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The Latest: Melania Trump says US should govern 'with heart'

The Latest: Melania Trump says US should govern 'with heart'

The Latest on the Trump administration and its policy to separate migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local): 4:30 p.m. First lady Melania Trump is wading into the emotional controversy over policies enacted by her husband's administration that have increased the number of migrant children being separated from their parents. Mrs. Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham...
Trump adviser Roger Stone reveals new meeting with Russian

Trump adviser Roger Stone reveals new meeting with Russian

Special counsel Robert Mueller is examining a previously undisclosed meeting between longtime Donald Trump confidante Roger Stone and a Russian figure who allegedly tried to sell him dirt on Hillary Clinton. The meeting between Stone and a man who identified himself as Henry Greenberg was described in a pair of letters sent Friday to the House Intelligence Committee and first reported by The Washington...
Maryland Democratic primary has 2 black candidates leading

Maryland Democratic primary has 2 black candidates leading

With two leading candidates who have a shot at becoming Maryland's first black governor, the crowded Democratic gubernatorial primary reflects the state's changing demographics and the party's efforts to harness the energy of an increasingly diverse electorate around the country. Whoever wins the June 26 Democratic contest will face a tough battle in the fall against the state's popular incumbent...
Trump adviser says 'nobody likes' family separation policy

Trump adviser says 'nobody likes' family separation policy

A top White House adviser on Sunday distanced the Trump administration from responsibility for separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, even though the administration put in place and could easily end a policy that has led to a spike in cases of split and distraught families. President Donald Trump has tried to blame Democrats, who hold no levers of power in the government...
Giuliani says Trump could issue pardons after Russia probe

Giuliani says Trump could issue pardons after Russia probe

Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Sunday the president might pardon his jailed, onetime campaign chairman and others ensnared in the Russia investigation once special counsel Robert Mueller's work wraps up, if he believed they were treated "unfairly." Until then, consideration of clemency is unnecessary, Giuliani said, as the White House presses to bring the yearlong investigation...
DC's public schools go from success story to cautionary tale

DC's public schools go from success story to cautionary tale

As recently as a year ago, the public school system in the nation's capital was being hailed as a shining example of successful urban education reform and a template for districts across the country. Now the situation in the District of Columbia could not be more different. After a series of rapid-fire scandals, including one about rigged graduation rates, Washington's school system has gone from...
Arizona Republicans brush off talk about McCain Senate seat

Arizona Republicans brush off talk about McCain Senate seat

Sen. John McCain's legacy was thrust into focus nearly one year ago when he announced his brain cancer diagnosis. The six-term Senator and decorated Vietnam War veteran is now fighting the illness from his beloved Arizona, and filling the role of one of the few Congressional Republican voices to publicly rebuke Trump administration decisions. Yet the question of what happens if McCain steps down from...
Immigrants fleeing gangs prefer taking chance for US asylum

Immigrants fleeing gangs prefer taking chance for US asylum

The MS-13 gang made Jose Osmin Aparicio's life so miserable in his native El Salvador that he had no choice but to flee in the dead of night with his wife and four children, leaving behind all their belongings and paying a smuggler $8,000. Aparicio is undeterred by a new directive from Attorney General Jeff Sessions declaring that gang and domestic violence will generally cease to be grounds for asylum...
Import now to beat tariffs on goods from China? It will cost

Import now to beat tariffs on goods from China? It will cost

New tariffs on imports from China may leave American companies with a choice — pay a higher freight bill now or pay the tariffs starting in three weeks. It can take several weeks for ship-borne cargo from China to reach the United States — too late to beat the July 6 deadline. That could lead to more demand in the short run for air-freight services. "The only question is how much...
Republicans risking conservative backlash over immigration

Republicans risking conservative backlash over immigration

The push toward immigration votes in the House is intensifying the divide among Republicans on one of the party's most animating issues and fueling concerns that a voter backlash could cost the GOP control of the House in November. To many conservatives, the compromise immigration proposal released this past week by House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is little more than "amnesty." One tea...
Ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort jailed ahead of trial

Ex-Trump campaign chairman Manafort jailed ahead of trial

Onetime Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been sent to jail after a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. The order Friday by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson adds to the pressure on Manafort in connection with the federal interference into the 2016 election and possible coordination with...
Trump grumbles that North Korea deal not earning wide praise

Trump grumbles that North Korea deal not earning wide praise

President Donald Trump says his deal with North Korea's Kim Jong Un will save tens of millions of people from a potential nuclear war. Now he just has to get everyone else on board. Frustrated with lukewarm backing from congressional Republicans, criticism from Democratic opponents and skepticism from allies and the media, Trump made a stop on the North Lawn of the White House to promote his agreement...
Summit does not deal with North Korea's hacking

