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    Questions and answers about executive privilege

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Presidents since George Washington have resisted congressional requests for documents and the testimony of administration officials by asserting a power known as executive privilege. Executive privilege is the president’s power to keep information from the courts, Congress and the public to protect the confidentiality of presidential decision-making. Steve Bannon’s refusal to answer […]
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    Russia probes come up against claims of executive privilege

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s White House is relying on a sweeping interpretation of executive privilege that is rankling members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. The contention espoused by top White House officials? Pretty much everything is off limits until the president says it’s not. The argument was laid bare this […]
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    AP Explains: What happens when the government shuts down

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The world won’t end if a dysfunctional Washington can’t find a way to pass a funding bill before this weekend. That’s the truth about a government “shutdown”: The government doesn’t shut down. It’s a crummy way to run a government, sure, but Social Security checks will still go out. Troops will remain […]
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    Democrats dig in on immigration, shutdown risk or no

    NEW YORK (AP) — Congressional Democrats aren’t backing down from their threats to reject any government funding bill that isn’t paired with protection for thousands of young immigrants, as hard-line liberal groups shrug off risks of a government shutdown. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there’s “very, very strong” sentiment among his party’s lawmakers […]
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    Texas ‘Tourniquet Killer’ set to be 1st US execution in 2018

    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A man who became known as Houston’s “Tourniquet Killer” because of his signature murder technique on four female victims more than two decades ago is set to become the nation’s first prisoner executed in 2018. Texas prison officials Thursday evening are scheduled to give Anthony Allen Shore, 55, lethal injection for […]
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    College student in US illegally free after weeks in custody

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — A University of California, Berkeley student has been released after nearly three weeks in an immigration facility near the U.S.-Mexico border. His attorney says Luis Mora was released unconditionally from the Otay Mesa Detention Facility on Wednesday. Mora cried when he was released and told San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV that […]
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    White House official: Trump immigration views have evolved

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House chief of staff says President Donald Trump’s views on immigration are evolving — giving some people hope for a compromise while perplexing others. John Kelly’s comments come amid a shaky effort to craft an accord protecting hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation — a push the White […]
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    Tillerson cagey on presiding at London embassy opening

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is cagey about whether he’ll preside over the inauguration of the new U.S. embassy in London next week. President Donald Trump tweeted last week that he would not come for the formal opening ceremony because the gleaming new embassy in a former industrial neighborhood represented a poor […]
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    Man dies after being shot by Tennessee sheriff’s deputy

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A man who was shot by a sheriff’s deputy has died, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said. Shelby County sheriff’s spokesman Earle Farrell said undercover drug agents were following a car Wednesday in Memphis order to execute a search warrant. Farrell said the driver of the car — later identified by […]
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    The Latest: Man dies after being shot by Tennessee deputy

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of man by a police officer in Memphis, Tennessee. (all times local): 11:05 p.m. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a man has died after he was shot by a sheriff’s deputy. Shelby County sheriff’s spokesman Earle Farrell said undercover drug agents were following a car […]