Trump says he 'maybe' regrets picking Fed's Jerome Powell

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump stepped up his attacks on Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, saying he "maybe" regrets appointing him to the post and demurring when asked under what circumstances he would fire the central bank chief.

Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview Tuesday that he was intentionally sending a direct ...Read more

Trump criticizes, and again mischaracterizes, California's water management

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that California mismanages its water resources, dismissing the possibility of drought and accusing the state of sending water out to sea that could be used to help farmers in the Central Valley.

Trump also threatened to withhold federal disaster dollars from California, which he incorrectly ...Read more

No more 'Lyin' Ted' — Trump comes to Texas to help former rival Ted Cruz

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HOUSTON -- President Donald Trump took the stage in Houston on Monday night to deliver a message unthinkable two years ago to many of his most ardent fans: Vote for Ted Cruz.

"You know, we had our difficulties," Trump said soon after taking the podium. He went on to say that Cruz had "become a really good friend."

That's the same Texas senator...Read more

Trump still 'not satisfied' with Saudi story on Khashoggi

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump says he is still "not satisfied" with the Saudi Arabian government's explanation of what led to the death of Washington journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers are calling on Trump to punish the Saudi royal family for coaxing the self...Read more

Trump backpedals on timing of vague tax cut proposal

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said any vote on a new tax overhaul bill he floated this weekend would come "after the election," saying a "resolution" would be introduced in the next two weeks.

Trump's remarks amounted to a presidential clarification of his own vague comments on Saturday, when he told reporters Republicans are "looking at...Read more

Senators warn of potential return of earmarks

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WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of senators critical of pork-barrel spending is again warning about the possible return of congressional earmarks.

The contingent of persistent critics of the earmarking process warned about talk of the return of the practice in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Minority Leader ...Read more

Michael Avenatti is hit with $4.85 million judgment for unpaid debt as court orders eviction of his law firm

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LOS ANGELES -- Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was hit with a personal judgment of $4.85 million Monday for his failure to pay a debt to a former colleague at his longtime Newport Beach, Calif., firm.

Less than an hour after his defeat in the Los Angeles lawsuit, the firm, Eagan Avenatti, suffered a setback at a ...Read more

Michael Avenatti hit with $4.85-million judgment for unpaid debt as law firm faces eviction trial

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LOS ANGELES -- Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for porn actress Stormy Daniels, was hit with a personal judgment of $4.85 million on Monday for his failure to pay a debt to a former colleague at his Newport Beach firm.

The judgment by Judge Dennis J. Landin in state Superior Court in Los Angeles is the latest in a series of setbacks for Avenatti ...Read more

Trump claims migrant caravan in Mexico has 'unknown Middle Easterners'

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WASHINGTON -- Without offering evidence to support the claim, President Donald Trump on Monday contended a large caravan of Central American migrants also includes "unknown Middle Easterners."

He also threatened to end foreign aid to countries from which most members of the caravan are from. That list includes Honduras, Guatemala and El ...Read more

Women, minorities overwhelmingly want a Democratic Congress, poll finds

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WASHINGTON -- A new poll shows just how important turnout among certain groups of voters will be in determining whether Democrats take control of Congress after the midterm elections or if Republicans retain a majority.

By huge double-digit margins, African-Americans, Latinos, white women with college degrees, and young voters all prefer ...Read more

November elections bring high stakes for Medicaid

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WASHINGTON -- The midterm elections could bring sweeping changes to Medicaid, from possible eligibility expansions to new rules requiring low-income people to work, depending on voters' choices for governors' offices and state legislatures across the country.

Medicaid covers more people than any other federally funded health program.

Medicaid ...Read more

Chelsea Clinton leads students in day of action in Chicago on global forum's last day

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CHICAGO -- Hundreds of students committed to changing the world came to Chicago as part of a Clinton Global Initiative forum. On Sunday, they settled for making a difference on the South Side.

On the final day of the weekendlong CGI University program, created in 2007 to engage student leaders on college campuses around the world, the problem-...Read more

Trump tells Central American countries of aid cuts over migrants

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said the U.S. will begin to cut off foreign aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador after thousands of migrants continued to march through Central America toward the U.S.

"Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador were not able to do the job of stopping people from leaving their country and coming illegally to ...Read more

Trump ties Arizona Democrat Sinema to Schumer even though she says she won't support him

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump, rallying in Arizona on behalf of Republican Senate candidate Martha McSally, sought to tie her Democratic opponent Kyrsten Sinema, to Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer even though Sinema said she won't support him.

A vote for Sinema is "dangerous" because "it's for Schumer, crying Chuck," Trump told ...Read more

Florida school shooter tormented his mother yet she escorted him to buy an AK-47

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Nikolas' Cruz's mom thought he was too disturbed to ever live on his own, but she took him to buy an AK-47 anyway, according to documents released Friday by prosecutors in the Parkland school shootings.

An employee from Gun World of South Florida told detectives that an older woman who he thought was Cruz's grandmother ...Read more

Trump's praise for a congressman's attack on a reporter, amid outcry over murdered Saudi journalist, draws fire

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump continued to draw sharp criticism Friday over his praise at a Montana political rally for a Republican congressman who pleaded guilty last year to assaulting a reporter.

At the rally in Missoula on Thursday night, where Trump continued to brand Democrats as "an angry mob" in the run-up to November's midterm ...Read more

Parkland school shooter had a friend; she was 13 and lived across the country

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MIAMI -- Before killing 17 people, Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz confided in a 13-year-old girl who lives in Washington state that he felt suicidal and was upset about being bullied.

"He was angry at the school because he got bullied a lot," the girl told a Broward Sheriff's Office detective investigating the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory ...Read more

Trump orders quicker environmental review of California water projects

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump on Friday directed federal agencies to speed up their environmental review of major water projects in California and to develop plans to suspend or revise regulations that hamper water deliveries.

The directive will have little immediate practical effect. But it comes a bit more than two weeks before a ...Read more

Nancy Pelosi hints at short-term lease on House speakership

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MIAMI -- Democrats have yet to win a House majority and Nancy Pelosi's return as speaker is by no means certain, but already she has one eye on the exits.

"I see myself as a transitional figure," Pelosi said in an interview in which she professed utmost confidence that, should Democrats take control of the chamber on Nov. 6, she will again ...Read more

Fact check: Trump thinks California fires cost taxpayers 'hundreds of billions.' Here's the real number

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- President Donald Trump, pointing a finger at a persistent political nemesis, said this week that California's wildfires are costing American taxpayers "hundreds of billions of dollars."

The true cost is a sliver of that.

Although a full accounting won't be available for months, a review of federal data shows that the U.S....Read more