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  • Perdue says farmer aid package still a work in progress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Wednesday his agency is still “in the throes of constructing” an aid package for farmers hurt by retaliatory tariffs, but he is not prepared to say when it will be ready. Perdue said the Agriculture Department is reviewing feedback from producers about the strengths and weaknesses of […]
  • Senate backs appeals court judge from Calif. as Dems protest

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has confirmed a Los Angeles lawyer as a federal appeals court judge, despite opposition from California’s two Democratic senators. The Senate voted, 52-45, Wednesday to confirm Kenneth Lee’s nomination to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris opposed Lee, saying he failed to provide […]
  • NYC mayor announces Iowa trip ahead of expected 2020 entry

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing travel plans to a pair of early voting states ahead of an expected entry Thursday into the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential race. De Blasio is scheduled to appear on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Thursday morning. A spokeswoman says he will travel […]
  • Huawei hit by US export controls, potential import ban

    In a fateful swipe at telecommunications giant Huawei, the Trump administration issued an executive order Wednesday apparently aimed at banning its equipment from U.S. networks and said it was subjecting the Chinese company to strict export controls. Huawei would be the largest business ever subjected to the controls, a law enforcement measure that requires it […]
  • Trump to visit South Korea in June for talks on North

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will travel to South Korea in June for talks on the North Korean nuclear program, three months after a failed summit with North Korea’s leader in Vietnam. The White House says Trump will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in conjunction with his trip to Japan for the […]
  • House approves bill to aid casino bid by Massachusetts tribe

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Wednesday approved a bill reaffirming the right of a Massachusetts tribe to hold land in trust, a crucial step to building a $1 billion casino. The bill, approved 275-146, would allow the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to hold 321 acres of reservation land in trust, despite a decision by the […]
  • Barr asks Pelosi at event: ‘Did you bring your handcuffs?’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr tried out a little contempt humor on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with interesting results. The setting was the National Peace Officers Memorial Day service Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol. Barr and Pelosi were in the crowd waiting for President Donald Trump to arrive. Barr approached Pelosi, shook her […]
  • Want a bridge? Trump blurs line between governing, campaign

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It was an Oprah-worthy moment: President Donald Trump stood before a Louisiana crowd at an official taxpayer-funded event and tossed out an enticing promise. “If we win this election, which is just 16 months away, we’re giving you a brand new I-10 bridge.” Trump’s commitment during a visit to a liquefied natural […]
  • The Latest: NC candidates on the attack in election redo

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the upcoming election for a still-vacant North Carolina congressional seat. (all times local): 3:45 p.m. The North Carolina Democrat running for Congress in a redo election prompted by ballot fraud says he learned in the Marine Corps to work for solutions across the country’s political divide. Dan McCready […]
  • Harris says she disagrees with Biden on crime bill’s impact

    NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Wednesday that she disagrees with rival Joe Biden’s argument that the 1994 crime bill didn’t lead to mass incarcerations of black people. “That 1994 crime bill, it did contribute to mass incarceration in our country. It encouraged and was the first time that we had […]
  • White House escalates resistance to House probes

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House sharply escalated its resistance to congressional attempts to investigate President Donald Trump , notifying the House Judiciary panel Wednesday that it would refuse to comply with sweeping requests for documents and witness testimony while declaring that the legislative branch had no right to a “do-over” of the special counsel’s […]
  • Tribes seek ban on public hunting of revered grizzly bears

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Native American leaders pressed lawmakers in Congress Wednesday to adopt permanent protections for grizzly bears, a species widely revered by tribes but that has been proposed for hunting in Wyoming and Idaho. Proposed legislation would block grizzly hunting in the Lower 48 states, regardless of the species’ population size, and allow […]
  • The Latest: Kamala Harris open to reforming Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates and abortion (all times local): 1 p.m. Kamala Harris says she is “open” to a debate over reforming the Supreme Court. Campaigning in New Hampshire on Wednesday, the Democratic presidential candidate and California senator said she’d consider increasing the number of justices on the Supreme Court. […]
  • Trump criticizes prosecutors at event for fallen officers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used a ceremony for fallen law enforcement officers on Wednesday to criticize big-city prosecutors he asserts don’t go after criminals who pose a severe threat to public safety. Trump pledged to the families of fallen officers that the country will “never, ever leave your side, never disappoint you” but […]
  • Trump to launch new immigration overhaul push

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After years of setbacks and stalemates, President Donald Trump will lay out yet another immigration plan on Thursday as he tries to convince the American public and lawmakers that the nation’s legal immigration system should be overhauled. The latest effort, spearheaded by Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, focuses on beefing […]
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