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  • After stumbles, Trump and McConnell forge bond for midterms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Senate convened for a rare August work period, the late-summer session serves as a reminder of how much has changed in the partnership between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump. This time last year, the two men were barely on speaking terms. Trump bashed the GOP leader […]
  • Manafort judge says he’s received threats, won’t name jurors

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The judge in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s fraud trial refused Friday to release the names of jurors, saying he has received threats and fears for their safety as well. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III revealed his concerns in explaining why he doesn’t intend to make jurors’ names public […]
  • Phantom of the Courthouse: Manafort trial is Trump-free zone

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump is the phantom of U.S. District Courtroom 900. His name has rarely been uttered during the two-week trial of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. References to his campaign and administration have slipped in only through carefully scrubbed exchanges. The Trump name has been so studiously avoided that when […]
  • Access denied: Behind Trump’s review of security clearances

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has said he’s yanking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance and threatened to do the same to other current and former officials tied to the federal investigation into Russian election interference. Trump told The Wall Street Journal he made the move because he believes the probe is “rigged” […]
  • Trump nixes $92M military parade, blames DC for high cost

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he had canceled plans for a Veterans Day military parade, citing the “ridiculously high” price tag — a day after U.S. officials said the November event could cost $92 million, more than three times the price first suggested by the White House. Trump on Twitter accused local […]
  • Mattis says further Taliban assaults likely in weeks ahead

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Western-backed Afghan defenses will not break under the weight of Taliban violence in advance of scheduled parliamentary elections in October, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said. In his most detailed comments on the Taliban’s assault on the eastern city of Ghazni since it began Aug. 10, Mattis said the Taliban had […]
  • The Latest: Pentagon puts off military parade until 2019

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Veterans Day military parade (all times local): 8:10 p.m. The Defense Department says the Veterans Day military parade ordered up by President Donald Trump won’t happen in 2018. Col. Rob Manning, a Pentagon spokesman, said Thursday that the military and the White House “have now agreed to explore […]
  • APNewsBreak: Voter log changes could delay Alaska results

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Some election results from the Alaska primary could be delayed after more than 100,000 voters were given a month to clear up discrepancies with their addresses on voting records. Election officials have not given an exact count of how many did so, but those who didn’t may have to vote a […]
  • City tweaks sign for Paul Manafort Drive amid son’s trial

    NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city has tweaked its sign for Paul Manafort Drive because the name agitated some residents. The Hartford Courant reports workers put up a new sign this week to make clear the street in New Britain is named after ex-Mayor Paul Manafort, not his son who worked for Donald […]
  • Where White House touts a boom, most economists see a blip

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Is the latest pickup in U.S. economic growth destined to slow in the years ahead as most analysts say? Or, as the Trump administration insists, is the economy on the cusp of an explosive boom that will reward Americans and defy those expectations? On Thursday, President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser made […]
  • US vows to work more closely with states to fight wildfires

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As wildfires choke California and other Western states, the Trump administration pledged Thursday to work more closely with state and local officials to prevent wildfires from ever starting. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the Forest Service and other agencies will step up efforts to cut down small trees and underbrush and set […]
  • GOP candidate runs for multiple offices to preserve spots

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A perennial political candidate secured the Republican nomination to run for at least five offices, including the U.S. House, in a strategy to preserve all but one of the slots for other GOP prospects in the largely Democratic state. In Tuesday’s primary, H. Brooke Paige, a semi-retired former newsstand business owner, […]
  • Phantom of the Courthouse: Manafort trial is Trump-free zone

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Donald Trump is the phantom of U.S. District Courtroom 900. His name has rarely been uttered during the two-week trial of his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. References to his campaign and administration have slipped in only through carefully scrubbed exchanges. The Trump name has been so studiously avoided that when […]
  • GOP buys Cuomo ticket to Canada after US greatness comment

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s political opponents on the right and left seized Thursday on his comment that America “was never that great,” with Republicans buying him a bus ticket to Canada and intra-party rival Cynthia Nixon accusing him of trying and failing to sound like a progressive. The Democratic governor’s […]
  • Access denied: Behind Trump’s review of security clearances

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has said he’s yanking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance and threatened to do the same to other current and former officials tied to the federal investigation into Russian election interference. Trump told The Wall Street Journal he made the move because he believes the probe is “rigged” […]
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