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Published: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:45:26 GMT2017-07-25T22:45:26Z


House decisively passes sanctions bill curbing Trump's power

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:45:26 GMT2017-07-25T22:45:26Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Eager to punish Russia for meddling in the 2016 election, the House on Tuesday overwhelmingly backed a new package of sanctions against Moscow that prohibits President Donald Trump from waiving the penalties without first getting permission from Congress.

Senate GOP advances Affordable Care Act repeal

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:44:09 GMT2017-07-25T22:44:09Z

The 51-50 vote, with a tie broken by Vice President Pence, came just days after the push had appeared to have fallen flat in the Senate, but as President Trump and fellow Republicans pressed to show progress on a core promise to overhaul the health law often called “Obamacare.”

Ex-aide to Bob Brady challenger says rival was paid to drop out of race

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:20:55 GMT2017-07-25T22:20:55Z

A former aide to one of U.S. Rep. Bob Brady's former political challengers pleaded guilty Tuesday to engaging in an alleged scheme that helped the congressman remove a rival to his re-election bid. Carolyn Cavaness, 34, of Ardmore, told a federal judge in that she helped funnel $90,000 from Brady's campaign fund to the campaign coffers of his 2012 Democratic primary opponent, former Philadelphia Municipal Judge Jimmie Moore.

Sources: Former Trump campaign chair meets with Senate panel

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:18:06 GMT2017-07-25T22:18:06Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman met with Senate investigators Tuesday, providing his recollection of a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer and agreeing to turn over contemporaneous notes of the gathering last year, according to people familiar with the closed-door interview.

N.J. Democrat Phil Murphy to pick ex-speaker Oliver as running mate in race to succeed Christie

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:03:35 GMT2017-07-25T22:03:35Z

Oliver, 65, has served in the state Assembly since 2004 and served as speaker from 2010 to 2013. As the highest-ranking member in the Democratic-controlled Legislature's lower house, Oliver broke with the majority of her party in supporting Republican Christie's changes to the pension and health benefit systems for public workers.

House passes Russia sanctions bill, setting up veto dilemma for Trump

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:46:05 GMT2017-07-25T21:46:05Z

Members of the Trump administration, including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, have resisted the congressional push - in particular a provision attached to the Russian measures that would require Congress to sign off on any move to relieve those sanctions.

Mayor of Allentown, Pennsylvania, under federal indictment

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:38:15 GMT2017-07-25T21:38:15Z

The mayor of Pennsylvania's third-largest city has been indicted as part of an ongoing federal corruption probe, according to his lawyer.

Trump cranks up heat on Sessions, says "time will tell" fate

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:36:20 GMT2017-07-25T21:36:20Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump cranked up the heat Tuesday on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, scorning him as "very weak" and refusing to say whether he'll fire the nation's top law enforcement officer and his onetime political ally. It was an extraordinary public rebuke, and even fellow Republicans pushed back forcefully.

Judge rules New Jersey isn't liable in Bridgegate lawsuit

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 21:18:05 GMT2017-07-25T21:18:05Z

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled New Jersey can't be sued for the actions of some of its employees in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal.

America's top lawman lied under oath. Can we seize his stuff?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:43:09 GMT2017-07-25T20:43:09Z

Jeff Sessions sees his job as AG to lock up as many folks for as long as possible - and seize their stuff for good measure. Which makes the idea he could get pardoned for lying to Congress about his Russian ties especially nauseating.

IRS sees big drop in identity theft, stolen tax refunds

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:27:10 GMT2017-07-25T20:27:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The IRS is seeing a big drop in the number of identity theft victims after the agency teamed up with tax preparers to fight the problem, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Tuesday.

Domb idea: 3 things needed to grow Philly's future

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:21:35 GMT2017-07-25T20:21:35Z

"Why are we not teaching [computer] coding in grades 9-12 in high school instead of geometry or calculus or algebra?" Domb asks.

Cheers, whoops for McCain's return, then impassioned speech

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:18:07 GMT2017-07-25T20:18:07Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - In high drama at the Capitol, Sen. John McCain on Tuesday delivered a crucial vote in the Republican drive to dismantle the health care law, a win for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders, and then leveled a broadside at how the GOP got there.

Scaramucci: 'I'm going to fire everybody' to stop White House leaks

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 19:11:06 GMT2017-07-25T19:11:06Z

"If they don't stop leaking, I'm going to put them out on Pennsylvania Avenue - it's a very clear thing," he said. "You want to sell postcards to the tourists outside the gate or you want to work in the West Wing?"

