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Supreme Court upholds most of Texas redistricting plan

The Supreme Court on Monday upheld nearly all aspects of a Texas redistricting plan adopted in 2013, ruling that lower courts went too far in concluding that the maps were tainted by an intent to discriminate against Latino voters.<p>The 5-4 decision split the court along its usual ideological lines, …

Judiciary

SCOTUS punts in another fight over denial of services for same-sex wedding

The Supreme Court on Monday said they were passing up a chance to consider a closely watched case about merchants’ obligations to provide services to same-sex couples.<p>The justices said they will not hear a case involving a Washington state florist who cited her religious beliefs in declining to …

Washington State

Supreme Court won't hear North Carolina partisan redistricting case for now

The Supreme Court on Monday said it is declining, for now, to wade into a dispute over a North Carolina redistricting plan that a lower court had found violated the Constitution by overly favoring Republicans.<p>The justices had already passed up chances to issue sweeping decisions in cases from …

North Carolina

Trump amplifies push to end due process for illegal immigrants

President Donald Trump on Monday doubled-down on his position that due process for illegal border crossers is too time consuming, advocating instead for a border security system that prevents undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S. illegally in the first place.<p>“Hiring manythousands [sic] of …

Immigration

Harley-Davidson will shift some production outside the US to avoid tariffs

Harley-Davidson, the legendary producer of all-American motorbikes, said Monday it will shift some of its production outside the U.S. to avoid …

Motorcycles

Trump says he's 'tried to stay uninvolved' with the DOJ, FBI

President Donald Trump on Monday morning claimed that he has “tried to stay uninvolved” in the Justice Department and asked why the DOJ and FBI haven't turned over all documents that lawmakers have been requesting.<p>“I have tried to stay uninvolved with the Department of Justice and FBI (although I …

Donald Trump

Romney vows to speak out against Trump if elected

Utah Senate candidate Mitt Romney pledged Sunday to be an independent voice within the Republican Party if he is elected and to speak his mind, good or bad, about President Donald Trump.<p>“People ask me why I feel compelled to express my disagreements with the president. I believe that when you are …

Donald Trump

Trump berates Red Hen after restaurant asks Huckabee Sanders to leave

President Donald Trump lashed out Monday at a Virginia restaurant that refused to serve his press secretary over the weekend, suggesting that it “focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows.”<p>“The Red Hen Restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and …

Donald Trump

Trump attacks 'whimpering' Fallon: 'Be a man Jimmy!'

Late-night host Jimmy Fallon should “be a man,” President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Sunday night, instead of “whimpering” over criticism that stems from the president’s now-infamous 2016 appearance on his show.<p>“.@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous ‘hair show’ with me …

Donald Trump

House grapples with immigration before July 4 recess

Driving the Day<p><b>BULLETIN -- @jongambrellAP</b> at 5:44 a.m.: "TEHRAN, Iran (@AP) — A semi-official news agency in Iran is reporting that protesters have swarmed Tehran's Grand Bazaar amid nationwide anger over the country's troubled economy."<p><b>CONGRESS</b> has one week before it sends lawmakers home for the …

Donald Trump

Stormy Daniels' attorney says prosecutors cancelled meeting

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says the porn actress’ meeting with federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer has been cancelled.<p>Michael Avenatti says he received a call late Sunday night from two prosecutors who said they were concerned about media …

Stormy Daniels

‘He Does Not Understand What the Role of an Ambassador Should Be’

U.S. Ambassador Ric Grenell managed to shock and offend Berlin’s political class in his first month on the job. Now protocol-loving Germans are wondering—will he learn to change?<p>BERLIN—On an unusually warm late May evening, newly minted U.S. Ambassador Richard (“Ric”) Grenell sat front and center …

Foreign Policy

Where the Wall Worked

Tijuanans shrug at Donald Trump’s proposed wall—because they already have two. And, for the most part, they’ve done the city some good.<p>TIJUANA, Mexico—In 1972, a 15-year-old named Raul stepped off a bus at a depot near Coahuila Street, in the red-light district of Tijuana. Coming from an isolated …

Mexico

‘A potential gold mine’ for Trump’s summit planner

White House deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin tapped his former business partner to plan some of the president’s highest-profile overseas events.<p>Shortly before Donald Trump’s first international trip as president in May 2017, two Washington-based security contractors dined at the Ritz-Carlton in …

