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'I am more a Spy than he is': Trump defends N.C. pastor

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Donald Trump leveled harsh words against Turkey this week over its jailing and trial of North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson.

"They call him a Spy, but I am more a Spy than he is," Trump tweeted late Tuesday.

Trump called Brunson "a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States" who "is being persecuted ...Read more

US could order recall of defective guns under lawmaker's bill

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A Democratic U.S. House member introduced legislation that would give the federal government the power to recall defective firearms -- a bill that may face long odds in Congress.

The legislation by Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue safety warnings or order recalls of defective guns. No ...Read more

Rep. Adam Schiff wants Congress to get more information on presidential pardons

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WASHINGTON -- Rattled by President Donald Trump's decision to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Rep. Adam Schiff wants Congress to pass legislation giving itself more oversight of the president's pardoning power.

The proposal would allow Congress to view evidence against someone who ...Read more

Republicans claim they have the votes to help 'Dreamers,' but won't commit to forcing action

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jeff Denham wants you to know he has the majority of the House's support for bringing immigration legislation to the floor and helping young immigrants known as "Dreamers."

But despite talking for a month about prospects for his plan to bypass leadership's stonewalling, the California Republican refused Wednesday to say he ...Read more

Gorsuch casts key vote to spare California immigrant from deportation

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WASHINGTON -- With Justice Neil M. Gorsuch casting the deciding vote, the Supreme Court on Tuesday spared a California immigrant from deportation because his conviction for home burglary was not clearly the kind of "crime of violence" that would allow such a step.

The decision narrows one provision of a broad federal immigration law that calls ...Read more

Trump: 'High crime' likely in California after Gov. Brown rejects border troops

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump slammed California's Democratic governor Tuesday, contending "high crime" will rise in the state after Jerry Brown rejected the president's request for National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Brown last week indicated he would deploy California Guard troops to the border -- but not for the immigration ...Read more

Supreme Court to decide if online sellers must collect sales taxes across America

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will hear a multibillion-dollar tax dispute on Tuesday and decide whether online merchants can be required to collect sales taxes regardless of where they are located.

For online shoppers, the case could mean higher prices, although many large internet sellers, including Amazon, have already been collecting sales...Read more

Rep. Harper hopes disability internship program expands after his departure

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WASHINGTON -- As Rep. Gregg Harper prepares to leave Congress, he has high hopes the internship program he created for individuals with intellectual disabilities will grow and lead to more alumni getting hired.

Helping the disabled has been a priority for the Mississippi Republican since his election to the House in 2008. He has sponsored ...Read more

Gunmakers, with sales slumping at home, ready for eased export rules

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. gunmakers are on the verge of getting something they've wanted for a very long time: a streamlined process for exporting their handguns and rifles, including AR-15 assault-style weapons that have been the focus of national debate.

Under a long-awaited rule the Trump administration is expected to propose very soon, a large ...Read more

Judge orders Trump lawyer Cohen to reveal secret client: Sean Hannity

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer and hard-nosed fixer, Michael Cohen, lost an early round in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, as a judge ordered him to disclose the name of a client he had tried to keep secret: Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

The disclosure was the latest surprise in a highly unusual court case in ...Read more

Supreme Court again rejects hearing Rod Blagojevich's appeal

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CHICAGO -- The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will not hear former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal, marking the end of a decadelong legal road and virtually guaranteeing he will remain in prison until 2024 barring a presidential pardon or commutation.

The justices did not comment in letting stand the convictions and 14-year ...Read more

Trump's businesses see boost in spending by Republican campaigns

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NEW YORK -- Republican political campaigns increased their spending at President Donald Trump's businesses by nearly 15 percent this year, according to federal figures compiled by the watchdog group Public Citizen.

The Republican National Committee and various GOP political action committees spent close to $388,000 disclosed so far in the three...Read more

Search continues as Republicans pass on running for Ryan's seat

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WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Republicans are scrambling to find a suitable candidate to fend off popular Democratic candidates in the once-safely red 1st District that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said last week he won't run for again.

Wisconsin state Sen. Dave Craig, a former Ryan aide, was the latest to pass on running for the seat Ryan is vacating ...Read more

Trump's strategy to shrink immigration court backlog may not work

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WASHINGTON -- A crucial piece of President Donald Trump's deportation machine is not working the way he wants. He's arresting thousands more undocumented immigrants than his predecessor, and illegal border traffic has dropped to historically low levels.

Still, something is wrong.

"We have to bring them before a ridiculous court system," Trump ...Read more

Comey 'lied in Congress,' Trump charges after interview airs

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday continued his effort to discredit James Comey, the morning after a nationally televised interview during which the former FBI director lambasted him.

Trump spent several hours Sunday morning ripping Comey ahead of a hour-long primetime interview Sunday night on ABC in which Comey said Trump is "...Read more

Analysis: Trump's Syria strikes highlight Congress' war powers impotence

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WASHINGTON -- Even as President Donald Trump has in recent weeks built a more hawkish national security team and again fired missiles at Syrian targets, Congress is not likely to take back the war-making powers it has steadily given up.

The days leading up to Friday night's strikes by U.S., French and British forces on Syrian President Bashar ...Read more

Trump lawyers urge high court to bolster his power to fire executive officials

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court is set to hear a seemingly minor case later this month on the status of administrative judges at the Securities and Exchange Commission, an issue that normally might only draw the interest of those accused of stock fraud.

But the dispute turns on the president's power to hire and fire officials throughout the ...Read more

Trump's approval rating climbs to 40%

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President Donald Trump's approval rating rose to 40 percent in the latest poll by ABC News and the Washington Post, the highest this year.

The reading compares with 36 percent in January's poll. His disapproval rating fell to 56 percent from 58 percent. Trump's average ratings are still the lowest since the Truman administration, according to ...Read more

Trump again denounces 'slimeball' Comey

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump launched a new Twitter fusillade at former FBI Director James Comey Sunday morning, again calling the former top federal law enforcement official a "slimeball" and ridiculing his actions surrounding the federal investigation of Trump's defeated presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Comey's new book, ...Read more

Congress' Facebook ignorance triggers calls to revive technology agency

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WASHINGTON -- Congress had an agency designed to help senators avoid the sort of embarrassment they faced when trying to understand Facebook -- but lawmakers stopped funding it 23 years ago and have resisted reviving it

Now there's talk the Office of Technology Assessment could make a comeback. A subcommittee will hear Tuesday from interest ...Read more