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  • Trump nominates McConnell ally to powerful appeals court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating a 37-year-old judge and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Justin Walker of Kentucky has been on the federal bench less than six months and is one of the […]
  • Russia to the rescue? US, Moscow spar over aid deliveries

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An odd new front in the U.S.-Russian rivalry has emerged as a Russian military cargo plane bearing a load of urgently needed medical supplies landed this week at New York’s JFK airport. Russia cast it as a magnanimous aid contribution to a struggling country in need – its old Cold War rival. […]
  • Trump campaign kicks off Catholic voter outreach project

    NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is ramping up its courtship of Catholic voters ahead of a likely November matchup against a devout Catholic Democrat, former Vice President Joe Biden. The campaign previewed its message at a Thursday night launch of a “Catholics for Trump” coalition, touting the president’s religious freedom record […]
  • Democrats elevate health care as virus-era campaign argument

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are zeroing in on health care as one of the few issues that might resonate among Americans who have largely shelved election-year politics as they focus on protecting their families from the spreading coronavirus. Joe Biden, the prospective Democratic nominee, is criticizing President Donald Trump for refusing to reopen “Obamacare” enrollment […]
  • Wisconsin limps toward Tuesday election despite virus fears

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s attempt to conduct an election in the midst of a coronavirus crisis lurched forward Friday, with a Democratic governor pushing for an all-mail election to replace in-person voting and Republican leaders refusing to budge. Just three days before Tuesday’s spring primary — which features the Democratic presidential contest plus a […]
  • Boost the schmooze? Trump wants tax dining deduction back

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It may be an odd gesture at a time of social distancing, but President Donald Trump is leaning into his plea to Congress to restore full tax benefits prized by business for fine dining and schmoozing. Trump is seizing on the pandemic crisis to push for an item on his economic wish […]
  • Greitens’ re-emergence fuels speculation of a comeback

    O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has re-emerged after nearly two years out of the public eye, fueling speculation that his resignation after a tawdry scandal didn’t kill his political aspirations. He won’t run for governor this year, at least not as a Republican. The filing deadline was Tuesday. But Greitens could […]
  • Trump campaign calls Sessions ‘delusional’ in letter

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign has sent a letter to Jeff Sessions, his former attorney general now running for a U.S. Senate seat, objecting to Sessions’ portrayal of himself as a Trump supporter in a campaign mailer. The March 31 letter sent by Michael S. Glassner, chief operating officer of Donald J. […]
  • Navy fires captain who sought help for virus-stricken ship

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus on his ship was fired by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people. Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly said the ship’s commander, Capt. Brett Crozier, […]
  • Biden wants to talk to Trump about lessons from past crises

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden said Thursday that he wants to speak with President Donald Trump in the hope that the president can “learn some lessons” from the Obama administration on how to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. “We’ve been through this in a slightly different way in the past, and I hope they can […]
  • Judge won’t delay Wisconsin election but extends voting

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday declined to postpone Wisconsin’s presidential primary as the coronavirus spreads, but he ordered that people be given an extra six days beyond Tuesday’s election for absentee voting. U.S. District Judge William Conley blasted state leaders’ decision not to delay the election to protect people’s health but […]
  • States demand ventilators as feds ration limited supply

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two weeks ago, the Pentagon promised to make as many as 2,000 military ventilators available as the federal government strains to contend with the coronavirus pandemic. As of Wednesday, less than half had been allocated, despite a desperate need across the country. At the Federal Emergency Management Agency, tasked with coordinating the […]
  • White House moves toward promoting face masks to fight virus

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many Americans wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus as the president defends his response to the crisis. “Because of some recent information that the virus can actually be spread even when people just speak […]
  • US allowing longer shifts at nuclear plants in pandemic

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. nuclear plants will be allowed to keep workers on longer shifts to deal with staffing problems in the coronavirus pandemic, raising worries among watchdogs and some families living near reactors that employee exhaustion will increase the risks of accidents. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s decision to temporarily allow longer worker shifts is […]
  • Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained by The Associated Press. The document from the House Ways and Means Committee […]
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