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Bid to strip citizenship from N.Y. terror plotter hits snag

The Trump administration has hit a setback in its effort to strip U.S. citizenship from a Pakistani-born truck driver who admitted 15 years ago to involvement in an Al Qaeda plot to cut the cables on New York City's iconic Brooklyn Bridge.<p>A federal judge in Illinois issued an order last week …

Immigration

Veterans spending dispute raises specter of stopgap

Inviting more stopgap spending, the White House has fired off an official warning against congressional efforts to blow through budget limits.<p>Top Trump administration officials sent a letter Monday cautioning lawmakers against raising spending caps to accommodate shifts in funding for a popular …

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Ryan scraps 'abolish ICE' vote

Speaker Paul Ryan quashed a rank-and-file effort to force Democrats to take a politically toxic vote to abolish the federal government’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, sources familiar with the matter told POLITICO.<p>House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) last week floated the idea of …

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Putin’s Attack on the U.S. Is Our Pearl Harbor

Make no mistake: Hacking the 2016 election was an act of war. It’s time we responded accordingly.<p>On December 7, 1941, the Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise conventional attack against the U.S. Pacific Fleet moored at Pearl Harbor. The Japanese operation was part of a larger strategy: …

National Security

Rand finds lots to like in Trump's presser with Putin

Cut the president some slack, say the Kentucky senator and some of his GOP colleagues.<p>As the GOP’s long-dominant hawkish wing hammers President Donald Trump over his chummy appearance Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a minority of Republicans aren't ready to clip their president's …

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How Sinclair lost Trump's FCC

‘Sinclair’s style in Washington is exhibit A of how to squander the most favorable regulatory environment in decades,’ said one industry official.<p>Sinclair Broadcast Group had everything going for it when it announced its $3.9 billion purchase of Tribune Media in May 2017: close ties to the Trump …

Net Neutrality

Trump-Putin meeting rekindles ridiculed cyber plan

It could go down as one of the most ridiculed ideas in cybersecurity that won’t go away: A joint Russian-American task force to protect future elections from hackers.<p>When President Donald Trump first surfaced the idea in a pair of tweets on July 9, 2017, he said he and Russian President Vladimir …

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Megadonor boosts Ward in Arizona Senate race

Conservative megadonor Robert Mercer has cut a $500,000 check to a super PAC backing Arizona Senate hopeful Kelli Ward, a major cash infusion that comes ahead of the Aug. 28 primary.<p>Polls have shown Ward, a conservative former state senator, trailing GOP Rep. Martha McSally. Former Maricopa County …

Republicans

Some Dare Call It Treason

Trump’s bizarre summit with Putin has his critics reaching for new epithets.<p>Since Donald Trump cannonballed into national politics three years ago, the chattering classes have resorted to dozens of shorthand descriptors to define him and his place in American culture. The early slams included …

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How the Supreme Court Popularity Contest Got Out of Control

From ditch digging to being a great carpool dad, SCOTUS nominees try to present themselves as wonderful people, not just good jurists.<p>When Judge Brett Kavanaugh stood in the East Room last week to accept President Donald Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court, he took care to mention that for the …

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Democrats fret as Scott's cash haul comes into full view

TALLAHASSEE — Democrats up and down the midterm ticket in Florida are starting to worry as they look at the green wave of cash that Florida Gov. Rick Scott is taking in for his U.S. Senate campaign.<p>"He’s putting up the type of numbers that can tilt the whole playing field,” said state Rep. Evan …

Government

Trump second-guessed DNI Coats on cybersecurity before sit-down with Putin

Even before his one-on-one with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump expressed skepticism of Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats' warnings about the cybersecurity threat from Russia.<p>Coats, speaking at the Hudson Institute last week, cautioned that U.S. digital …

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Trump’s step toward Putin seals a new world order

The president has upended the global definitions of friends and foes.<p>President Donald Trump cast his meeting Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin as a step “towards a brighter future.”<p>But the global community had a different assessment: The summit in Helsinki signaled the manifestation of a …

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Booker: ‘Shameful’ Trump acting like he’s ‘guilty of something’

NEWARK — Sen. Cory Booker said Monday that President Donald Trump is acting like a person who “is guilty of something,” after Trump sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence agencies which concluded Russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election.<p>“Not only is his …

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U.S. officials charge NRA-linked Russian with acting as Kremlin agent

