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  • GOP mutters, gently, as Trump sidesteps Senate for top aides

    11 hours, 14 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's latest anointment of an acting head of a major federal agency has prompted muttering, but no more than that, from Republican senators whose job description includes confirming top administration aides. Their reluctance to confront ...

  • Trump calls newspaper report on Russia power grid 'treason'

    13 hours, 38 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has lashed out at The New York Times, saying it engaged in a "virtual act of treason" for a story that said the U.S. was ramping up its cyber-intrusions into Russia's power grid. The ...

  • Trump's 'border czar' says he hasn't accepted post

    1 day, 20 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for his "border czar" says he's not accepting the job — at least "as of right now." The former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director, Tom Homan, tells Fox News that Trump's announcement ...

  • AP FACT CHECK: 'Death to America' chants live on in Iran

    2 days, 13 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — They still cry "death to America" in Iran. President Donald Trump claimed otherwise in a Fox News interview as he took credit for a taming of Iran that is not apparent in its actions or rhetoric. TRUMP, ...

  • Dems accelerate election security push after Trump comments

    2 days, 19 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Alarmed by President Donald Trump's willingness to accept foreign dirt on a political opponent, House Democrats are accelerating their efforts to strengthen election security ahead of the 2020 campaign. Lawmakers had already been compiling a fresh package ...

  • AP Explains: Juneteenth celebrates end of slavery in the US

    2 days, 20 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was originally celebrated on June 19, the day that Union ...

  • Trump says he'd 'of course' tell FBI if he gets foreign dirt

    3 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that "of course" he would go to the FBI or the attorney general if a foreign power offered him dirt about an opponent. It was an apparent walkback from his earlier comments ...

  • Trump eyes former immigration official as his border czar

    3 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he's planning to name a former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a border czar who'll report directly to him. Trump tells "Fox & Friends" that Tom Homan will "probably" work ...

  • Trump says he won't fire Conway over Hatch Act violations

    3 days, 3 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he won't fire White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after a federal watchdog agency recommended her removal for repeatedly violating a law that limits political activity by government workers. Trump tells Fox & Friends ...

  • Emails: Trump official consulting climate-change rejecters

    3 days, 11 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A Trump administration national security official has sought help from advisers to a think tank that disavows climate change to challenge widely accepted scientific findings on global warming, according to his emails. The request from William Happer, ...

  • Trump says Sarah Sanders to leave White House at end of June

    3 days, 19 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, whose tenure was marked by a breakdown in regular press briefings and questions about the administration's credibility, as well as her own, will leave her post at the end of the ...

  • US Secretary of State Pompeo says Iran is believed to be responsible for attacks on 2 tankers near Persian Gulf

    3 days, 21 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — US Secretary of State Pompeo says Iran is believed to be responsible for attacks on 2 tankers near Persian Gulf.

  • Federal agency recommends White House aide Conway be fired

    3 days, 23 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal watchdog agency is recommending that White House counselor Kellyanne Conway be fired for repeatedly violating a law that limits certain political activities of federal employees. The U.S. Office of Special Counsel says Conway has become ...

  • The Latest: Pelosi says Trump doesn't know right from wrong

    4 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and investigations into Russia election meddling (all times local): 11:18 a.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump doesn't know right from wrong and is "indifferent to law and any ...

  • Flynn's new lawyer is a Mueller critic, praised by Trump

    4 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn has hired a new lawyer, a former federal prosecutor who has repeatedly denigrated the Russia investigation. President Donald Trump took notice of Flynn's new legal representation, praising Sidney Powell on ...

  • House hearing on reparations for slavery set for next week

    4 days, 12 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House panel. The Subcommittee ...

  • Democrats rebuff GOP push for low-yield nuclear weapons

    4 days, 17 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are rebuffing attempts by Republicans to authorize funding for so-called low-yield nuclear weapons that the Trump administration says are key to deterring Russia. Republicans put forward two amendments Wednesday to fund the weapons in a ...

  • Trump says he'd 'want to hear' foreign dirt on 2020 rivals

    4 days, 17 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says if a foreign power were offering dirt on his 2020 opponent, he'd be open to accepting it and would have no obligation to call in the FBI. Speaking to ABC News, Trump says, ...

  • House oversight panel backs contempt vote in census dispute

    4 days, 17 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A House committee voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas for documents related to a decision adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The ...

  • The Latest: House panel OKs contempt vote in census dispute

    4 days, 19 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census (all times local): 4:39 p.m. A House committee has voted to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing ...

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