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  • Trump says he’s eager to sign sweeping criminal justice bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate passed a sweeping criminal justice bill Tuesday that addresses concerns that the nation’s war on drugs had led to the imprisonment of too many Americans for non-violent crimes without adequately preparing them for their return to society. Senate passage of the bill by a vote of 87-12 culminates years of […]
  • ‘Twas the Night before Christmas’ is theme of Pence holiday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Christmas at Vice President Mike Pence’s official residence literally jumps out of the pages of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Every room on the main floor of the Naval Observatory represents a verse from the poem by Clement Clarke Moore, officially titled “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Pence has a family tradition […]
  • Judge’s rebuke of Flynn upends sentencing, prolongs case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge who described himself as disgusted by Michael Flynn’s behavior upended a straightforward sentencing hearing, postponing punishment for President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser and telling him in a stinging rebuke, “Arguably you sold your country out.” Lawyers for Flynn requested the delay Tuesday after a tongue-lashing from U.S. […]
  • Funding government without border wall appears back on table

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared to back off his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, signaling for the first time that he might be open to a deal that would avoid a partial government shutdown. The White House set the tone Tuesday when press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated that […]
  • Highlights of the criminal justice overhaul bill

    The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping criminal justice overhaul. The House is expected to pass the bill this week, sending it to President Donald Trump for his signature. The bill : –Attempts to focus the toughest sentences on the most violent offenders by lowering mandatory minimum sentences for prior drug felonies, including reducing the […]
  • Shutdown threat recedes as Trump softens stance on wall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared Tuesday to back off his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, signaling for the first time that he might be open to a deal that would avoid a partial government shutdown. The White House set the tone when press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated that […]
  • The Latest: Kentucky House adjourns without passing pension

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a special legislative session called to vote on changes to the state’s pension systems (all times local): 8 p.m. Kentucky’s House of Representatives has adjourned a special session called by the governor without passing a pension bill. Republican Gov. Matt Bevin called lawmakers back to Frankfort on Monday […]
  • Flynn’s sentencing postponed: 4 takeaways

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The unexpected delay in Michael Flynn’s sentencing raised a new wrinkle in the Russia probe. The former national security adviser, who pleaded guilty to lying the FBI about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador, had expected to face no jail time after prosecutors vouched for him, saying he had provided substantial assistance in […]
  • Seemingly close to redemption, Flynn has to wait some more

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michael Flynn’s wait was almost over. The former national security adviser, about to be sentenced for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russians, appeared confident that he was about to walk out of court a free man Tuesday morning. He had, after all, spent the past year cooperating with prosecutors, […]
  • Attorney: Man at center of ballot controversy broke no laws

    BLADENBORO, N.C. (AP) — The attorney for a man at the center of a controversy in a disputed North Carolina congressional race said he hasn’t broken any campaign laws and ongoing investigations will prove it. Attorney Cynthia Adams Singletary said in a statement Tuesday that any speculation regarding McCrae Dowless and the 9th District election […]
  • Shutdown threat recedes as Trump softens stance on wall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared Tuesday to back off his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, signaling for the first time that he might be open to a deal that would avoid a partial government shutdown. The White House set the tone when press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders indicated that […]
  • Kushner earns praise for support of criminal justice reform

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the first time many liberal advocates had set foot inside President Donald Trump’s White House. And they came at the invitation of presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner — a top White House adviser whom many liberal and good-government groups have criticized, questioning his lack of experience in government, potential conflicts of […]
  • Officials baffled by large migrant groups at remote crossing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Large numbers of Guatemalan families and unaccompanied children are surrendering to U.S. immigration agents in an extremely remote and dangerous stretch of New Mexico desert, a new smuggling route that has baffled authorities. It is where 7-year-old Jakelin Caal and her father were found Dec. 6 with 161 others near a border […]
  • The Latest: Democratic Rep.-elect says he’s ready to work

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on litigation over Maine’s new ranked voting system (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Democratic Rep.-elect Jared Golden’s campaign says he’s ready to start work despite an ongoing legal fight waged by his Republican opponent over Maine’s new election system. A federal judge last week rejected U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s […]
  • A look at status of Trump’s US-Mexico border wall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democratic lawmakers are in a standoff over funding the government, and the main sticking point is Trump’s demand for $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump said during the campaign he was going to make Mexico pay for the barrier — but now he’s […]
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