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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says North Korea won’t get sanctions relief until it takes “concrete action” toward denuclearization. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ comments Monday appeared to leave open the possibility of easing the U.S.-led “maximum pressure” campaign before North Korea had completely given up its nuclear weapons. But Sanders said the U.S. […]
  • Rosenstein puts aside Russia probe to argue at Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has taken some time off from overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election to argue his first case at the Supreme Court. Rosenstein appeared comfortable answering a steady stream of questions from the justices in a rare afternoon session Monday. The case involved the […]
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — New internal documents say a sweep for hidden listening devices in Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt’s office was shoddy and wasn’t properly certified under U.S. government practices. The documents obtained by congressional Democrats were described in a letter Monday to the Republican chairman of a House oversight committee investigating ethical issues […]
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  • Supreme Court wrestles with administrative law judge case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court wrestled Monday with a case brought by a former financial adviser known for his “Buckets of Money” strategy who is challenging the appointment of the administrative law judge who ruled against him. The case involves the Securities and Exchange Commission’s administrative law judges, who conduct hearings on alleged securities […]
  • Possible Texas special election could clash with court case

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says the governor can call a special election to replace a retiring congressman, even as the U.S. Supreme Court mulls whether his district was drawn to marginalize Hispanic voters. Paxton’s non-binding opinion Monday says that a court would likely side with Abbott if he determines […]
  • No ordinary double date: Trumps, Macrons at Mount Vernon

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With Iran and a list of other tough issues awaiting them, President Donald Trump and France’s Emmanuel Macron are starting off the French president’s three-day visit with an anything-but-ordinary double date with their wives at George Washington’s house. The presidents and their spouses will get together for a private dinner at Mount […]
  • Iowa governor defends secrecy surrounding firing of ally

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday defended the secrecy surrounding her firing of a longtime ally accused of sexual harassment, saying she doesn’t have to release more information while insisting the matter was handled appropriately. The Republican governor repeated her claims that the allegations against Iowa Finance Authority director David […]
  • US raises Nicaragua threat level, pulls diplomats’ families

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is shutting down routine operations at its embassy in Nicaragua and pulling out some if its employees amid a string of deadly protests. The State Department says it’s raising the threat level for Nicaragua and encouraging Americans to reconsider plans to travel there. Family members of U.S. diplomats who […]
  • Koch network success in Trump era draws Democratic pushback

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The sprawling network funded by the billionaire Koch brothers is having a very good run with President Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans in control of Congress. Tax cuts are now signed into law. A conservative judge is seated on the Supreme Court. And many governmental regulations, including those on […]