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    House condemns Trump ‘racist’ tweets in extraordinary rebuke

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted Tuesday night to condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist comments” against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump’s Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn’t “a racist bone in my body.” Two days after Trump tweeted that four Democratic freshmen […]
  • Booker’s Iowa senior adviser leaves, citing personal reasons

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Cory Booker’s Iowa senior adviser is departing his 2020 presidential campaign, leaving the New Jersey senator without one of his top staffers in a key early voting state. Iowa senior adviser Joe O’Hern confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that he had stepped down from the campaign last week […]
  • US, Russian delegations to discuss arms control in Geneva

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Delegations from the U.S. and Russia are expected to meet this week to discuss arms control and the possibility of coaxing China into negotiating a new, three-way nuclear weapons pact, two senior administration officials said Monday. The New START treaty, the last major arms-control treaty remaining between the U.S. and Russia, expires […]
  • The Latest: O’Rourke’s fundraising plunges in 2nd quarter

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on second quarter fundraising totals (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Beto O’Rourke raised just $3.6 million for his presidential campaign in the second quarter, a dramatic drop in fundraising that underscores his campaign’s struggle to gain traction. The former Texas congressman entered the race with a glowing cover story in […]
  • Services set to remember H. Ross Perot in Dallas

    DALLAS (AP) — Family and friends are set to remember H. Ross Perot, the colorful Texas billionaire who twice mounted outsider campaigns for president, at services in Dallas. A graveside service Tuesday morning at a cemetery will be followed by a memorial service at Highland Park Methodist Church in the afternoon. Both events are private […]
  • Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women’s rights groups. The head of a national umbrella group representing the clinics said the administration is following […]
  • Mnuchin says budget deal with Pelosi is ‘very close’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell vs. hardliners in the White House as lawmakers pursue a deal on federal spending and the debt. And the hardliners, wary of further increases to federal spending, appear to be losing. Talks between Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appear to […]
  • House backs bill to target wildlife trafficking

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has approved a bill that allows the State Department to offer financial rewards for information leading to the arrest or conviction of wildlife traffickers who target endangered elephants, rhinos, lions and other species. The bill adds wildlife trafficking to the list of criminal activities such as terrorism that the State […]
  • A look at the ‘squad’ that Trump targeted in racist tweets

    WASHINGTON (AP) — They’re all women of color. Every one of them is an American citizen. And of the four members of the self-styled “squad” duly elected to the House of Representatives, only one was born outside the U.S. In racist tweets over the weekend, President Donald Trump almost certainly was referring to this group […]
  • 62 border employees under internal investigation amid posts

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Monday that 62 current and eight former Border Patrol employees are under internal investigation following revelations of a secret Facebook group that mocked lawmakers and migrants. Most are under investigation for posts that surfaced in a secret group called “I’m 10-15,” where messages questioned the […]
  • Treasury chief: Facebook currency plan ripe for illicit use

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration came out strongly Monday against Facebook’s ambitious plan to create a new digital currency, as the Treasury chief warned it could be used for illicit activity such as money laundering, human trafficking and financing terrorism. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin expressed “very serious concerns” about the currency proposed by the […]
  • GOP won’t fully rebuke Trump attacks on women lawmakers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans found themselves unwilling Monday to swiftly and unequivocally rebuke President Donald Trump’s attack on progressive women of color in Congress, almost ensuring no real fallout from his party in Congress. Some Republicans spoke up against Trump’s suggestion that the women should “go back” to the countries they came from. But others […]
  • Trump signs order to make American-made goods more American

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that will require federal agencies to purchase products using more American components. The order strengthens the standards that federal agencies must follow under the Buy American Act, which creates a preference for American-made goods. Trump said his order will gradually boost the percentage of […]
  • Harris blasts, and takes money from, Epstein’s law firm

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite last Tuesday when she called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein. She said their former law firm’s work on behalf of the financier accused of sexual abuse “calls into question the integrity […]
  • DeVos: Efforts to boycott Israel are a ‘pernicious threat’

    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Monday that a movement to boycott Israel has become a “pernicious threat” on college campuses and is fueled by bias against Jews. Speaking at a Justice Department summit on anti-Semitism, DeVos issued a scathing rebuke of the BDS movement, a campaign led by pro-Palestine activists calling for a boycott, divestment […]
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