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Four state primaries Tuesday will measure GOP vulnerability, Democratic tensions Four state primaries Tuesday will measure GOP vulnerability, Democratic tensions
WASHINGTON – Kansas isn’t known as a swing state. Republicans have a lock on all six statewide elected offices, from governor to insurance commissioner. The state has an all-GOP congressional delegation. And President Donald Trump carried Kansas by more than 20 points in 2016. But in 2018, Democrats hope to turn this ruby-red state at least a little bit blue – and political experts say that’...
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Chicago activists shut down Lake Shore Drive, speak out against gun violence at Wrigley Chicago activists shut down Lake Shore Drive, speak out against gun violence at Wrigley
CHICAGO – Dozens of protesters temporarily shut down the Windy City’s iconic Lake Shore Drive on Thursday as they expressed outrage over Chicago’s endemic gun violence and called for the resignation of the city’s mayor. The demonstration's organizers timed the protest to coincide with rush-hour traffic along the busy thoroughfare on the city’s lakefront and then marched to Wrigley Field, where ...
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Defense bill authorizing pay raise for troops, military parade heading to president's desk Defense bill authorizing pay raise for troops, military parade heading to president's desk
WASHINGTON – A defense bill that authorizes a pay raise for uniformed troops and billions of dollars in new hardware for the military is heading to President Donald Trump. The Senate voted 87-10 on Wednesday to give final approval to the $717 billion defense package and send it to Trump for his signature. The House passed the bill last week by a vote of 359-54. The legislation, known as the ...
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'Monster' Carr Fire seventh most destructive in California history – and growing 'Monster' Carr Fire seventh most destructive in California history – and growing
REDDING, Calif. – Cliff Allen knows all too well the challenges facing crews battling more than a dozen insatiable wildfires roaring across California that have claimed the lives of four firefighters in less than three weeks. More than 10,000 firefighters are committed to a months-long assault on blazes fueled by dried vegetation, intense heat, strong winds and even "firenadoes." Allen, presid...
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Trump renews shutdown threat over border security funding as deadline looms Trump renews shutdown threat over border security funding as deadline looms
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump renewed his threat Monday to shut down the federal government if Congress does not pass a government funding bill that includes additional money for border security, but his remarks left wide room for negotiation with lawmakers. "As far as the border is concerned, personally, if we don’t get border security, after many, many years of talk in the United Stat...
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President Donald Trump threatens to shut down government over border wall funding President Donald Trump threatens to shut down government over border wall funding
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump threatened Sunday to shut down the federal government unless Democrats in Congress support his immigration initiatives, including funding for a wall on the border with Mexico. Trump also lashed out at the immigration policy that allows up to 50,000 immigrants to receive visas each year and the practice of arresting migrants for crossing the border illegally ...
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Nancy Pelosi wants to be House speaker again. Can she overcome opposition in her own party? Nancy Pelosi wants to be House speaker again. Can she overcome opposition in her own party?
WASHINGTON – Last week, Indiana Democrats Mel Hall and Liz Watson added their names to the growing list of House candidates calling for “new leadership” and promising not to support Nancy Pelosi as Democratic leader if they win. They’re among more than two dozen Democrats running on such a pledge – casting doubt about Pelosi’s ability to recapture the speaker’s gavel if Democrats win a majority...
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Imran Khan claims victory amid rigging claims Imran Khan claims victory amid rigging claims
Former cricketer Imran Khan has claimed victory in Pakistan's election, amid accusations of vote rigging by rivals. In a television address, he said: "We were successful and we were given a mandate." His PTI party is still expected to fall short of an overall majority, so it would have to seek coalition partners in order to form a government. Campaigning has been marred by violence. On vo...
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies on Capitol Hill Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies on Capitol Hill
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo could be in for a rough afternoon on Capitol Hill. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is expected to grill him on the Helsinki summit, Iran and North Korea. While congressional hearings aren't usually must-see TV, viewers may be in for political fireworks Wednesday. That's because Trump has angered European allies, held a private one-on-one with Russian...
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Trump to Iranian president: ‘Never ever threaten’ U.S. again, or ‘suffer consequences’ Trump to Iranian president: ‘Never ever threaten’ U.S. again, or ‘suffer consequences’
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's aides and Iranian government officials echoed their presidents' threats Monday as observers wondered whether Trump is seeking a confrontation with Iran or trying to change the subject politically. White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders described Trump's near-midnight tweet Sunday as a response to an Iranian threat and said, "If anybody’s inciting anything, l...
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