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A divided 9th Circuit could uphold Trump's new abortion referral rule

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court appeared divided along party lines Monday on whether to uphold a new Trump administration rule that denies federal family planning money to clinics that refer patients for abortions.

During a hearing in San Francisco, an 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether to ...Read more

Senate Republicans to look into whistleblower complaint about Trump pressuring Ukraine

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday the Senate Intelligence Committee will look into a whistleblower's complaint that reportedly alleges President Donald Trump pressured the Ukrainian leader to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a possible Trump opponent in the 2020 presidential race.

But only a handful of...Read more

Some Democrats warming to impeachment over Trump's Ukraine call

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WASHINGTON -- Some Democratic lawmakers who have been reluctant to push for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump appeared to warm to the idea after Trump admitted to a July conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart about investigating a company linked to the son of Joe Biden.

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff of California ...Read more

Trump skips most of UN climate summit for speech on religious freedom

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UNITED NATIONS -- President Donald Trump skipped the bulk of the U.N. summit on climate change Monday to deliver remarks on religious freedom, pushing an issue that's crucial to his evangelical supporters in the 2020 election, while downplaying the chief concerns of fellow world leaders.

Trump made a brief and unexpected stop at the climate ...Read more

Trump skips most of UN climate summit for speech on religious freedom

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UNITED NATIONS -- President Donald Trump skipped the bulk of the U.N. summit on climate change Monday to deliver remarks on religious freedom, pushing an issue that's crucial to his evangelical supporters in the 2020 election, while downplaying the chief concerns of fellow world leaders.

Trump made a brief and unexpected stop at the climate ...Read more

White House: Trump supports stopgap funding bill

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to sign the stopgap spending bill that the Senate is expected to send him this week, a senior White House official said Monday. That would avoid another partial government shutdown for now, though the fight over border wall spending and other partisan hang-ups will simply be punted 51 days, to just ...Read more

Trump acknowledges discussing 'corruption' with new Ukrainian leader

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday acknowledged he talked to Ukraine's new president about that country's government investigating former Vice President Joe Biden's son's involvement with a Ukrainian energy company.

"It's very important to talk about corruption. If you don't talk about corruption, why would you give money to a ...Read more

Ivanka Trump brings 'star power' to global women's empowerment. But is it helping women?

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ASUNCION, Paraguay -- During a five-day South American trip to promote women's empowerment, Ivanka Trump was greeted like a head of state everywhere she went.

At lavish banquets in her honor, she was toasted by the presidents of Colombia and Paraguay. People tracked her motorcade with their cellphone cameras as she was met with military bands ...Read more

Pelosi warns of 'grave new chapter' over Trump's Ukraine call

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled her readiness to take stronger action against President Donald Trump over a phone call with Ukraine's president, now the subject of scrutiny after the administration refused to release a whistle-blower's complaint about the call.

"If the administration persists in blocking this whistle-blower from disclosing ...Read more

Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats' failure to impeach Trump is its own scandal

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats were being weak on President Donald Trump, in the wake of reports that he asked Ukraine's government to investigate the son of Democratic front-runner Joe Biden.

"At this point, the bigger national scandal isn't the president's lawbreaking behavior -- it is the Democratic Party's refusal to impeach ...Read more

Cruz plan keeps guns away from 'felons and fugitives,' but some experts say it's not enough

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz is pushing his own version of gun control legislation in the Senate, but gun violence researchers said it's unclear whether his plan will help prevent mass shootings.

Cruz, a Texas Republican, is pushing the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2019 this fall, a bill he introduced with ...Read more

Sanders unveils plan to cancel $81 billion in US medical debt

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday introduced a plan to cancel $81 billion in past-due medical bills and replace private credit-reporting companies with a public registry that will exclude debt tied to health costs.

The Vermont Democrat proposed revising a 2005 bankruptcy law to let people with high bills...Read more

Trump faces new turmoil over whistleblower complaint

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump appeared on the brink of a new scandal Friday over a whistleblower's complaint that reportedly involves Ukraine and accuses Trump of making an improper promise to a foreign leader over the summer.

The controversy has refocused attention on Trump's attempts to undercut former Vice President Joe Biden, who is ...Read more

McConnell's reversal on election security fails to quiet critics

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reversal on funding election security is drawing criticism from some Democrats and watchdog groups who contend an additional $250 million won't be enough to protect the 2020 vote from foreign interference.

"This money can be used for anything relating to elections," tweeted Ron Wyden, the ...Read more

Analysis: Trump again suggests his office has unlimited powers

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday insisted it "doesn't matter" if he asks foreign leaders to target his domestic political foes, again describing the powers of his office as unlimited.

On yet another remarkable Friday that capped yet another remarkable week in his roller-coaster-like term, the president once again opted against ...Read more

Rep. Tom Reed leaves hospital 'with a prescription for a few days rest' after collapse

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tom Reed was discharged from a Washington hospital Thursday evening a few hours after collapsing in the Cannon House Office Building.

The Republican congressman from New York said in a statement Friday that he had an undiagnosed case of pneumonia.

"Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. After my evaluation by ...Read more

Trump tries to discredit intel whistleblower as 'highly partisan'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to acknowledge a conversation with another world leader that prompted an U.S. intelligence official to file a formal complaint, but he tried to discredit the unnamed individual as "highly partisan."

The Washington Post and other media outlets have reported the intelligence community ...Read more

Win or lose, Trump will still have grip on Republican Party

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NEW YORK -- Whether or not President Donald Trump wins reelection, his hold on the Republican Party will endure for years to come, supporters and opponents within the GOP agree.

Trump has led grassroots opinion on several hot-button issues, turned even elected officials who recoiled from him in 2016 into faithful supporters in 2019 and ...Read more

Bashful base: Pollsters say Trump closer to Democrats than early 2020 surveys suggest

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WASHINGTON -- Professional pollsters say President Donald Trump and senior White House officials are rightly confident heading into his reelection bid because early 2020 surveys are likely flawed.

"We are going to keep on fighting, and we are going to keep on winning, winning, winning," Trump told supporters this week during a campaign rally in...Read more

Zuckerberg meets Trump at White House with Facebook on the defensive

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WASHINGTON -- Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg met with President Donald Trump on Thursday as he tried to sway Congress and policymakers who have been critical of the practices of the social media platform.

Zuckerberg had a constructive meeting with the president at the White House, according to a Facebook spokesman. Trump'...Read more