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Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has registered with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party, acknowledging that he coached party members on how to interact with U.S. government officials. Manafort says in a Justice Department filing Tuesday that his firm, DMP International, received more than $17...


Trump group's Republican war over health care frustrates GOP

Trump group's Republican war over health care frustrates GOP

Three months ago, Republicans condemned political groups aligned with President Donald Trump for doing almost nothing to promote a health care bill. Now they think one of the groups may have gone too far. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided Tuesday to call off a planned vote this week on a proposal to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law. Some on the Hill blamed...
Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years. Things looked very different when the justices wrapped up their work this week. The court's final decisions and orders were almost emphatic declarations, if there...
Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes

Wind fans the flames of Utah fire that has burned 13 homes

Firefighters are bracing for more high winds Wednesday as they try to slow a southern Utah wildfire that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people. Firefighters are hoping to be able to put out hot spots on the southern end of the fire to allow residents to return to the ski town of Brian Head. Homes there have been evacuated since June 17 when authorities say it was started by...
Michael Moore donates $10,000 to Shakespeare in the Park

Michael Moore donates $10,000 to Shakespeare in the Park

Filmmaker Michael Moore, who is making his Broadway debut this summer in a solo show, says he will donate $10,000 to New York City's Shakespeare in the Park after it lost funding from sponsors due to its controversial "Julius Caesar" production. Moore says he's donating the money — his advance pay for the show "The Terms of My Surrender" — to the Public Theater program...
Transit agency: Human error caused subway train derailment

Transit agency: Human error caused subway train derailment

A subway train derailment in New York City that injured nearly three dozen people and sparked major delays is being blamed on human error, not a track defect. A preliminary investigation indicates the derailment just before 10 a.m. Tuesday in Harlem was caused by "an improperly secured piece of replacement rail that was stored on the tracks," Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman...
3 Chicago officers accused of lying about teen's shooting

3 Chicago officers accused of lying about teen's shooting

Three Chicago police officers were indicted on charges that they conspired to cover up and lie about what happened when a white police officer shot a black teenager 16 times, prompting outrage when a video of the shooting was finally released. The indictment handed down Tuesday alleges that one current and two former officers lied about the events of Oct. 20, 2014, when Officer Jason Van Dyke killed...
WATCH: Irish reporter posts video of 'bizarre moment' with Trump in Oval Office

WATCH: Irish reporter posts video of 'bizarre moment' with Trump in Oval Office

Irish reporter Caitriona Perry shared video Tuesday of what she called “the bizarre moment” when President Donald Trump waved her over to his desk in the Oval Office during a call with Ireland’s new prime minister, Leo Varadkar.  As Trump chatted with Varadkar, he made Perry a topic of small talk by asking her a few questions about her Irish roots and and finished the encounter...
Seattle council hears from public about fatal shooting

Seattle council hears from public about fatal shooting

Seattle residents and family members of Charleena Lyles demanded change from Seattle city officials during a public hearing about her fatal shooting by police earlier this month. The full Seattle City Council attended the hearing Tuesday evening at the University of Washington, which the Seattle King County NAACP called for last week. Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole and Mayor Ed Murray didn't...
Pence to visit Cleveland area to hear from business owners

Pence to visit Cleveland area to hear from business owners

Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit suburban Cleveland on Wednesday to meet with small business owners. The White House says Pence will hear from business owners and their employees at Tendon Manufacturing Inc. The vice president also is expected to make formal remarks at the metal fabrication company. The White House says Pence will discuss President Donald Trump's economic agenda and...
Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to speak in Boston

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to speak in Boston

Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (BAHN'-gee-moon) is speaking at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Boston this week. The museum says Ki-moon, the U.N.'s eighth secretary-general, will discuss global issues and his diplomatic career at a forum moderated on Wednesday by David Gergen, a CNN senior political analyst and the co-director of the Center for Public Leadership...
Pastor due in court in granddaughter's faith healing death

Pastor due in court in granddaughter's faith healing death

The pastor of a church that rejects modern medicine is due in court in Pennsylvania on a charge that he failed to report suspected abuse when his 2-year-old granddaughter died of pneumonia. Rowland Foster is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing that will determine if there's enough evidence to send the case to trial. A judge in April threw out the charge, but Berks County...
Man to be sentenced in death of girl known as 'Baby Doe'

