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  • Trump team to brief Congress on Iran; Dems seek counterpoint

    WASHINGTON (AP) — As questions mount over President Donald Trump’s tough talk on Iran, top national security officials are heading to Capitol Hill to brief Congress. But skeptical Democrats have asked for a second opinion. The competing closed-door sessions Tuesday, unusual and potentially polarizing, come after weeks of escalating tensions in the Persian Gulf that […]
  • In Alabama, Sanders makes appeal to Deep South black voters

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders made an appeal Monday to black voters in the Deep South, stopping at a historically African American church and calling health care a “human right” that he equated to the civil rights movement. Speaking before a racially diverse crowd at Mt. Zion Church AME Church in […]
  • Tennessee House speaker shrugs off ‘no confidence’ vote

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee on Monday said he was ready to call lawmakers back to Nashville for a special legislative session following a historic vote of no confidence in Speaker Glen Casada over a series of scandals engulfing him. However, the embattled Republican has thus far rejected mounting pressure to step […]
  • Cohen claims Trump lawyer shaped false statement to Congress

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s former fixer, Michael Cohen, told Congress it was Trump’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, who suggested he tell lawmakers that the negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow ended in January 2016, even though they continued for months after that. The House Intelligence Committee on Monday released two transcripts of closed-door interviews […]
  • In Pennsylvania, Trump touts 2020 chances, swipes at Biden

    MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump voiced confidence Monday in his ability to win a repeat victory in Pennsylvania in 2020 and took a fresh swipe at one of his leading Democratic rivals, telling rallygoers that native son Joe Biden had abandoned them by representing Delaware in the Senate. In fact, Biden moved to […]
  • Trump says Iran provocations will be met with ‘great force’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is threatening to meet provocations by Iran with “great force,” but says he’s also willing to negotiate. Trump spoke to reporters as he left the White House Monday evening en route to a rally in Pennsylvania. He says, “If they do something it will be met great force.” But […]
  • Architects of post-9/11 CIA interrogation program to testify

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two former CIA contractors who designed the harsh interrogation program used after the Sept. 11 attacks are being summoned to testify before the military tribunal at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen were among a dozen approved witnesses listed in a letter sent Monday by […]
  • Kentucky governor gets election-eve boost from Trump

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump refers to Gov. Matt Bevin as his “good friend” and urges Kentucky Republicans to support the governor’s reelection in a recorded phone message on the eve of the state’s primary election. Bevin’s campaign says Trump’s message went out statewide Monday evening. Trump points to the governor’s support of […]
  • Judge sides with Congress over Trump in demands for records

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge ruled against President Donald Trump on Monday in a financial records dispute with Congress and said lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed. Trump called it a “crazy” decision that his lawyers would appeal. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta comes amid a widespread effort by […]
  • All by himself: Amash alone among GOP on impeachment

    WASHINGTON (AP) — He was known in the Michigan statehouse as “Mr. No” for voting against some Republican legislation. But now in Congress, on the question of whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, Rep. Justin Amash is the lone Republican saying “Yes.” In tweeted remarks over the weekend, Amash wrote that he’s read special […]
  • Biden on Tennessee swing vows to ‘restore’ soul of country

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden said Monday in Tennessee that eight years of a Donald Trump presidency would “fundamentally” change the character of the country, repeating his call to fellow Democrats for unity to oppose the Republican incumbent in 2020. The message spelled out on a Nashville campaign fundraising stop evoked […]
  • The Latest: Trump tells McGahn to defy Congress’ subpoena

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress’ response to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report (all times local): 3:40 p.m. President Donald Trump is directing former White House counsel Don McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena. The White House on Monday cited a legal opinion from the Justice Department, which argues that McGahn would have immunity […]
  • Ex-White House lawyer won’t testify after Trump direction

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump directed his former White House Counsel Donald McGahn to defy a congressional subpoena Monday, citing a Justice Department legal opinion that maintains McGahn would have immunity from testifying about his work as a close Trump adviser. A lawyer for McGahn said he would follow the president’s wishes and skip […]
  • Senate GOP leader would raise age for buying tobacco to 21

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose home state of Kentucky was long one of the nation’s leading tobacco producers, introduced bipartisan legislation Monday to raise the minimum age for buying any tobacco products from 18 to 21. The chamber’s top Republican, who said he was making enactment of the bill “one of […]
  • US Sen. Edward Markey faces Democratic primary challenger

    BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is facing a challenger in next year’s Democratic primary in Massachusetts. Shannon Liss-Riordan, a workers’ rights lawyer, announced her intention Monday to challenge the one-term senator for the Democratic nomination. Liss-Riordan made the announcement in a video and email to supporters and Democratic activists. Liss-Riordan, 49, said she […]
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