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Congressmen might join protesters outside Turkish embassy

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WASHINGTON -- Congressmen encouraged protesters who were attacked by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail in Washington last week to keep on protesting, and said they might join them.

"Do it again, keep protesting and stay out there because no foreign tyrant has the right or the ability to drive them away," Rep. Ted Poe, R-...Read more

House committee expands investigation into NIH research hospital

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WASHINGTON -- The National Institutes of Health is in hot water again with the House Energy and Commerce Committee over a scandal that occurred nearly two years ago at one of the agency's main research institutions.

On Thursday, the panel broadened its probe into safety and compliance issues at the NIH Clinical Center, a research hospital ...Read more

GOP leaders careful on response to Gianforte assault charges

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WASHINGTON -- House Speaker Paul D. Ryan became the first Republican Party leader to address Montana GOP House candidate Greg Gianforte's alleged assault on a reporter, saying, "There's never a call for physical assault."

Ryan told reporters Thursday that Gianforte should apologize for an incident that occurred the previous night in Bozeman, ...Read more

Gianforte endorsements rescinded after assault charge

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Republican congressional candidate Greg Gianforte lost multiple newspaper endorsements in Montana after he was cited for assault on the eve of Thursday's election.

Gianforte was charged Wednesday with misdemeanor assault after he allegedly threw Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs to the ground and punched him..

"In the past, he has encouraged his ...Read more

Can Quist chart path for other Democrats to follow?

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While national Democrats compile lists of President Donald Trump's controversial statements, firings, and ties to Russia as ammunition for upcoming campaigns, Democrat Rob Quist is taking a different approach.

Though Quist's Republican opponent for Montana's at-large seat in Congress, businessman Greg Gianforte, is favored to win the special ...Read more

Trump lawyers ask Supreme Court to reject 2nd Amendment claim by men who lost gun rights over nonviolent crimes

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WASHINGTON -- Trump administration lawyers are urging the Supreme Court to reject a 2nd Amendment claim that would restore the right to own a gun for two Pennsylvania men who were convicted more than 20 years ago of nonviolent crimes.

The case of Sessions vs. Binderup puts the new administration in a potentially awkward spot, considering ...Read more

Montana GOP congressional candidate accused of body-slamming reporter

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A national political reporter for the Guardian newspaper Montana GOP congressional candidate said Greg Gianforte body-slammed him and broke his glasses Wednesday afternoon before a campaign event in Bozeman, Montana.

"Greg Gianforte just body slammed me and broke my glasses," reporter Ben Jacobs tweeted. He added in a second tweet: "There was a...Read more

Mulvaney returns to Congress to defend Trump budget, and gets a grilling

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WASHINGTON -- Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who until months ago was embraced by conservatives for his relentless budget-slashing advocacy, returned to Capitol Hill on Wednesday as the White House's chief spending-cut champion -- and found both Republicans and Democrats challenging him.

Mulvaney, a tea party favorite who until February ...Read more

Democrats look for win in Trump country — starting in Montana

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Thursday's special House election in Montana offers an early and important test for the Democratic Party: Can it win over districts and states that loved Donald Trump just last year?

Republicans watching this week's congressional contest are nervous the answer is already a resounding "yes."

The special election between Democrat Rob Quist and ...Read more

Another probe joins the lengthening line to question ex-Trump adviser Flynn

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WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee will subpoena former Trump adviser Michael Flynn after he refused to cooperate with the panel's investigation into Trump campaign ties with Russia.

"We will be following up with subpoenas and those subpoenas will be designed to maximize our chances of getting the information we need," Rep. Adam ...Read more

House Intelligence Committee will subpoena Michael Flynn, Schiff says

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WASHINGTON -- The House Intelligence Committee is preparing to issue subpoenas to President Donald Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to the committee's ranking Democrat, following the lead of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the House subpoenas "will be designed to maximize our...Read more

Trump said to hire lawyer for Russia probes

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NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump has hired one of his longtime lawyers, Marc Kasowitz, to help guide him through what is shaping up to be wide-ranging probes of his campaign and Russian interference in the election, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Kasowitz, managing partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, has represented Trump ...Read more

Inside Elections ratings: 19 House races shift toward Democrats

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WASHINGTON -- The midterm elections are still nearly a year and a half away, and the political dynamics could yet change, but we shouldn't ignore the fact that history and the current environment are merging together for a potentially great set of elections for Democrats in November 2018.

The president's party has lost House seats in 18 of the ...Read more

Ossoff mostly lets others make anti-Trump attacks in Georgia's 6th

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ATLANTA -- Democrat Jon Ossoff often doesn't mention Donald Trump's name at campaign events unless pressed by voters or reporters. He doesn't make much hay about the controversies plaguing the Republican's young presidency. And he steers well clear of the I-word: impeachment.

For someone once branded by his campaign as a "Make Trump Furious" ...Read more

What a Montana congressional race will, and won't, tell us about Trump and his political troubles

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VICTOR, Mont -- On Thursday, the political world will eagerly look to Montana and a closely fought congressional race for the latest test of Democratic strength and Republican resilience in the turbulent age of Trump.

The major candidates and outside groups have sunk more than $8 million into the contest, a huge sum in a state where $250,000 ...Read more

What stays, and what goes, in Trump's $19.1 billion budget proposal for NASA

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President Donald Trump's $19.1 billion budget proposal for NASA will allow the space agency to continue its long-term efforts to explore the universe, including sending humans to the moon and to Mars.

The 2018 funding plan, released Tuesday, includes support for about 100 space missions even as it cuts some well-known programs, including one ...Read more

Scientific research would suffer under Trump's budget, and that's bad for the economy, experts say

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How does science fare under President Donald Trump's proposed budget?

Not too well.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, estimated that the budget released Tuesday morning represented a 16.8 percent decrease in overall funding for scientific research compared with the current budget.

The proposed cuts include:

--...Read more

Trump's standing in polls has dropped: How significant is the slide?

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's standing in national polls has consistently declined since the end of last month. His approval rating now sits at the lowest point of his presidency. Here are some questions and answers about what the polls do -- and don't -- tell us.

Question: How significant is Trump's slide?

Answer: At the end of April...Read more

Trump proposes cuts to grants that help states fight terrorism

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump's 2018 budget would cut $667 million in federal grants to states for security against terrorist threats, a reduction that local officials are certain to fight after Monday's deadly bombing in Britain spurred fresh questions about U.S. security.

Since 2003, the Department of Homeland Security has doled out ...Read more

Trump's gift to at-risk Republicans? A budget they can bash

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump may have handed Republicans leery of supporting him a great gift: a spending plan that calls for deep cuts to some of the country's most popular programs -- and one they can rail against.

Indeed, it did not take long for congressional Republicans on Tuesday to distance themselves from the White House's $4.1 ...Read more

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