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House military spending bill barring funds for border wall advances

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WASHINGTON -- House appropriators approved a $115.5 billion Military Construction-VA spending bill Thursday on a 30-20 vote, with Texas Republican Will Hurd joining Democrats to advance the legislation to the floor.

The rest of the panel's Republicans opposed Democrats' decision to add $12.5 billion in emergency spending to the annual funding ...Read more

Trump taxes likely going to Manhattan D.A., but maybe few others

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NEW YORK -- Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance could soon get his hands on President Donald Trump's tax returns, but that doesn't mean the public will see them.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected the president's claim of absolute immunity shielding his corporate and personal tax records from a subpoena Vance issued to Trump's ...Read more

Striking populist tone, Joe Biden touts $700 billion plan to boost US manufacturing

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Joe Biden laid out a populist economic vision on Thursday, starting with a $700 billion proposal to reinvigorate the nation's manufacturing sector, and laced into President Donald Trump for being out of touch with the challenges facing the American public.

Speaking at a metal works plant in Dunmore, Pennsylvania, the presumptive Democratic ...Read more

Barr says probe Trump sought of FBI may yield results by summer's end

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WASHINGTON -- A criminal investigation into whether FBI officials acted improperly while probing Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and his associates may produce some results by the end of summer, Attorney General William Barr said.

"The investigation is going to take the time that is necessary to do a thorough and good investigation ...Read more

Trump wins court hold on hotel emoluments suit during appeal

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NEW YORK -- A U.S. appeals court extended a temporary hold on subpoenas issued to the Trump Organization and other entities in a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of illegally profiting from his Washington hotel.

The extension by the federal appeals court in Washington on Thursday all but assures that a pair of Democratic attorneys ...Read more

Joe Biden promises to build the 'economy of the future' as he attacks Trump

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PHILADELPHIA -- Speaking to a group of ironworkers just outside his hometown of Scranton on Thursday, Joe Biden promised to be a true champion of the working class as he laid out a plan to reverse the country's devastating economic decline.

"This is our moment to imagine and to build a new American economy for our families and for our ...Read more

Facing pressure, Census Bureau says it will clarify roles of 2 political appointees

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WASHINGTON -- The Census Bureau has promised to reveal more about the roles of its two new political appointees amid concerns the pair may interfere in how the agency conducts day-to-day operations of its 2020 count, following growing calls for more details from trade groups, its network of partners and even its internal watchdog.

Census Bureau...Read more

Trump scorns Supreme Court on tax rulings while his records stay private

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump scored a tactical victory from the Supreme Court that will likely keep his personal financial records out of public view through the November election, but he framed Thursday's two rulings as a loss imposed by his enemies.

The president was rebuffed in his broader effort to establish that a president can't ...Read more

Supreme Court deals Trump a defeat, upholds demand for his tax returns

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court dealt President Donald Trump a major defeat Thursday by rejecting his claims of presidential immunity and upholding subpoenas from New York prosecutors seeking his tax returns and financial records.

In one of the most anticipated rulings on presidential privilege in years, the justices by a 7-2 vote ruled the ...Read more

With a Senate majority in reach, Democratic candidates rake in massive donations

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A group of Democratic challengers to incumbent Republican U.S. senators has once again posted massive fundraising numbers, raising the party's hopes of reclaiming the Senate from the GOP in the November election.

The Democrats' figures, which include donations between April and June, are all the more impressive for coming while the nation ...Read more

Democrats' joint policy proposals largely eschew Bernie Sanders' agenda

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WASHINGTON -- The task forces created to forge a united platform from the policies of Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders largely sidestepped the most sweeping proposals at the core of Sanders' presidential campaign.

In a 110-page document released Wednesday, the task forces offered hundreds of policy recommendations that will be submitted to the ...Read more

Trump rally likely fueled coronavirus cases, Tulsa official says

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The top health official in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said that President Donald Trump's June 20 campaign rally and accompanying protests likely boosted the number of coronavirus infections in the area.

"We do have the highest number of cases, and we've had the significant events in the past few weeks that more than likely contributed to that," Tulsa ...Read more

Census to start door-knocking after pandemic pause

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WASHINGTON -- The Census Bureau will plan a "final push" outreach effort this month to encourage many communities that haven't responded to the census to do so, the agency said Wednesday during an update of plans amid a coronavirus pandemic that continues to spike in pockets throughout the country.

"The campaign will be nationwide but will have...Read more

House lawmakers use campaign money for membership dues to plush clubs

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WASHINGTON -- Several House members have reported paying for membership dues to luxurious social clubs from their campaign coffers, expenditures the Federal Election Commission automatically deems as prohibited personal use.

Rep. Terri A. Sewell's campaign spent more than $2,800 on dues to City Club Birmingham and $222 in similar fees to The ...Read more

Biden to call for moderate approach to reviving US economy

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden will call for a moderate approach toward reviving the U.S. economy if elected president that includes spurring manufacturing and encouraging innovation, shelving for now the more ambitious proposals pushed by progressive Democrats, people familiar with his plans said.

The Democratic nominee plans to deliver an economic ...Read more

Key impeachment witness Alexander Vindman retires after Trump 'bullying'

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WASHINGTON -- Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in President Donald Trump's impeachment, will retire after more than 21 years in the U.S. military amid concerns that his future will "forever be limited" in the Army as a result of his testimony against the commander in chief, his lawyer said.

"Through a campaign of bullying, intimidation...Read more

House bid to remove Confederate statues at Capitol sets up fight with Senate

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WASHINGTON -- As demands for racial justice dominate the national consciousness, the House is moving along a draft Legislative Branch spending bill that would mandate statues of Confederates and others "with unambiguous records of racial intolerance" be removed from the Capitol.

But the top Legislative Branch appropriator on the Senate panel, ...Read more

$14M in relief funds find members of Congress and family

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WASHINGTON -- At least $13.7 million in COVID-19 relief funds have gone directly to companies in which members of Congress or their families are owners or employees, according to Small Business Administration data reviewed by CQ Roll Call.

These companies received funds through the Paycheck Protection Program shortly after Congress voted to ...Read more

Supreme Court clears way for rule to shield religious employers from providing contraceptives

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court Wednesday cleared the way for a Trump administration regulation that would free employers from providing contraceptives to their employees if the company's owners have a religious or moral objection, potentially leaving more than 120,000 women with no coverage.

The 7-2 decision goes further than before in ...Read more

Supreme Court rules teachers in church schools are not protected by anti-discrimination laws

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday restricted teachers who work at church-run schools from filing discrimination claims against their employers, ruling that the Constitution's protection for religious liberty exempts church schools from state and federal anti-discrimination laws.

The justices, by a 7-2 vote, ruled that because two ...Read more