Is Kobach a private citizen on Trump commission? Question will test Kansas transparency law

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's use of private email for a presidential commission could bring him into conflict with a 1-year-old state law meant to increase government transparency.

Kobach, a candidate for Kansas governor, told ProPublica last week that he was serving on President Donald Trump's voting fraud ...Read more

Trump's chance to reshape the Federal Reserve could be his biggest economic legacy

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is betting he can turbocharge the U.S. economy with tax cuts and trade deals, but his greatest leverage to influence growth may rest with an unparalleled opportunity to reshape the world's most powerful central bank.

Because of a wave of vacancies, Trump will have the ability in the coming months to appoint ...Read more

Trump again floats military parade that Pentagon once vetoed

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WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon might have vetoed Donald Trump's interest in parading U.S. military vehicles across the streets of Washington during his inauguration festivities. But now he's the commander in chief and talking about holding such a show of military might on the Fourth of July.

Trump floated the idea to reporters during a meeting with...Read more

Black colleges finally get a White House voice

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WASHINGTON -- Johnathan Holifield, a consulting firm co-founder and former National Football League player, was named Monday to lead the Trump administration's initiative on historically black colleges and universities.

Holifield will be executive director of an effort that's been stalled since President Donald Trump signed an executive order ...Read more

Trump may strip protections from 10 national monuments

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's plan for shrinking and diminishing protections at America's national monuments appears far more expansive than previously reported, targeting 10 of the nation's most ecologically sensitive landscapes and marine preserves for diminished protection.

The plan, which the White House has been keeping secret ...Read more

Lawmakers sing a bipartisan tune as a bitter fall looms

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WASHINGTON -- Bipartisanship is the song of September.

But as President Donald Trump amps up his outreach to Democrats, members on both sides of the aisle remain skeptical of his intentions. And the likelihood that his efforts change the hyper-partisan environment on Capitol Hill appears slim.

Faced with a busy month, Congress has moved faster...Read more

UN 'club' Trump derided forges unexpected alliance on key issues

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump, who derided the United Nations as a "club for people to get together, talk and have a good time" after his election, is surprising veterans of the global body by leaning on it to help carry out his foreign policy agenda.

From pushing the Security Council to tighten sanctions on North Korea to forging a ...Read more

Trump Jr. should testify under oath on Russia, Feinstein says

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Jr., should testify under oath to a Senate panel investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 election, said Senator Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Trump Jr. spoke privately for five hours to committee staff Sept. 7, discussing his June 2016 ...Read more

Trump retweets meme of him hitting Hillary Clinton with golf ball, knocking her down

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WASHINGTON -- In the latest instance of President Donald Trump seeming to revel in the notion of physical attacks against perceived enemies, the president retweeted an animated GIF showing him hitting a golf ball that knocks down Hillary Clinton.

Critics swiftly responded. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., appearing on ABC's "This Week, said: "It's ...Read more

Trump voters want him to tell the United Nations: America comes first

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WASHINGTON -- They want him to scrap the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran. They want him to bring American service members home. And they want him to stop sending money to help out other countries.

In other words, Donald Trump's supporters want to hear the president tell world leaders this week at the United Nations that America comes first.

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Democrats' road to winning back the House goes through California, and it won't be as easy as it seems

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Democrats intent on taking back the House in 2018 have settled on a key strategy: focusing on the 23 districts nationwide where voters chose Republicans for Congress last year but favored Democrat Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump for the presidency. Seven of those seats are in California, and Democrats must win at least a few of them to have a ...Read more

Rallying cry to 'resist' Trump evolves

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Within a day of President Donald Trump's election last November, California's top Democratic lawmakers responded with a joint statement that contained an audacious promise. It was their state, not Washington, D.C., that would be the "keeper of the nation's future."

An artistic rendering of that vow, with looping ...Read more

Low turnout at Trump supporters' rally for unity in Washington

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WASHINGTON -- There were a few tense moments Saturday at a demonstration in Washington in support of President Donald Trump, but the event was peaceful overall after it attracted fewer participants than expected.

The rally, which had been advertised as the "mother of all rallies," drew only a few hundred people after police prepared by blocking...Read more

Dealing with Democrats? Protecting 'Dreamers'? That's just fine with these Trump supporters

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MESA, Ariz. -- Donald Trump's tough talk on illegal immigration was a big part of the reason Dave Hagstrom and many others in this booming Phoenix suburb supported him for president. "Walls make good neighbors," Hagstrom said.

So when the president moved last week to cut a deal -- with Democrats no less -- to block the expulsion of 800,000 ...Read more

East Coast Republicans join Democrats to lobby Trump against Atlantic oil exploration

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WASHINGTON -- State and federal lawmakers from both parties have joined East Coast business interests to persuade the Trump administration to halt its plan for fossil fuel development in the Atlantic Ocean.

It's a surprisingly diverse collection of power players: members of Congress, dozens of lawmakers from both red and blue states, nine ...Read more

Never Trumpers to voters: We told you so

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WASHINGTON -- Last year, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz warned that if voters wanted to elect more Republicans who would cut deals with Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, "then I guess Donald Trump is your guy."

This week, that's what Trump did -- and Never Trump conservatives say it's just what they feared.

"This is exactly what Cruz and...Read more

Trump throws a wrench into any immigration deal, saying 'chain migration' can't be included

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WASHINGTON -- Just over a day after agreeing with Democratic leaders to make an immigration deal, President Donald Trump on Friday took a hard line against allowing close family members to follow new immigrants, a position that could stymie bipartisan legislation.

Trump wrote on Twitter that any immigration bill cannot include "chain migration,...Read more

Trump on Irma: 'I never even knew a Category 5 existed'

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Hours after visiting neighborhoods torn by Hurricane Irma on Thursday, President Donald Trump said he was unaware how strong storms could get.

"I never even knew a Category 5 existed," Trump said, even though he has owned his Palm Beach estate of Mar-a-Lago, which sits in a low-lying evacuation zone threatened by hurricane storm surge, for 32 ...Read more

Bills to protect Mueller from firing will get hearing this month

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional plans to make it tougher to fire special counsel Robert Mueller will get a hearing later this month in the Senate Judiciary Committee, according to Sen. Thom Tillis, a key sponsor of the effort.

President Donald Trump has reportedly considered firing Mueller, who is investigating Russia's involvement with the 2016 ...Read more

Congress may need to throw a lifeline to flood insurance program

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WASHINGTON -- Congress may have to act to prevent a federal flood insurance program that is already $24.6 billion in debt from running out of money because of flooding caused by this season's hurricanes.

The National Flood Insurance Program is likely to lack sufficient funds to pay out all flood damage claims caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas...Read more

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