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Democratic aides on Capitol Hill sour on Pelosi, survey finds

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WASHINGTON -- In a sign of the growing unrest on the left, a plurality of Democratic congressional aides surveyed by CQ Roll Call last month said the party should replace Nancy Pelosi as leader whether Democrats win a House majority in November or not.

The Capitol Insiders Survey, which CQ Roll Call emailed to aides on July 13 and remained open...Read more

Trump concedes that his son's 2016 meeting with Russians was to get dirt on Clinton

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WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump acknowledged Sunday that Donald Trump Jr. met Russian representatives in June 2016 at Trump Tower "to get information on an opponent," but denied that his son is in legal trouble.

That contradicted Trump's past statements on the meeting's purpose and was his most explicit declaration yet that his eldest ...Read more

Trump's Supreme Court nominee argued that presidents should be shielded from criminal investigations

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WASHINGTON -- Starting with Watergate in the 1970s, four presidents -- Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and now Donald Trump -- have faced criminal investigations into their actions led by special prosecutors. For Nixon and Clinton, those inquiries led to impeachment charges in Congress.

But Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's nominee to the ...Read more

Trump tries to save reliable GOP House seat in Ohio

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump dove headfirst into a House special election Saturday evening, aiming to give Ohio Republican Troy Balderson a final push four days before Election Day.

The race in the suddenly competitive 12th District between the state lawmaker and Franklin County Recorder Danny O'Connor, polls say, is now essentially ...Read more

Georgia election officials knew system had 'critical vulnerabilities' before 2016 vote

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WASHINGTON -- Georgia election officials got a friendly warning in August 2016 that their electronic voting system could be easily breached.

But less than a month before the November election, a state cybersecurity official fretted that "critical vulnerabilities" persisted, internal emails show.

The emails, obtained through a voting security ...Read more

White House slams Schumer, Feinstein for 'disingenuously' demanding Kavanaugh documents

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WASHINGTON -- The White House slammed Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and Judiciary ranking member Dianne Feinstein for "disingenuously" demanding records about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that are "irrelevant" to his legal views.

"Despite published reports, the White House's requests for meetings between Judge Kavanaugh and...Read more

Trump fury over Mueller 'conflicts' dates to Oval Office meeting

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump sat with Robert Mueller in the Oval Office in May of last year to interview him for a job: director of the FBI.

The next afternoon, Trump was in another Oval Office meeting when an aide interrupted with news that Mueller had taken a different post: special counsel to investigate Trump's campaign.

Trump and ...Read more

Man arrested for threatening GOP Reps. Steve Scalise and Cathy McMorris Rodgers

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WASHINGTON -- A New York man has been arrested for threatening House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Carlos Bayon was arrested on Thursday for making threats across state lines after he left threatening messages for the two members, according to the Buffalo News.

A prosecutor said ...Read more

At Pa. rally, Trump hits usual themes, knocks 'Sleepin' Bob Casey'

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WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- President Donald Trump returned to Northeast Pennsylvania on Thursday night to savor his 2016 victory, rehash familiar grievances with the "fake news" that he says refuses to credit his successes, and to stump for U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, the Republican trying to defeat U.S. Sen. Bob Casey.

"We are respected again," Trump ...Read more

US officials defend election security

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WASHINGTON -- The White House put five top national security officials before cameras in the briefing room Thursday afternoon to stress -- as President Donald Trump still has not -- how seriously the administration is taking the threat of Russia's ongoing interference in U.S. elections.

"In regards to Russian involvement in the midterm ...Read more

National Archives warns that request for Kavanaugh's record won't be ready until October

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WASHINGTON -- It could be late October before senators can access records from Judge Brett Kavanaugh's time in the White House, the U.S. National Archives said Thursday, potentially throwing a wrench into GOP plans to quickly hold a vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman ...Read more

Ivanka Trump calls father's family separation policy 'low point'

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WASHINGTON -- Ivanka Trump said Thursday the family separation policy pursued by her father's administration was a "low point" of her government service.

"That was a low point for me, as well. I feel very strongly about that," Trump, a White House adviser, said at an Axios event in Washington. "And I am very vehemently against family separation...Read more

GOP fears mount over Ohio special election

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WASHINGTON -- It's time for Republicans to start worrying again.

A special election next week in Ohio's 12th Congressional District is the last big electoral test before November's election, a showdown in a once deep-red suburban House seat that Donald Trump won just two years ago by 11 points.

Now, however, both parties view the race between ...Read more

Trump vents rage at Koch brothers again

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WASHINGTON -- Escalating his feud with the influential conservative donor Koch brothers, President Donald Trump on Thursday dismissed remarks by Charles Koch as "ridiculous" and suggested he puts foreign workers over American ones.

Trump's Twitter strike on Charles Koch comes two days after he went to war with the libertarian-leaning megadonors...Read more

Campaigns grapple with cybersecurity as Russian threat looms

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WASHINGTON -- Amid increased warnings of Russian interference in the midterm elections -- and evidence that hackers are targeting candidates -- congressional campaigns are trying to balance cybersecurity with the demands of competitive contests.

That's especially difficult for small House campaigns. But experts warn that such campaigns, ...Read more

Old Castro interview haunts Cuban-American journalist's congressional campaign

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MIAMI -- A journalist's interview 20 years ago with Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is making a return to the airwaves -- not that she's happy about it.

As Maria Elvira Salazar runs to replace the retiring U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congress, an opponent has highlighted cordial excerpts from a rare sit-down she scored in the mid 1990s with ...Read more

Trump, Mueller near final stages of talks for interview in probe

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's lawyers and special counsel Robert Mueller appear to be nearing the final stages of negotiations over whether the president will sit for questioning as the two sides continue jockeying over the scope of a possible interview.

Mueller's team responded earlier this week to a proposal Trump's lawyers submitted...Read more

As Trump looks to outer space, Senate Democrats put in a word for Earth

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WASHINGTON--President Donald Trump may be known for flip-flopping on issues, but he hasn't backed away from his lofty goals in outer space. His push for a military "space force" and boots on the Red Planet has some in Congress trying to bring him back to Earth.

As senators heard Wednesday about NASA's "search for life" in the galaxy, some ...Read more

Giuliani comment focuses attention on campaign huddle 2 days before Trump Tower meeting

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WASHINGTON -- A comment by President Donald Trump's attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani has focused attention on a previously unknown and potentially significant event in the timeline being investigated by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

In a television interview Monday, Giuliani disclosed a meeting that took place June 7, 2016, involving seven...Read more