Donald Trump

Pompeo gives U.S. diplomats 'dose of reality' after early high hopes

State Department employees hoped the new secretary of state would be a clear improvement over Rex Tillerson, but now see some unsettling early signs.<p>When Mike Pompeo took over as secretary of state in April, U.S. diplomats viewed him as a liberator rescuing them from the irrelevance they felt under …

Donald Trump

‘We’re riding a tiger’: The Iowa GOP bets it all on Trump

The president’s trade war could cripple the state, but Republicans trust in him as negotiator-in-chief.<p>DES MOINES — Donald Trump’s trade war with China could cost Iowa farmers hundreds of millions of dollars and do untold damage to the state economy.<p>But you’d never know it from talking to …

Republicans

The left loses its cool

‘When you’re violent and cursing and screaming and blocking me from walking into a movie, there’s something wrong,’ said one top GOP official.<p>Two senior Trump administration officials were heckled at restaurants. A third was denied service. Florida GOP Attorney General Pam Bondi required a police …

Tea Party

Eyeing promotion in D.C., Queens boss faces rare challenge back home

NEW YORK — Joe Crowley is eyeing bigger things — but heading into an all-but-certain victory in Tuesday’s New York primary, the New York congressman is trying to swat away charges that he’s out of step with his district amid demographic shifts that are boosting women and minority …

Government

Lawyer: Prosecutors cancel meeting with Stormy Daniels, citing leaks

Adult film star Stormy Daniels was scheduled to meet Monday with federal prosecutors probing the activities of President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen, but prosecutors canceled the session after word leaked to the media, Daniels' attorney said Sunday night.<p>Daniels was expected to …

Corruption

Trump gets ready to slap China with investment restrictions, export controls

Round two of President Donald Trump's trade assault on Beijing is expected by the end of this week, when the Treasury Department rolls out new restrictions on Chinese investment in the United States and on the technologies that can be sold to China.<p>After an internal debate, the administration …

China

Melania Trump tells kids to be a 'positive force' in each other's lives

Melania Trump on Sunday urged students at a conference of a youth and safety organization to be a "positive force" in the lives of those around them and to treat their peers with respect.<p>"You have the power to be the positive force in so many people’s lives," the first lady said at the Students …

Donald Trump

McCaskill campaigns despite ‘sore rib’ after Manchin administered Heimlich

Sen. Claire McCaskill has taken a lot of ribbing lately, on and off the campaign trail.<p>The Democrat campaigned in Missouri this weekend despite a "sore rib" after one of her colleagues performed the Heimlich maneuver on her in Washington.<p>McCaskill started choking last week at her caucus' weekly …

Claire McCaskill

Katie Arrington listed as critical but stable after multiple surgeries

South Carolina congressional candidate Katie Arrington was listed in critical but stable condition Sunday after a car accident Friday night that left one person dead. Her campaign said that despite the significant injuries she sustained in the wreck, she is not expected to have any lasting …

South Carolina

Pruitt faces another probe for employee retaliation allegations

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is reviewing claims that Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt retaliated against a handful of employees who pushed back against his spending and management, according to three people familiar with the process.<p>At least six current and former …

Scott Pruitt

On migration, EU leaders unite around plan to forego unity

An emergency mini summit Sunday of EU leaders seeking a common solution on migration yielded a breakthrough, of sorts: a general agreement to stop …

Europe

David Bossie apologizes for 'cotton-picking mind' comment to black panelist

Former top Trump campaign official David Bossie apologized on Sunday after telling a fellow Fox News panelist who is black that he was out of his "cotton-picking mind" during a discussion about the bellicose rhetoric in U.S. politics.<p>"During a heated segment on Fox & Friends today, I should have …

David Bossie

Uncertainty for Erdoğan as Turkey awaits election results

ISTANBUL — For Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Sunday should be a time of celebration: It marks the day Turkey becomes a presidential …

Polling

NGOs to Nikki Haley: Not our fault U.S. left U.N. Human Rights Council

Nearly 20 human rights groups defended the United Nations Human Rights Council and disputed U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley's assertion that the U.S. withdrew from the body because the nongovernmental organizations were thwarting American-led reform efforts.<p>"The decision to resign from the …

Human Rights

Trump: 'We cannot allow all of these people to invade our country'

President Donald Trump on Sunday continued escalating his rhetoric about migrants, tweeting, “We cannot allow all of these people to invade our country.”<p>The president wrote on Twitter: "When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they …

Immigration

Democratic lawmaker: Restaurant 'should have served' Sanders

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings said Sunday the Virginia restaurant owner who asked White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave this weekend should have served her instead.<p>"I think, as far as the restaurant incident, I think the restaurant owner should have served her," said …

Government