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  • FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2017, file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during a news conference in Juneau, Alaska. For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan? (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File) Lifestyle

    McConnell faces a challenge passing health care in Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan? Those are some GOP senators whose clashing demands McConnell, R-Ky., must resolve. Facing solid Democratic opposition to […]
  • This February 2011 photo shows U.S. attorney Steven H. Cook of Maryville, Tenn. Cook, a zealous prosecutor who played a key role in writing the Justice Department’s new policy encouraging harsher punishments for criminals, is now turning his attention to hate crimes, marijuana and the ways law enforcement seizes suspects’ cash and property. Cook’s hardline views on criminal justice were fortified as a cop on the streets of Knoxville, Tennessee, in the late 1970s and early ‘80s.  (Robert WIlson/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP) National News

    Tough-on-crime official eyes other policies on DOJ agenda

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A zealous prosecutor who was crucial in writing the Justice Department’s new policy encouraging harsher punishments for criminals is now turning his attention to hate crimes, marijuana and the ways law enforcement seizes suspects’ cash and property. Steve Cook’s hardline views on criminal justice were fortified as a cop on the streets […]
  • FILE - Int his May 24, 2017, file photo. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, right, talks with Syrian refugee children at the Sakirpasa Umran school, funded by the US government, following its opening ceremony in Adana, southern Turkey. Haley is presenting another side of President Donald Trump's “America First” doctrine, one that focuses on human rights and humanitarian assistance. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici, Pool) AP

    From Nikki Haley, another side of Trump’s ‘America First’

    BAB AL-HAWA, Turkey-Syria Border (AP) — Nikki Haley crouched low in the trailer of an 18-wheeler taping up a box of lentils and wheat for besieged Syrians, her hands-on diplomacy a world apart from the gleaming new NATO headquarters where President Donald Trump was debuting his “America First” doctrine overseas. Haley, Trump’s U.N. ambassador, had […]
  • Brittany Jacobs, left, and 6-year-old son Christian Jacobs meet President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence in Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery, Monday, May 29, 2017, in Arlington, Va. Jacobs father, Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, was killed in 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) Lifestyle

    Trump pays somber tribute to fallen troops on Memorial Day

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump expressed the nation’s “boundless” gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice paid by Americans defending the United States, dedicating his first Memorial Day address as commander in chief to a top Cabinet secretary and two other families who lost loved ones. Participating in the somber, annual observance Monday at Arlington […]
  • This February 2011 photo shows U.S. attorney Steven H. Cook of Maryville, Tenn. Cook, a zealous prosecutor who played a key role in writing the Justice Department’s new policy encouraging harsher punishments for criminals, is now turning his attention to hate crimes, marijuana and the ways law enforcement seizes suspects’ cash and property. Cook’s hardline views on criminal justice were fortified as a cop on the streets of Knoxville, Tennessee, in the late 1970s and early ‘80s.  (Robert WIlson/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP) National News

    Zealous prosecutor leading review of violent crime in cities

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A zealous prosecutor who was crucial in writing the Justice Department’s new policy encouraging harsher punishments for criminals is now turning his attention to hate crimes, marijuana and the ways law enforcement seizes suspects’ cash and property. Steve Cook’s hardline views on criminal justice were fortified as a cop on the streets […]
  • FILE - In this May 9, 2017, file photo, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. pauses while meeting with the media to discuss healthcare on Capitol Hill in Washington. For McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan? (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) Lifestyle

    McConnell juggling diverse demands on Republican health bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, writing a Republican-only health care bill that can pass the Senate boils down to this question: How do you solve a problem like Dean, Lisa, Patrick, Ted, Rand and Susan? Those are some GOP senators whose clashing demands McConnell, R-Ky., must resolve. Facing solid Democratic opposition to […]
  • President Donald Trump pauses as he visits Section 60 of Arlington National Cemetery after a Memorial Day ceremony Monday, May 29, 2017, in Arlington, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) National News

