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

Cruz, AOC want a birth control bill. But they're having trouble with the details

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz, a conservative movement star, wants to team up with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the rising star among Democratic ' progressives.

It won't be easy.

Cruz, a Texas Republican, offered on Twitter to join the New York Democrat on a "simple, clean" bill that would make birth control available for sale over the counter...Read more

Giant 'Baby Trump' balloon will be in Orlando for the president's reelection rally

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Orlando activists are planning a London-style greeting for the president Tuesday when he launches his reelection campaign in Central Florida.

Organizers planning a rally near the Amway Center announced Saturday that they're bringing to town one of the giant Donald Trump baby balloons that have infamously trolled the president during his trips ...Read more

Trump warns of epic stock market crash if he doesn't win in 2020

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, gearing up for the official start of his 2020 campaign, warned that the U.S. would face an epic stock market crash if he's not reelected.

"If anyone but me takes over," Trump told his 61 million Twitter followers on Saturday, "there will be a Market Crash the likes of which has not been seen before!"

Trump...Read more

Trump — not lawmakers — set to be biggest challenge for new legislative affairs chief Ueland

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WASHINGTON -- Eric Ueland, hand-picked by President Donald Trump to be his third legislative affairs director, has decades of experience in the D.C. "swamp" his soon-to-be boss loathes. But the former senior GOP aide will quickly learn it is the president alone who is, as one official put it this week, "the decider."

Ueland has been chief of ...Read more

Ethics panel still investigating Rep. Grijalva on allegations of hostile work environment

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WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee has requested documents from Rep. Raul M. Grijalva as it continues to examine allegations into whether he cultivated a hostile work environment.

The ongoing investigation, first reported by E&E News, was a surprise to Grijalva, who faced an allegation of wrongdoing concerning a $48,000 settlement paid to...Read more

Justice Department backs Mnuchin's denial of Trump tax returns

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WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department backed Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's refusal of House Democrats' demand for President Donald Trump's tax information, setting the stage for a widely expected lawsuit that will test the limits of Congress' powers to investigate the president.

In the 33-page opinion released Friday, Justice Department ...Read more

Trump again claims he'd consider foreign help for his campaign

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WASHINGTON -- Seeking to stem a bipartisan furor, President Donald Trump said Friday that he would "of course" contact the FBI if a foreign government gave him dirt on his political opponents -- but not until after he looked at it first.

"If you don't hear what it is, you're not going to know what it is," Trump told Fox News. "I mean, how can ...Read more

Democrats set their 2020 debate lineups — Biden faces Sanders, while Warren spars with Booker

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WASHINGTON -- Not every 2020 Democratic hopeful will get to go head to head with front-runner Joe Biden when the candidates meet for their first debate in Miami later this month, but the former vice president will be on the stage with some formidable rivals, including Sens. Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ...Read more

'I'm not going to fire her,' Trump says of Kellyanne Conway

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said he won't fire White House adviser Kellyanne Conway following a government watchdog's recommendation she be "removed from federal service" for disparaging Democratic presidential candidates in her official capacity as a senior White House adviser.

"No, I'm not going to fire her," Trump said Friday during...Read more

Commentary: Honest Ads Act aims to minimize foreign election interference

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Our country is facing a national emergency. Not a single credible person in the federal government disputes the fact that foreign actors will continue to attack the infrastructure of our elections and interfere with how we choose our leaders. The president even told ABC News this week that he would consider listening to foreign governments with ...Read more

Easily passed 'blue water' bill could block benefits for thousands of veterans

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WASHINGTON -- Veterans advocates were unhappy Thursday the Senate easily passed a bill the activists say will actually deny benefits to thousands the measure was designed to help.

The Blue Water Veterans Act passed by voice vote in the Senate on Wednesday night and now only requires the president's signature to become law.

The bill aims to ...Read more


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