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Pelosi warns of 'grave new chapter' over Trump's Ukraine call

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled her readiness to take stronger action against President Donald Trump over a phone call with Ukraine's president, now the subject of scrutiny after the administration refused to release a whistle-blower's complaint about the call.

"If the administration persists in blocking this whistle-blower from disclosing ...Read more

Ocasio-Cortez says Democrats' failure to impeach Trump is its own scandal

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Democrats were being weak on President Donald Trump, in the wake of reports that he asked Ukraine's government to investigate the son of Democratic front-runner Joe Biden.

"At this point, the bigger national scandal isn't the president's lawbreaking behavior -- it is the Democratic Party's refusal to impeach ...Read more

Cruz plan keeps guns away from 'felons and fugitives,' but some experts say it's not enough

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Ted Cruz is pushing his own version of gun control legislation in the Senate, but gun violence researchers said it's unclear whether his plan will help prevent mass shootings.

Cruz, a Texas Republican, is pushing the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act of 2019 this fall, a bill he introduced with ...Read more

Sanders unveils plan to cancel $81 billion in US medical debt

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Saturday introduced a plan to cancel $81 billion in past-due medical bills and replace private credit-reporting companies with a public registry that will exclude debt tied to health costs.

The Vermont Democrat proposed revising a 2005 bankruptcy law to let people with high bills...Read more

Trump faces new turmoil over whistleblower complaint

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump appeared on the brink of a new scandal Friday over a whistleblower's complaint that reportedly involves Ukraine and accuses Trump of making an improper promise to a foreign leader over the summer.

The controversy has refocused attention on Trump's attempts to undercut former Vice President Joe Biden, who is ...Read more

McConnell's reversal on election security fails to quiet critics

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reversal on funding election security is drawing criticism from some Democrats and watchdog groups who contend an additional $250 million won't be enough to protect the 2020 vote from foreign interference.

"This money can be used for anything relating to elections," tweeted Ron Wyden, the ...Read more

Analysis: Trump again suggests his office has unlimited powers

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday insisted it "doesn't matter" if he asks foreign leaders to target his domestic political foes, again describing the powers of his office as unlimited.

On yet another remarkable Friday that capped yet another remarkable week in his roller-coaster-like term, the president once again opted against ...Read more

Rep. Tom Reed leaves hospital 'with a prescription for a few days rest' after collapse

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tom Reed was discharged from a Washington hospital Thursday evening a few hours after collapsing in the Cannon House Office Building.

The Republican congressman from New York said in a statement Friday that he had an undiagnosed case of pneumonia.

"Thank you to everyone for their thoughts and prayers. After my evaluation by ...Read more

Trump tries to discredit intel whistleblower as 'highly partisan'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to acknowledge a conversation with another world leader that prompted an U.S. intelligence official to file a formal complaint, but he tried to discredit the unnamed individual as "highly partisan."

The Washington Post and other media outlets have reported the intelligence community ...Read more

Win or lose, Trump will still have grip on Republican Party

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NEW YORK -- Whether or not President Donald Trump wins reelection, his hold on the Republican Party will endure for years to come, supporters and opponents within the GOP agree.

Trump has led grassroots opinion on several hot-button issues, turned even elected officials who recoiled from him in 2016 into faithful supporters in 2019 and ...Read more

Bashful base: Pollsters say Trump closer to Democrats than early 2020 surveys suggest

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WASHINGTON -- Professional pollsters say President Donald Trump and senior White House officials are rightly confident heading into his reelection bid because early 2020 surveys are likely flawed.

"We are going to keep on fighting, and we are going to keep on winning, winning, winning," Trump told supporters this week during a campaign rally in...Read more

Zuckerberg meets Trump at White House with Facebook on the defensive

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WASHINGTON -- Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg met with President Donald Trump on Thursday as he tried to sway Congress and policymakers who have been critical of the practices of the social media platform.

Zuckerberg had a constructive meeting with the president at the White House, according to a Facebook spokesman. Trump'...Read more

New hearing on D.C. statehood, same old partisan lines

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WASHINGTON -- The first House hearing on D.C. statehood in nearly 26 years revealed old battle lines over giving the District of Columbia's 702,000 residents full representation in Congress with House Oversight Committee Democrats applauding statehood as a long-overdue correction of an anomaly and Republicans claiming corruption in the district ...Read more

In Missouri speech, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright lambastes Trump

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FULTON, Mo. -- Madeleine Albright, the nation's first female secretary of State, said in an address Thursday at Westminster College that democracy worldwide "appears to be in retreat."

Albright, who served under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001, also unleashed criticism of President Donald Trump, whom she said was helping to dismantle a...Read more

Federal judge blocks California law to force disclosure of Trump's tax returns

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A federal judge ordered a temporary injunction Thursday against California's first-in-the-nation law requiring candidates to disclose their tax returns for a spot on the presidential primary ballot, an early victory for President Donald Trump but a decision that will undoubtedly be appealed by state officials.

U.S. ...Read more

Facing pressure, McConnell backs money for election security

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WASHINGTON -- Under fire from the left and the right, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he'll back a measure to give states another $250 million to upgrade their voting systems to fend off foreign intervention.

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who has maintained for months that Democratic election security proposals are ...Read more

Judge tosses lawsuit, for now, against family that took in future Parkland shooter

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Parkland couple who took Nikolas Cruz into their home after the death of his mother in late 2017 will not have to defend themselves against a civil lawsuit related to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a Broward County judge ruled Thursday.

The decision by Broward Circuit Judge Patti ...Read more

Rep. Tom Reed collapses ahead of TV spot

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tom Reed collapsed in the Cannon House Office Building Thursday.

The New York Republican, first elected in 2009, was waiting for a television interview when he fell.

Aides, Capitol Police and first responders could be seen attending to Reed in the Cannon rotunda. He was able to stand up and sit down on a gurney, and Reed was...Read more

Trump threatens to punish San Francisco over filth, needles and pollution

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President Donald Trump ratcheted up his attacks on California over its homeless crisis, threatening San Francisco with some type of violation notice for what he described as environmental pollution.

He said "tremendous pollution" was flowing into the ocean because of waste in storm sewers, specifically citing used needles. It was unclear what ...Read more

Marijuana banking bill might have easier time passing Senate with these new hemp rules

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WASHINGTON -- Measures making it easier for hemp growers to sell their product may be tucked into legislation that would allow banks to conduct business with state-approved marijuana growers and retailers -- giving the pot industry a potential boost with a skeptical Senate.

Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., says two provisions aimed at helping hemp ...Read more

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