Top Senate Republican Cornyn slams tech lobby's CFIUS bill push

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate's No. 2 Republican on Thursday used a floor speech to try to beat back efforts by IBM and a tech trade group to gut a bill that would expand the powers of a secretive national security panel.

The section of the bipartisan legislation that Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is trying to preserve would strengthen the Committee on ...Read more

Former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani will join Trump's legal team

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WASHINGTON -- Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City and an unofficial White House adviser, is joining President Donald Trump's personal legal defense team.

"He has been my friend for a long time and wants to get this matter quickly resolved for the good of the country," Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said in a statement.

Giuliani is a ...Read more

Parkland school shooter started throwing up, hyperventilating after his arrest

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MIAMI -- Minutes after being arrested for a gruesome killing spree, the Parkland school shooter had trouble standing up, began to heave and "vomited clear fluid" as a witness prepared to identify him, according to a police report written by the officer who detained him.

When pinpointed as the man who attacked Marjory Stoneman Douglas High ...Read more

Rosenstein said to tell Trump he's not a target in Mueller probe

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WASHINGTON -- Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Donald Trump last week that he isn't a target of any part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Rosenstein, who brought up the Mueller probe himself, offered the assurance during a meeting with Trump at the White ...Read more

Trump may invoke Cold War era Defense Act to boost coal plants

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WASHINGTON -- Months into the Korean War, President Harry Truman capped wages and imposed price controls on the steel industry, seizing authority under a newly passed law to take action in the name of national defense.

Now, more than a half century later, Trump administration officials are considering using the same statute to keep struggling ...Read more

President Donald Trump's former Greenwich mansion listed again for $45M

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Interested buyers can own a piece of presidential history in Greenwich, where a mansion President Donald Trump lived in with wife Ivana in the 1980s is back on the market with an asking price of $45 million.

Trump bought the home, on a peninsula overlooking Long Island Sound, for $4 million in 1984. He and Ivana lavishly decorated the mansion ...Read more

'I am more a Spy than he is': Trump defends N.C. pastor

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- President Donald Trump leveled harsh words against Turkey this week over its jailing and trial of North Carolina pastor Andrew Brunson.

"They call him a Spy, but I am more a Spy than he is," Trump tweeted late Tuesday.

Trump called Brunson "a fine gentleman and Christian leader in the United States" who "is being persecuted ...Read more

US could order recall of defective guns under lawmaker's bill

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A Democratic U.S. House member introduced legislation that would give the federal government the power to recall defective firearms -- a bill that may face long odds in Congress.

The legislation by Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan would allow the Consumer Product Safety Commission to issue safety warnings or order recalls of defective guns. No ...Read more

Rep. Adam Schiff wants Congress to get more information on presidential pardons

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WASHINGTON -- Rattled by President Donald Trump's decision to pardon the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Rep. Adam Schiff wants Congress to pass legislation giving itself more oversight of the president's pardoning power.

The proposal would allow Congress to view evidence against someone who ...Read more

Republicans claim they have the votes to help 'Dreamers,' but won't commit to forcing action

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jeff Denham wants you to know he has the majority of the House's support for bringing immigration legislation to the floor and helping young immigrants known as "Dreamers."

But despite talking for a month about prospects for his plan to bypass leadership's stonewalling, the California Republican refused Wednesday to say he ...Read more

Gorsuch casts key vote to spare California immigrant from deportation

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WASHINGTON -- With Justice Neil M. Gorsuch casting the deciding vote, the Supreme Court on Tuesday spared a California immigrant from deportation because his conviction for home burglary was not clearly the kind of "crime of violence" that would allow such a step.

The decision narrows one provision of a broad federal immigration law that calls ...Read more

Trump: 'High crime' likely in California after Gov. Brown rejects border troops

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump slammed California's Democratic governor Tuesday, contending "high crime" will rise in the state after Jerry Brown rejected the president's request for National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Brown last week indicated he would deploy California Guard troops to the border -- but not for the immigration ...Read more

Supreme Court to decide if online sellers must collect sales taxes across America

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court will hear a multibillion-dollar tax dispute on Tuesday and decide whether online merchants can be required to collect sales taxes regardless of where they are located.

For online shoppers, the case could mean higher prices, although many large internet sellers, including Amazon, have already been collecting sales...Read more

Rep. Harper hopes disability internship program expands after his departure

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WASHINGTON -- As Rep. Gregg Harper prepares to leave Congress, he has high hopes the internship program he created for individuals with intellectual disabilities will grow and lead to more alumni getting hired.

Helping the disabled has been a priority for the Mississippi Republican since his election to the House in 2008. He has sponsored ...Read more

Gunmakers, with sales slumping at home, ready for eased export rules

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. gunmakers are on the verge of getting something they've wanted for a very long time: a streamlined process for exporting their handguns and rifles, including AR-15 assault-style weapons that have been the focus of national debate.

Under a long-awaited rule the Trump administration is expected to propose very soon, a large ...Read more

Judge orders Trump lawyer Cohen to reveal secret client: Sean Hannity

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's longtime lawyer and hard-nosed fixer, Michael Cohen, lost an early round in federal court in Manhattan on Monday, as a judge ordered him to disclose the name of a client he had tried to keep secret: Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

The disclosure was the latest surprise in a highly unusual court case in ...Read more

Supreme Court again rejects hearing Rod Blagojevich's appeal

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CHICAGO -- The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday it will not hear former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appeal, marking the end of a decadelong legal road and virtually guaranteeing he will remain in prison until 2024 barring a presidential pardon or commutation.

The justices did not comment in letting stand the convictions and 14-year ...Read more

Trump's businesses see boost in spending by Republican campaigns

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NEW YORK -- Republican political campaigns increased their spending at President Donald Trump's businesses by nearly 15 percent this year, according to federal figures compiled by the watchdog group Public Citizen.

The Republican National Committee and various GOP political action committees spent close to $388,000 disclosed so far in the three...Read more

Search continues as Republicans pass on running for Ryan's seat

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WASHINGTON -- Wisconsin Republicans are scrambling to find a suitable candidate to fend off popular Democratic candidates in the once-safely red 1st District that House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said last week he won't run for again.

Wisconsin state Sen. Dave Craig, a former Ryan aide, was the latest to pass on running for the seat Ryan is vacating ...Read more

Trump's strategy to shrink immigration court backlog may not work

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WASHINGTON -- A crucial piece of President Donald Trump's deportation machine is not working the way he wants. He's arresting thousands more undocumented immigrants than his predecessor, and illegal border traffic has dropped to historically low levels.

Still, something is wrong.

"We have to bring them before a ridiculous court system," Trump ...Read more