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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

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

Amtrak will suspend some service if safety system not ready this year, CEO says

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Amtrak will stop running trains on some U.S. tracks if they don't have satellite-based train-control systems operating by the end of this year, CEO Richard Anderson told a congressional committee Thursday.

The national passenger railway, which operates mostly on freight or commuter tracks owned by others, is likely to confront situations where ...Read more

Trump tells nation's children they 'are never alone' in wake of school shooting

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump told the nation's schoolchildren that they should not be scared a day after the worst high school shooting in American history.

"I want you to know you are never alone and you will never," he said.

In his first remarks about the shooting, Trump said he would be making a trip to Parkland, Fla., to comfort ...Read more

Trump praises the 'dignity of life' after school shooting but sidesteps the question of changing gun law

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump urged Americans to embrace the "dignity of life" in the wake of the deadly school shooting in south Florida on Thursday but sidestepped the idea of amending gun laws to stem the nation's epidemic of mass shootings.

In a somber address to the nation from the White House, Trump urged listeners to "answer hate ...Read more

Report 'bad and erratic behavior,' Trump says after shooting

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday contended there were "so many signs" that a 19-year-old who killed 17 people Wednesday at a Florida high school was "mentally disturbed."

Trump, who did not address the country Wednesday as his predecessor often did following mass shootings, took to Twitter the following morning to urge his ...Read more

Kevin McCarthy's immigration problem: conservative loyalty vs. California ag interests

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WASHINGTON -- When California Congressman Kevin McCarthy ran for speaker of the House in 2015, a lack of conservative support sunk his bid.

Lately, though, the right has been warming to McCarthy, cheering his public stand in favor of immigration restrictions and defense of President Donald Trump's immigration demands.

"Leader McCarthy is ...Read more

For Trump's national security team, addressing the threats means ignoring the tweets

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WASHINGTON -- Sitting side by side at a long, black-draped table, six U.S. intelligence chiefs all sounded the same alarm -- Russian meddling in U.S. politics didn't stop after the 2016 presidential race and could get worse in this year's midterm elections.

It was a striking display of unanimity and one that left President Donald Trump at odds ...Read more

The right's plan to reclaim Washington's immigration debate

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WASHINGTON -- Some of the House's toughest immigration control advocates and their supporters are lining up behind a plan to allow DACA recipients to stay in the country legally -- a major lurch for conservatives who usually want undocumented immigrants sent back to their home countries.

Faced with a White House that wants to create a path to ...Read more

Democrats intensify push to protect voting machines from hackers

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WASHINGTON -- The day after President Donald Trump's top intelligence adviser warned that Russian hackers will be back with a vengeance in the upcoming midterm elections, House Democrats intensified their push to shore up the nation's network of wheezing voting machines that are vulnerable to attack.

The Democrats released a voluminous report ...Read more

Meadows warns of 'consequences' for Ryan if speaker gets immigration wrong

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WASHINGTON -- House conservatives, still fuming over last week's spending bill, Wednesday said if House Speaker Paul Ryan gets immigration "wrong," he will face "consequences."

Ryan has never had the enthusiastic support of the House's most ardent conservatives, a band of about three dozen members of the Freedom Caucus.

They issued a stern ...Read more

Trump breaks silence on domestic violence, says he is 'totally opposed'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump broke his weeklong silence on spousal abuse Wednesday, but only after declaring that everyone already knows his view on the subject.

"I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind," Trump said, according to a pool report by Newsday reporter Laura Figueroa. "Everyone knows that and it almost wouldn't ...Read more

Warren responds to Trump's 'Pocahontas' nickname, defends family history

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren directly confronted Trump's nickname for her Wednesday.

The president has a habit, on Twitter and elsewhere, of referring to the liberal senator as "Pocahontas." It's directed at Warren's claim of Native American heritage in her family tree, among the campaign flashpoints when she first ran for Senate.

"I ...Read more