    The Latest: Trump honors fallen in Memorial Day address

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s Memorial Day observance (all times local): 3:30 p.m. President Donald Trump is offering the nation’s “boundless” gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice paid by Americans in defense of the United States. Trump dedicated his first Memorial Day address as commander in chief to a Cabinet secretary and […]
  • FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017 file photo, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks in Washington. Federal authorities have launched dozens of new criminal investigations into possible opioid and other drug theft by employees at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, a sign the problem isn't going away despite new prevention efforts. Data obtained by The Associated Press show 36 cases opened by the VA inspector general's office from Oct. 1 through May 19. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) National News

    AP Exclusive: Suspected drug thefts persist at VA centers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating dozens of new cases of possible opioid and other drug theft by employees at Veterans Affairs hospitals, a sign the problem isn’t going away as more prescriptions disappear. Data obtained by The Associated Press show 36 criminal investigations opened by the VA inspector general’s office from Oct. 1 […]
  • President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One across the South Lawn to the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 27, 2017, as they return from Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) National News

    Trump lashes out at leaks, considers staff upheaval

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is assailing internal leaks as he considers an overhaul of his White House staff and grapples with a burgeoning crisis involving alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. Frustrated with what he views as his team’s inability to push back against the drumbeat of new revelations, Trump is seeking […]
  • In this May 23, 2017, photo, White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, left, and his wife Ivanka Trump watch during a visit by President Donald Trump to Yad Vashem to honor the victims of the Holocaust in Jerusalem. The Washington Post is reporting that the FBI is investigating meetings that Trump’s son-in-law, Kushner, had in December 2016, with Russian officials. Kushner, a key White House adviser, had meetings late last year with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Kislyak, and Russian banker Sergey Gorkov. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) National News

    Kelly defends plan for Russia back channel as a ‘good thing’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is defending an alleged effort by top White House adviser Jared Kushner to create back-channel communications with Russia as a “good thing,” while the Trump administration sought to quell mounting questions over secret ties to the Kremlin. Speaking on Sunday’s news shows, Kelly said he didn’t know […]
  • FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2016 file photo, Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., speaks during an event in Beverly, Mass. Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight _ for majority control of the House. “Veterans have had the experience of putting the country first, before personal politics” and party dictates, said Moulton, who did four tours of duty in Iraq, left the Marines as a captain and was elected to Congress in 2014. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) AP

    Dems view vets as strong candidates in bid to retake House

    ATLANTA (AP) — Democrats hope to enlist military veterans in another type of fight — for majority control of the House. Looking ahead to next year’s elections, Democrats are trying to recruit at least two dozen military veterans to challenge Republican incumbents, arguing that candidates with a military background on their resumes appeal to independent […]
  • President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk from Marine One across the South Lawn to the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 27, 2017, as they return from Sigonella, Italy. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) National News

    AP FACT CHECK: A rash of Trump statements under scrutiny

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has reopened his Twitter spigot now that his foreign trip is over, so brace yourself. The intensifying investigations into Russian interference in the election and the potential involvement of associates have reached his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and appear to have caught the president in a bare-knuckled mood. Even the […]
  • President Donald Trump speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Monday, May 29, 2017, during a Memorial Day ceremony. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) National News

    Trump honors fallen and families in Memorial Day address

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday expressed the nation’s “boundless” gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice paid by Americans defending the United States, dedicating his first Memorial Day address as commander in chief to a top Cabinet secretary and two other families who lost loved ones. Participating in the somber, annual observance at […]
  • Former Vice President Joe Biden a selfie after addressing a gathering at campaign event for New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy, Sunday, May 28, 2017, in Lyndhurst, N.J. A former executive at Goldman Sachs and Barack Obama's ambassador to Germany, Murphy is the front runner in the Democrats' June 6 primary. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) AP

    Biden says New Jersey race is country’s most important

    LYNDHURST, N.J. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden offered praise for Phil Murphy at an appearance with New Jersey’s Democratic gubernatorial front-runner Sunday, calling the off-year election the most important in the country over the next three years. Murphy is leading the pack in the Democrats’ June 6 primary and has a huge campaign […]
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    New lawsuit accuses imprisoned former speaker of sex assault

    CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois man accuses Dennis Hastert in a new lawsuit of sexually assaulting him in bathroom stall when he was a fourth-grader, at least the fifth such allegation against the former House speaker who will soon be released from prison in a hush-money case. The suit was filed in a suburban Chicago […]
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