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  • FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017 file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks in Washington. Federal authorities have launched dozens of new criminal investigations into possible opioid and other drug theft by employees at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, a sign the problem isn't going away despite new prevention efforts. Data obtained by The Associated Press show 36 cases opened by the VA inspector general's office from Oct. 1 through May 19. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) National News

    AP Exclusive: VA drug thefts continue despite new efforts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities have launched dozens of new criminal investigations into possible opioid and other drug theft by employees at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, a sign the problem isn’t going away despite new prevention efforts. Data obtained by The Associated Press show 36 cases opened by the VA inspector general’s office from […]
  • President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One across the South Lawn to the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 27, 2017, as they return from Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) National News

    Trump lashes out at leaks, considers staff upheaval

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is assailing internal leaks as he considers an overhaul of his White House staff and grapples with a burgeoning crisis involving alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. Frustrated with what he views as his team’s inability to push back against the drumbeat of new revelations, Trump is seeking […]
  • In this May 23, 2017, photo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, left, and his wife Ivanka Trump watch during a visit by President Donald Trump to Yad Vashem to honor the victims of the Holocaust in Jerusalem. The Washington Post is reporting that the FBI is investigating meetings that Trump’s son-in-law, Kushner, had in December 2016, with Russian officials. Kushner, a key White House adviser, had meetings late last year with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and Russian banker Sergey Gorkov. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) National News

    Kelly defends plan for Russia back channel as a ‘good thing’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is defending an alleged effort by top White House adviser Jared Kushner to create back-channel communications with Russia, describing it as a “good thing” as the Trump administration sought to quell mounting questions over secret ties to the Kremlin. Speaking on Sunday’s news shows, Kelly said he […]
  • FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016 file photo, Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., speaks during an event in Beverly, Mass. Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight _ for majority control of the House. “Veterans have had the experience of putting the country first, before personal politics” and party dictates, said Moulton, who did four tours of duty in Iraq, left the Marines as a captain and was elected to Congress in 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) AP

    Dems view vets as strong candidates in bid to retake House

    ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight — for majority control of the House. Looking ahead to next year’s elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen military veterans to challenge Republican incumbents, arguing that candidates with a military background on their resumes appeal to independent […]
  • President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One across the South Lawn to the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 27, 2017, as they return from Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) National News

    AP FACT CHECK: A rash of Trump statements under scrutiny

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has reopened his Twitter spigot now that his foreign trip is over, so brace yourself. The intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the election and the potential involvement of associates have reached his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and appear to have caught the president in a bare-knuckled mood. Even the […]
  • President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump wave as they board Air Force One at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Saturday, May, 27, 2017, in Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) National News

    Trump to speak at Arlington cemetery on Memorial Day

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is preparing his first Memorial Day address at Arlington National Cemetery. Trump is also set to lay a wreath Monday at the cemetery, the final resting place for many U.S. military members and others who have served the country. Trump previewed the address Saturday before he flew home from […]
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden a selfie after addressing a gathering at campaign event for New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy, Sunday, May 28, 2017, in Lyndhurst, N.J. A former executive at Goldman Sachs and Barack Obama's ambassador to Germany, Murphy is the front runner in the Democrats' June 6 primary. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) AP

    Biden says New Jersey race is country’s most important

    LYNDHURST, N.J. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden offered praise for Phil Murphy at an appearance with New Jersey’s Democratic gubernatorial front-runner Sunday, calling the off-year election the most important in the country over the next three years. Murphy is leading the pack in the Democrats’ June 6 primary and has a huge campaign […]
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    New lawsuit accuses imprisoned former speaker of sex assault

    CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois man accuses Dennis Hastert in a new lawsuit of sexually assaulting him in bathroom stall when he was a fourth-grader, at least the fifth such allegation against the former House speaker who will soon be released from prison in a hush-money case. The suit was filed in a suburban Chicago […]
  • Secretary of Defense James Mattis walks into Michie Stadium to give the commencement address, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in West Point, N.Y. Nine Hundred and thirty six cadets received their diplomas, most of whom will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the army. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) National News

    ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis sleeps well, keeps others awake

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Watch out for the “Mad Dog” when the sun goes down. That’s the message Sunday from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose nickname has been used by President Donald Trump on Twitter. The Pentagon chief is a battle-hardened, tough-talking retired Marine Corps general who was entrusted with some of the most challenging commands […]
  • FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Oxon Hill, Md. Wisconsin Democrats said they are increasingly optimistic about their chances of knocking of Walker next year, even though a top tier candidate has yet to emerge and they're still recovering from a devastating 2016 election. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) AP

    Wisconsin Democrats view Republican Gov. Walker as beatable

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats say they are increasingly optimistic about their chances of knocking off Republican Gov. Scott Walker next year, even though a top-tier candidate has yet to emerge and they’re still recovering from a devastating 2016 election. Democrats gathering this weekend for their state convention say liberals are energized in opposition […]
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, May 23, 2017, file photo, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad laughs with Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, right, during his weekly news conference at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. Reynolds acknowledged growing more comfortable with her ascent to Iowa’s job following her mentor’s appointment as U.S. ambassador to China. Reynolds officially took over Wednesday, May 24 from Branstad, the nation’s longest-serving governor. She had been a county official, state senator and lieutenant governor but said that until recently, she’d been reluctant to pursue the governorship. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) AP

    Once an unlikely candidate, Iowa’s governor embraces new job

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As a onetime county office worker in rural Iowa, Republican Kim Reynolds insists she never saw herself running for office, much less serving as governor. But after a mid-career political surge and the appointment of mentor Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China, the former legislator and lieutenant governor acknowledges […]
  • FILE - In this Thursday, May 25, 2017, file photo, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, while testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on FY'18 budget. Kelly said he's considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States. That would dramatically expand a ban announced in March that affects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly in the Middle East. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) AP

    US official mulling greatly expanded airplane laptop ban

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday he’s considering banning laptops from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States. That would dramatically expand a ban announced in March that affects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly in the Middle East. The current ban […]
  • FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016 file photo, Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., speaks during an event in Beverly, Mass. Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight _ for majority control of the House. “Veterans have had the experience of putting the country first, before personal politics” and party dictates, said Moulton, who did four tours of duty in Iraq, left the Marines as a captain and was elected to Congress in 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) AP

    Dems try to enlist military vets in fight for House majority

    ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight — for majority control of the House. Looking ahead to next year’s elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen military veterans to challenge Republican incumbents, arguing that candidates with military on their resumes appeals to independent voters and […]
  • In this May 23, 2017, photo0, Budget Director Mick Mulvaney holds up a copy of President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget as he speaks to members of the media in the Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Advocates for minority communities say President Donald Trump’s budget proposal answers the question he famously posed to black Americans during his campaign: “What the hell do you have to lose?” His $4.1 trillion plan for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 generally proposes deep cuts in safety net programs, including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) National News

    Minority advocates say Trump’s budget will hurt their causes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for minority communities say President Donald Trump’s proposed budget answers the question he famously posed to black Americans during his campaign: “What the hell do you have to lose?” His $4.1 trillion spending plan for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 generally makes deep cuts in safety net programs, including Medicaid, […]
  • President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One across the South Lawn to the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 27, 2017, as they return from Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) National News

    Kushner’s Russia ties questioned as Trump cites media ‘lies’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats on Sunday demanded to hear directly from top White House adviser Jared Kushner over allegations of proposed secret back-channel communications with Russia, saying the security clearance of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law may need to be revoked. Trump, having returned from a nine-day overseas trip, immediately railed against administration leaks, calling […]
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