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  • Judge tosses Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge dismissed Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday, saying the president made a “hyperbolic statement” against a political adversary when he tweeted about a composite sketch the porn actress’ lawyer released. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued Trump in April after he said a […]
  • Trump may not know what’s behind warming, but scientists do

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite what President Donald Trump says, scientists have long known that what’s warming the planet isn’t natural. It’s us. They even have the energy balance sheets accounting for changes in the climate to prove it. President Trump’s own White House put out a science report last year concluding that “the likely range […]
  • The Latest: US wants drugmakers to put prices in TV ads

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on drugmakers disclosing list prices of advertised drugs (all times local): 4:30 p.m. The federal government wants to force drugmakers to disclose prices for prescription medicines in their TV commercials. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said a proposal unveiled Monday would apply to brand-name drugs that are […]
  • The Latest: Washington lobbyists drop client Saudi Arabia

    ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 6:25 a.m. A Washington lobbying firm has told Saudi Arabia it will no longer represent the kingdom, as international furor builds over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. […]
  • US envoy for NKorea to hold talks in Russia, France, Belgium

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s envoy for North Korea is traveling to Russia, France and Belgium for talks with counterparts there as the U.S. prepares for a second leadership summit with the North. The State Department says envoy Stephen Biegun will hold “working level” meetings in Moscow, Paris and Brussels. It provided no further […]
  • The Latest: McCaskill outraises, outspends Hawley

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on fundraising in the Missouri U.S. Senate race (all times local): 3 p.m. Republican Josh Hawley brought in about $3.4 million and spent nearly $2.9 million in recent months in his bid to unseat Missouri’s Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill. Data provided by the campaigns on Monday shows McCaskill […]
  • Senate aide pleads guilty to lying to FBI

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A former Senate intelligence committee employee pleaded guilty Monday to lying to the FBI about contact he had with a reporter. James Wolfe, the longtime director of security for the committee — one of multiple congressional panels investigating potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign — pleaded guilty to a single […]
  • McCaskill brings in another $8.5M for Senate re-election bid

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Data released Monday shows Missouri’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill brought in $7.8 million in roughly two months for her tough re-election bid, breaking records and raising nearly double what her Republican opponent did. McCaskill’s haul appears to break Missouri records for U.S. Senate fundraising between mid-July and the end […]
  • Housley compared Michelle Obama’s posture to a chimp in 2009

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Minnesota Senate hopeful Karin Housley’s campaign said Monday that a 2009 Facebook post in which she compares Michelle Obama’s posture to that of a chimpanzee was being taken out of context. Housley’s comments about the former first lady were one of a handful of controversial social media posts first […]
  • McSally accuses Sinema of backing “treason” in Senate debate

    PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Rep. Martha McSally accused her Democratic opponent, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, of supporting “treason,” citing a 15-year-old radio interview — a charge that Sinema dismissed as part of a “ridiculous” negative campaign during Monday’s debate in the race for Arizona’s open Senate seat. McSally, a former Air Force colonel and combat pilot, […]
  • Sessions: MS-13 gang, drug cartels among top threats to US

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions created a new task force aimed at zeroing in on the three of the world’s most notorious drug cartels and the brutal MS-13 street gang, already considered a top priority for federal law enforcement.  Speaking to a group of federal prosecutors on Monday, Sessions designated five groups as […]
  • Trump marvels at hurricane damage, hears stories of struggle

    LYNN HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Michael Rollins shook President Donald Trump’s hand Monday at the front door of his hurricane-ravaged home in the Florida Panhandle, saying he decided to ride out the storm because he didn’t have anywhere else to go. “I knew I had made my commitment to stay with my animals,” Rollins told […]
  • Warren’s DNA test: ‘Pocahontas’ pushback, possible 2020 prep

    WASHINGTON (AP) — That “Pocahontas” taunt must have rankled. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s release Monday of a DNA analysis that she does indeed have Native American ancestry is a pointed pushback to Donald Trump’s derisive nickname for her. It also looks like an attempt by the Massachusetts Democrat to defuse the issue ahead of a potential […]
  • The Latest: Cherokee Nation faults Sen. Warren on DNA test

    BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the release of a DNA analysis pointing to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage (all times local): 7:57 p.m. A Cherokee Nation official says Sen. Elizabeth Warren “is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage.” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said Monday that […]
  • West Coast military installations eyed for US fuel exports

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military installations or other federal properties to open the way for more U.S. fossil fuel exports to Asia in the name of national security and despite opposition from coastal states. The proposal was described to The Associated Press by Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke […]
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