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U.S. judge dismisses NY attorney general as defendant in Trump tax returns case

By Jonathan Stempel and Jan Wolfe (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday dismissed New York's attorney general and state tax commissioner as defendants in U.S.

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Amazon's $1.5 million political gambit backfires in Seattle City Council election

By Gregory Scruggs SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle voters, in a rebuke to heavy corporate campaign spending by Amazon.com, have kept progressives firmly in control of their city council, reviving chances

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U.S. House panel release impeachment depositions of current, former diplomats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives committees conducting the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Monday released transcripts from closed-door depositions with

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Top Democratic 2020 contenders promise to strengthen veterans' services

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top U.S. Democratic White House contenders said on Monday they would improve benefits and healthcare for military veterans if elected, putting a priority on

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New York's Peter King becomes 20th Republican to announce retirement from U.S. House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Prominent U.S. Representative Peter King on Monday said he will not seek re-election next year and will retire from Congress after his current term expires, marking the 20th

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Republicans want Hunter Biden, whistleblower to testify in open hearings

By Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans on Saturday asked that former Vice President Joe Biden's son and the whistleblower whose complaint triggered the impeachment inquiry into U.S.

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Joe Biden says there's 'zero rationale' for GOP to call on son Hunter to testify in impeachment hearings

Former Vice President Joe Biden declared Monday there was "zero rationale" for Republican lawmakers to have his son Hunter testify before Congress as part of the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

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President Jimmy Carter hospitalized for procedure to reduce pressure on brain after recent falls

Former President Jimmy Carter has been hospitalized for a procedure to reduce pressure on his brain.

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Deval Patrick considering entering 2020 Democratic presidential primary

Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is the latest Democrat to consider joining the 2020 Democratic presidential primary fray, with sources close to the politician telling the Associated Press he is mulling a White House run.

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Biden edges rivals, Buttigieg joins top tier in new New Hampshire poll

A new poll in the state that holds the first primary in the White House race indicates former Vice President Joe Biden with a slight edge over his main rival Democrats seeking the presidential nomination.

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Giuliani associate told Ukrainians to investigate Bidens, lawyer says

An associate of Rudy Giuliani traveled to Kiev shortly before the inauguration of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to demand the new administration publically announce an investigation into 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, or else Vice President Mike Pence would not attend the swearing-in of the new president and the United States would freeze aid to the Eastern European nation.

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Bloomberg's barriers: China comments, lackluster polling, dubious strategy could hamper bid

The presidential campaign trail is littered with failed candidates who launched their White House runs late in the game or even skipped the early voting states to concentrate on the later contests along the road to the nomination.

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AP sources: Deval Patrick mulling Democratic White House run

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is considering making a late run for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to two people with knowledge of his deliberations, underscoring some Democrats' deep uncertainty about the party's current crop of contenders.

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Protections for 660,000 immigrants on line at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protections for 660,000 immigrants are on the line at the Supreme Court. The justices are hearing arguments Tuesday on the Trump administration's bid to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that shields immigrants brought to the U.S.

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Impeachment aside, federal budget remains a pressing matter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment hearings for President Donald Trump come at the very time that Capitol Hill usually tends to its mound of unfinished business.

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Mulvaney to file his own impeachment lawsuit, lawyers say

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney plans to file his own lawsuit over testimony in the House impeachment inquiry, withdrawing his bid to join a separate case filed last month by a former Trump adviser, his attorneys said Monday.

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What's coming in impeachment: The inquiry goes public

WASHINGTON (AP) — For only the fourth time in U.S. history, the House of Representatives has started a presidential impeachment inquiry.

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Democrats, GOP to vie for impeachment narrative -- on TV

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachable or not? Both Democrats and Republicans see the televised impeachment hearings starting this week as their first and best opportunity to shape public opinion about President Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine.

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'Powerful' GOP Rep. Peter King Won't Run in 2020

The number of Republican congressmen who have decided not to seek re-election now stands at 22, and the newest name on the list is drawing some surprise. New York Rep. Peter King on Monday announced he won't be vying for a 15th term in 2020. Fox News reports the "powerful"...

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Donald Trump Jr. Walks Out of Book Launch

Donald Trump Jr. is making the rounds to promote his new book, Triggered, and he may well have expected to encounter protesters—but the ones that forced him out of a book launch event Sunday were from the right, not the left. KTVU notes most of the anti-Trump protesters at...

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Poll: Bloomberg Is Most Disliked in Democratic Field

Voters have reacted to the possibility of Michael Bloomberg running for president with a resounding "meh," according to the latest Morning Consult poll . The poll, which was conducted Friday and released Sunday, found that the former New York City mayor has the highest unfavorable rating among likely primary voters of...

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Graham: Impeachment Inquiry Could Be 'Dead on Arrival'

Rep. Adam Schiff on Saturday made clear that the whistleblower would not be called to testify. On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham said that if the House goes that route and opts to impeach, "this thing is dead on arrival in the Senate." He also wants to see the anonymity gone....

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Aides Asked Her to Undercut Trump to 'Save Country': Haley

Rex Tillerson and John Kelly were trying to save the country by undermining President Trump, Nikki Haley says, and they wanted her to help. The former UN ambassador makes the claims about Trump's former secretary of state and chief of staff in a new memoir, With All Due Respect , the...

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Schiff Tells GOP 'No' on Whisteblower Testimony

House Republicans submitted the names of people on Saturday they want to call as witnesses in the impeachment inquiry. The whistleblower was on the list. Democrat Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has answered that there's no point, because evidence and testimony have more than confirmed the information...

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