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  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Flynn didn’t lie to FBI

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts when it comes to former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea for lying in the Russia investigation. In remarks Thursday at a meeting with governors-elect, Trump suggests the FBI never accused Flynn of lying in its probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated […]
  • Kasich would prefer competing for presidency as a Republican

    BEXLEY, Ohio (AP) — Outgoing Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Thursday that he’d prefer to run for president as a Republican, but only if he’s entering a primary he could win. In an interview with The Associated Press, Kasich acknowledged he probably couldn’t defeat President Donald Trump if the election were held today. He says […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s theory about Mexico, trade, that wall

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has come up with a theory about how Mexico, by hook or by crook, really is paying for his border wall despite saying a thousand times no. TRUMP: “I often stated, ‘One way or the other, Mexico is going to pay for the Wall.’ This has never changed. Our […]
  • Pelosi says House Dems will start seeking Trump tax returns

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House next year will start trying to obtain President Donald Trump’s income tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, the likely next speaker said Thursday. But Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., expected to lead the House when the new Congress starts in January, said she believes the White House will fight […]
  • Republican senator distances himself from Raytheon stock buy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee quickly unloaded newly acquired Raytheon stock following a report that the purchase was made after he urged President Donald Trump to boost defense spending by billions of dollars. The Daily Beast first reported that a financial adviser to Sen. James Inhofe bought between $50,000 […]
  • Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics at a House hearing Thursday on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research, as the Trump administration reviews the government’s ongoing support for such studies. Research fields in which fetal tissue is used include HIV, childhood cancers, treatments that enlist the body’s immune system […]
  • The Latest: Senate ends Saudi war aid, blames crown prince

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the congressional response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 7 p.m. Senators have voted to recommend that the U.S. end its assistance to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen and put the blame for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on Saudi […]
  • Trump statements evolve from denial to ‘I did nothing wrong’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has offered shifting explanations about hush payments made by his former attorney Michael Cohen to two women who alleged they had affairs with the future president. First, he denied knowing about them. Later, he called them a perfectly legal “private transaction.” Cohen, who this week was sentenced to three […]
  • No. 2 House Republican: Gov’t shutdown ‘stupid’, may happen

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A looming, partial government shutdown would be “stupid” but might be unavoidable if Democrats refuse to support President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico, the second-ranking House Republican said on Thursday. Even if Republicans assemble enough votes to approve the wall in the House, the plan probably will fail in the […]
  • Pentagon: NKorea slow to negotiate over US war remains

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Months after the White House raised hopes for bringing home thousands of U.S. battlefield remains from North Korea, the returns have stalled. Detailed negotiations on future recovery arrangements have not even begun. The slower pace appears linked to the more talked-about stalemate over North Korea’s nuclear weapons . At a June meeting […]
  • President Trump welcomes governors-elect to White House

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has welcomed governors-elect from both parties to the White House. Among those attending Thursday were Florida Republican Ron DeSantis, Georgia Republican Brian Kemp, Illinois Democrat J.B. Pritzker, Wisconsin Democrat Tony Evers and newly inaugurated Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican. White House Director of Intergovernmental Affairs Doug Hoelscher had […]
  • The Latest: Rebel Dem: Fight to block Pelosi was a challenge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (all times local): 4:20 p.m. A leader of dissident Democrats who struck a deal opening the door for Nancy Pelosi to become House speaker says his group had the votes to block her but faced factors that weakened them. Colorado Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter […]
  • Flake’s Senate farewell speech cites threats to democracy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, President Donald Trump’s most vocal Republican adversary in the Senate, cautioned in his farewell address Thursday that the “threats to our democracy from within and without are real.” Flake declined to seek re-election to a second term, acknowledging that his battles with Trump over the past two […]
  • Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress approved an overhaul Thursday of its process for handling sexual harassment claims, capping a tumultuous year that saw more than a half-dozen lawmakers resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The bill passed both chambers and holds lawmakers, including those who leave office, financially liable for settlements resulting from harassment and retaliation. […]
  • Watchdog: No evidence FBI tried to destroy text messages

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s watchdog found no evidence the FBI intentionally destroyed text messages of two former FBI officials involved in the Hillary Clinton email investigation. Instead, the inspector general faulted an FBI-wide software failure that has resulted in large portions of FBI text messages not being archived. Thursday’s report examines a gap […]
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