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Analysis: Everyone's a winner! Or what to take away from that special congressional race in Montana

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Republicans were celebrating Friday, and relieved, and it was easy to see why: The party hung on to Montana's sole congressional seat even though its candidate faced a freshly lodged criminal charge for physically assaulting a reporter on election eve.

Although they fell short in yet another special election -- Greg Gianforte won handily, 50 ...Read more

In commencement address, Clinton remembers Nixon fallout, makes subtle jab at Trump

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Hillary Clinton delivered a subtle dig at President Donald Trump on Friday, offering some parallels between his presidency and that of former President Richard Nixon.

While delivering a commencement address at her alma mater, Wellesley College, a private women's liberal arts school in Massachusetts, Clinton, without naming Trump, recalled how ...Read more

Boehner: Trump a 'complete disaster' beyond foreign policy

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Former House Speaker John A. Boehner told attendees at an energy conference that beyond foreign policy, President Donald Trump has been a "complete disaster" so far.

As the keynote speaker at KPMG's Global Energy conference, Boehner said he's known the president for 15 years and Trump would call him regularly when he had a bad day or to commend...Read more

Private insurers may expand role in federal flood program

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats and Republicans, who have agreed on little this year, have found common ground on plans to give private insurers greater access to the $5 billion flood insurance program and to offer more buyouts for homeowners in areas likely to be repeatedly submerged.

"Flood insurance seems to be one of those few areas where Democrats...Read more

Agriculture secretary says he'll push for more wildfire funding

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WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has assured House appropriators that he would press the White House for more funding and flexibility to address wildfires across the nation as lawmakers from both parties expressed dismay at proposed budget cuts to the U.S. Forest Service.

President Donald Trump's proposal for fiscal 2018 ...Read more

Trump turns his back on international tourists

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DALLAS -- If a U.S. president's annual budget is a statement of priorities, a world traveler contemplating a trip to America might consider going somewhere else.

The Trump administration's budget proposal released this week seeks to eliminate Brand USA, a federal tourism marketing arm organized under the Commerce Department. Congress created ...Read more

Trump wants to cut funding for earthquake early warning system, which would likely kill project

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump's budget would eliminate federal funding for an earthquake early warning system being developed for California and the rest of the West Coast, which if enacted would likely kill the long-planned effort.

The budget proposal for the year ending in September 2018 also seeks to eliminate U.S. funding for ...Read more

Some conservatives justify 'manly' Montana candidate's alleged body-slam of 'snowflake' reporter

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After he was accused of physically attacking a reporter, Greg Gianforte had some very visible defenders while he went invisible for election day Thursday.

The Republican candidate for Montana's open congressional seat canceled his national TV appearances after he was charged with misdemeanor assault on suspicion of body-slamming a national ...Read more

Trump finds new ally in his war on leaks: Britain

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump gained something Thursday he's been craving: validation from America's closest ally for his war on leaks.

Trump, a one-time fan of leaks who has spent much of his early term decrying them, vowed a "complete review" of possible intelligence leaks related to this week's deadly terrorist attack at a Manchester ...Read more

Trump's budget cuts to Violence Against Women programs just 'technical,' White House says

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WASHINGTON -- A chart buried on page 245 of President Donald Trump's 2018 budget analysis looks alarming: It shows a massive decrease in funding over 10 years for federal programs that aid survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

The 93 percent cut appeared to confirm the worst fears of survivor advocates and women's activists. They'd...Read more

Ted Cruz failed to show 2012 loans from Goldman Sachs, FEC says

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz improperly accounted for loans he received from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc. during his 2012 campaign, saying the funds were his own personal contributions to the Senate race, the Federal Election Commission said Thursday.

The finding, released on the FEC website, marked a rare instance of ...Read more

Congressmen might join protesters outside Turkish embassy

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WASHINGTON -- Congressmen encouraged protesters who were attacked by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail in Washington last week to keep on protesting, and said they might join them.

"Do it again, keep protesting and stay out there because no foreign tyrant has the right or the ability to drive them away," Rep. Ted Poe, R-...Read more

House committee expands investigation into NIH research hospital

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WASHINGTON -- The National Institutes of Health is in hot water again with the House Energy and Commerce Committee over a scandal that occurred nearly two years ago at one of the agency's main research institutions.

On Thursday, the panel broadened its probe into safety and compliance issues at the NIH Clinical Center, a research hospital ...Read more

GOP leaders careful on response to Gianforte assault charges

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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul D. Ryan became the first Republican Party leader to address Montana GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte's alleged assault on a reporter, saying, "There's never a call for physical assault."

Ryan told reporters Thursday that Gianforte should apologize for an incident that occurred the previous night in Bozeman, ...Read more

Gianforte endorsements rescinded after assault charge

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Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte lost multiple newspaper endorsements in Montana after he was cited for assault on the eve of Thursday's election.

Gianforte was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly threw Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs to the ground and punched him..

"In the past, he has encouraged his ...Read more

Can Quist chart path for other Democrats to follow?

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While national Democrats compile lists of President Donald Trump's controversial statements, firings, and ties to Russia as ammunition for upcoming campaigns, Democrat Rob Quist is taking a different approach.

Though Quist's Republican opponent for Montana's at-large seat in Congress, businessman Greg Gianforte, is favored to win the special ...Read more

Trump lawyers ask Supreme Court to reject 2nd Amendment claim by men who lost gun rights over nonviolent crimes

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WASHINGTON -- Trump administration lawyers are urging the Supreme Court to reject a 2nd Amendment claim that would restore the right to own a gun for two Pennsylvania men who were convicted more than 20 years ago of nonviolent crimes.

The case of Sessions vs. Binderup puts the new administration in a potentially awkward spot, considering ...Read more

Montana GOP congressional candidate accused of body-slamming reporter

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A national political reporter for the Guardian newspaper Montana GOP congressional candidate said Greg Gianforte body-slammed him and broke his glasses Wednesday afternoon before a campaign event in Bozeman, Montana.

"Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses," reporter Ben Jacobs tweeted. He added in a second tweet: "There was a...Read more

Mulvaney returns to Congress to defend Trump budget, and gets a grilling

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WASHINGTON -- Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who until months ago was embraced by conservatives for his relentless budget-slashing advocacy, returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday as the White House's chief spending-cut champion -- and found both Republicans and Democrats challenging him.

Mulvaney, a tea party favorite who until February ...Read more

Democrats look for win in Trump country — starting in Montana

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Thursday's special House election in Montana offers an early and important test for the Democratic Party: Can it win over districts and states that loved Donald Trump just last year?

Republicans watching this week's congressional contest are nervous the answer is already a resounding "yes."

The special election between Democrat Rob Quist and ...Read more

 

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