< html > The Associated Press
Bolivar Commercial
 Top Stories
  Severe Weather
  Bird Flu
  Mideast Crisis
 Personal Finance
  Sports Columns
  College Hoops
 Raw News
 Archive Search
 Multimedia Gallery
 AP Video Network
 in History
AP Top Political News at 6:48 p.m. EDT

Death penalty for drug traffickers part of Trump opioid plan
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's plan to combat opioid drug addiction calls for stiffer penalties for drug traffickers, including the death penalty where it's appropriate under current law....

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely says 'no crime' in Russia probe
WASHINGTON (AP) -- In blistering tweets, President Donald Trump again skews facts regarding the government investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, claiming "no crime" was uncovered and a House intelligence panel had concluded there was no collusion between his campaign and Russia....

South Korean diplomat says Kim has 'given his word' on nukes
WASHINGTON (AP) -- South Korea's foreign minister says North Korea's leader has "given his word" he's committed to denuclearization, a prime condition for a potential summit with President Donald Trump in May....

A frustrated Trump lashes out at special counsel Mueller
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump on Sunday took out his frustrations over the intensifying Russia investigation by lashing out at special counsel Robert Mueller, signaling a possible shift away from a strategy of cooperating with a probe he believes is biased against him....

AP Exclusive: Kushner Cos. filed false NYC housing paperwork
NEW YORK (AP) -- When the Kushner Cos. bought three apartment buildings in a gentrifying neighborhood of Queens in 2015, most of the tenants were protected by special rules that prevent developers from pushing them out, raising rents and turning a tidy profit....

Security of state voter rolls a concern as primaries begin
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- With the Illinois primary just days away, state election officials are beefing up cyber defenses and scanning for possible intrusions into voting systems and voter registration rolls....

Facebook's recurring nightmare: Helping muddy up elections
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) -- Facebook has a problem it just can't kick: People keep exploiting it in ways that could sway elections, and in the worst cases even undermine democracy....

At State Department, Heather Nauert's star is ascendant
WASHINGTON (AP) -- When the ax fell on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his spokeswoman was half a world away, a distance he and his inner circle preferred and enforced....

California to get first female and first LGBT Senate leader
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- San Diego Sen. Toni Atkins will make history Wednesday when she becomes the first woman and first lesbian to hold the California Senate's top job....

Trump-linked data analysis firm taps 50M Facebook profiles
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A data analysis firm employed by President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign tapped the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, allowing it to capitalize on the private social media activity of a large portion of the U.S. electorate, newspapers reported Saturday....