White House defends Kelly's defense of Trump WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is defending President Donald Trump's chief of staff after he mischaracterized previous remarks of a Democratic congresswoman who is now criticizing Trump's condolence call to the widow of a soldier killed in Niger. John Kelly on Thursday derided Rep. Frederica Wilson of Florida on Thursday as an "empty barrel," saying she had delivered a speech at an FBI field office dedication in which she "talked about how she was instrumental in getting the funding for that building." Video of the speech obtained by South Florida's Sun-Sentinel shows Wilson never mentioned the building's funding but did recount her efforts to name the building after two special agents who had been killed.
AP FACT CHECK: Kelly distorts tale in slamming congresswoman FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - President Donald Trump's chief of staff made scathing comments about Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson, accusing her grandstanding at a building dedication in the memory of two fallen FBI agents. But an AP Fact Check finds that John Kelly misrepresented what happened at that event. Kelly says Wilson bragged about securing money for the building. A video of her remarks in 2015 shows she did not make that claim at all. Instead, she talked about her efforts to name the building after the agents. Kelly spoke about the episode Thursday when he challenged Wilson's criticisms of Trump's behavior on the phone with a war widow this week.
Trump promises tax cuts as Senate GOP paves way with budget WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump promised tax cuts Friday "which will be the biggest in the history of our country!" following Senate passage of a $4 trillion budget that lays the groundwork for Republicans' promised tax legislation. Republicans hope to push the first tax overhaul in three decades through Congress by year's end, an ambitious goal that would fulfill multiple campaign promises but could run aground over any number of disputes. Failure could cost the GOP dearly in next year's midterm elections. The budget plan, which passed on a near party-line vote late Thursday, includes rules that will allow Republicans to get tax legislation through the Senate without Democratic votes and without fear of a Democratic filibuster.
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Vegas shooting doesn't change opinions on guns: AP-NORC poll ATLANTA (AP) - The slaying of five dozen people in Las Vegas did little to change Americans' opinions about gun laws. The nation is closely divided on whether restricting firearms would reduce such mass shootings or homicides, though a majority favor tighter laws as they have for several years, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The massive divide on stricter limits remains firmly in place. The survey was conducted from Oct. 12-16, about two weeks after 64-year-old Stephen Paddock fired on a crowded musical festival taking place on across the street from his hotel room, killing 58 and wounding more than 540 before killing himself.
White nationalist undeterred by boos on latest college stop BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The hostile audience drowned out white nationalist Richard Spencer with anti-Nazi chants. They booed him off the stage under the watchful eye of police officers in riot gear. In other words, Spencer sees his speech Thursday at the University of Florida as a smashing success. "I'm very happy with what happened in the sense of the (public relations) victory," he told The Associated Press on Friday. "But at the same time, it's a little frustrating and a little sad that I wasn't able to talk to people." Once an obscure figure in a fringe movement, Spencer has become a household name thanks in part to his infamous "Hail Trump!" toast, a videotaped punch to his head and the bloodshed at a Virginia rally where he was a headliner.
Suicide bombings in Afghanistan hit mosques, killing 63 KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Suicide bombers struck two mosques in Afghanistan during Friday prayers, a Shiite mosque in Kabul and a Sunni mosque in western Ghor province, killing at least 63 people at the end of a particularly deadly week for the troubled nation. The Afghan president issued a statement condemning both attacks and saying that country's security forces would step up the fight to "eliminate the terrorists who target Afghans of all religions and tribes." In the attack in Kabul, a suicide bomber walked into the Imam Zaman Mosque, a Shiite mosque in the western Dashte-e-Barchi neighborhood where he detonated his explosives vest, killing 30 and wounding 45, said Maj.
Man attacks people at Polish shopping mall; 1 dead, 7 hurt WARSAW, Poland (AP) - A man attacked people with a knife Friday at a shopping mall in southeastern Poland, killing one person and wounding seven others, police said. Shoppers detained the attacker until police could arrive. The attack took place Friday afternoon at the VIVO! mall in the town of Stalowa Wola, according to Andrzej Wierszyna, a spokesman for the town's police. The alleged attacker was a 27-year-old Polish resident of the town, he told The Associated Press. His weapon was a knife, and a 50-year-old woman who was attacked at the mall died later in the hospital, Anna Klee, the regional police spokeswoman in Rzeszow, was quoted as saying by the PAP news agency.
Drone video shows devastation in Raqqa, Syria RAQQA, Syria (AP) - Drone footage from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa shows the extent of devastation caused by weeks of fighting between Kurdish-led forces and the Islamic State group and thousands of bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition. Footage from Thursday shows the bombed-out shells of buildings and heaps of concrete slabs lay piled on streets littered with destroyed cars. Entire neighborhoods are seen turned to rubble, with little sign of civilian life. The video shows entire blocks in the city as uninhabitable with knocked-out walls and blown-out windows and doors, while some buildings had several stories turned to piles of debris.
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: NOT REAL: Illegal Alien Charged With California Wildfire That Killed 40 People THE FACTS: A homeless man from Mexico was arrested on suspicion of arson Sunday in California, but a Sonoma County sheriff's official says the fire doesn't appear to be linked to the wildfires that have killed dozens. Sgt. Spencer Crum tells The Associated Press the blaze was a small fire in a park that was quickly put out.