Vice president's brother files papers to run for Congress in Indiana

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WASHINGTON -- Greg Pence, the oldest brother of Vice President Mike Pence, has filed paperwork to run for Congress, The Associated Press reports.

Pence has long been considering running for Indiana's 6th District, which Rep. Luke Messer is vacating to run for Senate. Pence is currently the finance chair of Messer's Senate campaign.

Pence has ...Read more

Trump claims proof Rep. Wilson fabricated words to military widow

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WASHINGTON -- A Democratic Florida congresswoman became the latest target of a morning presidential twitter attack, with Donald Trump alleging Rep. Frederica Wilson "totally fabricated" his call to the widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger.

Trump called the widow of Sgt. La David T. Johnson on Tuesday afternoon, shortly before his body was ...Read more

Trump twists Judiciary leaders' findings on Comey actions

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump started Wednesday by twisting the findings of two senior Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, tweeting that Hillary Clinton was among "people not interviewed" by the FBI in an investigation into her use of a private email server as secretary of State.

The FBI released documents Monday that show then-FBI ...Read more

Trump: Congresswoman 'totally fabricated' my response to Miami Gardens soldier's widow

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MIAMI -- President Donald Trump accused a Miami-Dade Democratic congresswoman Wednesday morning of lying about his response to a fallen soldier's widow -- that "he knew what he signed up for" -- and said he had proof of the conversation.

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, who represents Miami Gardens, "totally fabricated what I said to the wife of a ...Read more

Homeland Security Must Reveal Why It Ended 'Dreamers' Policy

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security must produce documents that detail the decision-making process for ending the "Dreamers" policy for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

A federal judge in San Francisco who is overseeing five lawsuits challenging the September announcement to end Deferred Action for Childhood ...Read more

Trump is said to plan Fed chair pick before Nov. 3 Asia trip

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to choose his nominee to chair the Federal Reserve before he leaves Nov. 3 for an 11-day trip to Asia and Hawaii, a person familiar with the process said.

Trump is working with a shortlist of five names to lead the central bank: former Fed Governor Kevin Warsh, Stanford University economist John Taylor...Read more

Trump takes credit for Islamic State defeat years in the making

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump took credit for making changes to the military that allowed U.S.-backed forces to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa -- the last major urban stronghold of the Islamic State.

"It had to do with the people I put in and it had to do with rules of engagement," Trump said in an interview Tuesday on Washington-...Read more

Trump brings his chief of staff, whose son died in combat, into controversy over condolence calls

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump, facing blowback for his failure to call the families of four soldiers who died in combat, on Tuesday invoked the fallen son of his chief of staff, retired Gen. John Kelly.

"As far as other presidents, I don't know, you could ask Gen. Kelly, did he get a call from Obama? I don't know what Obama's policy was,...Read more

Embattled congressman withdraws from consideration as drug czar, Trump says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's pick to be the nation's drug czar withdrew from consideration Tuesday after news reports focused attention on his role in weakening the government's power to combat the nation's opioid epidemic.

Trump sent a message on Twitter Tuesday morning announcing that Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) had withdrawn his name ...Read more

Justice Elena Kagan talks about life on the Supreme Court during Chicago appearance

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CHICAGO -- The death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia forced the remaining eight members of the nation's highest court to work harder toward compromise, Justice Elena Kagan said Monday during a speech at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.

In an hourlong appearance before law students and high-profile lawyers including Illinois ...Read more

Armed with cash and powerful friends, Mark Sanford preps for election fights

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Mark Sanford is facing what is arguably his first competitive re-election campaign since returning to Congress in mid-2013 -- and both his Republican and Democratic challengers raised more money than the South Carolina lawmaker this summer.

Sanford, however, holds a major cash advantage in the latest round of fundraising ...Read more

Trump calls for short-term Obamacare fix and reaches out to Republican leaders

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump threw his weight Monday behind a measure to fix parts of Obamacare, the first time he has voiced approval of a specific legislative approach to do so and an abrupt turnaround on a bipartisan effort to preserve key elements of the health care system that he has sought to repeal.

Trump's backing of what he ...Read more

Senator calls on Ivanka Trump to cut tie to World Bank women's fund

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WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump should cut ties with a World Bank fund focusing on women's empowerment, an initiative the U.S. president's daughter has championed, because her clothing brand may benefit from her involvement, Sen. Ben Cardin said in a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Cardin, a Maryland Democrat, wrote that Trump, who ...Read more

Supreme Court won't hear USS Cole case challenge to Guantanamo war court

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GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba -- The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to consider a pretrial challenge to the war court brought by death penalty defendant Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the former CIA captive accused of orchestrating al-Qaida's 2000 USS Cole bombing.

It was the second rejection of a Guantanamo captive's appeal to the high court ...Read more

After criticism for not calling slain soldiers' families, Trump falsely says Obama did same

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump falsely said that President Barack Obama and other previous presidents failed to call the families of soldiers killed in action, drawing angry rebukes from Obama aides.

Trump made the accusation during an impromptu news conference Monday, while defending himself for failing to call the families of four ...Read more

Here are 7 topics Trump talked about at his news conference

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump touched on a slew of subjects Monday at his hastily arranged news conference in the Rose Garden. Here are seven:

-- His former top strategist Steve Bannon's "war on Republicans":

Bannon, who left the White House in August, has said he will back Republican candidates in the 2018 elections who do not support ...Read more

Trump says he'll tell Bannon to stop picking on Mitch McConnell's friends

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump on Monday threw a life raft to the most unpopular Republican in Congress, publicly expressing his support for Mitch McConnell and pledging to ask his anti-establishment friends to leave the Senate leader and his friends alone.

Until Monday, the Senate majority leader's reputation as a canny tactician had taken a ...Read more

Manchin to Trump: Don't make Rep. Tom Marino the drug czar

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WASHINGTON -- The Democratic senator from a state ravaged by opioid abuse wants President Donald Trump to pull back the nomination of Rep. Tom Marino to be the nation's drug czar.

Citing reporting from The Washington Post, West Virginia's Joe Manchin III said in a letter to Trump that he had concerns that Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania,...Read more

Miami politician says aliens took her on a spaceship. Now she's running for Congress

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WASHINGTON -- Florida has a U.S. senator who once flew aboard the Space Shuttle.

A congressional candidate from Miami can go one better: Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera says she's been aboard a spaceship too. But this one was crewed by aliens. As in extraterrestrials.

Three blond, big-bodied beings -- two females, one male -- visited her when she ...Read more

Trump touts federal response to California wildfires

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday praised his administration's response to the wildfires that have killed more than 40 people and displaced tens of thousands of people.

"We have FEMA there. We have military there. We have first responders there," he said. "It's a tragic situation. We are working very closely from the ...Read more