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Democratic hopeful Warren apologizes for Native American ancestry claims

U.S. Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren on Monday apologized again for her claims in the 1980s that she is Native American, speaking to a crowd of tribal leaders in Iowa.

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For Trump, appeals to white fears about race may be a tougher sell in 2020: Reuters/Ipsos poll

U.S. President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and focus on the grievances of white voters helped him win the 2016 election. But a Reuters analysis of public opinion over the last four years suggests that Trump’s brand of white identity politics may be less effective in the 2020 election campaign.

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Explainer: How Reuters/Ipsos measured the shift in the way Americans see race

Americans have spent the past three years debating what impact President Donald Trump’s racially charged remarks have had on society.

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Trump affirms that Mike Pence will be 2020 running mate

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would keep Vice President Mike Pence as his running mate when he seeks re-election in November 2020.

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Trump gets update from aides on Afghan peace plan with troop pullout possible

President Donald Trump was briefed on Friday by top national security advisers on the status of negotiations with the Taliban on a U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan and the potential for a political settlement between the warring sides.

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Ex-Trump campaign chief Lewandowski says ‘happy’ to testify before Congress

President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, said on Friday that he was “happy” to testify before the Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee as part of a congressional investigation of the Trump presidency.

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White House says Afghan peace talks are ‘proceeding’

President Donald Trump met with his national security team on Friday to discuss Afghan peace talks and the meeting went “very well, and negotiations are proceeding,” the White House said in a statement.

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U.S. House panel to cut recess short to consider gun measures

The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee said on Friday it will cut short its summer recess and meet on Sept. 4 to consider new gun control legislation in response to back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

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Senator Graham, close Trump ally, joins opponents to planned U.S. foreign aid cuts

Senator Lindsey Graham and Representative Hal Rogers urged President Donald Trump on Friday to drop planned “sweeping and indiscriminate” foreign aid cuts, joining a chorus of lawmakers opposing what they consider a bid to sidestep Trump’s own budget deal.

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Trump meets advisers on Afghan peace plan

U.S. President Donald Trump met with top advisers on Friday to review negotiations with the Taliban on a U.S. troop pullout from Afghanistan and the potential for a political settlement between the warring sides, a senior administration official said.

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Republican Iowa senator says Trump EPA ‘screwed us’ with biofuel waivers

Iowa’s Republican Senator Chuck Grassley said the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency has “screwed” the U.S. ethanol industry and farmers by granting waivers to 31 small petroleum refineries, effectively exempting them from an obligation to use more ethanol in their products.

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U.S. Rep. Tlaib rejects West Bank visit, citing Israel’s ‘oppressive conditions’

U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on Friday rejected an offer by Israel to let her travel to the West Bank, the latest twist in a dispute drawing Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu together against U.S. Democrats ahead of elections in both countries.

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Trump held conference call with big bank CEOs amid market turmoil: source

President Donald Trump held a conference call Wednesday with the heads of three large Wall Street banks as financial markets were in turmoil, one source with direct knowledge said on Friday.

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House panel to return September 4 to consider gun measures

The Democratic-led U.S. House Judiciary Committee said on Friday that it will cut short its summer recess and meet on Sept 4 to consider new gun control legislation in response to back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

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Trump meeting advisers on Afghan peace plan

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday was to meet U.S. top advisers about negotiations with the Taliban and the potential for a political settlement that could prompt a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, a senior administration official said.

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U.S. Rep. Tlaib refuses Israel’s ‘oppressive conditions’ for West Bank visit

U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on Friday rejected an offer by Israel to let her travel to the West Bank, saying she would not visit her family there because the Israeli government had imposed “oppressive conditions” to humiliate her.

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Democrat Elizabeth Warren floats plan to empower Native Americans

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren on Friday unveiled her latest policy plan, which aims to empower Native American tribes through land protection and law enforcement reforms and boost financial support for chronically underfunded health and education programs.

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U.S. Rep Tlaib says she won’t visit West Bank under Israel’s ‘oppressive’ conditions

U.S. congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on Friday rejected Israel’s offer to let her travel to the West Bank, saying she would not visit her family after the Israeli government lifted a ban on her entry but imposed “oppressive conditions” to humiliate her.

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Tlaib will not visit West Bank under Israel’s ‘oppressive conditions’

U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib on Friday said she would not visit her family in the West Bank as planned despite a reprieve by the Israeli government allowing her visit.

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Democrat O’Rourke proposes domestic terrorism agencies to combat hate, gun massacres

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke unveiled a plan on Friday to classify white supremacist violence as an organized crime problem and to create federal domestic terrorism offices, in a bid to combat hate crimes and gun violence in the United States.

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Trump defends handling of economy, China at New Hampshire campaign rally

President Donald Trump on Thursday defended his handling of the U.S. economy and trade war with China as recession fears have suddenly cast doubt on his central claim for re-election – that he has made the economy great again.

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Trump’s praise of Lewandowski for U.S. Senate sparks scrutiny of his lobbying

President Donald Trump waded into an internal Republican fight in New Hampshire ahead of his trip there on Thursday, advocating that his former presidential campaign manager Corey Lewandowski run for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to challenge Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen.

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Trump blames mass shootings on mentally ill, calls for more mental institutions

President Donald Trump said on Thursday he supports meaningful background checks for gun buyers, but he told reporters that those responsible for recent mass shootings were mentally ill and the United States should build more mental institutions.

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Trump rule targeting poor immigrants could harm children, health: advocates

A Trump administration plan to cut legal immigration by poor people will likely result in sicker children, more communicable diseases and greater homelessness in the United States, according to immigrant advocates and the federal government’s own analysis.

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Democratic presidential hopeful O’Rourke back on campaign trail; Hickenlooper drops out

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said on Thursday he was resuming his campaign with a new sense of focus after a mass shooting in his Texas hometown, while rival John Hickenlooper ended his bid to take on President Donald Trump.