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House Elections to Test Whether Trump Is Hurting Republicans

Elections over the next month in three Republican-held congressional districts will test voters’ frustration with GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare and whether Democrats can capitalize on President Donald Trump’s sagging approval ratings.

Trump Denies Trying to Quash Flynn Probe, Any Links to Russia

President Donald Trump intensified his criticism of the investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. election, a day after his Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to manage a probe that has enveloped the White House in a political storm.

House GOP Plans Friday Vote on Health Bill After Trump Pressure

House Republican leaders expect to vote Friday on their embattled health-care bill, moving on the legislation under pressure by Trump administration officials who voiced urgency during a closed-door meeting on the Capitol with conservative holdouts.

Kelly Tells Lawmakers He Regrets Not Waiting on Entry Ban

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said his agency should have delayed the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown to help smooth its rollout, as a key Republican lawmaker criticized the implementation of border control measures the president says will help prevent terrorism.

Obama Gun Rule Among First Rules Targeted by GOP Congress

Republicans in Congress began a process Thursday of rescinding a federal rule aimed at preventing people with serious mental-health problems from buying guns, one of the earliest targets in a long list of Obama administration regulations lawmakers plan to reverse.

Democrats Stall a Sessions Vote After Trump Fires Yates

Senate Democrats renewed an assault on Donald Trump’s pick for attorney general, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, questioning his independence after the president fired the acting attorney general for refusing to enforce his executive order on immigration.

Trump Says His Potential Hires Are ‘Really Talented People’

President-elect Donald Trump emerged from hours of meetings at his New Jersey golf resort, declaring that the day’s talks were “really good” and that his candidates are “really talented people” who would make good on his campaign pledge to make America great again.

Obama on GOP Distancing From Trump: ‘Why’d It Take So Long?’

President Obama says elected Republicans "can’t repeatedly denounce" Donald Trump but then endorse him "to be the most powerful person on the planet." Obama, speaking at rally for Hillary Clinton in Greensboro, N.C., says there are lawmakers who are embarrassed by Trump’s comments on women but "can’t bring themselves to say I can’t endorse this guy" Asks what took GOP lawmakers to denounce Trump; "I mean we saw this coming, he’s been saying really bad stuff for a while now" Trump "says stuff tha

Pro-Clinton Unions Ready to Give Up on Trump Backers in Ranks

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is mailing pamphlets, making calls, knocking on doors and visiting job sites as it usually does in presidential elections, reaching out to its one million members and retirees to cajole those who are undecided and motivate those inclined to back Hillary Clinton to get out and vote on Nov. 8.

Clinton Formally Nominated by Democrats in Historic First

Hillary Clinton was nominated Tuesday as the first woman to run as the presidential candidate of a major U.S. political party, after a gesture by former Democratic rival Bernie Sanders to declare her the nominee that was meant to signal party unity.

Boos, Jeers and Chants Mark Opening of Democratic Convention

Rounds of cheers, boos and chants ensued at the Democratic National Convention when Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, the convention chairwoman, talked about putting Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine in the White House. “Excuse me,” Fudge said as the cheers and boos interrupted her Delegates holding anti-TPP signs led the booing, with Calif. delegates chanting “count our votes” “I intend to be fair, I want to hear the varying opinions here, Fudge says ‘‘I am going to be respectful of you. And

Democrats Approve Stricter Financial Crime Language in Platform

Democratic platform committee members approved several amendments Saturday promising a tougher stance against financial crimes committed by corporations or Wall Street. The committee approved language saying Democrats “support extending the statute of limitations for prosecuting major financial fraud” as well as an amendment stating Democrats will “support stronger criminal laws and civil penalties to be applied to Wall Street criminals who prey on the public trust” The committee also approved a

Sanders Says He’ll Do Everything Possible to Help Elect Clinton

Bernie Sanders signaled a formal endorsement of Hillary Clinton is imminent, saying in an interview that Republican Donald Trump is “a pathological liar” and that he’ll throw his full support behind electing his rival for the Democratic nomination as president.

Sanders Says Doesn’t Appear He’ll Be Democratic Nominee

“It doesn’t appear that I’m going to be the nominee, so I’m not going to determine the scope of the convention,” Bernie Sanders says in his first televised interview since his national livestream broadcast to supporters last week, Washington Post’s Dave Weigel reports in tweet. Full interview with Sanders will air later this week on C-SPAN NOTE: Hillary Clinton is presumptive Democratic nominee; has enough pledged delegates and superdelegates to secure nomination, assuming committed individuals