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  • New travel costs revealed for EPA head amid ongoing scrutiny

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt spent more than $120,000 in public funds last summer for a trip to Italy that included a meeting of G-7 ministers and a private tour of the Vatican. The known cost of Pruitt’s previously reported trip grew this week after the agency disclosed a heavily censored […]
  • Rauner, Pritzker attacks started long before matchup was set

    CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and billionaire Democratic businessman J.B. Pritzker spent millions attacking each other even before their 2018 matchup was set, providing a preview of just how brutal and astronomically expensive the race for the state’s top job is expected to be. Rauner is considered one of the nation’s most […]
  • Takeaways from Illinois primary: Big money, party splits

    Illinois voters added their voices to the 2018 primary season Tuesday, with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner surviving an unexpectedly stiff primary challenge from the right and a suburban Chicago congressman, Dan Lipinski, clinging to a tight lead over a Democratic challenger fueled by the party’s liberal wing. Takeaways from the nation’s second statewide primary in […]
  • Trump-Kim summit offers hope to son of detained American

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of an American held in North Korea sees a glimmer of hope after months of frustration and sadness that a planned summit of President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un can help win his father’s freedom. Sol Kim says he remains in the dark about why his father, a 59-year-old […]
  • Homeland officials to talk election security

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are expected to press Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on the department’s efforts to secure state election systems as the Senate Intelligence Committee launches an effort to safeguard against foreign meddling in this year’s elections. Nielsen will testify Wednesday along with Jeh Johnson, who was President Barack Obama’s head of Homeland […]
  • Allegations from women in his past shadow Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chorus of women from President Donald Trump’s past is getting louder. Accusations about Trump’s past sexual exploits bubbled up on three fronts Tuesday, with two women pressing court cases and a porn actress publicly needling the president. Trump has so far weathered the rising #MeToo movement, but the latest developments served […]
  • Report: Aides told Trump not to congratulate Putin on win

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called Russian President Vladimir Putin to congratulate him on his re-election, drawing bruising criticism from members of his own party, including a leading senator who scorned the election as a “sham.” Trump also said he and Putin might meet “in the not too distant future” to discuss the arms […]
  • Spending talks nearly done, $1.3T bill soon to be unveiled

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Talks over a $1.3 trillion government spending bill neared completion Wednesday as the White House and Capitol Hill Democrats ironed out deals on a first round of funding for President Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall. GOP aides said early Wednesday that Trump would win $1.6 billion for border wall and other physical […]
  • Emails show FEMA silent as Puerto Rico sought generator fuel

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As hundreds of people stood in line for food and many went hungry during the days and weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Walmart Inc. and local supermarkets threw out tons of spoiled meat, dairy and produce. Emails and text messages made public Tuesday in a letter sent by the top […]
  • Mississippi agriculture official expected to go to US Senate

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is expected to appoint state Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith to succeed a longtime U.S. senator who is resigning because of poor health. Bryant has scheduled an announcement at noon Wednesday in Hyde-Smith’s hometown of Brookhaven. Three state Republican sources told The Associated Press that he chose the […]
  • Rep. Lipinski of Illinois narrowly wins Democratic primary

    CHICAGO (AP) — Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois, one of the most conservative Democrats in Congress, narrowly won a primary Tuesday over a progressive newcomer who argued the congressman’s views no longer reflect the Chicago-area district he has represented for seven terms. Marie Newman, who was little-known when she decided to challenge Lipinski for the […]
  • DMZ? Sweden? Washington? Trump-Kim summit site rumors swirl

    TOKYO (AP) — With just weeks to go, there’s still no official word on where President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold their unprecedented summit. Will they pick an obvious place like one of their own capitals, or something off the wall, like a ship at sea? Or a place […]
  • Trump warns of dire consequences if Democrats take House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump warned Tuesday night of dire consequences should Democrats take the House in this year’s midterm elections, but predicted Republicans are “going to win.” Speaking at the National Republican Congressional Committee’s annual March fundraiser, Trump said that, “on issue after issue,” House Democrats are “way outside of the American mainstream.” […]
  • Emails show FEMA silent amid chaos after Hurricane Maria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As hundreds of people stood in line for food and many went hungry during the days and weeks after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Walmart Inc. and local supermarkets threw out tons of spoiled meat, dairy and produce. Emails and text messages made public Tuesday in a letter sent by the top […]
  • Senate turns back resolution limiting US military in Yemen

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate rejected Tuesday a resolution that would prohibit U.S. troops from helping a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. Still, the unusual vote — coming as Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was in Washington — amplified the continued unease in Congress with military endeavors abroad. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., warned senators […]
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