California ponders Plan B if Trump wins opener in tailpipe fight

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CHICAGO -- Even as California professes optimism in its legal fight against President Donald Trump's rollback of tailpipe emissions limits, the state is eyeing a fallback plan that could test how much its residents are willing to sacrifice to fight climate change.

Trump has proposed gutting the state's ability to regulate greenhouse gas ...Read more

Let's talk about tech, baby: Which companies Congress mentions most

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The past decade has been tumultuous for American businesses. There have been quite a few financial industry scandals, plus the bailout of the auto industry. But the industry federal lawmakers talked the most about was tech.

It's another indicator of technology's power and influence that a new analysis shows tech companies topped Congressional ...Read more

Randy Bryce, a.k.a. 'Iron Stache,' wins Democratic Primary for Paul Ryan's seat

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WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Democrat Randy Bryce, who rose to fame with a viral web video last year, won the party nomination Tuesday night in the 1st District race to succeed retiring Speaker Paul D. Ryan.

Bryce will now have to determine whether his hard-scrabble profile that brought him national recognition and a fundraising boom will help him ...Read more

On fuel economy plan, Trump administration ignored its own EPA scientists

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's plan to rollback aggressive Obama-era fuel economy standards for cars, pickups and SUVs is built on computer modeling that senior officials at the Environmental Protection Agency had privately warned is flawed and unsupportable, according to newly released agency documents.

The files that emerged Tuesday...Read more

Trump calls fired aide Omarosa 'a dog' for her book; feud focuses attention on secrecy pacts

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's feud with former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman escalated Tuesday with the president calling her "a dog," while his re-election campaign took action to enforce a nondisclosure agreement she signed during the 2016 race.

That action, seeking arbitration in New York, comes as Manigault Newman ...Read more

As speaker, Jim Clyburn says he would 'transform' Democratic Party

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TUNICA, Miss. -- As speaker of the House, U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn says he would be a "transitional" leader but not "custodial."

The South Carolina Democrat says he would work to "transform" the Democratic Caucus to make the party more appealing "to young African-Americans who still feel ... take(n) for granted."

"I would manage not just ...Read more

Illinois attorney general sues Trump Tower for violating clean water laws intended to protect Chicago River fish

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CHICAGO -- Trump International Hotel & Tower is endangering fish and other aquatic life in the Chicago River, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan alleges in a new lawsuit targeting the president's skyscraper for multiple violations of clean water laws.

The president's glass-and-steel skyscraper is one of the city's largest users of river ...Read more

Trump won't follow congressional directives on Russia and Crimea

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump objects to an effort by Congress to prevent his administration from recognizing Crimea as part of Russia.

Crimea is a region in Ukraine that has been occupied by Russia for several years, with the Russian Federation having claimed to have annexed the region in March 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin has...Read more

Trump calls former aide Omarosa a 'dog'

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump continued his attacks on his former ally and employee Omarosa Manigault Newman on Twitter on Tuesday, calling his former aide a "dog."

Trump praised White House Chief of Staff John Kelly for firing his former director of communications for the White House Public Liaison Office and contestant on his show "The...Read more

Goodlatte's son says Strzok's career ruined by father's 'political grandstanding'

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Bob Goodlatte's son on Monday criticized the firing of former FBI counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and blamed his father's "political grandstanding."

Bobby Goodlatte tweeted that Strzok was "a patriot" and called the committee hearing for Strzok that his father chaired last month a "low point" for Congress.

Last ...Read more

2 Democratic women face off in Connecticut for Elizabeth Esty's seat

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Two women face off Tuesday in a competitive Democratic primary to fill Rep. Elizabeth Esty's seat in Connecticut's 5th District.

Mary Glassman, a former local elected official in suburban Hartford, has the state party's endorsement. But Jahana Hayes, a former national teacher of the year, received enough support at the party convention to ...Read more

Kavanaugh feared looking 'silly' on flip-flop on presidential records

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WASHINGTON -- Long before the current Senate fight over access to presidential records as part of his Supreme Court nomination, Brett Kavanaugh sent an email to his co-workers in the White House counsel's office about a soon-to-be-published article on access to presidential records that "makes me look very silly."

Kavanaugh let the office know ...Read more

Trump fails to cite McCain's name in signing bill named for him

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump signed defense legislation named for Sen. John McCain in a splashy ceremony at a New York Army base on Monday without once mentioning the ailing Arizona Republican's name.

Trump traveled to Fort Drum, N.Y., from his golf resort in Bedminster, N.J., to sign the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization ...Read more

11-year-olds hack mock version of Florida's election site in minutes

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- They haven't even made it to high school yet, but they managed to hack into a mock version of Florida's election website and change the results in a matter of minutes.

An 11-year-old boy pulled off the feat in less than 10 minutes during DEFCON 26, the world's largest hacking convention, according to a report by "PBS ...Read more

In 2014, political spending at Trump properties was $35,000; in 2018, it's $3.5 million

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BEDMINSTER, N.J. -- At least 125 Republican campaigns and conservative political groups spent more than $3.5 million at President Donald Trump's resorts, hotels and restaurants since January 2017, the month he was sworn in, according to an analysis by McClatchy.

The money paid for catering for a fundraiser at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, ...Read more

McConnell casts doubt on legislation to restrict Trump's trade authority

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stopped at a water tank manufacturing company Friday in Louisville, Ky., to tout the benefits of the Republican tax overhaul, but the conversation not surprisingly turned to trade.

The Kentucky Republican said it was unlikely Congress could enact restrictions on President Donald Trump's trade...Read more

House Ethics Committee Orders Markwayne Mullin to Pay Back $40,000

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WASHINGTON -- The House Ethics Committee has called for Rep. Markwayne Mullin to return $40,000 to his family business, Mullin West, following a review that concluded the money was paid out to him in a manner that is out of compliance with House rules and the committee's recommendations.

The report released Friday by the House ethics panel ...Read more

Russia doesn't need to change votes — just sow confusion

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WASHINGTON -- Two states left nearly 200,000 people off voter rolls earlier this year, leading to confusion and anger when those people tried to cast a ballot in the primaries.

Election security experts fear it could happen again in November. While the problems stemmed mainly from computer glitches and human error, the chances of a repeat could...Read more

In South Carolina, Democrats try forgiving a candidate with abuse in his past

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jim Clyburn is of two minds about Archie Parnell.

A Democrat running to represent South Carolina's 5th Congressional District, Parnell beat his then-wife in 1973. But given his razor-thin defeat in a special election last year, he is resolved to keep campaigning.

Clyburn, a high-ranking Democratic member of Congress and ...Read more

Trump's lawyers say Mueller questions on Flynn, firing Comey are off-limits

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WASHINGTON -- As Donald Trump's lawyers continue negotiating with Robert Mueller over a presidential interview, they say at least two topics remain off the table: the firing of FBI Director James Comey and Trump's comments to Comey about his investigation of Michael Flynn.

If asked, the president would tell the special counsel that he didn't ...Read more