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Campaign against Darrell Issa discloses donors: Leo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda, Ted Danson and more

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SAN DIEGO -- A political group that has brought professional political organizers into the campaign against Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has received its most significant contributions to date -- from actress Jane Fonda and other celebrities.

Fonda gave $100,000 to Flip the 49th - Neighbors in Action, which recently registered as a political ...Read more

House GOP charts spending collision with Senate

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are continuing on course with a spending strategy expected to fail in the Senate as they huddled Wednesday to discuss other pressing matters that might ride on the must-pass measure.

GOP leaders signaled an intention to move forward with a plan to pass a spending bill next week that would fully fund defense ...Read more

Democratic governor: 'Unstable' Trump could start nuclear war

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WASHINGTON -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday that he's worried President Donald Trump will "ignore the Constitution" and start a pre-emptive war with North Korea, which the Democrat worries will quickly escalate into a nuclear conflict.

"I'm very concerned we have such a chaotic, unbalanced, unstable person with the thermo-nuclear ...Read more

Omarosa Manigault Newman is leaving White House role; did she help woo black support?

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She is among President Donald Trump's most high-profile black supporters, a reality television star turned government official.

Now, Omarosa Manigault Newman is set to leave her role as director of communications in the White House Office of Public Liaison, a position in which she was tasked with working on outreach to various constituency ...Read more

Trump: 'I was right!' on Alabama Senate election

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday sought to distance himself from the apparent loser in the Alabama special Senate race, Roy Moore, tweeting that he "was right" that the former judge would be unable to win a general election.

Though Moore is refusing to concede the race, it appears Democrat Doug Jones will be the next junior ...Read more

Acting Trump brass who've stuck around too long may draw rebuke

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump's slow pace of hiring for key government jobs has left stand-ins occupying positions for so long that it may violate time limits on acting appointments, potentially resulting in decisions being overturned in court.

Enforcement actions as well as policy decisions on a variety of topics, such as easing ...Read more

DACA negotiators lean on Trump whisperer Lindsay Graham

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham is in a pivotal position to help craft a deal to help keep 800,000 young immigrants in this country.

The South Carolina Republican enjoys unique access to President Donald Trump that virtually none of his colleagues share. He receives regular calls from Trump on his cellphone. On Sunday, Graham joined the ...Read more

Schools helping minorities threatened with less federal funding

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans are trying hard to tie federal funding to graduation rates, a change that schools with large minority populations worry could dramatically reduce the money they get from Washington.

Congressional Democrats and outside advocates blasted the proposed GOP reauthorization of the Higher Education Act as a discriminatory ...Read more

Donald Trump Jr. asks for investigation into House probe leaks

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, is seeking an investigation into leaks related to his interview last week with a congressional panel probing Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.

Details of his eight-hour session with the House Intelligence Committee on Dec. 6 were leaked during and after the interview, ...Read more

Democrats won't support another stopgap, Rep. Steny Hoyer says

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats will not support another clean continuing resolution that would allow Republicans to continue shirking their governing responsibilities, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said Tuesday.

Hoyer named several "must pass" bills Republicans have yet to get through Congress, including reauthorizations of the Children's Health ...Read more

Female lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

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WASHINGTON -- A group of House Democrats on Tuesday called for an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by President Donald Trump.

"The #MeToo movement has arrived and sexual abuse will not be tolerated, whether it's by a Hollywood producer, the chef of a restaurant, a member of Congress or the president of the United States," Rep...Read more

House Republicans propose deal on congressional ads

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are working to resolve a dispute over rules that Democrats say are stopping them from promoting the health insurance exchanges.

Currently, lawmakers are prohibited from linking to any website other than their own in taxpayer-funded advertisements. Rep. Rodney Davis is proposing to allow them to link to other ...Read more

Trump poised to set record for appeals court judges

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are set to confirm three more of President Donald Trump's appeals court picks this week, a push that will help set a record for the most such appointments in a president's first year in office.

The Senate is expected to confirm Steve Grasz for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, and James Ho and Don ...Read more

Trump says Gillibrand 'would do anything' for campaign donations

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday alleged that Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand "would do anything" for his campaign contributions before he ran for president.

In a morning tweet, the president dubbed the New York Democrat a "lightweight" and dubbed her "disloyal" to the Clintons, whom he tweeted "USED!" her.

Gillibrand told ...Read more

President Trump slaps back at critic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand with suggestive tweet

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump wrote a sexually suggestive tweet on Tuesday about New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, after the Democratic lawmaker called for him to resign over sexual misconduct allegations.

Trump wrote that "Lightweight" Gillibrand "would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would...Read more

Both parties fear damage in new era of harassment politics

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WASHINGTON -- Chatter in Washington around the rising tally of lawmakers toppled by sexual harassment allegations has shifted from "who's next?" to "how does this end?"

While the U.S. capital has endured sex scandals since Alexander Hamilton's affair with Maria Reynolds in the 1790s, the country has undergone a sudden shift in attitudes toward ...Read more

Chain migration: Compassionate policy or opening the immigration floodgates?

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WASHINGTON -- Immigration reduction advocates blame chain migration for exploding the numbers of legal immigrants in the United States. Reform advocates say it's a pillar of the country's immigration policy that helps families stay together.

Now President Donald Trump is blaming the policy for allowing Monday's New York City bombing suspect ...Read more

Supreme Court puts off hearing a case on employment protections for gays

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has put off for a year or more a ruling on whether gays and lesbians are protected from job discrimination under the federal civil rights law.

The justices without comment or dissent declined to hear a Georgia woman's suit that alleged she was pushed out of her job as a hospital security guard because she is a ...Read more

Trump is said to open door for oil drilling off East Coast

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is preparing to unveil as soon as this week an expansive offshore oil plan that would open the door to selling new drilling rights in Atlantic waters, according to people familiar with the plan.

President Donald Trump ordered his Interior Department to write the new blueprint with the aim of auctioning oil...Read more

Trump is said to open door for oil drilling off East Coast

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is preparing to unveil as soon as this week an expansive offshore oil plan that would open the door to selling new drilling rights in Atlantic waters, according to people familiar with the plan.

President Donald Trump ordered his Interior Department to write the new blueprint with the aim of auctioning oil...Read more