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  • Week of reckoning on White House aides’ access to secrets

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s a week of reckoning for White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and dozens of other officials who have been working without permanent security clearances for the better part of a year. Those who have been operating with interim access to top secret information since before June are set to see that […]
  • The Latest: Wife loses bid to replace lawmaker who shot self

    SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on a special election to complete the remaining term of a Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself last year (all times local): 7:50 p.m. The wife of a Kentucky lawmaker who killed himself last year after facing sexual assault allegations has lost a special election to fulfill the remainder of […]
  • US: North Korea canceled meeting with Pence at last minute

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence was all set to hold a history-making meeting with North Korean officials during the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un’s government canceled at the last minute, the Trump administration said Tuesday. A potential meeting between Pence and the North Koreans had been the most highly […]
  • How a law firm’s work on Ukraine ties into the Russia probe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex van der Zwaan, an attorney, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with a Trump campaign official. Van der Zwaan worked for the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, which was hired to write a 2012 report on the Ukrainian government’s prosecution of […]
  • With new elections near, US strains to curb Russia meddling

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russians are going to try it again. Even President Donald Trump’s intelligence chiefs say so. But with congressional primaries just two weeks away, the U.S. has done little to aggressively combat the kinds of Russian election meddling that was recently unmasked in federal court. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s surprise indictment last […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Where are Trump’s ‘tougher’ steps on Russia?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he’s been “much tougher” on Russia than his predecessor — but his evidence remains scant at best. During the 2016 campaign, President Barack Obama called out Russia for political interference when much less was known about it and followed up after the election by expelling 35 Russian diplomats […]
  • Shulkin intends to stay in VA post with White House support

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Campaigning to keep his job, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said Tuesday he had no intention of quitting despite blistering findings of travel abuses connected to his 11-day trip to Europe. He issued an extraordinary warning to VA staff rebelling against him: Get back in line or get out. Speaking after a […]
  • Ethics Committee confirms review of Tennessee lawmaker

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee confirmed Tuesday that it is investigating Republican Rep. John Duncan Jr., of Tennessee over unspecified allegations, after media reports last year that he had paid his son for campaign work. Duncan Jr., who is serving his 16th term in the House and had previously announced he won’t seek […]
  • President Trump to host Swedish prime minister March 6

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will host Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven at the White House next month. The White House says Trump looks forward to exchanging views during the March 6 meeting on deepening ties between the U.S. and Sweden, with a focus on trade and investment between them. The leaders are also […]
  • Supreme Court won’t take case of Dead Sea Scrolls defendant

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court won’t take up the case of a blogger convicted of criminally impersonating his father’s academic rivals on the subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The court on Tuesday declined to take the case of Raphael Golb, the son of University of Chicago professor Norman Golb. The younger Golb was […]
  • Supreme Court rejects 2 gun rights appeals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is rejecting two challenges by guns rights groups to California laws regulating firearms’ sales. The action Tuesday came less than a week after a gunman in Florida killed 17 people at a Florida high school. The justices did not comment in leaving in place two rulings by the San […]
  • The Latest: Attorney pleads guilty to lying

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Russia probe (all times local): 3:25 p.m. An attorney for a prominent law firm is pleading guilty to lying to federal authorities about his interactions with a former Trump campaign associate. Alex van der Zwaan is entering the plea in federal court in Washington where he is admitting […]
  • Trump plan: Less health insurance for lower premiums

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration Tuesday spelled out a plan to lower the cost of health insurance: give consumers the option of buying less coverage in exchange for reduced premiums. The proposed regulations would expand an alternative to the comprehensive medical plans required under former President Barack Obama’s health law. Individuals could buy so-called […]
  • The Latest: Democrats: No basis for GOP to sue over new map

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on congressional redistricting in Pennsylvania (all times local): 6:15 p.m. Lawyers for the Democratic voters who successfully challenged Pennsylvania’s congressional districts as unconstitutionally gerrymandered say Republicans have no legal or factual basis to sue over new court-ordered districts. The Philadelphia-based Public Interest Law Center said in a statement Tuesday […]
  • The Latest: Justice Dept to step up review of bump stocks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The Justice Department says it is moving quickly with its review of “bump stock” devices after President Donald Trump directed the agency to propose regulations banning them. The devices allow semi-automatic rifles to fire faster and were used in last year’s […]
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