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  • Justice Dept. sent anti-Semitic post to immigration judges

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s immigration arm sent judges a morning news briefing that included a blog post from a virulently anti-immigration website that also publishes work by white nationalists. The post by VDARE featured links that directly attacked immigration judges with racially tinged slurs and a specific anti-Semitic reference about Jews and power, […]
  • Green Berets killed in combat in Afghanistan identified

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command on Thursday released the names of the two Green Berets who were killed a day earlier during combat operations in Afghanistan. Master Sgt. Luis F. Deleon-Figueroa, 31, and Master Sgt. Jose J. Gonzalez, 35, died as a result of small arms fire in northern Faryab Province. […]
  • Sanders campaign boss concedes he may not win New Hampshire

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The campaign manager for Bernie Sanders emphasized Thursday that New Hampshire is a critical presidential primary state he expects Sanders to win, but he’s leaving room for a scenario in which Sanders falls short. Faiz Shakir said he doesn’t “like the language of must-win,” though he does believe it is an […]
  • Democrats see opening on economy, resist cheering recession

    PROLE, Iowa (AP) — Campaigning under the stifling August sun, Joe Biden assailed President Donald Trump’s trade war with China, accusing him of squandering a strong economy and putting Americans’ financial security at risk. But he was quick to add that he was not hoping for the worst. “I never wish for a recession. Period,” […]
  • Lincoln Chafee weighs presidential bid as Libertarian

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Former Democratic presidential candidate Lincoln Chafee (CHAY’-fee) is considering another run for president as a Libertarian. The onetime governor of Rhode Island confirmed in a text message he is open to another presidential run, this time with the Libertarians. The Daily Beast was first to report the news Thursday. Chafee moved […]
  • Woman to woman: Female Trump backers try to sell his message

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign is rallying and training a corps of female defenders, mindful that Trump’s shaky standing with women could sink his hopes of reelection next year. Female surrogates and supporters fanned out across important battlegrounds Thursday in a high-profile push to make the president’s case on the economy […]
  • Feds to revamp confidentiality rules for addiction treatment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials proposed Thursday to revamp stringent patient confidentiality regulations from the 1970s to encourage coordination among medical professionals treating people caught in the nation’s opioid epidemic. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the goal is to make it easier to share a patient’s drug treatment history with doctors […]
  • AP source: Prison staff members subpoenaed in Epstein probe

    NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed up to 20 staff members at the jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself, amid mounting evidence that guards failed to keep watch on the financier as he awaited trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press on […]
  • Trump scraps plan to push for foreign aid cut

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing bipartisan opposition, President Donald Trump has scrapped an effort to cut some $4 billion in foreign aid that lawmakers had already approved. A senior administration official and a Democratic congressional aide confirmed the decision Thursday. Both spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The potential cut to programs at […]
  • Trump awarding Medal of Freedom to NBA star Bob Cousy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is to present basketball legend Bob Cousy with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in an Oval Office ceremony on Thursday. Cousy, 91, played for the Boston Celtics from 1950 to 1963, winning six league championships and the 1957 MVP title. The Bob Cousy Award, […]
  • Cherokee chief says journey to seat US delegate will be long

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Cherokee Nation’s plan to send a delegate to the U.S. House, the first such attempt by a tribal nation, will take time as well as cooperation from Congress, the tribe’s newly elected chief said Thursday. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. called on Congress to recognize the right of […]
  • Democratic Party leaders nix calls for climate crisis debate

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Frustrating boisterous climate activists, Democratic Party leaders declined on Thursday to call for a presidential primary debate focused on the climate crisis, but tinkered ever-so-slightly with restrictions on what kind of single-issue events their White House hopefuls can attend. The moves played out in an unruly gathering of the Democratic National […]
  • The Latest: Crowds at Louisiana Capitol for former governor

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Latest on the memorial services for former Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco (all times local): 1:55 p.m. Large crowds have assembled at the Louisiana Capitol to pay their respects to former Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, who led the state amid the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Blanco’s casket was carried […]
  • Republican launches Minnesota Senate bid, slams ‘resistance’

    FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Republican Jason Lewis jumped into Minnesota’s Senate race Thursday, using a YouTube video and State Fair appearance to make it clear that he’ll try to tie Democratic incumbent Tina Smith to the state’s freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar and the so-called resistance to President Donald Trump. Lewis, a former conservative talk […]
  • Key Mueller cooperator Gates testifies in trial of DC lawyer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rick Gates, a key cooperator in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, testified Thursday against a prominent Washington attorney accused of concealing information from the Justice Department about work done for the government of Ukraine. Gates, a former campaign aide to President Donald Trump who pleaded guilty last year in Mueller’s investigation, […]
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