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President Trump uses Twitter to plug new book by Joe Ricketts, patriarch of family that owns Chicago Cubs

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CHICAGO -- Since its release Nov. 5, there hadn't been much buzz about Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts' new book, "The Harder You Work the Luckier You Get: An Entrepreneur's Memoir."

Enter President Donald Trump, who took the opportunity to cheerlead for the book on Sunday -- on social media, of course.

Trump, who previously took to Twitter to...Read more

Trump tells North Korea's Kim that Biden isn't a 'rabid dog'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump addressed Kim Jong Un on Twitter, saying that Democrat Joe Biden isn't a "rabid dog" as recently dubbed by state media in Pyongyang, but urging North Korea to "act quickly" to sign a nuclear deal with the U.S.

Trump's tweet on Sunday came hours after North Korea ruled out any denuclearization talks with the ...Read more

Kamala Harris wins farmworker endorsement; Bernie Sanders lands support from teachers and nurses unions

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LOS ANGELES -- California's high-profile farmworkers union endorsed Sen. Kamala Harris for president on Saturday, soon after her rival Sen. Bernie Sanders won the support of the national nurses labor group and Los Angeles teachers.

The endorsements coincide with this weekend's California Democratic Party gathering in Long Beach, where Harris, ...Read more

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings says double mastectomy a success, will be back on campaign trail soon

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BALTIMORE -- Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is recovering after a successful double mastectomy at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Friday and will be back on the campaign trail soon, her campaign said.

The widow of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who is running for her husband's 7th Congressional District seat following his death last month, shared ...Read more

Bernie Sanders joins Los Angeles rally as part of his outreach to young Latinos

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LOS ANGELES -- Juvenal "Juve" Quintana was never really into politics until he learned about Bernie Sanders' first presidential campaign.

In 2016, Quintana heard the Vermont senator's talk of providing everyone with health insurance and thought that would help Latinos in his hometown of Modesto, but he didn't think they were getting the message...Read more

Trump takes multiple hits with House inquiry, Stone conviction

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's presidency was dealt multiple blows this week as impeachment testimony portrayed him as fixated on squeezing a political favor from Ukraine, a one-time confidant was convicted of lying to Congress and new details emerged about a federal investigation of his personal lawyer.

Over two days of public hearings, a trio ...Read more

Trump asks Supreme Court to block House subpoena for tax records

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block a House subpoena for his financial records, asking the justices to insulate him from an investigation for the second time in as many days.

A day after asking the Supreme Court to stop his tax returns from being turned over to a New York prosecutor, Trump on Friday filed ...Read more

Trump pardons soldier convicted in Afghanistan killings

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday granted clemency to two Army officers, one of whom is in prison after being convicted in the killing of two men in Afghanistan.

Trump signed an order that gave a full pardon to Lieutenant Clint Lorance, who had ordered soldiers under his command to open fire on three men who were moving toward them...Read more

Google gets US Supreme Court hearing in Oracle copyright clash

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal from Alphabet Inc.'s Google in a multibillion-dollar clash that has divided Silicon Valley, agreeing to decide whether the company improperly used copyrighted programming code owned by Oracle Corp. in the Android operating system.

The justices said they'll review a federal appeals court's...Read more

Special election to replace former Rep. Katie Hill set for March 3, California primary day

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LOS ANGELES -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom has called a March 3 special election to pick a successor to former Democratic Rep. Katie Hill, the Santa Clarita lawmaker who stepped down amid accusations that she'd had affairs with congressional and campaign staff members.

The 25th Congressional District vote will be on the same day as California'...Read more

Trump blasts ambassador as she testifies, prompting intimidation warning from Schiff

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WASHINGTON -- Even as former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch warned Friday about the national security risks of publicly undermining American diplomats in the foreign service, President Donald Trump took to Twitter in real time to try to discredit her and defend his decision to recall her from her post.

Yovanovitch, the latest ...Read more

Trump's vaping ban is delayed as he reconsiders impact on jobs

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government's effort to crack down on vaping has stalled as President Donald Trump, under pressure from the industry and conservative activists, has reconsidered his health secretary's proposed ban on nearly all flavored products.

Some administration health officials thought they had settled on a final, revised plan about ...Read more

States in the Midwest with outsized roles in the 2020 elections

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WASHINGTON -- If there's an abiding lesson from 2016, it's that national public opinion in the presidential race is not as important as the votes of individual states. Republican Donald Trump won by taking 304 electoral votes to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's 227, even as Clinton beat him by 2.9 million votes and 2.1 percentage points ...Read more

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