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After building suspense, Trump says he doesn't have tapes of Comey conversations

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump chose the day that secretive Senate Republicans released their much-anticipated health care bill to finally end some suspense of his own making: No, he hasn't been surreptitiously recording conversations in the White House.

In Twitter messages posted just before a scheduled White House news briefing Thursday...Read more

Trump has 'no idea' if there are Comey tapes

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WASHINGTON -- On the day Senate Republicans released their until now secret health care bill, President Donald Trump used Twitter to answer a question hanging over his embattled presidency: He does not have recordings of his conversations with former FBI Director James B. Comey.

The president and his top aides had promised to provide ...Read more

Trump says he hopes Dems don't force Pelosi out

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that he hopes House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi stays as leader of the Democrats.

But Trump's tweet was not well-wishing. Rather, Trump said "it would be very bad for the Republican Party" if Pelosi were forced out.

Trump's tweet came amid criticism from some Democrats that the House ...Read more

Record crowd attends as press beats Congress members in women's softball game

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WASHINGTON -- Between the large crowds, record-breaking fundraising, a heroic first pitch, bipartisanship throughout the stadium and the game itself, it was hard to pinpoint just one takeaway at Wednesday's Congressional Women's Softball Game.

The press team, known as the Bad News Babes, won the ninth annual game, 2-1, against the members of ...Read more

Trump on lack of Democratic support: 'Who cares?!'

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Back on the road in Iowa on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump at a campaign-style rally signaled he is unconcerned with garnering Democratic support on legislation and warned foes they are "lucky" his supporters are not the protesting kind.

The president returned to the combative and provocative style he used during the 2016 GOP primary ...Read more

Trump reports growing income from South Florida businesses

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- President Donald Trump's income from his South Florida clubs has soared since the real estate mogul became commander in chief, according to his financial disclosures.

Trump's combined income reported from his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and his golf clubs in Jupiter, West Palm Beach and Doral has doubled to $191 ...Read more

Trump takes personal interest in Americans held overseas, not human rights more broadly

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WASHINGTON -- Intelligence officials have found it hard to keep President Donald Trump's attention when they are describing complex geopolitical conflicts during his daily briefings. Yet Trump has regularly zeroed in on the status of individual Americans imprisoned overseas.

Such was the case with Otto Warmbier.

"What are we doing for that kid...Read more

GOP struggles with a budget mess, maybe even a shutdown, in the months ahead

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WASHINGTON -- The ingredients are all coming into place for a tense, unpredictable 2017 budget showdown and maybe even a shutdown, thanks to a Republican Party energized by Tuesday's two House victories.

The wins by GOP candidates in special elections in Georgia and South Carolina sent a message that cooperating with Democrats was not ...Read more

Canova to make second run at Wasserman Schultz; this time Sanders isn't on board

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WASHINGTON -- In the summer of 2016, Tim Canova was the South Florida proxy for the dying embers of Bernie Sanders' presidential bid.

After Sanders endorsed -- on national television -- Canova's bid to oust Debbie Wasserman Schultz from her congressional seat, the Nova Southeastern University law professor raked in millions from disaffected ...Read more

Survey: Optimism grows among Democratic staffers

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WASHINGTON -- Republican congressional staffers remain hopeful that they'll enact significant legislation in 2017, but their Democratic counterparts are gaining confidence that they can block the GOP agenda, according to the June Capitol Insiders Survey of Hill aides.

Two-thirds of the Republican respondents expected it's at least somewhat ...Read more

Congressional shooter had list of 6 members of Congress in his pocket, FBI says

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The shooter that injured five people, including a member of Congress, had a list in his pocket with the names of six members of Congress on it when he started firing at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Va., last week, FBI officials said at a news conference Wednesday.

Andrew W. Vale, assistant director in charge of the FBI ...Read more

Trump has advice for Democrats after GOP's special election victories

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WASHINGTON -- Tuesday night, President Donald Trump celebrated two Republican victories in special House elections in conservative districts as a validation of his "Make America Great Again" agenda. On Wednesday, he was offering free advice to his Democratic rivals.

"Democrats would do much better as a party if they got together with ...Read more

Trump calls Warmbier's treatment a 'total disgrace,' suggesting Obama is to blame

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday implicitly blamed his predecessor, former President Barack Obama, for the death of American college student Otto Warmbier, calling it "a total disgrace" that the young man did not get to return home from captivity in North Korea until last week.

"Frankly, if he were brought home sooner, I think ...Read more

Prompted by San Bernardino shooting, House passes bill to require reports to Congress after terrorist attacks

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WASHINGTON -- Intelligence agencies would have to make recommendations to Congress on how to stop the next domestic terrorist attack under a bill inspired by the 2015 San Bernardino shooting.

The bill, which passed the House on Tuesday without opposition, requires the Homeland Security secretary to submit a report to Congress within one year of...Read more

Russia and Iran sanctions effort hits constitutional snag

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WASHINGTON -- What may be a small procedural obstacle has some senior Democrats crying foul over the House's plans for new sanctions against Iran and Russia.

The Senate-passed bill to impose new sanctions on the two countries has a blue slip issue in the House, where the parliamentarian has determined it violates the Origination Clause of the ...Read more

Bill aims to help California save water for a not-so-rainy day

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WASHINGTON -- After years of drought, the state of California is bracing for water. Lots of it. Maybe even a rerun of the havoc caused by the failure of the Oroville Dam this winter.

As the record snows in the Sierra Nevada mountains begin to melt, there's concern this spring and summer that the state will have more water than it can handle.

...Read more

Ryan launches push to pass tax overhaul this year, but time is running out

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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul D. Ryan launched a major push Tuesday to overhaul the tax code this year -- including massive cuts -- but Republicans in Congress and the White House are running out of time as they continue to battle over the details.

With the legislative days remaining in the year dwindling, Ryan, R-Wis., tried to jump-start ...Read more

Supreme Court to hear Wisconsin's redistricting case but blocks redrawing of maps

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MADISON, Wis. -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a case that found Wisconsin Republicans overreached in 2011 by drawing legislative districts that were so favorable to them that they violated the U.S. Constitution.

In a related ruling Monday, the high court handed Republicans a victory by blocking a lower court ruling that the ...Read more

America's tech titans think Trump doesn't get their needs

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WASHINGTON -- Silicon Valley badly needs high-skilled tech workers and plenty of them live in other countries -- and America's tech leaders are concerned that the Trump administration doesn't understand their needs.

Peter Leroe-Munoz, vice president of technology and innovation policy for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, a trade association...Read more

Democrats seek documents related to Flynn's undisclosed foreign travel

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WASHINGTON -- Top Democrats are broadening their scrutiny of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to inquire about a trip to the Middle East he did not disclose as required for renewal of his top-level security clearance.

In a letter to Flynn's attorney Monday requesting documents, the senior Democrats on ...Read more

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