Man to be sentenced in death of girl known as 'Baby Doe'

A Massachusetts man is set to be sentenced in the death of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on the shore of a Boston Harbor island. Michael McCarthy is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in Suffolk Superior Court McCarthy was convicted of second-degree murder Monday in the 2015 killing of Bella Bond. A computer-generated image of the girl was shared by millions...
Utah lawsuits to test president's power to shrink monuments

Utah lawsuits to test president's power to shrink monuments

Native American tribes and environmental groups preparing for a legal battle to stop President Donald Trump from dismantling Utah's new national monument face a tougher challenge than anticipated. Republican officials in the state who oppose Bears Ears National Monument asked Trump to rescind the designation. But U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommended the monument be downsized instead, noting...
New highly virulent strain of ransomware cripples networks

New highly virulent strain of ransomware cripples networks

A new, highly virulent strain of malicious software that is crippling computers globally appears to have been sown in Ukraine, where it badly hobbled much of the government and private sector on the eve of a holiday celebrating a post-Soviet constitution. The fresh cyber-assault Tuesday leveraged the same intrusion tool as a similar attack in May and proved again just how disruptive to daily life...
Study finds pay for public college presidents up 5.3 percent

Study finds pay for public college presidents up 5.3 percent

The Chronicle of Higher Education's study of more than 150 college presidents found that their average annual pay increased in fiscal year 2016 to $501,000. Among the top earners were eight public university presidents whose total compensation exceeded $1 million, up from five the year before, the study found. Most of them come from the nation's largest schools and university systems. Topping the...
FBI agent indicted in Oregon refuge standoff shooting

FBI agent indicted in Oregon refuge standoff shooting

An FBI agent has been indicted on accusations that he lied about firing at a rancher in 2016 when officers arrested leaders of an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in rural Oregon. Sources familiar with the case say the agent will face allegations of making a false statement with intent to obstruct justice, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Tuesday (https://goo.gl/M1Mk3p). The indictment...
Review board wants another look at police shooting decision

Review board wants another look at police shooting decision

A review board Tuesday found "substantial evidence of error" in a North Carolina police department's decision that the fatal shooting of a black man by an officer last year was justified and scheduled another hearing on the matter in August. Julian Wright, an attorney representing the Citizens Review Board for the city of Charlotte, announced that the panel voted 8-2 to take another look...
Maddon says Cubs making informal trip to White House

Maddon says Cubs making informal trip to White House

Manager Joe Maddon and some of the Chicago Cubs will visit the White House on Wednesday, though it's not an official visit with President Donald Trump. Maddon said Tuesday that he was going out of respect for the Ricketts family, which owns the Cubs and donated to Trump's campaign. Maddon said it was voluntary for Cubs players and not an official trip. "I don't have any rules to begin with,"...
Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent

Former Trump campaign chairman registers as foreign agent

President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, registered Tuesday with the Justice Department as a foreign agent for political consulting work he did for a Ukrainian political party, acknowledging that he coached party members on how to interact with U.S. government officials. Manafort says in a Justice Department filing that his firm, DMP International, received more than $17 million...
Clinton campaign chief has closed-door talk with House panel

Clinton campaign chief has closed-door talk with House panel

Hillary Clinton's former campaign chairman met Tuesday with a House committee investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. John Podesta spoke with members of the House intelligence committee behind closed doors. He told reporters afterward he was "happy to cooperate" but couldn't say what questions he'd been asked or detail his answers. The hacking of Podesta's...
Sarah Palin sues paper for tying her PAC ad to mass shooting

Sarah Palin sues paper for tying her PAC ad to mass shooting

Former vice presidential nominee and Alaska governor Sarah Palin is accusing The New York Times of defamation over an editorial that linked one of her political action committee ads to the mass shooting that severely wounded then-Arizona Congressman Gabby Giffords. In the lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court Tuesday, Palin's lawyers say the Times "violated the law and its own policies"...
MTA: Train derailment caused by 'improperly secured' rail

MTA: Train derailment caused by 'improperly secured' rail

A subway train that derailed Tuesday as it entered a station, tossing people to the floor and forcing hundreds of shaken-up passengers to evacuate through darkened tunnels was caused by an "improperly secured piece of replacement rail" that was stored on the tracks, New York City transit officials said. Nearly three dozen people suffered minor injuries in the derailment, which happened in...
Activists take step to recall judge in sex assault case