Summit does not deal with North Korea's hacking

Among the subjects President Donald Trump apparently didn't discuss with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore — the regime's human rights abuses, its exports of missile technology and its mistreatment of U.S. prisoners — there's one more: its long record of dangerous cyberattacks against sensitive targets in the U.S. and allied nations. Experts warn that the country's hacking skills...
Ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort jailed ahead of trial

Ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort jailed ahead of trial

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort has been jailed after a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The order by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson Friday adds to the already intense pressure on President Donald Trump's former top campaign aide in the special counsel's probe of Russian interference...
White House: Trump supports GOP leaders' immigration bill

White House: Trump supports GOP leaders' immigration bill

President Donald Trump ignited eleventh-hour confusion Friday over Republican efforts to push immigration legislation through the House, saying he wouldn't sign a "moderate" package. The White House later walked back the comments, formally endorsing the measure and saying Trump had been confused. The campaign-season tumult erupted as GOP leaders put finishing touches on a pair of Republican...
Figures show about 2,000 minors separated from families

Figures show about 2,000 minors separated from families

Nearly 2,000 minors have been separated from their families at the U.S. border over a six-week period during a crackdown on illegal entries, according to Department of Homeland Security figures obtained by The Associated Press. The figures show that 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults from April 19 through May 31. The separations were not broken down by age, and they included separations...
Both Trump, critics find things to like in watchdog report

Both Trump, critics find things to like in watchdog report

A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington's latest Rorschach test, with President Donald Trump and his critics each cherry picking what they want to see from its findings to either discredit or defend investigators conducting the probe into the White House. The 500-page report, which was more than a year in the making, offered a nuanced conclusion about the bureau's handling...
Justice report provides ammo for both Trump and his critics

Justice report provides ammo for both Trump and his critics

A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington's latest Rorschach test, with President Donald Trump and his critics each cherry picking what they want to see from its findings to either discredit or defend investigators conducting the probe into the White House. The 500-page report, which was more than a year in the making, offered a nuanced conclusion about the bureau's handling...
Justice report provides ammo for both Trump, critics

Justice report provides ammo for both Trump, critics

A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington's latest Rorschach test. President Donald Trump and his critics are cherry-picking its findings to either discredit or defend investigators conducting a probe into the White House. The 500-page report offered a nuanced conclusion about the bureau's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. It criticized the FBI and former director...
Black religious leaders criticize Sessions' use of scripture

Black religious leaders criticize Sessions' use of scripture

Several prominent members of the black clergy on Friday criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions for using the Bible to justify separating immigrant children from parents. The Council of Bishops of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, along with the Revs. Jesse Jackson and William Barber, in separate statements, called Sessions' use of biblical scripture incorrect. "The Bible does not justify...
Texas governor's plan after school shooting meets pushback

Texas governor's plan after school shooting meets pushback

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday told his party that gun rights are safe on his watch amid worries by some conservatives over his response to last month's mass shooting at a high school near Houston that killed 10 people. Abbott headlined the Texas GOP Convention in San Antonio at the end of a week in which school police chiefs, gun-control activists and an alliance of U.S. education groups...
North Korea's hacking fails to make summit talking points

North Korea's hacking fails to make summit talking points

Among the subjects President Donald Trump apparently didn't discuss with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore — the regime's human rights abuses, its exports of missile technology and its mistreatment of U.S. prisoners — there's one more: its long record of dangerous cyberattacks against sensitive targets in the U.S. and allied nations. Experts warn that the country's hacking skills...
The Latest: Trump calls Manafort jailing unfair

The Latest: Trump calls Manafort jailing unfair

The Latest on Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's, former campaign chairman (all times local): 2:01 p.m. President Donald Trump is weighing in on a judge's decision to jail his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort while he awaits trial. Trump says in a tweet he "didn't know Manafort was the head of the Mob" and asks, "What about Comey and Crooked Hillary and all of the others? Very unfair!"...
DHS reports about 2,000 minors separated from families

DHS reports about 2,000 minors separated from families

Nearly 2,000 children have been separated from their families at the U.S. border over a six-week period during a crackdown on illegal entries, according to Department of Homeland Security figures obtained Friday by The Associated Press. The figures show that 1,995 minors were separated from 1,940 adults from April 19 through May 31. The separations were not broken down by age, and included separations...
Judge jails ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort ahead of trial

Judge jails ex-Trump campaign chair Manafort ahead of trial

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was jailed Friday after a federal judge revoked his house arrest over allegations of witness tampering in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The order by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson adds to the already intense pressure on President Donald Trump's former top campaign aide in the special counsel's probe of Russian interference in the...
Trump holds chaotic news conference on White House lawn

