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Trump goes after Adam Schiff at Louisiana rally for GOP governor nominee

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BOSSIER CITY, La. -- President Donald Trump on Thursday night used a political rally in Louisiana, billed as a late-race assist to the Republican candidate for governor, to blast the Democrats' impeachment inquiry, insulting House Intelligence Chairman Adam B. Schiff and citing a conservative website to show he has done nothing wrong.

"While we...Read more

Justice Department requests Ethics Committee deferral on Rep. Spano case

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WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee released on Thursday the Office of Congressional Ethics referral documents for cases regarding Reps. Bill Huizenga, Ross Spano and Rashida Tlaib, deferring consideration of the Spano case at the request of the Justice Department.

The Office of Congressional Ethics first referred the three cases to the ...Read more

Trump faces NY demand to pay $2 million in restitution quickly

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NEW YORK -- New York wants President Donald Trump to quickly pay $2 million in court-ordered restitution after he admitted misusing his personal charitable foundation by raising money for political purposes during the 2016 campaign and other violations.

In a court filing Wednesday, New York Attorney General Letitia James asked a judge to give ...Read more

Politics foils Armenians' hopes of genocide recognition — again

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It seemed like the moment Paul Jamushian had been waiting for his whole life.

On Oct. 29, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 405 to 11 in favor of a resolution to recognize the killing of 1.5 million Armenians more than a century ago as a genocide. Quick approval by the Senate appeared possible.

But the 80-year-old Jamushian, whose ...Read more

Trump asks Supreme Court to shield his tax returns from investigators

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to shield him from a New York grand jury's demand to see his tax returns and other financial records, setting the stage for a constitutional clash over whether the president has an "absolute immunity" from being investigated or prosecuted.

It is the first of two appeals ...Read more

Ivanka Trump is ramping up paid family leave push with White House summit

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WASHINGTON -- The White House is inviting lawmakers to its first summit on paid family leave and childcare affordability next month in an effort to increase momentum for Ivanka Trump's signature issues.

Invitations to the half-day Dec. 12 event at the White House were expected to be sent this week to lawmakers and advocates for those policies, ...Read more

Trump request denied for rehearing in House tax-records case

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WASHINGTON -- A U.S. appeals court in Washington denied President Donald Trump's request that it reconsider an earlier three-judge panel ruling refusing to quash a demand by House Democrats for records at Trump's accountants Mazars USA LLP.

Congress issued the subpoena to Mazars in April as part of an investigation of whether to change ethics-...Read more

Trump juggles statecraft and impeachment on a historic day

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WASHINGTON -- Projecting unusual calm in the middle of a political firestorm, President Donald Trump pleaded ignorance Wednesday about the first public impeachment hearing, unexpectedly insisting that he really wasn't paying attention to sworn testimony in the House Intelligence Committee that could determine whether he serves out his term in ...Read more

Senate Democrats pick fight over gun provisions in Violence Against Women Act

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Democrats on Wednesday introduced the same Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill passed by the House, days after they say talks with Republicans about a compromise broke down over controversial gun provisions.

The entire Democratic caucus has backed the bill, which has provisions restricting gun rights of certain ...Read more

Trump complains about cost of Democrats' impeachment lawyer — but GOP lawyer made more

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WASHINGTON -- Ahead of the first public impeachment hearing Wednesday, President Donald Trump complained in a tweet about the "high priced outside lawyer" that Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., picked to question witnesses.

There was just one problem: The Republican impeachment lawyer has made more this year.

From January to June, Stephen R. Castor,...Read more

Congress plans to punt government shutdown deadline to Dec. 20

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WASHINGTON -- Congress plans to extend government funding through Dec. 20, averting the risk of a shutdown next week but setting up a potential spending fight amid likely impeachment votes before the end of the year, according to lawmakers and aides.

Democratic House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita Lowey and Republican Senate Appropriations ...Read more

Verma attacks critics of Medicaid work requirement, pushes for tighter eligibility

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WASHINGTON -- Seema Verma, the Trump administration's top Medicaid official, Tuesday sharply attacked critics of her plan to force some Medicaid enrollees to work, a policy that led to thousands of people losing coverage in Arkansas.

"We cannot allow those who prefer the status quo to weaponize the legal system against state innovation," the ...Read more

Trump's impeachment messenger meets with Republicans on eve of public hearing

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WASHINGTON -- On the eve of a public hearing in the House impeachment inquiry, at least one member of President Donald Trump's new two-person messaging team has met with senior House Republican communicators on Capitol Hill.

The team of Pam Bondi and Tony Sayegh, political allies of the president hired last week to coordinate Republican ...Read more

Three who eulogized Rep. Elijah Cummings at funeral now running against each other for his seat

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BALTIMORE -- Less than a month ago, Rep. Elijah Cummings' wife, friend and staffer took the stage during his funeral at New Psalmist Baptist Church to eulogize the venerated congressman they each loved and respected.

Former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume said his friend "defied the limits of others' expectations." Harry Spikes said his boss ...Read more

Texas authorities won't ask Trump campaign to pay security costs for visit

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FORT WORTH, Texas -- President Donald Trump's recent North Texas visit required hundreds of law enforcers to team with Secret Service to control crowds, redirect traffic, provide security and more.

But unlike in some other communities where officials billed the president's campaign for security costs, police and sheriff officials in Johnson ...Read more

Justices allow Sandy Hook families to pursue lawsuit against gunmaker Remington

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court's rejection Tuesday of an appeal from Remington Arms to overturn a groundbreaking ruling that could pierce the federal law preventing most lawsuits against gun manufacturers paves the way for a survivor and relatives of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting to pursue their lawsuit in state ...Read more

Prosecutors detail Duncan Hunter's use of campaign funds for personal expenses

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SAN DIEGO -- A new court filing by prosecutors in the case against Rep. Duncan D. Hunter, R-Calif., says the lawmaker was warned as early as 2010 that he and his wife were breaking the law by improperly spending campaign funds.

The filing says they bought a camera to take family vacation pictures and tried listing the expenditure as ink, paper ...Read more

In wake of Supreme Court DACA hearing, Napolitano defends program she created under Obama

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LOS ANGELES -- University of California President Janet Napolitano on Tuesday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to continue protections from deportation for 700,000 young immigrants who were brought to the United States as children and fell into illegal status through no fault of their own.

To allow the Trump administration to end the protections ...Read more

Trump declares economic 'boom' underway as CBO sounds slowdown alarms

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NEW YORK -- Despite warning signs of an economic slowdown, President Donald Trump on Tuesday told an audience of wealthy and influential New York players that the U.S. economy is booming -- almost exclusively because of his stewardship.

"Today, I am proud to stand before you as president to report that we have delivered on our promises -- and ...Read more

Gunmaker rejected as Supreme Court lets Sandy Hook families sue

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the gun industry, refusing to block a lawsuit against Remington Arms Co. by family members of nine people killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre.

The lawsuit blames the gunmaker's marketing practices for inspiring the killer, Adam Lanza, who used a Remington-made Bushmaster ...Read more