Activists take step to recall judge in sex assault case

Activists seeking to recall a judge who sentenced a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman say they believe voters will still support the effort even if it appears on the ballot two years after the trial. The case drew national attention when critics decried the sentence as too lenient. The activists, led by Stanford University law professor...
Trump group's aggressive health care moves irritate GOP

Trump group's aggressive health care moves irritate GOP

Three months ago, Republicans condemned political groups aligned with President Donald Trump for doing almost nothing to promote a health care bill. Now they think one of the groups may have gone too far. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell decided Tuesday to call off a planned vote this week on a proposal to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law. Some on the Hill blamed the...
Q&A: Nevada to launch latest legal vice for tourists: Pot

Q&A: Nevada to launch latest legal vice for tourists: Pot

Sin City will launch its latest legal vice by week's end. Lines are expected Saturday outside some medical marijuana dispensaries in Las Vegas and other Nevada cities that will begin selling pot for recreational use for the first time since voters approved it in November. It's the fastest turnaround from the ballot box to retail sales of any of the seven other states and the District of Columbia where...
In New Mexico, Trump's monument review stirs passions

In New Mexico, Trump's monument review stirs passions

Desert ranchers in New Mexico are hoping the new GOP administration in Washington will dramatically shrink a recently designated national monument in the south of the state where outlaw Billy the Kid and Apache leader Geronimo once sought refuge. The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is among 27 monuments where a review ordered by President Donald Trump might remove protections previously...
Watchdog clears park service in inauguration disputes

Watchdog clears park service in inauguration disputes

An internal watchdog has found no wrongdoing by the National Park Service in a dispute over crowd size at President Donald Trump's inauguration. An unidentified person complained that a senior park service official had instructed employees to alter records related to crowd size for the inauguration. A separate complaint alleged that officials leaked information to the news media about a phone call...
Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

Supreme Court term ended much different than it began

The Supreme Court began its term nine months ago with Merrick Garland nominated to the bench, Hillary Clinton favored to be the next president, and the court poised to be controlled by Democratic appointees for the first time in 50 years. Things looked very different when the justices wrapped up their work this week. The court's final decisions and orders were almost emphatic declarations, if there...
FBI locates car related to missing Chinese scholar case

FBI locates car related to missing Chinese scholar case

The FBI has located the car that a missing Chinese scholar studying at the University of Illinois was last seen getting into earlier this month, the FBI said Tuesday. The University of Illinois Police Department and the FBI received numerous leads regarding the black Saturn Astra that surveillance video showed Yingying Zhang getting into on June 9, the agency said in a statement. FBI spokesman Brad...
GOP health bill: Big tax cuts for rich, not much for others

GOP health bill: Big tax cuts for rich, not much for others

Millionaires would get tax cuts averaging $52,000 a year from the Senate Republicans' health bill while middle-income families would get about $260, according to a new analysis of the foundering bill. The analysis was done by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. It found that half of the tax cuts would go to families making more than $500,000 a year. Senate Republican leaders were scrambling Tuesday...
Hillary Clinton tells librarians they protect truth, facts

Hillary Clinton tells librarians they protect truth, facts

Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation when she said librarians are on the front line of "the fight to defend truth and reason, evidence and facts." The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate spoke Tuesday during the American Library Association's meeting in Chicago. Clinton steered clear of Washington political issues, including the Republican health care bill and the recent U.S. Supreme...
State: 111 terminally ill end lives under new California law

State: 111 terminally ill end lives under new California law

California health officials reported Tuesday that 111 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in the first six months after a 2016 law made the option legal in the nation's most populous state. The data was part of the California Department of Public Health's first report on the law since it went into effect June 9, 2016. According to the data generated from forms doctors were required...
Lawyers prepare to defend travelers to US at airports

Lawyers prepare to defend travelers to US at airports

When the Trump administration's travel ban takes partial effect this week, immigrant-rights lawyers plan to head to the nation's major airports to make sure eligible foreigners are able to get into the country. But attorneys say few people are likely to be affected, and they don't expect a repeat of the mass confusion that resulted earlier this year when President Donald Trump rolled out his original...
Senator wants to know if his communications were intercepted

