US border faces 'overwhelming' strain, agency chief says

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WASHINGTON -- The head of U.S. Border Patrol defended using military personnel at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying extra resources are needed "as long as we face this crisis" of an influx of migrants.

Speaking at a House Homeland Security hearing Thursday, Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost said apprehensions and drug seizures at the border have ...Read more

Congressional leaders at odds over pay raise for lawmakers

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional leaders seem to be on a collision course over the issue of raising members' pay, as the two majority leaders in the House and Senate are heading in opposite directions on the politically fraught issue.

House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer told CQ Roll Call Thursday that he expects to bring the Legislative Branch ...Read more

Analysis: Before any Iran conflict, Trump faces war within his own team

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump is facing one of the biggest tests of his presidency after Iran shot down a U.S. military aircraft, prompting him to declare the Islamic Republic "made a very big mistake."

His tweet at 10:16 a.m. Thursday broke the nearly 15 hours of essential White House silence on the missile takedown of the RQ-4 Global Hawk drone ...Read more

Trump energy plan faces legal blitz over weaker emissions standards

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WASHINGTON -- Blue states and green groups are gearing up to sue the Trump administration over its new carbon emissions rule finalized Wednesday, which critics say fails to address climate change and the public health risks associated with pollution from the power sector.

The EPA's Affordable Clean Energy rule rescinds the Obama administration'...Read more

Supreme Court upholds 40-foot 'Peace Cross' as a war memorial

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court upheld on Thursday the display of a 40-foot cross at a busy Maryland intersection, ruling the symbol can be seen as a war memorial honoring local soldiers and not an unconstitutional promotion of a favored religion.

The 7-2 decision gives local officials somewhat more freedom to display religious symbols on ...Read more

One congressman's lonely quest to defund hobo festivities

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Ralph Norman is determined to put a stop, once and for all, to government funding for celebrations of hobos and hobo-related activity.

Earlier this month, the South Carolina Republican filed an amendment to an appropriations package that would prohibit a certain type of federal funding "to any school to celebrate Hobo Day," ...Read more

Debate on e-cigarettes lights up 10 years after FDA tobacco law

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WASHINGTON -- A decade after Congress gave the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate tobacco products, there is a growing sense that the law should be revisited to address a product that lawmakers barely knew about in June 2009: electronic cigarettes.

The tension lies in how to balance e-cigarettes' potential benefits with ...Read more

Trump raised $24.8 million in hours following campaign launch, RNC says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump raised $24.8 million in the hours following the official launch of his campaign for reelection in 2020, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said.

The haul dwarfs the first day fundraising totals announced by some of his Democratic rivals, including former Vice President Joe Biden's $6.3 ...Read more

Trump remakes D.C.'s July Fourth celebration to include himself

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's revamped Fourth of July celebration on the National Mall will include a presidential address from the Lincoln Memorial and a military display with plane flyovers and demonstrations by all five branches of the armed services.

The annual fireworks display will also be relocated to a site near the Martin Luther King Jr...Read more

Democrats wanted Hope Hicks to spill the beans on Trump; she didn't

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WASHINGTON -- House Democrats finally had the chance Wednesday to question a former member of President Donald Trump's inner circle about the findings of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's report.

They didn't get much.

Hope Hicks, acting under the direction of the White House, declined to answer questions in the closed-door hearing about ...Read more

Tempers flare as leaders, White House fall short on spending deal

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WASHINGTON -- A meeting of top White House officials and congressional leaders broke up Wednesday without agreement on topline funding allocations for appropriators, raising fresh doubts over their ability to avert another fiscal crisis later this year.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., accused Democrats of upping the ante on ...Read more

Ta-Nehisi Coates wants you to stop laughing about reparations

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WASHINGTON -- Dave Chappelle has a sketch imagining a future in which African Americans are awarded reparative damages due from centuries of American slavery and discrimination. The routine features newly rich black people "blowing" their reparation payments on rims, menthol cigarettes and rap record labels. The sketch is a smorgasbord of ...Read more

Americans blame Trump for nation's negative political discourse

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WASHINGTON -- A large majority of Americans feel the nation's political discourse has become more negative, as well as less respectful, fact-based and substantive -- and they say President Donald Trump is a major reason.

A Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday showed that more than half of the respondents said Trump has changed the tone...Read more

Hope Hicks appears for closed-door testimony amid executive privilege fight

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WASHINGTON -- Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director, angered Democrats Wednesday by declining to answer some questions during a closed-door session with members and staff of the House Judiciary Committee investigating President Donald Trump.

The White House had already warned the committee's Democratic chairman, Rep. ...Read more

Border spending bill sent to Senate floor, but House may act on its version first

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WASHINGTON -- Senate appropriators approved $4.59 billion in emergency funding Wednesday to address the influx of migrants at the southern border, and their House counterparts said they're prepping a similar bill to bring to the floor as soon as Tuesday.

The measure appropriators sent to the Senate floor provides slightly less than President ...Read more

Mitt Romney and Rand Paul speak up against 'no budget, no pay'

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WASHINGTON -- Republican Sens. Mitt Romney and Rand Paul might not see eye-to-eye on every issue, but the two former presidential candidates agree that it's a bad idea to withhold lawmaker pay because of government shutdowns.

The senators from Utah and Kentucky spoke up against the latest "No Budget, No Pay" proposal -- this one from Sen. Rick ...Read more

Trump moves to weaken Obama climate policy, bolster coal industry

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled its final plan to rewrite a major Obama-era climate change policy, replacing proposed regulations that cracked down on coal-burning power plants with a weaker alternative.

The administration's plan would gut the Clean Power Plan, a sweeping climate change policy to curb greenhouse gas...Read more

Democrats aim to chip away at Trump tax breaks to make room for their own

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidates like Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have talked about repealing the GOP's tax overhaul. Yet a large-scale rollback is unlikely. Instead, two other forces could slowly unravel the law -- Democrats currently in power in the House and President Donald Trump's trade policies.

House Democrats, in a ...Read more

Analysis: As Trump launches reelection bid, can he defy expectations again?

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PHILADELPHIA--Can he do it again?

Ever since Donald Trump won the 2016 election, the questions raised by that stunning result have dominated public life in America.

Had Trump exposed a fundamental shift in American politics and what voters wanted from a president? Had his nationalistic appeal been overlooked and underestimated?

Or was it just...Read more

Trump refuses to apologize for Central Park Five death penalty ad

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump again refused to apologize for promoting false accusations against five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted for the 1989 rape of a jogger in New York City, even though they were exonerated by DNA evidence.

Trump has long been attached to the case of the "Central Park Five" because he ran a full-...Read more


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