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In Georgia, Democrats feel the pressure to finally win

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats have taken heart from three recent special elections, where a troika of candidates fell short of victory but still racked up votes in longtime Republicans districts.

But another moral victory won't cut it next time.

In the wake of a defeat in Montana, Democrats are facing real pressure to win a showdown next month in ...Read more

Some railroads are not ready to meet a safety system deadline

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WASHINGTON -- Four of the nation's commuter railroads are not on track to meet an end-of-next-year deadline to fully implement a collision-avoidance system Congress required nearly a decade ago.

Three of the country's largest freight railroads will not be able to finish their systems until 2020, according to reports filed this month with the ...Read more

Will latest GOP win in Montana have impact in Georgia?

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BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Republicans in Atlanta's northern suburbs can sleep just a little bit easier after GOP candidate Greg Gianforte avoided electoral disaster here Thursday evening.

But the former technology executive's single-digit victory in this vast state of only 1 million people -- which backed Donald Trump for president by more than 20 ...Read more

Analysis: Everyone's a winner! Or what to take away from that special congressional race in Montana

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Republicans were celebrating Friday, and relieved, and it was easy to see why: The party hung on to Montana's sole congressional seat even though its candidate faced a freshly lodged criminal charge for physically assaulting a reporter on election eve.

Although they fell short in yet another special election -- Greg Gianforte won handily, 50 ...Read more

In commencement address, Clinton remembers Nixon fallout, makes subtle jab at Trump

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Hillary Clinton delivered a subtle dig at President Donald Trump on Friday, offering some parallels between his presidency and that of former President Richard Nixon.

While delivering a commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley College, a private women's liberal arts school in Massachusetts, Clinton, without naming Trump, recalled how ...Read more

Boehner: Trump a 'complete disaster' beyond foreign policy

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Former House Speaker John A. Boehner told attendees at an energy conference that beyond foreign policy, President Donald Trump has been a "complete disaster" so far.

As the keynote speaker at KPMG's Global Energy conference, Boehner said he's known the president for 15 years and Trump would call him regularly when he had a bad day or to commend...Read more

Private insurers may expand role in federal flood program

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Republicans, who have agreed on little this year, have found common ground on plans to give private insurers greater access to the $5 billion flood insurance program and to offer more buyouts for homeowners in areas likely to be repeatedly submerged.

"Flood insurance seems to be one of those few areas where Democrats...Read more

Agriculture secretary says he'll push for more wildfire funding

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WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has assured House appropriators that he would press the White House for more funding and flexibility to address wildfires across the nation as lawmakers from both parties expressed dismay at proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Forest Service.

President Donald Trump's proposal for fiscal 2018 ...Read more

Wall Street loves rule-busting. Here's how Trump makes it happen

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NEW YORK -- Few Americans care about beryllium. Most have probably never heard of it.

But, it turns out, the metal -- symbol Be on the periodic table -- offers a case study on governing by President Donald Trump. With little fanfare earlier this year, the Department of Labor delayed and the White House began a review of limits on workplace ...Read more

Trump turns his back on international tourists

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DALLAS -- If a U.S. president's annual budget is a statement of priorities, a world traveler contemplating a trip to America might consider going somewhere else.

The Trump administration's budget proposal released this week seeks to eliminate Brand USA, a federal tourism marketing arm organized under the Commerce Department. Congress created ...Read more

Trump wants to cut funding for earthquake early warning system, which would likely kill project

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump's budget would eliminate federal funding for an earthquake early warning system being developed for California and the rest of the West Coast, which if enacted would likely kill the long-planned effort.

The budget proposal for the year ending in September 2018 also seeks to eliminate U.S. funding for ...Read more

Some conservatives justify 'manly' Montana candidate's alleged body-slam of 'snowflake' reporter

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After he was accused of physically attacking a reporter, Greg Gianforte had some very visible defenders while he went invisible for election day Thursday.

The Republican candidate for Montana's open congressional seat canceled his national TV appearances after he was charged with misdemeanor assault on suspicion of body-slamming a national ...Read more

Trump finds new ally in his war on leaks: Britain

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump gained something Thursday he's been craving: validation from America's closest ally for his war on leaks.

Trump, a one-time fan of leaks who has spent much of his early term decrying them, vowed a "complete review" of possible intelligence leaks related to this week's deadly terrorist attack at a Manchester ...Read more

Trump's budget cuts to Violence Against Women programs just 'technical,' White House says

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WASHINGTON -- A chart buried on page 245 of President Donald Trump's 2018 budget analysis looks alarming: It shows a massive decrease in funding over 10 years for federal programs that aid survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The 93 percent cut appeared to confirm the worst fears of survivor advocates and women's activists. They'd...Read more

Ted Cruz failed to show 2012 loans from Goldman Sachs, FEC says

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz improperly accounted for loans he received from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc. during his 2012 campaign, saying the funds were his own personal contributions to the Senate race, the Federal Election Commission said Thursday.

The finding, released on the FEC website, marked a rare instance of ...Read more

Congressmen might join protesters outside Turkish embassy

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WASHINGTON -- Congressmen encouraged protesters who were attacked by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail in Washington last week to keep on protesting, and said they might join them.

"Do it again, keep protesting and stay out there because no foreign tyrant has the right or the ability to drive them away," Rep. Ted Poe, R-...Read more

House committee expands investigation into NIH research hospital

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WASHINGTON -- The National Institutes of Health is in hot water again with the House Energy and Commerce Committee over a scandal that occurred nearly two years ago at one of the agency's main research institutions.

On Thursday, the panel broadened its probe into safety and compliance issues at the NIH Clinical Center, a research hospital ...Read more

GOP leaders careful on response to Gianforte assault charges

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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul D. Ryan became the first Republican Party leader to address Montana GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte's alleged assault on a reporter, saying, "There's never a call for physical assault."

Ryan told reporters Thursday that Gianforte should apologize for an incident that occurred the previous night in Bozeman, ...Read more

Gianforte endorsements rescinded after assault charge

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Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte lost multiple newspaper endorsements in Montana after he was cited for assault on the eve of Thursday's election.

Gianforte was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly threw Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs to the ground and punched him..

"In the past, he has encouraged his ...Read more

Can Quist chart path for other Democrats to follow?

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While national Democrats compile lists of President Donald Trump's controversial statements, firings, and ties to Russia as ammunition for upcoming campaigns, Democrat Rob Quist is taking a different approach.

Though Quist's Republican opponent for Montana's at-large seat in Congress, businessman Greg Gianforte, is favored to win the special ...Read more

 

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