Senator wants to know if his communications were intercepted

A key GOP senator weighing the pros and cons of U.S. foreign surveillance had the same question Tuesday as many Americans: Does the U.S. government sweep up their communications while monitoring targets abroad? Sen. Lindsey Graham didn't get an answer. The South Carolina Republican said Tuesday he has reason to believe that a conversation he had with a foreign individual was intercepted and that someone...
New president's politicking raises ethics flags

New president's politicking raises ethics flags

Barely five months into office, President Donald Trump keeps taking time out from governing to run for re-election. On Wednesday night, he'll attend his first 2020 campaign fundraiser, rubbing elbows with some of the Republican Party's top donors on familiar turf: his own hotel down the street from the White House. He's already spent five evenings on the road at political rallies, always in states...
FDA takes steps to boost generic competition, limit prices

FDA takes steps to boost generic competition, limit prices

Copycat pills generally have been much cheaper than original brand-name drugs. But recent high-profile cases have shown how lack of competition and medicine shortages allowed several drug companies to drastically increase prices for generics and some older brand-name products such as EpiPen emergency allergy injectors. New FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb made addressing prices a priority, saying...
LA City Council oks plans for George Lucas museum

LA City Council oks plans for George Lucas museum

The Force was with George Lucas on Tuesday as the Los Angeles City Council moved with lightsaber speed to clear the way for a $1.5 billion Museum of Narrative Art the "Star Wars" creator plans to build down the road from his alma mater. After hearing from Lucas himself, the council voted 14-0 to approve an environmental impact report and other requirements for the museum's construction adjacent...
The Latest: Vetted refugees can come to US through July 6

The Latest: Vetted refugees can come to US through July 6

The Latest on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to partially reinstate President Donald Trump's travel ban (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The Supreme Court's decision to allow part of President Donald Trump's travel ban to go forward is likely to have only a minimal impact on refugees, for now. A State Department spokeswoman says refugees who have been vetted, approved for a move to the U.S., and scheduled...
Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water rule

Trump administration moves to withdraw clean-water rule

The Trump administration moved Tuesday to roll back an Obama administration policy that protected more than half the nation's streams from pollution but drew attacks from farmers, fossil fuel companies and property-rights groups as federal overreach. The 2015 regulation sought to settle a debate over which waterways are covered under the Clean Water Act, which has dragged on for years and remained...
3 Chicago police officers indicted in Laquan McDonald case

3 Chicago police officers indicted in Laquan McDonald case

Three Chicago police officers were indicted Tuesday on felony charges that they conspired to cover up the actions of a white police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, and that the officers lied when they said the black teenager "aggressively" swung a knife at them and tried to get up from the ground still armed after he was shot. The indictment alleges that one current...
Facing GOP opposition, Senate leaders postpone vote to overhaul Obamacare

Facing GOP opposition, Senate leaders postpone vote to overhaul Obamacare

Facing a rebellion within their own ranks, Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday postponed a vote to overhaul the 2010 Affordable Care Act until after the July 4 recess. The delay, which came after five Senate Republicans said they could not support a move to bring up the bill this week in the wake of a new budget analysis of its impacts, means that lawmakers will be exposed to a barrage of lobbying...
Poll shows world’s regard of U.S. tumbling under Trump

Poll shows world’s regard of U.S. tumbling under Trump

BERLIN — President Donald Trump has alarmed citizens of the nation's closest allies and others worldwide, diminishing the standing of the United States in their eyes, according to a wide-ranging international study released Monday. But in the survey of 37 countries, Russia is a bright spot for Trump. As beleaguered as the president is at home, a majority of Russians say they have confidence...
Confusion reigns in military post lockdown; no shots fired

Confusion reigns in military post lockdown; no shots fired

Two 911 calls and a tweet about the possibility of an active shooter at a military installation set off a day of panic and confusion in Alabama. The 911 calls came from within the Redstone Arsenal base near Huntsville and led the installation to tweet a warning to its 30,000 government employees, civilians and contractors: "run hide fight," the message said. Police cars with flashing lights...
EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban

