Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court pick, could trigger shift on firearms

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WASHINGTON -- With the addition of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court could have a conservative majority to strike down bans on semiautomatic weapons in liberal states and to decree that law-abiding Americans have a right to carry a gun in public.

Although the fight over Kavanaugh's nomination has mostly focused on abortion and health ...Read more

Trump resists Mueller interview, leaving decision on subpoena before fall elections

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WASHINGTON -- After months of negotiations could not secure an interview with President Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller warned the president's lawyers in March that he could use a grand jury subpoena if necessary to compel his testimony.

That prompted a furious response from John M. Dowd, the president's lead attorney at the time. ...Read more

California midterm shaping up as a referendum on Trump

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Katie Hill and Steve Knight are waging one of the most fiercely competitive congressional races in the country, a free-for-all spilling from the pin-neat subdivisions of Simi Valley to the scrubland of the high desert.

Hill, a Democrat, has been featured on HBO and profiled in several national publications. Knight, a two-term GOP incumbent, is ...Read more

White House, CNN trade barbs over scrapped Bolton interview

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WASHINGTON -- The White House press secretary said the Trump administration had punished "bad behavior" after a planned CNN interview with national security adviser John Bolton was canceled following a tense exchange between President Donald Trump and one of the network's correspondents.

Bolton had been booked to appear on CNN's "State of the ...Read more

Kavanaugh may face stealth hurdle in Supreme Court confirmation: Rand Paul

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WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's road to confirmation may have a little-noticed obstacle: Sen. Rand Paul's firm views on privacy.

While abortion has gotten most of the attention in the partisan fight over the nomination, the Kentucky Republican strongly disagrees with Kavanaugh on the meaning of the Constitution's Fourth ...Read more

Top Democrats warn Intelligence director about sharing secrets with other members of Congress

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WASHINGTON--Democratic members of the group of lawmakers with access to particularly sensitive intelligence information expressed concern Thursday about broader dissemination -- to other members of Congress.

The Thursday letter directed to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats was publicly released on Friday.

"In recent days, we learned ...Read more

Speculation grows S. Carolina's Clyburn may run for House speaker

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WASHINGTON -- A whisper campaign is underway to promote U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn of South Carolina as the next speaker of the House of Representatives.

Allies of the Democratic lawmaker, currently assistant House Democratic leader, say the conversations are still in the early stages. They add, however, there are real and active efforts to pitch ...Read more

Analysis: Trump has some helpful advice on running your country

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WASHINGTON -- For a guy who regularly preaches the virtues of sovereignty, Donald Trump sure had a lot to say this week about how other people are running their countries.

He attacked Angela Merkel for a pipeline deal with Russia. He badgered NATO allies to more rapidly increase their defense spending. He chastised Theresa May for ignoring his ...Read more

Pelosi suggests Democrats hold leadership elections after Thanksgiving

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WASHINGTON -- Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a dear colleague letter to House Democrats Friday suggesting the caucus wait until after Thanksgiving to hold its leadership elections for the next Congress.

The letter may seem strange coming four months in advance of the lame-duck session during which intraparty leadership elections would be ...Read more

Bill would keep guns from those convicted of animal cruelty

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Katherine M. Clark has proposed legislation that would prevent people convicted of animal cruelty from accessing firearms.

Clark, D-Mass., said her bill would close an existing loophole and cited a study from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Northeastern University linking animal ...Read more

Interest groups rush to sway senators on Kavanaugh nomination

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WASHINGTON -- The GOP's race to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is sparking a furious battle between liberal and conservative groups to sway half a dozen pivotal senators who are giving little hint of how they'll vote.

Many senators are falling along party lines over the nomination of Kavanaugh, a 53-year-old appellate court judge...Read more

Trump lost millions at golf courses in Scotland, but US voters weren't told that

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's pair of golf resorts in Scotland have steadily lost money, with losses calculated at $23 million the last year his company reported figures to United Kingdom officials.

U.S. voters may not know that.

That's because Trump told U.S. officials that Trump Turnberry earned $15 million and Trump International ...Read more

GOP messaging vote on Democrats' 'abolish ICE' bill set to backfire

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WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders are planning a vote this month on a progressive bill to terminate the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, but their plan to put Democrats on record on an issue that divides the minority party looks like it will backfire.

Democrats say they'll make the debate about families that have been separated ...Read more

Trump taps Senate's deputy sergeant-at-arms for NASA post

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WASHINGTON -- The deputy sergeant-at-arms of the Senate has been picked by President Donald Trump to be the deputy administrator of NASA.

James W. Morhard, who has been deputy SAA since Republicans took over the Senate majority in 2015, has largely focused on the various administrative functions of the Senate.

He should be no real stranger to ...Read more

Democrats' push to abolish ICE reaches Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON -- The calls on the left to abolish the government's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency reached Capitol Hill on Thursday, as three Democratic representatives filed legislation to close the agency that has become the face of immigration raids in the Trump administration.

"ICE is not working in its current form because the ...Read more

Sen. Jeff Flake blasts Trump on trade strategy and NATO

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Flake delivered a blistering attack on President Donald Trump's trade policy and approach to U.S. allies, saying he's "baffled" that fellow Republicans aren't pushing back harder against him on tariffs and accusing the president of undermining longstanding American relationships.

"Protectionism is something he's come ...Read more

Ocasio-Cortez, Crowley feud over November ballot on Twitter

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley said he would not run against Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated Crowley in a primary last month. On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez accused Crowley on Twitter of waging a third-party campaign against her.

"Alexandria, the race is over and Democrats need to come together," Crowley tweeted in response on ...Read more

Trump throws NATO summit into crisis mode with demands, before switching and claiming victory

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BRUSSELS -- President Donald Trump threw the annual NATO summit deeper into crisis Thursday -- forcing an emergency session and suggesting the United States could leave the nearly 70-year-old alliance -- before switching positions and claiming victory.

As the summit closed, the president held an unexpected news conference, taking credit for ...Read more

Stymied elsewhere, Trump turns to pardons to advance personal and policy goals

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As a candidate for president, Donald Trump vowed to accomplish a great many things with the ease and simplicity of snapping his fingers.

Once in office, however, he discovered that achieving those goals -- dismantling Obamacare, slashing the federal debt, building a wall along the border with Mexico, among other promises -- was far more ...Read more

Makers of driverless cars want Congress to free them from state safety standards

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WASHINGTON -- As Silicon Valley and automakers attempt to steer the nation toward a future of driverless vehicles, a group of influential lawmakers remains concerned that bipartisan legislation now moving through Congress could leave consumers at risk by preventing states from demanding tighter safety regulations.

The House passed a bill last ...Read more

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