Can Trump take back California's high-speed rail money? A look at the political and legal battle ahead

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LOS ANGELES -- The Trump administration's decision to cancel a $927 million grant to California's troubled high speed rail project and claw back $2.5 billion in funds already spent has thrust the federal government into uncharted legal territory and posed an existential threat to the state's largest investment ever.

Never before, experts say, ...Read more

Republicans rally around Trump after McCabe's assertions

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans have launched a counteroffensive to discredit former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe's reports that Justice Department officials discussed removing President Donald Trump from office.

The Republican National Committee fired off an email that labeled McCabe a "Liar. Leaker. Loser."

Trump told reporters Wednesday that...Read more

House Democrats to file resolution on Trump's border emergency

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats in the U.S. House plan to file a resolution on Friday seeking to block President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to build a wall on the southern U.S. border.

Rep. Joaquin Castro of Texas outlined plans to introduce the measure in an email circulated to colleagues that was obtained Wednesday by Bloomberg News. The ...Read more

Trump says release of Mueller report will be 'totally' up to new AG Barr

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WASHINGTON -- During a Wednesday meeting with his Austrian counterpart, President Donald J. Trump said the release of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report would be "totally" up to Attorney General William Barr.

The president was asked after CNN reported Wednesday that Mueller's report could be finalized next week. Trump said releasing...Read more

Son of NC GOP candidate expressed concerns about operative at center of disputed election

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The son of Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris testified Wednesday that he had concerns about a Bladen County operative hired by his father before the 2018 campaign.

"I've heard about this McCrae (Dowless) guy. Seems to me he might be kind of a shady character," John Harris said he told Harris campaign consultant ...Read more

Bernie Sanders draws record $5.9 million in one day as he starts 2020 run

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist, received $5.9 million from about 223,000 donors in the 24 hours after he announced his repeat bid for the U.S. presidency.

In total, the Vermont independent has raised $6 million, with small-dollar pledges mirroring the average donation of $27 from his 2016 run, ...Read more

Analysis: After contentious border moves, stakes only get higher for Trump

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WASHINGTON -- "Stay tuned" is a common refrain from White House aides when asked about the many cliffhangers created by President Donald Trump. But remarkably, even after three topsy-turvy months that culminated Friday in a wild Rose Garden appearance, that West Wing mantra will apply doubly over the next few weeks.

Trump's decision to declare ...Read more

Supreme Court says constitutional ban on 'excessive fines' also applies to states

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WASHINGTON -- In a unanimous ruling, the Supreme Court said Wednesday that the 8th Amendment's ban of "excessive fines" applies to states and local agencies, not just the federal government.

The decision will limit the power of the police and state law enforcement agents to seize cars, boats and other property.

The ruling is a victory for ...Read more

California's challenge to Trump's border wall more likely to win on narrow grounds

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SAN FRANCISCO -- When a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's plan to build a border wall goes before a federal judge in San Francisco, California and 15 other states will argue that the administration's decision to bypass Congress violates the U.S. Constitution.

But legal analysts generally agreed Tuesday that the lawsuit is most likely...Read more

LA votes to file legal challenge to Trump's emergency declaration

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to go to court to challenge President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border, either on its own or in conjunction with other government agencies.

On a 13-0 vote, the council authorized City Attorney Mike Feuer to either join a lawsuit against ...Read more

Why Trump's tweets could be used against him in California's border emergency lawsuit

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WASHINGTON -- California is using President Donald Trump's own tweets against him in the state's lawsuit seeking to block his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexico border.

The lawsuit filed Monday by officials in California and 15 other states cites a string of Trump's tweets and public statements dating back to 2014 to argue that ...Read more

Rep. Joyce's former treasurer embezzled nearly $80,000 from his campaign, per letter

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. David Joyce's campaign believes his former treasurer embezzled more than $80,000 from its committee coffers from 2015 to 2018, the campaign wrote in a letter to the Federal Elections Commission last week.

Cleveland.com first reported on the letter.

The Ohio Republican's campaign told the FEC in the letter that an ...Read more

Consultant denies knowing about illegal activities in NC's 9th District campaign

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The top campaign consultant for Republican Mark Harris denied Tuesday that he knew a Bladen County political operative was allegedly engaged in unlawful ballot collection during the 2018 campaign in North Carolina's 9th District.

Andy Yates, the founder of Red Dome Group, testified before the state board of elections that the ...Read more

Trump administration vows to cancel $929 million in California rail funding

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LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. Transportation Department announced Tuesday it would attempt to cancel $929 million in federal grant funds for California's troubled high-speed rail project.

The move marks an escalation in the war of words between President Donald Trump and California in the days since Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a rethinking of the ...Read more

Clarence Thomas agrees with Trump that libel laws should be eased

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WASHINGTON -- Justice Clarence Thomas filed a solo opinion Tuesday that should appeal to President Donald Trump. He said the Supreme Court should make it easier for public figures to sue for libel.

Thomas said the court made a mistake in 1964 when it set a high barrier for public officials to sue the media for defaming them with a false story. ...Read more

Trump denies he asked Whitaker if an ally could oversee Cohen probe

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Tuesday denied a report that he asked former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker if an ally could undo his recusal in an investigation of his former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen.

Longtime Trump ally Geoffrey Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, had ...Read more

'Incompetence and malfeasance' led to voter suppression effort, Stacey Abrams says

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ATLANTA -- Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams told a congressional subcommittee examining ways to boost voting rights that a toxic combination of "incompetence and malfeasance" led to a systemic voter suppression effort in Georgia.

"Incompetence and malfeasance operates in tandem and the sheer complexity of the ...Read more

How Clarence Thomas used Bill Cosby to call for a reconsideration of libel laws

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PHILADELPHIA -- The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will not consider a defamation case involving Bill Cosby. But the announcement came with a twist: Justice Clarence Thomas called for a reconsideration of the nation's libel laws.

Kathrine McKee, one of the dozens of women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault or sexual ...Read more

Trump denies calling Andrew McCabe's wife a 'loser' as feud intensifies

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump is at war with Andrew McCabe, accusing the former acting FBI director of "Treason!" and saying he told a "lie" by claiming the president once called his wife a "loser."

Even during and after a long weekend at his South Florida resort following a chaotic mid-December to mid-February stretch, Trump was unable to ignore ...Read more

Supreme Court to decide if Clean Water Act limits Hawaii's underground waste water dumping

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an important case on the Clean Water Act and decide whether environmentalists can sue to block Hawaii's disposal of waste water that flows underground into the Pacific Ocean.

At issue is a dispute over the limits of the federal government's anti-pollution authority.

For more than a decade,...Read more


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