Report: FBI rejected White House request to deny Trump Russia links

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WASHINGTON -- The FBI declined a recent White House request to deny media reports about contact between campaign staff for president Donald Trump and Russian intelligence before last year's election, CNN reported on Thursday.

The broadcaster cited U.S. officials as saying that the Trump administration had asked the agency to intervene.

Such a ...Read more

Trump supporter Caitlyn Jenner calls rollback of transgender rights a 'disaster'

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LOS ANGELES -- Caitlyn Jenner sent out a message Thursday calling out President Donald Trump for dropping federal protections for transgender students.

"I have a message for the trans kids of America: You're winning. I know it doesn't feel like it today or every day, but you're winning," said Jenner on a video posted to her Twitter account.

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Ginsburg, mum on Trump, says immigration makes US great

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WASHINGTON -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg didn't mention President Donald Trump or his immigration policies in a public appearance Thursday. She didn't need to.

The liberal U.S. Supreme Court justice, who last year called then-candidate Trump a "faker," hailed the country as one made great by immigration, diversity and free speech, and suggested the U....Read more

Federal lawyer urges colleagues to resist 'indefensible' Trump policies

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WASHINGTON -- In the latest sign of defiance to President Donald Trump among federal environmental employees, a retiring Interior Department lawyer sent an email to hundreds of colleagues this month, urging them to "stand your ground" and resist being pressured into signing off on legally indefensible environmental decisions.

Eric W. Nagle, a ...Read more

Homeland Security tried to downplay raids as routine. Now Trump says they're unprecedented

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WASHINGTON -- After nationwide immigration raids this month in which more than 680 people were arrested, the Department of Homeland Security issued a nothing-to-see-here statement downplaying the sweeps as anything out of the ordinary.

"ICE conducts these kind of targeted enforcement operations regularly and has for many years," the agency said...Read more

Democrats hope Trump backlash begins in this ruby-red House seat

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SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Jon Ossoff told about 150 of his supporters Wednesday night that they had a chance to start the electoral backlash to President Donald Trump.

Most of them hardly needed convincing from this Democratic congressional candidate -- even if they live in the heart of a longtime Republican stronghold.

"This is the first chance ...Read more

Ivanka Trump is pushing her $500 billion child care plan on Hill

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WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump has urged lawmakers writing a tax overhaul to include a deduction for child care expenses, but with a price tag of as much as $500 billion over a decade she may have trouble finding support in Congress.

Members of the House and Senate met with the president's eldest daughter in the Roosevelt Room at the White House ...Read more

Ivanka Trump is pushing her $500 billion child care plan on Hill

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WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump has urged lawmakers writing a tax overhaul to include a deduction for child care expenses, but with a price tag of as much as $500 billion over a decade she may have trouble finding support in Congress.

Members of the House and Senate met with the president's eldest daughter in the Roosevelt Room at the White House ...Read more

Trump scorns the IMF's globalism, and now he gets to vote on it

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WASHINGTON -- Christine Lagarde is racing through Uganda in a black SUV. It's a bumpy road -- not the only one the IMF chief is likely to encounter in the age of President Donald Trump.

Since World War II, America has set the agenda for the world economy. The International Monetary Fund has been one of its main tools. The Fund helped steady the...Read more

Still the same Trump, and his North Carolina fans love it

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Every Sunday afternoon for the past month, A.P. Dillon, a writer and mom in Cary, N.C., has given her two sons activities to stay busy while she heads for her computer with a spreadsheet that tracks President Donald Trump's executive orders and actions.

"He's doing what he said he was going to do," said Dillon, who voted for ...Read more

Loud and angry, protesters turn congressional town halls into must-see political TV

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MARIPOSA, Calif. -- They came by the hundreds, in big cities and rural hamlets, to heckle, plead, badger and, in some instances, to protest the protests themselves.

Congress is in recess this week and a citizenry suddenly spurred to action used the opportunity to let their returning lawmakers know just how they feel about the tempestuous past ...Read more

Air Force stumped by Trump's claim of $1 billion savings on jet

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WASHINGTON -- The Air Force can't account for $1 billion in savings that President Donald Trump said he's negotiated for the program to develop, purchase and operate two new Boeing Co. jets to serve as Air Force One.

"To my knowledge I have not been told that we have that information," Col. Pat Ryder, an Air Force spokesman, told reporters ...Read more

Trump administration poised to rescind guidelines on protections for transgender students

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration was set Wednesday to reverse an Obama-era directive aimed at preventing discrimination against transgender students, casting the decision as one respecting states' rights.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters to expect new guidance from the departments of Education and Justice late ...Read more

Trump expected to revoke Obama transgender bathroom directive

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's administration is expected to tell public school districts across the nation that they no longer have to allow transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.

When the administration would issue its directive was unclear, but word of Trump's decision drew immediate criticism ...Read more

Trump's new transgender policy could radically change HB2 fight

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.--The Trump administration's planned rollback of federal protection for transgender students could cripple the court fight against House Bill 2 and make a political compromise to rescind the controversial North Carolina law even harder to achieve, legal and political experts say.

Up to now, the American Civil Liberties Union and ...Read more

White House says Melania isn't in business; so why are her companies still active?

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WASHINGTON -- First lady Melania Trump has several companies that are still active enterprises, raising questions about whether they will be used for profit while she is in the White House.

Beyond the 564 companies listed in then-candidate Donald Trump's May 2016 financial disclosure were seven companies associated with his wife.

All but one ...Read more

Ellison gets unlikely boost from Trump in DNC chair race

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Keith Ellison picked up a semi-endorsement from an expected -- and potentially unwelcome -- source Wednesday morning in his bid to become Democratic National Committee chair: Donald Trump.

With DNC members set to vote on a new leader in just three days, the Republican president, apparently while watching morning cable news ...Read more

Supreme Court rejects use of 'racial stereotypes' in death penalty cases

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court rejected the use of "racial stereotypes" in death penalty cases Wednesday, reopening the case of a black man in Texas who was sentenced to die after his jury was told African-Americans are more likely than whites to commit crimes.

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said this testimony had no place in a sentencing ...Read more

Trump's plan to compete jets 'doesn't make sense,' lawmaker says

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump wants Boeing's Super Hornet fighter to compete against Lockheed Martin's next generation F-35 jet. But that idea "doesn't make sense" to a key Republican lawmaker who would need to approve big changes in defense spending.

Boeing Co.'s F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin Corp.'s stealthy F-35 are vastly ...Read more

Supreme Court orders review of Michigan service dog case

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WASHINGTON -- Wonder the goldendoodle will get another shot in court.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals should reconsider whether Ehlena Fry and her family can sue a Jackson County school district for its decision years ago to tell Ehlena, who has cerebral palsy, that she couldn't ...Read more