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This California congressman is avoiding a #MeToo backlash so far. Here's why

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WASHINGTON -- Asked recently whether she would push Rep. Tony Cardenas of California to resign over allegations in a lawsuit that he molested a teenager in 2007, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi threw up her hands and walked away.

That seems to sum up Washington's collective response so far to the latest #MeToo sexual misconduct crisis ...Read more

Trump says he'll order inquiry into informant in Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said on Twitter Sunday that he will order an investigation into whether law enforcement "infiltrated or surveilled" his presidential campaign "for political purposes," escalating an already extraordinary clash between the president and the Justice Department.

The decision could lead to a new level of ...Read more

House Republicans set terms for Trump to campaign on their turf

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mike Coffman threw his hands in the air and stomped away. Rep. Leonard Lance smiled ruefully as he said the White House was "cross" with him. And Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick cited the uncertainties of his schedule as he stepped into an elevator.

The question of whether endangered GOP candidates want President Donald Trump to ...Read more

Trump proposes cutting Planned Parenthood funds; what does that mean?

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WASHINGTON -- The planned revival of a policy dating to Ronald Reagan's presidency may finally present a way for President Donald Trump to fulfill his campaign promise to "defund" Planned Parenthood. Or at least to evict it from the federal family planning program, where it provides care to more than 40 percent of that program's 4 million ...Read more

Trump backs Republican John Cox for California governor

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--President Donald Trump endorsed Republican John Cox for California governor in a tweet Friday, backing that could pay dividends in consolidating the GOP vote in the June primary, increasing Cox's chances to win a spot on the November ballot.

"California finally deserves a great Governor, one who understands borders, crime ...Read more

Trump talk of FBI spy planted in campaign disputed by officials

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. officials are pushing back against allegations embraced by President Donald Trump that the Justice Department planted a spy in his 2016 campaign.

Instead, the two officials said, the FBI and CIA gathered intelligence from a number of people as they began their investigation of Russia's interference in the U.S. election.

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Another defeat for Trump in Congress as GOP infighting scuttles farm bill

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WASHINGTON -- In a major political setback, House Republicans failed Friday to pass an $867 billion farm bill that aimed to impose strict new work requirements for food stamp recipients.

Conservatives refused to support the measure unless House leaders agreed to hold a vote immediately on a separate immigration bill.

The unraveling of the farm...Read more

Who is Jonathan Oddi, the man shot after ranting and firing shots at Trump National Doral?

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MIAMI -- The man accused of firing inside Trump National Doral Miami resort has been identified as 42-year-old Jonathan Oddi.

On social media, Oddi lists himself as a fitness instructor, real-estate investor and manager at Pegasus, a business dealing in minerals and gemstones. Oddi lived a few miles away at a rental complex, 8100 NW 53rd St. ...Read more

Analysis: Giuliani escalates effort to erode legitimacy of Mueller probe

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WASHINGTON -- Former FBI Director James Comey is a "proven liar" and Attorney General Jeff Sessions "didn't step up" to shut down an "unjustifiable investigation." Those were just two of the claims made Friday by Rudy Giuliani, one of President Donald Trump's lawyers, as he continued an escalating effort to erode the legitimacy of the Justice ...Read more

Gates says Trump confused HIV and HPV, questioned vaccines and had 'scary' awareness of Gates' daughter

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump asked Bill Gates to explain the difference between HIV and HPV and expressed "scary" awareness of the Microsoft Corp. co-founder's 22-year-old daughter when the two men met after the 2016 election, Gates said at a recent meeting with employees of his foundation.

The billionaire philanthropist's account of his meetings...Read more

Trump administration moves to put new restrictions on abortion services

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration moved Friday to place new restrictions on access to abortion, as the Health and Human Services Department prepared new regulations that would effectively bar organizations that receive federal family planning money from providing abortions or counseling mothers about the procedure.

The much-anticipated ...Read more

Man firing gun and ranting about Trump shot by police inside Trump National Doral resort

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MIAMI -- A gunman ranting about President Donald Trump walked into the lobby of Trump National Doral Miami resort early Friday morning, draped an American flag on the counter and began firing.

The man -- who was not a guest at the resort -- waited in the lobby for police officers to arrive before luring them into a gunfight, authorities said. ...Read more

Analysis: Famous names on the ballot? Sure, we got 'em

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Every election cycle, at least a few "semi-celebrities" (or those with connections to semi-celebrities) run for office. This cycle is no exception.

Actress Cynthia Nixon of "Sex in the City" fame is running for the Democratic nomination for governor of New York, while Greg Pence, the vice president's brother, won the Republican nomination in ...Read more

Judge rules that politician accused of sexually assaulting teenage girl can be named in lawsuit

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LOS ANGELES -- A judge has ruled that attorneys can name a Los Angeles politician accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in a recent lawsuit.

The decision by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Sotelo also allows attorneys to serve the suit against the politician, who has been identified in court papers only as John Doe.

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Giuliani Says Mueller willing to limit scope of Trump interview

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said special counsel Robert Mueller has indicated he is willing to narrow the scope of an interview with Trump from questions presented to Trump's legal team in March.

Giuliani said he is aiming to wrap up negotiations over an interview before June 12, when Trump is planning to meet ...Read more

Court allows Summer Zervos to gather evidence in defamation suit against Trump

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A New York appeals court denied President Donald Trump's request to suspend a defamation suit against him Thursday, clearing the way for an exhaustive probe of how he handled accusations of sexual misconduct during the 2016 campaign.

The ruling allows Summer Zervos, a former contestant on "The Apprentice," to gather evidence on Trump's alleged ...Read more

Who leaked secret bank report on Cohen? Answer may come soon

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NEW YORK -- The identity of the law enforcement official who supplied details of Michael Cohen's banking activities to media-savvy lawyer Michael Avenatti probably won't remain secret for long, according to people who work in the field.

Anyone who gains access to the government's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network database of bank-generated ...Read more

A world of threats awaits Gina Haspel as CIA director

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WASHINGTON -- During a tense Senate confirmation hearing last week, Gina Haspel rattled off a list of national security challenges she could face as the first woman to lead the CIA -- Russian aggression, Iranian ambitions in the Middle East, China's increasing global reach, destructive cyberattacks and deadly terrorist groups.

The senators ...Read more

New House bill would prohibit lawmakers from sleeping in offices

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi introduced a bill Thursday to prohibit House members from sleeping overnight in their congressional offices as a way to save money.

The bill also would grant members a tax deduction for living expenses so they can better afford to make second homes in Washington during the work week ...Read more

Stormy Daniels' attorney Michael Avenatti accused of stiffing law partner on $2 million debt

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Michael Avenatti, the attorney for porn actress Stormy Daniels, broke his promise to make a $2 million payment that was due Tuesday under the settlement of his firm's bankruptcy, a new lawsuit alleges.

To resolve the bankruptcy, Avenatti promised in December to pay $4.85 million to Jason Frank, a former lawyer at Avenatti's Newport Beach law ...Read more