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Trump authorizes Barr to declassify documents in 'spying' probe

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday gave Attorney General William Barr "full and complete authority" to declassify information related to his inquiry into investigations of the 2016 presidential election.

The president, in a memorandum, directed U.S. intelligence agencies to cooperate with Barr's review, which he has said would ...Read more

Analysis: Trump, Pelosi engage in war of insults worthy of 'Veep' storyline

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WASHINGTON -- HBO's hit series "Veep," with its hysterically dysfunctional depiction of official Washington, wrapped its seven-season run earlier this month. Or did it?

The president called the speaker of the House "crazy" after she pleaded for White House aides and his family members to hold an "intervention" for the leader of the free world. ...Read more

Trump merchandise seller charged with assault, robbery at president's Pa. rally

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PHILADELPHIA -- A traveling Trump merchandise seller in a camouflage "Make America Great Again" hat was charged with assaulting and robbing another vendor shortly after the president's visit to Lycoming County on Monday.

According to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Willie Edward Singleton, 29, of South Carolina, is accused of stealing cash --...Read more

Congress reaches deal on disaster aid; Trump's border request omitted

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WASHINGTON -- Senate leaders reached agreement Thursday on a $19.1 billion package to help states recover from natural disasters, including the California wildfires.

The deal came after the White House agreed to give up on its demand for $4.5 billion in humanitarian border aid to be included in the disaster bill. Congressional Democrats -- who ...Read more

Judge questions whether House can sue over border wall funding

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WASHINGTON -- A federal judge in Washington expressed skepticism Thursday about whether the federal courts should jump into the middle of an "ugly dispute between the political branches" over the Trump administration plan to move around federal funds to build a border wall.

U.S. District Judge Trevor N. McFadden said that a House lawsuit to ...Read more

Senate backs bill to stem flood of robocalls plaguing cellphones

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WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers are fed up with the barrage of scam and nuisance calls plaguing them and their constituents and on Thursday, the Senate passed a bipartisan measure to combat robocalls.

Senators voted, 97-1, to pass a bill designed to authenticate and block robocalls and enforce penalties on scammers who use automated equipment to pump ...Read more

Negotiators agree on disaster aid package, Sen. Richard Shelby says

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WASHINGTON -- House and Senate leaders have reached agreement on a $19.1 billion supplemental spending bill to respond to recent hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters, after agreeing to drop funding sought by the White House to address a surge of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Senate is expected to take up the package ...Read more

Pelosi says she hopes those close to Trump stage an intervention 'for the good of the country'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's family or staff should stage an intervention, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday, noting she's concerned for his well-being and that of the country.

"I pray for the president of the United States," the California Democrat said. "I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an ...Read more

Spurred by Cindy Yang reports, watchdog group wants FEC probe of Trump donations

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MIAMI -- A nonpartisan campaign finance watchdog group is asking the Federal Election Commission to investigate whether President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has taken donations from foreign nationals, which would violate federal law.

The complaint, filed Wednesday by the Washington, D.C.-based Campaign Legal Center, cites concerns that ...Read more

Trump calls Dems 'DO NOTHING PARTY' after Pelosi says he 'took a pass' by storming out

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, increasingly in re-election mode, on Thursday labeled Democrats the "DO NOTHING PARTY!" a day after their leaders accused him of being unprepared for a meeting on an infrastructure plan and simply "taking a pass" on the issue.

But even as the president suggested deal-making on major legislation is frozen ...Read more

Trump has pardoned 10 men; who are they?

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The ability to grant pardons is among a president's most unchecked powers.

Pardons have corrected injustices, and they've caused outrage. But historians consider some of President Donald Trump's pardons among the most controversial ever granted.

Experts say many of his pardons follow a pattern of rewarding people popular with his supporters or...Read more

Facebook, Twitter, Google seek to assuage lawmakers about 2020

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WASHINGTON -- Executives from Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet Inc.'s Google faced congressional lawmakers Wednesday amid concerns that the companies haven't done enough to guard against foreign influence campaigns in the 2020 elections.

They're testifying alongside government officials before the national security subcommittee of the ...Read more

Democrats forcing votes on approving war with Iran, but coming up short in the Senate

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats on both sides of Capitol Hill have been forcing votes on President Donald Trump's military powers this week amid the ratcheting up of tensions with Iran, getting predictably disparate results.

In the latest test, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday turned back a Democratic-led effort to move legislation ...Read more

Judge rejects Trump's effort to block subpoenas for bank records

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NEW YORK -- A federal judge in New York rejected President Donald Trump's request to keep his banks from producing financial records to lawmakers.

U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos, ruling from the bench on Wednesday, said that while the president, his family and his business would suffer irreparable harm from disclosure of the records, they ...Read more

Gov. Newsom makes pact to keep feds from spending rail grant money while lawsuit proceeds

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LOS ANGELES -- Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday he had reached agreement with the Trump administration not to redirect funds from a high-speed rail grant while California's lawsuit against the federal government proceeds.

California filed a lawsuit in federal court Tuesday challenging the federal government's decision to terminate a $929 ...Read more

Trump, angry over House investigations, blows up infrastructure meeting

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump abruptly blew up an infrastructure meeting with Democratic leaders at the White House on Wednesday and declared that bipartisan cooperation was impossible while House committees are investigating him, underscoring the increasing combustibility between two warring branches of government.

Trump refused to even...Read more

Infrastructure talks derailed by latest fracas between Trump, Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- A White House meeting between President Donald Trump and top congressional Democrats devolved Wednesday as the president pledged to not work with Democrats on infrastructure, lowering drug prices or any other priorities until they end investigations into his administration and campaign.

Trump left the meeting with House Speaker ...Read more

Republicans reviewing Democrats' latest disaster aid offer

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WASHINGTON -- Republican negotiators are mulling a counterproposal from Democrats on a multibillion-dollar package of supplemental aid for disaster victims that would also handle a huge influx of migrants at the southern border.

Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard C. Shelby, R-Ala., declined to provide details on the offer, but said it could...Read more

Justice agrees to turn over some intelligence to House committee

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WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department has agreed to begin turning over some counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials uncovered in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation to House lawmakers, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said.

Schiff said in a statement Wednesday that the department has agreed to start turning ...Read more

Trump, Biden and the battle for Pennsylvania

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Three times President Donald Trump mentioned former Vice President and Pennsylvania native Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic front-runner, and three times his crowd of loyalists booed at a rally Monday night in Lycoming County. But it is swing voter-rich places, like the one here in Lehigh County, two hours to the southeast, that ...Read more

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