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  • Behind closed doors, Pelosi disparages Trump's 'manhood'

    24 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump's border wall demand is really about his "manhood." That's what she told Democratic lawmakers after returning from a combative meeting at the Oval Office, where she squabbled with ...

  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees a border wall where none exists

    1 hour, 16 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — As if spotting a mirage in the southwestern desert, President Donald Trump and his aides are seeing a wall standing along the Mexico border where none exists. For months Trump has claimed that wall construction is underway ...

  • Booker, Harris score wins on Capitol Hill as they weigh 2020

    3 hours, 6 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey scored wins on Capitol Hill Tuesday that could help them as they prepare for potential campaigns for the Democratic presidential nomination. After Republicans won a net ...

  • Flynn, Manafort to make arguments in Russia probe

    3 hours, 39 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Their fortunes sliding in divergent directions, two former Trump aides are pleading their case to judges Tuesday in hopes of easing the punishment they could face for their crimes. Lawyers for former Trump national security adviser Michael ...

  • US demands answers from Cuba on imprisoned dissidents

    4 hours, 19 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is demanding answers from Cuba about eight detainees it says are political prisoners held by the communist government. In an open letter to Cuba's foreign minister released on Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ...

  • McConnell says Senate will vote on criminal justice bill

    5 hours, 58 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Senate will take up a criminal justice bill that would be the largest sentencing overhaul in decades. McConnell said Tuesday on the Senate floor that senators should be prepared to ...

  • The Latest: Trump denies that few want chief of staff job

    7 hours, 35 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's chief of staff (all times local): 8:55 a.m. President Donald Trump is disputing news reports that he's having a hard time finding a new White House chief of staff. In a ...

  • Some Democrats talking impeachment not ready to do it

    16 hours, 4 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats who will take the House majority in January are willing to say that President Donald Trump may have committed impeachable offenses. But that doesn't mean they will try to impeach him — at least not ...

  • Dems: Pelosi foes seek term limits on leaders, panel chairs

    23 hours, 34 minutes ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say lawmakers who have opposed Nancy Pelosi's effort to become speaker next year want her to commit to limiting how long people could serve as House party leaders or committee chairs. Should the California Democrat and ...

  • US sanctions 3 North Korean officials for human rights abuse

    1 day, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has imposed sanctions on three senior North Korean officials for human rights abuses in the isolated country. U.S. officials say the sanctions are intended to call attention to "brutal" censorship and human rights abuses ...

  • In possible plea deal, accused Russian agent case 'resolved'

    1 day, 5 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A woman accused of being a secret agent for the Russian government has likely taken a plea deal, prosecutors indicated Monday in a court filing that said her case has been "resolved." The information was included in ...

  • Croak to croon: City frogs sing more alluring love songs

    1 day, 5 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — City frogs and rainforest frogs don't sing the same tune, researchers have found. A study released Monday examined why Panama's tiny tungara frogs adapt their mating calls in urban areas — an unexpected example of how animals ...

  • Trump blames lawyer Michael Cohen for hush money 'liability'

    1 day, 8 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is defending the hush money payments made by his former lawyer to two women during his 2016 campaign as "a simple private transaction." He tweeted Monday that if there was wrongdoing, it's lawyer Michael ...

  • Trump looking at several candidates for chief of staff

    1 day, 16 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing at least four people to serve as his next chief of staff, after plans for an orderly succession for departing John Kelly fell through. The high-profile hiring search comes at a pivotal ...

  • Top GOP senator needs to know more about Trump's UN pick

    1 day, 17 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading Republican senator on foreign policy issues says he doesn't yet know whether President Donald Trump's pick to be U.N. ambassador has the expertise and background to capably handle the job. Trump wants former Fox News ...

  • The Latest: Trump's pick for chief of staff out of running

    2 days ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the White House chief of staff (all times local): 4:20 p.m. President Donald Trump's top pick to replace John Kelly as chief of staff, Nick Ayers, is no longer expected to fill that role. ...

  • Dem: Illegal payments 'impeachable offense' if Trump ordered

    2 days, 6 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says he believes it would be an "impeachable offense" if it's proved that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign. But Rep. Jerry ...

  • Comey: Russia investigation initially looked at 4 Americans

    2 days, 22 hours ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James ...

  • Trump says chief of staff John Kelly to leave at year's end

    3 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by year's end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing ...

  • Can a sitting president be indicted while in office?

    3 days, 1 hour ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, prosecutors have tied President Donald Trump to a federal crime, accusing him of directing illegal hush-money payments to women during his presidential campaign in 2016. The Justice Department stopped short of accusing Trump ...

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