Democrats energized by intraparty 'Resistance'

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WASHINGTON –– Jennifer Mosbacher cried in a doctor's office the morning after Donald Trump's election, unable to control herself during a routine physical. The Atlanta suburbanite had avoided politics her entire life but was overcome with shock by an outcome she never saw coming.

She decided to act on her anger. In the year since, a woman ...Read more

Members of Congress with most to gain or lose from a shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- Voters have made it clear for years they're fed up with Washington's chaos, and nothing better illustrates the capital's disarray than a down-to-the-wire fight over government spending.

That's why this week's votes to keep the federal government running were tough votes, votes that vulnerable congressmen and senators will be ...Read more

After a year, top Trump staffers still working without certified financial disclosures

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WASHINGTON -- A year into Donald Trump's presidency, records show five of his top staffers still have not secured final approval of their financial reports -- disclosures that are required by law to ensure Americans that these senior officials aren't personally benefiting from their White House jobs.

Another four staffers received certification...Read more

Supreme Court will decide on Trump's travel ban

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court Friday agreed to decide whether President Donald Trump has the legal power to bar tens of thousands of visitors and immigrants from several mostly Muslim nations from entering this country.

The court's ruling could be one of its most significant pronouncements on the chief executive's power, acting on his own, to...Read more

Trump tells abortion opponents he'll defend right to life

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump criticized the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision and vowed that his administration would defend what he called the first right enumerated by the Declaration of Independence -- the right to life -- in remarks to an abortion march in Washington.

"Roe v. Wade has resulted in some of the most permissive ...Read more

House votes to table Trump impeachment

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WASHINGTON -- Members of both parties in the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Friday to table articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

The final vote was 355 in favor of a motion by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to table the articles of impeachment against the president. Only 66 Democrats voted against the ...Read more

Congressman says 'possible terrorist nexus' in Vegas massacre

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WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry speculated that there was a "possible terrorist nexus" in the Las Vegas mass shooting in October.

"Well, I smell a rat like a lot of Americans do. Nothing is adding up. It's been four months as you said," the Pennsylvania Republican said in an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson.

Perry, a member ...Read more

Trump's first year: Support erodes among surveyed voters

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump began his presidency a polarizing figure; he ends his first year a beleaguered one.

As the anniversary of Trump's inauguration approaches Saturday, the president's support has eroded, his opposition has gained energy and his party faces bleak prospects for the midterm election in November, according to a new USC ...Read more

Trump to mark one-year anniversary with gala benefit at Mar-a-Lago

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will mark the first anniversary of his inauguration with a celebration at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, with tickets starting at $100,000 a pair.

That amount, according to the invitation, will pay for dinner and a photograph with the president. For $250,000, a couple can also take part in a roundtable.

...Read more

Congress votes to extend warrantless-spying program through 2023

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted Thursday to reauthorize the government's warrantless-spying program through 2023, overcoming bipartisan opposition over concern for Americans' privacy rights.

The bill, passed 65-34, will extend the National Security Agency's authority to intercept calls and emails from suspected foreign terrorists under Section ...Read more

Supreme Court gives North Carolina Republicans a delay in partisan gerrymander case

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court came to the aid of North Carolina's Republican leaders Thursday, putting on hold a lower court's ruling that declared the state's election map an unconstitutional "partisan gerrymander" and required the GOP-controlled Legislature to redraw congressional districts in time for this year's election.

The justices ...Read more

Trump's first year: The president is driving young Republicans away from the party

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WASHINGTON -- When President Donald Trump refused to explicitly blame white supremacists for violence in Charlottesville, Va., Republican Emmanuel Wilder couldn't help but take it personally.

"I try not to let my feelings get ahead of the facts, but in this circumstance, it hurts," the 30-year-old Wilder, a North Carolina-based African-American...Read more

FBI investigating whether Russian money went to NRA to help Trump

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WASHINGTON -- The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the matter have told McClatchy.

FBI counterintelligence investigators have focused on the activities of Alexander Torshin, the ...Read more

Trump might avoid Republican primaries

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump says that he will campaign frequently for Republicans during the 2018 midterm elections, but might avoid getting involved in primaries.

"I am going to spend probably four or five days a week helping people because we need more Republicans," he told Reuters. "To get the real agenda through, we need more ...Read more

All in a morning's tweets: Trump undermines House GOP leaders, his chief of staff and his press secretary

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WASHINGTON -- In a series of tweets Thursday morning, President Trump undercut a deal by Republican lawmakers to keep the government open past Friday and contradicted his chief of staff's comments that Trump had "evolved" on his promised border wall.

By slamming the proposed government-funding plan, Trump also undermined his press secretary, ...Read more

Antonio Sabato Jr.'s risque film roles have conservatives questioning his congressional candidacy

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LOS ANGELES -- Antonio Sabato Jr. is best known as a soap opera star and Calvin Klein underwear model. But parts of his acting career are raising eyebrows among some conservatives as the Republican and early supporter of President Donald Trump runs for Congress in California.

Some Republicans in his district, which includes most of Ventura ...Read more

Trump's first year: EPA gives power plants expanded license to pollute

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WASHINGTON -- A massive coal ash spill near Knoxville, Tenn., in 2008 forever changed life for Janie Clark's family and left her husband with crippling health problems. So Clark was astounded late last year when she heard what the Environmental Protection Agency had done.

In September, at the behest of power companies, the agency shelved a ...Read more

Trump announces winners of 'Fake News Awards'

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President Donald Trump announced the recipients of his "Fake News Awards" on Wednesday night.

Trump tweeted a link to the winners list, which was hosted on GOP.com. The web page promptly went offline.

The "award" recipients included a mix of reporters for The New York Times, ABC News and The Washington Post, as well as reports published by CNN...Read more

Trump wants to kill two immigration programs, but doesn't seem to know how they work

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WASHINGTON -- As television cameras were allowed to roll during a lengthy immigration meeting at the White House last week, President Donald Trump groused to lawmakers about how 50,000 people each year get coveted green cards through a visa program he wants to kill.

Countries "put names in a hopper," Trump said. Then American officials "put ...Read more

Kelly tells lawmakers that Trump's campaign promises over border wall were 'uninformed'

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WASHINGTON -- White House chief of staff John F. Kelly complicated immigration negotiations Wednesday ahead of a possible government shutdown, telling lawmakers that President Donald Trump's border wall was an "uninformed" campaign promise and not likely to be funded by Mexico.

Kelly stunned Congressional Hispanic Caucus members by also ...Read more