GOP leaders close to securing 50 votes on key health-care vote

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:38:18 GMT2017-07-25T18:38:18Z

The Senate Republicans' drive to pass a sweeping rewrite of health-care laws took an unexpected turn when Sen. John McCain's office announced he would return to Washington for a planned vote.

Coast Guard: Paddlers can use Potomac near Trump golf course

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:27:05 GMT2017-07-25T18:27:05Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Kayakers, paddleboarders and other active groups can continue to use the Potomac River near a Virginia golf course owned by President Donald Trump, the commandant of the Coast Guard said Tuesday.

Trump ask federal appeals court to dismiss protester lawsuit

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 17:09:14 GMT2017-07-25T17:09:14Z

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Attorneys for President Donald Trump want a federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit by protesters that accuses him of ordering his supporters to rough them up at a campaign rally in Louisville last year.

Chrissy Teigen becomes the latest celebrity blocked by President Trump on Twitter

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:26:14 GMT2017-07-25T16:26:14Z

The final straw? She tweeted "Lolllllll no one likes you" after the president complained of a lack of support from Republicans.

Al Gore on 'Inconvenient Sequel,' Trump, and the environment

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:19:44 GMT2017-07-25T16:19:44Z

NEW YORK (AP) - Al Gore admits he was frustrated upon hearing the news last month that President Trump was pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, but since then he's become more optimistic.

Scaramucci moves toward possible White House purge

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:43:58 GMT2017-07-25T15:43:58Z

Anthony Scaramucci is meeting with aides, one on one, in an effort to weed out those viewed as disloyal.

TRUMPadelphia: Sessions vs Trump and more

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:41:19 GMT2017-07-25T15:41:19Z

This isn't really about Jeff Sessions' terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week. It's about the way President Trump talks about the Russian investigation, and about his staff, and about his own power - something he's defining, in real time, on Twitter.

Pennsylvania tuition hikes are shortsighted and wrong

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:47:23 GMT2017-07-25T14:47:23Z

There are good reasons why increasing the cost of higher education is bad policy in the state.

If Sessions goes, here's what might happen

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:04:15 GMT2017-07-25T14:04:15Z

Possible outcomes include roiled financial markets and political chaos, in the short term.

Rush Limbaugh offers a surprising rebuke of Trump

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:02:20 GMT2017-07-25T14:02:20Z

President Trump's continued criticism of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is creating a split among conservative media figures who had backed the president during his first six months in office.

Trump blasts newspaper's reporting on US-Syria policy

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:38:39 GMT2017-07-25T13:38:39Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has assailed The Washington Post in connection with a story about termination of U.S. efforts to aid rebels fighting to oust Syria's President Bashar Assad.

When he travels, Trump favors states that voted for him

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:37:58 GMT2017-07-25T13:37:58Z

GLEN JEAN, W.Va. (AP) - President Donald Trump surveyed the crowd of thousands of Boy Scouts at their summit Monday and assessed, "There's a lot of love in this big, beautiful place. And a lot of love for our country." He singled out for affection West Virginia, a state that gave him his largest margin of victory in November.

Trump to rally in Ohio as residents worry about health care

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 13:37:34 GMT2017-07-25T13:37:34Z

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - President Donald Trump is scheduled to visit Ohio on Tuesday as the U.S. Senate will vote on whether to open debate on legislation to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Trump team weighs options for replacing Jeff Sessions

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:40:48 GMT2017-07-25T12:40:48Z

Some of President Trump's confidants are floating prospects who could take the attorney general's place were he to resign or be fired, according to people familiar with the talks.

From 'fake media' to Clinton, Trump brings political attacks to the Scout Jamboree

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:39:28 GMT2017-07-25T12:39:28Z

Ahead of President Trump's appearance in West Virginia, Boy Scouts troops were offered advice: Be "courteous" and "kind." But from the moment he took stage, Trump led them down a very different path.

Boehner predicts Republicans will 'never' repeal and replace Obamacare

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 11:57:09 GMT2017-07-25T11:57:09Z

The former House speaker warned in a private speech that the GOP could "get annihilated" in 2018 if it fails to pass legislation on health care, taxes and infrastructure.

Jared Kushner denies collusion with Russia, faces more questions Tuesday

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:56:04 GMT2017-07-25T07:56:04Z

"Let me be very clear: I did not collude with Russia, nor do I know of anyone else in the campaign who did so," Kushner said. "I had no improper contacts."

FactCheck: Does Trump have 'complete power' to pardon?

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:46:37 GMT2017-07-25T07:46:37Z

President Trump tweeted that "all agree the U.S. President has the complete power to pardon." It's true that the president has the constitutional power to issue pardons, but there are some limits to that power.

