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Schiff says secret testimony aimed at keeping Trump in the dark

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WASHINGTON -- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff defended holding testimony behind closed doors in the impeachment inquiry he's heading up against President Donald Trump, likening this phase of the investigation to a "grand jury."

"We want to make sure that we meet the needs of the investigation and not give the president or his ...Read more

Louisiana voters force Edwards, Rispone into governor run-off

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WASHINGTON -- Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards failed to garner more than half of votes in Saturday's primary election, forcing him into a run-off with Republican candidate Eddie Rispone.

Edwards won 47% of the vote, while Baton Rouge businessman Rispone had 27%, according to a results portal on the Louisiana secretary of state's website. In ...Read more

Trump threatens to sue Schiff

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump spent a third consecutive night drinking in the adulation of his most diehard supporters, telling a meeting of religious conservatives that he should sue Rep. Adam Schiff for misrepresenting what he said on the Ukraine call.

"I actually told my lawyers, I said, 'sue him anyway,'" Trump said. "'He has ...Read more

Sanders draws distinction with 'capitalist' Warren as she rises

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders looked to stake out ground as the only true progressive in the 2020 Democratic race, calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who's been rising steadily in opinion polls, "a capitalist through her bones."

Sanders spoke about Warren in an interview to be broadcast Sunday on "This Week," an ABC News program.

The latest ...Read more

Trump repeatedly pressed Tillerson to intervene in case of Giuliani's client

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump repeatedly pressed then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for help getting a criminal case dropped against a client of Rudy Giuliani, long after the top U.S. diplomat made clear he felt the idea was inappropriate, said two people familiar with the matter.

Tillerson grew increasingly frustrated with the ...Read more

Clinton aides share hard-earned lessons with Biden on Ukraine

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's advisers from the 2016 campaign have some hard-earned advice for Joe Biden about dealing with Donald Trump: Come up with a script of facts and stick to it.

Clinton's team instead followed the traditional playbook of rapid-response public relations, rushing to answer each allegation about the private email server ...Read more

Goodbye Columbus: More states jettison day paying homage to the explorer

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WASHINGTON -- Growing up on the Sandia Pueblo Reservation, New Mexico state Rep. Derrick J. Lente learned the same Christopher Columbus stories in school that his parents and grandparents had learned.

"I was taught he discovered my ancestors, essentially, no matter how far removed we are from the ocean," said Lente, 40. Sandia people have ...Read more

Biden camp warns rivals off attacks on his family in Ohio debate

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden has a warning for his Democratic rivals as they prepare for the fourth televised debate next week: Stay away from the issue of Ukraine and Hunter Biden.

The 12 candidates participating in Tuesday's debate in Westerville, Ohio, are honing their answers to questions about the U.S. House impeachment inquiry into President ...Read more

US lawmakers propose more Turkey sanctions, pressuring Trump

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WASHINGTON -- The House Foreign Affairs Committee presented a bipartisan bill to sanction Turkey for invading Syrian territory controlled by the Kurds, as U.S. lawmakers respond to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from the region.

"I strongly condemn both President Erdogan's decision to attack America's partners in Syria and...Read more

White House aide wins $500,000 seat on US accounting watchdog

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WASHINGTON -- A White House economic policy aide was named to fill one of the most sought-after -- and highly paid -- regulatory jobs in Washington, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said in a statement Friday.

Rebekah Goshorn Jurata, special assistant to the president for financial policy at the National Economic Council, will join ...Read more

Trump appeals court's ruling ordering his financial records to be turned over to Congress

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, under siege from House Democrats weighing impeachment, suffered a stinging blow as a federal appeals court upheld a subpoena ordering his accountants to provide Congress with his financial records.

The ruling, by a divided three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, means Trump will lose ...Read more

Federal judge rules Trump border wall declaration unlawful

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WASHINGTON -- A federal judge ruled Friday that President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to divert military funding to a southern border wall is unlawful.

In a 33-page ruling, U.S. District Judge David Briones said Trump's effort to divert more than $6 billion that Congress provided for military projects violates the fiscal 2018 omnibus ...Read more

Court sides with House in fight for Trump financial records

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WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court on Friday sided with the House Oversight and Reform Committee over President Donald Trump in a fight to enforce a subpoena for eight years of Trump's financial records.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 decision, ruled that accounting firm Mazars...Read more

Trump's attacks on Biden follow a playbook he's practiced for more than 30 years

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WASHINGTON -- As he watches President Donald Trump's relentless accusations against former Vice President Joe Biden, Hank Sheinkopf, a New York political operative who has known Trump for decades, feels he's once again viewing a play he's seen many times before.

In the 1980s, when New York City officials opposed Trump on some major real estate ...Read more

Analysis: Profanity and personal attacks: 3 takeaways from Trump's raucous Minneapolis rally

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Donald Trump was in a mood Thursday night when he stepped on stage in Minneapolis, the first time he had campaigned since facing his own possible impeachment. What played out was a plethora of presidential profanities and personal attacks.

As Trump veered from topic to topic at the Target Center, he hit the usual themes of a thriving economy ...Read more

Trump defenders Gowdy, Pompeo change sides on Congress probes

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NEW YORK -- Two of the men now working to defend President Donald Trump against the House impeachment inquiry held very different views on the power of Congress to investigate the executive branch when they were lawmakers.

Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and former Rep. Trey Gowdy, who joined Trump's legal team on Tuesday, were both staunch ...Read more

Protests on Minneapolis streets escalate as Trump rally continues

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Boisterous and energetic protesters of Donald Trump packed the streets Thursday evening around Target Center in downtown Minneapolis as many thousands of the president's faithful streamed into the downtown Minneapolis arena to hear the president in his latest arena reelection campaign rally.

As the evening progressed under a ...Read more

After 'lock him up' chant, Trump describes Democrats' impeachment probe as 'crusade'

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MINNEAPOLIS -- President Donald Trump on Thursday night painted House Democrats as "desperate" and cashing in an "insurance policy" by launching an impeachment inquiry in a last-ditch effort to block him from securing a second term.

"Democrats are on a crusade to destroy our democracy," the president said to boos from an arena crowd in ...Read more

Trump's children take in millions overseas as president slams Biden's son

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WASHINGTON -- Eric Trump sounded shocked that Hunter Biden hadn't drawn more criticism for his lucrative business deals in Ukraine and China while his father, Joe Biden, was vice president.

"Can you imagine if I took 3 cents from the Ukraine or 4 cents from China?" President Donald Trump's second-oldest son asked in a recent Fox Business ...Read more

Minneapolis awaits Trump, crowd of protesters downtown

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis is bracing for a chaotic scene, with President Donald Trump set to speak Thursday in the heart of the city that overwhelmingly rejected him in 2016.

Two dozen disparate groups plan to protest the visit, from civil rights advocates to labor unions and self-identifying antifa or anti-capitalists. Some estimate more than...Read more