Gold Star father Khizr Khan, who clashed with Trump during the election, goes after him in California

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ANAHEIM, Calif.--Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim Army captain killed in Iraq who feuded with Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, on Saturday criticized the Trump White House for its clash with a widow of a fallen solider earlier this week.

Khan, speaking to reporters after addressing a National Union of Healthcare Workers ...Read more

Trump says he'll allow release of JFK assassination files

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump said Saturday that he plans to allow the release of classified files related to the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Trump, in a Twitter post, didn't specify whether the president intends to allow all, or just some, of the information to become public, and he stipulated that the ...Read more

Rep. Tim Murphy of Pa. will be gone, but staff staying on the job

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WASHINGTON -- Aides will answer phones by saying something like "18th Congressional District" rather than "Congressman Tim Murphy's office."

Other than that, constituents won't notice much change when they call their congressional office next week for help with things like help applying for veterans' benefits, guidance navigating federal ...Read more

Exclusive: After Trump claim of calling families of fallen service members, White House still lacked casualty list

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WASHINGTON -- In the hours after President Donald Trump said on an Oct. 17 radio broadcast that he had contacted "virtually everybody" who had lost a family member in military service this year, the White House was hustling to learn from the Pentagon the identities and contact information for those families, according to an internal Defense ...Read more

Will Democrats use Niger as Trump's Benghazi?

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WASHINGTON -- When four Americans were killed in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, Republicans moved quickly to pin blame on then-President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Now that four American service members have died in Niger and the Trump administration's slow response has irked even leading Republicans, Democrats are pressing...Read more

White House considering bipartisan drug price task force

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is considering launching a bipartisan task force to investigate the rising cost of prescription drugs, sources with knowledge of the discussion say.

The announcement could come as early as next week, but the sources caution that discussions remain in the early stages and are still fluid. They say it could be...Read more

Trump praises Senate Republicans for passage of budget with $1.5 trillion deficit to pay for his upcoming tax cuts

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump praised Senate Republicans -- giving an unusually upbeat shout-out to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- for passage of a GOP budget that sets the stage for tax reform.

"Great news on the 2018 budget @SenateMajLdr McConnell -- first step toward delivering MASSIVE tax cuts for the American people! #TaxReform,...Read more

Trump predicts Rand Paul will vote for tax cut bill

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WASHINGTON -- While celebrating Senate passage of a fiscal 2018 budget resolution, President Donald Trump on Friday predicted the GOP holdout on that bill will vote for a follow-on tax measure.

The Senate on Thursday night adopted a budget measure altered as the final vote approached to allow House Republicans to adopt it and avoid a conference...Read more

Ryan takes jabs at Trump at New York fundraiser

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House Speaker Paul D. Ryan jumped at the opportunity Thursday to poke a little fun at President Donald Trump's expense.

The Wisconsin Republican delivered a series of jokes, many aimed at the president's tweeting habits, ego, and former chief political strategist Steve Bannon at a formal charity dinner in New York.

"Cardinal Dolan gave a ...Read more

Inside the Library of Congress' reading room just for members

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WASHINGTON--Down a corridor inside the Library of Congress' Thomas Jefferson Building, a code just for members of Congress guards a special room.

Even lawmakers' spouses can't walk into the Congressional Reading Room alone. But when a member of Congress unlocks the door, it opens to a private space staffed by a Congressional Research Service ...Read more

How Congress' formula for wildfires makes them worse

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WASHINGTON -- The monstrous flames ripping through Northern California in recent days have burned communities to the ground, killed dozens of people caught in their path and wreaked havoc on a regional economy.

By almost any metric, that would be defined as a natural disaster -- except the one used by Congress to draw up the federal budget.

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Congresswoman describes fallen soldier as 'a true role model, the real deal'

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MIAMI--Before U.S. Army Sgt. La David Terrence Johnson became a central figure in the war of words between a South Florida congresswoman and the president of the United States, he was a child raised -- and deeply loved -- in Miami Gardens.

The 25-year-old decorated soldier, one of four killed Oct. 4 by ambush in Niger in West Africa, was known ...Read more

Trump meets with Janet Yellen as decision on next Fed chair nears

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump met at the White House on Thursday with Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as he neared a decision on who will lead the central bank after her first four-year term ends in February.

Yellen, 71, a Democrat nominated to the job by former President Barack Obama, is one of five candidates and was the last to ...Read more

Do Republicans have votes on budget? 'Who knows?' Trump says

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WASHINGTON -- Do Senate Republican leaders and the White House have the 50 GOP votes to pass a fiscal 2018 budget resolution that is linked to possible tax cuts? "Who knows?" says President Donald Trump, the leader of the party.

The Senate is poised to begin a marathon series of votes Thursday that will culminate with a final vote on a GOP-...Read more

Trump's fluid views on policy drive headaches in Senate

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WASHINGTON -- Sens. Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray went to bed Tuesday evening thinking they had hit a home run. The duo at the helm of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee did the seemingly impossible and reached bipartisan consensus on a bill to help stabilize the insurance markets that had the support of President ...Read more

Trey Gowdy pledges to be a 'different' sort of watchdog; but can he be effective?

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WASHINGTON -- It's long been considered the House bomb-throwing committee, a panel known for investigating everything, no matter how outrageous or far-fetched things seem.

That's changed. Rep. Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican known for his judicious temperament and tough-minded but fair approach to investigations -- and his loyalty to ...Read more

In the 'Me too' campaign, men must help stop sexual harassment, advocates say

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- As Wake Forest minister John Pavlovitz watched his Facebook and Twitter feeds fill up in recent days with the proclamations of friends, family and acquaintances that they had been victims of sexual assault or harassment, he thought the wrong people were baring their souls.

The victims, most of whom are female, shouldn't have to...Read more

Facebook and Google helped anti-refugee campaign in swing states

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SAN FRANCISCO -- In the final weeks of the 2016 election campaign, voters in swing states including Nevada and North Carolina saw ads appear in their Facebook feeds and on Google websites touting a pair of controversial faux-tourism videos, showing France and Germany overrun by Shariah law. French schoolchildren were being trained to fight for ...Read more

Georgia teacher who told students to remove Trump shirt resigns

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ATLANTA -- A Cherokee County high school math teacher embroiled in a controversy has tendered her resignation to the school board.

Lyn Orletsky's resignation is on the agenda set for Thursday.

She was put on administrative leave last month after a video of her request that two students wearing "Make America Great Again" T-shirts turn them ...Read more

How did Trump's response to Niger deaths go so wrong?

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump kept silent on the deaths of four American soldiers for nearly two weeks, while finding time to tweet about "fake news" and Republicans' fundraising, attack Puerto Ricans and a Republican senator, among others, and keep up his complaints against protesting professional football players.

When he finally spoke...Read more