California's anti-abortion pregnancy centers want the Supreme Court to overturn state notice law

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SAN FRANCISCO -- At a faith-based pregnancy center here, rooms are crammed with baby supplies, new and used, for expectant mothers, and a medical office contains equipment to allow pregnant women to view their fetuses.

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass," reads a saying on a wall, "but learning to dance in the rain."

The Alpha ...Read more

Tariffs threaten global trade system

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WASHINGTON -- By justifying tariffs on steel and aluminum in the name of national security, President Donald Trump has threatened the global trading order.

For decades that order has been underpinned by the World Trade Organization, whose 164 member-states have agreed to abide by WTO rules for open trade and settling disputes. The United States...Read more

Democrats ponder disavowing Pelosi after Pennsylvania race

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WASHINGTON--When the elderly man who had just opened his door to Conor Lamb launched into a tirade about Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic candidate was ready with an answer.

"We need a new generation of leadership," he said one afternoon last month, part of a well-rehearsed response in which Lamb reiterated he wouldn't support Pelosi as a ...Read more

Trump seeks more than $20 million in damages from Stormy Daniels

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump is seeking more than $20 million in damages from the porn actress who is trying to void the confidentiality deal that requires her to keep quiet about her alleged affair with him, according to court papers filed Friday by his attorneys.

Stormy Daniels has breached her confidentiality agreement at least 20 ...Read more

Stoneman Douglas officials worried about Nikolas Cruz and guns 18 months before shooting

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Eighteen months before Nikolas Cruz shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, staff members were so worried about his fascination with guns that they banned him from practicing shooting skills with the JROTC, according to mental health records obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

A safety plan created by the ...Read more

Cities hosting Trump campaign rallies saw uptick in assaults, study finds

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PHILADELPHIA--Could political rhetoric be hazardous to public health? Quite possibly, according to a new University of Pennsylvania analysis of the last presidential campaign.

During the 2016 campaign, cities that hosted rallies experienced 2.3 more assaults than average on the days that Donald Trump held campaign events there, according to the...Read more

Billion-dollar mine cleanup could be part of Congress' last pre-election budget

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WASHINGTON -- Big money to help areas in Kentucky and other states ravaged by the coal industry's slump could be part of the last big budget bill Congress considers before the November election--but the funding faces a lot of stiff competition.

Congress has until March 23 to fund much of the government through Sept. 30 or trigger a partial ...Read more

Trump ready to oust McMaster as national security adviser

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WASHINGTON -- Hard on the heels of firing his secretary of State, President Donald Trump is preparing another shakeup, moving toward replacing his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster.

The three-star Army general has been widely seen as a calming force in a chaotic West Wing, but never clicked with the commander in chief. A decision to ...Read more

NRA lawyer said to have had concerns about group's ties to Russia

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional investigators have learned that a longtime attorney for the National Rifle Association expressed concerns about the group's ties to Russia and possible involvement in channeling Russian money into the 2016 elections to help Donald Trump, two sources familiar with the matter say.

Cleta Mitchell, a former NRA board ...Read more

Mueller seeks Trump Organization documents, signaling possible scrutiny of president's business dealings

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WASHINGTON -- The Russia investigation has landed squarely in the sleek black Manhattan skyscraper where President Donald Trump made his mark as a freewheeling real estate developer more than three decades ago.

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III reportedly issued a subpoena to the Trump Organization in recent weeks, seeking an array of ...Read more

Supreme Court draws criticism for shielding police against wrongful-shooting claims

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WASHINGTON -- It all happened in less than a minute. Three police officers arrived outside a small house with a chain-link fence near the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. They were responding to a "check welfare" report of a woman hacking at a tree with a knife. They saw a young woman emerge from the house holding a large kitchen knife ...Read more

'Phase 2' of tax cuts? What is Trump talking about?

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WASHINGTON -- A second Republican-crafted tax overhaul bill? In a highly competitive midterm election year? President Donald Trump keeps suggesting Republican lawmakers should do just that.

Trump and Republicans late last year relished his lone legislative feat, a tax bill that slashed rates while also opening new Arctic oil drilling and nixing...Read more

White House disregarded Republican investigators' requests. The GOP has been reluctant to fight back

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WASHINGTON -- The White House has refused to comply with all three investigations by the Republican-controlled House into the questionable behavior of President Donald Trump's top aides, including Cabinet secretaries and Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law. And Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are being ...Read more

One-tenth of Congress lists student loan liabilities

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WASHINGTON -- The 115th Congress scored as one of the richest ever, but one in 10 lawmakers still holds student loan debt, either personally or for a family member.

Fifty-three members listed a combined $1.8 million in student loans on their financial disclosures. Twenty-eight of them posted a positive net worth while 25 showed negative net ...Read more

White House pushes for California dam project

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is pushing forward with a colossal public works project in Northern California -- heightening the towering Shasta Dam the equivalent of nearly two stories.

The problem is that California is dead-set against the plan, and state law prohibits the 602-foot New Deal-era structure from getting any taller.

But ...Read more

Analysis: Republicans seek answer to Trump drag after special-election setback in Pennsylvania

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WASHINGTON -- Plan A apparently failed Republicans on Tuesday in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

As they try to regroup from what looks like an embarrassing special-election loss, however, it's not clear what they have for Plan B -- especially since Pennsylvania's leading Republican candidates for governor and U.S. Senate have so far taken the kind ...Read more

Trump pitches benefits of his tax cuts in Boeing appearance

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ST. LOUIS -- President Donald Trump returned to Missouri for a third presidential visit Wednesday to tout the benefits of his tax cut plan, promising a group of workers and business executives gathered at Boeing Co. in St. Louis that a "phase two" of tax reform is coming.

"It is wonderful to be back in this great state. This was about the first...Read more

Trump returns from brief trip to greater tumult of his own making in Washington

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ST. LOUIS -- President Donald Trump was only out of Washington for 36 hours this week, for an overnight trip to California and, on Wednesday, to St. Louis. He returns to even more tumult than he'd left, largely the fallout of his own actions on his way out of town.

Besides creating heightened uncertainty throughout his top ranks about the ...Read more

Republicans seek answer to Trump drag after special election setback in Pa.

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WASHINGTON -- Plan A apparently failed Republicans on Tuesday in Pennsylvania.

As they try to regroup from what looks like an embarrassing special election loss, however, it's not clear what they have for Plan B -- especially since Pennsylvania's leading Republican candidates for governor and U.S. Senate have so far taken the kind of Trump-like...Read more

Trump names Larry Kudlow top White House economic adviser

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WASHINGTON -- A little more than a week after President Donald Trump's chief economic adviser, Gary Cohn, quit in response to Trump's sweeping tariffs on imported metals, the White House announced a replacement who is similarly a staunch free-trader with experience on Wall Street and known for his hard-charging style.

What's different about ...Read more


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