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House passes trio of measures supporting Hong Kong protesters

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WASHINGTON -- The House passed on Tuesday legislation aimed at helping Hong Kong democracy activists in their fight to preserve political freedoms from encroachment by mainland China.

The most important of the three bills, which passed by voice vote under suspension of the rules, would threaten Hong Kong's continued special trade status with ...Read more

Trump emoluments' challenge to get rehearing in appeals court

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WASHINGTON -- A U.S. appeals court in Virginia agreed to reconsider a Maryland and District of Columbia lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of using his office to enrich himself in violation of the U.S. Constitution.

A three-judge panel had rejected the case in July. That decision overturned a pair of trial court rulings that had let the ...Read more

GOP fails to endorse candidate in 50th District, including incumbent Duncan Hunter

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SAN DIEGO -- San Diego Republicans failed Monday to back a candidate for the 50th Congressional District, including the candidate who currently holds the seat.

None of the four candidates received the two-thirds majority necessary to get an endorsement from the Republican Party of San Diego County. Forty-nine members cast ballots after a forum ...Read more

7 things to watch in the Democratic debate on Tuesday

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The impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump has dramatically changed the campaign landscape for the Democratic presidential candidates who will gather Tuesday in Ohio for their fourth debate.

The uproar over Trump asking the president of Ukraine to investigate his potential 2020 opponent Joe Biden has drawn attention away from every...Read more

Rep. Nita Lowey's retirement sparks scramble for coveted gavel

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WASHINGTON -- House Appropriations Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey's decision to retire at the end of the 116th Congress will set off a lengthy and contentious campaign among her colleagues to determine who will become the top Democrat on the spending panel.

Unlike the Senate, which predominantly relies on seniority to determine who serves as a ...Read more

Sanders pledges 20% worker stake in sweeping governance overhaul

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders proposed sweeping changes to U.S. corporate governance that would give workers 20% ownership in public companies and the right to elect 45% of their directors, while expanding the government's power to stop mergers.

The 2020 Democratic presidential contender's "corporate accountability plan" proposes to restore...Read more

In Ohio battleground, 2020 race will be a fight for the suburbs

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Donald Trump may not be able to count on the affluent Ohio suburbs that all modern Republican presidents have relied on to deliver winning margins in a must-win battleground state.

No Republican has ever won the White House without Ohio. So the Democratic formula for victory is to rack up big margins in the big cities -- Cleveland, Columbus and...Read more

Video meme of president killing foes shown during conference at Trump National Doral

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MIAMI -- A crude video meme depicting President Donald Trump gunning down political foes and media organizations inside a church was shown this weekend during a far-right conference held at the president's Doral resort.

The video -- a clip edited to insert Trump into a scene from the 2014 movie "Kingsman: The Secret Service" -- ran during the ...Read more

Trump has real reasons to fixate over the stock market

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NEW YORK -- No president in modern history has followed the stock market more obsessively as a barometer of success than Donald Trump. You can see it in the dozens of tweets he's sent referencing the Dow Jones Industrial Average, in the way every record is celebrated while lurches are pinned on the Democrats.

Turns out, he might actually be ...Read more

How to watch the next Democratic debate

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Have you ever wanted to see 12 politicians on a debate stage, at the same time, on the same night, fighting for the same job, clobbering each other to claim tiny morsels of preciously limited speaking time? No? Well, too bad.

On Tuesday night, the top dozen Democratic candidates are set to appear at the party's fourth 2020 primary debate, set ...Read more

Joe Biden may be a huge target, but nobody's knocked him out yet

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By most reckonings, Joe Biden has had several pretty lousy months.

His fundraising has been unimpressive. His performance in debates has ranged from poor to middling. He has repeatedly demonstrated his penchant for putting a foot where his molars should be.

Despite all that, and efforts by President Donald Trump to darken his family name, ...Read more

Schiff says secret testimony aimed at keeping Trump in the dark

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WASHINGTON -- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff defended holding testimony behind closed doors in the impeachment inquiry he's heading up against President Donald Trump, likening this phase of the investigation to a "grand jury."

"We want to make sure that we meet the needs of the investigation and not give the president or his ...Read more

Louisiana voters force Edwards, Rispone into governor run-off

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WASHINGTON -- Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards failed to garner more than half of votes in Saturday's primary election, forcing him into a run-off with Republican candidate Eddie Rispone.

Edwards won 47% of the vote, while Baton Rouge businessman Rispone had 27%, according to a results portal on the Louisiana secretary of state's website. In ...Read more

Trump threatens to sue Schiff

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump spent a third consecutive night drinking in the adulation of his most diehard supporters, telling a meeting of religious conservatives that he should sue Rep. Adam Schiff for misrepresenting what he said on the Ukraine call.

"I actually told my lawyers, I said, 'sue him anyway,'" Trump said. "'He has ...Read more

Sanders draws distinction with 'capitalist' Warren as she rises

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders looked to stake out ground as the only true progressive in the 2020 Democratic race, calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who's been rising steadily in opinion polls, "a capitalist through her bones."

Sanders spoke about Warren in an interview to be broadcast Sunday on "This Week," an ABC News program.

The latest ...Read more

Trump repeatedly pressed Tillerson to intervene in case of Giuliani's client

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump repeatedly pressed then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for help getting a criminal case dropped against a client of Rudy Giuliani, long after the top U.S. diplomat made clear he felt the idea was inappropriate, said two people familiar with the matter.

Tillerson grew increasingly frustrated with the ...Read more

Clinton aides share hard-earned lessons with Biden on Ukraine

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WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton's advisers from the 2016 campaign have some hard-earned advice for Joe Biden about dealing with Donald Trump: Come up with a script of facts and stick to it.

Clinton's team instead followed the traditional playbook of rapid-response public relations, rushing to answer each allegation about the private email server ...Read more

Goodbye Columbus: More states jettison day paying homage to the explorer

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WASHINGTON -- Growing up on the Sandia Pueblo Reservation, New Mexico state Rep. Derrick J. Lente learned the same Christopher Columbus stories in school that his parents and grandparents had learned.

"I was taught he discovered my ancestors, essentially, no matter how far removed we are from the ocean," said Lente, 40. Sandia people have ...Read more

Biden camp warns rivals off attacks on his family in Ohio debate

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WASHINGTON -- Joe Biden has a warning for his Democratic rivals as they prepare for the fourth televised debate next week: Stay away from the issue of Ukraine and Hunter Biden.

The 12 candidates participating in Tuesday's debate in Westerville, Ohio, are honing their answers to questions about the U.S. House impeachment inquiry into President ...Read more

US lawmakers propose more Turkey sanctions, pressuring Trump

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WASHINGTON -- The House Foreign Affairs Committee presented a bipartisan bill to sanction Turkey for invading Syrian territory controlled by the Kurds, as U.S. lawmakers respond to President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw troops from the region.

"I strongly condemn both President Erdogan's decision to attack America's partners in Syria and...Read more