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The Latest: Mnuchin, finance ministers talk US trade policy

The Latest on the global finance meetings in Washington (all times local): 1 p.m. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) says he's had a number of discussions with his counterparts — during global finance meetings in Washington — that have dealt with President Donald Trump's "America First" trade policies. Mnuchin says he's tried to make clear that the United States...
The Latest on the global finance meetings in Washington (all times local): 1 p.m. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (mih-NOO'-shin) says he's had a number of discussions with his counterparts —...

The Latest: Bush was 'first lady of the greatest generation'

The Latest on the funeral and burial of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Historian Jon Meacham says Barbara Bush is the "first lady of the greatest generation." Meacham spoke to hundreds of people attending the funeral Saturday for the former first lady in Houston. He said in his eulogy that the wife of the 41st president and the mother of the 43rd was "candid...
The Latest on the funeral and burial of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local): 11:45 a.m. Historian Jon Meacham says Barbara Bush is the "first lady of the greatest generation." Meacham...


Steyer's talk of impeaching Trump not appealing to Dems

Steyer's talk of impeaching Trump not appealing to Dems

Tom Steyer is on a multimillion-dollar mission to impeach Donald Trump, but Democrats whose campaigns the California billionaire is helping bankroll aren't keen to follow his lead. Steyer, whose appeals you may have seen on TV, is spending $40 million on his "Need To Impeach" roadshow, with advertising and town halls around the country. But Democratic leaders in Congress and many candidates...
Probe clears Haspel on destruction of waterboarding tapes

Probe clears Haspel on destruction of waterboarding tapes

Countering resistance to President Donald Trump's pick for CIA director, the spy agency have given lawmakers a declassified memo showing she was cleared years ago of wrongdoing in the destruction of videotapes showing terror suspects being waterboarded after 9/11. Gina Haspel is facing opposition from some Democrats and rights groups critical of her activities related to the shredding of 92 videotapes...
Dems' lawsuit alleges conspiracy between Trump camp, Russia

Dems' lawsuit alleges conspiracy between Trump camp, Russia

The Democratic Party sued Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks and Trump's son and son-in-law Friday, accusing them of an intricate conspiracy to undercut Democrats in the 2016 election by stealing tens of thousands of emails and documents. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court seeks unspecified damages and an order to prevent further interference with computer systems of...
4 former presidents among hundreds at Barbara Bush's funeral

4 former presidents among hundreds at Barbara Bush's funeral

Four former presidents joined ambassadors, sports stars and hundreds of other mourners on a gray, rainy Saturday at the private funeral for former first lady Barbara Bush, filling the nation's largest Episcopal church a day after more than 6,000 people paid their respects to the woman known by many as "America's matriarch." Former President George H.W. Bush was helped into the cavernous...
Lobbyist tied to condo leased by EPA chief retires from firm

Lobbyist tied to condo leased by EPA chief retires from firm

The fossil-fuels lobbyist tied to the bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo leased by Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is taking early retirement as a result of the scandal. J. Steven Hart sent an email to friends and colleagues on Friday announcing he's leaving Williams & Jensen, the powerhouse Washington lobbying firm where he served as chairman. The Associated Press obtained a copy...
For Trump, Giuliani adds toughness, star power to legal team

For Trump, Giuliani adds toughness, star power to legal team

For weeks, President Donald Trump had grown increasingly frustrated with the cable news chatter that he couldn't hire a big-name attorney for his legal team. But the president boasted to a confidant this week that he had struck a deal that he believed would silence those critics: He was hiring "America's F---ing Mayor." With the addition of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Trump...
Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens charged over charity donor list

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens charged over charity donor list

St. Louis prosecutors on Friday charged Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens with a felony for using a charity donor list for his 2016 political campaign, adding to the woes of the first-term Republican governor who responded by calling it another effort to "smear" him. The charge of tampering with computer data is in addition to an earlier charge alleging Greitens took and transmitted a nonconsensual...
Hot potato: Dems shy from Steyer's talk of impeaching Trump

Hot potato: Dems shy from Steyer's talk of impeaching Trump

Tom Steyer is on a multimillion-dollar mission to impeach Donald Trump, but Democrats whose campaigns the California billionaire is helping bankroll aren't keen to follow his lead. Steyer, whose appeals you may have seen on TV, is spending $40 million on his "Need To Impeach" roadshow, with advertising and town halls around the country. But Democratic leaders in Congress and many candidates...
Major GOP donor announces run for Wyoming governor

Major GOP donor announces run for Wyoming governor

A top Republican Party donor and fundraiser who hasn't held major elected office before but who is wealthy and has national political connections is running for governor of Wyoming. Foster Friess' entry Friday upended Wyoming's deep-red politics much like Liz Cheney's brief run against fellow Republican U.S. Sen. Mike Enzi in 2013 and 2014. Cheney, who previously spent most of her life in Virginia...
Haley's pushback draws fans, rattles White House

