WASHINGTON -- Before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's jolting primary win over one of the most powerful House Democrats made her a fixture on cable news and the toast of progressives nationwide, there was the shoestring-budget video that got the base buzzing.

By election night last month, more than 1 million people had watched the video with its ...Read more

Democrats demand paperwork before meeting with Supreme Court nominee

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats haven't had private meetings with Judge Brett Kavanaugh in his first two weeks as a Supreme Court nominee, and aren't likely to until there is progress on getting access to his lengthy paper trail about his prior political work.

Democrats want assurances that the National Archives will agree to send to the Senate ...Read more

Democrats demand paperwork before meeting with Supreme Court nominee

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats haven't had private meetings with Judge Brett Kavanaugh in his first two weeks as a Supreme Court nominee, and aren't likely to until there is progress on getting access to his lengthy paper trail about his prior political work.

Democrats want assurances that the National Archives will agree to send to the Senate ...Read more

Bill meant to clear public access to congressional reports running out of time

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WASHINGTON -- A bill meant to clear the way for public access to reports submitted to Congress is in danger of hitting a roadblock, government transparency advocates warned Thursday.

The bipartisan Access to Congressionally Mandated Reports Act was approved without objection by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the ...Read more

Rep. Rick Nolan retained staffer on campaign payroll after harassment allegations

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WASHINGTON -- Just months after dismissing his top legislative aide in 2015 for multiple allegations of sexual harassment, Rep. Rick Nolan hired the aide to work on his 2016 re-election campaign.

Three former women employees for the Minnesota Democrat told MinnPost, which originally reported this story, that Nolan's legislative director, Jim ...Read more

Lawmakers scramble to extend flood insurance before hurricane season peaks

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WASHINGTON--The House, facing a July 31 deadline to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program, is considering legislation to extend it through Nov. 30 as the House and Senate try to resolve big differences in their proposals for the program.

Reps. Ed Royce, a California Republican, and Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat, introduced a ...Read more

Route 66 gets a congressional cheer but few quick repairs

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WASHINGTON -- Congress is celebrating the centennial of historic Route 66. But that's about all Washington is doing immediately for California's repair-starved sections of the road.

Parts of the legendary Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway need fixing, notably in California, where officials say some bridges on the historic highway are in "critical"...Read more

Overturning Roe v. Wade would send issue back to states. Then it gets complicated

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Almost half a century has passed, so forgive Dave Heinemann if he doesn't remember every single detail of how things went down that long spring day in the Kansas capitol.

But one thing the former state lawmaker hasn't forgotten is the intensity of the 1969 debate on a measure that made abortion more accessible.

"The ...Read more

New tactic by politicians: Set up fake news websites as a campaign gambit

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WASHINGTON -- Despite complaints from Congress about the Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign that included "fake news" sites designed to sway voters, at least three members of Congress seeking re-election have posted similar sites designed to help them win re-election.

Three sitting senators fighting tough re-election campaigns as well as at ...Read more

Trump developer ignores demands for information on Chinese deal at Dubai development

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WASHINGTON -- A developer of a Trump-branded golf resort in Dubai ignored a demand by a key member of Congress to explain how and why it awarded a contract to a company owned by the Chinese government.

Sen. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, sent a letter to Trump's partner, DAMAC Properties, insisting on ...Read more

Senate talks falter on bill barring family separations at border

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WASHINGTON -- Bipartisan Senate talks on a bill to keep the government from separating undocumented immigrant families that enter the U.S. from Mexico have stalled, lawmakers said Wednesday, amid disagreements over the treatment of those held in custody.

Second-ranking Senate Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois, one of four senators in the ...Read more

Democrats call on Trump-Putin interpreter to testify; Republicans say no

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats looking for information about what happened during the private meeting between President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin want the U.S. interpreter to testify.

New Jersey Democrat Bill Pascrell called Wednesday on Reps. Trey Gowdy and Elijah Cummings, chairman and ranking member of the House ...Read more

For a second straight day, Trump walks back his comments about threats from Russia

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Russia is no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his top intelligence adviser's warning days ago that "the lights are blinking red" about cyberattacks and reigniting bipartisan concerns over his recent embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The president's flat "no" came...Read more

Putin asked Trump to let Russia question McFaul, White House says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump entertained a proposal from Vladimir Putin to let Russian authorities question the former U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

Trump made no commitments to the Russian leader when Putin raised the idea at a private meeting in Helsinki ...Read more

Derided as Trump protector, Kavanaugh defies easy label on probe

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats say Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's own words show he would shield President Donald Trump from special counsel Robert Mueller's criminal inquiry. The reality is a bit more complicated.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Trump "chose the candidate who he thought would best protect him from the ...Read more

Trump again skips intelligence briefing after siding with Putin

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WASHINGTON -- For the second consecutive day since he broke with America's spy agencies over Russia's election meddling, President Donald Trump on Wednesday will not get an intelligence briefing.

The daily presidential guidance email sent out each evening by the White House initially featured only one item, an 11:30 a.m. Cabinet meeting. It was...Read more

Trump claims credit for Roby GOP primary win

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WASHINGTON -- Eager for a win after his controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump on Wednesday took credit for an incumbent Republican's primary victory.

Alabama Rep. Martha Roby easily won her Republican primary runoff Tuesday evening by 36 percentage points.

Her victory came after she initially ...Read more