'I'll be here a lot,' Trump says of Pennsylvania in safe GOP district

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MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. -- Air Force One landed here Monday evening ahead of a special House election as AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" blared inside an airport hangar. Minutes later, with Air Force One parked in front of small tree-lined peaks, President Donald Trump issued a thunderous endorsement of a GOP House candidate and attack on Democrats.

And ...Read more

Cohen told Congress he and Trump lawyer spoke of 'global pardon'

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WASHINGTON -- Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's ex-fixer, told a House panel earlier this year that he had discussed the possibility of a "global pardon" with one of the president's attorneys, a move that Cohen said was meant to "shut this whole thing down," according to a newly released transcript.

Cohen told the House Intelligence Committee in ...Read more

Judge sides with Congress in subpoena fight over Trump records

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WASHINGTON -- A federal district court judge in Washington on Monday sided with Congress in President Donald Trump's lawsuit to block lawmakers from getting eight years of his financial records from an accounting firm.

The 41-page ruling from U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta in favor of the House Oversight and Reform Committee was not ...Read more

Trump threatens to cut millions from fire departments in California after deadly wildfires

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WASHINGTON -- Officials in California are crying foul over a Trump administration plan to slash firefighting assistance payments to the state, which could amount to millions of dollars in lost income for fire departments.

The U.S. Forest Service, in turn, is accusing the local fire departments in the state of over-billing the federal government...Read more

Supreme Court clears the way for lawsuit over Newport Beach police shooting

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court turned down an appeal from the city of Newport Beach, Calif., on Monday, clearing the way for an excessive-force lawsuit against the police for shooting and killing a mentally ill young man who came running at them holding a pair of scissors.

The justices refused to shield the police from the lawsuit brought by ...Read more

Road ahead: Will Congress get a disaster relief deal before Memorial Day?

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WASHINGTON -- The big question for the week is whether Congress will actually act on long-awaited disaster relief before lawmakers head out for Memorial Day.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said such a vote is on the floor agenda for this week, but as senators left Thursday afternoon for the weekend, there was still no final ...Read more

Trump lashes out at Republican lawmaker who says he committed impeachable offenses

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump on Sunday blasted the lone congressional Republican who has suggested the president has committed impeachable offenses, as party members -- even sometime critics -- closed ranks around the White House, denying that the evidence in the special counsel's report suggests Trump acted to obstruct justice.

The president,...Read more

Deutsche bank staff eyed Trump, Kushner transactions, NYT says

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NEW YORK -- Multiple transactions involving legal entities controlled by President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner aroused the suspicion of anti-money laundering specialists at Deutsche Bank in 2016 and 2017, according to the New York Times.

The specialists recommended the matter be referred to a unit of the Treasury Department ...Read more

Trump suggests new Alabama abortion restrictions go too far

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump late Saturday waded into the issue of women's reproductive rights, suggesting a new, highly restrictive measure banning abortion in Alabama signed this week went too far.

In a series of tweets, the president called himself "strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions -- Rape, Incest and protecting the Life ...Read more

Sanders makes pitch to Georgia's black voters

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AUGUSTA, Ga. -- If Sen. Bernie Sanders is going to win Georgia's Democratic presidential primary, as he vowed Saturday at his first campaign appearance in the state this cycle, he's going to need voters like Wade Jackson.

Jackson, 40, actually voted for Sanders in 2016 when he won just better than a quarter of the vote against Hillary Clinton. ...Read more

Republican Amash breaks ranks, says Trump's conduct is 'impeachable'

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, a libertarian who's often at odds with most other congressional Republicans, said Saturday he believes President Donald Trump has engaged in "impeachable conduct."

The subject of speculation about a third-party presidential bid in 2020, Amash also said on Twitter that he's concluded -- after reading ...Read more

Did a non-response to hacking questions give this Florida elections office away?

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MIAMI -- Ever since a leaked classified intelligence document revealed that Russian hackers had tried to access Florida's elections networks in 2016 by crafting malware-laced emails made to look like they came from a software vendor, reporters all over the country have been searching for electronic correspondence sent three years ago to the ...Read more

Democrats shift to seize on Supreme Court as 2020 campaign issue

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats are attempting to turn the Supreme Court into a campaign issue as they confront President Donald Trump's success at reshaping the federal judiciary with young, conservative judges and the prospect that abortion rights are close to being eliminated.

It's a shift after decades of GOP candidates rallying their voters with ...Read more

Stormy Daniels settles suit against Michael Cohen in hush-money scandal

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LOS ANGELES -- Adult-film actress Stormy Daniels has agreed to drop the last of three lawsuits that her former attorney Michael Avenatti filed in the scandal stemming from her alleged one-night stand with Donald Trump.

"She's ready to move on and put these cases behind her," said Daniels' attorney Jason H. Tokoro.

Her last lawsuit accused ...Read more

House urges judge to block Trump's border wall spending

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WASHINGTON -- An attorney for the House urged a federal judge in California on Friday to block the Trump administration from moving federal funds around to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, calling the move "statutory sleight of hand, or, more accurately, three-card monte."

Douglas N. Letter, the House general counsel, told U.S. District ...Read more

House Democrats seek details of Trump administration ethics waivers

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, chairman of the Oversight and Reform Committee, wants a status update on the state of the swamp in the Trump administration.

The Maryland Democrat launched an investigation late this week into the administration's use of ethics waivers, which allow former lobbyists to work on matters they handled in their ...Read more

Mnuchin rejects House subpoena for Trump's tax records

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WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin rejected House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal's subpoena for six years of President Donald Trump's personal and business tax returns. Now, Neal will likely turn to the courts, embarking on a lengthy battle that could help define Congress' powers to oversee the executive branch.

In a letter ...Read more

Trump lobbies for Dem support of immigration plan even while using hardline rhetoric

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday lobbied for Democratic votes for an immigration plan that appears to have no traction while also throwing the kind of red-meat rhetoric toward his base that turns off those very Democrats.

In a morning tweet during a rare overnight stay at Trump Tower in New York, the president appeared be ...Read more

Trump and Biden, potential 2020 rivals, both head to Pennsylvania, a key battleground

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and Joe Biden have twin obsessions: with each other and with the state of Pennsylvania.

Like iron filings to a magnet, both will be drawn in the coming days to Pennsylvania, which was key to Trump's victory in 2016 and would be central to almost any scenario for a Democratic victory in the 2020 presidential ...Read more

Here are the Florida counties that were sent a Russian phishing attack. Two of them were hacked

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The search is on to determine which two Florida counties' voter data was accessed by Russian hackers.

A South Florida Sun Sentinel investigation found that at least 13, and as many as 20, elections offices in Florida were sent an email by GRU, a Russian military intelligence agency. According to an FBI investigation, ...Read more


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