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Trump announces 'Space Force' plan as he signs space policy directive

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President Donald Trump signed a space policy directive Monday aimed at coordinating federal and industry efforts to manage space traffic and debris ahead of the expected launch of hundreds or even thousands of small satellites.

Trump also said he would direct the Defense Department and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,...Read more

Backlash builds against Trump's policy splitting families at border, as he falsely blames Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump faced a growing backlash Monday over his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that since April has separated at least 2,000 children from their parents crossing the southern border, even as he continued to falsely blame Democrats for the hard-line actions.

Some Republican allies in Congress, ...Read more

Supreme Court decides not to decide on constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering

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WASHINGTON -- In a major setback for political reformers, the Supreme Court refused Monday to rule on the constitutionality of extreme partisan gerrymandering, dismissing cases from Wisconsin and Maryland for procedural reasons.

In the Wisconsin case, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said the challengers must bring complaints against their own...Read more

Trump warns US could follow path of Germany on immigration

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday appeared to defend his administration's policy of separating migrant families by warning that Germany's and Europe's immigration issues could be replicated here.

He used several tweets Monday morning to blast not only German and European immigration laws, but also Democratic lawmakers. The GOP ...Read more

Trump Tower, one of largest users of Chicago River water, has never met EPA rules for protecting fish, records show

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CHICAGO -- Fishing piers and floating gardens welcome anglers to the Chicago Riverwalk, but a few blocks upstream is a little-known threat to fish and other aquatic life in the city's steadily improving waterway: Trump International Hotel & Tower.

State records obtained by the Tribune show the president's glass-and-steel skyscraper is one of ...Read more

Trump to meet with House Republicans Tuesday to sell immigration compromise

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump will meet with House Republicans Tuesday evening to express his support for a compromise immigration bill the chamber will vote on later in the week, according to a source familiar with the plan.

The president will head to the Capitol to meet with the House Republican Conference Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Trump is ...Read more

Primary results show the GOP is all in on Trump

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., lamented the direction of his Republican Party last fall, before his resignation.

Conservative purity tests had been replaced by a new measuring stick, he said. "Now, since Donald Trump, the litmus test is loyalty to an individual."

His words were punctuated by primary election results Tuesday night...Read more

Republicans blindsided by Trump opposition to immigration plan

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans who spent months carefully crafting an immigration reform plan found themselves not rounding up votes Friday but refreshing their phone messages to see if a presidential tweet would blow up the entire effort.

President Donald Trump had just thrown a wrench into months of immigration talks, saying in an early ...Read more

1,995 immigrant children separated from adults in previous 2 months

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Migrant family separations on the border have drawn national attention, as the Trump administration enforces a "zero tolerance" policy of charging parents in criminal court and placing their children in federally funded shelters.

A total of 1,995 children have been separated from 1,940 adult guardians who were prosecuted for entering the ...Read more

Trump undermines GOP effort to pass an immigration bill

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump upended Republican efforts to negotiate an immigration bill that could pass the House, saying Friday that he would not support a measure that Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., had painstakingly cobbled together over the past week.

Ryan's plan was to have the House vote next week on two bills -- a hard-line ...Read more

Trump uses Justice IG report to continue attack on Comey

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday suggested a Justice Department inspector general report that faulted the FBI for its actions during the 2016 campaign shows James B. Comey is not credible, as the president tries to sow doubts about the agency's Russia probe.

The department released the IG's final report on the FBI's handling of a ...Read more

Trump rejects report's conclusion that FBI wasn't biased in Clinton probe, falsely says it 'exonerates' him

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday rejected the conclusion of the new report of the Justice Department's inspector general, which found that mistakes FBI leaders made in investigating Hillary Clinton's private emails during the 2016 campaign were not the result of any bias, including on the part of former Director James B. Comey.

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Trump uses Justice IG report to continue attack on Comey

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday suggested a Justice Department inspector general report that faulted the FBI for its actions during the 2016 campaign shows James B. Comey is not credible, as the president tries to sow doubts about the agency's Russia probe.

The department released the IG's final report on the FBI's handling of a ...Read more

Trump insiders are said to seek pardon for Milken, 'king' of junk bonds

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NEW YORK -- Some of President Donald Trump's closest confidants have urged him to pardon Michael Milken, the 1980s "junk bond king" who has unsuccessfully sought for decades to reverse his securities fraud conviction, according to people familiar with the matter.

The idea of a Milken pardon is being supported by Anthony Scaramucci, the ...Read more

Trump's coal gambit may yield political points, not mining jobs

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's plan for reviving coal power plants is unlikely to resurrect mining jobs but may boost the president's support among crucial Rust Belt voters before the midterm elections that will determine which party controls Congress.

President Donald Trump has asked Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take immediate ...Read more

NY charges Trump, his family and its foundation with 'persistent' violations

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NEW YORK -- The New York attorney general filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Thursday, charging that he misused his charitable foundation for personal and political gains over more than a decade.

In the scathing complaint filed in New York State Supreme Court, the attorney general used adjectives such as "illegal," "persistent" ...Read more

Furor over family separation now a part of House debate over immigration

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans could move to strictly limit the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents at the border under immigration legislation expected to be considered next week.

Democrats, however, object to other parts of the legislative package and say the administration could end the policy of ...Read more

Ahead of likely charges, Cohen looks to sell property, hire lawyers with plea expertise

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WASHINGTON -- At least two prominent law firms have made it clear they will not represent former Trump Organization lawyer Michael D. Cohen as he searches for a new legal team ahead of expected indictments, sources familiar with the interactions tell McClatchy.

And at least one wealthy friend was recently asked by Cohen to consider buying a ...Read more

Company owned by Chinese government awarded another contract at a Trump development

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WASHINGTON -- A major construction company owned by the Chinese government was awarded another contract this week to work on the Trump golf club development in Dubai, further raising questions about potential conflicts of interest between Donald Trump's presidency and his vast real estate empire.

Trump vowed his family business would not engage...Read more

GOP immigration bill would overturn policy of separating families who cross the border

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans crafting an immigration bill want to overturn a contentious component of President Donald Trump's border enforcement strategy: separating parents and children who cross the border together.

Children who cross the border with their parents can only be released back to their parents, even if that would mean putting the ...Read more