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  • Trump: Giuliani wants to take information to Barr, Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump indicated Saturday that his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani wants to take the information he has gathered from his investigations in Ukraine to the U.S. attorney general and to Congress. Trump said Giuliani had not yet told him what information he has gathered, though the president said he’s heard it […]
  • Biden calls Sanders’ pitch to leverage Israel aid ‘bizarre’

    OELWEIN, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden said Saturday that it is “bizarre” for Bernie Sanders to propose withholding U.S. military aid from Israel if the government there doesn’t moderate its treatment of Palestinians. The remarks highlight a nuanced but significant distinction between the Democratic presidential contenders. Biden and Sanders support a “two-state solution” for Israel […]
  • Pentagon chief plans to shift US focus to China and Russia

    SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Saturday he still plans to shift the American military’s focus to competing with China and Russia, even as security threats pile up in the Middle East. Esper outlined his strategic goals and priorities in a speech at the Reagan National Defense Forum, an annual gathering […]
  • House impeachment report looks at abuse, bribery, corruption

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Previewing potential articles of impeachment, the House Democrats on Saturday issued a lengthy report drawing on history and the Founding Fathers to lay out the legal argument over the case against President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine. The findings from the House Judiciary Committee do not spell out the formal charges against […]
  • Impeachment collides with funding deadline, testing Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The impeachment drama is dominating Washington, but leading figures such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi still have their day jobs to do. The California Democrat faces a testing over the next two weeks, toggling between the impeachment of President Donald Trump and past-ripe issues including North American trade legislation and a massive […]
  • AP FACT CHECK: Trump and the people he forgets he knew

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When certain associates and acquaintances of President Donald Trump get into hot water, he forgets he ever knew them. Various figures from the Russia investigation and the Ukraine matter as well as a British prince have fallen out of familiarity with the president in this way. For a few days, the stock […]
  • Voting site reopened in Georgia after grassroots fight

    HAZLEHURST, Ga. (AP) — When local election officials shut down a polling site in a predominantly black area of a rural Georgia county, displaced voters couldn’t look to the federal government to intervene as it once did in areas with a history of racial disenfranchisement. So residents banded together, circulating petitions pressuring the Jeff Davis […]
  • No malarkey: Biden courts Iowans, balances national campaign

    STORM LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Minutes after Joe Biden met Cathy Buxengard, he commandeered her cellphone to talk with her 99-year-old mother about her service as a World War II nurse and how worried she is about the United States today. “You took care of ’em, Mom. … Thank you, thank you, thank you,” the […]
  • Biden: ‘Best people’ for posts, but they could be donors

    DECORAH, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden declined Friday to rule out appointing political donors to ambassadorships or other posts if he wins the 2020 presidential election. But he pledged that his nominees, regardless of their contributor status, would be the “best people” for their posts. Biden’s position diverges from fellow Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren, […]
  • Russian foreign minister to meet with Pompeo in DC next week

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia’s foreign minister will visit Washington next week for talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. officials said Friday. Pompeo will host Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday for talks that are expected to be followed by a joint news conference, two officials said. It was not immediately clear if Lavrov planned other […]
  • Federal workers could win parental leave in space force swap

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Hill leaders are nearing agreement in negotiations on an annual defense policy bill that would extend 12 weeks of paid parental leave to federal workers, both military and civilian, in exchange for establishing President Donald Trump’s space force initiative. The agreement would trade a major expansion of benefits to federal workers […]
  • Klobuchar gaining traction in Iowa with Midwest sensibility

    INDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Quick with a joke and unsparing in her mockery of President Donald Trump, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar and her Midwest sensibility show signs of gaining traction in Iowa, her neighboring state and where her presidential ambitions rise and fall. She regularly ignites laughter while campaigning, as she did Friday with a […]
  • Buttigieg calls on McKinsey to release list of his clients

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is calling on his former employer McKinsey & Co. to release a list of the clients he served and to free him from a nondisclosure agreement he signed when he worked there a decade ago. In a statement Friday, he also included a summary of the work […]
  • Trump to delay listing Mexican cartels as terrorist groups

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday in a tweet that he will hold off on designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. Trump said all the work had been completed and he was statutorily ready to issue a declaration but had decided to delay at the request of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez […]
  • California congressman Duncan Hunter to quit after holidays

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California will resign after the holidays, following his guilty plea this week to illegally using campaign money for personal expenses, his office said Friday. The San Diego-area Republican did not provide a specific date for his departure in a two-sentence statement. He previously indicated he intended […]
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