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Embattled congressman withdraws from consideration as drug czar, Trump says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's pick to be the nation's drug czar withdrew from consideration Tuesday after news reports focused attention on his role in weakening the government's power to combat the nation's opioid epidemic.

Trump sent a message on Twitter Tuesday morning announcing that Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) had withdrawn his name ...Read more

Justice Elena Kagan talks about life on the Supreme Court during Chicago appearance

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CHICAGO -- The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia forced the remaining eight members of the nation's highest court to work harder toward compromise, Justice Elena Kagan said Monday during a speech at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

In an hourlong appearance before law students and high-profile lawyers including Illinois ...Read more

Armed with cash and powerful friends, Mark Sanford preps for election fights

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mark Sanford is facing what is arguably his first competitive re-election campaign since returning to Congress in mid-2013 -- and both his Republican and Democratic challengers raised more money than the South Carolina lawmaker this summer.

Sanford, however, holds a major cash advantage in the latest round of fundraising ...Read more

Trump calls for short-term Obamacare fix and reaches out to Republican leaders

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump threw his weight Monday behind a measure to fix parts of Obamacare, the first time he has voiced approval of a specific legislative approach to do so and an abrupt turnaround on a bipartisan effort to preserve key elements of the health care system that he has sought to repeal.

Trump's backing of what he ...Read more

Senator calls on Ivanka Trump to cut tie to World Bank women's fund

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WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump should cut ties with a World Bank fund focusing on women's empowerment, an initiative the U.S. president's daughter has championed, because her clothing brand may benefit from her involvement, Sen. Ben Cardin said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, wrote that Trump, who ...Read more

Supreme Court won't hear USS Cole case challenge to Guantanamo war court

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to consider a pretrial challenge to the war court brought by death penalty defendant Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the former CIA captive accused of orchestrating al-Qaida's 2000 USS Cole bombing.

It was the second rejection of a Guantanamo captive's appeal to the high court ...Read more

After criticism for not calling slain soldiers' families, Trump falsely says Obama did same

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump falsely said that President Barack Obama and other previous presidents failed to call the families of soldiers killed in action, drawing angry rebukes from Obama aides.

Trump made the accusation during an impromptu news conference Monday, while defending himself for failing to call the families of four ...Read more

Here are 7 topics Trump talked about at his news conference

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump touched on a slew of subjects Monday at his hastily arranged news conference in the Rose Garden. Here are seven:

-- His former top strategist Steve Bannon's "war on Republicans":

Bannon, who left the White House in August, has said he will back Republican candidates in the 2018 elections who do not support ...Read more

Trump says he'll tell Bannon to stop picking on Mitch McConnell's friends

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump on Monday threw a life raft to the most unpopular Republican in Congress, publicly expressing his support for Mitch McConnell and pledging to ask his anti-establishment friends to leave the Senate leader and his friends alone.

Until Monday, the Senate majority leader's reputation as a canny tactician had taken a ...Read more

Manchin to Trump: Don't make Rep. Tom Marino the drug czar

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WASHINGTON -- The Democratic senator from a state ravaged by opioid abuse wants President Donald Trump to pull back the nomination of Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation's drug czar.

Citing reporting from The Washington Post, West Virginia's Joe Manchin III said in a letter to Trump that he had concerns that Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania,...Read more

Miami politician says aliens took her on a spaceship. Now she's running for Congress

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WASHINGTON -- Florida has a U.S. senator who once flew aboard the Space Shuttle.

A congressional candidate from Miami can go one better: Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera says she's been aboard a spaceship too. But this one was crewed by aliens. As in extraterrestrials.

Three blond, big-bodied beings -- two females, one male -- visited her when she ...Read more

Trump touts federal response to California wildfires

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday praised his administration's response to the wildfires that have killed more than 40 people and displaced tens of thousands of people.

"We have FEMA there. We have military there. We have first responders there," he said. "It's a tragic situation. We are working very closely from the ...Read more

Florida Republican who once claimed alien abduction announces House bid

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WASHINGTON -- Either Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera has been watching too much Syfy Channel or she's really just that special. We'll probably never know for sure.

No matter, the 59-year-old Republican, who once recalled in an interview a visit from three blond-haired aliens who took her aboard their spacecraft, is running for Florida's 27th ...Read more

Stunner on birth control: Trump's moral exemption is geared to just 2 groups

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Few people were surprised last week when the Trump administration issued a rule to make it easier for some religious employers to opt out of offering no-cost prescription birth control to their female employees under the Affordable Care Act.

But a separate regulation issued at the same time raised eyebrows. It creates a new exemption from the ...Read more

Trump says he 'can understand' why Steve Bannon is at war with the GOP establishment

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said Monday he can understand why his former top adviser Steve Bannon called for "a season of war" on the GOP establishment.

"I'm not going to blame myself. I'll be honest, they are not getting the job done," Trump told reporters in the White House before a scheduled lunch with Senate Majority Leader Mitch ...Read more

Supreme Court to decide if US agents can obtain emails stored overseas by Microsoft

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court said Monday it has agreed to hear an urgent Justice Department appeal and decide whether emails that are stored overseas can be obtained by government investigators armed with a search warrant.

Microsoft Corp. has defied federal authorities since 2013 by refusing to comply with court orders to turn over emails ...Read more

Rep. Duncan Hunter has spent nearly half a million dollars on legal fees amid FBI probe

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Duncan Hunter's campaign has spent nearly half a million dollars on legal fees this year amid the ongoing FBI investigation into alleged misuse of his campaign funds.

Hunter's most recent report to the Federal Election Commission shows the campaign spent $134,794 with six prominent Washington, D.C., area and San Diego law ...Read more

Trump pounces on Democrats over Iran deal, tax overhaul

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump spent early Monday morning slamming congressional Democrats for not supporting a proposed tax overhaul and then sent a personal message to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer over the Iran deal.

"Dem Senator Schumer hated the Iran deal made by President Obama, but now that I am involved, he is OK with it," ...Read more

Trump's moves to ease regulations and revive coal industry bring little relief

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HOMER CITY, Pa. -- Every morning is filled with anxiety in this hardscrabble town so intertwined with the fortunes of its coal power plant that a drawing of the facility is emblazoned on the police force's emblem.

Locals look out their windows to see whether there are clouds drifting from the massive smokestacks, indicating the hulking plant is...Read more

Ryan says US will provide more hurricane aid to Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- House Speaker Paul Ryan said Congress will continue to provide aid to Puerto Rico to help the island recover and rebuild from a hurricane destroyed the power grid and mangled houses and infrastructure.

Ryan, after completing a tour of Puerto Rico on Friday, said the Trump administration will submit a proposal to ...Read more