EPA chief met with Dow CEO before deciding on pesticide ban

The Trump administration's top environmental official met privately with the chief executive of Dow Chemical shortly before reversing his agency's push to ban a widely used pesticide after health studies showed it can harm children's brains, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt's schedule shows he met with Dow CEO Andrew...
Obama’s assessment of Senate health bill mostly on target

Obama’s assessment of Senate health bill mostly on target

Former President Barack Obama recently took to Facebook to blast the Senate health care bill that would dismantle much of the Affordable Care Act, his signature legislative achievement. We looked into his claim about the budgetary effects of the Senate Republican plan that repeals or reworks much of the ACA, known as Obamacare. Obama is right that the Senate bill contains a tax cut for wealthy Americans...
Wisconsin senator's health care stance welcomed back home

Wisconsin senator's health care stance welcomed back home

Conservatives and liberals in Wisconsin both see hope in Republican Sen. Ron Johnson's steadfast refusal to back the current version of the GOP Senate health care bill. Although they disagree with the reasons for his opposition, liberals see Johnson's stand as a chance to sink the entire Republican effort to kill the existing health care law enacted under former President Barack Obama. The senator's...
Major veterans' groups voice concern over Senate health bill

Major veterans' groups voice concern over Senate health bill

Major veterans' organizations are voicing concerns about a Senate GOP bill to repeal the nation's health care law, fearing the impact of rising insurance costs and worried the underfunded Department of Veterans Affairs won't be able to fill the coverage gap. While there are more than 21 million veterans in the U.S., only about 8 million receive health care from the VA. The others rely on Medicaid...
Egg executives in salmonella case must report to prison

Egg executives in salmonella case must report to prison

A father and son whose Iowa-based egg production company caused a massive 2010 salmonella outbreak have exhausted their appeals and a federal judge has ordered them to begin serving prison sentences. The U.S. Supreme Court declined in May to hear the appeals of Austin "Jack" DeCoster and his son, Peter DeCoster, without comment. Both have been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett...
Trump invites Ireland's new leader to WH for St. Pat's Day

Trump invites Ireland's new leader to WH for St. Pat's Day

President Donald Trump spoke for the first time Tuesday with Ireland's new prime minister, Leo Varadkar. Trump congratulated Varadkar on his "great victory" during a portion of the telephone conversation that the White House opened up to reporters. The White House said later that Trump invited Varadkar to visit for St. Patrick's Day next year. Varadkar, 38, is Ireland's youngest prime minister...
Ten Commandments monument installed at Arkansas Capitol

Ten Commandments monument installed at Arkansas Capitol

Workers installed a Ten Commandments monument outside Arkansas' Capitol on Tuesday, two years after lawmakers approved a measure permitting the privately funded statue on state grounds. The 6-foot-tall (1.8-meter-tall), 6,000-pound (2,721-kilogram) monument was installed on the southwest lawn of the Capitol with little fanfare and no advance notice. A 2015 law required the state to allow the display...
Panel approves bill privatizing air traffic control

Panel approves bill privatizing air traffic control

A House panel approved legislation Tuesday that would split off management of the nation's skies from the Federal Aviation Administration and give that responsibility to an independent, nonprofit company. The Republican-led committee approved the legislation by a vote of 32-25 with supporters saying it was critical to remove air traffic control from the vagaries of the government's budget process...
After bananas and nooses on campus, here’s how a student body president copes

After bananas and nooses on campus, here’s how a student body president copes

WASHINGTON — There is so much to Taylor Dumpson. She is a law and society major at American University, originally from a small community. She has her sights set on law school, and has dreams of one day opening a nonprofit community center, kind of like a one-stop shop that brings resources together. She likes to paint. She likes to draw. That is not what you'd find if you Google her, though...
Haley says warning to Syria also aimed at Russia and Iran

Haley says warning to Syria also aimed at Russia and Iran

A warning from the White House to Syrian President Bashar Assad about another possible chemical weapons attack was also aimed at two of Assad's key backers, Russia and Iran, the U.S ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday. During testimony before the House panel on foreign operations, Nikki Haley also called Assad "barbaric" and said she can't envision a "healthy Syria" if...
The Latest: Sanders attacks CNN, media in briefing