Haley's pushback draws fans, rattles White House

The public split between the White House and U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley this week over Russia sanctions threw a spotlight on her at-times uneasy relationship with President Donald Trump, even as her deft rebuttal bolstered talk about her own future political fortunes. Haley's rejoinder to a putdown from a close Trump adviser about message confusion — she declared that "I don't get confused"...
Probe cleared Haspel in destruction of waterboarding tapes

Probe cleared Haspel in destruction of waterboarding tapes

Countering resistance to President Donald Trump's pick for CIA director, the spy agency gave lawmakers a declassified memo Friday showing she was cleared years ago of wrongdoing in the destruction of videotapes showing terror suspects being waterboarded after 9/11. Gina Haspel is facing opposition from some Democrats and rights groups critical of her activities related to the shredding of 92 videotapes...
Senate panel talks to Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr.

Senate panel talks to Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr.

A Russian lawyer who discussed sanctions with Donald Trump Jr. at a Trump Tower meeting during the 2016 campaign recently met U.S. Senate investigators in Berlin, a person familiar with the interview told The Associated Press. Senate intelligence committee investigators looking into Russian interference in the campaign interviewed Natalia Veselnitskaya at a Berlin hotel, according to the person, who...
Romney faces tough GOP crowd in Utah bid for US Senate seat

Romney faces tough GOP crowd in Utah bid for US Senate seat

Mitt Romney faces an intriguing hurdle in his bid to be the U.S. senator from Utah this weekend when he seeks the blessing of far-right leaning delegates at the state convention against a field of 11 competitors. Romney already has collected enough signatures to advance to a GOP primary bid regardless of what party stalwarts do at the convention. A win would clear a path to victory in conservative...
Civil rights prosecutors urge charges in Garner death

Civil rights prosecutors urge charges in Garner death

Federal civil rights prosecutors have recommended charging a New York police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, but it's unclear if top Justice Department officials will be willing to move forward with a case, a person familiar with the matter said Friday. Prosecutors recently made the recommendation to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to the person, who wasn't authorized...
The Latest: Global leaders fear rising trade tensions

The Latest: Global leaders fear rising trade tensions

The latest from the spring meetings of the Group of 20 major economies, the 189-nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending institution, the World Bank. (All times local) 2 p.m. Global finance ministers see rising trade tensions between the United States and China as a major threat facing the world economy. Argentine Treasury Minister Nicolas Dujovne says in addition to the shockwaves...
US says China, Iran, Russia are 'forces for instability'

US says China, Iran, Russia are 'forces for instability'

The Trump administration is lashing out at China, Iran, Russia and North Korea for being "forces of instability" because of human rights abuses of their own citizens and others. In its annual global human rights reports released on Friday, the State Department singled out the four countries for egregious rights violations, including restricting the freedoms of speech and assembly and allowing...
In court, Dems allege conspiracy between Trump camp, Russia

In court, Dems allege conspiracy between Trump camp, Russia

The Democratic Party sued Donald Trump's presidential campaign, Russia, WikiLeaks and Trump's son and son-in-law Friday, accusing them of an intricate conspiracy to undercut Democrats in the 2016 election by stealing tens of thousands of emails and documents. The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court seeks unspecified damages and an order to prevent further interference with computer systems of...
The Latest: Former President George HW Bush greets mourners

The Latest: Former President George HW Bush greets mourners

The Latest on the death of former first lady Barbara Bush (all times local): 2 p.m. Former President George H.W. Bush is greeting mourners as they pay their respects and walk past the casket of his wife of 73 years. The nation's 41st president was seated in a chair a few feet away from the rose-covered casket Friday at St. Martin's Episcopal Church in Houston. He and his wife, Barbara, had long worshipped...
Dems to black activists: Trump is 'the darkness'

Dems to black activists: Trump is 'the darkness'

One after another, the speakers attacked President Trump's policies as discriminatory, his rhetoric as hateful and his motivations as bigoted. The fiery rhetoric, from nearly a half dozen Democrats who may seek the White House in 2020, came as hundreds of African-Americans gathered in New York City on Friday to contemplate the first year of the Trump presidency and to begin sizing up his possible...
Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

The top Senate Democrat is using marijuana's informal holiday to announce a change of heart about the drug, another sign of the growing political acceptance of pot. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Friday he'll introduce a bill taking marijuana off the federal list of controlled substances — in effect decriminalizing its use. His bill would let states decide how to treat...
Army lowers 2017 recruiting goal; more soldiers staying on