Trump holds chaotic news conference on White House lawn

President Donald Trump gives few news conferences, and when one came Friday it was sudden, unexpected and chaotic. After making a surprise visit to the White House lawn for a half-hour interview with "Fox & Friends" host Steve Doocy, Trump took 20 minutes of questions from a boisterous group of White House reporters. It was televised live on cable news. Trump's remarks — about North...
The Latest: Trump vows to avert nuclear war 'at all costs'

The Latest: Trump vows to avert nuclear war 'at all costs'

The Latest on President Donald Trump and North Korea (all times local): 3:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says in a video message defending his nuclear agreement with North Korea's Kim Jong Un that he must pursue a chance to avert nuclear conflict "at all costs." Trump says: "Our world has seen more than enough conflict. If there's a chance at peace, if there's a chance to end the horrible...
The Latest: White House says Trump backs immigration effort

The Latest: White House says Trump backs immigration effort

The Latest on immigration (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump does indeed support an immigration bill crafted by House leadership that he said he wouldn't sign in a morning interview. Trump had said in the interview with "Fox & Friends" Friday that he was looking at two House immigration bills, but that he "certainly wouldn't sign the more moderate...
Top WH legislative aide Marc Short to exit this summer

Top WH legislative aide Marc Short to exit this summer

White House director of legislative affairs Marc Short has told staff that he'll be leaving the position this summer. Two White House officials said Short disclosed his plans Friday. He did not offer an exact date, but said he would leave sometime this summer. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and demanded anonymity. Short has led President Donald Trump's legislative agenda, which...
Trump confounds allies, facts with stance on Russia

Trump confounds allies, facts with stance on Russia

President Donald Trump is almost certainly correct that better relations between the United States and Russia would be a good thing, but his belief that Russia should be immediately reinstated into the club of the world's major industrial democracies has confounded U.S. allies. And, his repeated blaming of his predecessor for Russia's annexation of Crimea and its support for separatists in Ukraine...
Trump voices reservations about doing a Mueller interview

Trump voices reservations about doing a Mueller interview

President Donald Trump declared Friday he thinks the Russia probe is "very biased" and has reservations about being interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller, raising more questions on whether he will consent to an interview as part of the investigation. Trump said in an impromptu interview with Fox News on the White House North Lawn that he "would like to talk" to Mueller...
Trump raises hopes, says North Korea returning US remains

Trump raises hopes, says North Korea returning US remains

It's been more than a decade since North Korea turned over the remains of American troops missing from the Korean War. So, President Donald Trump's suggestion Friday that Pyongyang has begun delivering remains to the U.S. raised the hopes of families who have sought closure for more than 60 years. Still, they've been on this roller coaster before, so they are hedging their bets. And U.S. officials...
The Donald J. Trump Foundation, explained

The Donald J. Trump Foundation, explained

On Thursday, the New York state attorney general sued the Donald J. Trump Foundation, charging it with “improper and extensive political activity, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions, and failure to follow basic fiduciary obligations or to implement even elementary corporate formalities required by law.”  The lawsuit follows years of scrutiny of President Donald Trump&rsquo...
The report on the FBI’s Clinton investigation is 500 pages. Our experts broke it down.

The report on the FBI’s Clinton investigation is 500 pages. Our experts broke it down.

A much-anticipated inspector general’s report about the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton released Thursday found that former Director James B. Comey was “insubordinate,” but it did not challenge the decision not to charge Clinton and did not conclude that bias influenced that choice.  The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael E....
The Latest: Sessions to deal with 'any problems' in FBI

The Latest: Sessions to deal with 'any problems' in FBI

The Latest on the Justice Department's inspector general report (all times local): 2:35 p.m. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is pledging to "confront any problems" and "deal with them" in a "proper, fair and appropriate way" in the wake of an inspector general report that criticizes the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe. Sessions said Friday "we're...
‘Why can’t we just do it?’ Trump nearly upended summit with abrupt changes

‘Why can’t we just do it?’ Trump nearly upended summit with abrupt changes

Some of the most intense drama surrounding President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un came not across the negotiating table, but in the days and hours leading up to Tuesday's historic meeting — a behind-the-scenes flurry of commotion prompted by Trump himself.  After arriving in Singapore on Sunday, an antsy and bored Trump urged his aides to demand that the meeting...
Trump allies seize on DOJ report as they seek to undercut Mueller probe