The Latest: Sanders attacks CNN, media in briefing

The Latest on CNN's retracted Russia story (all times local): 3:46 p.m. President Trump's press aide Sarah Huckabee Sanders urged all Americans to watch an online video posted by a conservative provocateur with a CNN producer commenting on his network's coverage of Trump's connections to Russia. Sanders, in the White House briefing, called producer John Bonifield's statements a disgrace to journalism...
New Trump rules on Cuba travel leaves winners and losers

New Trump rules on Cuba travel leaves winners and losers

Five of 12 private bed-and-breakfast owners in Havana and Cuba's southern colonial city of Trinidad told The Associated Press that they received cancellations after Trump's June 16 announcement . "It's contradictory that (Trump) says he want to help civil society, the Cuban people, but what he's doing is hurting them, hurting bed-and-breakfast owners in this case," said Tony Lopez, who rents...
Subway train derails, scaring passengers and injuring dozens

Subway train derails, scaring passengers and injuring dozens

A subway train derailed Tuesday as it entered a station, tossing people to the floor, forcing hundreds of shaken-up passengers to evacuate through darkened tunnels and delivering another jolt to a transit system plagued by aging equipment and reliability problems. Nearly three dozen people suffered minor injuries in the derailment, which happened in Harlem just before 10 a.m. Photos of the train posted...
The Latest: McConnell says good progress made on health bill

The Latest: McConnell says good progress made on health bill

The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times EDT): 5:55 p.m. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says "good progress" was made during a White House meeting between President Donald Trump and Republican senators. Trump invited them to meet after McConnell decided to delay a vote on a Senate health care bill because there aren't enough votes...
Retracted CNN story a boon for president at war with media

Retracted CNN story a boon for president at war with media

For a president seemingly at perpetual war with "fake news," the resignation of three CNN journalists over a retracted story about a Donald Trump Russian connection is a gift from the political gods when the struggling effort to pass a health bill dominates the headlines. The White House quickly took advantage Tuesday with blistering presidential tweets and a media scolding at the afternoon...
As border quiets, safe passage into US is still granted to some families

As border quiets, safe passage into US is still granted to some families

The 3-year-old girl takes her father's hand and follows him up the steps of a bus. He leads her down the aisle to a row near the back, picks her up and sets her in a window seat, so that when the bus starts to move, she can look out at her new country, the one they had crossed into illegally the day before. "Estás cansada?" he asks her. Are you tired? "No," she says, pressing...
You're a foreign government and want to get ear of US. What to do?

You're a foreign government and want to get ear of US. What to do?

The State Department long has been the key to American diplomacy abroad, while leaders in foreign capitals used well-trodden channels at Foggy Bottom to contact their counterparts in Washington. But under President Donald Trump's approach to foreign policy, that has changed. "There's just no one to talk to at the State Department," said one Southeast Asian ambassador, saying the department...
After Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, worries shift to Virgin Islands

After Puerto Rico’s debt crisis, worries shift to Virgin Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands is best known for its powdery beaches and turquoise bays, a constant draw for the tourists who frequent this tiny American territory. Yet away from the beaches the mood is ominous, as government officials scramble to stave off the same kind of fiscal collapse that has engulfed its neighbor Puerto Rico. The public debts of the Virgin Islands are much smaller than those of Puerto...
Mike Pence works the trenches

Mike Pence works the trenches

Donald Trump and Mike Pence are the most effective pitchers in the Republican bullpen. The president has the starpower and gets the headlines, but the vice president's emerging role could be just as valuable. Trump is the flame-throwing closer with one pitch: his signature sharp rhetoric that metaphorically is his political fastball. But Pence's recent public appearances showcase his role as the in-the-trenches...
Rare GOP species runs for New Jersey governor: A moderate

Rare GOP species runs for New Jersey governor: A moderate

The Republican candidate for governor of New Jersey sat on a plush beige couch in the Republican mayor’s condo, surrounded by Republican county officials and politicians, and offered up her plan to stem what is perhaps the state’s most daunting challenge — its deepening property tax crisis. She adopted it, she said, from an unexpected source. “This is a page out of the Democratic...
Without Clinton or Obama, Pelosi becomes GOP's top target

Without Clinton or Obama, Pelosi becomes GOP's top target

Nancy Pelosi boasted last week she was "worth the trouble," even when congressional candidates were negatively tied to her, the National Republican Campaign Committee ironically sang its own praises for the House minority leader. "We couldn't agree more!" was all an email blast read that included a clip of Pelosi's point of view. That came the same day President Donald Trump tweeted...
Why big business keeps winning at the Supreme Court

