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Ellison gets unlikely boost from Trump in DNC chair race

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Keith Ellison picked up a semi-endorsement from an expected -- and potentially unwelcome -- source Wednesday morning in his bid to become Democratic National Committee chair: Donald Trump.

With DNC members set to vote on a new leader in just three days, the Republican president, apparently while watching morning cable news ...Read more

Supreme Court rejects use of 'racial stereotypes' in death penalty cases

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court rejected the use of "racial stereotypes" in death penalty cases Wednesday, reopening the case of a black man in Texas who was sentenced to die after his jury was told African-Americans are more likely than whites to commit crimes.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said this testimony had no place in a sentencing ...Read more

Trump's plan to compete jets 'doesn't make sense,' lawmaker says

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump wants Boeing's Super Hornet fighter to compete against Lockheed Martin's next generation F-35 jet. But that idea "doesn't make sense" to a key Republican lawmaker who would need to approve big changes in defense spending.

Boeing Co.'s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin Corp.'s stealthy F-35 are vastly ...Read more

Supreme Court orders review of Michigan service dog case

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WASHINGTON -- Wonder the goldendoodle will get another shot in court.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals should reconsider whether Ehlena Fry and her family can sue a Jackson County school district for its decision years ago to tell Ehlena, who has cerebral palsy, that she couldn't ...Read more

Black History Month: Librarian of Congress on her trailblazing role

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WASHINGTON -- The first African-American and first woman to hold the position of librarian of Congress says she is partly in her role thanks to the inspiration of Frederick Douglass. Carla Hayden, who was sworn in last year, discusses with Roll Call the significance of Black History Month, her own place in it and how African-American culture and...Read more

Tennessee, Texas stand out for strengthened Hill sway

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WASHINGTON -- No state in this decade has seen a more meaningful boost than Tennessee in institutionalized congressional influence.

Only eight states, all with much bigger delegations because they're much more populous, have more overt sway at the Capitol this year. That is one of several notable findings from the new Roll Call Clout Index, ...Read more

Poll: More than half think Trump acted unethically or illegally in business conflicts

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WASHINGTON -- More than half of voters believe Donald Trump has done something illegal or unethical as he faces potential conflicts of interest by continuing to own his businesses while serving as president, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.

Even more voters -- nearly six in 10 -- say Trump's conduct as president makes them feel ...Read more

Supreme Court appears split over whether Constitution extends to Mexican teen shot across the border

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WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices debated border shootings and drone strikes Tuesday in a case that could preview the legal battle over President Donald Trump's proposed ban on foreign travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries.

But the eight justices sounded evenly split over whether the parents of a Mexican teenager can sue the U.S. ...Read more

Trump finally denounces anti-Semitic attacks, but is it enough?

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WASHINGTON -- Days after he declined to denounce anti-Semitism, President Donald Trump finally condemned the reported increase in anti-Semitism in the United States that has been linked to his political rise.

But it wasn't enough.

Trump was immediately pressed to speak more forcefully about the issue and to take specific steps to tackle hate ...Read more

A lethal shooting at the US-Mexico border divides the Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- A short-handed Supreme Court that's about to be recast seemed split Tuesday about whether to extend U.S. constitutional protections to cover a teenager shot on Mexican soil.

An even split, though, would be a defeat for the teenager's family members and the immigration advocates who support them.

Amid a broader debate over ...Read more

Trump intends to release 2018 budget in mid-March

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is aiming to release a fiscal 2018 budget outline on March 14, a White House official confirmed Sunday to CQ.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it is the White House's "intention" to release the outline, also called a "skinny" budget, on that date.

That date is not set...Read more

One thing Congress agrees on: Vaccines work

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WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers are stressing the need to highlight benefits of vaccines amid reports of local outbreaks of infectious diseases.

"The science is clear: FDA-licensed vaccines are proven to be safe and effective, and save the lives both of those who receive them and vulnerable individuals around them," the lawmakers ...Read more

Trump, after failing to denounce anti-Semitism, calls threats to Jews 'horrible' and 'painful'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, under pressure for his reluctance to address a recent spike in anti-Semitic threats, condemned them in forceful terms Tuesday during a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

Trump spoke effusively about his tour of the new African-American museum on the National ...Read more

Trump team fosters fears he'll adopt alternative economic facts

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump complains regularly about what he calls "fake news." What's got some statisticians worried, though, is the risk of doctored economic data coming from the administration itself.

While there are government directives in place to prevent that from happening, the number crunchers worry that the president's ...Read more

Feds say at least 12 aircraft violated restrictions during Trump's Florida visit

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- At least 12 aircraft violated temporary flight restrictions through Monday afternoon for President Donald Trump's Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago stay, with at least five of those having the unique experience of being buzzed by military aircraft, federal officials confirmed to The Palm Beach Post.

Eight of those crossed the line ...Read more

Tribes look to Trump to save their coal plant

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WASHINGTON -- On Navajo Nation territory near Page, Ariz., news about plans to shutter a hulking coal plant that has been the workhorse of the struggling local economy for decades came like a punch to the gut.

Now tribes and plant workers are demanding relief from the person who vowed to end these kinds of devastating announcements -- Donald ...Read more

Trump's search for a national security adviser sums up his biggest challenges so far

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump's next national security advisor will serve as his eyes and ears to crises that pop up all over the globe -- and be thrust into the center of the White House's biggest firestorms too.

Amid the fallout over the firing of the first person to hold the post, Michael Flynn, the president has escalated ...Read more

Departing election commissioner urges Trump to change system

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WASHINGTON -- A Democratic member of the U.S. Federal Election Commission said she will resign and called on President Donald Trump to fix a system that has allowed unaccountable money to flow into politics "from a tiny, highly unrepresentative segment of the population."

Ann Ravel said she'll step down March 1 from a term that would otherwise ...Read more

Analysis: Seeing politics through a partisan prism

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In November 1951, the Dartmouth and Princeton football teams played a season-ending game that resulted in a seminal work on the nature of human cognition.

Princeton won the contest, to finish the season undefeated. Of more lasting consequence, though, was the research that followed -- a psychological case study that provides a helpful overlay ...Read more

Trump basks in cheers at Florida rally and takes aim at the media

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MELBOURNE, Fla. -- President Donald Trump returned to campaign mode Saturday with a clear opponent in mind: the media, declaring before thousands of cheering supporters that "fake news" was undermining his nascent administration's accomplishments.

The White House was running "so smoothly," Trump said in an airport hangar here. He said the rally...Read more