McCain blisters Trump for congratulatory call to Putin

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. John McCain blasted President Donald Trump for his call earlier Tuesday congratulating President Vladimir Putin on his re-election, saying Trump had "insulted every Russian citizen who was denied the right to vote in a free and fair election."

McCain, the Republican senator who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer yet ...Read more

Trump loses bid to kill lawsuit of woman who says he sexually assaulted her

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LOS ANGELES -- A New York judge ruled Tuesday that an Orange County woman who accused President Donald Trump of sexually assaulting her at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2007 can move forward with her defamation suit against him.

Justice Jennifer G. Schecter of New York state court in Manhattan rejected a request by Trump's lawyers that she dismiss...Read more

Ex-Playboy Playmate sues to speak publicly about alleged tryst with Trump

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LOS ANGELES -- A former Playboy model who says she had an affair with President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit to break a confidentiality agreement that bars her from speaking publicly about the alleged tryst.

Karen McDougal, Playboy's 1998 Playmate of the Year, sued the parent company of the National Enquirer to extract herself from the ...Read more

California disclosure law for faith-based pregnancy centers faces skeptical questions in Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- A California disclosure law that requires faith-based pregnancy centers to inform clients about abortion as an option faced sharp, skeptical questions in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and the court's conservatives said the law appeared to violate the First Amendment.

It is "mandating speech," Kennedy ...Read more

Authorities considered committing future school killer Nikolas Cruz. Here's why they didn't

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MIAMI -- It was the day before Nikolas Cruz's 18th birthday, and, far from celebrating, administrators at his Parkland high school were fretting about what adulthood would portend for their very troubled student.

Cruz's mother, Lynda Cruz, was going to help him get a government ID. That, in turn, would allow him to buy guns.

Cruz had told a ...Read more

Paul Ryan yields to Trump on high-profile issues

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker Paul D. Ryan laughed Tuesday when a reporter asked him if he thinks President Donald Trump should stop attacking Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

"The special counsel should be free to follow through with his investigation to its completion without interference, absolutely," Ryan said. "I am confident that he'll be ...Read more

Congressional leaders haggle over abortion rights and healthcare in dispute over spending bill

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional negotiators laboring to write a trillion-dollar plan to fund the federal government are caught up in last-minute partisan disputes over abortion rights and health care costs, among other matters.

House and Senate leaders must agree on a package before Friday's deadline to avert another government shutdown, which ...Read more

Democrats consider attacking their own California candidates to win back Congress

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WASHINGTON -- The filing deadline for California's June primary has passed, but Democrats and their affiliated groups aren't done trying to shape the field of candidates running to unseat Republican members of Congress.

Facing the risk that the party could get shut out of the general election race for one or more competitive Republican-held ...Read more

Trump attacks Iranian government while delivering Nowruz holiday message

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump used the annual presidential statement marking the Persian holiday of Nowruz to criticize Iran's government and military leaders with sharp-tongued language rarely before seen in a celebratory presidential message.

"The history of Nowruz is rooted in Iran, where for millennia a proud nation has overcome ...Read more

Calif. congressional candidate, a Navy vet, says prior service should be required to run for office

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SAN DIEGO -- Former Navy SEAL Josh Butner is under fire for comments he made taking a shot at his Democratic opponent for Congress, saying, "It should be a requirement to have served to even run."

The comment came in an interview with Voice of San Diego.

"When you look at anybody for any political office you should look at their past ...Read more

Trump-Sessions relations at crossroads after attack on Mueller

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump's aides are watching for two key encounters this week to see if Attorney General Jeff Sessions has finally extricated himself from the danger of being fired, in part by ousting the former No. 2 official at the FBI, according to two people familiar with the situation.

Sessions' standing improved after his Friday night ...Read more

Supervised injection sites aimed at cutting opioid overdoses risk wrath of DEA, prosecutors

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WASHINGTON -- A handful of cities could soon face a legal showdown with the Trump administration over their efforts to open "supervised injection facilities" where drug addicts can shoot up with powerful illegal drugs while trained personnel stand by to prevent fatal overdoses.

In an effort to stem its growing opioid death rate, San Francisco ...Read more

Vulnerable House Republicans craft an immigration plan

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WASHINGTON -- Republicans represent 23 congressional districts that Democrat Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Thirteen of those Republicans are banding together to push their own plan to force action on immigration.

It's probably going nowhere, meaning the plan's purpose is to help protect these vulnerable GOP lawmakers politically as Republicans ...Read more

Trump adds conservative lawyer to his legal team

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WASHINGTON -- Joseph DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney and occasional commentator on Fox News, will join President Donald Trump's legal team, his attorneys announced Monday, signaling a more confrontational approach to the investigation headed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

DiGenova will start this week, according to a statement ...Read more

Supreme Court to decide whether immigrants jailed for past crimes can be detained pending deportation

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide another case testing the Trump administration's power to jail immigrants facing deportation.

The justices will review a class-action ruling from California that held that immigrants who served time in local and state jails may be released if they pose no danger to the public and are not ...Read more

Departing appropriations chairmen set to reap omnibus bounty

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WASHINGTON -- The outgoing chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations committees are set up for a bountiful swan song as a sprawling $1.3 trillion fiscal 2018 omnibus spending bill comes to fruition.

For Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran, resigning April 1, it's a "mic drop" moment as the ailing 80-year-old Mississippi Republican...Read more

Congress to explore sexual harassment in the service industry

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WASHINGTON -- Congress wants to take a harder look at victims of sexual harassment who don't have much clout.

The bipartisan Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues is hosting a hearing, "Beyond the Headlines: Combating Service Sector Sexual Harassment in the Age of #MeToo" on Monday.

"We picked the service industry because it's probably where...Read more

Trump to call for death penalty for some opioid dealers, but White House won't say how it would be applied

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to push ahead with a controversial call for the death penalty for some drug dealers as part of a larger initiative to fight opioid abuse, a senior White House official said Sunday.

But in a conference call with reporters, a senior administration official declined to provide any examples of ...Read more

Candidates for Illinois governor spend $65.7 million on TV ads –– just for the primaries

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CHICAGO -- Like Chicago's downtown on St. Patrick's Day weekend, a river of green has flowed through TV sets ahead of Tuesday's primary vote, as candidates for Illinois governor have spent tens of millions of dollars on advertising during the long campaign.

The final weekend of in-person campaigning supplemented the nearly $65.7 million spent ...Read more

California's anti-abortion pregnancy centers want the Supreme Court to overturn state notice law

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SAN FRANCISCO -- At a faith-based pregnancy center here, rooms are crammed with baby supplies, new and used, for expectant mothers, and a medical office contains equipment to allow pregnant women to view their fetuses.

"Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass," reads a saying on a wall, "but learning to dance in the rain."

The Alpha ...Read more