Army lowers 2017 recruiting goal; more soldiers staying on

The U.S. Army will not meet its mission to recruit 80,000 active duty soldiers this year and has officially lowered that goal. But Army leaders said the service has been able to encourage more experienced service members to stay on the job to satisfy a growing demand for troops. Army Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey said Friday that the updated goal will be 76,500. Six months into the recruiting year, the...
Kris Kobach, once the face of Trump’s voter fraud panel, is held in contempt

Kris Kobach, once the face of Trump’s voter fraud panel, is held in contempt

Kris W. Kobach, the secretary of state of Kansas and face of the Trump administration’s efforts to clamp down on supposed voter fraud, was found by a federal judge on Wednesday to have disobeyed orders to notify thousands of Kansans in 2016 that they were registered to vote.  Kobach, who served last year as the vice chairman of the Trump administration’s short-lived presidential commission...
AP-NORC Poll: Americans expect Russia tension will get worse

AP-NORC Poll: Americans expect Russia tension will get worse

Americans largely fear the country's relationship with Russia and China will get worse in the coming year, and despite signs of diplomatic progress with Kim Jong Un on nuclear weapons, nearly half say the same about North Korea. That's according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research that provides insight into the public's view on the direction of U.S. ties...
Across Midwest, farmers warn of GOP losses over Trump’s trade policy

Across Midwest, farmers warn of GOP losses over Trump’s trade policy

Here in the largest soybean-producing county in the country, a snowy winter has left North Dakota farmers like Robert Runck with time on their hands before spring planting — time they have spent stewing over how much they stand to lose if President Donald Trump starts a trade war with China.  “If he doesn’t understand what he’s doing to the nation by doing what he&rsquo...
Judge in Michael Cohen case described as no-nonsense, ‘judicial equivalent of Teddy Roosevelt’

Judge in Michael Cohen case described as no-nonsense, ‘judicial equivalent of Teddy Roosevelt’

 Judge Kimba M. Wood had barely finished a hearing this week that involved both Michael D. Cohen, President Donald Trump’s lawyer, and — in a stunning revelation — Fox News host Sean Hannity, when the right-wing media machine started going after her.  InfoWars, the conspiracy theory website run by Alex Jones, posted an article that distilled Wood’s 30-year career...
The Latest: Trump asks whether illegal leaks prompted probe

The Latest: Trump asks whether illegal leaks prompted probe

The Latest on former FBI Director James Comey's memos (all times local): 11:55 p.m. President Donald Trump appears to be trying to undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation by suggesting it was prompted by "illegally leaked" memos. Trump tweets late Friday that former FBI Director James Comey "illegally leaked classified documents to the press in order to generate...
Abortion wars are heating up ahead of November elections

Abortion wars are heating up ahead of November elections

Mississippi's governor just signed a law, more restrictive than in any state, banning abortions after 15 weeks. Iowa's state Senate is trying to go even further and stop abortions at around six weeks. And 20 Ohio legislators have proposed outlawing all abortions, even if the woman's life is in danger.  In many state capitols, Republican lawmakers are backing unusually strict antiabortion laws...
Fidel died. His brother Raúl resigned. But Castros still hold sway in Cuba

Fidel died. His brother Raúl resigned. But Castros still hold sway in Cuba

For the first time in decades, Cubans have a president whose last name is not Castro.  But as the new president, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, who turns 58 Friday, takes his first strides to govern an economically distressed country that is perennially in crisis, he will do so with a ring of Castros, and their various spouses and children, around him.  Fidel Castro died in 2016...
Cuba’s new leader: A progressive, a hard-liner and an enigma

Cuba’s new leader: A progressive, a hard-liner and an enigma

As soon as Cuba and the Obama administration decided to restore diplomatic relations, decades of bitter stagnation began to give way. Embassies were being reopened. Americans streamed to the island. The curtain was suddenly pulled back from Cuba, a nation frozen out by the Cold War.  But one mystery remained: While nearly everyone knew of Cuba’s president, Raúl Castro, his hand-picked...
Comey memos offer new details on his interactions with Trump as probe intensified

Comey memos offer new details on his interactions with Trump as probe intensified

President Donald Trump expressed concerns about the judgment of his national security adviser Michael Flynn weeks before forcing him to resign, according to memos kept by former FBI director James Comey that recount in detail efforts by Trump to influence the bureau's expanding investigation of Russia.  The memos also reveal the extent of Trump's preoccupation with unproven allegations that he...
Arizona is next stop for movement seeking better teacher pay

Arizona is next stop for movement seeking better teacher pay

The latest stop in the national movement seeking higher teacher pay and better education funding is Arizona, where tens of thousands of teachers have voted to walk off the job next week. They want the Republican-controlled Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey to improve on the governor's offer of 20 percent raises by 2020. That plan, the teachers say, fails to address several of their other goals, including...
Trump lawyer must say why he wants porn star's case delayed

