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  • Metaphorical Washington ‘swamp’ overrun by actual vermin

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Andre Pittman and Gregory Cornes are on a mission to rid Washington of opportunistic vermin. But their target isn’t corrupt officials or shady political fixers; it’s Rattus Norvegicus, the common Norway Rat. The nation’s capital is facing a spiraling rat infestation, fueled by mild winters and a human population boom. Washington’s government […]
  • Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are trying to turn their most painful losses this year into a rallying cry they hope will electrify the 2020 presidential campaign: Every vote matters. Multiple potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are elevating the issue of voting rights as they prepare to launch campaigns. They’re vowing to oppose Republican-backed […]
  • Analysis: A rancorous first glimpse of new Trump-Dem dynamic

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s first encounter with newly empowered congressional Democrats produced a striking Oval Office display that revealed how ill-prepared he is for the biggest political challenge of his presidency. There was Trump, sitting between two seasoned legislators, repeating his demands for border wall funds, while House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and […]
  • GOP chairman: Vote tally sharing would warrant new election

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s Republican Party chairman said Tuesday that the state should order a new election in an unresolved congressional race if an affidavit alleging some early voting totals were improperly shared before Election Day is accurate. The state Democratic Party gave the affidavit of Agnes Willis, a Bladen County precinct worker […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Wisconsin governor’s veto pen is powerful

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended lame-duck legislation Tuesday that sparked protests in the state’s Capitol because it would trim some of his successor’s powers. Critics said the Republican-controlled Legislature is ignoring the election result and trying to constrain Gov.-elect Tony Evers from altering some GOP initiatives after he takes office in January. Evers has appealed […]
  • Correction: Kushners-Opportunity Zones story

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Dec. 11 about an Opportunity Zone tax break promoted by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the couple jointly own a stake in the real estate investment firm Cadre that is launching a series of Opportunity Zone funds. That stake is in Jared Kushner’s […]
  • Reading between the lines of Trump’s Oval Office tussle

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The heated, on-camera Oval Office exchange between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump was an extraordinary public airing of grievances, with lots to unpack. What was being said between the lines? And who was blurring facts? TRUMP: “One thing that I do have to […]
  • GOP chairman: Vote tally sharing would warrant new election

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina Republican Party leader says an affidavit alleging a county’s early vote totals were shared improperly would be grounds alone for a new election in an unsettled congressional race. GOP Chairman Robin Hayes made the comment Tuesday about a Bladen County precinct worker’s statement that the state Democratic Party […]
  • Former Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio files defamation suit

    PHOENIX (AP) — Former Phoenix-area Sheriff Joe Arpaio has filed a defamation lawsuit seeking $300 million against three news organizations, alleging their inaccurate references to his criminal case have hurt his chances at possibly running in 2020 for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by John McCain. The lawsuit filed Monday in Washington alleges that […]
  • AP source: Biden to meet with family as he ponders 2020

    Former Vice President Joe Biden is wrapping up a busy stretch of events this week before stepping out of the public eye to hold family deliberations over the holidays on whether to launch another campaign for president, according to multiple people familiar with his thinking. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because Biden was […]
  • Trump signs bill to help religious minorities in Iraq, Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday to help ensure humanitarian relief reaches the members of religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria who have been targeted for genocide by Islamic State militants. “In recent years, IS has committed horrifying atrocities against religious and ethnic minorities in Syria and Iraq, including […]
  • Chao announces $1.5 billion in infrastructure grants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Transportation Department announced Tuesday that it will disperse $1.5 billion to fund 91 infrastructure projects around the country. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the grants are part of her department’s BUILD infrastructure support program and will fund road, rail and port projects in 49 states plus the District of Columbia. Chao […]
  • Trump administration asks Supreme Court to allow asylum ban

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is asking the Supreme Court to allow enforcement of a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border. Two federal courts have temporarily blocked the policy President Donald Trump announced in November in response to caravans of migrants that were approaching the border. Last week, […]
  • Top border security official defends use of tear gas

    NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s top border security official told skeptical senators Tuesday that the use of tear gas on a group of migrants that included children was justified to manage a chaotic clash where a crowd was hurling rocks at agents and trying to illegally cross into the U.S. U.S. Customs and Border […]
  • Pelosi gives Trump an earful, questions ‘manhood’ in private

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In public, Nancy Pelosi lectured Donald Trump on the Constitution and wagged a finger at him for characterizing her “strength.” In private, she questioned his “manhood” — and her disdain for him became public, again, anyway. “It’s like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could ever be associated with him. […]
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