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Biden, in public and private, tiptoes toward a 2020 run
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides....

Trump adviser: Russian meddling 'incontrovertible'
MUNICH (AP) -- President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Saturday there was "incontrovertible" evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an American investigator have upended the political debate over his inquiry....

Trump overreaches to claim indictment proves 'no collusion'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump has consistently pushed back against the idea of Russia meddling in the election that put him in power, dismissing that claim as a hoax and an affront to the legitimacy of his victory....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump on collapse of immigration effort
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is blaming Democrats for abandoning the young immigrants whose legal status is up in the air because of a step he took six months ago....

Indictment: Social media firms got played by Russian agents
Friday's election-interference indictment brought by Robert Mueller, the U.S. special counsel, underscores how thoroughly social-media companies like Facebook and Twitter were played by Russian propagandists....

Trump focuses on first responders after Florida shooting
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- President Donald Trump has made a grim trip to a Florida community reeling from a deadly school shooting, meeting privately with victims and cheering the heroics of first responders....

How to disrupt an election: Fake IDs, fraud and Facebook
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A year before Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy, two Russian operatives landed in the United States to lay groundwork for an intelligence operation targeting the legitimacy of the 2016 election....

FBI pressure increases with failure to avert school shooting
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The revelation that the FBI botched a potentially life-saving tip on the Florida school shooting suspect is a devastating blow to America's top law enforcement agency at a time when it is already under extraordinary political pressure....

Mueller charges Russians with meddling in 2016 race
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In an extraordinary indictment, the U.S. special counsel has accused 13 Russians of an elaborate plot to disrupt the 2016 presidential election, charging them with running a huge but hidden social media trolling campaign aimed in part at helping Republican Donald Trump defeat Democrat Hillary Clinton....

Romney, favored in Senate bid, could take on outsized role
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney's extensive resume has many Republicans looking to him to take on a role in the Senate as a political and moral counterweight to a president many in the GOP see as divisive and undignified....

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