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  • Companies end sponsorship over Trump killing scene in play

    10 days, 9 hours ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Delta Air Lines and Bank of America have announced that they are pulling their sponsorship of a Manhattan-based theater company's portrayal of Julius Caesar as a Donald Trump look-alike in a business suit who gets knifed to ...

  • Melania Trump, son Barron move into the White House

    10 days, 11 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The first family is together again under the same roof: the White House. After nearly five months of living apart, President Donald Trump's wife, Melania, announced Sunday that she and the couple's young son have finally moved into ...

  • Republicans are taking a big political risk on health care

    11 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Republicans are taking a big political risk on health care. They're trying to scale back major benefit programs being used by millions of people. And they're trying to do it even though much of the public is leery ...

  • Trump having fundraiser for congressman at his golf club

    12 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President Donald Trump is holding a major fundraiser at his New Jersey golf club for a Republican congressman who helped revive the GOP push to dismantle the health care law. Rep. Tom MacArthur's campaign says Sunday's event ...

  • Heller supports 7-year phase-out of Medicaid expansion funds

    13 days, 18 hours ago

    (AP) Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., a key GOP senator on healthcare who is up for reelection next year, said Thursday that he supports a seven-year phase-out of funding for ObamaCare’s expansion of Medicaid. To see the full story, click here.

  • New Trump FBI pick represented Christie in Bridgegate case

    15 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Christopher Wray, a lawyer with a strong law enforcement background who represented New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in the Bridgegate scandal, was announced Wednesday as President Donald Trump's pick to head the FBI. In an early morning two-sentence ...

  • Trump vows to do whatever is necessary to protect US

    17 days, 11 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Sunday he will do whatever is necessary to protect the United States from a "vile enemy" that he says has waged war on innocents for too long, vowing: "This bloodshed must end, this bloodshed ...

  • Officials say Trump may not try to block Comey's testimony

    18 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Two administration officials say President Donald Trump is leaning against invoking executive privilege to try to block fired FBI Director James Comey from testifying about their private conversations. The officials say there's been no final decision and the ...

  • Must-do for Congress: Raise debt limit, pass spending bills

    18 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Even members of his own party were quick to declare President Donald Trump's budget plan dead on arrival in Congress last month. And in fact, lawmakers are facing a burst of overdue budget-related work this summer. Most of ...

  • Trump's Twitter ire: London mayor, political correctness on security

    18 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, in a flurry of Sunday morning tweets on the London attacks, criticized the city's mayor and bemoaned what Trump described as political correctness when it comes to national security. The attacks killed seven people in ...

  • Russia probe counsel now has ex-Trump campaign chief Manafort in view

    19 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The special counsel investigating possible ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia's government has taken over a separate criminal probe involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and may expand his inquiry to investigate the roles of ...

  • Energy's Perry having blast running agency he vowed to kill

    19 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Rick Perry twice ran for president and appeared as a contestant on "Dancing with the Stars." But since becoming President Donald Trump's energy secretary, Perry has kept a low profile and rarely has been seen publicly around Washington. ...

  • Time dwindling for major successes on GOP legislative agenda

    19 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump and his GOP allies on Capitol Hill have made it through nearly half their first year in power without a single major legislative achievement. If that's going to change, it will have to start soon, ...

  • GOP wins in reversing Obama-era rules on guns, environment

    1 month, 9 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Final score: Republicans 14, Barack Obama's last-minute regulations, one. Congressional Republicans anxious to show voters they can get something done are hailing their reversal of more than a dozen Obama-era regulations on guns, the internet and the environment. ...

  • Word of Trump pick for FBI director could come within days

    1 month, 9 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Less than a week after President Donald Trump fired James Comey, the administration has interviewed at least eight candidates to be FBI director and Trump has said a decision could come within days. Trump, who is scheduled to ...

  • Pope says he'll seek common ground with Trump, won't preach

    1 month, 9 days ago

    (AP) ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis says he won't try to convince U.S. President Donald Trump to soften his policies on immigration and the environment when they meet this month, but wants instead to find common ground and work ...

  • 4 candidates to be FBI director are in line for interviews

    1 month, 10 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — Four candidates to be FBI director were in line Saturday for the first interviews with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, at Justice Department headquarters. The Trump administration is looking to fill the job after ...

  • Appeal in boy's burp arrest case relies on Gorsuch dissent

    1 month, 10 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — One of Neil Gorsuch's sharpest dissents as an appeals court judge came just six months before he was nominated for the Supreme Court. That's when he sided with a New Mexico seventh-grader who was handcuffed and arrested after ...

  • Official: North Korea open to US talks under 'conditions'

    1 month, 10 days ago

    (AP) BEIJING — A top North Korean diplomat said Saturday that Pyongyang would be willing to meet with the Trump administration for negotiations "if the conditions are set." Choi Sun-hee, the top North Korean diplomat who handles relations with the U.S., ...

  • Mnuchin: US partners more comfortable with Trump on trade

    1 month, 10 days ago

    (AP) BARI, Italy — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says major trading partners "are much more comfortable" with the Trump administration's trade policies and understand U.S. growth will benefit them. Mnuchin spoke after face-to-face meetings with major trade partners such as ...

  • White House climate change meeting postponed

    1 month, 14 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The White House has postponed a Tuesday meeting to discuss whether the United States should withdraw from the landmark international climate deal struck in Paris under the Obama administration. The White House said late Monday that the meeting ...

  • Trump tries to pressure Senate Republicans on health care

    1 month, 15 days ago

    (AP) BRANCHBURG, N.J. — President Donald Trump urged Senate Republicans on Sunday to "not let the American people down," as the contentious debate over overhauling the U.S. health care systems shifts to Congress' upper chamber, where a vote is potentially weeks, ...

  • Trump rolls out red carpet for some unions more than others

    1 month, 16 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says labor unions have an open door to his White House, but so far, he's holding the door a little more ajar for some organizations than others. Trump has put out the welcome mat for ...

  • Q+A: Trump's new travel ban faces key test in appeals court

    1 month, 17 days ago

    (AP) RICHMOND, Va. — President Donald Trump's revised travel ban targeting six Muslim-majority countries is about to be scrutinized by a federal appeals court for the first time. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments Monday in the ...

  • Curious Trump team query now seen as Russia warning sign

    1 month, 17 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — In late November, a member of Donald Trump's transition team approached national security officials in the Obama White House with a curious request: Could the incoming team get a copy of the classified CIA profile on Sergey Kislyak, ...

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