Rep. Duncan Hunter cancels international travel ahead of criminal trial

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SAN DIEGO -- Shortly after a judge granted Rep. Duncan Hunter permission on Friday to travel abroad ahead of his criminal trial in January, the lawmaker canceled plans to leave the country.

U.S. Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo signed off on Hunter's request to accept an invitation to travel to Belgium from Dec. 13 through Dec. 16, according ...Read more

President Trump to discuss Israeli-American relations at South Florida event

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- President Donald Trump will headline a convention on Israeli-American relations at The Diplomat in Hollywood, Fla., on Dec. 7 during what could be a tumultuous time in his administration.

The Israeli-American Council, which calls itself the fastest-growing American-Jewish organization in the United States, expanded ...Read more

Supreme Court case of Trump vs. 'Dreamers' may come down to Chief Justice Roberts

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WASHINGTON -- A somewhat reluctant Supreme Court will hear arguments Tuesday in this year's most far-reaching immigration case and decide whether President Donald Trump was justified in seeking to revoke a popular Obama-era policy that allowed more than 700,000 immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to temporarily live and work ...Read more

Protesters demonstrate against Donald Trump Jr.'s appearance at UCLA

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LOS ANGELES -- Chanting "humanity first," dozens of people protested outside the UCLA hall on Sunday where Donald Trump Jr. was speaking as part of a promotional tour for his new book.

Trump, who is promoting his book "Triggered: How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us," spoke at Moore Hall on the Westwood campus as part of an ...Read more

'Hidden figures' to receive Congressional Gold Medals

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Four historic "hidden figures" from NASA Langley Research Center will receive Congressional Gold Medals for their pioneering work during the space race and beyond.

A bipartisan bill recognizing Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson for their groundbreaking exploits as among the first black mathematicians and ...Read more

Former UN envoy says Tillerson, Kelly sought to undermine Trump

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WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly tried to undermine Donald Trump's decisions because they said the president didn't know what he was doing, former U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley said in excerpts of a new book.

"Kelly and Tillerson confided in me that when they resisted the ...Read more

Trump may release transcript of April Ukraine call on Tuesday

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump said he's prepared to release the transcript sought by House Democrats of his first phone call with Ukraine's president, in April, as soon as Tuesday.

"We'll probably give it to you on Tuesday, Monday being a holiday," Trump told reporters Saturday as he prepared to board Air Force One. "We have another ...Read more

Republican who sparked Trump's criticism of Elijah Cummings and Baltimore announces run for his seat in Congress

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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore County Republican official whose social media posts about trash in West Baltimore prompted President Donald Trump to verbally attack the late Rep. Elijah Cummings says she's running for Cummings' former seat in Congress.

Kimberly Klacik, 37, who runs a nonprofit and is a member of a county Republican Central Committee...Read more

Trump makes pitch to 'forgotten' black Democrats in Atlanta

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ATLANTA -- Three years after challenging black voters to shrug off support for Democrats and back him, President Donald Trump used Atlanta as a staging ground for a new black outreach initiative that he said would be a key part of his 2020 reelection bid.

Surrounded by roughly 400 supporters, including some who were from out of state, the ...Read more

Democratic primary debate moves from UCLA to Loyola Marymount University

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LOS ANGELES -- The sixth Democratic presidential debate will take place at Loyola Marymount University on Dec. 19, organizers announced Friday after scrapping plans to hold it at UCLA because of a labor dispute.

The event had originally been scheduled to take place at the University of California, Los Angeles' Luskin School of Public Affairs. ...Read more

With vape curbs pending, White House questions FDA tobacco role

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WASHINGTON -- Regulating tobacco is a waste of time for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a top White House official said, as the Trump administration prepared to unveil new measures designed to curtail an alarming surge in nicotine vaping by teenagers.

Joe Grogan, the head of the White House Domestic Policy Council, called the FDA's ...Read more

Booking.com case gets Supreme Court review in trademark test

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to use a case involving Booking.com to consider whether businesses can get federal trademark protection for website names that center on a commonly used word.

The justices said they will hear a Trump administration appeal of a ruling that said Booking.com, owned by Booking Holdings Inc., should be put...Read more

Trump rape accuser's attempts to serve complaint thwarted

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NEW YORK -- An author and advice columnist who sued President Donald Trump for defamation after he denied raping her two decades ago in a department store dressing room says she's having no luck serving her complaint at his Trump Tower residence or the White House.

E. Jean Carroll, who went public with her allegations in a June magazine article...Read more

Former VA nominee Ronny Jackson eyes run for Congress

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WASHINGTON -- Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson is considering a run for Congress in Texas, two sources familiar with his plans said Friday.

Jackson was the chief White House physician in 2018, when President Donald Trump nominated him to be Veterans Affairs secretary. But Jackson withdrew his nomination from consideration amid allegations that he ...Read more

Trump declines to endorse Jeff Sessions' Senate bid — but doesn't deliver death knell

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump on Friday declined to endorse Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general he fired after several clashes, as the Alabama Republican seeks the Senate seat he held for decades before joining the administration.

But he also did not demand the former AG end his bid on its first full day, giving Sessions' campaign life -- ...Read more

Trump bid toe DACA puts Supreme Court back in political fray

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court is again poised to test the bounds of Donald Trump's presidential powers, this time in a politically charged clash over the fate of 700,000 people who were brought into the country illegally as children.

The case, set for argument Tuesday, will mark the climax of Trump's two-year campaign to unravel former ...Read more

As Trump abandons Paris climate pact, diplomats keep negotiating

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump may be withdrawing the U.S. from the international Paris accord to fight global warming, but he's still sending a delegation to the world's largest climate change summit next month.

The U.S. will dispatch a team to the United Nations' annual climate change gathering in Madrid that will mirror the delegation ...Read more

Senate Democrats say 2020 election timing drove White House decision to end Haiti TPS

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee released a report on Thursday arguing that the Trump administration's 2017 plan to end Temporary Protected Status within 18 months for Haiti, El Salvador and Honduras was spurred by a desire to avoid the "electoral liability" of deporting thousands of longtime U.S. residents ...Read more

Adelsons plan to hold off Trump donations until late in 2020 election cycle

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WASHINGTON -- Sheldon and Miriam Adelson, the largest Republican donors in 2016, plan to hold off on significantly contributing to President Donald Trump's reelection effort until well into the 2020 election cycle, sources said.

Sheldon Adelson, the billionaire casino magnate who is chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., wants to avoid ...Read more

Senate talks on crafting bipartisan Violence Against Women Act break down

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WASHINGTON -- Bipartisan Senate talks over a reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act fell apart this week, Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst said in a floor speech Thursday.

Ernst said she will introduce her own version of the bill that can pass the Republican-controlled Senate and gain the support of President Donald Trump. The House, ...Read more