Calif. congressional candidate, a Navy vet, says prior service should be required to run for office

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SAN DIEGO -- Former Navy SEAL Josh Butner is under fire for comments he made taking a shot at his Democratic opponent for Congress, saying, "It should be a requirement to have served to even run."

The comment came in an interview with Voice of San Diego.

"When you look at anybody for any political office you should look at their past ...Read more

Trump-Sessions relations at crossroads after attack on Mueller

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's aides are watching for two key encounters this week to see if Attorney General Jeff Sessions has finally extricated himself from the danger of being fired, in part by ousting the former No. 2 official at the FBI, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Sessions' standing improved after his Friday night ...Read more

Supervised injection sites aimed at cutting opioid overdoses risk wrath of DEA, prosecutors

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WASHINGTON -- A handful of cities could soon face a legal showdown with the Trump administration over their efforts to open "supervised injection facilities" where drug addicts can shoot up with powerful illegal drugs while trained personnel stand by to prevent fatal overdoses.

In an effort to stem its growing opioid death rate, San Francisco ...Read more

Vulnerable House Republicans craft an immigration plan

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans represent 23 congressional districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Thirteen of those Republicans are banding together to push their own plan to force action on immigration.

It's probably going nowhere, meaning the plan's purpose is to help protect these vulnerable GOP lawmakers politically as Republicans ...Read more

Trump adds conservative lawyer to his legal team

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WASHINGTON -- Joseph DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney and occasional commentator on Fox News, will join President Donald Trump's legal team, his attorneys announced Monday, signaling a more confrontational approach to the investigation headed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

DiGenova will start this week, according to a statement ...Read more

Supreme Court to decide whether immigrants jailed for past crimes can be detained pending deportation

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide another case testing the Trump administration's power to jail immigrants facing deportation.

The justices will review a class-action ruling from California that held that immigrants who served time in local and state jails may be released if they pose no danger to the public and are not ...Read more

Departing appropriations chairmen set to reap omnibus bounty

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WASHINGTON -- The outgoing chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations committees are set up for a bountiful swan song as a sprawling $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill comes to fruition.

For Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran, resigning April 1, it's a "mic drop" moment as the ailing 80-year-old Mississippi Republican...Read more

Congress to explore sexual harassment in the service industry

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WASHINGTON -- Congress wants to take a harder look at victims of sexual harassment who don't have much clout.

The bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues is hosting a hearing, "Beyond the Headlines: Combating Service Sector Sexual Harassment in the Age of #MeToo" on Monday.

"We picked the service industry because it's probably where...Read more

Trump to call for death penalty for some opioid dealers, but White House won't say how it would be applied

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to push ahead with a controversial call for the death penalty for some drug dealers as part of a larger initiative to fight opioid abuse, a senior White House official said Sunday.

But in a conference call with reporters, a senior administration official declined to provide any examples of ...Read more

Candidates for Illinois governor spend $65.7 million on TV ads –– just for the primaries

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CHICAGO -- Like Chicago's downtown on St. Patrick's Day weekend, a river of green has flowed through TV sets ahead of Tuesday's primary vote, as candidates for Illinois governor have spent tens of millions of dollars on advertising during the long campaign.

The final weekend of in-person campaigning supplemented the nearly $65.7 million spent ...Read more

California's anti-abortion pregnancy centers want the Supreme Court to overturn state notice law

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SAN FRANCISCO -- At a faith-based pregnancy center here, rooms are crammed with baby supplies, new and used, for expectant mothers, and a medical office contains equipment to allow pregnant women to view their fetuses.

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass," reads a saying on a wall, "but learning to dance in the rain."

The Alpha ...Read more

Do pregnancy centers run by abortion foes have to provide information about abortion?

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WASHINGTON -- About 200 California crisis pregnancy centers run by abortion opponents now offer free goods and services to pregnant women -- and state law says they also have to tell them information about abortions.

We shouldn't have to do that, say center officials.

It'll be up to the U.S. Supreme Court to decide, and Tuesday, the court will...Read more

Tariffs threaten global trade system

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WASHINGTON -- By justifying tariffs on steel and aluminum in the name of national security, President Donald Trump has threatened the global trading order.

For decades that order has been underpinned by the World Trade Organization, whose 164 member-states have agreed to abide by WTO rules for open trade and settling disputes. The United States...Read more

Democrats ponder disavowing Pelosi after Pennsylvania race

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WASHINGTON--When the elderly man who had just opened his door to Conor Lamb launched into a tirade about Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic candidate was ready with an answer.

"We need a new generation of leadership," he said one afternoon last month, part of a well-rehearsed response in which Lamb reiterated he wouldn't support Pelosi as a ...Read more

Trump seeks more than $20 million in damages from Stormy Daniels

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump is seeking more than $20 million in damages from the porn actress who is trying to void the confidentiality deal that requires her to keep quiet about her alleged affair with him, according to court papers filed Friday by his attorneys.

Stormy Daniels has breached her confidentiality agreement at least 20 ...Read more

Stoneman Douglas officials worried about Nikolas Cruz and guns 18 months before shooting

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Eighteen months before Nikolas Cruz shot up Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, staff members were so worried about his fascination with guns that they banned him from practicing shooting skills with the JROTC, according to mental health records obtained by the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

A safety plan created by the ...Read more

Cities hosting Trump campaign rallies saw uptick in assaults, study finds

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PHILADELPHIA--Could political rhetoric be hazardous to public health? Quite possibly, according to a new University of Pennsylvania analysis of the last presidential campaign.

During the 2016 campaign, cities that hosted rallies experienced 2.3 more assaults than average on the days that Donald Trump held campaign events there, according to the...Read more

Billion-dollar mine cleanup could be part of Congress' last pre-election budget

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WASHINGTON -- Big money to help areas in Kentucky and other states ravaged by the coal industry's slump could be part of the last big budget bill Congress considers before the November election--but the funding faces a lot of stiff competition.

Congress has until March 23 to fund much of the government through Sept. 30 or trigger a partial ...Read more

Trump ready to oust McMaster as national security adviser

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WASHINGTON -- Hard on the heels of firing his secretary of State, President Donald Trump is preparing another shakeup, moving toward replacing his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster.

The three-star Army general has been widely seen as a calming force in a chaotic West Wing, but never clicked with the commander in chief. A decision to ...Read more

NRA lawyer said to have had concerns about group's ties to Russia

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional investigators have learned that a longtime attorney for the National Rifle Association expressed concerns about the group's ties to Russia and possible involvement in channeling Russian money into the 2016 elections to help Donald Trump, two sources familiar with the matter say.

Cleta Mitchell, a former NRA board ...Read more