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Prosecutors: Calif. man defrauded donors with fake Sanders, O'Rourke websites

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LOS ANGELES -- An 80-year-old California man was charged this week with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft after federal prosecutors say he set up fake political action committees and pocketed more than $250,000 in contributions that donors thought was going to various political candidates and causes.

John Pierre Dupont of Blythe set up ...Read more

Cummings says Trump administration's use of private email violates records act

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, penned a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone Thursday, alleging that Trump administration officials violated federal law.

The Maryland Democrat said in his letter that the committee's investigation has found new information that "raises ...Read more

Cindy Yang helped Chinese tech stars get $50K photos with Trump. Who paid?

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MIAMI -- More than a year before her Super Bowl selfie with the president, Li "Cindy" Yang brought two Chinese-born tech executives -- an Australia-based cryptocurrency guru known in the industry as "the Martian" and a startup CEO whose firm recently became a jersey sponsor for the Dallas Mavericks -- to take formal photos with President Donald ...Read more

Trump might limit states' say in offshore drilling plan

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WASHINGTON -- When President Donald Trump proposed opening nearly the entire U.S. coastline to more offshore oil and gas drilling, the backlash from states seeking exemptions was swift.

Governors, Republican and Democratic, and state legislatures up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines protested so vigorously that the administration ...Read more

Marine Corps commandant says deploying troops to the border poses 'unacceptable risk'

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WASHINGTON -- The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president's emergency declaration, among other unexpected demands, have posed "unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency."

In two internal memos, Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller said ...Read more

Trump lashes out at McCain, but has curbed attacks on other Republicans. Can it last?

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WASHINGTON -- On one recent Sunday Twitter tirade, President Donald Trump scolded the autoworkers union, Hillary Clinton, "Saturday Night Live," MS-13, three Fox News anchors, a lawyer working on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team and the late Sen. John McCain.

Surprisingly spared from the online wrath were the dozen Republican ...Read more

House GOP is down to 13 women. Will North Carolina special elections boost their ranks?

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WASHINGTON -- With two special elections in North Carolina this year, Republicans have a chance to send to Congress some company for West Virginia Rep. Carol Miller, the only female GOP lawmaker in the House freshman class.

The number of Republican women in the chamber is at a new low with just 13 in the 116th Congress, down from 23 the ...Read more

Bernie Sanders, at UCLA, highlights his longtime support for organized labor

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LOS ANGELES -- Bernie Sanders' first appearance in California as a 2020 presidential candidate was not at a mega-rally like the ones that defined his previous bid, but at a speech before sun-baked picketers in front of the University of California, Los Angeles's medical center.

The rallies will come later -- Sanders has three scheduled this ...Read more

Not even Trump is expecting 3 percent growth anymore

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Donald Trump built his presidential campaign in part around a promise to jump up U.S. economic growth to 3.5 percent a year or even 4 percent, a big improvement over the 2 percent average of the previous decade.

Since taking office, however, Trump has struggled to come close even to 3 percent. This week, his Council of Economic Advisors ...Read more

Trump visits Ohio factory for tanks Army didn't want, as tariffs hurt other workers

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump flew to Ohio on Wednesday to take credit for reviving an Ohio tank factory, attempting to smooth over economic trouble signs in a politically crucial state where his trade war is hurting manufacturing.

Though tariffs have taken a toll on jobs and confidence, Trump has tried to compensate with an infusion of ...Read more

Supreme Court appears ready to find racial bias a factor in Mississippi murder case

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday sounded ready to overturn a Mississippi murder conviction based on racial bias during jury selection.

It marked the latest chapter in an extraordinary case involving a small-town white prosecutor who had repeatedly excluded or restricted black jurors from serving on six separate trials of Curtis ...Read more

Why Ronald Reagan's daughter isn't happy with Trump's 'MAGA' slogan her father coined

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Ronald Reagan may have been the first to popularize "Make America Great Again," but former first daughter Patti Davis says he'd be "horrified" by what President Donald Trump has done with the slogan, Yahoo News reports.

"I think it's taken on, obviously, a completely different meaning because what it seems to mean now is 'let's make America ...Read more

Ocasio-Cortez's campaign finance has critics crying hypocrisy

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic firebrand Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rode into office railing against the influence of big money and hidden donors in U.S. elections. Yet the political operation that helped elect her to Congress was itself less than transparent -- exposing her to attacks from conservative foes.

The New York congresswoman raised a hefty $...Read more

Q&A: Some real facts about fake news and its influence on US elections

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With another presidential election around the corner, a question from the last still lingers: Did fake news help Donald Trump beat Hilary Clinton in the race for the White House?

It depends on whom you ask, and how you define "fake news." Donald Trump, for example, tends to lob the term at mainstream media outlets when he doesn't like what they...Read more

Trump nominates former airline executive to lead the FAA

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump named former airline executive Stephen Dickson to run the Federal Aviation Administration as the agency faces scrutiny for its role in approving the Boeing Co. 737 Max for service before two fatal crashes of the jetliner.

The FAA administrator job has been vacant since Michael Huerta, who had been appointed ...Read more

Judge says Trump is jumping the gun on military trans ban

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NEW YORK -- The U.S. government is "incorrect" in claiming that there are no further impediments to President Donald Trump's promised ban on transgender Americans serving in the military, a federal judge said.

The administration said on March 8 that it would issue a memorandum implementing the ban next month, citing the government's U.S. ...Read more

Bannon, Papadopoulos, NRA complying with Congress' Trump corruption probe

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WASHINGTON -- Steve Bannon, George Papadopoulos and the National Rifle Association are among the eight people and entities who have provided documents to House Democrats as part of the Judiciary Committee's investigation into alleged corruption and obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump and his inner circle, according to a Republican ...Read more

Trump embraces Brazil's Bolsonaro, another brash president enmeshed in scandal

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, the new Brazilian leader dubbed the "Trump of the Tropics," pledged cooperation Tuesday in opposing Venezuela's socialist government, even as both took aim at a pillar of democracy: the media.

Acknowledging that they have "many views that are similar" during a joint news conference in the...Read more

Analysis: Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro flaunt nationalistic bromance

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump got his desired victory lap Tuesday with the Brazilian known as the "Trump of the Tropics" as they stood side by side in the White House Rose Garden in a full display of the nationalism that put both in office.

In true Trump fashion, he flashed his contrarian side as he and his Brazilian counterpart, Jair ...Read more

Trump again goes after John McCain

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is not backing down from his attacks on the late Sen. John McCain, on Tuesday saying he was "never" fond of the Arizona Republican.

On Sunday, Trump fired off a tweet with several inaccuracies criticizing McCain for his role in getting a dossier allegedly containing negative information about Trump. He also ...Read more