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  • Judge: Georgia must allow inspection of election databases

    ATLANTA (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Georgia election officials to allow computer experts and lawyers to review the databases used to create ballots and count votes. The ruling came Tuesday in a lawsuit that challenges Georgia’s election system and seeks statewide use of hand-marked paper ballots. U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg gave the […]
  • Trump applauds far-right social media provocateurs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump used a White House conference Thursday to applaud far-right social media provocateurs even as he conceded that some of them are extreme in their views. Trump, who has weaponized social media to eviscerate opponents and promote himself, led a “social media summit” of like-minded critics of Big Tech, excluding […]
  • Former Tennessee Gov. Haslam won’t run for US Senate seat

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam won’t run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander, a move sure to draw new interest in the race from other would-be candidates. When Alexander announced in December that he wouldn’t seek a fourth term in 2020, Haslam said he […]
  • Biden promises to end ‘forever wars’ as president

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joe Biden promised on Thursday his White House would end “forever wars” and reassert American leadership to combat authoritarianism and global instability, which he says are proliferating under President Donald Trump. “The world’s democracies look to America to stand for the values that unite us. … Donald Trump seems to be […]
  • AP Interview: Buttigieg discusses his plan to tackle racism

    Pete Buttigieg has a message for white liberals who decry racism: “Good intentions are not going to be enough.” The Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor is combating perceptions that he’s out of touch with black people and will struggle to win their votes. On Thursday, he unveiled his most detailed proposals yet, […]
  • Diplomats shaken by resignation of Britain’s US ambassador

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The abrupt resignation of Britain’s ambassador to the United States over leaked cables critical of the Trump administration may have jolted official Washington, but it’s unlikely to have a lasting impact on the U.S.-British relationship or diplomatic practice. Current and former diplomats say the leak of Ambassador Kim Darroch’s sensitive reports is […]
  • Warren, Sanders, O’Rourke and Castro set for Milwaukee forum

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke and Julian Castro are participating in a town hall in Milwaukee sponsored by the Hispanic civil rights organization LULAC. Each candidate will be onstage for 20 minutes Thursday evening. Immigration is expected to be a prominent topic. The candidates’ appearance early in the […]
  • McGrath flip-flops on Kavanaugh confirmation after backlash

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Amy McGrath said she would have voted to confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and then just hours later she changed her mind. The Courier Journal reports that the reversal came after her comments were slammed on social media by both liberals and conservatives with […]
  • AP Exclusive: Officer alleges sexual misconduct by general

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior military officer has accused the Air Force general tapped to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of sexual misconduct, potentially jeopardizing his nomination. Members of Congress have raised questions about the allegations and the military investigation that found insufficient evidence to charge him. The officer […]
  • Treasury secretary: Congress may need quick debt limit deal

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress might need to extend the government’s crucial ability to borrow money before leaving the Capitol for its August recess, Trump administration officials said Wednesday. The timetable would heap extraordinary pressure on lawmakers to cut a deal on a measure that usually requires lengthy and politically delicate negotiations. The remarks by Treasury […]
  • Democrats acknowledge questioning Mueller ‘will not be easy’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Some are watching old video of his previous testimony. Others are closely re-reading his 448-page report. And almost all are worrying about how they’ll make the most of the short time they’ll have for questioning. Robert Mueller, the Democrats know, will be tough to crack. The stern, reticent former FBI director has […]
  • Congress probes approval of Trump backer’s housing project

    PHOENIX (AP) — A congressional committee is investigating whether the U.S. Interior Department helped an Arizona developer and supporter of President Donald Trump get a crucial permit after a wildlife official said the housing project would threaten habitat for imperiled species. U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, an Arizona Democrat who chairs the House Committee on Natural […]
  • Second judge blocks request to change lawyers in census case

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A second federal judge on Wednesday rejected the Justice Department’s plan to switch up the legal team fighting to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The latest order , handed down by U.S. District Judge George Hazel in Maryland, put up yet another roadblock as the Trump administration attempts to […]
  • In a divided Washington, British ambassador was a bridge

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In America’s deeply divided capital city, British Ambassador Kim Darroch was often the bridge. He had a direct line to President Donald Trump’s top aides, as well as their predecessors from the Obama administration — and both often found themselves mingling at the same lavish parties Darroch hosted at his stately residence […]
  • US terminates funds for anti-Iran Twitter feed

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department said Wednesday it has terminated support for an online project aimed at fighting Iranian disinformation after it tweeted harsh criticism of individual human rights workers, academics and journalists, some of whom are U.S. citizens. Lea Gabrielle, the head of the department’s Global Engagement Center, said at a congressional hearing […]
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