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Trump calls for reorganizing government

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump proposed a reorganization of the federal government, aiming to combine the Education and Labor departments and shift control of U.S. food aid programs away from the Agriculture Department.

The plan also calls for an overhaul of the U.S. Postal Service, including the possible privatization of mail delivery. ...Read more

Time running out in Ryan's quest to overhaul welfare programs

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker Paul D. Ryan has spent his 20-year congressional career primarily focused on two issues, taxes and poverty. The Wisconsin Republican led a major rewrite of the tax code last year, but when he retires at the end of this term he won't have many accomplishments to tout on poverty.

The last big win for conservatives in the so-...Read more

White House struggles to move past migrant family separation crisis, with no reunification plan in sight

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WASHINGTON -- The day after President Donald Trump claimed he had acted to keep migrant families together, the fate of more than 2,300 children held in custody separate from their parents and that of future asylum-seeking families remained uncertain Thursday.

The continued confusion ensured the president's self-inflicted political and ...Read more

Trump's plan for immigrant families likely doomed in court, experts say

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump may have a hard time reversing his policy of separating undocumented children from their parents at the U.S. border because his alternative may get shot down in court.

Implementing the June 20 directive hinges in part on whether U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles agrees to amend a 21-year-old ...Read more

States stand to pocket billions as Supreme Court rules internet businesses must collect sales taxes

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Thursday standardized taxing rules for traditional retailers and online transactions, ruling that states and localities may collect sales taxes on all purchases over the internet.

By a 5-4 vote, the justices that ruled that online sellers can be required to collect state and local taxes from customers even if ...Read more

Obama separated families at the border, too

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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama separated parents from their children at the border.

Obama prosecuted mothers for coming to the United States illegally. He fast tracked deportations. And yes, he housed unaccompanied children in tent cities.

For much of the country -- and President Donald Trump -- the prevailing belief is that Obama was ...Read more

Trump administration and California clash in court over state's 'sanctuary' law

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SACRAMENTO, Calif.--Trump administration lawyers and California's attorney general jousted in a Sacramento courtroom Wednesday over a trio of laws designed to limit the state's involvement in enforcing federal immigration policy.

The hearing before U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez is not expected to yield a decision. Even then, it will ...Read more

Painful scenes of child separations force a rare retreat from the White House

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WASHINGTON -- A 2-year-old girl, with red sneakers and dark hair, crying as a U.S. Border Patrol agent searches her mother. Boys filing along white tents against a desolate desert backdrop. Toddlers screaming for their parents in a detention center in South Texas.

As wrenching scenes of the more than 2,300 immigrant children pulled apart from ...Read more

Trump's immigration order replaces one crisis with another

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's immigration executive order attempts to solve one contentious action -- the separation of families -- but will bring back another -- locking them up together indefinitely.

The order, which Trump signed Wednesday, directs the Department of Homeland Security to keep families intact when they are caught ...Read more

Air Force says planning for Space Force will be 'thorough' and 'deliberate'

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Planning to establish a new, separate U.S. Space Force, as directed by President Donald Trump earlier this week, is not expected to be a speedy process, Air Force officials say.

A letter to airmen signed by Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth Wright said ...Read more

Workers at Trump golf course and Terranea resort file lawsuit over 'panic button' ballot measure

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A petition drive to force the exclusive Terranea Resort and nearby Trump National Golf Club to provide employees with panic buttons and wage increases is now the subject of a lawsuit alleging that the city of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., is refusing to put the measure on the ballot.

The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters certified last week...Read more

Vulnerable Republicans ready to work with Democrats if immigration votes fail

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WASHINGTON -- If House votes on immigration fail Thursday -- which lawmakers said is a real possibility -- vulnerable Republicans are ready to defy their party establishment and work with Democrats to revive the effort.

Votes on two Republican-authored immigration bills are expected late Thursday. One is a compromise pushed by GOP leaders. The ...Read more

Voter interest in the midterm elections stands at a historic high with a singular focus: Trump

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WASHINGTON -- With about 4 1/2 months to go until a midterm election that will determine whether Democrats gain power to check President Donald Trump, voter interest in the contest has reached historic highs, with far more intense focus than usual on one subject: the president.

Midterm elections often act as a referendum on whoever occupies the...Read more

Poll: Kim Jong Un looks stronger than Trump after summit

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WASHINGTON -- Kim Jong Un appears stronger than President Donald Trump in the wake of their historic summit, according to a new Economist/YouGov poll.

Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed a week after the meeting said Kim is a strong leader, up from roughly half in April.

Just 51 percent said the same of Trump.

While Trump has touted the North...Read more

Trump plans action as outrage over his family-separation policy grows

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WASHINGTON -- Amid continued outrage about his "zero tolerance" policy at the southern border, President Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday he would sign an executive action to end the family separation crisis, though he did not say what exactly he would sign.

"I'll be signing something in a little while," Trump told reporters. "Something that...Read more

House to move forward on immigration bill as outrage over Trump separation policy grows

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans say the are forging ahead with a risky gambit to vote on a broad immigration bill Thursday that would address President Donald Trump's unpopular policy of separating children from their parents as they enter the country illegally.

The legislation would also provide billions of dollars for Trump's dream of ...Read more

Cash-free candidates: Some win primaries with less than $5,000

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WASHINGTON -- At first glance, one might think Cristina McNeil a scofflaw.

Congressional candidates must file reports with the Federal Election Commission after their campaigns raise or spend $5,000. McNeil, who won the Democratic primary in Idaho's 1st Congressional District on May 15, has filed no such reports.

Her spending came in under the...Read more

Trump planned to erect tent cities to house immigrants since the start of his presidency

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WASHINGTON -- Since the earliest days of the Trump presidency, the administration has been preparing to erect tent cities to house immigrants who had come to the country illegally.

The Department of Homeland Security asked Congress for $95 million to erect tent cities in two locations in Texas to "detain all immigration violators," according to...Read more

Governors reject Trump call for border troops over child policy

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WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of seven governors rejected President Donald Trump's request to send their states' National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border because they object to the administration's policy of separating minor children from asylum-seeking adults.

Democrats Andrew Cuomo of New York, Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, John ...Read more

Thousands of legal immigration slots would be slashed under House plan

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WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of immigrants will be barred from entering the country under the compromise plan the House is about to consider.

About 560,000 total immigrant visas were issued in 2017, according to State Department statistics.

The House plan would switch 78,400 spots, currently reserved for visas for adult siblings and married...Read more