Trump allies seize on DOJ report as they seek to undercut Mueller probe

Thursday's report from the Justice Department's inspector general gave new and potent ammunition to President Donald Trump and his allies in their ongoing efforts to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller III's investigation of Russian interference during the 2016 presidential campaign.  Even as Trump faces his own legal complications, Republicans quickly seized on the report as a meaningful...
Analysis: 5 takeaways from the inspector general’s report

Analysis: 5 takeaways from the inspector general’s report

Former FBI Director James Comey predicted last month that the Justice Department inspector general "might bang me for [my] decisions."  "Bang" turned out to be a fittingly forceful verb choice.  In a report published Thursday after an 18-month review, Inspector General Michael Horowitz faulted Comey's handling of an election-season investigation of Hillary Clinton's private...
House Republicans consider allowing immigrant children to be detained alongside their parents

House Republicans consider allowing immigrant children to be detained alongside their parents

House Republican leaders on Thursday circulated a proposal to end the Trump administration's practice of separating immigrant children from their families when they are apprehended at the border — one that would, in effect, allow children to be detained alongside their parents.  The provision is included in a "discussion draft" of broader GOP legislation aimed at striking a compromise...
Lawsuit accuses Trump of misusing his charity

Lawsuit accuses Trump of misusing his charity

New York's attorney general filed suit against President Donald Trump and his three eldest children Thursday, alleging "persistently illegal conduct" at the president's personal charity and saying that Trump had repeatedly misused the nonprofit organization to pay off his businesses' creditors, to decorate one of his golf clubs and to stage a multimillion-dollar giveaway at 2016 campaign...
Sessions points to the Bible in defense of separating immigrant families

Sessions points to the Bible in defense of separating immigrant families

Attorney General Jeff Sessions used a Bible verse on Thursday to defend his department's policy of prosecuting everyone who crosses the border from Mexico, suggesting that God supports the government in separating immigrant parents from their children.  "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained...
The Latest: China spells out tariffs it plans on US goods

The Latest: China spells out tariffs it plans on US goods

The Latest on President Donald Trump's tariffs on Chinese goods (all times local): ___ 4:35 p.m. China plans to impose 25 percent tariffs on roughly $50 billion of U.S. goods in retaliation for the Trump administration's announcement Friday that it would impose duties of the same amount on $50 billion of Chinese goods, according to a report from the official news agency Xinhua. The tariffs will come...
Farmers in Trump country protest Pruitt's ethanol policies

Farmers in Trump country protest Pruitt's ethanol policies

Deep in the heart of Trump country, Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is being met with protests by farmers and ethanol producers concerned that he is undermining the industry with his strong support of oil and gas. Their unhappiness is being broadcast on billboards, at rallies and in meetings the EPA chief is holding during a tour of heartland states, and comes as Pruitt battles...
FBI report: Anti-Trump texts 'cast a cloud' over email probe

FBI report: Anti-Trump texts 'cast a cloud' over email probe

As the FBI investigated both candidates running for president in 2016, two FBI employees exchanged thousands of personal texts and messages that included a running political commentary — including newly released messages in which one of them expressed a desire to "stop" the election of Donald Trump. In a highly anticipated report released Thursday, the Justice Department's internal...
Inside the summit: Talks with 'aliens,' familiar frustration

Inside the summit: Talks with 'aliens,' familiar frustration

President Donald Trump got the history-making handshake he wanted with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. Now, with the smiling snapshot a part of history, new details are emerging about the bizarre behind-the-scenes negotiations that led up to the summit — and about the president's post-summit frustrations with how it's being portrayed. Setting up the Singapore meeting was no easy feat for the technically...
Trump claims FBI 'plotting' though report found no bias

Trump claims FBI 'plotting' though report found no bias

President Donald Trump disputed findings by the Justice Department on Friday that former FBI Director James Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe was not politically motivated, declaring that there was "total bias" at the FBI and that the "top people" at the agency were "plotting against my election." The department's inspector general report, while critical...
A trade war looms as Trump slaps tariffs on Chinese imports

A trade war looms as Trump slaps tariffs on Chinese imports

President Donald Trump brought the world's two biggest economies to the brink of a trade war Friday by announcing a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion in Chinese imports to take effect July 6. Beijing quickly responded that it would retaliate with penalties of the same scale on American goods — and it spelled out details to impose tariffs on 545 U.S. exports, including farm products, autos...
House GOP unveils bill for young immigrants, $25B for border

House GOP unveils bill for young immigrants, $25B for border

House Republicans unveiled a "discussion draft" of a sweeping immigration bill that includes a path to citizenship for young immigrants, $25 billion in border security — including advance funds for President Donald Trump's wall with Mexico — and a provision aimed at addressing the crisis of family separations at the border. Presented to lawmakers Thursday, the measure sticks...
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