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    Trump signs proclamation for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump kibitzed with World War II veterans at the White House on Thursday as he signed a proclamation declaring it National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. A half dozen veterans of the attack, wearing medals and military hats, attended the ceremony and bantered with the president as he commemorated their service. […]
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    White House: Trump’s throat ‘was dry’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House said the president’s throat was merely dry when he seemed to slur his words during a Wednesday address. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded to internet speculation about President Donald Trump’s seemingly slurred words, saying Thursday, “The president’s throat was dry — nothing more than that.” Trump noticeably mispronounced […]
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    The Latest: White House ‘looks forward’ to Winter Olympics

    The Latest on the Olympic games in Pyeongchang (all times local): 2:30 p.m. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says the U.S. “looks forward to participating” in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. She tweeted that update minutes after saying at a briefing that no official decision had been made. Her tweet reads: “The U.S. […]
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    Sanders: Trump Jr. citing lawyer-client privilege legitimate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it believes President Donald Trump’s eldest son had a “legitimate reason” in citing attorney-client privilege to avoid answering questions to Congress about conversations with his father. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday: “We believe that his lawyers had a legitimate reason and basis for not answering those […]
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    EPA chief defends spending on travel and soundproof booth

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt on Thursday defended his frequent taxpayer-funded travel and his purchase of a custom soundproof communications booth for his office, saying both were justified. Pruitt made his first appearance before a House oversight subcommittee responsible for environmental issues since his confirmation to lead EPA in February. While […]
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    The Latest: Dayton: Franken fill-in to be named soon

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on efforts to replace Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, who resigned Thursday over allegations of improper conduct (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he hasn’t decided who he’ll appoint to fill Sen. Al Franken’s seat ahead of an election next year. Franken said Thursday he […]
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    Border crossings start to rise in spite of ‘Trump effect’

    MISSION, Texas (AP) — Felicita Villagran Villeda and her 15-year-old son sat on a dirt road next to the Rio Grande passing a plastic water jug back and forth, trying to catch their breath as the Texas sun bore down on them overhead. Border Patrol agents in green uniforms stood nearby, waiting to take them […]
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    Son of ex-Rep. Conyers not prosecuted in domestic abuse case

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The son of former Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who’s a possible candidate for his father’s vacated U.S. House seat, was arrested in February in Los Angeles after his girlfriend told police he body-slammed and then stabbed her during an argument, but prosecutors declined to bring charges. Documents obtained by The Associated […]
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    The Latest: Senate approves bill to avert shutdown

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the budget battle in Congress (all times local): 616 p.m. No government shutdown — for now. The Senate has voted 81-14 for a spending bill to keep the government open until Dec. 22. The Senate approval comes about an hour after the House backed the measure. The bill now […]
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    Son of ex-Democratic governor enters Texas governor’s race

    HOUSTON (AP) — Andrew White, son of the late former Democratic Texas Gov. Mark White, kicked off his longshot bid for governor Thursday, saying his mix of business-minded, conservative Democratic values can upend well-funded Republican incumbent Greg Abbott. White held a rally with about 100 supporters in his hometown of Houston and promised to run […]
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    The Latest: FBI chief says hacker targets can be hard to ID

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on FBI Director Christopher Wray’s testimony to Congress (all times local): 12:45 p.m. FBI director Christopher Wray says that identifying hacking targets can be “harder than you might think.” Wray was responding to a question from California Democrat Zoe Lofgren about an Associated Press report that the bureau failed to […]
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    Franken’s exit hands Dems another 2018 electoral headache

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sen. Al Franken’s announcement Thursday that he will resign sets off a scramble toward a special election in 2018 to finish the Minnesota Democrat’s term, with former governor and one-time presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty seen as a top possibility for Republicans to cash in an unforeseen pickup chance. Franken said […]
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    Trump to discuss renewable fuel standard with senators

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump plans to discuss the renewable fuel standard with Republican senators. Trump is set to meet Thursday with senators to talk about the standard, which requires ethanol from corn and soybeans to be blended into gasoline and diesel. The White House says he will discuss his […]
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    The Latest: Franken steps down, takes shot at Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and the allegations of sexual misconduct against him (all times local): 8 p.m. Sen. Al Franken has reluctantly announced he’s resigning from Congress, succumbing to a torrent of sexual harassment allegations. But the Minnesota Democrat is firing a defiant parting shot at President Donald Trump […]
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    The Latest: Cotton suggests China a hindrance on North Korea

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on The Associated Press Newsmaker interview with Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark. (all times local): 9:30 a.m. Sen. Tom Cotton is suggesting that China is more of a problem than a partner for the United States when it comes to North Korea. The Arkansas Republican — a member of the Senate […]
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