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  • The Latest: Biden takes on fire at debate from Julián Castro

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Early front-runner Joe Biden took on the most fire at Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, and former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro was the most explicit in arguing it was time for a new generation. Castro also seemed to allude to […]
  • The Latest: EPA revokes water protection regulation

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration’s plans to revoke an Obama-era clean water rule (all times local): 12:15 p.m. The Trump administration says revoking an Obama-era rule on waters and wetlands would provide “much-needed regulatory certainty” for farmers, homebuilders and landowners. Writing in the Des Moines Register on Thursday, Environmental […]
  • Judge blocks Tennessee voter signup penalties, citing harm

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has blocked Tennessee’s new restrictions for registering voters from taking effect on Oct. 1, saying Thursday that any benefit of the law won’t likely outweigh its potential harm. The ruling, for now, sets aside a law that goes beyond other states by fining groups that pay workers when […]
  • Debate highlights importance of HBCUs in Democratic politics

    HOUSTON (AP) — Thursday’s presidential debate wasn’t just an opportunity for the leading Democratic candidates to make their case to voters. It was also a chance to highlight Texas Southern University and the role of historically black colleges and universities heading into 2020. The event marked the first time this cycle that a high-profile debate […]
  • Trump administration drops Obama-era water protection rule

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday revoked an Obama-era regulation that shielded many U.S. wetlands and streams from pollution but was opposed by developers and farmers who said it hurt economic development and infringed on property rights. Environmental groups criticized the administration’s action, the latest in a series of moves to […]
  • Mnuchin: No meeting planned between Trump and Iran’s Rouhani

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO’-shin) says President Donald Trump has no plans to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN’ roh-HAH’-nee) while he’s in New York for the United Nations General Assembly later this month. Mnuchin said Thursday that such a meeting is “not planned at the moment,” even though Trump […]
  • Mexico says it disagrees with US Supreme Court order

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard said Thursday that Mexico’s government doesn’t agree with an “astonishing” U.S. Supreme Court order that would block migrants from countries other than Mexico and Canada from applying for asylum at U.S. borders. Speaking at President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s daily news conference, Ebrard said that Mexico […]
  • Liberal, moderate divide on display in Democratic debate

    HOUSTON (AP) — Joe Biden parried attack after attack from liberal rivals Thursday night on everything from health care to immigration in a debate that showcased profound ideological divides between the Democratic Party’s moderate and progressive wings. The prime-time debate also elevated several struggling candidates, giving them a chance to introduce themselves to millions of […]
  • AP-NORC poll: 64% disapprove of Trump’s climate change views

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gets some of his worst marks from the American people when it comes to his handling of climate change, and majorities believe the planet is warming and support government actions that he has sometimes scoffed at. While the administration has rolled back regulations to cut emissions of heat-trapping carbon […]
  • Is it impeachment if Speaker Pelosi doesn’t say so?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Bristling over the “I” word, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stopped short Thursday of saying the House is ready to launch an impeachment investigation of President Donald Trump , even as Judiciary Committee Democrats set the stage to do just that. Pelosi has been a moderating force in her divided caucus, as liberals […]
  • GOP rejects cuts to wall funding, Dems threaten filibuster

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican-controlled Senate committee on Thursday rejected Democratic attempts to cut President Donald Trump’s latest border wall request and prevent him from again funding the project without congressional approval. Democrats threatened to filibuster a Pentagon spending bill. The Senate Appropriations Committee lined up behind Trump in party-line votes giving preliminary, tentative approval […]
  • Russian spy case provides test for news outlets

    NEW YORK (AP) — He may be A spy. But is he THE spy? That’s the question bedeviling news organizations reporting on a story about the U.S. extracting a Russian official who provided information about Kremlin interference in the 2016 presidential election. CNN on Monday revealed the secret mission to remove the man and his […]
  • 7 questions heading into 10-candidate Democratic debate

    WASHINGTON (AP) — And then there were 10. The Democratic Party’s strongest presidential contenders — according to polls and fundraising, at least — meet on the same debate stage for the first time Thursday night. The lineup in Houston will be different but the dynamic familiar: Former Vice President Joe Biden will fight to preserve […]
  • Vaping group plotted lobbying efforts at Trump’s DC hotel

    NEW YORK (AP) — America’s vaping industry has in recent years taken its fight to fend off regulation directly to President Donald Trump’s doorstep, with a lobbying group twice booking annual meetings at his Washington hotel and e-cigarette maker Juul hiring two of his former White House officials. In 2017 and 2018, the Vapor Technology […]
  • Trump agrees to 2-week delay in China tariff increase

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the United States has agreed to a two-week delay in a planned increase in tariffs on some Chinese imports. Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday that the delay is “a gesture of good will.” He says Chinese Vice Premier Liu He requested the delay “due to the fact […]
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