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  • Senate confirms White House lawyer as appeals court judge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House lawyer won Senate confirmation as a federal appeals court judge Thursday despite complaints by lawmakers from both parties about his record on immigration, race, women’s equality and LGBTQ rights. Steven Menashi, an associate White House counsel, was confirmed by a 51-41 vote for a seat on the New York-based […]
  • Ex-Gov. Deval Patrick launches ‘Hail Mary’ bid for president

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Deval Patrick launched what he acknowledged to be a “Hail Mary” bid on Thursday for the Democratic presidential nomination, testing whether voters sifting through an already crowded field are open to hearing from new candidates less than three months before the primary voting officially begins. Raised in poverty on the South […]
  • Tactical edge will shift to GOP in Senate impeachment trial

    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s been easy for majority Democrats to keep Republicans from shifting the focus of the House impeachment hearings. Yet GOP leverage to do just that will grow should the battle reach the Republican-run Senate. If the House votes to impeach President Donald Trump, which seems likely, the Senate would hold a trial […]
  • Sanders campaign replaces South Carolina state director

    Bernie Sanders is replacing his state director in the critical early-voting state of South Carolina. Sanders’ presidential campaign tells The Associated Press that Jessica Bright now heads the campaign in South Carolina. Bright had been Sanders’ deputy state director and previously was political director for Democrat Joe Cunningham’s upset win in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional […]
  • The Latest: OMB official willing to testify, lawyer says

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and the House impeachment inquiry (all times local): 9 p.m. An official with the Office of Management and Budget is breaking ranks with the rest of his agency and is willing to appear in the House impeachment inquiry. Mark Sandy will testify behind closed doors Saturday […]
  • North Carolina redistricting proposal threatens 2 incumbents

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The political future of two GOP incumbents could be endangered as North Carolina Republican legislators advanced a new congressional district map Thursday in response to a partisan gerrymandering lawsuit. The reconfigured districts have become necessary since state judges blocked use of the current U.S. House districts for the 2020 elections because […]
  • GOP senators confronted Erdogan over video, participants say

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a contentious Oval Office meeting, a band of GOP senators rebuffed the effort by Turkey’s president to depict anti-Islamic State Kurd forces as terrorists, with White House allies taking a harder line against Recep Tayyip Erdogan than did President Donald Trump. Participants said Erdogan played a propaganda video for Republican senators […]
  • AP source: Second US official in Kyiv heard Trump call

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A second U.S. Embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard a cellphone call between President Donald Trump and his ambassador to the European Union discussing a need for Ukrainian officials to pursue “investigations,” The Associated Press has learned. The July 26 call between Trump and Gordon Sondland was first described during testimony Wednesday by […]
  • Huntsman announces GOP bid for old job as Utah governor

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former U.S. ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. went back on the Utah campaign trail Thursday as he launched a bid to reclaim the governor’s title more than a decade after he left office. The Republican’s name recognition makes him a top contender. During an appearance in southern Utah, Huntsman […]
  • Pelosi says Trump’s Ukraine actions amount to ‘bribery’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats are refining part of their impeachment case against the president to a simple allegation: Bribery. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday brushed aside the Latin phrase “quid pro quo” that Democrats have been using to describe President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine. As the impeachment hearings go public, they’re going […]
  • New acting DHS head takes over; hard-liner named as deputy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest official to lead the Department of Homeland Security has been sworn in and has named as his deputy a fervent supporter of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies who had been in the running for the top job himself. Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, the fifth person to head the agency under […]
  • Report: State Department employee wrongly removed from job

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A State Department employee working on Iranian policy was improperly removed from her post by officials who took into account her ethnic background, perceived political views and prior role in the Obama administration, according to a report Thursday from the agency’s inspector general. The internal watchdog’s report recommends internal discipline for officials […]
  • Joe Walsh files to challenge Trump in New Hampshire

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh has filed for the New Hampshire presidential primary, officially giving President Donald Trump two major Republican primary challengers in the early voting state. Walsh has centered his longshot bid squarely on Trump. He’s become a vocal critic of the president, saying Trump is unfit for the […]
  • US presses European countries to take Islamic State fighters

    WASHINGTON (AP) — European and other members of the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group must take back and prosecute their nationals detained in Iraq and Syria to help keep IS from regaining territory, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. Pompeo told foreign ministers and senior officials from some 30 coalition members that […]
  • Charges against GOP operative Roger Stone now before jury

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jury deliberations will extend into a second day in the trial of Roger Stone, a veteran Republican political operative charged with lying to Congress and other charges stemming from the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Jurors on Thursday concluded about 6 hours of deliberations without reaching a verdict. Stone, a longtime confidant of […]
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