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Black Democrats in South Carolina want to see a plan to beat Trump

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CONWAY, S.C. -- Sometimes, in a dramatic flourish, a politician will urge voters to cast their ballot as though their very life depended on it.

For Alester Pryor, that's no exaggeration.

"I want to make America great again, but it can't be great as long as he's in the White House," said the 72-year-old retiree, who readily praises Jesus but ...Read more

Trump revs up his supporters in South Carolina on the eve of the Democratic primary

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- During a raucous rally here Friday on the eve of the state's Democratic primary, President Donald Trump brushed off the nation's rising concerns about the coronavirus, declaring that "confidence is surging" in the economy, despite the stock market having just suffered its worst week of losses since 2008.

He accused ...Read more

Appeals court rejects Democrats' lawsuit over Don McGahn testimony

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump defeated congressional Democrats' effort to force former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify in their impeachment proceedings.

In a 2-1 decision, the federal appeals court in Washington Friday rejected the lawmakers' suit to enforce a subpoena issued days after special counsel Robert Mueller's report ...Read more

House passes bill to restrict flavored tobacco products

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WASHINGTON -- The House on Friday passed a bill that would ban flavored tobacco products and impose taxes and sales restrictions on e-cigarettes.

While the bill was mainly touted as part of House Democrats' efforts to limit youth e-cigarette use, the vote underscored concerns that the bill could discriminate against some tobacco users.

The ...Read more

Pompeo defends Trump administration on Iran, coronavirus response in tense hearing

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WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's first public appearance of the year before Congress was his most heated and combative yet, with House Democrats frequently raising their voice to sharply rebuke the secretary, who categorically rejected all of their criticisms on the administration's Iran policy and on its handling of the growing ...Read more

Four years ago, South Carolina snubbed Bernie Sanders. A lot has changed

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. -- This state was such a lost cause for Bernie Sanders the last time he ran for president that the candidate stopped coming here in the crucial stumping days before the 2016 primary election. He got crushed, losing by 47 percentage points.

So the Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday morning found himself doing a double take to ...Read more

Trump seeks to boost Sanders and foment discord among Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has stepped up his efforts to boost Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign and to sow doubts among Sanders' supporters about the fairness of the nomination process, an update of the disruptive strategy he believes helped him win the White House four years ago.

People close to Trump and his campaign say the ...Read more

Trump blocked from building Mexico wall with Trident submarine base funds

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SAN FRANCISCO -- The Trump administration was barred by a court from diverting $89 million to build the Mexico border wall from a construction project at a submarine base in Washington state.

Thursday's ruling by a federal judge in Seattle was the latest setback to President Donald Trump's multibillion-dollar plan to bolster barriers along the ...Read more

Washington agency rejects Facebook settlement, refers campaign ad violation charge to AG's office

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SEATTLE -- Washington's campaign finance watchdog on Thursday rejected a settlement that its own staff had negotiated with Facebook over charges the social media giant has repeatedly violated state campaign finance law.

Instead of accepting the rather modest settlement -- a proposed $75,000 fine for the $550-billion company and no admission of ...Read more

Lawmakers press health officials on coronavirus preparations

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WASHINGTON -- Fearful that more Americans may have coronavirus than is known, senior Trump administration officials told Congress on Thursday they are speeding distribution of testing kits to better assess the risk of a widespread outbreak in the United States.

But the assurances from Alex Azar, secretary of Health and Human Services, did not ...Read more

Move to condemn Sanders for comments about Cuba fails in House

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WASHINGTON -- House Democrats voted Thursday to quash a resolution condemning Bernie Sanders' recent comments that praised aspects of Fidel Castro's Cuba.

The proposal, by Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, had been aimed at forcing Democrats into a bind of either backing Sanders' positive remarks about Cuba or publicly rebuking the ...Read more

Just what is it about Bernie Sanders that young voters love?

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LOS ANGELES -- It is one of the most consistent -- and counterintuitive -- facts behind Bernie Sanders' four-year march from insurgent presidential contender to front-runner: The oldest candidate in the Democratic field owes his success to the youngest voters in the party.

Sanders, 78, with a surly resting face and a disheveled halo of thinning...Read more

Trump's EPA readies rollback of industry-backed pollution rule

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WASHINGTON -- Despite bipartisan objection and industry pushback, the Trump administration is expected to soon weaken rules meant to limit mercury and other toxic emissions from oil and coal-fired power plants across the nation.

The Environmental Protection Agency has already sent the Office of Management and Budget the final rule, which would ...Read more

Census rules on counting troops abroad could tip congressional balance

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WASHINGTON -- The Census Bureau's new system for counting troops deployed abroad could make a difference in states such as North Carolina and Texas, which have sizable military populations and are already poised to gain congressional seats.

Deciding which state gets the last seat in Congress during reapportionment could well come down to a few ...Read more

It's illegal to destroy saguaro cacti. So why are they being removed for Trump's border wall?

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LUKEVILLE, Ariz. -- In Arizona, cactus rustling -- stealing or killing the state's iconic saguaros -- is a felony. It's illegal to shoot or deface the iconic cactuses or to remove them from parks, where the slow-growing succulents can reach more than 60 feet and live up to 200 years. Violators are pursued by state agricultural police, or "cactus...Read more

Why Republicans are optimistic they can win back the California House seats they lost in 2018

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans are mounting an aggressive campaign to win back some of the seven California congressional seats they lost in 2018, a repudiation that turned the GOP into an endangered species in the state.

"We think California is incredibly important," said Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota, who leads the National Republican Congressional ...Read more

Trump designates Pence to lead nation's response on the coronavirus

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WASHINGTON -- Desperate to stanch anxieties in the stock market and public fears that the White House is unprepared for a major coronavirus outbreak, President Donald Trump blamed Democrats and the media Wednesday for stoking panic even as his administration faces increased bipartisan concern over its disjointed response.

Trump, who has ...Read more

Elizabeth Warren again is pressed on past claims of Native American heritage

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More than 200 Cherokees and other Native Americans have signed a letter urging Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to fully retract her past claims to being Native and help dispel false beliefs held by many white people that they have American Indian ancestry.

The letter cites a Los Angeles Times investigation that found more ...Read more

Lawmakers warn Pentagon about shifting money to border wall

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WASHINGTON -- Top members of the House Armed Services Committee assailed Pentagon leaders Wednesday, warning that the administration's reprogramming of $3.8 billion of Defense Department money for a border wall could damage its relationship with Congress.

Echoing a letter they sent to Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper on Tuesday, Reps. Adam Smith...Read more

House passes measure making lynching a federal crime

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WASHINGTON -- Congress by the end of the week will send President Donald Trump a bill to make lynching a federal crime for the first time, a long overdue recognition of the country's history of the hateful acts, the sponsors of the legislation said Wednesday.

The House on Wednesday passed, 410-4, a version of the legislation, introduced by ...Read more