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Senate confirms Alex Acosta as Donald Trump’s secretary of labor

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The Senate on Thursday confirmed Alex Acosta as Labor secretary, filling out President Donald Trump‘s Cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office. The 60-38 vote confirms Acosta to the post. Once sworn as the nation’s 27th Labor secretary, the son of Cuban immigrants will lead a sprawling agency that enforces more than 180 federal laws covering about 10 million employers and 125 million workers. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., spoke for many Republicans with a statement issued just after…

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Donald Trump nominee decried criticism of judges, senators agree

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President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that comments by his Supreme Court nominee criticizing his own attacks on the judiciary were “misrepresented,” even as Republican and Democratic lawmakers vouched for the veracity of the remarks. Trump responded after private rebukes from Judge Neil Gorsuch, who said in meetings with lawmakers on Wednesday that the president’s comments about federal judges were “disheartening.” Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump last week to the nation’s highest court, made the comments in meetings with senators…

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GOP pushes 2 top Cabinet picks through to full Senate

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Republicans jammed two of President Donald Trump‘s top Cabinet picks through the Senate Finance Committee with no Democrats in the room Wednesday after suspending a rule that would have otherwise barred them from taking the vote. The tactic seemed a warning shot that they might deploy brute political muscle in the upcoming fight over the Supreme Court vacancy. With a near-toxic vapor of divisiveness between the two parties across Capitol Hill, nasty showdowns broke out elsewhere as well. One Senate…

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Tim Kaine already reaching out to GOP

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Tim Kaine is sounding a hopeful note that a Democratic White House could work with Republicans to bridge deep divides laid bare by this bitter presidential campaign. The vice presidential candidate told The Associated Press on Saturday that he and Hillary Clinton have already spoken about how to heal the nation if they should win. He said tackling economic anxieties, finding common policy ground with the GOP and perhaps bringing Republicans into the administration would be elements of unity, though…

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Donald Trump goes on tear against media, not Hillary Clinton

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Donald Trump‘s campaign on Sunday went on a new tear against the media, blaming the “disgusting” press for a week of distractions at a time when Republicans have urged him — again — to focus on Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Trump will get another chance to reset his campaign on Monday when he is expected to lay out his plan for defeating what running mate Mike Pence on Sunday called, “radical Islamic terrorism” with “real specifics” on how to make…

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Hillary Clinton: Donald Trump can’t be trusted with nukes

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The Latest on the Democratic National Convention and 2016 presidential campaign. (all times EDT): 1:18 p.m. Hillary Clinton is questioning whether Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has the temperament to be commander in chief. She says Trump “can’t even handle the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign.” Clinton says Trump loses his cool at the “slightest provocation” – when he’s gotten tough questions from reporters, when he’s challenged in a debate or when he sees a protester at a rally. Here’s…

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Hillary Clinton says she’d be president for all people

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The Latest on the Democratic National Convention and 2016 presidential campaign. (all times EDT): 10:56 p.m. Hillary Clinton says she’d be a president for Democrats, Republicans and independents – “for all those who vote for me and those who don’t.” She says she’s met many people who motivate her to fight for change, including sick children and survivors of 9/11. Clinton says “it’s true, I sweat the details of policy. She says details should be a “big deal” to the…

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