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Cohen's taxi partner enters plea deal, suggesting cooperation

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NEW YORK -- A longtime business partner of Michael D. Cohen, the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump, has pleaded guilty to tax evasion in a deal that allows him to dodge prison time, indicating that he is cooperating with prosecutors.

Evgeny Freidman, a taxi operator who allegedly owed some $5 million in back taxes, entered into the ...Read more

Bill easing bank regulations heads to Trump, but falls short of overhaul GOP wanted

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WASHINGTON -- Bipartisan legislation focused on easing regulations for small and mid-sized banks passed the House on Tuesday and headed to President Trump for his expected signature.

Although the bill provides some significant relief for larger financial institutions, it falls short of the sweeping overhaul of the Dodd-Frank post-crisis reforms...Read more

Bernie Sanders to speak out for higher wages for Disneyland workers

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is injecting himself into the campaign by Disneyland resort workers demanding to get paid a "living wage."

The U.S. senator from Vermont will be a featured speaker at a June 2 Anaheim rally, alongside union leaders who have been calling for higher wages for workers at Disneyland, ...Read more

Members join Rubio in criticizing Trump over China talks

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WASHINGTON -- It was Sen. Marco Rubio, not Donald Trump, who used a morning tweet Tuesday to help shape the day's agenda. The Florida Republican slammed the president's trade talks with China, prompting other members to voice their concerns.

Rubio wrote that China is "out-negotiating the administration & winning the trade talks right now," ...Read more

Allow 'Dreamers' to enlist in military for citizenship, House members urge

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WASHINGTON -- "Dreamers" should be able to enlist in the military and become legal residents, says a strong coalition of congressional Republicans and Democrats as they make a renewed push for their initiative.

They have enough votes in the House to pass their plan, but Republican leaders are balking.

Reps. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., Carlos ...Read more

Law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney is hit with $10 million judgment

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LOS ANGELES -- The law firm of Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti was hit with a $10 million judgment Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court after he broke his promise to pay $2 million to a former colleague.

Judge Catherine Bauer of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana ordered the Eagan Avenatti law firm to pay $10 million to Jason Frank, a ...Read more

Paul Ryan pushes back on pressure for early exit

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker Paul D. Ryan defended himself Tuesday amid reports of threats to his leadership position and reiterated his view that it's not in Republicans' best interest to have a divisive leadership race before the November midterm elections.

"Obviously I serve at the pleasure of the members; those are the people who drafted me in ...Read more

National security officials brief Congress on protecting elections from Russian cyberattacks

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WASHINGTON -- With political primaries already underway and the November midterm elections fast approaching, top national security officials briefed members of Congress on Tuesday about gaps in election security.

The Trump administration has been under pressure to take stronger steps to deter Russian attempts to meddle in U.S. campaigns. ...Read more

Supporters of legalized hemp are counting heavily on Mitch McConnell

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WASHINGTON -- The future of hemp legalization is up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Period.

House supporters of the idea tried to include legalization measures into the big farm bill lawmakers have been considering, but were advised to back off

McConnell, R-Ky., is taking care of things, they were told.

His fellow Kentucky ...Read more

Campaign staff for Archie Parnell quit after candidate's past abuse revelations

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WASHINGTON -- South Carolina Democrat Archie Parnell physically abused his former wife in the 1970s, according to court documents unearthed by his campaign and obtained by The (Charleston) Post and Courier.

Parnell's campaign manager and his finance manager have quit, according to a source close to the campaign.

Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who ...Read more

Reach out or resist? A Texas runoff tests Democrats' midterm strategy

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HOUSTON -- Democrats say they're ready to take charge in Washington. They just can't agree how.

After nearly a decade of GOP rule, the party stands its best chance in years to seize control of the House, an opening that's intensified the long-standing fight between progressives, pragmatists and party professionals.

Some at the grassroots favor...Read more

Rep. John Conyers' son ruled off primary ballot to succeed his father

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WASHINGTON -- John Conyers III, the son of former U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., will not appear on the Aug. 7 Democratic primary ballot to replace his father in Congress, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett decided Monday.

The decision, which could be final, was largely based on an earlier review of nominating petition signatures submitted ...Read more

Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz made cellphone video of himself

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Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz made three video recordings of himself on his cellphone around the time of his attack, according to a summary of evidence turned over to his lawyers by prosecutors in the case.

The defense this month demanded a portion of the evidence prosecutors intend to use when putting Cruz, 19, on ...Read more

Trump meets with Justice leaders, and latest clash over Russia probe eases — for now

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WASHINGTON -- It began, like so many other controversies these days, with a tweet. And it seemed to end Monday in typical fashion -- with a stalemate and confusion over President Donald Trump's intentions.

Fuming over reports that a confidential FBI informant met with three campaign aides, Trump tweeted Sunday that he would demand the Justice ...Read more

Supreme Court deals defeat to workers' rights, upholding arbitration for individuals only

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court has sharply restricted the rights of American workers to join with others to challenge their company for allegedly violating federal laws on wages, hours or civil rights.

The justices by a 5-4 vote Monday agreed with Trump administration lawyers on two key issues.

First, workers do not have a right to go to ...Read more

This California congressman is avoiding a #MeToo backlash so far. Here's why

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WASHINGTON -- Asked recently whether she would push Rep. Tony Cardenas of California to resign over allegations in a lawsuit that he molested a teenager in 2007, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi threw up her hands and walked away.

That seems to sum up Washington's collective response so far to the latest #MeToo sexual misconduct crisis ...Read more

Trump says he'll order inquiry into informant in Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said on Twitter Sunday that he will order an investigation into whether law enforcement "infiltrated or surveilled" his presidential campaign "for political purposes," escalating an already extraordinary clash between the president and the Justice Department.

The decision could lead to a new level of ...Read more

House Republicans set terms for Trump to campaign on their turf

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mike Coffman threw his hands in the air and stomped away. Rep. Leonard Lance smiled ruefully as he said the White House was "cross" with him. And Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick cited the uncertainties of his schedule as he stepped into an elevator.

The question of whether endangered GOP candidates want President Donald Trump to ...Read more

Trump proposes cutting Planned Parenthood funds; what does that mean?

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WASHINGTON -- The planned revival of a policy dating to Ronald Reagan's presidency may finally present a way for President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to "defund" Planned Parenthood. Or at least to evict it from the federal family planning program, where it provides care to more than 40 percent of that program's 4 million ...Read more

Trump backs Republican John Cox for California governor

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--President Donald Trump endorsed Republican John Cox for California governor in a tweet Friday, backing that could pay dividends in consolidating the GOP vote in the June primary, increasing Cox's chances to win a spot on the November ballot.

"California finally deserves a great Governor, one who understands borders, crime ...Read more