Trump lawyer must say why he wants porn star's case delayed

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer must declare in writing that his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination may be jeopardized if legal proceedings aren't delayed in a lawsuit filed by porn actress Stormy Daniels, a judge said Friday. U.S. Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles said there were "gaping holes" in Michael Cohen's request for a delay and it was not enough for his...
Columbine, Parkland students unite for voter registration

Columbine, Parkland students unite for voter registration

A planned national high school walkout for gun control on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting Friday won't include student protests at the Colorado school that changed the way the nation viewed shootings. Just as it has done every year since the April 20, 1999, shooting killed 12 students and a teacher, Columbine High School will be closed, and students there will stick with their tradition...
Woman who lost pink house, court case seeks box office win

Woman who lost pink house, court case seeks box office win

Susette Kelo's Supreme Court case now has a Hollywood ending, just not the one she hoped for. What Kelo wanted when she took her case to the high court more than a decade ago was to get to stay in her little pink house in New London, Connecticut. The city was trying to force her out to make way for development, and Kelo didn't want to go. The high court ruled against her. Now, however, Kelo's story...
About 2,500 mourners pay respects to Barbara Bush at viewing

About 2,500 mourners pay respects to Barbara Bush at viewing

His daughter standing behind him, former President George H.W. Bush sat at the front of the cavernous sanctuary of St. Martin's Episcopal Church. He gazed up at the rose-draped casket holding his wife of 73 years. After a few moments, an aide came forward to help Bush with his wheelchair, turning it so he faced the rest of the sanctuary. A string of mourners began to approach: adults and children...
Trump administration pushes back against trade criticism

Trump administration pushes back against trade criticism

The Trump administration pushed back Friday against widespread complaints against its aggressive America First trade policies and urged the International Monetary Fund to do more to combat unfair trade practices. Wrapping up two days of talks, finance officials from the world's 20 most powerful economies said that they had not reached any breakthrough on how to calm trade tensions between the United...
Barbara Bush believed literacy could cure other ills

Barbara Bush believed literacy could cure other ills

On a hot summer day in 1978, as her husband mulled his first presidential run, Barbara Bush headed to Houston's leafy Memorial Park for a jog while she thought about what issues she'd like to focus on should she become first lady. Bush was concerned about stubborn societal problems like crime, the homeless, drugs and hunger. But as she ran, the then-53-year-old came to the realization that teaching...
Ex-FBI deputy director 'disappointed' in Comey comments

Ex-FBI deputy director 'disappointed' in Comey comments

Andrew McCabe, the former FBI deputy director, is "very upset and disappointed" by comments made by his former boss James Comey that contradict his account of a disclosure to the news media, McCabe's lawyer said Friday. "Andy has at all times attempted to, and believes he's been successful in, playing it straight with Jim," Michael Bromwich told reporters as he again attacked an...
Leak crackdown talk yields rare Comey, Trump agreement

Leak crackdown talk yields rare Comey, Trump agreement

James Comey and President Donald Trump seem to disagree on most everything, but the ex-FBI director's memos show consensus on at least one thing: the need to hunt down leakers. The two men bonded over the idea of a proposed leak crackdown, even sharing a chuckle over a crude joke involving jailed journalists, according to memos written by Comey and obtained by The Associated Press. The jocularity...
Trump legal team in Russia probe gets Rudy Giuliani

Trump legal team in Russia probe gets Rudy Giuliani

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump since the early days of his campaign, is joining the team of lawyers representing the president in the special counsel's Russia investigation. With the addition of Giuliani, Trump gains a former U.S. attorney, a past presidential candidate and a TV-savvy defender at a time when the White House is looking for ways to bring...
Democratic Party sues Trump Campaign, Wikileaks, others, over 2016 elections

Democratic Party sues Trump Campaign, Wikileaks, others, over 2016 elections

The legal fight over the 2016 elections expanded further on Friday, as the Democratic National Committee filed a wide-ranging lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s campaign, top aides, one of Mr. Trump’s son, as well as his son-in-law, the Russian government, and others caught up in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 race for the White House...
Trump denounces Comey, Russia probe, after release of Comey memos

Trump denounces Comey, Russia probe, after release of Comey memos

The morning after memos written by former FBI Director James Comey were delivered to Congress – and then immediately leaked to the news media – President Donald Trump blasted both Comey and the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections, denying that he had done anything wrong, and defending a top aide who had been caught up in...
Instant leaks as feds deliver Comey memos to Congress

Instant leaks as feds deliver Comey memos to Congress

Bowing to demands from Republicans in the House, the Justice Department on Thursday night gave lawmakers memos written by former FBI Director James Comey after meetings and phone calls with President Donald Trump, with the resulting leaks only amplifying Comey’s story that Mr. Trump had pressed him repeatedly about the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections...
Senate confirms Rep. Jim Bridenstine R-OK as NASA Administrator

