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  • Trump’s Russia attorney shifts to become White House counsel

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says the attorney representing President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation is shifting roles and taking on duties as counsel to the president. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Thursday that Emmet Flood will temporarily serve as White House counsel. That’s until another attorney, Pat Cipollone, officially comes on […]
  • Mnuchin says he will not attend Saudi investment conference

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday he will not attend an investment conference in Saudi Arabia. Mnuchin made the announcement on his Twitter account , saying that the decision was made after a White House meeting with President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Mnuchin said in his tweet, “I […]
  • US downgrades Jerusalem diplomatic mission to Palestinians

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Thursday downgraded the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by placing it under the authority of the U.S. Embassy to Israel. The move, which was immediately denounced by the Palestinians and hailed by Israel, is the latest Trump administration decision to align with Israeli government […]
  • Trump endorses Dave Brat in Virginia’s 7th District race

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump has endorsed Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Brat as the two-term congressman faces a strong challenge from a Democratic opponent. Brat is locked in a tight race with Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA officer who is waging an aggressive campaign to unseat Brat in a traditionally Republican congressional district. […]
  • Trump concedes Khashoggi likely dead, threatens consequences

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday it “certainly looks” as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened “very severe” consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration toughened its response to a disappearance that has sparked global outrage. Before Trump spoke, […]
  • Environmentalists file 3rd lawsuit over Trump wall plans

    HOUSTON (AP) — Environmental groups filed another lawsuit Thursday challenging the Trump administration’s use of waivers to speed up construction of a border wall, this time in Texas. Three groups sued the Department of Homeland Security, a week after the agency waived environmental laws along a roughly 25-mile (40-kilometer) stretch of border in the Rio […]
  • Florida to bend voting rules in counties hit by hurricane

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — With tens of thousands throughout the region still without power, Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday relaxed or waived voting rules for eight counties hammered by Hurricane Michael last week. Scott’s order represents a delicate balancing act for the Republican governor since most of the Panhandle counties affected by the decision […]
  • Hip-hop, health care share spotlight in pivotal House race

    SCHODACK, N.Y. (AP) — Hip-hop, health care and Brett Kavanaugh have emerged as issues in a tight congressional race in New York’s Hudson Valley that pits a freshman Republican congressman against a rapper-turned-corporate lawyer seeking his first political office. Democrat Antonio Delgado is running on universal access to Medicare, creating good jobs and eliminating tax […]
  • Tennessee women slow to back GOP’s Blackburn in Senate race

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — If Republican Marsha Blackburn were to win in November, the congresswoman would become the first female U.S. senator in Tennessee history. And yet women have been slow to embrace her campaign. A Vanderbilt University poll conducted Oct. 8-13 showed Blackburn trailing former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, a Democrat, 49 percent to […]
  • Khashoggi warns in last column of free rein to silence media

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post has published a new column by missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in which he warns that governments in the Middle East “have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate.” The Post published the column Wednesday, more than two weeks after Khashoggi was last […]
  • Biden: Trump ‘coddles’ autocrats like Kim, Putin, Saudis

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden says President Donald Trump may not “know what he’s doing” and coddles dictators. The potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate told CBS “This Morning” Thursday he’s concerned Trump “seems to have a love affair with autocrats” and “coddles” dictators, including North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, Russia’s Vladimir Putin […]
  • The Latest: Mattis, Chinese counterpart discuss disputed sea

    SINGAPORE (AP) — The Latest on a meeting between U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his Chinese counterpart (all times local): 5:50 p.m. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has met on the sidelines of an Asian security conference in Singapore with his Chinese counterpart, Gen. Wei Fenghe. The face-to-face talks between the defense chiefs on […]
  • Money talks: Campaigns draw millions in ‘outsider’ cash

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — It’s been eight years since the U.S. Supreme Court declared that political spending is free speech. The decision eased the way for corporations, unions or nonprofits to spend massive amounts to support, or more often, denounce candidates in tight races. Citizens United, as the ruling is commonly known, has transformed American […]
  • Analysis: With ‘America First,’ where do human rights rank?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If it’s an “America First” presidency, where does that rank human rights? President Donald Trump’s refusal to put public pressure on Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is raising a question that has dogged his foreign policy. In dealing with Russia, across Asia and, this week, in the Mideast, […]
  • Heitkamp renews ad apology; Cramer says she’s not bipartisan

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Sen. Heidi Heitkamp opened her debate Thursday against Republican challenger Kevin Cramer with a renewed apology for a newspaper ad attacking her opponent that improperly identified some survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, calling it a “grave and horrible error.” “I am praying for guidance and forgiveness,” the Democrat told […]
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