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  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump on black unemployment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is taking unjustified credit for recent job gains by black Americans even as he defends himself against claims of racism. Trump and his administration argue he’s done more to help the economic well-being of minorities than Barack Obama, the country’s first and only black president. The implication is that […]
  • White House says it values diversity, won’t disclose numbers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the White House values diversity, but she would not say how many black staffers there are in the West Wing. Pressed by reporters Wednesday for a specific number, Sanders said: “I’m not going to go through and do a count.” The lack of diversity in […]
  • Trump yanks ex-CIA chief’s clearance, hitting vocal critic

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of ex-CIA Director John Brennan on Wednesday, an unprecedented act of retribution against a vocally critical former top U.S. official. Later, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump drew a direct connection between the Russia investigation and his decision, citing Brennan as […]
  • Republicans blast Pearl Jam poster of burning White House

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republicans on Wednesday condemned a poster by Pearl Jam that shows the White House in flames and a bald eagle pecking at a skeleton they say is meant to depict President Donald Trump. The National Republican Senate Committee compared it to the now-infamous photo of comedian Kathy Griffin holding a fake […]
  • Democrats avoid abuse allegations against party leader

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Democratic Party insisted Wednesday that allegations of domestic abuse against his second-in-command would not hurt his party ahead of this fall’s midterm elections. Yet four days after the first public accusation of physical and emotional abuse emerged against Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, other would-be allies across the nation […]
  • 1st transgender candidate for governor focuses on the issues

    BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Six months ago, Christine Hallquist was leading one of Vermont’s rural electric cooperatives, her transgender status causing nary a ripple as she took part in policy debates about renewable energy and the reliability of the electric grid. Now, after winning Vermont’s Democratic nomination to run for governor, she’s basking in the […]
  • Nuke talks uncertain, US hits shippers with NKorea sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With little apparent progress in denuclearization talks with North Korea, the Trump administration on Wednesday stepped up pressure on the isolated nation by punishing three foreign companies accused of helping the North evade international sanctions. The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on the companies, which are based in China, Russia and Singapore, as […]
  • Mattis says US will work more closely with Argentina

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The U.S. and Argentinian militaries will pursue closer cooperation on numerous fronts, including military education and training, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday after meeting with his counterpart during the first visit to Argentina by an American defense chief in 13 years. “We focused on what we can do […]
  • US House rivals in Ohio deadlocked, but regrouping for fall

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It’s rare that two candidates for a coveted open congressional seat get a do-over. But for campaigns, party strategists and outside groups, that’s what back-to-back contests for central Ohio’s sprawling 12th District seem to make possible. The race for former Republican U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi’s unexpired term ended in a deadlock […]
  • Ex-Trump campaign manager says Bloomberg is 2020 threat

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager said Wednesday Democrats need to nominate a Washington outsider to compete in 2020. Corey Lewandowski said he believes former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg would instantly become a serious challenger to Trump if he ran as a Democrat. Lewandowski, now an adviser to Vice President […]
  • The Latest: Manafort jury deliberations to begin Thursday

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort (all times local): 6:35 p.m. Jurors in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort are set to begin their deliberations. After closing arguments wrapped up Wednesday afternoon, U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis lll spent […]
  • Black Americans aren’t buying Omarosa’s turn against Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For years, Omarosa Manigault Newman stood at Donald Trump’s side, making her deeply unpopular with African-Americans who see her as a sellout for aligning herself with a president who has hurled one insult after another at black people. Her falling out with Trump and her decision to call him a racist as […]
  • White House admits error for false claim on black employment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has acknowledged error in its false claim that President Donald Trump created three times as many jobs for African-Americans than President Barack Obama. It was a rare admission of fault for an administration that frequently skews data and overstates economic gains. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said […]
  • Defiant as Trump rages, Omarosa says she won’t be silenced

    NEW YORK (AP) — Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman declared that she “will not be silenced” by President Donald Trump, remaining defiant as her public feud with her former boss appeared to shift to a possible legal battle. In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, Manigault Newman, who is promoting her new […]
  • Dems pick ‘firsts,’ GOP goes for Trump fave in primaries

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a night of firsts, Democrats in Vermont’s primary chose the nation’s first transgender gubernatorial nominee. In Minnesota, they picked a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Congress. Connecticut Democrats nominated a candidate who could become the first black woman from the state to serve in Congress. […]
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