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Analysis: Trump unveils his 'Ric Flair Doctrine' at the Pentagon — after another border wall pitch

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump -- in a Pentagon address that included digs at Democrats and a border wall pitch -- warned potential foes like Iran that the United States is a "good player," but could quickly become the dirtiest player in the game if provoked.

The commander in chief arrived at the Pentagon Thursday morning for remarks ...Read more

Pelosi says House will skip recess while government is shut down

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WASHINGTON -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the House will be in session next week instead of taking a recess week and continue to work on legislation to end the government shutdown.

"We have canceled our district work period next week to stay here to work on legislation to open up government, to continue our ongoing drumbeat of bills...Read more

House voice vote to end government shutdown sows confusion

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WASHINGTON -- The House passed a continuing resolution that would reopen nine Cabinet departments through Feb. 28 on a voice vote, a result that devolved into partisan sparring on the floor as Republicans sought to vacate the vote and Democrats said, in effect, too bad.

Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., raised an initial parliamentary inquiry about ...Read more

Vote Mama PAC helps moms with young children to run for office

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WASHINGTON -- Liuba Grechen Shirley attracted national attention when she persuaded federal election officials to allow her to use money she raised for her 2018 congressional campaign to pay for baby-sitting expenses.

She still lost her 2018 House campaign. So did the six other women with children under 2 who ran for Congress last year, she ...Read more

Trump prepares case for funding new missile defense plan

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump plans to announce the findings of the first U.S. missile defense review in nearly a decade on Thursday, including a plan to study capabilities such as space-based interceptors and directed-energy weapons, a senior administration official said.

Trump will reveal the results at the Pentagon, where he'll make ...Read more

Chris Christie's book: Trump surrounded by 'amateurs, grifters, weaklings' and 'felons'

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PHILADELPHIA -- President Donald Trump is surrounded by "amateurs, grifters, weaklings, convicted and unconvicted felons," and also believes long ties are slimming, according to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's blistering new book.

In "Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics," the ...Read more

Mental health provider had long history with Parkland shooter. Was agency negligent?

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Accused mass murderer Nikolas Cruz not only got counseling from Henderson Behavioral Health, but staff there were deeply involved in major aspects of his life: providing input about his mother's parenting skills, his medical care and his education, a lawyer claims.

From the time Cruz was in middle school through late ...Read more

Tim Scott's 'burden': Having to always speak first on issues of race in the GOP

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tim Scott is being lauded for helping spur fellow Republicans to take action against one of their own, Rep. Steve King, for comments sympathetic to white supremacists -- but the Senate's only black Republican has mixed feelings about getting much of the credit.

"I think it's more burden than it is credit," South Carolina's ...Read more

House effort on Steve King censure fizzles

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WASHINGTON -- An effort to further punish Rep. Steve King for racist comments fizzled Wednesday when the chamber voted to instead refer King's case to the House Ethics Committee.

On a voice vote, the House referred a censure resolution from Rep. Bobby Rush to the Ethics Committee, instead of censuring him directly.

Rush, D-Ill., did not waive ...Read more

Trump role in merger reviews to be target of House panel, source says

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WASHINGTON -- A congressional antitrust panel plans to examine whether the White House improperly influenced merger oversight, including the Justice Department's lawsuit to block AT&T Inc.'s takeover of Time Warner Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter.

Democrat David Cicilline of Rhode Island, who is taking over as chairman of ...Read more

GSA 'ignored' Constitution on Trump's DC hotel, watchdog finds

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NEW YORK -- The U.S. General Services Agency ignored a constitutional ban on extra government benefits to the president when it allowed Donald Trump to continue leasing federal property for his luxury hotel in Washington, the agency's watchdog said Wednesday.

GSA officials knew Trump's ultimate ownership of the hotel -- which sits on federal ...Read more

Ailing Rep. Walter Jones breaks hip, will miss more time in new Congress

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Walter Jones, who has not been able to vote in Congress since September due to an undisclosed illness, suffered a broken hip after a fall at his home in Farmville, N.C., on Monday.

Jones, who turns 76 in February, underwent successful surgery at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville on Tuesday, according to his congressional ...Read more

Steve King's constituents in Iowa grapple with his 'white supremacy' comments

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WASHINGTON -- Top Republicans in Washington -- including Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the No. 3 House Republican -- have called for Rep. Steve King to resign from office over his comments about white supremacy and white nationalism to The New York Times last week.

But the Iowa Republican's political ...Read more

Kevin McCarthy gets early leadership test with Steve King's racially charged remark

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Kevin McCarthy appears to have passed his first test as House Republicans' minority leader this week -- holding the party together to sanction one of its own, Iowa Rep. Steve King, for his latest racially charged comments.

McCarthy, of California, decided late Monday to bar King from membership on any committees in the new ...Read more

Ocasio-Cortez is expected to join panel overseeing Wall Street

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WASHINGTON -- Wall Street, get ready for a lot more scrutiny from U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The New York lawmaker, who has become a sensation among progressives, will almost certainly join the House Financial Services Committee after a group of fellow Democrats on the party's steering committee voted to recommend her for the panel on ...Read more

GOP ratchets up case to seat Mark Harris by questioning NC election fraud investigation

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- North Carolina Republicans ratcheted up their drive to put Mark Harris in Congress on Tuesday, questioning "the entire legitimacy" of a state investigation into allegations of election fraud in the 9th Congressional District.

North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes accused elections officials of "one stalling ...Read more

Acting AG Matt Whitaker agrees to testify before House on Feb. 8

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WASHINGTON -- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker have agreed for Whitaker to testify before the committee on Friday, Feb. 8.

"Thank you for continuing to work with us to find a time for you to testify before the House Committee on the Judiciary," Nadler wrote in a letter to Whitaker on...Read more

Steve King will vote 'yes' on disapproval resolution on Steve King

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WASHINGTON -- Steve King is going to vote "yes" on a resolution meant to be a rebuke from his colleagues to disapprove of the Iowa Republican's racist comments.

"I'm putting up a yes on the board here because what you say is true, is right and is just," he said on the House floor Tuesday.

The House will vote Tuesday evening on the resolution, ...Read more

House moves to protect federal interns from harassment and discrimination

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WASHINGTON -- The House took action Tuesday to protect the youngest members of the federal workforce, interns, from workplace harassment and discrimination.

The House passed by voice vote a measure from Maryland Democrat Elijah Cummings, that would extend certain federal employee protections to unpaid interns in the federal government. Cummings...Read more

Adam Schiff hiring full-time team to investigate Trump's Russia connections

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WASHINGTON -- House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is sinking panel resources into a robust investigative staff to revive the probe into President Donald Trump's ties to Russia with roughly seven committee staffers directing their energy full time.

Schiff and other Democrats have made offers to six new staffers, CBS News...Read more