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  • Iraq’s ethnic, religious groups fragmented as elections near

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Long beset by toxic divisions, Iraq seems to be growing even more fragmented ahead of national elections scheduled for May, with Iranian influence set to grow and the minority Sunnis seething as they fend for themselves in areas of the country shattered by the three-year war against the Islamic State group. The […]
  • Democrats release memo rebutting GOP on Russia probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked the full release of a classified Democratic memo, the House intelligence committee published a redacted version of the document that aims to counter a narrative that Republicans on the committee have promoted for months — that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against Trump as […]
  • White House shelves tentative plan for Mexican leader visit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A tentative plan for President Donald Trump to host his Mexican counterpart in Washington has been put on hold, the White House confirmed Saturday. Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto have agreed that now is not the right time for Pena Nieto to make his first visit since Trump took office […]
  • The Latest: No California Democratic Party nod in key race

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the California Democratic Party’s convention (all times local): 7 p.m. No candidate won the California Democratic Party’s endorsement in the race for one of its most coveted U.S. House seats. Five candidates fought Saturday night for the party’s nod to replace retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa in Orange […]
  • Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics ‘so incredibly inspiring’

    PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The U.S. president’s daughter and adviser said Sunday that her visit to the Olympics was “so incredibly inspiring” and expressed gratitude at the chance to watch competition and — in a subtle nod to Korean Peninsula politics — “be here with our allies in South Korea.” Ivanka Trump plans to […]
  • Trump says he’s eyeing Veterans’ Day for military parade

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is eyeing Veterans Day for a military parade but says he’ll scrap the idea if it can’t be done at a “reasonable cost.” Trump wasn’t asked to define “reasonable cost” during a telephone interview Saturday with Fox News Channel host Jeanine Pirro. But White House budget director Mick Mulvaney […]
  • California Democrats fail to narrow crowded US House races

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — California Democrats struggled to narrow the field Saturday in several U.S. House races critical to the party’s hope of taking back Congress in the midterm elections. None of the five candidates in the Orange County district currently held by retiring Republican Rep. Darrell Issa gained enough support to win the party’s […]
  • The Latest: Democrats offer own memo on Russia probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic memo that aims to counter GOP allegations that the FBI abused government surveillance powers in its investigation into Russian election interference (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Democrats on the House intelligence committee are rebutting Republican assertions that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against President Donald Trump […]
  • Congress releases redacted, declassified Democratic memo

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks after President Donald Trump blocked the full release of a classified Democratic memo, the House intelligence committee published a redacted version of the document that aims to counter a narrative that Republicans on the committee have promoted for months — that the FBI and Justice Department conspired against Trump as […]
  • Governors skeptical of Congress, but welcome new gun debate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Governors assessing the fallout from the latest school shooting said Saturday that the gun control debate has changed after the sorrow in Florida, a shift helped driven by public outrage and student activists. But they are skeptical Congress can seize the moment, overcome its partisan divide and enact measures intended to prevent […]
  • Governors skeptical of Congress, but welcome new gun debate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Governors say the debate over gun control has changed after the Florida school shooting — a shift helped driven by public outrage and student activists. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee puts it this way: “There’s no question we’re in a different environment.” But governors are skeptical that Congress can seize the […]
  • Trump says arming teachers in schools ‘Up to States’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared Saturday to begin refining his proposals for combatting school violence, tweeting that arming teachers as a deterrent against such often deadly violence — an idea he championed in recent days — is “Up to States.” Trump heavily promoted the idea of putting “gun-adept” teachers and staff carrying concealed […]
  • Trump officials fight eviction from Panama hotel they manage

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — One of President Donald Trump’s family businesses is battling an effort to physically evict its team of executives from a luxury hotel in Panama where they manage operations, and police have been called to keep the peace, The Associated Press has learned. Witnesses told the AP they saw Trump’s executives carrying […]
  • Australia leader urges US to maintain global leadership role

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Australia’s prime minister on Saturday urged the United States to maintain its global leadership role and spoke out against a growing sentiment of isolation in America and elsewhere while highlighting the importance of international partnerships and alliances. Malcolm Turnbull also encouraged Washington to consider rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade pact that […]
  • ‘The Post’ renews attention for Pentagon Papers ruling

    NEW YORK (AP) — Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated “The Post” has revived interest in the newspaper battles of the 1970s, the lives of Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham and executive Ben Bradlee and the risks of publishing the top-secret documents known as “The Pentagon Papers.” It also brought attention, however brief, to one of the country’s […]
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