Supreme Court leaves in place California's 10-day wait for gun buyers, rejects 2nd Amendment challenge

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday turned down a 2nd Amendment challenge to California's mandatory 10-day waiting period for new gun purchases.

With only Justice Clarence Thomas in dissent, the justices let stand a ruling of the 9th Circuit Court that called the California law a "reasonable safety precaution" and one that does not ...Read more

Trump re-ups criticism of Obama's handling of Russia

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump kept his foot on the gas on Twitter Tuesday, blaming his predecessor for Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, annexation of Crimea, and swelling influence in Syria.

The Democrats' interest in the Russian affair, Trump alleged, arose only after he won the election.

"Thank you to @foxandfriends ...Read more

Republican Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida not running for re-election

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WASHINGTON -- Florida Rep. Tom Rooney announced Monday he will not seek a sixth term in November.

"After what will be 10 years in the United States Congress representing the good people of Florida's Heartland, it's time to 'hang 'em up,' as my old football coach used to say," the Republican congressman said in a statement.

First elected in ...Read more

Trump backs Romney in Utah Senate race, embracing GOP critic

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah, setting aside longstanding differences with a GOP critic as the party looks to preserve its narrow majority in the chamber.

"He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support ...Read more

White House: Trump 'supportive' of better background checks for gun buyers

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WASHINGTON -- The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump was "supportive" of efforts to improve the system of background checks for people who seek to buy guns in the United States.

In a statement, the White House said Trump spoke to Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) on Friday to discuss a bipartisan bill Cornyn is co-sponsoring that ...Read more

Trump announces support for improved background check system for gun buyers

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President Donald Trump on Monday announced willingness to consider a modest gun-control proposal introduced last year to strengthen the federal background-check system.

The White House said Trump would consider backing a bill, which had not been opposed by the National Rifle Association, that would require states and federal agencies to produce...Read more

Trump says Russia case distracted FBI from stopping Florida school shooter

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WASHINGTON -- Still silent on the role gun access played in last week's Florida school massacre, President Donald Trump lashed out at the FBI and suggested that the Russia election-meddling investigation impeded an opportunity to stop the teenage shooter.

In a series of 15 Twitter posts over 19 hours late Saturday and early Sunday, Trump said ...Read more

FBI miss on Florida school killer is not acceptable, Trump tweets

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has criticized the FBI after the agency disclosed that it failed to follow up on a detailed warning about the 19-year-old gunman who is charged with killing 17 people and wounding a dozen others at a Florida high school on Wednesday.

"Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the ...Read more

Trump links Florida shooting to Russia meddling investigation

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump late Saturday suggested that the FBI could have prevented the Florida school shooting had it not been spending so much time on the Russia investigation.

"Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable," Trump wrote on Twitter.

"They are ...Read more

Shooter cut himself on Snapchat, but was ruled stable

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Nikolas Cruz had just broken up with his girlfriend, who had been cheating on him, and he'd gotten into a fight with another boy. He'd drawn a "Nazi symbol" on his book bag. And Broward mental health authorities were worried that his chronic depression was worsening.

It was Sept. 28, 2016, and Cruz -- who authorities say has admitted to ...Read more

Indictments deflate Trump's claim that Russian meddling was a hoax

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WASHINGTON –– Donald Trump has insisted for more than a year that Russians didn't try to get him elected. Special counsel Robert Mueller put an end to those claims on Friday, declaring definitively that they did.

A federal grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals and a "troll farm" in St. Petersburg, Russia, alleging a broad campaign to ...Read more

Trump touts Sen. Tim Scott's anti-poverty plan while communities wait and wonder

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump kicked off last week by unveiling a budget that slashed spending for some of the country's major anti-poverty programs.

Days later, he hosted a big White House event to promote a program that its sponsor, Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., touted as "the most consequential policy that we've seen in more than a decade in helping ...Read more

Immigrants' cases put on a fast track

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court met Friday to discuss a pair of unusually aggressive appeals from Trump administration lawyers who are trying to leapfrog lower courts by urging justices to rule quickly on the fate of "Dreamers" and on an abortion dispute involving young migrants.

In the one case, they derided the federal judge in San Francisco ...Read more

Donald Trump visits shooting survivors at hospital

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- President Donald Trump on Friday night visited doctors and nurses who treated victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

The president traveled directly to North Broward Hospital from the Palm Beach International Airport, where he landed onboard Air Force One, along with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, White House ...Read more

Trump-voter turnout in midterm elections could decide who controls Congress

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SPOKANE, Wash.--Dan Karr had little use for politics until Donald Trump came along. He captivated the small business owner with his wrecking-ball candidacy and Karr is even more supportive since Trump became president.

"He's actually doing what he said he would do, which is unusual," said Karr, 57. Things like cutting taxes and rolling back ...Read more

Trump's troubles deepen as report offers new details of alleged affair with Playboy Playmate

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President Donald Trump's political troubles with alleged extramarital affairs deepened Friday with publication of new details of his reported sexual relationship with a former Playboy model.

In handwritten notes accompanying a Ronan Farrow article in the New Yorker, Karen McDougal, Playboy's 1998 Playmate of the Year, recalled having sex with ...Read more

Democratic, Republican responses to Florida school shooting vary wildly

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WASHINGTON -- As Democrats renewed calls this week for broader background checks and an end to military-grade weapons access, at least a handful of GOP congressmen agreed.

They remained cynical, though, that any substantive measures would pass into law.

"The reality is I've been here through all of these and there's never been any change ...Read more

Trump's two personas on full display after shooting

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WASHINGTON -- The two public personas of Donald Trump were on full display Friday morning, illustrated by a pair of tweets posted just a dozen minutes apart.

In the first social media post, the president flashed the somber side he has in the midst of some national tragedies and disasters since he took office. Trump suggested he will be meeting ...Read more

Congress' NRA loyalists say new gun laws won't ease shooting sprees

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WASHINGTON -- A day after the Florida high school shooting, gun rights backers offered familiar talking points, noting that laws alone can't stop mass shootings -- views that reflected their support for Washington's powerful gun lobby, notably the National Rifle Association.

The NRA reported spending a record $55 million on the 2016 elections, ...Read more

Student at school where 17 were killed responds to Trump tweet: 'It's not our fault'

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PARKLAND, Fla. -- A day after a gunman killed 17 people at a North Broward high school, a student who attends the schools woke up determined to tell her story -- and to set the record straight following a tweet from President Donald Trump that seemed to place blame on those who stayed silent about suspicions they had about accused gunman Nikolas...Read more