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Trump's visitor logs remain secret

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump is expected at his Winter White House in Palm Beach for the holidays, but records showing who will be visiting him at his Mar-a-Lago Club aren't available to the public.

The Trump administration has swatted down attempts by government watchdog groups to obtain White House and Mar-a-Lago visitor ...Read more

Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris to teenage girls: 'Speak up'

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LOS ANGELES -- Female politicians are used to finding themselves in rooms full of men.

But on Friday, two of the nation's most prominent political women got the chance to address 10,000 girls.

Hillary Clinton and Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., shared their experiences and offered advice to the young women in middle and high school at the annual...Read more

How Marco Rubio forced the GOP's hand on the child tax credit

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WASHINGTON -- When Sen. Marco Rubio told reporters on Thursday that he would vote "no"on a tax overhaul bill without an expanded child tax credit, many congressional staffers, political observers and lawmakers from both parties thought the Florida Republican was blowing hot air, looking to appear as though he had leverage when he did not.

There...Read more

Senators go their own way on stopgap funding

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WASHINGTON -- Senators are preparing to completely rework the temporary spending bill needed to keep much of government open past Dec. 22.

The legislation will be stripped of the House-passed Defense appropriations bill and a partisan measure reauthorizing the Children's Health Insurance Program, which many expected. But its length will also ...Read more

Trump says Americans are 'very, very angry' at FBI, calls himself a 'loyal champion in the White House'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump gave a distinctly mixed message to the FBI on Friday, saying "people are very, very angry" about what they see as a political bias in the bureau but vowing unqualified support for law enforcement.

"Well, it's a shame what's happened with the FBI," Trump told reporters at the White House before he flew to ...Read more

Senate panel to consider rules change

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are readying another rule change to the chamber, this one aimed at reducing the number of hours the chamber debates executive and judicial nominees.

The Rules and Administration Committee will meet on Tuesday to consider a resolution sponsored by Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., that would reduce the time the ...Read more

Trump to visit FBI Academy after saying agency 'in Tatters'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to visit the FBI Academy in Quantico in Virginia on Friday, the White House said in a statement, an appearance that comes less than two weeks after he said the agency's reputation was "in Tatters."

Trump has frequently criticized the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which, under the direction of ...Read more

Trump boasts of 'screeching' halt to growth of US regulations

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump trumpeted his effort to slash government rules as "the most far reaching regulatory reform in history."

"The never-ending growth of red tape in America has come to a sudden, screeching and beautiful halt," Trump said Thursday as his administration released its Unified Agenda, a twice-a-year report on the ...Read more

Top gun rights priority prospects dim, even in GOP-controlled Washington

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WASHINGTON -- Gun rights activists spent record amounts last year to elect Republicans -- but aren't likely to get their biggest wish, nationwide concealed carry legislation, approved before the 2018 elections.

Activists are blaming the Republicans they help put in power -- as well as Democrats -- for the lack of action on the gun lobby's No. 1...Read more

Head of congressional ethics office reportedly being sued

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WASHINGTON -- The staff director and chief counsel for the Office of Congressional Ethics is being sued for verbally abusing and physically assaulting women.

Omar Ashmawy's case goes back to his involvement in a late-night brawl in 2015 in Milford, Pa., according to Foreign Policy.

The suit includes a range of allegations related to his ...Read more

Rubio to vote against GOP tax bill if child credit isn't expanded for low-income families

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WASHINGTON -- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told Senate Republican leadership on Thursday that he intends to vote against the massive tax bill barreling through Congress if the child tax credit isn't expanded, a potential major blow in President Donald Trump's desire to pass a tax overhaul by Christmas.

If the bill isn't changed and Rubio votes ...Read more

Campaign against Darrell Issa discloses donors: Leo DiCaprio, Jane Fonda, Ted Danson and more

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SAN DIEGO -- A political group that has brought professional political organizers into the campaign against Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has received its most significant contributions to date -- from actress Jane Fonda and other celebrities.

Fonda gave $100,000 to Flip the 49th - Neighbors in Action, which recently registered as a political ...Read more

House GOP charts spending collision with Senate

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans are continuing on course with a spending strategy expected to fail in the Senate as they huddled Wednesday to discuss other pressing matters that might ride on the must-pass measure.

GOP leaders signaled an intention to move forward with a plan to pass a spending bill next week that would fully fund defense ...Read more

Democratic governor: 'Unstable' Trump could start nuclear war

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WASHINGTON -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday that he's worried President Donald Trump will "ignore the Constitution" and start a pre-emptive war with North Korea, which the Democrat worries will quickly escalate into a nuclear conflict.

"I'm very concerned we have such a chaotic, unbalanced, unstable person with the thermo-nuclear ...Read more

Omarosa Manigault Newman is leaving White House role; did she help woo black support?

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She is among President Donald Trump's most high-profile black supporters, a reality television star turned government official.

Now, Omarosa Manigault Newman is set to leave her role as director of communications in the White House Office of Public Liaison, a position in which she was tasked with working on outreach to various constituency ...Read more

Trump: 'I was right!' on Alabama Senate election

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday sought to distance himself from the apparent loser in the Alabama special Senate race, Roy Moore, tweeting that he "was right" that the former judge would be unable to win a general election.

Though Moore is refusing to concede the race, it appears Democrat Doug Jones will be the next junior ...Read more

Acting Trump brass who've stuck around too long may draw rebuke

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump's slow pace of hiring for key government jobs has left stand-ins occupying positions for so long that it may violate time limits on acting appointments, potentially resulting in decisions being overturned in court.

Enforcement actions as well as policy decisions on a variety of topics, such as easing ...Read more

DACA negotiators lean on Trump whisperer Lindsay Graham

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Lindsey Graham is in a pivotal position to help craft a deal to help keep 800,000 young immigrants in this country.

The South Carolina Republican enjoys unique access to President Donald Trump that virtually none of his colleagues share. He receives regular calls from Trump on his cellphone. On Sunday, Graham joined the ...Read more

Schools helping minorities threatened with less federal funding

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans are trying hard to tie federal funding to graduation rates, a change that schools with large minority populations worry could dramatically reduce the money they get from Washington.

Congressional Democrats and outside advocates blasted the proposed GOP reauthorization of the Higher Education Act as a discriminatory ...Read more

Donald Trump Jr. asks for investigation into House probe leaks

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, is seeking an investigation into leaks related to his interview last week with a congressional panel probing Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.

Details of his eight-hour session with the House Intelligence Committee on Dec. 6 were leaked during and after the interview, ...Read more