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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked a lower court ruling that would have required President Donald Trump to turn over some of his financial records to a Democratic-led committee in the House of Representatives.

Trump, in two conflicts with opposition lawmakers and prosecutors investigating his finances, has sought to shield disclosure of his personal and business affairs. He is only the second U.S. leader in the last four decades to refuse to make his tax returns public.

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FILE - President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Oct. 10, 2019.

Attorney General Bill Barr accused congressional Democrats Friday of “using every tool” to “sabotage” the Trump administration by setting a “dangerous” precedent in implying that the government is illegitimate.

During a speech at the Federalist Society’s dinner in Washington, Barr took aim at the “resistance,” accusing liberal lawmakers of attacking the very foundations of the Constitution.

“I deeply admire the American presidency as a political and constitutional institution,” he began. “Unfortunately over the past several decades, we have seen a steady encroachment on executive authority by the other branches of the government.”

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed another major milestone on Friday: 28,000.

After hovering near that level for much of the day, prompting Twitter attention from the White House, the index finally broke through moments before the New York Stock Exchange's closing bell. Apple fueled the climb, rallying nearly 31 percent over the 90 trading sessions since the index topped 27,000 and contributing more than 421 points. The tech giant’s gains were driven by two quarters of strong quarterly earnings and robust demand for the new iPhone 11.

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Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Nov. 15. Photo: Spencer Platt / Staff

 

All eyes were on moderate House Democrats in swing districts Wednesday night, after the first day of public hearings in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump wrapped up with no major revelations -- but also highlighted weaknesses in Democrats' key witnesses, who relied primarily on second-hand information and never once interacted with the president.

At one point in Wednesday's hearing, Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., even appeared to embrace hearsay testimony, claiming that "hearsay can be much better evidence than direct" and that "countless people have been convicted on hearsay because the courts have routinely allowed and created, needed exceptions to hearsay." It was unclear which of those limited exceptions would apply to Wednesday's testimony -- and whether Quigley's argument would persuade critical swing-vote Democrats.

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"Democrats' key witnesses, who relied primarily on second-hand information and never once interacted with the president."

Historic impeachment hearings targeting U.S. President Donald Trump opened Wednesday in Washington, with key lawmakers offering sharply contradictory views whether Trump abused his office to help himself politically.

Congressman Adam Schiff, the leader of the Democratic effort to impeach Trump, accused the president in his opening statement of pressuring Ukraine to open an investigation of one of his chief 2020 Democratic challengers, former Vice President Joe Biden, before Trump would release $391 million in U.S. military aid Kyiv wanted to help it fight pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country.

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Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, left, and Career Foreign Service officer George Kent are sworn in prior to testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019.

NEW YORK - President Donald Trump’s former U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley , alleges in her upcoming memoir that two administration officials who were ultimately pushed out by Trump once tried to get her to join them in opposing some of his policies.

In “With All Due Respect,” Haley said then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and then-White House chief of staff John Kelly told her that they were trying to “save the country.” Haley writes that she was “shocked” by the request, made during a closed-door meeting, and thought they were only trying to put their own imprint on his policies.

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FILE - President Donald Trump’s former U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley.

Former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, according to transcripts released Tuesday, pushed back on the claim that President Trump sought to withhold a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky until Kiev committed to investigate allegations concerning the 2016 election -- while also denying that Trump was seeking “dirt” on former Vice President Joe Biden.

The deposition transcripts, though, also reflect officials' concerns about the involvement of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani in seeking politically related investigations out of Ukraine. Further, they offer varying accounts of whether a quid pro quo of some kind -- involving either a meeting or the release of U.S. military aid -- may have been presented.

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Democrats release hundreds of pages of testimony from Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, and Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union; Chad Pergram reports from Capitol Hill.

The Dow Jones industrial average joined major indexes at record intraday highs Monday morning, climbing on positive trade-deal sentiments.

The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite both hit record highs Friday following a better-than-expected US jobs report. The Dow failed to reach record highs Friday.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, faced with a mounting impeachment inquiry, said Monday that written answers are not good enough from the whistleblower who first disclosed that he had pressed Ukraine to pursue investigations of one of his chief 2020 Democratic political rivals, former Vice President Joe Biden.

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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters upon arrival at the White House in Washington, Nov. 3, 2019.

PORTLAND, OREGON - A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants to prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. 

U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a preliminary injunction that prevents the rule from going into effect Sunday. It's not clear when he will rule on the merits of the case. 

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FILE - Dr. Jasmine Saavedra, whose parents emigrated from Mexico in the 1980s, examines a newborn in Chicago, Aug. 13, 2019. Public health experts have warned against efforts to deny green cards to immigrants who use public assistance.

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