Trump orders biofuel boost in bid to temper farm state anger

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, seeking to tamp down political fallout in U.S. farm states essential to his re-election, has ordered federal agencies to shift course on relieving some oil refineries of requirements to use biofuel such as corn-based ethanol.

Trump and top cabinet leaders decided late Thursday they wouldn't make changes to ...Read more

Trump blasts Federal Reserve, threatens to escalate trade war with China

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday slammed the Federal Reserve leader as an "enemy" and unleashed a flurry of tweets attacking China after Beijing announced retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products.

In a heady morning that sent stock markets tumbling, Trump lit into Jerome H. Powell, whom he appointed as chairman of the U.S. central ...Read more

Background checks are still on the table for Trump, Sen. Chris Murphy says

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chris Murphy is working with the White House to keep alive conversations about a potential deal on expanded background checks for gun purchases.

The Connecticut Democrat said Friday he is willing to work with President Donald Trump because lives are at stake, but admits that he sees the chances of passing broad gun control ...Read more

Former members of Trump's Doral golf club may wait the rest of their lives for refunds from the president

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MIAMI -- Golfers who quit their memberships at Trump National Doral after the property's namesake became president were aiming to lose their link to a man they do not support. Turns out they could be waiting for Trump to pay them back for the rest of their lives.

Two longtime golf members who resigned weeks after Trump won the 2016 presidential...Read more

Bernie Sanders unveils his Green New Deal as he visits victims of the Paradise fire

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PARADISE, Calif. -- Surveying the charred ruins of a mobile-home park incinerated in November here in the deadliest wildfire in California history, Sen. Bernie Sanders said there could be a silver lining to the tragedy: public understanding "that we need bold and aggressive action to combat climate change."

"We're fighting for the future of the...Read more

Trump could get impeachment boost for reelection, poll shows

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats beware: A huge majority of Americans believes impeaching President Donald Trump would fail and some believe it might even boost his reelection effort, according to a new Monmouth University poll.

The survey showed that 75% of respondents believed it would be unlikely that Trump would be convicted in the Republican-...Read more

Former Congressman Joe Walsh says he's weighing bid to challenge Trump for 2020 GOP nomination

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CHICAGO -- Conservative radio talk show host and former tea party-backed U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh is weighing a presidential run and will make a final decision in September, he told the Chicago Tribune.

Walsh, an Illinois Republican who served a single term in Congress, said he's meeting with potential backers as he considers what most view as a ...Read more

In the 'Danish Capital of America,' Trump's desire to buy Greenland gets a collective shrug

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SOLVANG, Calif. -- After posing for photos with her family by a statue of Danish fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, Kat Grant pondered what President Donald Trump could do with Greenland, should he buy the icy island from Denmark.

He could put some condos there, said Grant, 38, from Culver City. Maybe slap a catchy new logo on Greenland...Read more

Trump has remade GOP, but poll finds it's at a price

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has remade the Republican Party in his populist image, but at a price that puts his reelection in jeopardy, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finds.

Asked whether the party should "become more populist, stressing issues like strong borders, protecting jobs from foreign competition and standing tough ...Read more

Trump is expected to snub the next UN climate summit

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WASHINGTON -- The United Nations General Assembly opens next month with a major summit on climate change -- but at least one head of state will be absent from the global stage.

Three senior administration officials told McClatchy that President Donald Trump plans to skip the U.N. Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23 hosted by U.N. Secretary-...Read more

Trump again says Jewish voters who support Democrats are 'disloyal'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump repeated his claim Wednesday that American Jews who vote for Democrats are "disloyal," refusing to back away from divisive language that has been widely criticized as anti-Semitic and anti-democratic, and called himself "the chosen one" who is confronting China on trade.

"If you vote for a Democrat, you're ...Read more

Trump says he still wants gun background checks after meeting with NRA

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WASHINGTON – In wide-ranging remarks to reporters as he left the White House for an event in Louisville, Ky., on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said he is working with Republican and Democratic lawmakers to enhance background checks for gun purchases, denying reports that he had abandoned the idea after meeting with the National Rifle ...Read more

Bernie Sanders labor plan would let federal workers strike

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., unveiled a new labor plan Wednesday that includes a proposal to let federal employees go on strike.

"Under current law, federal employees are not guaranteed the same labor rights as workers in the private sector. While they have the ability to unionize, they are prohibited from going on strike," a plan ...Read more

Bernie Sanders' famed $27 donors are split in 2020's sprawling Democratic field

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Small-dollar donors made Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential bid one of the most successful insurgent campaigns in Democratic Party history, allowing him to be competitive with establishment favorite Hillary Clinton.

But in the 2020 race, nearly 1.7 million, or more than 80%, of the donors who fueled his earlier run have stayed on the sidelines, ...Read more

Trump floats a tax cut, then calls it unneeded and not imminent

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said "a lot of people" would like a cut in payroll taxes, but the White House isn't likely to immediately reduce that levy -- in part because voters might not even notice it.

While Trump insists the U.S. is "very far from a recession," he and his economic advisers have been casting about for ways to cut ...Read more

Trump administration considering Cuban American from Miami for top Latin America post

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MIAMI -- Carlos Trujillo, the current U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States and former state representative from Miami, is being considered as the next assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, The Miami Herald has learned.

Multiple sources confirmed Tuesday that Trujillo, a Cuban American and close ally of U...Read more

Trump retreats from gun control proposals

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WASHINGTON -- In the three weeks since three mass shootings left the country reeling, powerful pro-gun groups have sent President Donald Trump a clear signal -- don't forget that we helped put you in the White House.

On Tuesday, the president made clear he was listening. He reversed course and backed away from potential new restrictions on gun ...Read more

Ways and Means chairman cites 'credible allegations' of misconduct in presidential tax audit

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WASHINGTON -- The House Ways and Means Committee said it had received "credible allegations" from a federal employee of potentially "inappropriate efforts to influence" the IRS' mandatory audit of presidential tax returns.

References to the unexplained allegations were in a letter included in a Tuesday filing by the committee in its federal ...Read more

Trump seeks to allay farm-state uproar in Oval Office meeting

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump presided over a lengthy Oval Office meeting Monday in which he urged officials to soften the effect of recent policy moves that angered Midwestern farm states critical to his reelection.

The Trump administration was stung by criticism over the Environmental Protection Agency's Aug. 9 decision to give 31 ...Read more

Republicans use McConnell allies to try to force his hand on election security

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WASHINGTON -- A conservative group is increasing pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to put election security legislation up for a vote in the Senate by airing ads that target the Kentucky Republican and four other Republican senators in their home states.

Republicans for the Rule of Law is unveiling new spots that urge Sens. ...Read more

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