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  • FILE - In this May 4, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Republican leaders on Wednesday, Aug. 16, tiptoed around Trump's extraordinary comments on white supremacists. Ryan said on Aug. 15 "white supremacy is repulsive,' but ignored the presidents comments. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) National News

    The Latest: Trump touts Jeff Flake’s primary challenger

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Republicans (all times local): 8:10 a.m. President Donald Trump is touting a primary opponent looking to unseat GOP Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who has criticized the president’s response to the violence and death of a woman in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump on Thursday tweeted that […]
  • FILE - In this May 22, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after making a joint statement in Jerusalem. Israel's prime minister is coming under growing criticism for his relative silence over President Donald Trump's response to the racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Benjamin Netanyahu's muted response to the march staged by anti-Semitic white nationalists -- and Trump's assertion that "both sides" were responsible for the violence -- appears to reflect the Israeli leader's desire to remain in the good graces of the embattled U.S. president. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) AP

    Israeli leader resists calls to criticize Trump

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s prime minister faced growing calls on Thursday to denounce President Donald Trump’s response to the racially charged violence and anti-Semitic displays in Charlottesville, Virginia, even at the risk of angering the American leader. Benjamin Netanyahu has remained largely silent during the unfolding crisis in Virginia. While issuing a terse condemnation of […]
  • FILE - In this April 29, 2017, file photo, Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump is seen in Harrisburg, Pa. Bannon says there’s no military solution to North Korea’s threats and says the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) National News

    The Latest: White House reacts to Steve Bannon comments

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on White House strategist Steve Bannon (all times local): 11:50 a.m. A White House spokeswoman says Steve Bannon’s comments “stand on their own.” In an interview with a liberal publication, The American Prospect, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist said there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North […]
  • FILE - In this April 29, 2017, file photo, Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump is seen in Harrisburg, Pa. Bannon says there’s no military solution to North Korea’s threats and says the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) National News

    Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Contradicting a boss already under pressure to fire him, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon says there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions. Just last week, Trump pledged to answer North Korean aggression with “fire and fury.” In an interview with The […]
  • Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks during a press briefing in Bridgewater, N.J., Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) National News

    Veterans get expanded college assistance under Trump

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — Military veterans are getting unlimited access to college assistance under legislation President Donald Trump has signed into law. The Forever GI Act removed a 15-year limit on using the benefits, effective immediately. The measure increases financial assistance for National Guard and Reserve members, building on a 2008 law that guaranteed veterans […]
  • FILE - In this April 29, 2017, file photo, Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump is seen in Harrisburg, Pa. Bannon says there’s no military solution to North Korea’s threats and says the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) National News

    Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon says there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president’s recent pledge to answer further aggression with “fire and fury.” In an interview with The American Prospect posted online Wednesday, Bannon tells the liberal publication […]
  • FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump walks across the tarmac from Marine One to board Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport in Morristown, N.J. Bombarded by the sharpest attacks yet from fellow Republicans, President Donald Trump on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, dug into his defense of racist groups by attacking members of own party and renouncing the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) National News

    Under fire _ from GOP _ Trump digs in on Confederate icons

    BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump on Thursday burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency. Out of sight, but still online, Trump tweeted his […]
  • FILE - In this May 4, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump talks with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Republican leaders on Wednesday, Aug. 16, tiptoed around Trump's extraordinary comments on white supremacists. Ryan said on Aug. 15 "white supremacy is repulsive,' but ignored the presidents comments. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) National News

    Republican leaders dance around Trump remarks

    NEW YORK (AP) — One after another, the nation’s most powerful Republicans responded to President Donald Trump’s extraordinary remarks about white supremacists. Yet few mentioned the president. The Senate’s top Republican, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, condemned “hate and bigotry.” House Speaker Paul Ryan charged that, “White supremacy is repulsive.” Neither criticized the president’s insistence that […]
  • In this Aug. 14, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump pauses while speaking in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington. Is it really so far-fetched to put Robert E. Lee in the same category as George Washington, as President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday? Many historians say yes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File) Lifestyle

