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    Russians charged with meddling in 2016 presidential race

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel accused 13 Russians Friday of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton. The federal indictment, brought by special […]
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    Trump to host Netanyahu at White House next month

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House next month. White House spokesman Raj Shah confirms that Netanyahu will meet with the president on March 5. The pair met last month in Davos, Switzerland weeks after the Trump administration rejected international criticism of its decision to […]
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    Commerce Dept. backs tariffs on imported aluminum and steel

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Commerce Department is urging President Donald Trump to impose tariffs or quotas on imported aluminum and steel, which it calls a national security threat. The recommendations unveiled by Secretary Wilbur Ross Friday are likely to escalate tensions with China and other U.S. trading partners. Stepped-up foreign production of steel and aluminum, […]
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    Magazine obtains ex-playmate’s notes on alleged Trump affair

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump had a nine-month extramarital affair with the 1998 Playboy Playmate of the year beginning in 2006, showing the woman his wife’s bedroom in Trump Tower and bringing her to his private bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to the woman’s eight-page, handwritten account of the relationship obtained […]
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    Pentagon watchdog raises doubts about Afghan war progress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon watchdog agency raised fresh doubts Friday about progress in the 16-year-old U.S. war in Afghanistan and suggested that restrictions on the public release of information make it difficult to gauge the effectiveness of U.S. strategy. The Pentagon’s office of the inspector general, in a report done jointly with the State […]
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    White House aide to Kushner departs for family business

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior aide to Jared Kushner is leaving the White House to return to his family’s real estate company. Reed Cordish is a central figure in the Kushner-led Office of American Innovation. Cordish will be replaced by Brooke Rollins, a former aide to Texas ex-Gov. Rick Perry who heads the Texas Public […]
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    The Latest: Trump blames Dems for immigration bill fail

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on immigration (all times local): 10:10 a.m. President Donald Trump is accusing Democrats of abandoning “Dreamers,” immigrants brought to the country as children and who stayed illegally, because they wouldn’t back his immigration plan. But the Senate proposal he supported only gained 39 votes in the Senate. Trump tweets: “Cannot […]
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    Romney’s Utah bid for Senate could revive rift with Trump

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney and President Donald Trump have harshly criticized each other but also have been willing to sit down to talk when it’s mutually beneficial. Romney’s announcement Friday that he is running for the U.S. Senate in Utah creates the potential for more battles or deal-making. A look back at […]
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    The Latest: Trump praises Fla. law enforcement members

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s response to the Florida school shooting (all times local): 8:20 p.m. President Donald Trump says he hopes law enforcement members are “getting the credit” for their response to a deadly Florida high school shooting. Trump and first lady Melania Trump are in Fort Lauderdale to meet […]
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    Romney makes it official: He’s running for Utah Senate seat

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is running for a Utah Senate seat, officially launching his political comeback attempt Friday by praising his adopted home state as a model for an acrimonious national government in Washington. Having been one of the Republican Party’s fiercest internal critics of President Donald Trump, Romney […]
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    Food box idea draws criticism from Democrats, advocates

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is pushing what it calls a “bold new approach to nutrition assistance”: replacing the traditional cash-on-a-card that food stamp recipients currently get with a pre-assembled box of canned foods and other shelf-stable goods dubbed “America’s Harvest Box.” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney likened the box to […]
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    Lots of talk, little action in Congress after shootings

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For a brief moment after the Las Vegas massacre last fall, Republicans and Democrats in Congress talked about taking a rare step to tighten the nation’s gun laws. Four months later, the only gun legislation that has moved in the House or Senate instead eases restrictions for gun owners. The October deaths […]
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    House GOP leaders struggle to push immigration bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As badly as things have gone for immigration legislation in the Senate, it’s not looking any easier in the more conservative House. Republican leaders there are scrambling to find enough GOP votes to pass a measure that’s even more restrictive than a proposal by President Donald Trump that flopped spectacularly in the […]
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    Can middle-class candidate defeat millionaires in Illinois?

    CHICAGO (AP) — In an Illinois governor race that includes a couple millionaires and a billionaire, Daniel Biss likes to tell people he’s given his campaign just $25 — and then his wife decided to one-up him and donate $50. “We’re pretty well maxed out, but we’ll see what we can do going forward,” the […]
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    How Trump has responded to moments of national grief

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has responded in uneven ways to mass shootings and other incidents in which multiple people were killed. Trump expressed sorrow Thursday after 17 people were killed a day earlier in a shooting at a South Florida high school, and aimed to put the spotlight on the alleged gunman’s mental […]
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