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Guess who is not coming to dinner? Donald Trump

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The annual White House Correspondents dinner will be missing a key guest this year: President Donald Trump.

On Saturday, Trump tweeted he will not be attending the April 29 dinner, considered the premier social event of the Washington press corps--and typically an evening of good-natured bantering between presidents and reporters.

His ...Read more

Doubts hit congressional investigations of Russia's election meddling

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats are questioning whether recent comments from leading Republicans, made at the request of the White House, have compromised Senate and House investigations into possible Russian influence on the recent election.

The comments were from the chairmen of the Senate and House intelligence committees, which are ...Read more

GOP Rep. Darrell Issa tells Bill Maher a special prosecutor should investigate Russian election interference

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Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Friday night that a special prosecutor should be tapped to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election, a stance that mirrors the calls of congressional Democrats to sideline the U.S attorney general from such inquiries.

Appearing on HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher," Issa was prodded by Maher, the ...Read more

Supreme Court to hear challenge to social media ban for sex offenders

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WASHINGTON -- Police arrested Durham, N.C. resident and convicted sex offender Lester G. Packingham, Jr. after he posted a message praising God on Facebook.

On Monday, the Supreme Court will weigh Packingham's challenge to a North Carolina law that bans registered sex offenders from visiting online social networking sites that could be ...Read more

Kansas shooting likely to test what Trump views as a hate crime

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WASHINGTON -- The shooting at a bar in a suburb of Kansas City of two Indian immigrants, one of whom died, is likely to become the first test of the Trump administration's view of what role the federal government should play in crimes against ethnic and racial minorities.

Police accounts of the shootings in the city of Olathe, Kan., say the ...Read more

Trump administration makes first move to build border wall

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is soliciting ideas from contractors on how to build its promised wall between the U.S. and Mexico, a first tangible step toward delivering on the president's signature campaign promise to curb unauthorized immigration.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a preliminary request for ...Read more

Trump's popularity at CPAC gathering shows how he's conquered conservatives

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- A year ago, Donald Trump skipped the nation's pre-eminent conference of conservatives, underscoring the friction between the populist candidate and many of the warring factions in his party during a heated presidential primary season.

Friday, Trump returned to the Conservative Political Action Conference with the blunt ...Read more

Man who destroyed Trump's Walk of Fame star returns brass pieces to police

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LOS ANGELES -- The man who smashed President Donald Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star with a sledgehammer and pickax last year won't be auctioning off the brass pieces as he had hoped. Instead, he's returned the metal bits to police, his attorney said.

After destroying the star, James Otis took the TV emblem at its center, as well as some of ...Read more

Trump rips media in address to conservative crowd

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OXON HILL, Md. -- President Donald Trump on Friday invoked the First Amendment as he decried much of the press as "fake news" and the "enemy of the people," part of a blistering critique that was rowdily embraced by a conservative crowd.

"They say we can't criticize their dishonest coverage because of the First Amendment -- they always bring up...Read more

Democrats cast wide for response to Trump address

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WASHINGTON -- Former Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's address to Congress on Tuesday and immigration activist Astrid Silva will deliver the Spanish language response, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer announced Friday.

Beshear, Kentucky's...Read more

At CPAC, Trump delivers a journalism lecture — and a threat

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump on Friday issued a blistering attack on news organizations he dubbed "fake news," appearing to threaten those outlets and again calling them an "enemy of the people."

The president's latest broadside on the media came a few hours after he attacked the FBI with two morning tweets for an alleged inability to stop and ...Read more

Trump defines a new GOP at conservatives' most prominent gathering

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump made one of his strongest pitches Friday to unite the Republican Party and the conservative movement behind a nationalist, anti-globalist ideology that until recently would have been unthinkable for many Republicans.

"There is no such thing as a global anthem, a global currency or a global flag," Trump said ...Read more

Trump blasts FBI as 'totally unable' to stop, find leakers

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday criticized the FBI for its alleged inability to identify individuals within the government who leaked information about possible contacts between the president's associates and Russia.

The new chief executive dubbed the agency "totally unable" to prevent the actions of "leakers," tweeting that such...Read more

Report: FBI rejected White House request to deny Trump Russia links

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WASHINGTON -- The FBI declined a recent White House request to deny media reports about contact between campaign staff for president Donald Trump and Russian intelligence before last year's election, CNN reported on Thursday.

The broadcaster cited U.S. officials as saying that the Trump administration had asked the agency to intervene.

Such a ...Read more

GOP leaps on congressional review act to kill Obama rules

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WASHINGTON -- A law that's been successfully used only once until now is the conduit for a whole lot of action on Capitol Hill.

Republicans in Congress are expected to send a stream of bills -- most of which require a single sentence -- to President Donald Trump's desk, using a process to repeal agency rules known as the Congressional Review ...Read more

Sen. Risch has retro plan to thwart hackers: Rely more on humans, less on technology

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WASHINGTON -- Idaho Republican Sen. Jim Risch says it's time for a retro approach to protect the nation's power grid, relying more on humans and less on sophisticated technology as a way to thwart hackers.

"I'm convinced that the next huge incident in the United States -- not a big incident, but a huge incident -- is going to be a cybersecurity...Read more

Conservatives laud Trump's decision on transgender bathroom access

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For Texas state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, requiring people to use the bathroom according to the gender on their birth certificate has always been about public safety.

It's why Kolkhorst is the prime sponsor of a controversial transgender bathroom bill -- the Texas Privacy Act -- being debated in the Legislature, and why she welcomed news that the ...Read more

Trump supporter Caitlyn Jenner calls rollback of transgender rights a 'disaster'

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LOS ANGELES -- Caitlyn Jenner sent out a message Thursday calling out President Donald Trump for dropping federal protections for transgender students.

"I have a message for the trans kids of America: You're winning. I know it doesn't feel like it today or every day, but you're winning," said Jenner on a video posted to her Twitter account.

...Read more

Ginsburg, mum on Trump, says immigration makes US great

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WASHINGTON -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't mention President Donald Trump or his immigration policies in a public appearance Thursday. She didn't need to.

The liberal U.S. Supreme Court justice, who last year called then-candidate Trump a "faker," hailed the country as one made great by immigration, diversity and free speech, and suggested the U....Read more

Federal lawyer urges colleagues to resist 'indefensible' Trump policies

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WASHINGTON -- In the latest sign of defiance to President Donald Trump among federal environmental employees, a retiring Interior Department lawyer sent an email to hundreds of colleagues this month, urging them to "stand your ground" and resist being pressured into signing off on legally indefensible environmental decisions.

Eric W. Nagle, a ...Read more