    Scholars say Trump went afoul in lumping Lee with founders

    Both were great generals. Both Virginians. Both came from slave-owning plantation families. Is it really so far-fetched to put Robert E. Lee in the same category as George Washington, as President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday? Many historians say yes. “It’s a ridiculous conflation,” said Professor Alice Fahs of the University of California, Irvine. “He’s not […]
  • In this Aug. 15, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump points to members of the media as he answers questions in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. Republican leaders on Wednesday tiptoed around Trump's extraordinary comments on white supremacists.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) National News

    Trump isolation growing as business panels dismantled

    NEW YORK (AP) — With corporate chieftains fleeing, President Donald Trump abruptly dismantled two of his White House business councils Wednesday –an attempt to manage his increasing isolation and the continued fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump announced the action via tweet, although only after one of the […]
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    Ex-presidents Bush and Bush ask Americans to reject racism

    KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — Former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush are responding to racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying “America must always reject racial bigotry, anti-Semitism and hatred in all forms.” The statement from Kennebunkport, Maine, on Thursday came a day after President Donald Trump said there were “very fine people, […]
  • AP

    The Latest: North Dakota candidate backs Trump on rally

    FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on North Dakota Republican state Sen. Tom Campbell announcing his bid for U.S. Senate: (all times local): 5 p.m. Republican state Sen. Tom Campbell, who cites Donald Trump’s popularity in North Dakota as a selling point for his U.S. Senate bid, says Trump didn’t intend to “be cold” in […]
  • FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2010 file photo, Michigan Gov.-elect Rick Snyder, right, meets with members of the Michigan Congressional delegation, including Rep. Vern Ehlers, R-Mich., left, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ehlers, a research physicist who served 17 years representing a western Michigan congressional district, has died. at 83. Melissa Morrison, funeral director at Zaagman Memorial Chapel, said Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, that Ehlers died late Tuesday at a Grand Rapids nursing facility. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta File) National News

    Former Michigan Rep. Vern Ehlers, a physicist, dies at 83

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Vern Ehlers, a research physicist and moderate Republican who represented a western Michigan congressional district for 17 years and advocated for Great Lakes cleanup funding, has died. He was 83. Ehlers died late Tuesday at a Grand Rapids nursing facility, Melissa Morrison, funeral director at Zaagman Memorial Chapel, said Wednesday. Ehlers […]
  • Provo Mayor John Curtis celebrates after winning Utah's Republican primary to fill the U.S. House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, in Provo, Utah. Curtis of Provo, defeated former state lawmaker Chris Herrod and business consultant Tanner Ainge, son of Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) AP

    The Latest: Utah GOP candidate now faces Democrat, centrist

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a Utah special election to replace Jason Chaffetz in the U.S. House of Representatives (all times local): 3:40 p.m. A Republican Utah mayor celebrating a primary win will have to fend off competitors linking him to embattled President Donald Trump as he prepares for the general election […]
  • FILE- In this Aug. 1, 2017, file photo, people pass the News Corporation headquarters building and Fox News studios in New York. A Fox News Channel anchor whose reaction to President Donald Trump's comments on Charlottesville spread widely says she feels threatened but not deterred after a flood of angry responses from viewers to her words. Kat Timpf, of the Fox show "The Specialists," said Wednesday, Aug. 16, that she's blocked part of her Twitter feed and stopped looking at emails. A day earlier, Timpf called Trump’s news conference disgusting and said "I have too much eye makeup on to cry right now."(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) AP

    Raw feelings close to the surface at Fox over Trump remarks

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Fox News Channel anchor whose reaction to President Donald Trump’s comments on Charlottesville spread widely says she feels threatened but not deterred after a flood of angry responses from viewers to her words. Kat Timpf, of the show “The Fox News Specialists,” said that she’s blocked part of her Twitter […]
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