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  • Mueller concludes Russia-Trump probe with no new indictments

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller closed his long and contentious Russia investigation with no new charges Friday, ending the probe that has cast a dark shadow over Donald Trump’s presidency but launching a fresh wave of political battles over the still-confidential findings. The report’s details remained a mystery, accessible to only a handful […]
  • Democrats’ 2020 nominating fight turns in the GOP-run South

    ATLANTA (AP) — When the top lieutenant to a presidential contender phoned Georgia Democratic Party chairwoman Nikema Williams recently to ask for a one-on-one meeting, Williams declined. “I’m sorry, but I talk to candidates; I don’t talk to surrogates,” she said, recalling the conversation in an interview. Williams got what she wanted. By her count, […]
  • Flight attendant detained by immigration on return to US

    A Texas flight attendant who was enrolled in the government’s program for “Dreamers” flew to Mexico for work and was stopped by immigration authorities who forced her to spend more than a month in detention, her attorney said. Selene Saavedra Roman, 28, who immigrated illegally to the U.S. as a child, was released Friday from […]
  • Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victims

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday. The Homeland Security Department’s Office of Inspector General found the breach occurred when FEMA was […]
  • CNN’s profile of Kellyanne Conway gets social media blowback

    NEW YORK (AP) — CNN’s Dana Bash is learning the perils of doing personality profiles in a political city that’s always on war footing. She’s received a social media roasting this week for featuring White House adviser Kellyanne Conway as part of her ongoing feature series, “Badass Women of Washington.” It was first distributed online […]
  • The Latest: Trump reversing new sanctions on North Korea

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States sanctions on North Korea (all times local): 2:25 p.m. President Donald Trump says he is reversing his administration’s decision to slap new sanctions on North Korea, ordering them withdrawn. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump “likes Chairman Kim and he doesn’t think these sanctions […]
  • King: Katrina victims only asked for help, unlike Iowans

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Steve King says he was told that victims of Hurricane Katrina only asked for help, unlike people in his home state of Iowa, who “take care of each other.” The Iowa congressman on Thursday told a town hall meeting in Charter Oak he visited New Orleans multiple times after the deadly […]
  • The Latest: Lame-duck parties can file briefs until Monday

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Republicans’ attempt to stay an order blocking their lame-duck laws limiting the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A Wisconsin appeals court won’t decide until at least Monday whether to reinstate Republican-backed lame-duck laws limiting the powers […]
  • O’Rourke tackles racial issues in first South Carolina visit

    ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP) — In the first primary state where Democratic presidential hopefuls can test their mettle before a mostly black audience, Beto O’Rourke took on issues of race Friday, telling South Carolina voters that he might not know their struggles firsthand but wants to be a president who can try to fix them. “I’m […]
  • Trump to nominate conservative Stephen Moore for Fed board

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he will nominate Stephen Moore, a conservative economic analyst and frequent critic of the Federal Reserve, to fill a vacancy on the Fed’s seven-member board. Moore, a well-known and often polarizing figure in Washington political circles, served as an adviser to Trump during the 2016 campaign. […]
  • Islamic State driven from last Syria territory, Trump says

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Islamic State militants no longer control any territory in Syria, President Donald Trump proudly announced Friday, though the U.S. was still launching airstrikes and sporadic fighting continued on the ground against the group’s holdouts. “It’s about time,” Trump exclaimed on an airport tarmac in Florida. He held up maps […]
  • Pompeo says Trump is like biblical queen who saved Jews

    JERUSALEM (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Christian broadcast network that it’s “possible” that President Donald Trump is like Queen Esther, who saved Jews in the Old Testament. Pompeo made the statement Thursday in an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network on his trip to the Middle East. The interviewer asked […]
  • Government watchdog finds 85 percent backlog in DNA analysis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog says there was an 85 percent increase in the backlog of crime scene DNA analysis at labs around the U.S. between 2011 and 2017. The Government Accountability Office released a report Thursday finding demands for DNA analysis outpaced crime labs’ ability to complete the requests. But the labs have […]
  • Democratic Socialists group endorses Bernie Sanders for 2020

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic Socialists of America has endorsed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in his second run for president. The New York-based group says its National Political Committee voted Thursday to endorse Sanders and move forward with “an independent campaign” to elect him and “advance a class-struggle agenda.” The 56,000-member organization calls Sanders “the […]
  • US hits Iran with new sanctions while Pompeo visits Lebanon

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration hit Iran with new sanctions on Friday while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was denouncing Iran’s growing influence on a visit to Lebanon. The Treasury Department said the sanctions target 31 Iranian scientists, technicians and companies affiliated with Iran’s Organization for Defense Innovation and Research, which had been at […]
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