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  • Pennsylvania GOP settles fight over contested race for chair

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Republican Party is trying to amicably settle a contested race for chairman between a candidate who had backing from top Trump campaign officials and a rival who previously had support from many Trump-aligned party activists. Bernadette Comfort instead will drop her candidacy and serve as the Trump campaign’s chairwoman in […]
  • US deciding how to punish ally Turkey over Russian arms deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. edged closer to crisis Friday with NATO ally Turkey, which began receiving components of a Russian-made air defense system in defiance of Trump administration warnings that the deal would mean economic sanctions and no access to America’s most advanced fighter jet. Despite the warnings, the administration was publicly silent on […]
  • Court sympathetic to House in records fight with Trump

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court seemed inclined Friday to side with a House committee seeking some of President Donald Trump’s financial records as part of an investigation, a disclosure he is fighting. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard more than two hours of […]
  • House approves 9/11 victims bill, sends it to Senate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Friday overwhelmingly approved a bill ensuring that a victims compensation fund for the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. The 402-12 vote sends the bill to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to call a vote before Congress goes on its August recess. Lawmakers […]
  • The Latest: House OKs limiting Trump ability to strike Iran

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and the defense policy bill (all times local): 1:35 p.m. The Democratic-controlled House has voted to limit President Donald Trump’s authority to make war against Iran. That restriction is part of a leftward-leaning defense policy bill that also cuts back Trump’s record Pentagon budget request. The party-line vote […]
  • Who’s behind voting-machine makers? Money of unclear origins

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The voting-machine makers that aim to sell their systems in North Carolina are largely owned by private equity firms that don’t disclose their investors. The companies didn’t want the public to know even that much. North Carolina’s statewide elections board demanded the machine-makers’ ownership information last month after special counsel Robert […]
  • EPA restores broad use of pesticide opposed by beekeepers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency will allow farmers to resume broad use of a pesticide over objections from beekeepers, citing private chemical industry studies that the agency says show the product does only lower-level harm to bees and wildlife. Friday’s EPA announcement — coming after the agriculture industry accused the agency of unduly […]
  • US extradites former Colombian agriculture minister

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government extradited a former Colombian official on Friday to face a prison sentence in the South American nation after he was convicted of embezzlement and other charges. Andres Felipe Arias Leiva, who served as Colombia’s minister of agriculture and rural development from 2005 to 2009, was returned to Colombia by […]
  • Trump says nationwide immigration arrests to begin Sunday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement said efforts to deport families with orders to leave the country will continue after an upcoming national sweep that President Donald Trump said would start Sunday. Matthew Albence, the agency’s acting director, said targets were on an “accelerated docket” of immigration court cases for predominantly […]
  • Special counsel Mueller’s testimony delayed until July 24

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony to Congress has been delayed until July 24 under an agreement that gives lawmakers more time to question him. Mueller had been scheduled to testify July 17 before two house committees about the findings of his Russia investigation. But lawmakers in both parties complained that the short […]
  • Acosta exits; Trump’s big Cabinet turnover keeps growing

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Adding to the lengthy list of departures from President Donald Trump’s Cabinet, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he’s stepping down amid the tumult over his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing underage girls. Trump, with Acosta at his side, […]
  • The Latest: Trump says Dems exaggerated border conditions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on four Democratic freshmen at a House committee hearing (all times local): 11:25 a.m. President Donald Trump is pushing back against a freshman congresswoman’s description of border conditions. Earlier this month, progressive firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was among a group of House members who visited three Texas border stations. […]
  • Klobuchar’s plan would help Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (KLOH’-buh-shar) has a new plan to help seniors that includes more support for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers. It’s an issue that’s personal for the Minnesota senator, whose 91-year-old father is in a memory care facility. The plan includes new funding for Alzheimer’s research and […]
  • Paul Ryan’s public support of Trump masked GOP struggle

    WASHINGTON (AP) — What’s so stunning about former House Speaker Paul Ryan’s new admissions regarding President Donald Trump is that his story is now so ordinary. Ryan decided to leave Washington, as relayed in a new book, “American Carnage,” by Tim Alberta, rather than endure two more years of the Trump presidency. The disclosures portray […]
  • Pentagon in its longest-ever stretch of leadership limbo

    WASHINGTON (AP) — When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Jim Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor. That seemed terribly long at the time. Seven months later, the U.S. still has no confirmed defense chief even with the nation facing potential armed conflict with Iran. That’s the longest such […]
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