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Budget scuffle stalls 'Blue Water' benefits for Vietnam vets

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WASHINGTON -- Senators and veterans groups are working to convince a few last holdouts to stop blocking a quick floor vote on a bill to extend benefits for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange.

Advocates are lobbying President Donald Trump to sign the bill if the Senate clears it. But Republican Sen. Mike Lee of Utah has questions about ...Read more

Pelosi's top job in 2019: Referee fights between rival Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- Progressive Democrats are eager to set the agenda in the new House majority, but they're about to face resistance from a large faction of moderates who want to tame the ambitions of the party's left flank.

How Speaker-in-waiting Nancy Pelosi manages the tension, which is already on display, will frame the 2020 Democratic ...Read more

With opponents dug in, Pelosi has little room to negotiate on speaker votes

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WASHINGTON -- At least 15 Democrats resisting Nancy Pelosi's speaker bid are holding firm in their opposition and say they plan to vote for someone other than the California Democrat during the Jan. 3 speaker election, providing Pelosi with little room to negotiate a victory.

With the House poised to have 235 Democrats seated on the opening day...Read more

Which gun bills could be important in Congress next year?

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PHILADELPHIA -- The November midterm elections will bring a wave of new faces into Congress -- 100 new House members who make up a class with more diversity and more women than ever before.

It is also more pro-gun control. That's a byproduct of the new Democratic majority creating what advocates call a gun-sense majority. According to the group...Read more

Trump must face lawsuit for terminating child refugee program

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SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge refused Monday to let the Trump administration off the hook for abruptly ending a program offering safe passage for child refugees from Central America to reunite with their parents already in the U.S.

A magistrate judge in San Francisco dismissed some claims from a lawsuit challenging the administration's 2017 ...Read more

NC's Bladen County allegedly counted early votes prematurely and shared results

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WASHINGTON -- Election workers in North Carolina's Bladen County tallied the results of early voting before Election Day in violation of state rules and are accused of allowing outsiders to view them, a precinct worker wrote in an affidavit released by state Democrats.

The allegations raise new questions about missteps in an election fraud case...Read more

Meadows would bring political skill to chief of staff job. But can he control Trump?

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WASHINGTON -- North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows has emerged as a top pick for White House chief of staff as President Donald Trump has struggled to find someone to fill what has become one of the most perilous jobs in Washington.

Meadows would bring political and conservative chops to the position as Trump gears up for his 2020 re-election ...Read more

Nearly 150 activists arrested in 'Green New Deal' protest

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WASHINGTON -- The group spearheading the effort for House Democrats to move Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal" to the top of their legislative agenda appeared to score a victory on Monday as more than 1,000 demonstrators stormed the Capitol Hill offices of Democratic House leaders to stage sit-ins.

Massachusetts Rep. Jim ...Read more

Troubles past and future hinder Trump's search for new White House chief of staff

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's troubled search for his third chief of staff illustrates the sharp decline in power and desirability of a job that long was regarded as a plum in politics -- either the capstone for a prestigious career or a launching point for one.

But Trump has, as with nearly everything he touches, radically changed ...Read more

Trump administration poised to scale down Clean Water Act

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is poised to roll back Clean Water Act protections on millions of acres of streams and wetlands, following through on a promise to agriculture interests and real estate developers to rewrite an Obama-era rule limiting pollution.

The administration's plan for a vastly scaled-down Clean Water Rule is ...Read more

Can Trump cut budget deal with 'Chuck and Nancy' to fund his border wall?

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, the likely kickoff of up to 10 days of political posturing and negotiations over whether the president's border wall should be funded as part of a year-end spending bill that needs to pass by Dec. 21.

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Shutdown fears abound, despite temporary reprieve

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional aides on both sides of the aisle say they don't see how the appropriations impasse ends without a partial government shutdown just in time for Christmas Eve.

President Donald Trump signed a continuing resolution into law Friday that would change the expiration date of the stopgap measure enacted before the midterm ...Read more

Supreme Court turns down abortion-related appeal from states seeking to defund Planned Parenthood

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WASHINGTON -- A divided Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an abortion-related case from conservative states that sought to defund Planned Parenthood.

It was a sign that at least some members of the newly strengthened conservative majority are not yet ready to move the court to the right on sensitive issues such as abortion.

The court's ...Read more

Rep. Mark Meadows on Trump's short list for chief of staff: reports

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and his top advisers are considering whether to make Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, his next chief of staff.

Axios first reported the president's consideration of Meadows, one of his fiercest defenders in the House since he took office.

Trump has asked his closest ...Read more

Nick Ayers won't be Trump's chief of staff

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WASHINGTON –– Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, will not take over from John Kelly when the White House chief of staff leaves by year-end, a White House official said.

Ayers and President Donald Trump weren't able to come to terms on an agreement for Ayers to stay in the job for two years, the official said Sunday. ...Read more

After years of election fraud complaints in rural North Carolina, a congressional vote dissolves into scandal

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ELIZABETHTOWN, N.C. -- In the run-up to the Nov. 6 general election, North Carolina officials were so concerned about ballot fraud in Bladen County that they sent letters to every voter who requested a mail-in absentee ballot, warning them not to hand it over to someone who might knock on their door.

"Only you or your near relative or legal ...Read more

John Kelly, hired to bring order to White House, to leave as Trump's chief of staff

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WASHINGTON -- John Kelly, the retired four-star Marine general who became President Donald Trump's second chief of staff, will leave that post by the end of the month after struggling for a year and a half to bring order to a White House beset by chaos because of the president's impetuous behavior -- and occasionally Kelly's own.

Trump ...Read more

John Kelly to leave White House, Trump says

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump said Saturday that White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave his post at the end of the year.

"A great guy," Trump said of the retired Marine Corps general as he left the White House for the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia. "We'll be announcing who will be taking John's place" in the next ...Read more

A freshman, but not a rookie: Donna Shalala starts her new career in Congress

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WASHINGTON -- As Debbie Mucarsel-Powell of Miami and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York shivered while waiting for the official House of Representatives photo on a cold November morning outside the U.S. Capitol, Donna Shalala was nice and toasty.

Freshman members of Congress were required to ditch their jackets for the group photo, so Shalala...Read more

Between Twitter rants, Trump turns to familiar issues in K.C.: immigration and the wall

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A subdued President Donald Trump, leading an administration with key senior positions in flux and the potential for new damaging disclosures from special counsel Robert Mueller, fell back on more comfortable issues in his Kansas City speech Friday: immigration and his coveted border wall.

"Illegal immigration is a threat to ...Read more

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