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Trump administration proposes major rollback of water rules
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Trump administration proposes major rollback of water rules

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and JOHN FLESHER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration proposed withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country Tuesday, making good on President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to weaken landmark Obama-era water rules long opposed by some developers, farmers and oil, gas, and mining executives. The scaling back...

Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote
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Facing pressure, McConnell agrees to criminal justice vote

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure from President Donald Trump and many of his Republican colleagues, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he will bring legislation to the floor to overhaul the nation’s federal sentencing laws. McConnell’s decision comes after more than three years of overtures...

Trump administration asks Supreme Court to allow asylum ban
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Trump administration asks Supreme Court to allow asylum ban

By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow enforcement of a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Two federal courts have temporarily blocked the policy President Donald Trump announced in November in response to caravans of migrants that were approaching...

With eyes on House majority, Dems cautious about impeachment
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With eyes on House majority, Dems cautious about impeachment

By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats who will take the House majority in January are willing to say that President Donald Trump may have committed impeachable offenses. But that doesn’t mean they will try to impeach him — at least not yet. For several reasons, Democrats have been extremely cautious about...

Organizers seek expanded boycott following mall shooting
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Organizers seek expanded boycott following mall shooting

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Protesters demonstrating against the fatal police shooting of a black man at Alabama’s largest shopping mall are trying to expand an economic boycott over the killing. Activists went to the state capital of Montgomery on Tuesday asking supporters to quit spending money at businesses which have stores at the Birmingham-area Riverchase...

Sen. Doug Jones joining AP Newsmakers Wednesday
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Sen. Doug Jones joining AP Newsmakers Wednesday

Alabama Sen. Doug Jones will be joining the Associated Press for its latest Newsmakers online program. Jones will discuss lessons he believes Democrats can take away from his 2017 upset win over Roy Moore and the legislative agenda for the end of the year. Watch live via Facebook below.      

Farm Bill: Senate passes overwhelmingly; House vote to come
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Farm Bill: Senate passes overwhelmingly; House vote to come

From wire and staff reports WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for a sweeping agriculture bill that will fund key farm safety net programs for the next five years without making significant changes to the food stamp program. The vote was 87-13. The House is expected to pass the measure soon and send...

Google grilled in Congress: What’s ahead for tech companies
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Google grilled in Congress: What’s ahead for tech companies

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, MICHAEL LIEDTKE and MARCY GORDON, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers’ grilling of Google CEO Sundar Pichai may have sounded like a broken record, but it amplified the prickly issues facing tech companies as Democrats prepare to take control of the House next month. The 3 1/2-hour hearing Tuesday hit upon familiar...

Trump threatens shutdown in wild encounter with Democrats
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Trump threatens shutdown in wild encounter with Democrats

In a wild Oval Office confrontation, President Donald Trump heatedly threatened to shut down the U.S. government Tuesday as he and Democratic leaders bickered over funding for his promised border wall and offered a grim preview of life in Washington the next two years under divided government.