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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered all members of the Defense Department to re-double their efforts to aggressively work to prevent and respond to sexual assaults across the military. In a memo released Thursday, Mattis said that officers and commanders must act as substitute parents for their young troops, charging leaders to […]
  • Trump says rapper Kanye West has ‘good taste’ for liking him

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is praising Kanye West, saying the rapper has “good taste” because he supports Trump. Trump says in an interview with “Fox & Friends” that West has “good taste” and sees the decline in unemployment rate among black and Hispanic Americans. Trump says, “He’s smart. He says, ‘You know what, […]
  • The Latest: Trump says he did stay overnight in Moscow

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the special counsel’s Russia probe (all times local): 10:38 a.m. President Donald Trump is saying he did spend the night in Moscow during a 2013 trip to Russia. And he is accusing former FBI director James Comey of lying about their conversations about the trip, […]
  • Trump says he thinks he swayed Macron’s thinking on Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he thinks he swayed Emmanuel Macron’s thinking on Iran during the French president’s three-day state visit to Washington this week. Trump has set May 12 as the date he’ll leave the landmark nuclear deal that the U.S. and its European allies negotiated with Iran — unless there’s a […]
  • Trump says NKorea has made nuclear concessions before talks

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has made nuclear weapons concessions before even sitting down for talks, while the U.S. hasn’t given up anything. Trump’s assertions came before Friday’s summit between North Korea and South Korea that’s expected to pave the way for a historic meeting between […]
  • Trump’s Cohen comments raise questions about relationship

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that personal attorney Michael Cohen handles very little of his legal work, but did represent him in the “crazy Stormy Daniels deal,” a rare presidential public reference to the porn star who claims she had sex with the president in 2006. Prosecutors in New York quickly claimed […]
  • Trump pledges hands off Russia probe, may “change my mind’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Thursday he “won’t be involved” in any attempt to interfere with the investigation into Russian election meddling — unless he changes his mind — as a Senate panel moved to safeguard special counsel Robert Mueller from any attempt to fire him. Trump also laced into James Comey, the […]
  • The Latest: Dems blame Trump administration on Jackson

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Ronny Jackson, President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as Veterans Affairs secretary (all times local): 12:06 p.m. Democratic leaders are placing the blame on the Trump administration for Ronny Jackson’s withdrawal as nominee for secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York […]
  • Prosecutor on Justice’s opioid crackdown favors tough tact

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mary Daly has heard the criticism: That the tough-on-drugs approach favored by the Trump administration is cruel, ineffective and a return to the failed policies of the 1980s. She’s not buying it. “We need to use tough prosecutions if we are going to get our way out of this epidemic,” said Daly, […]
  • Nation’s nastiest GOP primary playing out in Pence’s Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — For a glimpse of red-state politics in the era of Donald Trump, look no further than Vice President Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana, where a grueling Republican Senate race has been dubbed the nation’s nastiest primary. Two sitting congressmen and a former state lawmaker are locked in tight competition for a […]
  • SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Why not live audio from high court?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is not noted for its speed or adaptability, but it moved very quickly to post a link to an audio recording of arguments over President Donald Trump’s travel ban. Less than an hour after the justices left the bench Wednesday, the public was able to listen to the courtroom […]
  • Trump’s VA choice bows out in latest Cabinet flame-out

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s White House doctor reluctantly withdrew his nomination to be Veterans Affairs secretary Thursday in the face of accusations of misconduct, the latest embarrassing episode highlighting Trump’s struggles to fill key jobs and the perils of his occasional spur-of-the-moment-decision-making. The weeks-long saga surrounding the nomination of Navy Dr. Ronny Jackson […]
  • Senate committee OKs bill to safeguard special counsel

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bipartisan legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller now lies in the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after the GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance it. McConnell, R-Ky., has said the bill is unnecessary and he won’t let it reach the Senate floor. But the chairman of the […]
  • Lieutenant governor: AG’s Flint probe ‘gross abuse of power’

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Wednesday escalated his criticism of state Attorney General Bill Schuette’s prosecution of top state officials for the Flint water crisis, calling it a “gross abuse of power” intended to aid Schuette’s run for governor. The comments from Calley, who also is seeking the Republican gubernatorial […]
  • Arizona’s only black legislators chastised after race talk

    PHOENIX (AP) — The only two black members of the Arizona Legislature were formally chastised for speaking out against a Republican lawmaker’s published column, which included a racial slur and they say derided black activists while attempting to discredit leaders of a teacher group protesting for better pay. Rep. Maria Syms wrote in a column […]
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