Supreme Court appears split over whether Constitution extends to Mexican teen shot across the border

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WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court justices debated border shootings and drone strikes Tuesday in a case that could preview the legal battle over President Donald Trump's proposed ban on foreign travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries.

But the eight justices sounded evenly split over whether the parents of a Mexican teenager can sue the U.S. ...Read more

Trump finally denounces anti-Semitic attacks, but is it enough?

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WASHINGTON -- Days after he declined to denounce anti-Semitism, President Donald Trump finally condemned the reported increase in anti-Semitism in the United States that has been linked to his political rise.

But it wasn't enough.

Trump was immediately pressed to speak more forcefully about the issue and to take specific steps to tackle hate ...Read more

A lethal shooting at the US-Mexico border divides the Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- A short-handed Supreme Court that's about to be recast seemed split Tuesday about whether to extend U.S. constitutional protections to cover a teenager shot on Mexican soil.

An even split, though, would be a defeat for the teenager's family members and the immigration advocates who support them.

Amid a broader debate over ...Read more

Trump intends to release 2018 budget in mid-March

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is aiming to release a fiscal 2018 budget outline on March 14, a White House official confirmed Sunday to CQ.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it is the White House's "intention" to release the outline, also called a "skinny" budget, on that date.

That date is not set...Read more

One thing Congress agrees on: Vaccines work

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WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers are stressing the need to highlight benefits of vaccines amid reports of local outbreaks of infectious diseases.

"The science is clear: FDA-licensed vaccines are proven to be safe and effective, and save the lives both of those who receive them and vulnerable individuals around them," the lawmakers ...Read more

Trump, after failing to denounce anti-Semitism, calls threats to Jews 'horrible' and 'painful'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, under pressure for his reluctance to address a recent spike in anti-Semitic threats, condemned them in forceful terms Tuesday during a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington.

Trump spoke effusively about his tour of the new African-American museum on the National ...Read more

Trump team fosters fears he'll adopt alternative economic facts

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump complains regularly about what he calls "fake news." What's got some statisticians worried, though, is the risk of doctored economic data coming from the administration itself.

While there are government directives in place to prevent that from happening, the number crunchers worry that the president's ...Read more

Feds say at least 12 aircraft violated restrictions during Trump's Florida visit

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- At least 12 aircraft violated temporary flight restrictions through Monday afternoon for President Donald Trump's Palm Beach Mar-a-Lago stay, with at least five of those having the unique experience of being buzzed by military aircraft, federal officials confirmed to The Palm Beach Post.

Eight of those crossed the line ...Read more

Tribes look to Trump to save their coal plant

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WASHINGTON -- On Navajo Nation territory near Page, Ariz., news about plans to shutter a hulking coal plant that has been the workhorse of the struggling local economy for decades came like a punch to the gut.

Now tribes and plant workers are demanding relief from the person who vowed to end these kinds of devastating announcements -- Donald ...Read more

Trump's search for a national security adviser sums up his biggest challenges so far

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- President Donald Trump's next national security advisor will serve as his eyes and ears to crises that pop up all over the globe -- and be thrust into the center of the White House's biggest firestorms too.

Amid the fallout over the firing of the first person to hold the post, Michael Flynn, the president has escalated ...Read more

Departing election commissioner urges Trump to change system

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WASHINGTON -- A Democratic member of the U.S. Federal Election Commission said she will resign and called on President Donald Trump to fix a system that has allowed unaccountable money to flow into politics "from a tiny, highly unrepresentative segment of the population."

Ann Ravel said she'll step down March 1 from a term that would otherwise ...Read more

Analysis: Seeing politics through a partisan prism

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In November 1951, the Dartmouth and Princeton football teams played a season-ending game that resulted in a seminal work on the nature of human cognition.

Princeton won the contest, to finish the season undefeated. Of more lasting consequence, though, was the research that followed -- a psychological case study that provides a helpful overlay ...Read more

Trump basks in cheers at Florida rally and takes aim at the media

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MELBOURNE, Fla. -- President Donald Trump returned to campaign mode Saturday with a clear opponent in mind: the media, declaring before thousands of cheering supporters that "fake news" was undermining his nascent administration's accomplishments.

The White House was running "so smoothly," Trump said in an airport hangar here. He said the rally...Read more

Republican leaders tire of Trump drama, but GOP activists close ranks

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WASHINGTON -- The chaos of President Donald Trump's White House has Republican leaders scrambling to defend what they hope will soon be a functional administration. But cracks in that resolve are starting to show amid a seemingly endless series of self-inflicted setbacks.

Just under a month in office, Trump has already fired his national ...Read more

Trump said he would isolate his family businesses, but they have already seeped into the White House

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WASHINGTON -- Twenty-four hours before taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump strutted into the presidential ballroom of the Trump International Hotel to toast congressional leaders, top donors and the people he had picked to fill out his Cabinet.

Trump joked that "a total genius must have built this place," underscoring the message:...Read more

Railroad, trucking groups want a higher federal gas tax: The roadblock? Congress

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WASHINGTON -- As President Donald Trump and lawmakers in both parties roll out infrastructure plans, no one seems to be willing to consider the hottest, most vexing piece of that legislative puzzle: raising the federal gasoline tax.

Suddenly, the effort has an important new ally: the nation's railroads.

Motorists and truckers pay the same 18.4...Read more

Questions linger about Trump's academic record at Wharton

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PHILADELPHIA -- President Donald Trump has spoken frequently about his undergraduate success at Wharton, the University of Pennsylvania's top-notch business school.

But while claims of Trump's academic prowess at the Ivy League school have been around for decades, questions about how strong his record actually was continue to swirl.

The 1968 ...Read more

Jewish groups ask: Why won't Trump denounce anti-Semitic attacks?

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WASHINGTON -- On two successive days this week, President Donald Trump had the opportunity to denounce the reported increase in anti-Semitism in the United States that has been linked to his political rise.

He didn't.

Not only did Trump not condemn the attacks, he also largely ignored the issue and at least once responded as if the accusations...Read more

Analysis: Trump leaves the White House bubble and shifts to campaign mode, hoping for momentum

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As his month-old administration struggles to make good on its promises, President Donald Trump is seeking momentum by using some of the tactics that propelled his candidacy from its beginnings.

On Thursday, he held a free-for-all news conference in which he sparred with reporters and defended his short tenure for almost 80 minutes. On Friday, ...Read more

Trump turns optimistic during visit to Boeing plant in South Carolina

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President Donald Trump returned Friday to the themes that secured his electoral victory, praising the contributions of American workers and pledging to lead a resurgence of manufacturing across the country.

Speaking at a Boeing plant in North Charleston, S.C., with a 787 Dreamliner parked behind him, Trump said he had come to celebrate "jobs, ...Read more