Election year history belies ambitious talk on appropriations

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WASHINGTON -- November might seem far away, but the midterm elections' impact on spending bills is already on display, amplified by internal Republican jockeying for leadership positions in the House.

Election years tend to chill swift movement on appropriations bills -- especially when there's potential turnover in leadership of one or both ...Read more

Who can fill Paul Ryan's shoes in the House GOP?

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WASHINGTON -- The brain drain from departing House Republicans with policy expertise had sparked worry among party insiders even before Speaker Paul D. Ryan announced his plans to retire.

Now, the extraordinary attrition, along with a potentially brutal upcoming midterm campaign, is enough to send the GOP into panic mode.

Ryan's exit won't ...Read more

For Melania Trump, the shroud of invisibility lifts during a week of public attention

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WASHINGTON -- She is either complicit in her husband's worst instincts or a victim of them, either struggling in an anachronistic job or confidently doing precisely what she wants to do with it. Fifteen months after she became first lady, Melania Trump remains a mystery.

In the span of several days ending Tuesday, Melania Trump will have been ...Read more

President's hiring and firing power at issue in Supreme Court case over SEC judges

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in an arcane dispute over administrative judges that poses a potentially far-reaching question about the president's power: Can such executive branch officials have independent authority to act or must they be subject to control and removal by the president?

The justices sounded split on ...Read more

GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn does not qualify for Colorado primary ballot, state court rules

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WASHINGTON -- The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday that GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn has not qualified for the GOP primary ballot.

The court ruled Lamborn violated state rules when collecting the 1,000 GOP signatures needed to qualify for the primary ballot. State law says the signature collectors must be Colorado residents, and the state Supreme ...Read more

Texas attorney general gives governor OK to suspend election law

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AUSTIN, Texas -- To the extent election law prevents or delays the recovery of Texas' coastal areas in the long aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the Texas governor can suspend that law, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced on Monday.

Tying the ravages of Hurricane Harvey with the abrupt resignation of scandal-ridden U.S. Rep. Blake ...Read more

Congress sets modest to-do list amid polarized election campaign

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans are showing little appetite for big action in what may be their last months in full control of Congress.

The House took much of last week off and doesn't get back to Washington until Tuesday. The Senate is bogged down in confirmation hearings. And many lawmakers are already focused on their first election campaigns ...Read more

Trump's EPA argues that more people will die in car accidents unless California fuel rules are weakened

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is embracing a curious -- and some would say dated -- argument as it builds its case to weaken federal rules championed by California that require cars and SUVs to average 55 miles per gallon by 2025.

It is warning that the fuel-efficiency targets, seen by most as key to meeting climate and air quality ...Read more

Stormy Daniels' former lawyer cooperates in Michael Cohen investigation

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NEW YORK –– The former attorney for two women who claim they were paid to keep quiet about having sex with Donald Trump before he was elected president is cooperating with a criminal investigation of Trump's lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen.

Keith Davidson, who represented porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal, ...Read more

Raids and tariffs? We'll take our lumps, say California farmers

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You might assume walnut grower Mike Poindexter would be regretting his vote for Donald Trump.

Since the inauguration, immigration officials have raided his Selma, Calif., office and China has slapped tariffs on his walnuts to retaliate against President Trump's protection of steel, aluminum and manufacturing.

But you'd be dead wrong. Like many...Read more

GOP leaders ignore their Capitol Hill border expert

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WASHINGTON -- In Texas, a super PAC aligned with GOP House leadership is eagerly promoting Rep. Will Hurd's work on immigration and security.

But in Washington, on some of the issues Hurd knows best, they're pushing his ideas aside.

That dynamic puts Hurd, normally a favorite of his party's leaders, at unusual odds with them over the most ...Read more

Judge OKs accord between Trump, Jupiter club members, but tab may rise

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Long-running litigation between President Donald Trump and members of his golf club in Jupiter came to an anti-climatic end on Friday with both sides declaring victory when a federal judge tentatively signed off on a $5.4 million settlement agreement.

"The trial was a complete victory. The settlement was a complete ...Read more

Federal judge delays ruling in Stormy Daniels lawsuit against Trump and his personal lawyer

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LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge postponed a ruling on a request by President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who is now the subject of a federal investigation, for a 90-day delay of a lawsuit filed against them by porn star Stormy Daniels.

U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero took the request under submission Friday, ...Read more

Trump continues attack on Comey, again defends Flynn

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday defended former national security adviser Michael Flynn and slammed former FBI Director James B. Comey, implying his own Justice Department should have blocked publication of the latter's memoir.

The Friday morning tweet followed several from Thursday evening ripping into Comey as the former FBI ...Read more

Killing dogs and cats for food should be illegal, lawmakers insist

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WASHINGTON -- Yes, you can eat dog or cat for lunch in most states. Or dinner. Or anytime.

Unless Congress acts on a new plan that would subject anyone who kills those animals for human consumption to a jail term and up to a $2,500 fine.

The House farm bill, approved this week by the House Agriculture Committee, would apply those penalties to ...Read more

Senators worry Koch brothers have too much influence in Trump administration

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WASHINGTON -- A group of Democratic senators is asking the administration to explain its ties to Charles and David Koch after the conservative, wealthy brothers bragged to donors that they were responsible for some of President Donald Trump's policies his first year in office.

The senators sent a letter asking for information this week ...Read more

Top Senate Republican Cornyn slams tech lobby's CFIUS bill push

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate's No. 2 Republican on Thursday used a floor speech to try to beat back efforts by IBM and a tech trade group to gut a bill that would expand the powers of a secretive national security panel.

The section of the bipartisan legislation that Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is trying to preserve would strengthen the Committee on ...Read more

Former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani will join Trump's legal team

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WASHINGTON -- Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and an unofficial White House adviser, is joining President Donald Trump's personal legal defense team.

"He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country," Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said in a statement.

Giuliani is a ...Read more

Parkland school shooter started throwing up, hyperventilating after his arrest

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MIAMI -- Minutes after being arrested for a gruesome killing spree, the Parkland school shooter had trouble standing up, began to heave and "vomited clear fluid" as a witness prepared to identify him, according to a police report written by the officer who detained him.

When pinpointed as the man who attacked Marjory Stoneman Douglas High ...Read more

Rosenstein said to tell Trump he's not a target in Mueller probe

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WASHINGTON -- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Donald Trump last week that he isn't a target of any part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Rosenstein, who brought up the Mueller probe himself, offered the assurance during a meeting with Trump at the White ...Read more