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Rep. Ted Lieu undergoes heart procedure to place stent

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., underwent surgery in Washington on Tuesday to have a stent placed after having chest pains.

The Capitol's attending physician recommended Lieu go to the hospital Monday night and he was admitted to George Washington University Hospital for chest pain, according to Lieu's chief of staff, Marc Cevasco.

An ...Read more

House urges Supreme Court to enforce subpoenas for Trump's financial records

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WASHINGTON -- The House cited 2020 election security concerns Wednesday when it urged the Supreme Court not to delay the enforcement of congressional subpoenas for financial records of President Donald Trump and his business from Deutsche Bank and Capital One Financial Corporation.

Any harm to Trump for allowing the enforcement of the House ...Read more

Ivanka Trump hopes next step in paid family leave will be a policy for all workers

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WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump says legislation guaranteeing paid parental leave for federal workers, expected to pass Congress, is a "monumental step" that she hopes will lead to the creation of a paid leave program for all Americans.

The senior White House adviser and daughter of President Donald Trump said the provision attached to a defense ...Read more

Overlooked plans to add Medicare benefits get more attention

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WASHINGTON -- A long-shot bid to expand health care benefits for seniors is beginning to gain attention as part of Democrats' signature health care bill, which the House is expected to vote on Thursday.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi and committee leaders are aiming to use savings from the drug bill to add dental, hearing and vision benefits to Medicare....Read more

Analysis: With scores to settle, Trump slams 'crooked bastard' Schiff over impeachment

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President Donald Trump went to Hershey, Pa., with a few scores to settle hours after House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment they appear poised to pass next week.

For more than an hour, Trump railed against House Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff and Speaker Nancy Pelosi as a throng of supporters inside the Giant Center booed, ...Read more

Congress to halt military use of toxic foam contaminating drinking water

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WASHINGTON -- Congress has reached a deal on a spending bill that would require the military to stop using firefighting foam containing toxic chemicals linked to cancer, but would abandon efforts to place stronger regulations on the chemicals.

The bill, called the National Defense Authorization Act, has been the focus of intense negotiations ...Read more

Trump says impeachment has a 'silver lining' as Democrats back new trade deal

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HERSHEY, Pa. -- President Donald Trump dismissed and mocked the articles of impeachment House Democrats unveiled Tuesday, predicting they will backfire, as he rallied a crowd of more than 10,000 supporters in a state crucial to his reelection bid.

"Any Democrat that votes for this sham will be voting to sacrifice the House majority, their ...Read more

Trump barred from building border wall with military funds

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A U.S. judge permanently barred President Donald Trump from using $3.6 billion in military construction funds to pay for a wall along the Mexico border.

Tuesday's order follows an October ruling by U.S. District Judge David Briones in El Paso, Texas, in which he concluded that Trump's declaration of a national emergency to redirect Defense ...Read more

Trump readies executive order on anti-Semitism, setting up First Amendment battle

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will sign an executive order this week directing the government to consider a specific definition of anti-Semitism in discrimination cases, circumventing Congress, White House and congressional sources told McClatchy.

Jewish American groups and Israel advocates have pressed Congress and the White House to ...Read more

White House says Trump warned Russian envoy. But did he?

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WASHINGTON -- For three bewildering years, President Donald Trump has flatly dismissed, joked about or simply brushed aside Russia's well-documented intervention in America's 2016 presidential election.

In July 2018, during a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland, Trump stopped just short of saying he believed Putin's denials ...Read more

Congress holds first hearing on Haiti in 20 years amid political instability

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WASHINGTON -- Minutes after House Democrats announced articles of impeachment on President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Rep. Frederica Wilson entered a meeting room in Washington and asked a group of Haitian activists about efforts to impeach their embattled president, Jovenel Moise.

"We live in the United States and we have corruption ... right in...Read more

Trump thumbs nose at impeachment, Democrats by hosting Putin's top diplomat

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WASHINGTON -- As he live-tweeted House Democrats' impeachment articles, President Donald Trump's spokeswoman vowed he would "continue to work on behalf of this country." Hours later, that business included huddling privately with Vladimir Putin's top diplomat in the Oval Office.

Trump essentially thumbed his nose at Democrats as they continued ...Read more

Ivanka Trump fights to keep impeachment from overshadowing trade victory

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WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump says Tuesday's announcement that House Democrats will bring articles of impeachment against her father was "a predetermined outcome" and she is keeping her focus on advancing the White House agenda, which includes securing a vote on a trade deal with Mexico and Canada.

Within minutes of Democrats revealing two ...Read more

Florida Rep. Ted Yoho announces he won't seek a fifth term

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WASHINGTON -- Florida Republican Ted Yoho said Tuesday on a local radio show that he would not run for reelection in 2020, honoring a pledge that he would not seek more than four terms in Congress.

Yoho, a large-animal veterinarian, made his announcement on Florida's WSKY radio, according to the station's website. His departure brings the ...Read more

Stakes high as long-awaited drug pricing vote nears in House

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WASHINGTON -- When House Democrats vote Thursday on their signature drug pricing negotiation measure, they will be seeking to show that they are addressing an issue that prompted voters to give them the majority and demonstrate that impeachment isn't stopping them from legislating.

The political power of the drug price issue isn't lost on ...Read more

Biden-Buttigieg dream of uniting Congress runs into DC skeptics

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg are selling voters on their ability to unite Democrats and Republicans around their agenda. But current and former members of Congress have a message for them: Dream on.

Biden frequently tells voters that if President Donald Trump is defeated, Republicans will have an "epiphany" and work with Democrats...Read more

Duncan Hunter and the case of rabbit flights, NFL Red Zone, HBO and more

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WASHINGTON -- An Office of Congressional Ethics report released Monday shows in detail how Duncan Hunter's campaign committee spent money on a range of personal expenses, including flights for a pet bunny rabbit, NFL Red Zone, Jack in the Box, Starbucks and family trips to Italy and Hawaii.

The OCE report was released by the House Ethics ...Read more

Wall funds, add-ons in play as congressional spending talks enter final days

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders wrestled with a host of unresolved issues kicked upstairs after a productive weekend of spending talks, ranging from border wall construction to unrelated riders such as surprise medical billing and satellite television legislation.

Wall funding has been the major impediment to a spending deal. Sources ...Read more

Judges weigh whether lawmakers have the right to sue Trump over his businesses

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WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court suggested Monday that individual members of Congress can't pursue a lawsuit against President Donald Trump over allegations he violated a constitutional ban on financially benefiting from the office.

An attorney for more than 200 lawmakers -- led by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and House Judiciary ...Read more

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Kentucky's 'informed consent' abortion law

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court left intact a Kentucky law that forces doctors who perform abortions to first show the woman an ultrasound and give her a detailed description of the fetus, even if she doesn't want to listen.

The justices, without comment Monday, rejected an appeal by the state's only abortion clinic and its three doctors, ...Read more