Senate confirms Rep. Jim Bridenstine R-OK as NASA Administrator

After operating for almost fourteen months with acting leadership, NASA finally has a new Administrator, as the U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) as the new head of the space agency, overcoming reluctance among some Republicans, and strong opposition from Democrats who said Bridenstine who too political for the job. “”It is an honor...
Trump lawyer drops defamation lawsuit over publication of Steele Dossier

Trump lawyer drops defamation lawsuit over publication of Steele Dossier

Embroiled in a new legal dispute after an FBI raid earlier this month, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, has dropped a $100 million defamation lawsuit filed against BuzzFeed news, and the head of the opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which spearheaded the development of the Steele Dossier. “Michael Cohen hereby voluntarily dismissed the...
Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter won’t attend Barbara Bush’s funeral

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter won’t attend Barbara Bush’s funeral

Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter will not be at Barbara Bush’s funeral Saturday. “President and Mrs. Carter regret that they are unable to attend,” the Carter Center in Atlanta said in a statement Thursday morning. “President Carter will be on a private trip overseas, and although she is recovering, Mrs. Carter is not yet able to travel following her recent intestinal surgery...
Lawmakers press for more publicity on harassment settlements

Lawmakers press for more publicity on harassment settlements

The head of the Capitol Hill office which deals with workplace harassment cases said Wednesday that she still does not have the power to reveal the names of lawmakers who used taxpayer dollars to pay legal harassment settlements, drawing sharp rebukes from members of both parties on a House spending panel, as lawmakers in both the House and Senate expressed growing frustration...
Melania Trump, Clintons, Obamas attending Barbara Bush’s funeral

Melania Trump, Clintons, Obamas attending Barbara Bush’s funeral

An awe-inspiring array of first ladies and presidents will pay their respects to one of their own on Saturday. First Lady Melania Trump will attend Barbara Bush’s funeral in Houston, her spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. Joining Mrs. Trump at the private service for Bush will be Bill and Hillary Clinton and Barack and Michelle Obama, their offices confirmed.  On Thursday morning, Jimmy...
With switch by Rubio, Flake, Senate clears hurdle for Trump’s pick to head NASA

With switch by Rubio, Flake, Senate clears hurdle for Trump’s pick to head NASA

On hold for months, President Donald Trump’s pick to head NASA was finally given the green light by a pair of GOP Senators, as the Senate voted 50-48 to overcome a possible filibuster, and advance the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to be the next Administrator of NASA. A final vote to confirm Bridenstine’s nomination could come as early as Thursday in...
Barbara Bush: Where to donate, post tributes in her honor

Barbara Bush: Where to donate, post tributes in her honor

Barbara Bush was much more than a presidential spouse and mother. She was a force for good in her own right, especially when it came to championing literacy. Bush, who died in Houston on Tuesday at the age of 92, first adopted literacy as a cause in the 1980s when her husband, George H.W. Bush, was vice president. She eventually established the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. Ultimately...
Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place’

Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place’

The phone calls between President Donald Trump and Sean Hannity come early in the morning or late at night, after the Fox News host goes off the air. They discuss ideas for Hannity's show, Trump's frustration with the ongoing special counsel probe and even, at times, what the president should tweet, according to people familiar with the conversations. When he's off the phone, Trump is known to cite...
Barbara Bush in her own words: Quotes from the former first lady

Barbara Bush in her own words: Quotes from the former first lady

Former first lady Barbara Bush will be remembered for many things, but being shy about speaking out won’t be one of them.  Bush, who died Tuesday at her home in Houston, is being remembered as someone not afraid to speak her mind when asked and not shy about giving a blunt, straight-forward response.  Here are a few of Mrs. Bush’s best-remembered and refreshingly honest...
Trump acknowledges CIA chief met secretly with Kim Jong Un

Trump acknowledges CIA chief met secretly with Kim Jong Un

Confirming press reports about a secret trip by CIA Director Mike Pompeo to North Korea, President Donald Trump on Wednesday said the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had gone “very smoothly and a good relationship was formed.” In the middle of his own summit with the Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Trump said on Twitter this morning that details of a meeting...