Why big business keeps winning at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court has undergone historic change over the past year or so. It lost its most distinctive voice, added a new justice after an unprecedented political battle and now faces rumors about swing Justice Anthony M. Kennedy's impending retirement. Yet one thing remains constant on a dynamic Supreme Court: corporations and business interests win. The term ending Monday lacked the sort of high-profile...
Koch network treads carefully around Trump, plays inside game

Koch network treads carefully around Trump, plays inside game

The wealthy donors who finance the conservative Koch network have many reasons to celebrate five months into Donald Trump's presidency. Justice Neil Gorsuch sits on the Supreme Court, and a slew of other pro-business judges have been nominated. Major regulations enacted under Barack Obama have been rescinded. Environmental rules have been scaled back. A bill signed into law Friday, which makes it...
Pentagon: 'active preparations' by Syria for chemical attack

Pentagon: 'active preparations' by Syria for chemical attack

The Pentagon on Tuesday said it detected "active preparations" by Syria for a chemical weapons attack, giving weight to a White House statement hours earlier that the Syrian government would "pay a heavy price" if it carried out such an attack. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, said the U.S. had seen "activity" at Shayrat airfield that "indicated active...
Trump hails 'energy revolution' as exports surge

Trump hails 'energy revolution' as exports surge

President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed an energy revolution marked by surging U.S. exports of oil and natural gas. Trump cited a series of steps the administration has taken to boost energy production and remove government regulations that he argues prevent the United States from achieving "energy dominance" in the global market. "Together, we are going to start a new energy revolution...
Mattis: US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa

Mattis: US arms for Syrian Kurds will continue after Raqqa

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday that America will continue to provide weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters after the battle to oust Islamic State militants from Raqqa, Syria, is over. Describing American reassurances to Turkey that the U.S. will take back weapons given to the Syrian Kurds after the IS fight, Mattis said it depends on when or where the next mission is. And he also sounded...
Europe's once positive world view of US slips under Trump

Europe's once positive world view of US slips under Trump

Slightly more Europeans now view the United States unfavorably under President Donald Trump than favorably, according to a survey of public attitudes in three dozen countries that comes as Trump prepares for a return visit to the continent early next month. The Pew Research Center survey released Monday also found scant confidence outside the U.S. in Trump's leadership on the world stage, with many...
Senate GOP shelves health bill, imperils 'Obamacare' repeal

Senate GOP shelves health bill, imperils 'Obamacare' repeal

Senate GOP leaders abruptly shelved their long-sought health care overhaul Tuesday, asserting they can still salvage it but raising new doubts about whether President Donald Trump and the Republicans will ever deliver on their promises to repeal and replace "Obamacare." Republican leader Mitch McConnell announced a delay for any voting at a closed-door senators' lunch also attended by Vice...
Democrats aim to blast Trump for favoring wealthy

Democrats aim to blast Trump for favoring wealthy

Democrats are out to capitalize on what they believe is growing public sentiment that President Donald Trump, the richest man to call the White House home, is turning his back on the people who got him elected in favor of his wealthy peers. The party is hoping that pitch will pack extra oomph at a time when even some Republicans are raising concerns that the GOP health-care plan could hurt the poor...
Few answers on travel ban as launch deadline looms

Few answers on travel ban as launch deadline looms

The Trump administration expects to launch a limited version of its travel ban on six mostly Muslim countries on Thursday, but has yet to say how it will be implemented or what it will do to avoid the chaos that accompanied the initial ban. Government lawyers were working on guidelines Tuesday, one day after the Supreme Court partially reinstated the ban ahead of hearing arguments in October. The...
Supreme Court playground ruling feeds school voucher debate

Supreme Court playground ruling feeds school voucher debate

The court, by a 7-2 vote, sided with Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, which had sought a state grant to put a soft surface on its preschool playground. "We should all celebrate the fact that programs designed to help students will no longer be discriminated against by the government based solely on religious affiliation," DeVos said after the justices ruled Monday that Missouri...
These senators will make or break the GOP's health care push

