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    A Saudi Arabian first: Spokeswoman at kingdom’s US embassy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As Saudi Arabia feverishly portrays itself as ready to join the ranks of modern, tolerant societies, the kingdom has turned to a once-unlikely messenger — one of its daughters — to make its case to the West. On Fatimah Baeshen’s first day as the Saudi Embassy in Washington’s official spokeswoman, the ultra-conservative […]
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    Trump again blasts NFL over players kneeling during anthem

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is again criticizing the NFL over players kneeling during the national anthem. Trump said on Twitter Wednesday that the “NFL has decided that it will not force players to stand for the playing of our National Anthem.” He adds: “Total disrespect for our great country!” Trump appeared to be […]
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    Karen Pence: ‘All of us could benefit from art therapy’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence, the vice president’s wife, said Wednesday that art therapy, a little-known mental health profession that she has championed for years, is the issue she will highlight during the Trump administration. She said in a speech in Florida that her goals are to raise awareness about art therapy, help people understand […]
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    Under fire, Trump defends call to soldier’s grieving family

    MIAMI (AP) — President Donald Trump emphatically rejected claims Wednesday that he was disrespectful to the grieving family of a slain soldier, as the firestorm he ignited over his assertions of empathy for American service members spread into a third contentious day. “I have proof,” he insisted. The controversy over how Trump has conducted one […]
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    GOP, Dem senators push health deal as Trump keeps distance

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The authors of a bipartisan plan to calm health insurance markets said Wednesday they’ll push the proposal forward, even as President Donald Trump’s stance ricocheted from supportive to disdainful to arm’s-length and the plan’s fate teetered. “If something can happen, that’s fine,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “But I won’t […]
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    GOP budget that’s key to taxes moving ahead in Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is moving ahead on a Republican budget plan, a critical step in President Donald Trump and the party’s politically imperative drive to cut taxes and simplify the IRS code. The nonbinding budget plan would permit Republicans to pass follow-up tax cuts later this year that would cost up to $1.5 […]
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    Sessions defends Comey firing, dodges questions on Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions strongly defended President Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey, but at a Senate hearing Wednesday repeatedly declined to discuss private conversations with the president about the dismissal, frustrating Democratic lawmakers who wanted to link the firing of the FBI director to a broader inquiry into Russian election meddling. […]
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    Judge: Newest travel ban ‘same maladies’ as previous version

    HONOLULU (AP) — Just hours before President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban was to take full effect, a federal judge in Hawaii blocked the revised order, saying the policy has the same problems as a previous version. The revised order “suffers from precisely the same maladies as its predecessor,” U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson wrote […]
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    Judge asks group in Trump lawsuit to justify right to sue

    NEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday pressed government lawyers to explain why President Donald Trump’s ownership of hotels patronized by foreign government officials didn’t violate the Constitution, a key question that could shed light on Trump’s finances if a civil lawsuit heard in New York is allowed to proceed. At issue in […]
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    As congressional investigations wear on, some eye a finish

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As congressional investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections wear on in the Capitol, some lawmakers are starting to wonder when — and how — the probes will end. After months of clandestine interviews and a few public, partisan committee clashes, some Republicans on the House intelligence panel have privately been […]
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    CIA watchdog nominee scolded for lack of preparation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the CIA’s independent watchdog has told Congress that he’s never read the Senate’s so-called torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency’s treatment of terror suspects after 9/11. Christopher Sharpley, who has been deputy inspector general at the CIA since July 2012, told the Senate […]
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    Bannon praises Flake opponent, slams Senate leader McConnell

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Steve Bannon leveled a blistering attack on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other top Republicans at an Arizona fundraiser for a GOP primary challenger to incumbent Sen. Jeff Flake. The former chief strategist to President Donald Trump heaped disdain on McConnell and other incumbent Republicans, saying they are failing the […]
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    Women in California Capitol speak out against harassment

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Women lawmakers, lobbyists and staffers in California’s Capitol are encouraging each other to share stories of sexual harassment in the workplace in an effort to show its pervasiveness and to ensure more men stand up against it. The open letter from nearly 150 women posted online Monday letter adds to a […]
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    Judge dismisses Russian billionaire’s suit against AP

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a defamation lawsuit brought against The Associated Press by a Russian billionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said in the 21-page ruling that aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska, who sued over a March story about his business relationship with […]
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    Families of the fallen, and their presidents

    The Associated Press spoke Tuesday with family members who have lost loved ones in U.S. military operations and asked them about their interactions, if any, with the president at the time — George W. Bush, Barack Obama or Donald Trump. Here’s a sampling of their stories: SPEAK NO ILL Jodie Missildine’s 20-year-old stepson, Alex Missildine, […]
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