PolitiFact: Women’s pay-lag figure can be misapplied

On April 10, “Equal Pay Day,” Sen. Tina Smith, D-Minn., tweeted out her support for an end to differential pay for men and women. But there’s a problem with her tweet: The statistics showing that women earn 80 percent of what men earn are overall comparisons and do not specifically compare men and women in the same jobs. After we reached out to Smith’s office, she sent a new...
Taxpayers get extra day to file federal taxes after IRS website snafu

Taxpayers get extra day to file federal taxes after IRS website snafu

The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday gave Americans an extra day to file tax returns for 2017, after troubles surfaced for a number of hours with an online payment system, causing troubles for those trying to finish filing and paying their taxes just before the deadline. “This is the busiest tax day of the year, and the IRS apologizes for the inconvenience this system...
Gorsuch joins liberals to rule against part of federal deportation law

Gorsuch joins liberals to rule against part of federal deportation law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that part of a federal law which requires the deportation of certain criminal aliens was too vague, as Justice Neal Gorsuch, nominated to the Court by President Donald Trump, joined with the four more liberal justices to provide the majority opinion, upholding a ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the process. “Vague...
Republicans move to force vote on Trump pick to head NASA

Republicans move to force vote on Trump pick to head NASA

After waiting for months to get enough votes to win confirmation, Senate Republicans have decided to press ahead this week with the nomination of Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK) to lead NASA, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took the first procedural step on Monday evening to force a final vote on President Trump’s pick to lead the space agency by late in the ...

Judge rejects restraining order on evidence seized from Trump’s personal lawyer

A federal judge in New York on Monday refused a request by lawyers for President Donald Trump to stop federal investigators from going through evidence seized from Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, but the judge held off on deciding how best to review those materials for questions of possible attorney-client privilege involving the President, and whether that should keep ...
Expensive soundproof booth for EPA’s Pruitt violated federal law

Expensive soundproof booth for EPA’s Pruitt violated federal law

Congressional investigators reported Monday that the installation of a soundproof communications booth in the office of Environmental Protection Administration chief Scott Pruitt violated federal law, because it spent more money than allowed by Congress for changes to the office of a Presidential appointee. “It is time for Scott Pruitt to go,” said Sen. Ed Markey...
GAO: $43,000 soundproof booth for EPA’s Pruitt violated federal law

GAO: $43,000 soundproof booth for EPA’s Pruitt violated federal law

Congressional investigators reported Monday that the installation of a soundproof communications booth in the office of Environmental Protection Administration chief Scott Pruitt violated federal law, because it spent more money than allowed by Congress for changes to the office of a Presidential appointee. “It is time for Scott Pruitt to go,” said Sen. Ed Markey...
8 key quotes from James Comey about Donald Trump and what’s next

8 key quotes from James Comey about Donald Trump and what’s next

Key quotes from former FBI Director James Comey in his interview Friday with USA Today. "I don't think he's mentally unfit. I've read stuff about dementia and what-not. I don't buy that. ... That's not what I mean. I actually believe he's morally unfit to be president."          "The comparison to the leadership of a Cosa Nostra...
Documents make clear Trump’s personal lawyer squarely under investigation

Documents make clear Trump’s personal lawyer squarely under investigation

The personal lawyer of President Donald Trump will be in a federal court in New York on Monday, as his lawyers – with the backing of the President – try to stop federal prosecutors from going through materials seized in a surprise raid last week that involved documents and electronic devices from the long time legal and personal ally of Mr. Trump. “Attorney...
US strikes on Syria see support, opposition, from both parties in Congress

US strikes on Syria see support, opposition, from both parties in Congress

The decision by President Donald Trump to authorize military action along with France and Britain to punish Syria for the use of chemical weapons drew strong bipartisan support in Congress, though members of both parties also called for votes in the House and Senate to specifically authorize such action. “I support the attack because Assad must be held accountable for...
Feds release report on firing of former top FBI official

Feds release report on firing of former top FBI official

A new report from internal investigators at the Justice Department says former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe wrongly leaked information just before the 2016 election to the Wall Street Journal, and then told different stories to investigators and former FBI Director James Comey when pressed for answers. The investigation found that McCabe – who was fired from his...
With new book out, Trump attacks Comey as “slime ball”

With new book out, Trump attacks Comey as “slime ball”

With a new tell-all book out from former FBI Director James Comey painting an unflattering picture of the Commander-in-Chief, President Donald Trump on Friday attacked Comey as a “slime ball,” arguing that Comey should be prosecuted for leaking classified information. “It was my great honor to fire James Comey!” Trump declared in a pair of breakfast-time...
PolitiFact: Trump numbers on China car tariffs accurate

PolitiFact: Trump numbers on China car tariffs accurate

President Donald Trump took to Twitter to bemoan what he considers unfair practices in the United States’ automobile trade with China. His figures match up with international trade data. But economists raised some important details Trump omitted from his tweet, which put his claim in a slightly different light. Trump’s numbers are drawn from American and Chinese government trade data....
After Amazon criticism, Trump sets up new panel on Postal Service reform

