For a second straight day, Trump walks back his comments about threats from Russia

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump said Wednesday that Russia is no longer targeting the United States, contradicting his top intelligence adviser's warning days ago that "the lights are blinking red" about cyberattacks and reigniting bipartisan concerns over his recent embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The president's flat "no" came...Read more

Putin asked Trump to let Russia question McFaul, White House says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump entertained a proposal from Vladimir Putin to let Russian authorities question the former U.S. ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday.

Trump made no commitments to the Russian leader when Putin raised the idea at a private meeting in Helsinki ...Read more

Derided as Trump protector, Kavanaugh defies easy label on probe

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats say Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's own words show he would shield President Donald Trump from special counsel Robert Mueller's criminal inquiry. The reality is a bit more complicated.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Trump "chose the candidate who he thought would best protect him from the ...Read more

Trump again skips intelligence briefing after siding with Putin

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WASHINGTON -- For the second consecutive day since he broke with America's spy agencies over Russia's election meddling, President Donald Trump on Wednesday will not get an intelligence briefing.

The daily presidential guidance email sent out each evening by the White House initially featured only one item, an 11:30 a.m. Cabinet meeting. It was...Read more

Trump claims credit for Roby GOP primary win

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WASHINGTON -- Eager for a win after his controversial summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump on Wednesday took credit for an incumbent Republican's primary victory.

Alabama Rep. Martha Roby easily won her Republican primary runoff Tuesday evening by 36 percentage points.

Her victory came after she initially ...Read more

Negotiations over sexual harassment bills continue, but no timetable yet

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WASHINGTON -- Even as lawmakers and staff work to reconcile legislation passed by the House and Senate to curb sexual harassment on Capitol Hill, a timeline for enacting the bills is unclear, months after they were fast-tracked for floor votes.

"We're confident we are going to get there at some point. We're not quite there," House ...Read more

Trump stumbles into second day of Putin summit walkback

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning continued trying to portray his widely panned meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as a success amid a bipartisan backlash.

Despite many reviews to the contrary, the commander in chief described a rocky NATO summit last week that was dominated by him lashing out at America's ...Read more

Republicans say Rubio's bill is the way for Congress to deter Russian meddling

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WASHINGTON -- Conservatives are lining up behind Marco Rubio's plan to automatically sanction Russia for any future election meddling a day after President Donald Trump's meeting in Helsinki, Finland, with Russian President Vladimir Putin drew widespread derision from the entire political spectrum.

Trump supporters such as Fox News host Laura ...Read more

Rand Paul and Donald Trump bond over Trump's performance with Putin

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WASHINGTON -- The senator who once dubbed Donald Trump an "orange-faced windbag" and the president -- who derided Rand Paul as "truly weird" -- are now fast friends, thanks to Paul's support for Trump's performance in talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Trump and Paul had clashed bitterly during the presidential campaign but they've ...Read more

Trump tries to walk back remark that appeared to side with Russia in meddling probe

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, seeking to stanch a national furor, said on Tuesday that he misspoke in Helsinki, Finland, and meant to say that he indeed does see Russia as the culprit that interfered in the 2016 presidential election, just as U.S. intelligence agencies have found.

The president's comments were unlikely to satisfy his ...Read more

Rep. Linda Sanchez announces bid to lead House Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- The fight over who will lead House Democrats next year got its first public entrance Tuesday as Rep. Linda T. Sanchez made her bid official to lead the House Democratic Caucus.

Sanchez, of California, currently vice chairwoman of the Democratic Caucus, sent a letter to her colleagues Tuesday confirming her interest in moving up ...Read more

Lawmakers target social media's liability exemption for user posts

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Top Republican lawmakers on Tuesday attacked one of the legal protections most prized by social media companies such as Alphabet Inc.'s Google and Facebook Inc., questioning whether they should be held liable for content posted by users.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte asked representatives from the companies and Twitter Inc. at a ...Read more

Democratic House challengers raise more than Senate candidates

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WASHINGTON -- It used to be normal for fundraising by Senate candidates to dwarf that of House candidates. Not this year.

New Jersey's Mikie Sherrill, a Democrat trying to flip a longtime Republican stronghold, raised nearly $1.9 million during the second quarter of the year.

That's more than at least one Democratic senator facing a ...Read more

Schwarzenegger calls Trump a 'little wet noodle' and a 'fanboy' after Putin news conference

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LOS ANGELES -- Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has lashed out at President Donald Trump's rebuke of American intelligence agencies during a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"President Trump, I just saw your press conference with President Putin and it was embarrassing, I mean you stood there like a little wet ...Read more

Kavanaugh in line to decide 'sleeper case' that could rein in EPA, other agencies

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WASHINGTON -- Conservative groups and jurists, including U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, have long advocated restricting the latitude of the Environmental Protection Agency and other federal agencies to set rules and regulations, beyond what Congress has specifically authorized.

They may have that chance this fall. The Supreme Court...Read more

Critics pan plan to publish congressional research

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WASHINGTON -- Government transparency advocates were thrilled last spring when Congress ordered its in-house think tank to publicly release its reports.

Now, groups that lobbied for years to end the secrecy surrounding the Congressional Research Service say the website scheduled to launch in September would leave out crucial documents and cost ...Read more

The artful dodge that saved Kavanaugh from Supreme Court doom

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WASHINGTON -- In 2011, Judge Brett Kavanaugh was selected at random to rule on whether President Barack Obama's signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act, was constitutional.

It was a career-defining moment for the aspiring Supreme Court justice, who was 46 at the time. The case promised to be a political bomb splitting two ...Read more

Parkland shooter's defense team wants his police interrogation kept 'under wraps'

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MIAMI -- Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz's statement to police should be kept "under wraps" to not taint a potential jury pool, his lawyer told a court Monday as a judge continues to weigh whether to release it to the media and public.

Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer on Monday listened to another round of arguments from lawyers over ...Read more

Kavanaugh, Trump's Supreme Court pick, could trigger shift on firearms

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WASHINGTON -- With the addition of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court could have a conservative majority to strike down bans on semiautomatic weapons in liberal states and to decree that law-abiding Americans have a right to carry a gun in public.

Although the fight over Kavanaugh's nomination has mostly focused on abortion and health ...Read more

Trump resists Mueller interview, leaving decision on subpoena before fall elections

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WASHINGTON -- After months of negotiations could not secure an interview with President Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller warned the president's lawyers in March that he could use a grand jury subpoena if necessary to compel his testimony.

That prompted a furious response from John M. Dowd, the president's lead attorney at the time. ...Read more