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Hillary Clinton says this month's elections show 'tide is turning'

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ATLANTA -- Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the Democratic wave in last week's elections was a sign that the "fever is breaking and the tide is turning" after her stunning defeat by Republican Donald Trump.

Clinton said Monday that the Democratic victories in statewide elections in New Jersey and Virginia, along with down-...Read more

Has the window already closed for North Texan's Cruz primary challenge?

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WASHINGTON -- Establishment Republicans once dreamed of replacing Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with a less bombastic alternative in 2018.

Those dreams now appear out of reach, even as a North Texas Republican with ties to state's old political guard is on the verge of launching a challenge to the first-term senator.

A Fort Worth-based super PAC aimed ...Read more

Texas Rep. Gene Green will not seek re-election

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WASHINGTON -- Rep. Gene Green told his congressional staff Monday he will not run for re-election.

"I think that it is time for me to be more involved in the lives of our children and grandchildren," the Texas Democrat said in a statement. "I have had to miss so many of their activities and after 26 years in Congress it is time to devote more ...Read more

Major announcement on trade coming Wednesday, Trump says

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President Donald Trump plans to make a major announcement Wednesday on trade and North Korea following his 12-day swing through Asia.

"A lot of things are happening on trade. And I'll be announcing pretty much what happened here, and also with other meetings, including China and South Korea and lots of other places," Trump said during a meeting...Read more

Trump praises his 'great relationship' with Philippines' Duterte, sidesteps questions about human rights

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After 11 days of honor guards, dancing children, palace banquets, deference from Asian leaders and an audience with an emperor, President Donald Trump on Monday seemed determined not to spoil the pomp and ceremony with a sticky dispute over human rights.

So as he met in Manila with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, a leader accused of ...Read more

Supreme Court agrees to hear antiabortion challenge to California disclosure law for pregnancy centers

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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear an antiabortion group's challenge to a California law that requires "crisis pregnancy centers" to notify patients that the state offers subsidies for contraception and abortion.

The challengers say the disclosure law violates the 1st Amendment because it forces the faith-based pregnancy ...Read more

Sessions faces another hearing on Russia contacts in Trump campaign

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WASHINGTON--For Attorney General Jeff Sessions, questions about the Trump campaign and Russia have become a nagging headache that won't go away.

Three times, he has appeared before his former colleagues in the Senate and answered questions about what he knew about contacts with Russians during the campaign. Three times, Sessions stumbled, ...Read more

Congress took three decades to come this far, sexual harassment victim says

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WASHINGTON -- Shortly after Dorena Bertussi's name was published in one of the first major sexual harassment scandals in the House of Representatives, she came home to the sound of a ticking clock on her home answering machine.

The police told her she might want to find someplace else to stay for a while.

It was one of many episodes that help ...Read more

Trump says AT&T deal for Time Warner could end up in litigation

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump indicated that the Justice Department may try to block AT&T.'s proposed purchase of CNN owner Time Warner, saying "it will probably end up being maybe litigation."

AT&T is preparing for a court battle if the Justice Department tries to prevent the $85.4 billion deal. The Justice Department has asked that...Read more

Trump delivers 'America First' trade message to Asia conference, says U.S. will only cut deals with individual nations

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DA NANG, Vietnam -- President Donald Trump on Friday delivered a stern message to a group of Pacific Rim nations eager for signs of the United States' continued engagement and economic leadership in the region: America First.

"We are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore," Trump told an audience of business leaders ...Read more

Californians strongly oppose Trump — and 53 percent say state's members of Congress should 'never' work with him

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WASHINGTON -- A year after his election, President Donald Trump remains wildly unpopular in California, and the state's voters are split over whether members of Congress should work with him when possible, a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll has found.

The percentage of voters seeking cooperation overall -- 47 percent -- dropped somewhat ...Read more

Big Boeing deal announced in China isn't much of a big deal

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SEATTLE –– The announcement Tursday by President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping in China of an order for 300 Boeing jets with a list price of $37 billion is the usual fake news out of state visits to China.

According to a person familiar with Boeing's orders, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of political sensitivities,...Read more

House to query Russian-American lobbyist on Trump Jr. meeting

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WASHINGTON -- A former Soviet military counterintelligence officer who attended a June 2016 meeting with President Donald Trump's oldest son is set to be interviewed next week by the House Intelligence Committee, according to three officials familiar with the panel's schedule.

Rinat Akhmetshin's scheduled testimony indicates the panel is ...Read more

Senate backs new anti-sexual harassment training rules

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate unanimously adopted a resolution Thursday mandating training for senators and staff to combat sexual harassment.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, the ranking Democrat on the Rules and Administration Committee, sponsored the final version of the resolution.

"Making harassment training mandatory in the Senate sends a clear message: ...Read more

Trump election commission officials sued by Democratic member over silence

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WASHINGTON -- Matthew Dunlap, one of four remaining Democratic members of President Donald Trump's election integrity commission, sued the panel's top officials including Vice President Mike Pence and Kansas Republican Kris Kobach, saying they've shut him out of the panel.

Dunlap, an outspoken critic of the commission's Republican majority's ...Read more

Virginia's Bob Goodlatte Not Running for Re-Election

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WASHINGTON -- House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia announced Thursday he will not seek a 14th term.

"With my time as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee ending in December 2018, this is a natural stepping-off point and an opportunity to begin a new chapter of my career and spend more time with my family, particularly my ...Read more

Tom Steyer to spend more on anti-Trump ads, remains undecided about running for office

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LOS ANGELES -- Billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer said Thursday that he planned to double his spending on his impeachment campaign against President Donald Trump to $20 million.

"The American people have responded beyond our expectations to this message, and it's clear we're giving voice to the deep concerns about this president," Steyer ...Read more

More than a dozen Republicans demand a legislative solution for 'Dreamers'

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WASHINGTON -- In a show of force to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republican leadership, more than a dozen Republicans from around the country are demanding a legislative solution by the end of 2017 for 800,000 young immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally by their parents.

There is less than four months left for Congress to find a solution for ...Read more

Trump's Asia trip shows U.S. at risk of being sidelined in the region's economic future

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WASHINGTON -- For all of President Donald Trump's efforts to build personal relations with leaders and to reassure allies during his first Asia trip, the most significant thing that has happened may have been what did not happen.

From Tokyo to Seoul to Beijing, Trump has received maximum ceremonial honors -- a "state visit-plus," the Chinese ...Read more