Blunt: Border deal slowed by provision that Democrats worry may lead to deportations

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WASHINGTON -- A dispute over information-sharing between agencies about potential sponsors for unaccompanied children is holding up a bipartisan deal on border-related supplemental spending ahead of a scheduled Wednesday morning markup by the Senate Appropriations Committee, according to a senior GOP panel member.

Senate Labor-HHS-Education ...Read more

Is the Federal Reserve about to cave to Trump's demand to cut interest rates?

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has been hectoring the Federal Reserve to lower interest rates, and financial markets are screaming for a cut. This even though rates are historically low and the economy is sailing along, albeit with some recent gray clouds.

What's a central bank to do?

Fed policymakers are expected to stand pat on rates ...Read more

Group that backed Ocasio-Cortez targeting longtime New York Rep. Eliot Engel

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WASHINGTON -- Longtime New York Rep. Eliot L. Engel is getting a primary challenger who has support from the progressive group that backed New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her bid for office.

Jamaal Bowman, 43, a public school principal from the Bronx, announced Tuesday he is challenging Engel in the Democratic primary for New York's ...Read more

Trump kicks off his reelection bid with immigration threat

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WASHINGTON -- Four years and two days after he came down that "beautiful escalator" in Trump Tower in New York to formally announce his first run for the White House, President Donald Trump plans to launch his reelection campaign Tuesday night in a packed arena in Orlando, Fla.

The tourists and passersby paid to applaud the New York real estate...Read more

Trump vows to deport 'millions' of migrants, but it's unclear if there is a plan to for mass arrests and removals

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's bold but vague pledge to deport "millions" of undocumented immigrants starting next week came on the eve of his reelection kickoff rally Tuesday night in Florida -- and it vastly overstates the number of likely deportees and the ability of federal agents to round them up.

Like many of Trump's ...Read more

White House explored legality of demoting Fed Chairman Powell

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WASHINGTON -- The White House explored the legality of demoting Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in February, soon after President Donald Trump talked about firing him, according to people familiar with the matter.

The White House counsel's office weighed the legal implications of stripping Powell of his chairmanship and leaving him as a ...Read more

Spending talks between White House, Hill leadership to resume Wednesday

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WASHINGTON -- The four top congressional leaders from both parties plan to sit down again Wednesday morning with senior Trump administration officials to try to hammer out an agreement on next year's spending levels.

The talks at the Capitol will include acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and ...Read more

Trump targets Florida electoral haul with Orlando campaign kickoff

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump will pull out all the stops Tuesday in Orlando, Florida, when he announces his re-election bid in a state he narrowly won in 2016 and needs again as he tries to reconfigure the electoral map that put him in the White House.

But Democrats are already countering his expected message of a strong economy and ...Read more

As his Florida kickoff rally nears, Trump is fixated on maintaining his base

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WASHINGTON -- Early in his improbable 2016 run for president, Donald Trump boasted he could shoot someone in the middle of New York's Fifth Avenue and "I wouldn't lose any voters, OK?"

President Trump will kick off his reelection campaign Tuesday at a rally in Orlando, Fla., and he is likely to make a full-throated pitch to keep his ardent ...Read more

Rep. Katie Porter is latest Democrat to support impeachment inquiry

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic Rep. Katie Porter on Monday called for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, the first freshman House member from California to do so.

"After weeks of study, deliberation, and conversations with Orange County families, I've decided to support an impeachment investigation of the president," Porter said in a ...Read more

House Democrats aim to repeal church tax increase in Trump law

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WASHINGTON -- House Democrats are likely to propose a repeal of a controversial provision in the 2017 tax overhaul that imposes a tax on some coveted benefits for employees at nonprofit organizations such as houses of worship, according to one Democratic and one Republican congressional aide.

The change, which is to be included in package of ...Read more

Virginia wins uranium mining ban battle in Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday allowed Virginia to prevent mining of the largest deposit of uranium in the United States, in an opinion that highlighted sharp divisions among the justices about how they should evaluate the motivations of lawmakers.

The case turned on the regulatory line between state and federal authority over the ...Read more

Road Ahead: Border supplemental talks could overshadow regular appropriations

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders are hoping this week will produce a breakthrough in negotiations over emergency funding for the migrant crisis at the southern border so they can pass it before the Independence Day recess.

President Donald Trump has requested Congress pass a $4.5 billion supplemental to help the Department of Homeland ...Read more

Supreme Court upholds state and federal prosecutions over the same incident

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court refused Monday to overturn its long-standing rule that permits both federal prosecutors and state attorneys general to bring charges for the same crime, despite the Constitution's shield against double jeopardy.

The 7-2 decision preserved a rule that allowed federal prosecutors to bring criminal charges against ...Read more

Supreme Court passes, for now, on a new wedding cake dispute

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court announced Monday it would not decide, for now, whether a Christian couple from Oregon had a constitutional right to defy that state's civil rights law and refuse to make a wedding cake for the marriage of two women.

Instead, the justices told an Oregon court to take a second look at their case based on last year'...Read more

Low numbers cause Trump campaign to dump pollsters

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has severed ties with some of its pollsters after the leak of months-old surveys showed him trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in key states, according to multiple reports.

The moves come ahead of the official launch of Trump's campaign at a Tuesday rally in the battleground state...Read more

It's OK to take campaign dirt from foreign powers according to Trump. Is it legal?

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After three years of scandal over Russia's interference in America's 2016 election, President Donald Trump drew a storm of criticism for saying he would not tell the FBI if a foreign country offered him dirt on an opponent.

Even after Trump backed off Friday and said he would indeed notify law enforcement, his maneuvering still raised questions...Read more

Margaret Hunter's guilty plea could complicate Rep. Duncan Hunter's defense, experts say

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SAN DIEGO -- By her own telling, Margaret Hunter's marriage to Rep. Duncan Hunter was a love-at-first-sight relationship. It was a union forged in politics and mutual attraction that until recently appeared to be little short of a storybook romance.

Then known as Margaret Jankowski, the campaign volunteer and Crawford High School senior first ...Read more

Trump faces many 'uncomfortable' voters in 2020, poll finds

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WASHINGTON -- A majority of American voters say they would be "very uncomfortable" voting for President Donald Trump in 2020, an NBC-Wall Street Journal poll shows.

Some 52% reported being very uncomfortable about Trump and another 10% had some reservations. That combined 62% compared with a combined 37% who said they were enthusiastic or ...Read more

Voters in Fox poll say Trump has gone too far on immigration,

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NEW YORK -- Half of American voters say the Trump administration has gone too far on immigration enforcement, and optimism about the U.S. economy, while still high, has slipped over the past quarter as trade tensions ramp up, a Fox News poll shows.

The 50% who say enforcement of immigration laws has "gone too far" is more than double, 24%, ...Read more


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