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  • Trump dumps insults on questioners, insists on control
    Associated Press | August 27, 2015 3:24 am
    For Donald Trump, the joy of the insult seems as compelling as the art of the deal.
  • US economy likely grew more in spring than first estimated
    Associated Press | August 27, 2015 12:20 am
    The U.S. economy likely gained more momentum in the spring than the government previously estimated. The question now is whether shrunken global stock markets and a sharp slowdown in China will weaken the economy in coming months.
  • Focus shifts to shared goals with Obama as papal visit nears
    Associated Press | August 27, 2015 12:16 am
    Sweeping into office in 2009, President Barack Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely been passed to Pope Francis, whose visit to the White House next month will put his common cause with Obama on vivid display.
  • Secrets have long slipped into State Department email
    Associated Press | August 27, 2015 12:08 am
    During the 2012 attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, State Department officials in Washington were emailing one another with updates in real time. Embedded in those messages were nuggets of classified information, including an apparent reference to a CIA facility that was a closely guarded secret.
  • Experts: Trump, Ramos confrontation shouldn't be a surprise
    Associated Press | August 26, 2015 7:48 pm
    Donald Trump's onscreen confrontation with Univision's Jorge Ramos on Tuesday over the Republican presidential candidate's immigration plan should only be a surprise to those who don't know Ramos.
  • Washington Monument elevator stops working again
    Associated Press | August 26, 2015 7:32 pm
    The Washington Monument will open as scheduled at 9 a.m. on Thursday. Elevator technicians have completed their work and cleared the elevator for service. Ticket distribution for Thursday visits will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Washington Monument Lodge (15th Street between Madison and Jefferson drives).
  • Prosecutors say congressman seeking to influence jurors
    Associated Press | August 26, 2015 7:20 pm
    U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah has tried to influence potential jurors in his racketeering case by publicly boasting about his accomplishments in Congress, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
  • Trump says he's proud he booted Univision's Ramos from event
    Associated Press | August 26, 2015 7:08 pm
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Wednesday he's proud of kicking one of the country's best-known Spanish-language journalists out of an Iowa news conference -- the latest in a series of clashes with the media.
  • Pentagon probing alleged distorting of war intelligence
    Associated Press | August 26, 2015 6:32 pm
    The Pentagon's inspector general is investigating an allegation that the military command overseeing the anti-Islamic State campaign distorted or altered intelligence assessments to exaggerate progress against the militant group, a defense official said Wednesday.
  • Obama and German leader discuss violence in Ukraine
    Associated Press | August 26, 2015 5:00 pm
    President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have discussed the recent rise in violence in eastern Ukraine from increased attacks by combined Russian-separatist forces.
  • State Department officials routinely sent secrets over email
    Associated Press | August 26, 2015 4:00 pm
    The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Rodham Clinton's private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.
  • Obama to seek unity with pope on issues in White House visit
    Associated Press | August 26, 2015 3:48 pm
    Sweeping into office in 2009, President Barack Obama captured near rock-star status around the world among millions who saw him as the embodiment of a new sense of social purpose. Now, that baton has largely been passed to Pope Francis, whose visit to the White House next month will put his common cause with Obama on vivid display.
  • Conservatives target bust of Planned Parenthood founder
    Associated Press | August 26, 2015 3:32 pm
    Conservatives are demanding that a Smithsonian Institution art and history museum remove its bust of the founder of Planned Parenthood in their latest offensive against the organization.
  • Walker talks tough on China while campaigning in Iowa
    Associated Press | August 26, 2015 2:44 pm
    GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker renewed his call Wednesday for President Barack Obama to cancel an official state visit with the president of China, saying the move would not hurt trade with states like Iowa, where he was spending the day campaigning, or Wisconsin where he is governor.
  • Clinton mourns TV shooting, pledges to fight gun violence
    Associated Press | August 26, 2015 1:52 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton said Wednesday she was stricken by the news of two journalists shot to death on live television and promised to pursue policies that could cut down on gun violence if she is elected president.