Once the site of Bernie Sanders' last stand, California now is pivotal to his 2020 prospects

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LOS ANGELES--Tim Johnson hasn't stopped feeling the Bern.

A committed Bernie Sanders acolyte since 2016, Johnson was at a University of California, Los Angeles labor strike on Wednesday to watch the senator make his first California appearance as a 2020 presidential candidate. He's taking part in Sanders rallies this weekend as well.

"It's ...Read more

Trump's sanctions staff dwindles even as US expands economic war

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. office in charge of financial sanctions, President Donald Trump's favorite weapon against American adversaries, risks being hobbled by staff departures because of management turmoil and growing private-sector demand for its expertise.

Trump has nearly doubled the number of people and companies under U.S. sanctions. But in...Read more

Once an insurgent, Sanders now confronts front-runner challenges

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WASHINGTON -- No longer a fringe candidate or an outsider, Bernie Sanders will be under pressure to score decisive victories in early contests for the Democratic nomination or risk seeing his 2020 candidacy deflate.

Sanders' challenge to Hillary Clinton in 2016 gives the 78-year-old independent senator from Vermont higher name recognition than ...Read more

Bernie Sanders, rallying in San Diego, calls for Mueller report to be made public

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SAN DIEGO -- Bernie Sanders kicked off the first of three rallies in California on Friday evening, promising to complete what he began three years ago with his improbable bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Drawing a crowd of thousands to downtown's Waterfront Park, many of whom supported his 2016 run, Sanders laid out a theme of ...Read more

Trump readies for aftermath of still-secret Mueller probe report

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump was on the phone with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida as the moment he'd been awaiting 22 months for arrived: Robert Mueller had closed his Russia investigation and was planning no further indictments.

That development on Friday afternoon brought an end to an investigation...Read more

Trump circle in legal peril despite end of Mueller probe

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NEW YORK -- Robert Mueller's job may be done, but President Donald Trump still faces potential legal peril from many sides.

Federal prosecutors in New York are investigating the Trump Organization and his 2016 campaign for possible campaign finance violations. They've also issued subpoenas to Trump's inaugural committee. The New York state ...Read more

Trump's next Federal Reserve nominee: campaign advisor and Fed critic Stephen Moore

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WASHINGTON -- President Trump said Friday that he planned to nominate Stephen Moore, a conservative economist and commentator who served as a Trump campaign advisor, to a seat on the Federal Reserve board.

Moore, who has been a prominent critic of the Fed, would fill one of two vacancies on the central bank's seven-member Board of Governors. ...Read more

Dems are 'anti-Jewish' and 'wasting everybody's time' with investigations, Trump says

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Friday contended he does not know when special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will deliver his Russia election meddling report to Attorney General William Barr, and said Democrats are "wasting" time investigating him.

"This is a continuation of the same witch hunt," he said as he left the White House for ...Read more

Prosecutors: Calif. man defrauded donors with fake Sanders, O'Rourke websites

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LOS ANGELES -- An 80-year-old California man was charged this week with wire fraud and aggravated identity theft after federal prosecutors say he set up fake political action committees and pocketed more than $250,000 in contributions that donors thought was going to various political candidates and causes.

John Pierre Dupont of Blythe set up ...Read more

Cummings says Trump administration's use of private email violates records act

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, penned a letter to White House counsel Pat Cipollone Thursday, alleging that Trump administration officials violated federal law.

The Maryland Democrat said in his letter that the committee's investigation has found new information that "raises ...Read more

Cindy Yang helped Chinese tech stars get $50K photos with Trump. Who paid?

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MIAMI -- More than a year before her Super Bowl selfie with the president, Li "Cindy" Yang brought two Chinese-born tech executives -- an Australia-based cryptocurrency guru known in the industry as "the Martian" and a startup CEO whose firm recently became a jersey sponsor for the Dallas Mavericks -- to take formal photos with President Donald ...Read more

Trump might limit states' say in offshore drilling plan

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WASHINGTON -- When President Donald Trump proposed opening nearly the entire U.S. coastline to more offshore oil and gas drilling, the backlash from states seeking exemptions was swift.

Governors, Republican and Democratic, and state legislatures up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines protested so vigorously that the administration ...Read more

Marine Corps commandant says deploying troops to the border poses 'unacceptable risk'

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WASHINGTON -- The commandant of the Marines has warned the Pentagon that deployments to the southwest border and funding transfers under the president's emergency declaration, among other unexpected demands, have posed "unacceptable risk to Marine Corps combat readiness and solvency."

In two internal memos, Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller said ...Read more

Trump lashes out at McCain, but has curbed attacks on other Republicans. Can it last?

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WASHINGTON -- On one recent Sunday Twitter tirade, President Donald Trump scolded the autoworkers union, Hillary Clinton, "Saturday Night Live," MS-13, three Fox News anchors, a lawyer working on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team and the late Sen. John McCain.

Surprisingly spared from the online wrath were the dozen Republican ...Read more

House GOP is down to 13 women. Will North Carolina special elections boost their ranks?

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WASHINGTON -- With two special elections in North Carolina this year, Republicans have a chance to send to Congress some company for West Virginia Rep. Carol Miller, the only female GOP lawmaker in the House freshman class.

The number of Republican women in the chamber is at a new low with just 13 in the 116th Congress, down from 23 the ...Read more

Bernie Sanders, at UCLA, highlights his longtime support for organized labor

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LOS ANGELES -- Bernie Sanders' first appearance in California as a 2020 presidential candidate was not at a mega-rally like the ones that defined his previous bid, but at a speech before sun-baked picketers in front of the University of California, Los Angeles's medical center.

The rallies will come later -- Sanders has three scheduled this ...Read more

Not even Trump is expecting 3 percent growth anymore

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Donald Trump built his presidential campaign in part around a promise to jump up U.S. economic growth to 3.5 percent a year or even 4 percent, a big improvement over the 2 percent average of the previous decade.

Since taking office, however, Trump has struggled to come close even to 3 percent. This week, his Council of Economic Advisors ...Read more

Trump visits Ohio factory for tanks Army didn't want, as tariffs hurt other workers

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump flew to Ohio on Wednesday to take credit for reviving an Ohio tank factory, attempting to smooth over economic trouble signs in a politically crucial state where his trade war is hurting manufacturing.

Though tariffs have taken a toll on jobs and confidence, Trump has tried to compensate with an infusion of ...Read more

Supreme Court appears ready to find racial bias a factor in Mississippi murder case

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Wednesday sounded ready to overturn a Mississippi murder conviction based on racial bias during jury selection.

It marked the latest chapter in an extraordinary case involving a small-town white prosecutor who had repeatedly excluded or restricted black jurors from serving on six separate trials of Curtis ...Read more

Why Ronald Reagan's daughter isn't happy with Trump's 'MAGA' slogan her father coined

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Ronald Reagan may have been the first to popularize "Make America Great Again," but former first daughter Patti Davis says he'd be "horrified" by what President Donald Trump has done with the slogan, Yahoo News reports.

"I think it's taken on, obviously, a completely different meaning because what it seems to mean now is 'let's make America ...Read more


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