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In Missouri speech, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright lambastes Trump

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FULTON, Mo. -- Madeleine Albright, the nation's first female secretary of State, said in an address Thursday at Westminster College that democracy worldwide "appears to be in retreat."

Albright, who served under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 2001, also unleashed criticism of President Donald Trump, whom she said was helping to dismantle a...Read more

Federal judge blocks California law to force disclosure of Trump's tax returns

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A federal judge ordered a temporary injunction Thursday against California's first-in-the-nation law requiring candidates to disclose their tax returns for a spot on the presidential primary ballot, an early victory for President Donald Trump but a decision that will undoubtedly be appealed by state officials.

U.S. ...Read more

Facing pressure, McConnell backs money for election security

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WASHINGTON -- Under fire from the left and the right, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he'll back a measure to give states another $250 million to upgrade their voting systems to fend off foreign intervention.

McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who has maintained for months that Democratic election security proposals are ...Read more

Judge tosses lawsuit, for now, against family that took in future Parkland shooter

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The Parkland couple who took Nikolas Cruz into their home after the death of his mother in late 2017 will not have to defend themselves against a civil lawsuit related to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a Broward County judge ruled Thursday.

The decision by Broward Circuit Judge Patti ...Read more

Rep. Tom Reed collapses ahead of TV spot

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Tom Reed collapsed in the Cannon House Office Building Thursday.

The New York Republican, first elected in 2009, was waiting for a television interview when he fell.

Aides, Capitol Police and first responders could be seen attending to Reed in the Cannon rotunda. He was able to stand up and sit down on a gurney, and Reed was...Read more

Trump threatens to punish San Francisco over filth, needles and pollution

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President Donald Trump ratcheted up his attacks on California over its homeless crisis, threatening San Francisco with some type of violation notice for what he described as environmental pollution.

He said "tremendous pollution" was flowing into the ocean because of waste in storm sewers, specifically citing used needles. It was unclear what ...Read more

Marijuana banking bill might have easier time passing Senate with these new hemp rules

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WASHINGTON -- Measures making it easier for hemp growers to sell their product may be tucked into legislation that would allow banks to conduct business with state-approved marijuana growers and retailers -- giving the pot industry a potential boost with a skeptical Senate.

Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., says two provisions aimed at helping hemp ...Read more

Senate budget bill omits $50 million for gun violence study favored by Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans are pursuing a federal health budget that omits funding for gun violence research, a proposal that Sen. Roy Blunt warns is too "controversial."

The House passed a budget in July that would steer $25 million each to the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to "better ...Read more

Trump's big idea to fix homelessness is to do what California is already doing — sort of

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LOS ANGELES--President Donald Trump's big idea for fixing California's homelessness crisis should look familiar to many prominent Democrats: Eliminate layers of regulation to make it easier and cheaper to build more housing.

On the eve of a two-day swing through the state this week, Trump's Council of Economic Advisers released a report blaming...Read more

Short-term spending agreement reached to avert Oct. 1 shutdown

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WASHINGTON -- Congressional Democrats and Republicans reached a deal Wednesday on a stopgap spending bill to avert a U.S. government shutdown on Oct. 1, even as the threat of a closure later in the year continues to build.

The short-term measure would keep the government open through Nov. 21 while lawmakers work out details for $1.3 trillion in...Read more

Robert O'Brien is an unlikely pick for Trump's national security adviser

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WASHINGTON -- The night of the 2016 presidential election, Robert C. O'Brien, a fixture of Republican presidential campaigns for more than a dozen years, was in London, glued to television screens with American visitors and Brits alike.

"I'm not sure anybody out there predicted a Trump win," he said several days later. "I certainly didn't."

O'...Read more

Lewandowski leaves doubt about whether Democrats can revive Trump investigations

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WASHINGTON -- Corey Lewandowski's mocking and defiant performance during more than five hours before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday raised new questions about whether Democrats can revive investigations they say could lead to the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The Democrats returned from their summer break determined to ...Read more

Rep. Ilhan Omar says false Trump tweet puts her life 'at risk'

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WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar said Wednesday that President Donald Trump "is continuing to spread lies that put my life at risk" after he retweeted a false claim that she "partied on the anniversary of 9/11."

The president, who has repeatedly criticized the Minnesota Democrat in tweets and public comments in recent months, retweeted ...Read more

Bernie Sanders' $2.5 trillion 'Housing for All' plan aims to add millions of homes and a national rent cap

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LOS ANGELES -- Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders released a $2.5 trillion housing policy plan on Tuesday that aims to end homelessness in the U.S. and enact a national cap on annual rent increases.

The release of Sanders' housing plan came as President Donald Trump said he was weighing federal action to address homelessness in West Coast cities. On a...Read more

States try to combat election interference as Washington deadlocks

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WASHINGTON -- With the White House and Congress paralyzed over how -- or even whether -- to act on intelligence agency warnings about foreign interference in U.S. elections, Maryland opted to take matters into its own hands.

The state adopted transparency rules for political advertising on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere online. The pioneering ...Read more

Farm payment disclosure language delaying stopgap funds

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WASHINGTON -- How to provide public information on payments made under President Donald Trump's trade mitigation assistance program was delaying release of a stopgap funding bill Wednesday, though negotiators said they thought the talks were nearing conclusion.

"We're hoping that the (continuing resolution) will be filed today," House Majority ...Read more

Trump headed to San Diego for another border visit after slamming California homelessness

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LOS ANGELES -- President Donald Trump's tour of California will take him to San Diego on Wednesday, with a visit to the border and a review of a prototype of his much-debated wall.

Trump is set to tour the Otay Mesa border area in the afternoon after a fundraiser in San Diego before leaving the state. He visited the border wall prototypes last ...Read more

As background checks talks stall, Trump casts Beto O'Rourke as scapegoat

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WASHINGTON -- If Washington fails to enact legislation to strengthen federal firearms background checks or otherwise deal with mass shootings, President Donald Trump suggests the blame will fall on a former House Democrat who wants his job.

With talks toward a measure that could pass a Democratic-controlled House and a GOP-run Senate showing no...Read more

Tight Israeli election puts Trump at risk of losing key ally

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NEW YORK -- The tight Israeli election -- and the weeks of debate it may fuel over the formation of a ruling coalition -- has put President Donald Trump on the brink of losing one of his closest foreign allies.

Since taking office in January 2017, Trump has given Netanyahu the type of political gifts most leaders could only dream of, from his ...Read more

Trump names Robert C. O'Brien as new national security adviser

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that Robert O'Brien, the special envoy for hostage affairs at the State Department, will be his next national security adviser.

O'Brien will be the fourth person to serve in the position under Trump. He replaces John Bolton, the hard-liner who held the position for more than a year before...Read more