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Trump heads to Central Valley after slamming California on immigration, homelessness

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump's visit to California continues Wednesday with stops in the Central Valley to discuss water policy and then on to Rancho Mirage for a fundraiser hosted by Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison.

On Tuesday, Trump was in Beverly Hills, where he slammed Los Angeles officials for opposing his crackdown on illegal ...Read more

Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick still in limbo as Trump pardons 11 others

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DETROIT -- As President Donald Trump granted relief Tuesday to 11 white-collar criminals, no word came from the White House regarding the fate of Kwame Kilpatrick -- Detroit's imprisoned ex-mayor who is also hoping for some Oval Office intervention.

Kilpatrick, with the help of millionaire friend Peter Karmanos, sought clemency from Trump last ...Read more

Trump frees former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich from prison years early

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CHICAGO -- After more than one false alarm raised and dashed the hopes of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, President Donald Trump finally answered his pleas and commuted Blagojevich's 14-year prison term Tuesday, springing the Chicago Democrat from prison more than four years early and writing a stunning new chapter to one of the state's ...Read more

Trump backers want extra $1 billion to blunt Bloomberg spending

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WASHINGTON -- Members of President Donald Trump's reelection team and some of the GOP's biggest fundraisers are discussing a new goal of raising an extra $1 billion to compete with Michael Bloomberg's record campaign spending, according to two bundlers who have been part of the discussions.

Bloomberg's pledge to spend up to $1 billion to defeat...Read more

Michael Milken's pardon follows long campaign to rehabilitate his image

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When President Donald Trump pardoned Michael Milken on Tuesday, it came just a week after the former junk bond king's Milken Institute had wrapped up its latest conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The gathering featured a mix of high-powered leaders, including hedge-fund guru Ray Dalio and former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, ...Read more

Trump grants clemency to 11, including former junk bond king Michael Milken

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump granted full pardons or commutations Tuesday to 11 convicted felons, including Michael Milken, the former junk bond king who became a face of the insider trading financial scandals of the 1980s, in a mass clemency that expanded his interventions in judicial matters following his Senate impeachment acquittal. ...Read more

Bernie Sanders' rise worries centrist Democrats in Congress

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders' position atop the field of candidates hoping to replace President Donald Trump in November has some members of the Democratic Party worried that his liberal policies would cost them control of the House and a chance at grabbing the Senate from Republicans this fall.

They argue that while Sanders' nomination as...Read more

Bernie Sanders continues attacks on Michael Bloomberg in Bay Area rally

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RICHMOND, Calif. -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continued his attacks on rival Michael Bloomberg, accusing the billionaire of trying to buy the election and calling him out for past positions.

"Mr. Bloomberg, like anybody else, has a right to run for president," Sanders said at a San Francisco Bay Area rally on Monday. "He does not have a right...Read more

'He acts like a caudillo.' New anti-Trump ads compare him to authoritarian leaders

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MIAMI -- The largest Democratic super PAC in the U.S. is launching a new series of attack ads starring a group of Florida Latinos who've fled oppressive governments in their home countries, featuring footage of President Donald Trump alongside images of Fidel Castro, Nicolas Maduro and Augusto Pinochet.

Priorities USA, which teased this recent ...Read more

Biden vows to emulate Bill Clinton with comeback primary wins

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden brushed off weak showings in the first two 2020 Democratic nominating contests and vowed to be the party's presumptive front-runner by the end of March.

"Bill Clinton lost his first eight, 10, 12 primaries and caucuses before he won one," Biden said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "We're just getting to the meat of ...Read more

Trump makes Ralph Waldo Emerson great again

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump created a Twitter sensation by quoting a line from American poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson used in a recent New York Times article, which warned that "When you strike at a king, you must kill him."

The president on Saturday slightly misquoted both the poet and the Feb. 1 article, by Times reporter Peter Baker, ...Read more

White House memo says Trump had authority for Soleimani attack

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WASHINGTON -- The White House delivered its legal justification for the January airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, arguing that President Donald Trump was authorized to take the action under the Constitution and 2002 legislation authorizing the Iraq War.

The Trump administration memo, which was released Friday by House ...Read more

Trump claims 'legal right' to intervene in Justice Department cases

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump slapped back Friday at one of his most loyal Cabinet secretaries, a day after Attorney General William Barr took the rare step of rebuking his boss in public, complaining that the president's tweets and public statements on criminal cases were making his job "impossible."

In response, Trump tweeted that he ...Read more

Five Senate votes where Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar cancelled each other out

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WASHINGTON -- When Sens. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar arrived as freshmen senators in January 2007, they entered a Senate that was very different from the one in which they serve as 2020 presidential frontrunners.

Back then, the Senate moved legislation on the floor and roll call votes on amendments were not a rarity. The amendment voting ...Read more

Flush with cash and confident after impeachment, Trump campaign revs up the road show

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WASHINGTON -- Four years after his hostile takeover of the White House, President Donald Trump's second campaign bears little resemblance to the first -- he's flush with cash, buoyed by an uptick in poll numbers, and brimming with confidence after surviving investigations, an impeachment and myriad controversies that have helped unite once-wary ...Read more

Sanders as front-runner raises Democratic jitters in Congress

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WASHINGTON -- The muddled Democratic presidential contest is raising jitters among some in the party that their House majority and chances of taking the Senate could be at risk in 2020.

The rise of Bernie Sanders to the top after the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucuses, and him supplanting former Vice President Joe Biden as front-runner...Read more

Trump seeks to divert more Pentagon money to border wall construction

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is seeking to shift $3.8 billion more from the defense budget to pay for constructing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, the Pentagon notified Congress on Thursday, immediately provoking bipartisan objections for a second year.

The plan would pay for a further 177 miles of wall construction by taking the...Read more

Feds reviewing previously unreported cyber attack on Florida elections office

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MIAMI -- Less than five weeks before Florida's March presidential primary, the Department of Homeland Security is investigating a previously unreported cyber attack on Palm Beach County's elections office, according to Supervisor of Elections Wendy Sartory Link.

Link, who was appointed last year by the governor to oversee the county's ...Read more

US seizes boat allegedly carrying Iranian missiles to Yemen

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Navy boarded a boat in the Persian Gulf region and seized anti-tank missiles and three surface-to-air missiles it said were of Iranian origin and destined for rebel fighters in Yemen.

Sailors from the USS Normandy boarded the boat -- a traditional dhow -- on Feb. 9 and seized "150 'Dehlavieh' anti-tank guided missiles, ...Read more

Senate invokes War Powers Act in vote to restrain Trump's military actions in Iran

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's ability to use military force against Iran would be restricted unless he first received congressional approval, according to a bipartisan resolution approved by the Senate on Thursday.

But Trump is certain to veto the resolution, and it is unlikely that either the House or Senate would have the two-thirds ...Read more