Trump nominates anti-immigration activist to head agency for immigrants and refugees

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has nominated a staunch anti-immigration activist to head the State Department agency that oversees refugee and immigration issues.

Ronald W. Mortensen, a former foreign service officer and longtime fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates against legal and illegal immigration, is Trump'...Read more

Rep. Rohrabacher says it should be OK for homeowners to refuse to sell to gays

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LOS ANGELES -- Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa told a group of California real estate agents this month that it should be OK for homeowners to refuse to sell their homes to gays and lesbians, prompting the National Association of Realtors to withdraw its endorsement.

"Every homeowner should be able to make a decision not to sell ...Read more

Trump at Naval Academy graduation: 'We are not going to apologize for America'

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- President Donald Trump told the U.S. Naval Academy's graduating class Friday that the nation is "respected again" abroad and that "We are witnessing the great reawakening of the American spirit."

On a warm, cloudless day, Trump told 783 men and 259 women graduates that the country has rediscovered its identity.

"In case you ...Read more

Trump says MS-13, North Korea show Democrats have 'lost touch'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday said congressional Democrats "have lost touch," accusing the opposition party of rooting against his attempts to disarm North Korea and coddling members of the violent MS-13 gang.

The president on Thursday thanked a bipartisan group of lawmakers who helped pass a bill that eases financial ...Read more

Trump's head-snapping reversals shake allies at home and abroad

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump slapped tariffs on China, then reconsidered. He yanked the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal without a plan B. He ordered U.S. penalties on ZTE Corp. reversed to save Chinese jobs.

And on Thursday he canceled a landmark summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as abruptly as he announced it in March.

Trump has ...Read more

Gorsuch takes inside-player role in second term on Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON -- Chief Justice John Roberts did something unusual when he decided who would write a major U.S. Supreme Court opinion curbing class action lawsuits by workers: He turned to the newest justice, Neil Gorsuch.

Seven months later, Gorsuch produced a 5-4 opinion that let employers enforce agreements requiring workers to take disputes to ...Read more

Could negative campaigning in California primaries dampen Democratic energy?

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IRVINE, Calif. -- When some volunteers and organizers arrived at the University Synagogue Tuesday night they found some orange and red pieces of paper on the chairs in the auditorium.

"NEGATIVE CAMPAIGN ALERT" read the paper in bold black letters. "The Dave Min campaign is running attack against multiple other Democrats! IS THIS WHAT ORANGE ...Read more

Senate passes bill to address sexual harassment on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday passed a bill by voice vote that would crack down on sexual harassment on Capitol Hill and update the onerous process for employees to report harassment and discrimination.

The overhaul measure was quickly brought to the floor, after being released Wednesday with the backing of the Senate's Republican and ...Read more

Trump signs bipartisan bill rolling back some Dodd-Frank bank regulations

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump on Thursday signed bipartisan legislation rolling back some of the Dodd-Frank financial rules put in place after the 2008 financial crisis, touting another victory for his deregulatory agenda.

But the bill fell well short of his campaign call to dismantle the 2010 Dodd-Frank law, leaving key pillars unchanged, ...Read more

Moderate Republicans pushing for immigration vote give leaders a deadline

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WASHINGTON -- Moderate Republicans are giving their colleagues until June 7 to find a legislative fix for the legal status of people brought to the country illegally as children, or they will try to use a special process to force a vote over the GOP leaders' objections, Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., said Thursday.

Denham, frustrated by the ...Read more

How the Supreme Court is invoking a 1925 law to restrict workers' rights today

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WASHINGTON -- In 1925, at the behest of New York merchants, Congress passed the Federal Arbitration Act to uphold as "valid, irrevocable and enforceable" the contracts they had negotiated for shipping and delivering goods. They agreed to settle disputes through private arbitration, which was seen as quicker and cheaper than going to court.

When...Read more

Trump suggests 'big news' for US autoworkers involves NAFTA

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday afternoon that his "big news" for U.S. autoworkers could have to do with plans to rewrite -- or withdraw from -- the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Wednesday morning, Trump posted a cryptic message on Twitter, saying there would be "big news coming soon for our great American ...Read more

Trump again assails 'animals' at NY forum on immigrant gang violence

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BETHPAGE, N.Y. -- President Donald Trump on Wednesday reaffirmed his condemnation of immigrant gang members as "animals" as he pressed his call for tougher border security at a Long Island forum with public officials and victims' parents.

He also threatened to cut foreign aid to the immigrants' countries of origin unless those nations do more ...Read more

Trump blocking his critics on Twitter violates First Amendment, judge rules

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President Donald Trump has made directing scorn on Twitter a defining feature of his presidency. But when the animus is leveled back at him, the nation's leader has a habit of silencing those critics by blocking them.

Now a federal judge says Trump has to face the heat, ruling that the president and his staff blocking anyone on Twitter is ...Read more

Democrats seek legislation to force more transparency from Trump administration

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WASHINGTON -- In an effort to prevent or expose conflicts of interest in the executive branch, House and Senate Democrats are pushing legislation that would force senior members of the Trump administration to reveal more about their business interests.

The legislation, introduced this week, would empower the Office of Government Ethics to ...Read more

Senate leaders reach bipartisan deal for handling sexual harassment claims on Capitol Hill

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WASHINGTON -- After months of delay, senators said Wednesday they have reached a deal on legislation to reform how sexual harassment claims against lawmakers and staff are handled on Capitol Hill.

The legislation requires members of Congress to personally repay taxpayers for settling harassment claims filed against them, even if they resign.

...Read more

Poll: Half of country not happy with Ryan but don't recognize possible successors

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WASHINGTON -- A new poll found most Americans don't like what Congress has been doing the past few years, even if they don't know the major players in office.

Over 59 percent of respondents to this week's Economist/YouGov poll said they disapproved of Congress' performance, placing the blame on both parties.

But no one is quite sure of how ...Read more

Hillary Clinton acolytes adopt Bernie Sanders agenda to drag Democrats left

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WASHINGTON -- The 2018 electoral map is dotted with Democratic campaigns that closely resemble Bernie Sanders' own unabashedly liberal, anti-establishment presidential candidacy.

But it has markedly fewer candidates who actually supported the progressive champion in 2016.

All across the country this year, many of the progressive heroes of 2018...Read more

Mnuchin says Cohen bank report release appears unauthorized

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WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that banking records of President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen appear to have been leaked from a database maintained by his department.

"Our inspector general is reviewing the issue of leaks. There is the appearance that some of the information may have gone out," Mnuchin told the ...Read more

Cohen's taxi partner enters plea deal, suggesting cooperation

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NEW YORK -- A longtime business partner of Michael D. Cohen, the personal lawyer of President Donald Trump, has pleaded guilty to tax evasion in a deal that allows him to dodge prison time, indicating that he is cooperating with prosecutors.

Evgeny Freidman, a taxi operator who allegedly owed some $5 million in back taxes, entered into the ...Read more