After Amazon criticism, Trump sets up new panel on Postal Service reform

Days after charging – some said inaccurately – that the U.S. Postal Service was losing money delivering packages for online retail shopping giant Amazon, President Donald Trump on Thursday night ordered the establishment of a new task force to figure out how to end years of operating losses at the Postal Service, which have stretched into the billions of dollars...
Trump raises chance of no strike on Syria as Pentagon readies options

Trump raises chance of no strike on Syria as Pentagon readies options

A day after using Twitter to tell Russia to “get ready” for U.S. missile attacks on Syria, President Donald Trump on Thursday softened his tone on Thursday morning, raising the possibility that despite his tough warnings from earlier this week, there might be no U.S. military response over the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons, as Pentagon leaders...
PolitiFact: Coast Guard stops a lot of drugs, not at border

PolitiFact: Coast Guard stops a lot of drugs, not at border

U.S. Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., said that if President Donald Trump wants to make the country safer, he should focus more on funding the Coast Guard than on his promised border wall. After all, Garamendi claimed, the Coast Guard confiscates tons of contraband. He is largely accurate about their enforcement efforts, but his remarks omit nuance and need clarification. To start, his office said he...
House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t run for re-election in 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan won’t run for re-election in 2018

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan announced on Wednesday morning that he would not run for re-election in 2018, adding his name to a lengthy list of GOP lawmakers who have decided to leave the Congress, facing a mid-term election playing field which seems tilted in favor of the Democrats. “I think we have achieved a heck of a lot,” the Speaker said, telling reporters...
Trump warns Russia on possible U.S. strikes in Syria

Trump warns Russia on possible U.S. strikes in Syria

Again breaking with Russian leader Vladimir Putin over the situation in Syria, President Donald Trump on Wednesday taunted Moscow via Twitter, scoffing at a Russian military vow to stop any U.S. missiles that might be aimed at Syrian facilities in the wake of chemical attacks in that country by the Assad Regime. “Get ready Russia,” the President wrote on Twitter...
White House argues Trump can fire Mueller, as Facebook CEO says his company is cooperating with Russia probe

White House argues Trump can fire Mueller, as Facebook CEO says his company is cooperating with Russia probe

A day after President Donald Trump and his inner circle were stunned by an FBI raid in New York which targeted the President’s personal attorney, the White House stood by Mr. Trump’s concerns about the Russia investigation, publicly making the case that the President has the power to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. “The President has been clear that this...
PolitiFact: File taxes on ‘one card?’ Nope

PolitiFact: File taxes on ‘one card?’ Nope

If you are struggling to finish and file your taxes right now, President Donald Trump’s promise of a much simpler form probably sounds like a godsend. But Trump’s assurance is dubious. There isn’t an option today for filing taxes on a “card” — and there’s nothing in the new law that would create one. The idea for this popped up in November. House Republicans...
In wake of FBI raid on his lawyer, Trump continues to blast Mueller probe

In wake of FBI raid on his lawyer, Trump continues to blast Mueller probe

The day after the offices of his personal lawyer were raided by the FBI, President Donald Trump on Tuesday again denounced the investigation involving his campaign and the question of Russian interference in the 2016 election. “A TOTAL WITCH HUNT!!!” the President declared in a morning tweet. Mr. Trump also complained that “Attorney-client privilege is dead,” as...
Trump calls FBI raid on personal lawyer a “disgrace”

Trump calls FBI raid on personal lawyer a “disgrace”

Hours after FBI agents executed a search warrant on his personal lawyer, President Donald Trump lashed out at the special investigation into Russian interference into the 2016 elections, denouncing a Monday raid as an “attack on our country.” “This is a pure and simple witch hunt,” the President told reporters in the White House Cabinet Room. “It’s a...
Trump denounces ‘heinous attack’ in Syria, raises possibility of U.S. military response

Trump denounces ‘heinous attack’ in Syria, raises possibility of U.S. military response

Raising the possibility of a U.S. military strike, President Donald Trump on Monday condemned the latest apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria, telling reporters that he would soon meet with Pentagon leaders on the U.S. response. “Nothing is off the table,” the President said flatly when asked about U.S. military action. Reports from the Syrian opposition indicate around...
Congress returns facing Trump demands for action on immigration

Congress returns facing Trump demands for action on immigration

As lawmakers in the House and Senate return to Capitol Hill after a two-week Easter break, they arrive back at the U.S. Capitol this week facing an incrasingly frustrated occupant of the White House, as President Donald Trump has made clear in recent days that he wants action from the Congress on immigration and other issues, and wants it done now. “We have immigration...
GOP lawmaker resigns, still owes $84,000 for sexual harassment settlement

GOP lawmaker resigns, still owes $84,000 for sexual harassment settlement

Already not running for re-election, and under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) resigned from the Congress on Friday afternoon, leaving Capitol Hill without having paid back taxpayers for an $84,000 settlement of a sexual harassment case involving himself and a former staff member, as one Democrat questioned whether the Texas Republican...
After strong February, new report shows weaker job gains in March

