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Meet the new members of Congress

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WASHINGTON -- They are activists and advocates, combat veterans, political novices and experts. And they are headed to Washington for a crash course in being members of Congress.

More than 80 representatives-elect and four senators-elect, most of them Democrats and many who have never before held elected office, arrived in Washington this week ...Read more

Time running out on Capitol Hill sex harassment reforms, former staffers warn

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WASHINGTON -- Congress will forfeit a passed bill from each chamber aimed at curbing sexual harassment unless lawmakers can come together before year's end.

"Time is running out," said Kristin Nicholson, co-founder of Congress Too, a group of former Hill staffers that has sought to reform the way Congress approaches staff training and response ...Read more

Most House Democrats will be in majority for first time ever

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WASHINGTON -- Most House Democrats in the next Congress will be new to the majority and an overwhelming majority of Republicans will be new to the minority -- a dynamic that could create a steep learning curve for members as they grapple with party strategy and messaging changes under the new power structure.

Even more significant is that a ...Read more

US Supreme Court denies Baltimore officers' appeal in case against prosecutor

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BALTIMORE -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied an appeal from five Baltimore Police officers in a case in which they alleged they were wrongfully prosecuted for the death of Freddie Gray by Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby.

The decision brings the case to an end, in Mosby's favor. It leaves intact a May decision by a Richmond, Va...Read more

Trump, stung by midterms and nervous about Mueller, retreats from traditional presidential duties

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WASHINGTON -- For weeks this fall, an ebullient President Donald Trump traveled relentlessly to hold raise-the-rafters campaign rallies -- sometimes three a day -- in states where his presence was likely to help Republicans on the ballot.

But his mood apparently has changed as he has taken measure of the electoral backlash that voters delivered...Read more

Black lawmakers set to assume more powerful roles in House

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WASHINGTON -- The Congressional Black Caucus is on the verge of becoming the most powerful bloc in the U.S. House when Democrats take control in January, with members to lead at least five committees and more than a dozen subcommittees.

That could increase the likelihood of conflict with the White House, as black Democrats have been forceful ...Read more

With an ambitious policy agenda, Pelosi is poised to lead the House again

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WASHINGTON -- Basking in House Democrats' midterm election wins, Nancy Pelosi is focused on the planks of the Democratic campaign platform that will become the new majority's agenda: health care, infrastructure and cleaning up corruption in Washington.

But the California Democrat cannot escape questions about another theme that emerged on the ...Read more

Divisions between progressives and moderates threaten to complicate Democrats' new House majority

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WASHINGTON -- House Democrats figured out how to win in districts that narrowly supported President Donald Trump in 2016. Now they have to figure out how to govern there.

That's one of the key issues facing Democrats as they prepare to take control of the House for the first time in eight years: How do they strike a balance between progressive ...Read more

In op-ed, Minnesota Republican blames GOP losses on the late Sen. John McCain

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Rep. Jason Lewis, a Minnesota Republican who lost his re-election bid last week to Democrat Angie Craig, said Monday in a Wall Street Journal opinion column that the late U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is responsible for GOP losses.

Lewis singled out McCain's vote against a bill that would have repealed the Affordable Care Act's...Read more

Experts cite vulnerabilities in Washington, North Carolina voting security

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WASHINGTON -- Security gaps similar to, but much less porous than, those in Georgia's voter registration system have been identified in Washington state, potentially providing bad actors ways to foul citizens' eligibility to cast ballots in last week's elections, cyber experts say.

And states such as North Carolina, which make their voter ...Read more

Trump seeks to end recounts in Florida's Senate and governor elections, and alleges fraud without evidence

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump on Monday called for a halt to recounts in Florida, where Republican candidates for Senate and governor lead. He alleged without evidence that Democratic candidates' gains were the result of fraud.

The president's statement, in a morning tweet, contradicted Florida officials who oversee elections, who stated...Read more

Parent of Parkland victim objects to Cruz's voter registration

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz registered to vote while in jail, outraging a parent of one of the victims.

Andrew Pollack took to social media when he learned that Cruz registered as a Republican July 25 while being held on 17 murder and 17 attempted murder charges.

"I'm sick to my stomach," Pollack said on Twitter ...Read more

Makeup of new Congress could create a different dynamic on Cuba policy

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On Ninonska Perez's two-hour Spanish language program on Radio Mambi, callers couldn't stop talking about the midterm elections.

Topic No. 1: the defeat of two Cuban-American candidates, one a political newcomer and the other an incumbent, who ran represent South Florida districts in the House of Representatives.

Since the elections Tuesday, ...Read more

Firefighters slam Trump for 'shameful attack' about California fires

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California firefighters are slamming President Donald Trump for a tweet Saturday in which he incorrectly asserted that this week's devastating fires were the result of poor forest management.

"There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor," Trump wrote. "Billions of ...Read more

A look at Broward County elections chief Brenda Snipes' long history of trouble

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- When Brenda Snipes took over the Broward County Supervisor of Elections office in 2003, she was the figure with years of administrative experience who would steady an office that was reeling from what then-Gov. Jeb Bush called "incompetence" and "misfeasance."

On Friday, following a court agreeing with a lawsuit brought...Read more

Waters vows scrutiny of Trump-Deutsche Bank ties if she becomes committee chair

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WASHINGTON -- Democrat Maxine Waters, in line to take over the House Financial Services Committee, told colleagues she would undertake a deep dive into President Donald Trump's "money trail," beginning with ties to Deutsche Bank AG.

In a memo obtained by Bloomberg, Waters promised that if she becomes the next chair of the panel with oversight ...Read more

Trump says blames Thousand Oaks shooting on ex-Marine's PTSD

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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump Friday described the ex-Marine suspected in the Thousand Oaks massacre as a "very sick guy," and suggested without evidence not only that he had post-traumatic stress disorder but that combat veterans generally return with mental health issues.

"He was a war veteran. He was a Marine. He was in the war. He...Read more

Rich Russian who may have grossly overpaid for a Trump mansion is mired in a big scandal

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WASHINGTON -- A widening scandal surrounding the Russian billionaire who bought Donald Trump's Palm Beach mansion for an eye-popping sum has brought the oligarch renewed scrutiny.

Fertilizer magnate Dmitry Rybolovlev was detained by police in Monaco earlier this week and questioned in an influence-peddling probe that involves the sale of famous...Read more

In NJ, Andy Kim leads Rep. Tom MacArthur by 4,000 votes as counting continues

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Andy Kim's lead climbed to 4,353 votes Friday in his tight race against incumbent Tom MacArthur in New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District race, up from the 2,622 margin he had when he claimed victory Wednesday night.

The number increased after 1,760 votes that had not yet been counted on Election Day were added to the tally late Thursday night...Read more

Donald Trump tells Georgia to 'move on' after election

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ATLANTA -- President Donald Trump weighed in on the ongoing saga of Georgia's gubernatorial election on Friday, saying the state should "move on" and sarcastically implied Russia should be blamed for ballots still being counted.

Republican Brian Kemp, who hosted Trump for a campaign rally in the final days of the campaign, on Wednesday declared...Read more