Senate budget bill omits $50 million for gun violence study favored by Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are pursuing a federal health budget that omits funding for gun violence research, a proposal that Sen. Roy Blunt warns is too "controversial."

The House passed a budget in July that would steer $25 million each to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to "better ...Read more

Trump's big idea to fix homelessness is to do what California is already doing — sort of

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LOS ANGELES--President Donald Trump's big idea for fixing California's homelessness crisis should look familiar to many prominent Democrats: Eliminate layers of regulation to make it easier and cheaper to build more housing.

On the eve of a two-day swing through the state this week, Trump's Council of Economic Advisers released a report blaming...Read more

Short-term spending agreement reached to avert Oct. 1 shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats and Republicans reached a deal Wednesday on a stopgap spending bill to avert a U.S. government shutdown on Oct. 1, even as the threat of a closure later in the year continues to build.

The short-term measure would keep the government open through Nov. 21 while lawmakers work out details for $1.3 trillion in...Read more

Robert O'Brien is an unlikely pick for Trump's national security adviser

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WASHINGTON -- The night of the 2016 presidential election, Robert C. O'Brien, a fixture of Republican presidential campaigns for more than a dozen years, was in London, glued to television screens with American visitors and Brits alike.

"I'm not sure anybody out there predicted a Trump win," he said several days later. "I certainly didn't."

O'...Read more

Lewandowski leaves doubt about whether Democrats can revive Trump investigations

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WASHINGTON -- Corey Lewandowski's mocking and defiant performance during more than five hours before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday raised new questions about whether Democrats can revive investigations they say could lead to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The Democrats returned from their summer break determined to ...Read more

Rep. Ilhan Omar says false Trump tweet puts her life 'at risk'

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar said Wednesday that President Donald Trump "is continuing to spread lies that put my life at risk" after he retweeted a false claim that she "partied on the anniversary of 9/11."

The president, who has repeatedly criticized the Minnesota Democrat in tweets and public comments in recent months, retweeted ...Read more

Bernie Sanders' $2.5 trillion 'Housing for All' plan aims to add millions of homes and a national rent cap

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LOS ANGELES -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders released a $2.5 trillion housing policy plan on Tuesday that aims to end homelessness in the U.S. and enact a national cap on annual rent increases.

The release of Sanders' housing plan came as President Donald Trump said he was weighing federal action to address homelessness in West Coast cities. On a...Read more

States try to combat election interference as Washington deadlocks

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WASHINGTON -- With the White House and Congress paralyzed over how -- or even whether -- to act on intelligence agency warnings about foreign interference in U.S. elections, Maryland opted to take matters into its own hands.

The state adopted transparency rules for political advertising on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere online. The pioneering ...Read more

Farm payment disclosure language delaying stopgap funds

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WASHINGTON -- How to provide public information on payments made under President Donald Trump's trade mitigation assistance program was delaying release of a stopgap funding bill Wednesday, though negotiators said they thought the talks were nearing conclusion.

"We're hoping that the (continuing resolution) will be filed today," House Majority ...Read more

Trump headed to San Diego for another border visit after slamming California homelessness

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump's tour of California will take him to San Diego on Wednesday, with a visit to the border and a review of a prototype of his much-debated wall.

Trump is set to tour the Otay Mesa border area in the afternoon after a fundraiser in San Diego before leaving the state. He visited the border wall prototypes last ...Read more

As background checks talks stall, Trump casts Beto O'Rourke as scapegoat

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WASHINGTON -- If Washington fails to enact legislation to strengthen federal firearms background checks or otherwise deal with mass shootings, President Donald Trump suggests the blame will fall on a former House Democrat who wants his job.

With talks toward a measure that could pass a Democratic-controlled House and a GOP-run Senate showing no...Read more

Tight Israeli election puts Trump at risk of losing key ally

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NEW YORK -- The tight Israeli election -- and the weeks of debate it may fuel over the formation of a ruling coalition -- has put President Donald Trump on the brink of losing one of his closest foreign allies.

Since taking office in January 2017, Trump has given Netanyahu the type of political gifts most leaders could only dream of, from his ...Read more

Trump names Robert C. O'Brien as new national security adviser

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Robert O'Brien, the special envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department, will be his next national security adviser.

O'Brien will be the fourth person to serve in the position under Trump. He replaces John Bolton, the hard-liner who held the position for more than a year before...Read more

Trump's go-to foil: Big cities

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WASHINGTON -- One of the most arresting images of Donald Trump's inaugural address in 2017 was a grim portrait of urban America, riddled by poverty, gangs, drugs and other blight.

"Mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities, rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation," he said. "This ...Read more

Trump fans can't sue San Jose as a group over violence at rally

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Donald Trump fans who accuse police of not protecting them at a 2016 presidential campaign rally that turned violent failed to convince a judge that they should be able to sue on behalf of thousands who attended the event.

The 20 rally-goers brought civil rights claims against San Jose, Calif., and a handful of police officers ...Read more

Trump administration asks top court to curb CFPB's independence

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration urged the U.S. Supreme Court to give the president more control over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency that regulates mortgages and credit cards.

Asking the court to take up a pending appeal, administration lawyers said the Constitution requires that the president be allowed to fire the ...Read more

GM, White House deny report that Trump administration involved in strike talks

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WASHINGTON -- General Motors and the UAW said Tuesday that the Trump administration is playing no role that they know of in negotiations to settle a strike that began at midnight Sunday despite a media report to the contrary.

The Trump administration also denied the report posted by Politico on Tuesday afternoon, with Deputy Press Secretary ...Read more

Trump mocks Elizabeth Warren's NYC crowd: 'Anybody could do that'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, who often touts the size of crowds at his events and knocks those of his foes, on Tuesday dismissed an audience Sen. Elizabeth Warren drew the night before in New York City.

Warren spoke in front of the iconic arch in the Big Apple's Washington Square Park before an audience numbering in the "thousands," ...Read more

Corey Lewandowski clashes with Democrats at impeachment hearing over Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's first campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, quickly clashed on Tuesday with Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee who are considering whether to impeach the president over allegations that he obstructed justice by trying to limit the investigation into Russia's election interference.

"The American ...Read more

Protesters await Trump as he arrives in California after bashing state for homeless crisis

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump was scheduled to arrive in California late Tuesday morning amid growing questions over his administration's plans to get involved in the state's homeless crisis.

Trump is in the state for a two-day visit, with stops for fundraising in Palo Alto, Beverly Hills and San Diego. The fundraisers are expected to ...Read more

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