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  • Trump slams Sen. McCaskill for plane use during RV road trip

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — President Donald Trump slammed Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill as “phony” in a tweet on Wednesday after she used a private plane during part of a recent RV road trip through Missouri to visit veterans. Trump and Republicans piled on McCaskill for taking some flights on her husband’s company’s propeller […]
  • A year after shooting, GOP lawmakers hold firm on gun rights

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In the year since House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and others were shot at a congressional baseball practice, mass shootings have occurred at a Texas church, a Las Vegas music festival and high schools in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas. Ohio Rep. Brad Wenstrup, a doctor who helped save Scalise’s life […]
  • Lawyers for ex-Senate aide want to bar ‘improper’ statements

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a former Senate staffer accused of lying to the FBI during a leaks investigation say they plan to ask a judge to bar President Donald Trump and other federal government officials from making “improper and prejudicial” statements about the case. James Wolfe, 57, pleaded not guilty in federal court Wednesday […]
  • Senators seek to soothe relationship with Canada

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators from both parties sought to mend a frayed relationship with Canada during a closed-door meeting Wednesday with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland. The meeting involving members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee followed President Donald Trump calling Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “dishonest” and “weak” after the Group of 7 summit […]
  • The Latest: Latest tally seals Breed as San Francisco mayor

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on San Francisco’s mayor’s race (all times local): 5:14 p.m. The latest election update by San Francisco officials sealed London Breed’s victory in the mayor’s race. She led former state Sen. Mark Leno by nearly 2,200 votes out of nearly 250,000 ballots cast. Elections officials say about 7,000 ballots […]
  • Pence gives campaign-style speech to Southern Baptists

    Vice President Mike Pence gave an often boastful campaign-style speech Wednesday to the closing session of the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting, winning several standing ovations even as some evangelicals criticized his appearance. Pence repeatedly made clear that the SBC — the largest Protestant denomination in the U.S. — is viewed by him and President […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump partly right on Canada’s dairy tariffs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a point when he lambastes Canada for protecting its dairy farmers with hefty tariffs. But the United States is hardly innocent when it comes to farm protectionism. And the very real difficulties that U.S. dairy farmers face can’t all be blamed on America’s neighbor to the north. And […]
  • Trump tags US media as nation’s ‘biggest enemy’ after summit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump challenged skeptical media coverage of his historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, declaring that “Fake News” is the nation’s “biggest enemy.” The president’s tweet, delivered a few hours after Air Force One touched down outside Washington, was reminiscent of his February 2017 Twitter rebuke in […]
  • Koch brothers group launches $1.7M TV ad against Whitmer

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The group Americans for Prosperity backed by the billionaire Koch brothers is spending nearly $1.7 million on a television ad that criticizes Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer, saying she backed policies of former Gov. Jennifer Granholm and voted for tax increases as a legislator. The 30-second ad will begin airing Thursday […]
  • White House defends allowing China’s ZTE to buy US parts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Wednesday defended President Donald Trump’s decision to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE to resume buying component parts from the U.S. — a move the Republican-led Senate is working to reverse. In a statement, White House spokesman Hogan Gidley pointed to “massive penalties” imposed on ZTE as part of […]
  • Lawsuits: Congressional maps dilute black voters in 3 states

    A Democratic political group launched a legal campaign Wednesday to create additional majority-minority congressional districts in three Southern states, claiming the current maps discriminate against black voters. Attorneys filed separate federal lawsuits in Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana, challenging congressional maps lawmakers in each state approved in 2011. The lawsuits filed on behalf of several black […]
  • White House announces visit by president of Portugal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of Portugal will be visiting the White House later this month to meet with President Donald Trump. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will visit on June 27. She says the visit will mark “the culmination of a month-long celebration of the Portuguese-American community” […]
  • Larry Kudlow released from hospital after heart attack

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, has been released from the hospital after what the White House had described as a “very mild” heart attack. Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, says in a statement that Kudlow was discharged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center earlier Wednesday. She says […]
  • Times reviewing work of reporter whose records were seized

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times says it’s reviewing the work history of reporter Ali Watkins, whose email and phone records were seized by prosecutors examining whether government secrets were leaked. News organizations and activists have questioned the propriety of the Justice Department seeking this information from Watkins. The Times is looking into […]
  • Senate panel OKs farm bill, but House wants work provisions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel approved a modest, bipartisan rewrite of federal farm and nutrition programs on Wednesday, sidestepping a fight for now but setting up a clash with House Republicans intent on beefing up work requirements for food stamps. The legislation, approved by a bipartisan 20-1 vote, would renew farm safety-net programs such […]
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