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Former Congressman Joe Walsh says he's weighing bid to challenge Trump for 2020 GOP nomination

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CHICAGO -- Conservative radio talk show host and former tea party-backed U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh is weighing a presidential run and will make a final decision in September, he told the Chicago Tribune.

Walsh, an Illinois Republican who served a single term in Congress, said he's meeting with potential backers as he considers what most view as a ...Read more

In the 'Danish Capital of America,' Trump's desire to buy Greenland gets a collective shrug

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SOLVANG, Calif. -- After posing for photos with her family by a statue of Danish fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen, Kat Grant pondered what President Donald Trump could do with Greenland, should he buy the icy island from Denmark.

He could put some condos there, said Grant, 38, from Culver City. Maybe slap a catchy new logo on Greenland...Read more

Trump has remade GOP, but poll finds it's at a price

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has remade the Republican Party in his populist image, but at a price that puts his reelection in jeopardy, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll finds.

Asked whether the party should "become more populist, stressing issues like strong borders, protecting jobs from foreign competition and standing tough ...Read more

Trump is expected to snub the next UN climate summit

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WASHINGTON -- The United Nations General Assembly opens next month with a major summit on climate change -- but at least one head of state will be absent from the global stage.

Three senior administration officials told McClatchy that President Donald Trump plans to skip the U.N. Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23 hosted by U.N. Secretary-...Read more

Trump again says Jewish voters who support Democrats are 'disloyal'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump repeated his claim Wednesday that American Jews who vote for Democrats are "disloyal," refusing to back away from divisive language that has been widely criticized as anti-Semitic and anti-democratic, and called himself "the chosen one" who is confronting China on trade.

"If you vote for a Democrat, you're ...Read more

Trump says he still wants gun background checks after meeting with NRA

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WASHINGTON – In wide-ranging remarks to reporters as he left the White House for an event in Louisville, Ky., on Wednesday, President Donald Trump said he is working with Republican and Democratic lawmakers to enhance background checks for gun purchases, denying reports that he had abandoned the idea after meeting with the National Rifle ...Read more

Bernie Sanders labor plan would let federal workers strike

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., unveiled a new labor plan Wednesday that includes a proposal to let federal employees go on strike.

"Under current law, federal employees are not guaranteed the same labor rights as workers in the private sector. While they have the ability to unionize, they are prohibited from going on strike," a plan ...Read more

Bernie Sanders' famed $27 donors are split in 2020's sprawling Democratic field

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Small-dollar donors made Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential bid one of the most successful insurgent campaigns in Democratic Party history, allowing him to be competitive with establishment favorite Hillary Clinton.

But in the 2020 race, nearly 1.7 million, or more than 80%, of the donors who fueled his earlier run have stayed on the sidelines, ...Read more

Trump floats a tax cut, then calls it unneeded and not imminent

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said "a lot of people" would like a cut in payroll taxes, but the White House isn't likely to immediately reduce that levy -- in part because voters might not even notice it.

While Trump insists the U.S. is "very far from a recession," he and his economic advisers have been casting about for ways to cut ...Read more

Trump administration considering Cuban American from Miami for top Latin America post

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MIAMI -- Carlos Trujillo, the current U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States and former state representative from Miami, is being considered as the next assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, The Miami Herald has learned.

Multiple sources confirmed Tuesday that Trujillo, a Cuban American and close ally of U...Read more

Trump retreats from gun control proposals

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WASHINGTON -- In the three weeks since three mass shootings left the country reeling, powerful pro-gun groups have sent President Donald Trump a clear signal -- don't forget that we helped put you in the White House.

On Tuesday, the president made clear he was listening. He reversed course and backed away from potential new restrictions on gun ...Read more

Ways and Means chairman cites 'credible allegations' of misconduct in presidential tax audit

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WASHINGTON -- The House Ways and Means Committee said it had received "credible allegations" from a federal employee of potentially "inappropriate efforts to influence" the IRS' mandatory audit of presidential tax returns.

References to the unexplained allegations were in a letter included in a Tuesday filing by the committee in its federal ...Read more

Trump seeks to allay farm-state uproar in Oval Office meeting

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump presided over a lengthy Oval Office meeting Monday in which he urged officials to soften the effect of recent policy moves that angered Midwestern farm states critical to his reelection.

The Trump administration was stung by criticism over the Environmental Protection Agency's Aug. 9 decision to give 31 ...Read more

Republicans use McConnell allies to try to force his hand on election security

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WASHINGTON -- A conservative group is increasing pressure on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to put election security legislation up for a vote in the Senate by airing ads that target the Kentucky Republican and four other Republican senators in their home states.

Republicans for the Rule of Law is unveiling new spots that urge Sens. ...Read more

Trying to conceal tax returns, Trump sees political coordination in subpoenas

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump says New York Attorney General Letitia James is "closely coordinating with House Democrats in a joint effort to obtain and expose" the president's tax returns and financial information.

The allegation came in a filing Monday in federal district court in Washington as Trump amended the July 23 lawsuit he ...Read more

Yes, Donald Trump can win re-election. But he's right to worry

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WASHINGTON -- Despite a barrage of polls that show him losing to Democratic rivals, Donald Trump's re-election hopes are far from doomed. But he's vulnerable on the two most important predictors: presidential approval ratings and the state of the economy.

Trump's approval rating is 43% in two new surveys by NBC/Wall Street Journal and Fox News....Read more

Rep. King falsely claims he was misquoted on 'rape and incest' abortion comment

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Steve King demanded an apology over the weekend from GOP leaders and media outlets that criticized him for speculating that humankind may not exist without our species' history of rape and incest.

The embattled Iowa Republican claimed, misleadingly, that he was misquoted in a Des Moines Register article -- later picked up by ...Read more

Analysis: 'The Mooch' is under President Trump's skin amid recession warnings

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WASHINGTON -- Anthony Scaramucci is under Donald Trump's skin, hitting a nerve as the president frets about his re-election chances amid economic warning signs.

The former White House communications director was back on CNN Monday morning, delivering another broadside on his former boss just four days after a Trump's stated favorite news ...Read more

A tale of two rallies: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders have similar ideas, competing paths to 2020 victory

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FRANCONIA, N.H. -- For progressive voters such as Richard Poulin, the 2020 Democratic presidential primary offers an agonizing choice between two heroes of the left, Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Poulin, a New Hampshire store owner, was a devoted supporter of Sanders' unsuccessful 2016 campaign. Now, he ...Read more

Trump calls Greenland 'interesting' as Denmark rules out a sale

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said buying Greenland would be "a large real estate deal" that could ease a financial burden on Denmark, which administers the island, but hours earlier its Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen ruled out any sale to the U.S.

"Strategically it's interesting and we'd be interested, but we'll talk to them a little ...Read more

 

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