As Trump doubles down on racist comments, House to vote on condemning them

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump delivered some of the most incendiary comments of his presidency on Monday, signaling that he intends to build his reelection bid as much around divisive racial and cultural issues as on low unemployment and economic growth.

The rhetoric sparked unusual pushback from several Republicans, and led to a ...Read more

Trump moves to eliminate nearly all asylum claims at US southern border

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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration moved Monday to in effect end asylum for the vast majority of migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border, an enormous shift in policy that could block hundreds of thousands of people from seeking protection in the U.S. -- and is certain to draw legal challenges.

The new rule, published in the Federal ...Read more

Four congresswomen targeted in Trump's tweets vow they won't be silenced

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WASHINGTON -- Four liberal House Democrats on Monday lambasted President Donald Trump's tweets as "xenophobic," "bigoted" and unworthy of the White House in an unusual standoff between first-year House lawmakers and a U.S. president.

"This is the agenda of white nationalists," said Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who accused Trump of trying to ...Read more

Ocasio-Cortez, allies say they won't be baited by Trump attacks

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WASHINGTON -- Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her three allies in Congress said verbal attacks from President Donald Trump won't distract them from their agenda as they decried his tweets as racist.

"I am not surprised that he uses the rhetoric he does," Ocasio-Cortez said of the president. "But I also know that we are focused."

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Mnuchin says Trump's tweets on minority lawmakers weren't racist

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WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he didn't consider President Donald Trump's tweets on Sunday about minority congresswomen to be racist.

Mnuchin found himself drawn into the furor over the tweets, in which the president suggested that the lawmakers "go back" to "crime infested places from which they came," during a White ...Read more

Democrats condemn Trump's racist tweets, congressional Republicans mostly silent

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WASHINGTON -- While Democrats were united in their condemnation of President Donald Trump's call for four members of Congress to "go back" to "the crime infested countries from which they came," nearly no Republicans had publicly rebuked the president a day after his Sunday tirade.

On the Republican side of the aisle, condemnations of Trump for...Read more

Trump moves to end US asylum for Central American migrants

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump moved to end asylum protections for most Central American migrants who cross the U.S. southern border as he steps up a crackdown on immigration.

Migrants who fail to apply for protection from persecution or torture while in a third country before entering the U.S. would be ineligible for asylum, under a rule...Read more

Trump to Democratic congresswomen: 'Go back' where they came from

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WASHINGTON -- Go back where you came from.

It's an insulting remark sometimes flung at new arrivals to the United States, at foreign-born U.S. citizens -- or at those who are native-born but belong to an ethnic minority. It's usually considered a racist taunt.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump denounced " 'progressive' Democrat Congresswomen ...Read more

Trump trails Biden, Warren, Sanders in NBC-WSJ poll matchups

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump trails at least three Democratic hopefuls -- Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren -- in theoretical head-to-head matchups for the 2020 general election, a new poll showed.

Biden, the former vice president, held the biggest lead among registered voters in the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll ...Read more

Trump to progressive Democrats: Go back where you came from

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump made a new broadside against a faction of progressive Democrats led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, suggesting they return to the "broken and crime infested places from which they came."

Trump's remarks sparked immediate outrage from Democrats. Representative Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico decried "a ...Read more

'Great' again: To win in 2020, Trump sticks with what worked

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WASHINGTON -- As Democratic presidential contenders race to draft the boldest and most detailed policy plans, President Donald Trump has stuck to the signature issues that helped him win last time: "Build the wall," "jobs, jobs, jobs" and "America First."

In other words, the agenda for Trump's second term is largely a set of pithy slogans that ...Read more

On an often unpredictable Supreme Court, Justice Gorsuch is the latest wild card

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WASHINGTON -- Justice Neil M. Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's first appointee to the Supreme Court, is proving to be a different kind of conservative.

He is a libertarian who is quick to oppose unchecked government power, even in the hands of prosecutors or the police. And he is willing to go his own way and chart a course that does not ...Read more

Trump asks Supreme Court to allow use of Pentagon money for wall

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court to clear his administration to start using Pentagon funds for construction of more than 100 miles of fencing along the Mexican border.

Filing an emergency request Friday, the president asked the justices to lift a freeze on the money while a legal fight with the Sierra Club and ...Read more

White House saw Acosta's resignation as a way to distance Trump from Epstein case

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WASHINGTON -- When Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta offered his resignation Friday in an early morning call with President Donald Trump, his boss offered sympathy, inviting him over to the White House to announce the news together to the media.

It was a rare, dignified exit for a Cabinet secretary in Trump's administration, and for one leaving ...Read more

Trump surrender on census question may not end legal battle

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump's surrender in his fight to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census may not be the end of the legal war.

One of the groups that mounted a successful challenge to the question plans to continue pursuing its claim that two government witnesses testified falsely in a trial. The New York Immigration ...Read more

House Oversight Democrats call on Trump to pay DC for July 4 event, inauguration

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are calling on President Donald Trump to commit to paying the District of Columbia back for providing public safety support for federal events in the city after Mayor Muriel Bowser said that Trump's "Salute to America" drained it.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman ...Read more

House considering a delay of Robert Mueller's testimony

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WASHINGTON -- Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's testimony before Congress, planned for Wednesday, could be delayed one week amid new discussions to allow more time during the hearing for lawmakers to ask questions.

House leaders had agreed to have Mueller testify in two committees for two hours each, relatively short by congressional ...Read more

Trump called Oakland mayor a 'disgrace' for revealing ICE raids. Then he did the same thing.

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When Oakland, Calif., Mayor Libby Schaaf tipped residents off last year that immigration agents would be conducting enforcement operations, President Donald Trump called her actions a "disgrace."

A Republican congressman from Iowa proposed criminal penalties for officials in so-called sanctuary cities who make similar disclosures.

The acting ...Read more

Trump warns Facebook over its plan to create a digital currency

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Thursday night warned Facebook Inc. over its plan to create a digital currency, the Libra.

"Facebook Libra's 'virtual currency' will have little standing or dependability. If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking ...Read more

House Democrats consider getting Trump's NY tax returns

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WASHINGTON -- Lawyers for House Democrats are looking at a New York law that would give them a route to access President Donald Trump's state tax returns.

"The House counsel is reviewing all of that right now," House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal said Thursday. "They still have some legitimate concerns about it. That comes from House ...Read more


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