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Loud and angry, protesters turn congressional town halls into must-see political TV

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MARIPOSA, Calif. -- They came by the hundreds, in big cities and rural hamlets, to heckle, plead, badger and, in some instances, to protest the protests themselves.

Congress is in recess this week and a citizenry suddenly spurred to action used the opportunity to let their returning lawmakers know just how they feel about the tempestuous past ...Read more

Air Force stumped by Trump's claim of $1 billion savings on jet

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WASHINGTON -- The Air Force can't account for $1 billion in savings that President Donald Trump said he's negotiated for the program to develop, purchase and operate two new Boeing Co. jets to serve as Air Force One.

"To my knowledge I have not been told that we have that information," Col. Pat Ryder, an Air Force spokesman, told reporters ...Read more

Trump administration poised to rescind guidelines on protections for transgender students

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration was set Wednesday to reverse an Obama-era directive aimed at preventing discrimination against transgender students, casting the decision as one respecting states' rights.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters to expect new guidance from the departments of Education and Justice late ...Read more

Trump expected to revoke Obama transgender bathroom directive

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is expected to tell public school districts across the nation that they no longer have to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

When the administration would issue its directive was unclear, but word of Trump's decision drew immediate criticism ...Read more

Trump's new transgender policy could radically change HB2 fight

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.--The Trump administration's planned rollback of federal protection for transgender students could cripple the court fight against House Bill 2 and make a political compromise to rescind the controversial North Carolina law even harder to achieve, legal and political experts say.

Up to now, the American Civil Liberties Union and ...Read more

White House says Melania isn't in business; so why are her companies still active?

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WASHINGTON -- First lady Melania Trump has several companies that are still active enterprises, raising questions about whether they will be used for profit while she is in the White House.

Beyond the 564 companies listed in then-candidate Donald Trump's May 2016 financial disclosure were seven companies associated with his wife.

All but one ...Read more

Ellison gets unlikely boost from Trump in DNC chair race

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Keith Ellison picked up a semi-endorsement from an expected -- and potentially unwelcome -- source Wednesday morning in his bid to become Democratic National Committee chair: Donald Trump.

With DNC members set to vote on a new leader in just three days, the Republican president, apparently while watching morning cable news ...Read more

Supreme Court rejects use of 'racial stereotypes' in death penalty cases

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court rejected the use of "racial stereotypes" in death penalty cases Wednesday, reopening the case of a black man in Texas who was sentenced to die after his jury was told African-Americans are more likely than whites to commit crimes.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said this testimony had no place in a sentencing ...Read more

Trump's plan to compete jets 'doesn't make sense,' lawmaker says

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump wants Boeing's Super Hornet fighter to compete against Lockheed Martin's next generation F-35 jet. But that idea "doesn't make sense" to a key Republican lawmaker who would need to approve big changes in defense spending.

Boeing Co.'s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin Corp.'s stealthy F-35 are vastly ...Read more

Supreme Court orders review of Michigan service dog case

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WASHINGTON -- Wonder the goldendoodle will get another shot in court.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals should reconsider whether Ehlena Fry and her family can sue a Jackson County school district for its decision years ago to tell Ehlena, who has cerebral palsy, that she couldn't ...Read more

Black History Month: Librarian of Congress on her trailblazing role

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WASHINGTON -- The first African-American and first woman to hold the position of librarian of Congress says she is partly in her role thanks to the inspiration of Frederick Douglass. Carla Hayden, who was sworn in last year, discusses with Roll Call the significance of Black History Month, her own place in it and how African-American culture and...Read more

Tennessee, Texas stand out for strengthened Hill sway

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WASHINGTON -- No state in this decade has seen a more meaningful boost than Tennessee in institutionalized congressional influence.

Only eight states, all with much bigger delegations because they're much more populous, have more overt sway at the Capitol this year. That is one of several notable findings from the new Roll Call Clout Index, ...Read more

Poll: More than half think Trump acted unethically or illegally in business conflicts

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WASHINGTON -- More than half of voters believe Donald Trump has done something illegal or unethical as he faces potential conflicts of interest by continuing to own his businesses while serving as president, according to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll.

Even more voters -- nearly six in 10 -- say Trump's conduct as president makes them feel ...Read more

Supreme Court appears split over whether Constitution extends to Mexican teen shot across the border

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WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices debated border shootings and drone strikes Tuesday in a case that could preview the legal battle over President Donald Trump's proposed ban on foreign travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries.

But the eight justices sounded evenly split over whether the parents of a Mexican teenager can sue the U.S. ...Read more

Trump finally denounces anti-Semitic attacks, but is it enough?

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WASHINGTON -- Days after he declined to denounce anti-Semitism, President Donald Trump finally condemned the reported increase in anti-Semitism in the United States that has been linked to his political rise.

But it wasn't enough.

Trump was immediately pressed to speak more forcefully about the issue and to take specific steps to tackle hate ...Read more

A lethal shooting at the US-Mexico border divides the Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- A short-handed Supreme Court that's about to be recast seemed split Tuesday about whether to extend U.S. constitutional protections to cover a teenager shot on Mexican soil.

An even split, though, would be a defeat for the teenager's family members and the immigration advocates who support them.

Amid a broader debate over ...Read more

Trump intends to release 2018 budget in mid-March

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is aiming to release a fiscal 2018 budget outline on March 14, a White House official confirmed Sunday to CQ.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it is the White House's "intention" to release the outline, also called a "skinny" budget, on that date.

That date is not set...Read more

One thing Congress agrees on: Vaccines work

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WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers are stressing the need to highlight benefits of vaccines amid reports of local outbreaks of infectious diseases.

"The science is clear: FDA-licensed vaccines are proven to be safe and effective, and save the lives both of those who receive them and vulnerable individuals around them," the lawmakers ...Read more

Trump, after failing to denounce anti-Semitism, calls threats to Jews 'horrible' and 'painful'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, under pressure for his reluctance to address a recent spike in anti-Semitic threats, condemned them in forceful terms Tuesday during a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

Trump spoke effusively about his tour of the new African-American museum on the National ...Read more

Post-election business is booming for these startups

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Many Silicon Valley tech leaders continue to challenge the man they never wanted to see in the White House, labeling his ideas -- particularly last month's travel ban -- as bad for the industry and their bottom line.

Meanwhile, for a few other tech companies, President Donald Trump is a goldmine.

As a wave of civic activism...Read more