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Marco Rubio aims to boost small biz, counter China, with SBA reauthorization

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WASHINGTON -- Even if you follow Congress, you might not realize that Sen. Marco Rubio is the chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.

But the Florida Republican has been active with that part of his portfolio too, this week unveiling a chairman's mark for what would be the first full reauthorization and overhaul of the ...Read more

Trump seeks Supreme Court help on building border wall quickly

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WASHINGTON -- Trump administration officials want the Supreme Court to help them hurry up and spend up to $2.5 billion to construct a barrier on the U.S.-Mexico border before Congress thwarts them with new spending legislation on Oct. 1.

The administration argues it needs a ruling from the Supreme Court by July 26 so it can spend money on ...Read more

Mueller's testimony the latest in long line of Trump-era hearings

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WASHINGTON -- Robert S. Mueller III wanted to keep a low profile.

The former special counsel -- who famously avoided cameras for nearly two years when he led the Russia investigation -- made clear he did not want to testify to Congress beyond what he wrote in his 448-page report.

"It is important that the office's written work speak for itself...Read more

Omar's office facade gets covered with notes of support

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Ilhan Omar's congressional office facade grew more colorful as people walked by her office Friday and posted blue, purple, pink and yellow notes of encouragement in the form of a heart. It's a show of support after a long week of back-and-forth with President Donald Trump and his supporters, who chanted "send her back" at a ...Read more

Congresswoman describes life in migrant detention: 'In some cases it felt like a third world country on our side of the border'

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WASHINGTON -- California Rep. Doris Matsui confirmed some of the worst accounts of the border patrol centers housing migrant men, women and children who've crossed over the southern border, after visiting two facilities in Texas last weekend.

"It was just really kind of surprising in a way you can't steel yourselves for," Matsui, a Democrat in ...Read more

Trump administration backs off threat to audit California wildfire fighting agreement

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LOS ANGELES -- A growing dispute between the Trump administration and California firefighting agencies over millions of dollars in back pay has ended with both sides agreeing to maintain an existing cooperation agreement, according to officials.

At stake was more than $9 million of a total $72 million reimbursement request that California made ...Read more

Trump called out by some Christians for using 'Lord's name in vain' at fiery NC rally

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The controversial "send her back" crowd chant at President Donald Trump's North Carolina rally may have gotten all the headlines, but some Christians are grumbling over something most of the media completely ignored.

Trump cursed, and it was not just a few vulgarities. He took the Lord's name in vain.

Twice.

One state ...Read more

Rep. Ilhan Omar is in Trump's crosshairs. What's going on?

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Ilhan Omar has only been in Congress for seven months, but the Minnesota Democrat has become a major target of President Trump's ire.

What's going on?

Question: Trump's attacks on Omar escalated sharply this week. Why?

Answer: Omar's been a vocal critic of Trump since she got to Congress, calling herself "the president's ...Read more

Trump's new helicopter has a flaw: It scorches the White House lawn

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WASHINGTON -- The presidential helicopter isn't supposed to leave scorch marks on the White House lawn. So the Navy and Lockheed Martin Corp. are working to fix a "high risk" problem after the new Marine One did just that in a test without the president on board.

The first in a $5 billion fleet of new Marine One helicopters is supposed to be ...Read more

Biden to face off against Harris in Detroit Democratic debate

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic front-runner Joe Biden will face off against Kamala Harris on the second night of the two-part presidential primary debate in Detroit at the end of the month.

Bernie Sanders will be matched up against Elizabeth Warren in another group of 10 candidates on the first night, July 30.

This will be the second event to ...Read more

Trump's attacks on Ilhan Omar and other congresswomen are 'despicable,' Joe Biden says in LA

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LOS ANGELES -- Former Vice President and Democratic front-runner Joe Biden called President Donald Trump "despicable" Thursday for his racist remarks about four Democratic congresswoman of color.

At a breakfast event with more than three dozen black community leaders and restaurant workers at Dulan's in South Los Angeles, Biden condemned Trump ...Read more

Trump rally chants 'completely unacceptable,' says Trudeau

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WASHINGTON -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday condemned as "hurtful, wrong and completely unacceptable" chants by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump at a rally to "send her back" in reference to an immigrant member of Congress.

"I want everyone in Canada to know that those comments are completely unacceptable and ...Read more

Trump seeks to disavow 'Send her back' chant at his rally

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WASHINGTON -- The morning after chants of "Send her back" rang across one of his campaign rallies, President Donald Trump sought to disavow it, insisting that he "was not happy with it."

Trump made no effort to stop the chants during his rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night. Instead, he paused during the shouting and looked on for several...Read more

Court documents show close contact between Cohen and Trump during hush-money arrangements

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WASHINGTON -- Michael Cohen was in close contact with Donald Trump in 2016 as he arranged for hush-money payments to women who said they'd had affairs with the future president, according to court documents released Thursday.

An affidavit, used to obtain court approval for searches of Cohen's properties more than a year ago, cites phone records...Read more

'Send her back' chant chills Washington

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WASHINGTON -- The words "send her back" briefly drowned out the President Donald Trump's speech in Greenville, North Carolina, Wednesday night, and quickly sent chills through Washington.

Trump carried his screed against Rep. Ilhan Omar from Twitter on to the stage of a campaign stop Wednesday night, prompting supporters to respond that he ...Read more

GOP campaign chairman: There's 'no place' for 'send her back' chant

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WASHINGTON -- The National Republican Congressional Committee chairman said it was not acceptable that the crowd at President Donald Trump's rally Wednesday chanted "send her back" about a Muslim congresswoman who was born in Somalia.

But Rep. Tom Emmer declined on Thursday to say whether Trump's rhetoric could damage GOP efforts to win back ...Read more

House votes to raise federal minimum wage

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WASHINGTON -- The House voted 233-199 Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour incrementally over six years, but the Democratic-led effort was almost derailed by divisions between progressives and moderates.

Progressives on Wednesday had issued a last-minute warning to their moderate colleagues not to help Republicans make any...Read more

Trump rally has a new chant: 'Send her back'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is always in search of a new hook to keep his fans engaged, especially one that is likely to offend, gain attention or both.

Wednesday night, he got one when the crowd at his rally in North Carolina broke into chants of "send her back" as he began cataloging grievances against Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of ...Read more

Microsoft data shows hackers still targeting US elections

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WASHINGTON -- State-backed hackers have attempted to infiltrate targets related to U.S. elections more than 700 times in the past year, furthering concerns about potential meddling in upcoming races, according to a blog posted Wednesday by Microsoft Corp.

The hackers responsible are mostly from Russia and North Korea, said Tom Burt, Microsoft's...Read more

Federal prosecutors end hush-money investigation involving Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Federal prosecutors have closed their investigation into hush-money payments arranged by Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former fixer and lawyer, ending what was considered one of the gravest potential legal threats to the president and the company that bears his name.

U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley III revealed the...Read more