Trump is stripping immigrant children of protections, critics say. Supporters say he's closing loopholes

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In the nearly four years since Alexis arrived alone in the United States as a 17-year-old from El Salvador, he has been granted asylum, learned English, secured a job at a bakery and studied for his upcoming driver's license exam. This month he'll file an application for permanent residency.

Now 21, Alexis feared being targeted by gangs in El ...Read more

Democrats line up 3 gun bills in early return from House's summer break

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WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee will consider three gun control bills when it convenes Sept. 4, an early return from a summer break that could lob political pressure onto Senate Republicans to respond to recent mass shootings.

The committee announced Friday it will mark up a bill to outlaw large capacity magazines and other ...Read more

Report: Trump repeatedly showed interest in buying Greenland

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed interest in buying the entire island of Greenland "with varying degrees of seriousness," The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

The WSJ cited unnamed advisers as saying that the president asked White House counsels to "look into the idea" of purchasing the world's largest ...Read more

After floating idea, Trump says he's still reviewing commutation for Blagojevich

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CHICAGO -- President Donald Trump said Thursday he is still reviewing a possible commutation of disgraced former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich's prison term on federal corruption charges despite opposition from Illinois congressional Republicans.

"We're looking at it. I feel very badly. I think he was very harshly sentenced, but we're looking...Read more

States struggle to update election systems ahead of 2020

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. states operating outdated and insecure voting machines face major hurdles in protecting them in time for the 2020 presidential election, officials said at a meeting of elections experts.

Budgets are strained, decision-making authority is diffused and standards put in place years ago haven't kept up with today's cyberthreats, ...Read more

Sacramento woman who slapped MAGA marcher in Orange County convicted of battery

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A Sacramento woman who slapped a man at a Southern California "Make America Great Again" rally in support of President Donald Trump in 2017 was convicted in the attack, Orange County District Attorney's officials said Thursday.

Jessica Aguilar, 23, a counterprotester at the March 2017 rally at Bolsa Chica State Beach in ...Read more

House panel subpoenas former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski

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WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee said Thursday it has subpoenaed President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former White House chief of staff Rick Dearborn to publicly testify in its investigation of whether to pursue presidential impeachment.

Both men are being called to appear Sept. 17 and discuss Trump'...Read more

Under pressure from Trump, Israel bans Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib from visiting country

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WASHINGTON -- At the urging of President Donald Trump, Israel on Thursday took the extraordinary step of barring two Democratic U.S. congresswomen who have been outspoken critics of the president from visiting the country.

Trump, who has launched a campaign against Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, tweeted Thursday: "...Read more

Council member wants to stop donors like Amazon from using PACs to influence Seattle elections

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SEATTLE -- A Seattle City Council member may introduce legislation that would stop donors like Amazon from using political-action committees (PACs) to pour money into Seattle elections, and the proposal is backed by national reformers who hope to see such a law upheld by the United States Supreme Court.

They want to challenge the idea that the ...Read more

Washington state lawsuit targets new Trump administration penalties for immigrants using public benefits

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SEATTLE -- Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is helping to lead a lawsuit of 13 states contesting the federal government's new rule making it harder for legal immigrants to get green cards if they've used an array of public benefits, including Medicaid, subsidized housing and food stamps.

The lawsuit, announced Wednesday and co-led by ...Read more

Trump names new nominee to oldest federal judicial vacancy

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump named a new nominee Wednesday for a spot on the federal bench in North Carolina that has remained vacant for more than 13 years and has been one of the most contentious in Senate judicial confirmation fights.

Richard E. Myers II, a Jamaica native and a professor at the University of North Carolina law school...Read more

US appeals court appears likely to rule for Trump on ending protections for many immigrants

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday appeared likely to allow the Trump administration to end humanitarian protections for immigrants from Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua and El Salvador.

During a hearing, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals expressed skepticism of an injunction handed down last year by a San ...Read more

Congressmen influenced Trump into backing off commuting Blagojevich's sentence

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U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., confirmed he spoke with President Donald Trump and his acting chief of staff just before the president backed off of his consideration of commuting former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich' prison sentence.

Trump had brought up the idea while speaking to reporters on Air Force One while returning from a trip to El Paso,...Read more

Kamala Harris: Donald Trump's Baltimore attacks 'disrespectful,' show lack of presidential responsibility

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BALTIMORE -- Sen. Kamala Harris said in an Associated Press interview published Tuesday that Donald Trump's attacks on Baltimore and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings were "disrespectful," telling the news organization that the Republican "does not understand the significance of the words of the president of the United States."

The Democratic senator ...Read more

Trump aides see incompetence, not conspiracy, in Epstein's death

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WASHINGTON -- Trump administration officials suspect a portrait of incompetence, rather than conspiracy, will emerge from a series of federal investigations underway into the Bureau of Prisons' handling of Jeffrey Epstein's death at a Manhattan jailhouse.

Speaking with McClatchy, White House officials expressed relief that Attorney General Bill...Read more

Rep. Duncan Hunter's criminal trial rescheduled for January

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SAN DIEGO -- Lawyers for Rep. Duncan Hunter asked a federal judge Tuesday to delay his political corruption trial so the Republican congressman from San Diego County can argue before an appeals court that the criminal charges should be dismissed.

The trial, which had been scheduled to start Sept. 10, will now take place Jan. 14, according to a ...Read more

Trump endorses a Curt Schilling bid for Congress in Arizona: 'Terrific!'

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Former Arizona Diamondbacks and Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling can count on the endorsement of President Donald Trump if he decides to run for Congress in Arizona.

The former Major League Baseball player-turned conservative talk show host is weighing a congressional run in the Copper State, he told the Arizona Republic this week.

Trump ...Read more

'A reckoning': Sanders and Warren supporters see an alliance on the brink

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WASHINGTON -- Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are Senate colleagues, ideological partners and mutual admirers.

But their tacit alliance in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary is approaching a breaking point as they vie to become the progressive alternative to front-runner Joe Biden.

More than five months out from the Iowa caucuses, ...Read more

Duncan Hunter's trial appears on track to be postponed

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WASHINGTON -- Lawyers involved in Rep. Duncan Hunter's trial on charges that he inappropriately spent $250,000 in campaign funds for massive bar tabs and elaborate vacations to Hawaii and Italy are asking a California judge to have the proceedings delayed until Oct. 29.

A joint status report filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern ...Read more

Trump boosts conspiracy theory about Epstein's death

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump retweeted an unsubstantiated conspiracy theory that former President Bill Clinton was in some way responsible for the death of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, hours after reports of the financier's jail-house suicide.

The president on Saturday retweeted a post by comedian and Trump backer Terrence ...Read more

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