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Trump tried to call Kris Kobach during his meeting with Roger Marshall, sources say

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump initially tried to call Kansas Republican Kris Kobach while he was meeting in the Oval Office with Kobach's GOP rival Rep. Roger Marshall, according to two sources familiar with the meeting.

Both Marshall and Kobach are vying for the GOP nomination to replace retiring Republican Sen. Pat Roberts in Kansas.

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Trump adds celebrity lawyers — and their baggage — to impeachment defense team

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WASHINGTON -- As he heads into a fraught Senate impeachment trial, President Donald Trump boosted his defense team Friday by adding a bevy of high-wattage outside lawyers who carry considerable political baggage but are practiced in the arts of legal theatrics and comfortable in the glare of TV lights.

Chief among them were Alan Dershowitz, who...Read more

Hillary Clinton chides Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for tweet calling voting a 'privilege'

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is getting some heat for a tweet calling voting a "privilege," including a rebuke from 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

The remark was posted after the Florida Supreme Court sided with DeSantis in a legal dispute over when felons should be able to cast ballots.

"Voting is ...Read more

Ken Starr, who led drive to impeach Clinton, will help defend Trump in Senate trial

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WASHINGTON -- Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who led the drive to impeach President Bill Clinton over a sex scandal a generation ago, will now argue for dismissing impeachment charges against President Donald Trump over his pressuring of Ukraine to investigate his leading presidential rival in the 2020 election.

Starr brings to the task...Read more

Supreme Court to decide if 'faithless electors' can select their candidate of choice

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Friday to resolve an issue that could tip the outcome of a very close presidential election and decide whether electors have a right to defy their state's choice for president by casting a vote for the candidate of their choice.

The justices agreed to review a surprising decision from the 10th U.S. Circuit...Read more

New federal legislation would ban Epstein-like secret plea deals

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WASHINGTON -- Two members of Congress filed a bill Friday that would increase punishment for prosecutors if they fail to inform crime victims of plea deals, an effort to prevent future, secret agreements like the one serial pedophile Jeffrey Epstein received from then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta in 2007.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and...Read more

These people will defend president trump in his impeachment trial

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump is set to begin in earnest on Tuesday and the president has selected these nine people to defend him.

The attorneys and lawmakers will argue Trump's case that he should be acquitted of the House's charges that he abused his power and obstructed the congressional investigation into the ...Read more

White House considers changes to law banning overseas bribes

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is weighing whether to seek changes to a 1977 law that makes it illegal for U.S. companies to bribe foreign officials.

"We are looking at it," White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow said at the White House on Friday, in response to a reporter's question about the Foreign Corrupt Practices...Read more

Alan Dershowitz, onetime Jeffrey Epstein lawyer, named to Trump's impeachment legal team

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WASHINGTON -- Ten years after O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder, one of his lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, admitted that "sometimes you lose sleep at night" while working as a defense attorney.

"Every lawyer who's also a good person has these ambivalences," he told PBS in 2005.

It might seem a bout of unlikely introspection for an outspoken ...Read more

A 'calming factor' in the White House: Meet Trump's hidden hand on impeachment

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has a lot of questions about how his Senate impeachment trial -- only the third in history -- will unfold. He's turning to one man for answers.

Eric Ueland has been working late nights in the West Wing, colleagues say, preparing for a litany of scenarios and arcane procedural challenges that could face the ...Read more

Trump plans to nominate Shelton, Waller to Federal Reserve board

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to nominate Judy Shelton and Christopher Waller to join the Federal Reserve, the White House said on Thursday.

The president, who has publicly criticized Fed Chairman Jerome Powell and his colleagues for not cutting interest rates as aggressively as he would like, tapped the pair in July for the two ...Read more

As Bernie Sanders rises in Iowa, his 2020 supporters slam establishment warnings he could lose to Donald Trump

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DAVENPORT, Iowa -- For the last five years, Diane and Joel Franken have been fervent students of the politics of Bernie Sanders and the mechanics of his presidential campaigns.

The couple, dressed in matching blue "Bernie" T-shirts for a recent event in Davenport, have seen the Vermont senator speak at 10 rallies, watched him play softball at ...Read more

Trump says he doesn't know Parnas despite multiple photos

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump insisted he doesn't know Lev Parnas, an associate of Rudy Giuliani who says he helped the president's personal lawyer dig up dirt on Joe Biden in Ukraine, despite multiple pictures of Parnas with Trump and his family.

"I don't know Parnas other than I guess they had pictures taken which I do with thousands ...Read more

Federal election regulators question 'excessive' contributions to campaign for Rep. Mike Levin

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SAN DIEGO -- The Federal Election Commission this week questioned the campaign for Rep. Mike Levin, D-Calif., about a financial report that showed it received contributions over the per-election limit from more than a dozen donors.

In a letter dated Jan. 13, an FEC analyst asked the treasurer for Mike Levin for Congress for information about ...Read more

House passes resolution to nullify Trump student loan rule

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WASHINGTON -- The House on Thursday passed mostly along party lines a measure that would overturn a Trump administration rule rolling back protections for student loan borrowers, but the margin was well short of being veto-proof.

The joint resolution passed 231-180 with six Republicans joining 225 Democrats in favor. It now heads to the ...Read more

Senate begins to consider impeachment articles against Trump

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday formally convened to consider articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.

Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., the lead House impeachment manager, began by reading aloud the two articles in the well of the U.S. Senate, the start of the pomp and ceremony of a trial to determine whether Trump should be ...Read more

Liz Cheney is not running for Senate in Wyoming

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Liz Cheney, the only woman in House Republican leadership, announced Thursday that she is not running for an open Senate seat in Wyoming.

"I believe I can have the biggest impact for the people of Wyoming by remaining in leadership in the House of Representatives and working take our Republican majority," Cheney told the ...Read more

Is Trump really the MVP of the GOP?

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WASHINGTON -- After a tumultuous 2018 that saw them lose their House majority, Republicans often seem eager to dismiss those midterm results as typical while pining for the next election when President Donald Trump will top the ballot and drive turnout in their favor.

A closer look, however, shows Trump may not be as extraordinary a candidate ...Read more

Fact check: Trump's claim that he 'saved' preexisting conditions is 'part fantasy,' 'part delusion' and 'all lie'

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President Donald Trump attempted to take credit for one of the most popular elements of the Affordable Care Act: Its protection for people who have preexisting medical conditions.

"I was the person who saved Pre-Existing Conditions in your healthcare," Trump tweeted Monday.

The protection for people with medical problems has been a rallying ...Read more

Audio released from Warren-Sanders confrontation after debate

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Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of calling her a liar, audio of the senators' confrontation after the Democratic debate revealed.

On Wednesday, CNN released audio of the post-debate moment in Des Moines, Iowa. The news organization reported the conversation wasn't captured on the primary audio feed and was found the day after the ...Read more