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An Afghan National army soldier stands guard a checkpoint on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. On Monday, President Donald Trump is planning to deliver his first formal address to the nation since taking office as he reveals to the nation his strategy for the war in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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  • An Afghan National army soldier stands guard a checkpoint on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. On Monday, President Donald Trump is planning to deliver his first formal address to the nation since taking office as he reveals to the nation his strategy for the war in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) AP

    Analysis: Trump will own the war that bedeviled predecessors

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Before he became president, Donald Trump rarely talked about Afghanistan. When he did, he often called for a swift end to America’s longest war. Now that he’s in office — the third American president to oversee the conflict — few in his administration talk of ending the war abruptly. In an address […]
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    Colorado won’t charge elector who wouldn’t vote for Clinton

    DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s top prosecutor won’t prosecute an elector who refused to vote for Hillary Clinton even though state law required him to. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman on Monday announced she won’t charge elector Micheal Baca. Baca was part of a group that gained national attention in December. The so-called “Hamilton electors” tried to […]
  • Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, during a public forum regarding veterans' health care at Helena College in Helena, Mont. (Thom Bridge /Independent Record via AP) Lifestyle

    VA seeks to funnel more nursing home money to rural areas

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Monday during a visit to Montana that his agency will propose changes to make it easier for rural areas to receive funding to build nursing homes for veterans. Rural areas are often bypassed under the agency’s existing guidelines for awarding grants for veterans’ homes, Shulkin […]
  • FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2003 file photo, U.S. soldiers patrol the perimeter of a weapons cache four miles of the US military base in Bagram, Afghanistan. Sixteen years of U.S. warfare in Afghanistan have left the insurgents as strong as ever and the nation’s future precarious. Facing a quagmire, President Donald Trump on Monday will outline his strategy for a country that has historically snared great powers and defied easy solutions.  (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File) National News

    America’s 16 years in Afghanistan: From triumph to stalemate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen years of U.S. warfare in Afghanistan have left the insurgents as strong as ever and the nation’s future precarious. Facing a quagmire, President Donald Trump on Monday will outline his strategy for a country that has historically snared great powers and defied easy solutions. America’s longest-running war began well as U.S.-led […]
  • Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Deep in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, on the front lines against Taliban and Islamic State fighters, U.S. military commanders say they needs more forces to better train Afghan soldiers to combat the escalating threat. They’re hoping President Donald trump heeds their calls when he outlines his new war strategy Monday.  (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) AP

    On front lines, US commanders want more trainers for Afghans

    TACTICAL BASE GAMBERI, Afghanistan (AP) — Deep in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, on the front lines against Taliban and Islamic State fighters, U.S. military commanders say they needs more forces to better train Afghan soldiers to combat the escalating threat. They’re hoping President Donald Trump heeds their calls when he outlines his new war […]
  • FILE - In this June 20, 2017 file photo, Rep.-elect Greg Gianforte responds to questions at his home in Bozeman, Mont., about an election-eve confrontation with a reporter. A judge has ordered Gianforte to be photographed and fingerprinted for assaulting a reporter, opening the possibility of the congressman's mug shot to be used by political opponents next year when Gianforte is up for re-election. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan, File) AP

    Judge orders Montana congressman photographed, fingerprinted

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A judge has ordered Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte to be photographed and fingerprinted for assaulting a reporter, opening the possibility of the congressman’s mug shot to be used by political opponents next year when Gianforte is up for re-election. Justice Court Judge Rick West ordered Gianforte, a Republican, to report by […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2016 file photo, then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is joined by Joe Arpaio, the sheriff of metro Phoenix, at a campaign event in Marshalltown, Iowa. Trump was just a few weeks into his candidacy in 2015 when came to Phoenix for a speech that ended up being a bigger moment in his campaign than most people realized at the time. And now Trump is coming back to Arizona at another crucial moment in his presidency. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) National News

    Trump returns to Arizona _ and a chaotic political landscape

    PHOENIX (AP) — Donald Trump was just a few weeks into his candidacy in 2015 when he came to Phoenix for a speech that ended up being a bigger moment in his campaign than most people realized at the time. Trump savaged his critics and the media, vowed to fine Mexico $100,000 for each immigrant […]
  • FILE - In this June 13, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La. speaks during a news conference at Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Scalise, shot at a baseball practice in mid-June is telling colleagues that his return will be based on his doctors’ advice and a date has not yet been determined. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) National News

    Wounded congressman says return based on doctors’ advice

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Louisiana congressman shot at a baseball practice in mid-June is telling colleagues that his return to the Capitol will be based on his doctors’ advice and a date has not yet been determined. A spokeswoman for House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Lauren Fine, said the congressman participated Monday in a conference […]
  • President Donald Trump points to the sun as he arrives to view the solar eclipse, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) AP

    Trump watches eclipse from White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump squinted and pointed skyward before donning protective glasses to take in the solar eclipse at the White House. The president was joined by wife Melania, son Barron and top aides Monday afternoon to view the spectacle from the portico overlooking the South Lawn. The White House originally said Trump […]
  • FILE - In this July 25, 2017 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ryan says the nation’s leaders “have an obligation” to steer the country past “the passions of the moment.” His remarks come after President Donald Trump drew bipartisan criticism for saying “both sides” were responsible for this month’s deadly clash between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) National News

    Ryan to face voters following Trump nationwide address

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan will be taking questions from Wisconsin voters during a nationally televised town hall meeting Monday night immediately following President Donald Trump’s address on Afghanistan. Ryan had scheduled the event from his congressional district to be broadcast on CNN before Trump announced his speech to start at the […]