After strong February, new report shows weaker job gains in March

The Labor Department reported Friday that 103,000 jobs were created in the month of March, a sharp drop from a strong report in February, as the U.S. economy continues to struggle to generate strong employment gains on a consistent basis. The mixed bag of jobs numbers was highlighted by revisions which increased the number of jobs created in February to 326,000, while decreasing...
President Trump threatens $100 billion in additional tariffs on China

President Trump threatens $100 billion in additional tariffs on China

Ratcheting up what’s quickly turned into a tit-for-tat on trade, President Donald Trump on Thursday authorized U.S. trade officials to identify up to $100 billion in possible additional tariffs on imported goods from China, after the Chinese earlier this week had said they planned to levy $50 billion in import duties on American goods, in retaliation for U.S tariffs on...
Trump assails Democrats on immigration, makes new unsubstantiated claims on 2016 voter fraud

Trump assails Democrats on immigration, makes new unsubstantiated claims on 2016 voter fraud

A day after authorizing the use of National Guard troops along the southern border with Mexico, President Donald Trump lashed out at Democrats in Congress, demanding that they join his legislative effort to find new ways to slow down the influx of illegal immigrants into the United States, returning to a theme which backers say was central to his election in 2016. “We...
Officials say “staggering” increase in illegal immigration helped prompt Trump action

Officials say “staggering” increase in illegal immigration helped prompt Trump action

As President Donald Trump signed a proclamation on Wednesday to authorize the use of the National Guard to help stem the tide of illegal immigration across the Mexican border, Trump administration officials acknowledged that the big 2017 decline in the number of people trying to enter the U.S. has clearly ended, and that illegal border crossings from Mexico are again surging...
Officials say “staggering” increase in illegal immigration helped prompt Trump action

Officials say “staggering” increase in illegal immigration helped prompt Trump action

As President Donald Trump decided Wednesday to authorize the use of the National Guard to help stem the tide of illegal immigration across the Mexican border, Trump administration officials acknowledged that the big 2017 decline in the number of people trying to enter the U.S. has clearly ended, and that illegal border crossings from Mexico are again surging. “As of last...
President Trump authorizes use of National Guard forces along the border with Mexico

President Trump authorizes use of National Guard forces along the border with Mexico

A day after vowing to use the U.S. military to stop illegal immigration on the southern border, President Donald Trump on Wednesday approved plans to use National Guard forces to bolster immigration enforcement efforts, as top administration officials joined with the President in calling on Congress to change U.S. immigration laws. “It’s time to act,” said...
China hits more US products with tariffs; Trump rejects label of “trade war”

China hits more US products with tariffs; Trump rejects label of “trade war”

A day after the U.S. listed hundreds of products from China that could be hit with new import tariffs, the Chinese government slapped new import duties on American soybeans and other products, fueling fears of a trade war, though President Donald Trump says that’s not what is happening. “We are not in a trade war with China,” the President tweeted early on...
Trump plan to put troops on the border with Mexico – it’s been tried before

Trump plan to put troops on the border with Mexico – it’s been tried before

As President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that he would work with the Pentagon to deploy military forces along the border with Mexico to help stem the tide of illegal immigration, Mr. Trump said the help was needed as he presses Congress to fully fund his central campaign pledge in 2016. “Until we can have a wall with proper security, we’re going to be guarding...
Politifact: Trump inflates size of U.S. trade deficit with China

Politifact: Trump inflates size of U.S. trade deficit with China

President Donald Trump has long bemoaned the United States’ trade deficit with China, and he ratcheted up pressure on Beijing by announcing tariffs on up to $60 billion worth of imported Chinese goods. It turns out the numbers he cited on U.S.-China trade are well off the mark. The U.S. deficit with China in goods trade has grown substantially over roughly two decades. The deficit in 1990 was...
Dutch lawyer gets 30 days for lying to Trump-Russia investigators

Dutch lawyer gets 30 days for lying to Trump-Russia investigators

In the first legal punishment handed out in the investigation related to Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections, a federal judge sentenced a Dutch lawyer on Tuesday to thirty days in jail, for lying to investigators and destroying evidence related to questions about work done in Ukraine by Paul Manafort, who served as President Donald Trump’s Campaign Manager...
White House demands Congress act on illegal immigration loopholes

White House demands Congress act on illegal immigration loopholes

After a flurry of public complaints in recent days by President Donald Trump about the threat of a surge in illegal immigration from Central America, senior White House and Trump Administration officials argued on Monday that inaction by Congress on DACA and other immigration matters has prevented the feds from cracking down on those trying to illegally enter the United ...
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