These senators will make or break the GOP's health care push

President Donald Trump's campaign promise to repeal and replace "Obamacare" is now in the hands of a key group of GOP senators who are opposing —or not yet supporting — legislation Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing. These lawmakers range from moderate to conservative Republicans, and include senators who were just re-elected and a couple facing tough re-election...
Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal

Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal

Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal "Obamacare" also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects for the GOP, and could lead to deadlock. The federal-state program for low-income people has long been stigmatized as substandard. But over time it has grown and changed to become a mainstay for hospitals...
Utah officials blame lack of logging for major wildfire

Utah officials blame lack of logging for major wildfire

Insisting that logging could have cleaned up dead, bug-infested trees that are fueling a Utah wildfire, a Republican state lawmaker blamed federal mismanagement and lawsuits by "tree hugger" environmentalists for the blaze that has burned 13 homes and forced the evacuation of 1,500 people. A conservation group called that contention "shameful" and misleading, saying it fails to...
Ingredient in popular weed killer going on list as cancerous

Ingredient in popular weed killer going on list as cancerous

Regulators in California took a pivotal step on Monday toward becoming the first state to require the popular weed killer Roundup to come with a label warning that it's known to cause cancer. Officials announced that starting July 7 the weed killer's main ingredient, glyphosate, will appear on a list California keeps of potentially cancerous chemicals. A year later, the listing could come with warning...
Man accused in missing son's slaying denies trying to flee

Man accused in missing son's slaying denies trying to flee

A California father told a judge on Tuesday that he wasn't hiding from authorities when he was arrested in Las Vegas, and will not fight his transfer in custody to Los Angeles to face a murder charge in the disappearance of his 5-year-old son. Aramazd Andressian Sr. wasn't asked and didn't say where his son is, and his lawyer later said he didn't know either. "I wish I did. I wish we all did...
Sentencing of 'Baby Doe' mom delayed until July 12

Sentencing of 'Baby Doe' mom delayed until July 12

The mother of a 2-year-old girl who became known as Baby Doe after her remains washed up on a Boston Harbor island is expected to remain behind bars for two more weeks. Rachelle Bond was to be sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in February to being an accessory after the fact in the death of her daughter, Bella Bond. Instead, the judge reset the date for July 12 because no beds were available...
Shkreli jury selection expected to take a third day

Shkreli jury selection expected to take a third day

Jury selection at the securities fraud trial of a former pharmaceutical CEO notorious for price-gouging hit a rough patch on Tuesday as the court struggled to pick a pool of prospective jurors who could ignore a swirl of bad publicity for the defendant. A third day of jury selection in Martin Shkreli's trial was expected on Wednesday with opening statements put off until Thursday morning. On Tuesday...
Cosby rejects 'sexual assault tour' idea floated by reps

Cosby rejects 'sexual assault tour' idea floated by reps

Bill Cosby's "town hall" tour is unlikely to happen before his retrial on sex assault charges in Pennsylvania, one of his lawyers said Tuesday. Attorney Angela Agrusa said after a hearing to set a trial date in a sex abuse lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against the comedian that Cosby won't be discussing sexual assault and she "can't imagine" his legal team would let him...
Utah wildfire grows to largest active fire in US

Utah wildfire grows to largest active fire in US

The nation's largest wildfire has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins in a southern Utah mountain area home to a ski town and popular fishing lake. Firefighters battled high winds Monday as they fought a fire that has grown to 72 square miles (184 square kilometers) and burned 13 homes — larger than any other fire in the country now, state emergency managers said. Some...
The Latest: Car accident sparks major wildfire in California

The Latest: Car accident sparks major wildfire in California

The Latest on a major wildfire burning in Utah and others burning across the U.S. West. (all times local): 9 p.m. A wildfire sparked by a traffic accident on a remote highway 80 miles east of Los Angeles has grown to nearly two square miles (over 500 hectares) in just a few hours. Firefighters working in high temperatures are battling the wildfire in the Beaumont area of Riverside County, where residents...
The Latest: Trump says US-India relationship never better

The Latest: Trump says US-India relationship never better

The Latest on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 11:15 p.m. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have capped off an upbeat meeting with dinner at the White House. Trump says it is "such an honor" to have Modi at the White House, where the two held several hours' worth of meetings and events. The president says...
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