McCain making dramatic Senate return for crucial health vote

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:21:24 GMT2017-07-25T07:21:24Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - John McCain will make a dramatic return to the Senate for a make-or-break vote on Republican health care legislation Tuesday just days after getting diagnosed with brain cancer, giving an emotional and arithmetical boost to his party's reeling effort to repeal Obamacare.

Uncertainty looms for Pat Toomey, GOP ahead of key health care vote

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 07:15:04 GMT2017-07-25T07:15:04Z

The Senate plans a critical vote Tuesday on Republicans' long-promised health care overhaul - but on the eve of that decision, Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) was still unsure what, exactly, he'd be voting on, or if it could pass.

5 ways Trump can speed up his pledge to 'let Obamacare fail'

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 02:54:12 GMT2017-07-25T02:54:12Z

Even without congressional action, the executive branch can find ways to doom the Affordable Care Act, largely through neglect.

No Fox apology in fight with New York Times about raid story

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:45:09 GMT2017-07-25T00:45:09Z

NEW YORK (AP) - Fox News Channel on Monday clarified but didn't apologize for a weekend segment that The New York Times said falsely accused the newspaper of revealing intelligence information that enabled Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi to elude capture by U.S. forces two years ago.

Abortion opponents let Kentucky clinic buffer zone stand

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:07 GMT2017-07-25T00:00:07Z

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Abortion opponents have agreed to a federal restraining order that keeps them from gathering on a patch of sidewalk outside the only clinic still performing abortions in Kentucky.

House rejects bill to fix VA's budget gap after vets protest

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:54:06 GMT2017-07-24T23:54:06Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House rejected Monday a plan to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of private-sector care following opposition from veterans' groups.

Dramatic Scalise shooting audio appears in ad for Senate bid

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 22:27:10 GMT2017-07-24T22:27:10Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama began airing a campaign ad Monday for his Senate bid that draws on dramatic audio from the shooting attack that badly wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise to tout Brooks' support for gun rights.

Promising 'A Better Deal,' Democrats try to rebrand party

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:54:08 GMT2017-07-24T20:54:08Z

BERRYVILLE, Va. (AP) - Promising "A Better Deal" for American workers, Democratic Party leaders rolled out a new agenda with a populist pitch on Monday aimed at winning back the working-class voters they lost to President Donald Trump in November.

Judge clears way for Trump commission to collect voter data

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:49:35 GMT2017-07-24T20:49:35Z

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A federal judge on Monday cleared the way for President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud to resume collecting detailed voter roll information from the states.

'Hardworking,' 'dedicated,' 'honest': Meet your new district attorney

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:08:39 GMT2017-07-24T20:08:39Z

Interim District Attorney Kelley Hodge is the anti-Seth Williams, colleagues say. Humble and honest, Hodge appears to be the ideal choice to hold down the fort until January.

Six takeaways from Kushner's statement to the Senate Intelligence Committee

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:05:12 GMT2017-07-24T20:05:12Z

In the statement released in advance of the closed committee hearing, President Trumps son-in-law says he had minimal contact with Russian government officials during the campaign and transition

Trump FBI pick represented Christie a year before agreement

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:36:18 GMT2017-07-24T19:36:18Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - President Donald Trump's pick to run the FBI represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for nearly a year before a mandatory retainer agreement was signed, according to records obtained by a New York City radio station.

Trump tells reporter to be 'quiet'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:05:44 GMT2017-07-24T18:05:44Z

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump told a reporter asking questions Monday to be "quiet."

Transgender candidate takes on culture warrior in Virginia

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:27:12 GMT2017-07-24T17:27:12Z

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - She's a transgender woman and an experienced journalist who sings in a metal band in her spare time.

Trump labels Attorney General Jeff Sessions 'beleaguered'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 15:30:30 GMT2017-07-24T15:30:30Z

The president has been attacking Sessions over his decision to recuse himself from the investigations into possible connections between Trump's campaign and Russia.

Trump's new team offers muddled messages on sanctions, pardons

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:50:10 GMT2017-07-24T13:50:10Z

The debut of the president's retooled communications team on the Sunday political talk shows was a rough one.

Christie out of office _ at least for 1 day

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:32:54 GMT2017-07-24T13:32:54Z

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey will have a Democrat as governor Monday.

No, Donald Trump, you can't pardon yourself

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:32:49 GMT2017-07-24T13:32:49Z

The bottom line is that if the president could pardon himself, we would no longer have a republic - nor a government of laws rather than men. We would be a dictatorship, not a democracy.