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  • The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a yearlong pursuit of money and influence, two American businessmen played Middle East countries against each other, as they leveraged connections stretching from Persian Gulf palaces to the Oval Office into millions of dollars in contracts. An investigation by The Associated Press found that fundraiser Elliott Broidy and George Nader, an […]
  • The Latest: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders launches Senate bid

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on Sanders Re-election (all times local): 4 p.m. Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says health care and infrastructure will be the most important issues in his campaign for re-election. Sanders’ campaign announced he will seek a third term Monday. The 76-year-old plans to launch his campaign next […]
  • Why US-China trade talks left toughest issues unresolved

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing the risk of a mutually harmful trade war, the world’s two biggest economies have put their differences on hold. Yet it’s far from clear that a fragile truce between the United States and China can hold. In exchange for the United States agreeing to hold off on tariffs on up to […]
  • Trump honors Truex Jr. at the White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is honoring NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing at the White House, praising Truex’s vow to “never give up.” Trump is paying tribute to Truex’s championship on the South Lawn of the White House and admiring the No. 78 Toyota Camry. The president says, […]
  • Senators press Pruitt for details on new legal defense fund

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Senate Democrats asked Scott Pruitt on Monday for details about a new legal defense fund to help the Environmental Protection Agency administrator as he weathers a series of federal ethics investigations. Pruitt confirmed at a Senate hearing last week that people he did not identify have created the legal defense fund […]
  • Democrats add drain-the-swamp proposals to campaign agenda

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic leaders in Congress are adding an anti-corruption plank to their mid-term campaign agenda, with proposals to beef-up ethics laws, protect voting rights and overhaul campaign finance. They’re unveiling the new platform Monday in a pitch to voters as they try to wrestle control of Congress this fall from Republicans. It gives […]
  • The Latest: Trump signs new action against Venezuela

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. policy toward Venezuela (all times local): 2:10 p.m. President Donald Trump has signed an order restricting the Venezuelan government’s ability to liquidate assets in the aftermath of an election that the White House is calling a “sham.” Senior administration officials are announcing new action aimed at preventing the […]
  • ‘Don’t be mad at Claire’: McCaskill courts black voters

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The African-American community’s frustration with Sen. Claire McCaskill is real. The perception that the Missouri Democrat has ignored black constituents haunts the corners of her campaign receptions in Ferguson, it looms near rallies in Kansas City, and it even sneaks into sermons from the church pulpit. “Don’t be mad at […]
  • The Latest: Trump meets with Rosenstein, Wray

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local): 2 p.m. President Donald Trump is meeting with the deputy attorney general and FBI director, a day after promising to “demand” that the Justice Department investigate whether his presidential campaign was “infiltrated or surveilled” for political purposes. Press secretary […]
  • Democrats turn out in force in Georgia early voting

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s Democratic voters have turned out in force in early voting, an encouraging signal for the party as it tries to wrest control from Republicans after blistering defeats two years ago in the 2016 election. The initial tally could hearten Democrats hoping for a “blue wave” of wins in the state, the […]
  • School shooting unlikely to rile Texas runoffs Tuesday

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas holds its primary runoff election just four days after a 17-year-old student killed 10 people and wounded 13 others at his Santa Fe High School near Houston. That sent shockwaves through Texas and the nation. But it’s unlikely to be a major factor in Tuesday’s balloting, which will decide 34 […]
  • Trump to travel to New York for speech on MS-13 gang

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will travel to New York on Wednesday for a speech on immigration. New York Rep. Pete King’s office says they’re expecting the president to travel to Bethpage, on Long Island, to discuss efforts to eradicate the violent MS-13 gang. Last week, Trump raised eyebrows when he used the word […]
  • Watchdog report to fault FBI for Clinton probe delay

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An upcoming report from the Justice Department’s internal watchdog is expected to criticize senior FBI leaders for not moving quickly enough to review a trove of Hillary Clinton emails discovered late in the 2016 campaign, according to people familiar with findings. The FBI’s timing has been a sore point for Clinton supporters, […]
  • Trump administration slams Venezuela’s election as a “sham”

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday dismissed Venezuela’s presidential election as a “sham” and ramped up economic and diplomatic pressure on President Nicolas Maduro’s beleaguered government. The White House announced that President Donald Trump had signed an executive order restricting the Venezuelan government’s ability to liquidate assets for pennies on the dollar at […]
  • Watchdog says US strategy in Afghanistan shows little result

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s revamped Afghanistan strategy has made little progress against the Taliban insurgency, leaving the country a “dangerous and volatile” place nearly 17 years after the U.S. invaded, a government watchdog report said Monday. The conclusion contrasts with assertions last fall by the American military that the Afghans, with U.S. support, […]
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