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Senate's top Democrat opposes Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch Senate's top Democrat opposes Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch
WASHINGTON — The Senate's top Democrat announced Thursday he will try to block Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation following two days of questioning in which the federal appeals court judge refused to opine about past, present or potential future cases. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., urged fellow Democrats to join him in requiring Gorsuch to meet a 60-vote threshold that R...
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Freedom Caucus claims enough votes to kill Obamacare repeal Freedom Caucus claims enough votes to kill Obamacare repeal
WASHINGTON — A day before the vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, conservatives say they have enough “no” votes to kill it and are calling on House leadership to postpone floor action and go back to the drawing board. “It’s not going to pass as it’s standing right now,” Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, told reporters Wednesday. “They should, absolutely” push back Thursday’s scheduled vote. “As...
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Trump pressures 'sanctuary cities' that won't hold undocumented immigrants Trump pressures 'sanctuary cities' that won't hold undocumented immigrants
In a move to put public pressure on "sanctuary cities," the Department of Homeland Security on Monday published a list of 118 localities that have refused to cooperate with federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants. President Trump ordered the department to publish a weekly list of all detention requests turned down by local jails, listing the agency, the undocumented immigrants and th...
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Trump hasn't donated hotel profits from foreign governments yet Trump hasn't donated hotel profits from foreign governments yet
In the days before taking office, President Trump vowed that his companies would donate any profits made from foreign government patrons at his hotels to the U.S. Treasury to avoid any questions about conflicts of interest. Almost two months into his presidency, that hasn't happened yet. The Trump Organization now says it plans to make the donation after the end of the calendar year. The presid...
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Republican budget experts say Trump budget dropped populism Republican budget experts say Trump budget dropped populism
For Donald Trump, being a “compassionate conservative” like George W. Bush wasn’t good enough. During his campaign, he cast himself as an uncompromising populist who would fight for forgotten poor, rural Americans. But his budget blueprint is a betrayal of those people and his populist message, according to several former Republican budget officials. “Where’s the populism?” said Steve Bell, ...
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Winter Storm Stella is here: What you need to know Winter Storm Stella is here: What you need to know
Winter Storm Stella blasted up the East Coast Tuesday, providing much of the region with its biggest snowfall of the winter. Here is what you need to know: The latest forecast The late-season snowstorm continued to dump snow, sleet and freezing rain from the Carolinas to New England Tuesday, including many of the big cities in the Northeast U.S., the National Weather Service said. Blizzard war...
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President Trump promised mine jobs and highways; West Virginia won't forget President Trump promised mine jobs and highways; West Virginia won't forget
ON U.S. ROUTE 52 — In southern West Virginia they call this The Highway That Time Forgot, a 100-mile, two-lane stretch of stomach-churning switchbacks and careening coal trucks, clogged by stop-and-start school buses, slow-driving seniors and the random pedestrian. Infamous are its ear-popping ascents and declines; its oscillating speed limits and paucity of passing zones; its (by one count) 33...
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President Trump's budget expected to roll back funding of climate research President Trump's budget expected to roll back funding of climate research
WASHINGTON — President Trump isn’t just keeping a campaign promise to roll back climate change regulations. He appears to be moving ahead to do away with the science behind the effort. The White House has drafted a preliminary budget blueprint that would hack hundreds of millions of research dollars out of the EPA and other agencies tracking the effects of global warming in what would be a star...
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WikiLeaks release notwithstanding, the CIA isn't hacking — or helping — you WikiLeaks release notwithstanding, the CIA isn't hacking — or helping — you
WASHINGTON — The CIA most likely isn't bugging your iPhones and Androids, computers and smart TVs — that would be illegal. But the spy agency also isn't helping you protect those devices from the vulnerabilities that help it snoop on the foreign terrorists and spies it targets. WikiLeaks' release Tuesday of a trove of documents from the Central Intelligence Agency appeared to show how it can...
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Dems press Justice nominee Rod Rosenstein to name Russia special prosecutor Dems press Justice nominee Rod Rosenstein to name Russia special prosecutor
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats pressed a top Justice Department nominee Tuesday to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the ongoing federal inquiry into Russia's intervention in the U.S. election. If confirmed as deputy attorney general, Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein would assume management of the investigation following last week's decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recus...
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