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Judge leans toward tossing Stormy Daniels defamation suit against Trump

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LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge in Los Angeles indicated Monday that he's inclined to dismiss a defamation lawsuit by adult move star Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels, against President Donald Trump.

The suit against Trump stems from her lawyer's release in April of a composite sketch of an unknown man who Clifford claims ...Read more

Analysis: Thursday could be most consequential day of Trump's tumultuous tenure

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WASHINGTON -- Circumstance, confusion and chaos have collided to ensure Thursday will be one of the most consequential -- and perhaps the most by a wide margin -- days of the tumultuous Trump presidency.

Washington has rarely seen the kind of spectacle ahead in just a few days, and the inevitable ramifications will trigger ripple waves that ...Read more

Trump, backing Kavanaugh, calls allegations of sexual misconduct 'political'

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump on Monday continued to stand behind his embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh, calling him "an outstanding person" and dismissing a second woman's accusation of sexual misconduct as being part of an "unfair, unjust" political attack.

Trump, leaving the United Nations after a short morning meeting...Read more

Democratic candidate for Florida congressional seat dies unexpectedly

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WASHINGTON -- April Freeman, a Democrat who was running for retiring Rep. Tom Rooney's Florida seat, has died unexpectedly, according to media reports Monday.

Her husband, David Freeman, told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that his wife appeared to have had a heart attack Sunday night.

While Freeman's name will remain on the 17th District ballot,...Read more

Trump, backing Kavanaugh, calls allegations of sexual misconduct 'political'

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NEW YORK CITY -- President Donald Trump on Monday continued to stand behind his embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh, calling him "an outstanding person" and dismissing a second woman's accusation of sexual misconduct as being part of an "unfair, unjust" political attack.

Trump, leaving the United Nations after a short morning ...Read more

Trump stands by Kavanaugh, says allegations are 'totally political'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday said he is sticking with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, telling reporters, "I am with him all the way."

The president, on the sidelines of a United Nations conference in New York hours after another accuser came forward alleging sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, said, "There's a chance that ...Read more

Kavanaugh controversy and Violence Against Women Act collide on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON -- Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh upended his confirmation process and brought sexual misconduct back into the spotlight on Capitol Hill. While the Senate Judiciary Committee digs into what happened more than 30 years ago, other lawmakers are working to extend and expand...Read more

Trump urges Missouri supporters to back Hawley 'because you're voting for me'

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In the early stages of his campaign for the U.S. Senate, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley faced criticism from some in his party over a sense that he was trying to distance himself from President Donald Trump.

No one is saying that anymore.

Hawley shared the stage with the president Friday night in Springfield, ...Read more

Opposition to Trump motivating Pennsylvania voters in new Morning Call/Muhlenberg poll

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WASHINGTON -- Sending lawmakers to Washington who will be a check on President Donald Trump is a top motivating factor for Pennsylvania's likely voters, according to a new Morning Call/Muhlenberg College poll conducted less than two months before Election Day.

Nearly half -- 48 percent -- said their vote for Congress will be intended to signal ...Read more

Trump to lift summertime limits on high-ethanol gasoline

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is set to announce a policy change allowing year-round sales of gasoline with higher ethanol blends, a move that could bolster Midwest Republicans in tough election contests and appease corn farmers battered by agricultural tariffs, according to people briefed on the planned announcement.

President Donald ...Read more

Indiana to ask Supreme Court to hear abortion case

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WASHINGTON -- The state of Indiana is planning to ask the Supreme Court to settle an abortion dispute involving a state law that could reopen the debate over Roe vs. Wade in the upcoming term.

The state said recently in court filings that it will ask the justices to consider whether a woman can be prohibited from getting an abortion because of ...Read more

Trump raises doubts about Kavanaugh's accuser, suggests assault allegations made up by 'radical left'

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WASHINGTON -- In a Friday morning tweet storm after days of restraint, President Donald Trump defended his embattled Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh, and sought to cast doubt on the woman accusing the conservative jurist of attempting to rape her when they were in high school.

Portraying the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford as ...Read more

Trump calls on Kavanaugh accuser to present police report

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump suggested Friday that if Christine Blasey Ford had been sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh when they were both in high school that charges would've been filed against him.

That claim runs contrary to the fact that most sexual assault victims do not report the incidents.

Trump called on Blasey Ford to ...Read more

Trump to Senate Judiciary on Kavanaugh hearing: 'Get on with it'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has a message for Senate Democrats and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser about an upcoming hearing to discuss the sexual assault allegations against the judge: "Get on with it."

"I don't think you can delay it a little longer," Trump said of that session during a Thursday interview with Fox ...Read more

Ex-Trump fixer Michael Cohen has spoken to Mueller at length, sources say

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has had multiple lengthy interviews over the last month with investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller, two people familiar with the matter said.

Cohen has been one of Trump's closest associates over the past decade and admitted he made illegal ...Read more

Democratic women in Congress launch campaign to recruit more female candidates

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WASHINGTON -- A group of female Democratic lawmakers launched an effort Thursday to recruit pro-choice women to run for office, a campaign they tied to efforts to peg 2018 as the second "Year of the Woman."

Elect Democratic Women will be chaired by Florida Democratic Rep. Lois Frankel and raise money for female candidates within the Democratic ...Read more

GOP congressman jokes Ruth Bader Ginsburg was groped by Abraham Lincoln

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WASHINGTON -- South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman opened an election debate Thursday by cracking a joke that attempted to play off the controversy over the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

It did not go over well, according to a report from The Post and Courier.

Norman, appearing alongside ...Read more

Investigations? Sure. Impeachment? Doubtful. Here's the outlook if Democrats win big in November

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats want to examine President Donald Trump's tax returns. There's talk of launching an independent commission into his administration's handling of the hurricane that wracked Puerto Rico. Progressive activists are ready to start impeachment proceedings.

Get ready. If Democrats take control of a congressional chamber in the ...Read more

Conservative Democrats making pitch to win back rural voters

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WASHINGTON -- A group of conservative Democratic lawmakers is making an appeal to the rural voters who've mostly abandoned the party by focusing on what they argue are weak points in President Donald Trump's agenda on issues such as trade and health care.

The 18-member Blue Dog Coalition, which has been working to prevent a leftward shift in ...Read more

Flake rebukes Trump Jr. for mocking Kavanaugh's accuser

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CHICAGO -- Sen. Jeff Flake called out Donald Trump Jr. for making fun of the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by comparing it to a grade-school crush.

"This is sickening. No one should make light of this situation," the Arizona Republican tweeted on Wednesday, including a photo from Trump Jr.'s earlier ...Read more