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Trump tweets 'major announcement' on border security coming Saturday

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump tweeted he will make a "major announcement" on Saturday about border security and what will be by then the 29-day partial government shutdown.

Three minutes after the White House call a "lid" Friday night and reporters headed for the gate, the president fired off a post saying the remarks would focus on "the...Read more

Supreme Court hints it won't hear Trump's DACA appeal this term

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court took no action Friday on President Donald Trump's bid to end deportation protections for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants, suggesting the program may stay in place at least until the end of this year.

Under the court's usual practices, Friday was the last day to accept an appeal and ...Read more

Democrats propose legal status for undocumented immigrant farmworkers

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WASHINGTON -- Two California Democrats filed legislation Thursday that would give undocumented immigrant farmworkers and their families a path to legal resident status and possibly U.S. citizenship.

The legislation by Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Zoe Lofgren is designed to ease agricultural worker shortages and protect undocumented workers ...Read more

Florida governor suspends Palm Beach elections chief

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Susan Bucher, the longtime supervisor of elections in Palm Beach County, Fla., was suspended Friday by Gov. Ron DeSantis following a series of post-election controversies.

At a news conference at The Historical Museum of Palm Beach, DeSantis said he would follow Secretary of State Mike Ertel's recommendation to suspend ...Read more

Democrats to investigate report that Trump ordered Cohen to lie to Congress

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats vowed Friday to investigate allegations that President Donald Trump instructed his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about Trump's pursuit of a proposed hotel and condo complex in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.

If confirmed, the allegations would pose a direct threat to the White House by ...Read more

Trump vs. Pelosi: 5 takeaways from their tit-for-tat as shutdown plods on

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump continued their high-stakes game of tit-for-tat on Friday, even as the 28-day partial government shutdown plodded on with no signs of any restart of negotiations.

White House aides scurried about Friday declining to directly address a bombshell report that Trump directed former ...Read more

Cohen likely to appear again before Senate Intelligence Committee, Warner says

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WASHINGTON -- Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and fixer, is expected to return next month for another appearance to testify behind closed doors to the Senate Intelligence Committee, according to the panel's top Democrat.

"We have invited Michael Cohen back," Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia told reporters Friday. "We ...Read more

Rep. Steve King blames 'unhinged left' in new fundraising email

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WASHINGTON -- Despite growing calls for Steve King to resign after he was censured for making racist comments, the Iowa Republican sent an email Thursday urging supporters for new donations.

"The unhinged left has teamed up with Republican 'NeverTrumpers' and is pulling out all the stops to destroy me," King said the email, the Des Moines ...Read more

House Democrats will investigate Trump for allegedly directing Michael Cohen to lie to Congress

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WASHINGTON -- The top Democrats on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees said they will investigate the allegations that President Donald Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations in 2016 to build a Trump Tower in Moscow are true, as BuzzFeed News reported late Thursday.

House Intelligence ...Read more

Pelosi delegation cancels troop visit after State Department warns against it

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- and a congressional delegation planning to visit troops in Afghanistan on commercial airlines after President Donald Trump tried to derail the trip Thursday -- won't be traveling at all after the administration leaked their new travel plans and caused a security threat, a Pelosi spokesman said Friday.

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Vandals smash car windows in North Hollywood, spray-paint 'Trump' on pavement

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LOS ANGELES -- The windows of several cars were smashed and defaced with graffiti overnight inside an underground carport at a North Hollywood condominium complex, police said Friday.

Eight vehicles in the 10900 block of Hartsook Street were damaged in the incident, which was reported about 3 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Police Department...Read more

Trump again endorses immigration changes for seasonal migrant farm workers

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WASHINGTON -- For the third time this week, President Donald Trump on Friday signaled support for immigration policy changes that would make it easier for seasonal farm workers to enter the United States.

Trump pleaded in a Friday morning tweet for someone to inform Speaker Nancy Pelosi that "her 'big donors' in wine country that people working...Read more

Why can't Trump make deals? No one trusts him anymore

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Mitch McConnell was jolted with a fresh reminder of President Donald Trump's capriciousness last month: The majority leader persuaded Republican colleagues to take a politically difficult vote to temporarily fund the government, but not a border wall, only to see Trump withdraw support -- initiating the longest shutdown in ...Read more

Which ballot measure would you rather have a beer with?

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As voters across the country made their choices last year on ballot issues and political candidates, a disconnect emerged.

While Democrats in Colorado swept statewide races, voters sent a different message on taxes and spending by rejecting ballot measures endorsed by Democrats that would have increased revenue for education and transportation....Read more

Rep. Ilhan Omar tweets Sen. Lindsey Graham is 'compromised'

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar tweeted on Wednesday night that Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham is "compromised," but offered no evidence for that assertion.

"They got to him, he is compromised!" the Minnesota Democrat wrote on Twitter, as she retweeted a CNN clip from 2015 in which Graham, R-S.C., was heavily critical of President Donald ...Read more

Despite their spats, Pelosi seems to be the only foe Trump won't personally attack

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump playbook on dealing with foes is well-documented: If attacked, strike back 10 times harder; zero in on your enemy's weakest spots; go as personal as you can.

There's one glaring exception: Nancy Pelosi.

A day after the Democratic House speaker effectively postponed his Jan. 29 State of the Union address before Congress ...Read more

House Intelligence Committee prepares to launch new Russia probe without Republican support

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WASHINGTON -- Newly empowered Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee are preparing to reopen the panel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, seeking new interviews and financial records even as Republicans appear ready to boycott the inquiry.

Republicans who previously led the committee ended the investigation last ...Read more

House floor erupts after lawmaker shouts 'Go back to Puerto Rico'

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WASHINGTON -- The House floor erupted Thursday after Congress adjourned for the week when an unidentified Republican congressman yelled a controversial and potentially racially charged remark across the aisle as Democratic Rep. Tony Cardenas was at the podium.

"Go back to Puerto Rico!" the lawmaker shouted, punctuating a stream of Republican ...Read more

Trump vows to boost spending and coverage of US missile defense system

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump called Thursday for dramatically broadening U.S. defenses against missile attacks, outlining a costly and scientifically unproven plan for developing lasers and space sensors to defend all of the United States' territory from ballistic missile threats.

"Our strategy is grounded in one overriding objective: ...Read more

2 weeks after being sworn in, Tom Marino announces resignation from Congress

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WASHINGTON -- Pennsylvania Rep. Tom Marino announced Thursday he would be resigning from Congress.

The Republican lawmaker, who represents the 12th District in northeast and central Pennsylvania, said he will be leaving his post Jan. 23 for a job in the private sector.

Marino has served in the House since 2011 and was just re-elected to his ...Read more