Federal authorities on Monday charged a Russian citizen living in Washington, D.C. with conspiracy to act as an illegal agent of the Russian government, including attempting to establish "back-channel" relationships with U.S. officials on behalf of the Kremlin, the Justice Department said.<p>Mariia …

U.S. Department of Justice

Top moments from Trump–Putin summit

Pro-Hugin super PAC has ties to Christie

A super PAC with ties to former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to spend big to unseat Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez in November.<p>Integrity NJ, a super PAC that formed in February, had been quiet about its intentions until Monday, when it announced it had raised $2 million to boost the election …

Government

Fox News hosts take Trump to task after Putin summit

President Donald Trump usually turns to Fox News and the Fox Business Network when he wants to hear pundits defend his policies and behavior, but he probably would not have liked what he saw on Monday following his joint press conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin.<p>Directly after the press …

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Intelligence chief Coats defends finding that Russia meddled in the election

The U.S. director of national intelligence is defending American spies’ assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election — a push back against President Donald Trump, who appeared to indicate Monday that he believes Russian leader Vladimir Putin's denials on the matter.<p>In a statement issued …

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McCain: Trump-Putin appearance ‘one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president’

Sen. John McCain lit into President Donald Trump for his joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday, calling the appearance “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.”<p>“The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false …

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Full text: Trump and Putin’s press conference, transcribed

<b>RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR</b> <b>PUTIN</b>: Distinguished Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen, negotiations with the president of the United States, Donald Trump, took place in a frank and business-like atmosphere. I think we can call it a success and a very fruitful round of negotiations. We carefully …

Russia

Trump aides face calls to resign after president’s appearance with Putin

Top aides to President Donald Trump faced calls from critics to resign after the U.S. leader publicly sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin and against the U.S. intelligence community over charges that Moscow interfered in the 2016 election.<p>Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary …

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GOP offers modest rebuke to Trump after Putin press conference

Some Republicans criticized the president, but few signaled any action was forthcoming.<p>President Donald Trump drew quick criticism from a handful of Republicans for aligning with Vladimir Putin and dismissing Moscow's electoral sabotage — but few GOP lawmakers signaled concrete plans to act on …

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Judge will temporarily halt deportations of reunited families

A federal judge on Monday said he will issue a temporary halt to deportations of migrant parents who are reunited with their children.<p>U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw said during court proceedings in San Diego that he will stay deportations pending resolution of the issue.<p>The American Civil …

Immigration

Schumer: Americans 'will wonder' if Putin has dirt on Trump

Chuck Schumer said on Monday that Americans are wondering if the "only explanation" for President Donald Trump's performance alongside Vladimir Putin is that the Russian president "holds damaging information over President Trump."<p>The Senate minority leader said in a statement that Trump is "putting …

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Conservative group drops another $1.4 million to confirm Kavanaugh

The conservative Judicial Crisis Network is dropping another $1.4 million on ads to help Brett Kavanaugh get confirmed to the Supreme Court.<p>The group's ad buy this week will bring its total spending to $3.8 million, according to an official familiar with the efforts. The latest batch of ads will …

Republicans

Trump: ‘I don’t see any reason why’ Russia would have interfered with election

President Donald Trump said he doesn’t “see any reason why” Russia would interfere with the 2016 election, at an extraordinary press conference Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin.<p>The comment is the latest instance of Trump breaking with the U.S. intelligence community but was all the more …

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Everything you need to know about Trump and Putin’s joint appearance

<b>CNN’S ANDERSON COOPER</b> on <b>PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S</b> performance during a joint press conference with <b>RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN:</b> “You have been watching, perhaps, one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president at a summit in front of a Russian leader, certainly that I’ve ever …

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New Jersey Democratic House candidates crushing Republicans in fundraising

Theoretically, freshman Democratic Rep. Josh Gottheimer should be in a competitive race this November in New Jersey‘s 5th Congressional District.<p>Gottheimer was, after all, elected in 2016 in a district that President Donald Trump won and has been held by Republicans for decades. His victory was the …

New Jersey

Trump-Putin press conference leaves members of both parties reeling

President Donald Trump's joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday left members of both U.S. political parties reeling.<p>Trump, who called the two-hour-long talks that preceded the joint appearance "direct, open, deeply productive," indicated that the U.S. was to blame …

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