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Q&A: Some real facts about fake news and its influence on US elections

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With another presidential election around the corner, a question from the last still lingers: Did fake news help Donald Trump beat Hilary Clinton in the race for the White House?

It depends on whom you ask, and how you define "fake news." Donald Trump, for example, tends to lob the term at mainstream media outlets when he doesn't like what they...Read more

Trump nominates former airline executive to lead the FAA

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump named former airline executive Stephen Dickson to run the Federal Aviation Administration as the agency faces scrutiny for its role in approving the Boeing Co. 737 Max for service before two fatal crashes of the jetliner.

The FAA administrator job has been vacant since Michael Huerta, who had been appointed ...Read more

Judge says Trump is jumping the gun on military trans ban

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NEW YORK -- The U.S. government is "incorrect" in claiming that there are no further impediments to President Donald Trump's promised ban on transgender Americans serving in the military, a federal judge said.

The administration said on March 8 that it would issue a memorandum implementing the ban next month, citing the government's U.S. ...Read more

Bannon, Papadopoulos, NRA complying with Congress' Trump corruption probe

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WASHINGTON -- Steve Bannon, George Papadopoulos and the National Rifle Association are among the eight people and entities who have provided documents to House Democrats as part of the Judiciary Committee's investigation into alleged corruption and obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump and his inner circle, according to a Republican ...Read more

Trump embraces Brazil's Bolsonaro, another brash president enmeshed in scandal

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro, the new Brazilian leader dubbed the "Trump of the Tropics," pledged cooperation Tuesday in opposing Venezuela's socialist government, even as both took aim at a pillar of democracy: the media.

Acknowledging that they have "many views that are similar" during a joint news conference in the...Read more

Analysis: Trump, Brazil's Bolsonaro flaunt nationalistic bromance

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump got his desired victory lap Tuesday with the Brazilian known as the "Trump of the Tropics" as they stood side by side in the White House Rose Garden in a full display of the nationalism that put both in office.

In true Trump fashion, he flashed his contrarian side as he and his Brazilian counterpart, Jair ...Read more

Trump again goes after John McCain

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is not backing down from his attacks on the late Sen. John McCain, on Tuesday saying he was "never" fond of the Arizona Republican.

On Sunday, Trump fired off a tweet with several inaccuracies criticizing McCain for his role in getting a dossier allegedly containing negative information about Trump. He also ...Read more

Trump's lawyers ask US appeals court to end emoluments lawsuit

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WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump, as president and a private citizen, asked a federal appeals court to put an end to lawsuits challenging his ability to make money from his Washington hotel even if some of the revenue comes from other governments.

Democratic attorneys general from the District of Columbia and Maryland say that's a violation of the U....Read more

Supreme Court upholds government's authority to detain and deport immigrants for past crimes

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the Trump administration's power to arrest and hold immigrants indefinitely if they have past crimes on their records that could trigger deportation, even if they had served time years ago for minor drug offenses.

The justices, by a 5-4 vote, agreed that Congress authorized mandatory detention ...Read more

Some climate change panel members are literally invested in the issue

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WASHINGTON -- One member of the House committee created to address climate change stands out for what he owns: hundreds of oil and gas wells in North Dakota oil fields worth millions of dollars.

Rep. Kelly Armstrong, a Republican from North Dakota, received at least $400,000 from those wells and as much as $1.1 million in the previous year, as ...Read more

Pentagon discloses military projects it could tap for Trump's wall

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WASHINGTON -- After weeks of delay, the Pentagon Monday provided Congress with a list of more than 400 military construction projects around the world, including dozens in California, that it could raid to help pay for President Donald Trump's long-promised wall at the southwest border.

The document includes more than $12.8 billion in projects ...Read more

'Tens of thousands' of documents received in response to Democrats' requests of 81 Trump associates

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WASHINGTON -- The House Judiciary Committee has received "tens of thousands" of documents from "a large number" of the 81 associates of President Donald Trump that it sent information requests to two weeks ago, according to a status update from Chairman Jerrold Nadler.

The New York Democrat's update on the document requests comes on the due ...Read more

Democrats call for counterintelligence investigation of massage parlor boss Cindy Yang

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WASHINGTON -- Democrats in Congress are asking the FBI to investigate former Florida massage parlor owner Li "Cindy" Yang after the Miami Herald and others reported on Yang's access to President Donald Trump and work to get Chinese business executives access to political fundraisers.

In a letter sent Friday to FBI Director Christopher Wray, ...Read more

Supreme Court to decide if insanity defense and unanimous jury are required nationwide

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to finally decide whether rights to a unanimous jury verdict and an insanity defense are constitutional requirements that apply nationwide.

Most states, but not all, permit criminal defendants to plead insanity and escape the full punishment of the law on the grounds that they did not know right ...Read more

Rep. Steve King posts meme bragging red states have '8 trillion bullets'

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Steve King posted a meme Saturday about a hypothetical civil war between "blue states" fighting over which bathroom to use and "red states" with trillions of bullets.

The post is an image of two figures composed of traditionally Democratic-leaning and Republican-leaning states in fighting postures with text superimposed over ...Read more

Police: Smoking dispute leads to fight in Chicago's Trump Hotel lobby, felony charges

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CHICAGO -- A man who admitted to "disliking Donald Trump" was charged with multiple felonies Sunday in connection with defacing property inside the Trump International Hotel & Tower and fighting with security guards there, resulting in one man being treated for a broken finger and fractured facial bone.

Craig Echols, 23, of the West Side, was ...Read more

Supreme Court will hear case involving convicted DC-area sniper

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WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider reinstating four life-without-parole sentences on Lee Boyd Malvo, one of two snipers who killed 10 people in a Washington-area shooting spree in 2002.

The justices will review a decision that ordered a new sentencing hearing for Malvo on the Virginia charges to consider letting him ...Read more

Trump blames Democratic union leader in Ohio GM plant closing

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A day after demanding that General Motors Co. keep open a plant in Lordstown, Ohio, President Donald Trump shifted blame for its closing to the Democratic leader of the local union.

"Democrat UAW Local 1112 President David Green ought to get his act together and produce," Trump posted on Twitter Sunday. "Stop complaining and get the job done!" ...Read more

White House withholds details on military cuts to influence veto override vote, Kaine says

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The White House isn't releasing a list of military construction projects whose funding could be diverted to President Donald Trump's border wall out of concern about the vote in Congress to override a presidential veto, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., said Sunday.

"This is the White House wanting to hold the list back because they worry that if senators...Read more

Small-dollar donors could hold the balance in 2020

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WASHINGTON -- Polls show that a wide majority of Americans denounce the role of money in the nation's political campaigns, so their behavior in response might come as a surprise: More Americans are donating to candidates, particularly in small-dollar increments.

Molly McCloskey, a 27-year-old who works in advertising in Chicago, said she ponied...Read more

 

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