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Omaha man pleads guilty to plotting to kill Sen. Joni Ernst

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WASHINGTON -- An Omaha man pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to threatening the life of Sen. Joni Ernst, who he believed was in cahoots with Islamic State terrorists.

Robert W. Simet, 64, told employees at a motorcycle shop near the Nebraska-Iowa border last July that he might kill the Iowa Republican at a speech she was scheduled to ...Read more

Analysis: It's a blue House wave, but not yet a Senate one

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"The odds are greater than half we will take back the Senate."

-- Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on Monday night

WASHINGTON -- Democrats ought to temper their optimism about the fight for the Senate this year.

Yes, Doug Jones' victory in Alabama's special election gives their party a path to...Read more

Paul Ryan caught between Freedom Caucus, Democrats on stopgap funding measure

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WASHINGTON -- Likely short of the votes he needs to pass a stopgap government funding bill through his chamber by Friday, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., spent Wednesday morning railing against Democrats -- whose votes he may need to court.

A four-week continuing resolution that GOP leaders unveiled Tuesday night faces opposition from members of ...Read more

How author Wolff got into Trump's White House for tell-all book

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WASHINGTON -- Author Michael Wolff's pitch to the White House to win cooperation for his book included a working title that signaled a sympathetic view, a counter-narrative to a slew of negative news stories early in Donald Trump's presidency.

He called it "The Great Transition: The First 100 Days of the Trump Administration." And in part due ...Read more

Republicans unveil stopgap spending bill to avoid shutdown, but passage is uncertain

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WASHINGTON -- House Republicans unveiled a stopgap measure to avert a looming government shutdown, but passage is uncertain because the bill fails to include action on the Dream Act to protect young immigrants from deportation.

The bill would keep the government running past Friday's deadline for four more weeks, through Feb. 16, but Democrats ...Read more

House bill would create more oversight on efforts to disclose cyber vulnerabilities

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WASHINGTON -- A bill to expand congressional oversight over how the Department of Homeland Security works with the private sector to disclose cyber vulnerabilities is now before the Senate after it passed the House by voice vote last week.

The bill, introduced by Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, would require DHS to submit an annual...Read more

House bill would require train-stopping technology, following Washington Amtrak derailment

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SEATTLE -- The federal government would give $2.6 billion to railroads to install emergency train-stopping technologies, so they won't miss a deadline of December 2018, under a new bill in the U.S. House.

The bill is sponsored by Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and co-sponsors include six Washington state members. It's prompted by a Dec. 18 crash ...Read more

Analysis: It's a blue House wave, but not yet a Senate one

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"The odds are greater than half we will take back the Senate."

-- Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" on Monday night

WASHINGTON -- Democrats ought to temper their optimism about the fight for the Senate this year.

Yes, Doug Jones' victory in Alabama's special election gives their party a path to...Read more

Rep. Love doesn't ask for apology in Trump meeting

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WASHINGTON -- Utah Rep. Mia Love met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday, but she said she didn't ask him to apologize for his comments last week denigrating Haiti and calling some African nations "shithole countries."

Love, a Republican who is the only Haitian-American elected to Congress, previously said that Trump's alleged comments were ...Read more

Trump's first year: He campaigned to remove the GOP's 'shackles.' Instead, he's often wearing them

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WASHINGTON -- In the heat of his unlikely presidential campaign, Donald Trump declared himself free of the "shackles" of the Republican Party, promising to "fight for America the way I want to" and insisting he would never wish "to be in a foxhole with a lot of these people."

Yet a year into his presidency, Trump has tightly tethered himself to...Read more

Freedom Caucus members withholding votes GOP needs to pass CR

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WASHINGTON -- A majority of House Republicans appear ready to support a short-term continuing resolution to keep the government open through Feb. 16, but enough Freedom Caucus members remain uncommitted to make passage questionable.

"The votes are not currently there to pass it with just Republicans," Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said ...Read more

Warrantless-spying bill advances in Senate as deadline nears

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WASHINGTON -- The Senate advanced legislation Tuesday to extend the government's authority to spy on suspected foreign terrorists' communications, setting up a vote for final passage before the program is set to expire Friday night.

The bill, which moved forward on a 60-38 vote, would reauthorize Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence ...Read more

Supreme Court rejects Texas Democrats' redistricting appeal

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AUSTIN, Texas -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed an appeal from the Texas Democratic Party arguing that the state's political maps were improperly gerrymandered along partisan lines.

The court did not comment on its decision to dismiss the appeal beyond noting that it lacked jurisdiction on the claim.

On Friday, the court announced...Read more

Rep. Sinema stalked for years by New York man, according to court document

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WASHINGTON -- A New York man entered a not guilty plea Tuesday to a federal charge of stalking Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema after he was arrested last Friday outside her office on the seventh floor of the Longworth House Office Building.

Amos Olagunju of Brooklyn has been shadowing and attempting to make contact with Sinema since 2014, according...Read more

White House doctor says Trump scored perfect marks on cognitive test, needs to lose weight

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WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump registered a perfect score on a cognitive screening test as part of his physical examination taken last week, the White House physician said Tuesday, adding that Trump requested the test to rebut accusations that his mental faculties are declining.

"There's no indication whatsoever that he has any cognitive ...Read more

Trump administration will ask Supreme Court to overturn DACA ruling, but leave program intact for now

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WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department said Tuesday it will ask the Supreme Court to overturn a federal judge's ruling that prevents President Donald Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which currently offers protections from deportation for about 700,000 people who came to the U.S. as children.

But the ...Read more

A week after California mudslides, Trump sends condolences in press statement

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WASHINGTON -- Nearly a week after horrific mudslides hit California's Central Coast and killed at least 20 people, President Donald Trump sent his condolences to those affected in his first public statement on the disaster.

The two-sentence statement was released by the White House press secretary on Monday.

"The President has been briefed and...Read more

Sen. Durbin dismisses fellow senators' claim he's wrong on Trump's comment about African countries

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WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard J. Durbin is standing by his claim that President Donald Trump questioned why the country has to accept immigrants from "shithole" African countries, after two Republican colleagues belatedly refuted the Illinois Democrat.

"I know what happened. I stand behind every word that I said in terms of that meeting," Durbin ...Read more

'What do we want? Apology!' Hundreds of Haiti supporters protest near Mar-a-Lago

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PALM BEACH, Fla. -- About 200 Haitian-Americans and their supporters used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to protest derogatory comments President Donald Trump reportedly made about immigrants from majority-black countries.

"What do we want? Apology!" The protesters chanted.

The protest, held on Southern Boulevard near the Intracoastal ...Read more

On eve of King Day, African-Americans reflect on Trump presidency and challenges ahead

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The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock had not planned to mention the words "Donald Trump."

It was the day before Martin Luther King's birthday, and Warnock was going to focus elsewhere.

But after the president was said to call African countries, El Salvador and Haiti "shithole" places last week, Warnock changed his mind.

He went all in. Trump is "a ...Read more