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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

Trying to conceal tax returns, Trump sees political coordination in subpoenas

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump says New York Attorney General Letitia James is "closely coordinating with House Democrats in a joint effort to obtain and expose" the president's tax returns and financial information.

The allegation came in a filing Monday in federal district court in Washington as Trump amended the July 23 lawsuit he ...Read more

Yes, Donald Trump can win re-election. But he's right to worry

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WASHINGTON -- Despite a barrage of polls that show him losing to Democratic rivals, Donald Trump's re-election hopes are far from doomed. But he's vulnerable on the two most important predictors: presidential approval ratings and the state of the economy.

Trump's approval rating is 43% in two new surveys by NBC/Wall Street Journal and Fox News....Read more

Rep. King falsely claims he was misquoted on 'rape and incest' abortion comment

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Steve King demanded an apology over the weekend from GOP leaders and media outlets that criticized him for speculating that humankind may not exist without our species' history of rape and incest.

The embattled Iowa Republican claimed, misleadingly, that he was misquoted in a Des Moines Register article -- later picked up by ...Read more

Analysis: 'The Mooch' is under President Trump's skin amid recession warnings

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WASHINGTON -- Anthony Scaramucci is under Donald Trump's skin, hitting a nerve as the president frets about his re-election chances amid economic warning signs.

The former White House communications director was back on CNN Monday morning, delivering another broadside on his former boss just four days after a Trump's stated favorite news ...Read more

A tale of two rallies: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders have similar ideas, competing paths to 2020 victory

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FRANCONIA, N.H. -- For progressive voters such as Richard Poulin, the 2020 Democratic presidential primary offers an agonizing choice between two heroes of the left, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Poulin, a New Hampshire store owner, was a devoted supporter of Sanders' unsuccessful 2016 campaign. Now, he ...Read more

Trump calls Greenland 'interesting' as Denmark rules out a sale

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said buying Greenland would be "a large real estate deal" that could ease a financial burden on Denmark, which administers the island, but hours earlier its Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen ruled out any sale to the U.S.

"Strategically it's interesting and we'd be interested, but we'll talk to them a little ...Read more

Trump mused about 100% French wine tariff at fundraiser

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump suggested he might impose a 100% tariff on French wine to retaliate for President Emmanuel Macron's tax on multinational technology companies, according to two people with knowledge of his comments made at a recent Long Island fundraiser.

It's unclear if Trump, at a roundtable portion of an event in the ...Read more

Trump is stripping immigrant children of protections, critics say. Supporters say he's closing loopholes

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In the nearly four years since Alexis arrived alone in the United States as a 17-year-old from El Salvador, he has been granted asylum, learned English, secured a job at a bakery and studied for his upcoming driver's license exam. This month he'll file an application for permanent residency.

Now 21, Alexis feared being targeted by gangs in El ...Read more

Democrats line up 3 gun bills in early return from House's summer break

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WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee will consider three gun control bills when it convenes Sept. 4, an early return from a summer break that could lob political pressure onto Senate Republicans to respond to recent mass shootings.

The committee announced Friday it will mark up a bill to outlaw large capacity magazines and other ...Read more

Report: Trump repeatedly showed interest in buying Greenland

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed interest in buying the entire island of Greenland "with varying degrees of seriousness," The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The WSJ cited unnamed advisers as saying that the president asked White House counsels to "look into the idea" of purchasing the world's largest ...Read more

After floating idea, Trump says he's still reviewing commutation for Blagojevich

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CHICAGO -- President Donald Trump said Thursday he is still reviewing a possible commutation of disgraced former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich's prison term on federal corruption charges despite opposition from Illinois congressional Republicans.

"We're looking at it. I feel very badly. I think he was very harshly sentenced, but we're looking...Read more

States struggle to update election systems ahead of 2020

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. states operating outdated and insecure voting machines face major hurdles in protecting them in time for the 2020 presidential election, officials said at a meeting of elections experts.

Budgets are strained, decision-making authority is diffused and standards put in place years ago haven't kept up with today's cyberthreats, ...Read more

Sacramento woman who slapped MAGA marcher in Orange County convicted of battery

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A Sacramento woman who slapped a man at a Southern California "Make America Great Again" rally in support of President Donald Trump in 2017 was convicted in the attack, Orange County District Attorney's officials said Thursday.

Jessica Aguilar, 23, a counterprotester at the March 2017 rally at Bolsa Chica State Beach in ...Read more

House panel subpoenas former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski

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WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee said Thursday it has subpoenaed President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former White House chief of staff Rick Dearborn to publicly testify in its investigation of whether to pursue presidential impeachment.

Both men are being called to appear Sept. 17 and discuss Trump'...Read more