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Rep. Maxine Waters sets House committee hearing on Facebook's Libra

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Less than a week after Facebook gave details about Libra, two Congressional committees set July dates for hearings about the social networking giant's cryptocurrency plans.

Late Monday, Rep. Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee, said she would hold a hearing July 17 on Libra. Waters, D-Calif., called for hearings ...Read more

How to squeeze all those Democrats on the debate stage

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With virtually the entire adult U.S. population seeking the Democratic presidential nomination -- or so it seems -- the party faces some knotty questions.

Is anyone left to vote for somebody besides him- or herself? Can all those people squeeze onto a single debate stage? How does that Buttigieg guy pronounce his name, anyway?

The debate ...Read more

US sees Russia, China an Iran trying to influence 2020 elections

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WASHINGTON -- A Trump administration official said that Russia, China and Iran are trying to manipulate U.S. public opinion ahead of the 2020 elections but that none has successfully corrupted physical election infrastructure, which remains a potential target for state and nonstate actors.

China has primarily used conventional media outlets to ...Read more

Trump's transition team vetted Endeavor's Ari Emanuel

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Endeavor CEO and Hollywood uber agent Ari Emanuel was the role model for fictional super-agent Ari Gold on HBO's "Entourage." As it turns out, he was also vetted for an unspecified role in the Trump administration during the transition in November 2016.

The disclosure came as Emanuel's vetting dossier was revealed as part of a trove of nearly ...Read more

Supreme Court to decide whether Congress can use riders to defund laws

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will delve into how much power members of Congress wield when they insert riders on appropriations bills, in a trio of cases that deals with $12 billion in payments to insurers related to the 2010 health care law's exchanges.

The justices agreed Monday to decide whether lawmakers can essentially repeal a previous...Read more

Supreme Court rules in favor of L.A. clothing maker, striking down provision against 'scandalous' trademarks

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Los Angeles clothing maker had a free-speech right to win trademark protection for his FUCT brand.

The court said the government could not reject a trademark claim because it viewed the words or messages as "scandalous."

"The most fundamental principle of free speech law is that the ...Read more

Supreme Court says law imposing extra prison time for 'crimes of violence' is too vague

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a 1980s-era crime law that adds longer prison terms for offenders who carried a gun during a "crime of violence," with Justice Neil M. Gorsuch speaking for the court and Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh in dissent.

The court by a 5-4 vote ruled for two Dallas men who were convicted of ...Read more

Why didn't Trump appoint McCrory? Leaked documents show 'red flags'

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- President Donald Trump considered former North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory for a position in his administration, according to records obtained by Axios.

However, as with other potential nominees, those records show the Trump administration highlighted some "red flags."

Potential appointment snags in the 10-page file on McCrory ...Read more

Sen. Bernie Sanders to introduce plan to forgive college debt for all bill

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders will introduce legislation Monday to zero out student debt for millions of borrowers.

The proposal -- the College For All Act -- would relieve the debt of all borrowers and would be paid for by a series of taxes on Wall Street, The Associated Press reported.

The Vermont senator's bill follows a signature ...Read more

Trump says 'biggest mistake' was naming Sessions attorney general

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said that his biggest mistake was naming former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his first attorney general.

"I would say if I had one do-over, it would be, I would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general," Trump said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" broadcast on Sunday. "That was ...Read more

Trump delays ICE raids on migrants, citing Democratic requests

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump put off for two weeks the start of a planned nationwide roundup of undocumented immigrants, tempering a vow made earlier Saturday to have them "removed from the country." He said he was acting "at the request of Democrats."

The delay will give time "to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together ...Read more

The stakes are high as Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare to debate

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WASHINGTON -- With so many candidates onstage, the Democratic presidential debates risk becoming a stilted, parallel-play affair, with candidates trying to squeeze scripted messages into tiny scraps of airtime.

But the prospects of an unruly political feeding frenzy, particularly on the second night of the two-day extravaganza, have soared as ...Read more

Justices bolster property owners' rights

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court's conservative majority gave a major boost to property rights Friday, ruling that developers and land owners may go directly to federal court and seek compensation for a "taking" of their property.

The 5-4 decision overturned a 1985 precedent that said property owners may not sue in federal court if their ...Read more

With Iran reversal, did Trump break pledge to never 'telegraph' military ops?

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WASHINGTON -- Iran's military got a glimpse of how President Donald Trump would attack their country despite his years-old pledge never to "telegraph" U.S. military operations to an enemy.

"My administration will not telegraph exact military plans to the enemy," then-candidate Donald Trump said on Aug. 15, 2016 -- less than three months before ...Read more

Rich and not-so-rich senators fight to keep lawmaker pay freeze

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WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators is speaking out against a pay raise for lawmakers.

The letter, co-signed by Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republicans Rick Scott of Florida and Mike Braun of Indiana, urges Legislative Branch appropriators to include language in their fiscal 2020 bill to extend the lawmaker pay freeze for ...Read more

Trump's indecision sets Congress — and GOP — on edge

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's last-minute decision to cancel a planned military strike on Iran has exposed a deep-running rift in the Republican Party between foreign policy hawks and those hewing to the president's "America First" vow to withdraw from foreign wars.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican and an Air Force pilot, ...Read more

Comey says voters judging Trump is better than impeaching him

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WASHINGTON -- Former FBI Director James Comey said he hopes President Donald Trump isn't impeached because "that would let the American people off the hook."

Comey, who was fired by Trump in May of 2017, said in an interview with Bloomberg Television on Friday that "the American people need to vote their values" next year on whether to give the...Read more

Supreme Court overturns Mississippi murder conviction, citing racial bias

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Friday overturned the murder conviction of an African American man from Mississippi who had been tried six times by nearly all-white juries.

The justices, by a 7-2 vote, said the prosecutor had wrongly excluded potential black jurors because of their race.

Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh speaking for the court, ...Read more

Marco Rubio has some advice for the Democrats on the presidential debate stage next week

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WASHINGTON -- As Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare to descend on his hometown of Miami for their first 2020 primary debate, GOP Sen. Marco Rubio has a little candid advice.

"If one of your opponents attacks you, don't repeat the same answer three times," Rubio quipped. "It doesn't go well."

Rubio was referring to one of the more ...Read more

Schumer pushes for vote to make clear Trump needs congressional approval for war with Iran

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WASHINGTON -- Returning to Capitol Hill after a meeting at the White House about the shooting down of an American drone, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer increased the pressure for a floor vote to make clear that authorization would be needed for military action against Iran.

The New York Democrat highlighted an amendment that has been...Read more

 

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