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GOP doubts and anxieties about Trump burst into the open
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump's racially fraught comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally have thrust into the open some Republicans' deeply held doubts about his competency and temperament, in an extraordinary public airing of worries and grievances about a sitting president by his own party....

Colleges grappling with balancing free speech, campus safety
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- When Carl Valentine dropped off his daughter at the University of Virginia, he had some important advice for the college freshman: Don't forget that you are a minority....

Trump Phoenix rally to highlight feisty feud with senator
PHOENIX (AP) -- When President Donald Trump takes the stage this week at a rally in Arizona, the state's junior senator will be nowhere to be seen. But Trump is likely to save some choice words for Sen. Jeff Flake....

Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors awards program
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) -- Acknowledging that he has become a "political distraction," President Donald Trump has decided to skip the festivities surrounding the annual Kennedy Center Honors arts awards later this year, the White House announced Saturday amid the continuing fallout over Trump's stance on last weekend's white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia....

Trump struggles with presidential duties as uniter-in-chief
WASHINGTON (AP) -- For Susan Bro, mother of the woman killed at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words....

The Latest: Kennedy Center awards to go on without Trump
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision not to participate in the Kennedy Center arts awards (all times local):...

Trump remarks could sidetrack Democrats from other issues
ATLANTA (AP) -- President Donald Trump's widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war....

Trump dumps Bannon, who returns to conservative website
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who went from Donald Trump's victorious campaign to a top White House post, has been pushed out by the president, capping a turbulent seven months that witnessed the departure of much of Trump's original senior staff....

Report of Ukraine witness to DNC hacking stirs confusion
PARIS (AP) -- A report that a cooperating witness has emerged out of Ukraine to help the FBI's inquiry into the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee is drawing confusion and denials in Ukraine....

California lawmakers to tackle housing crisis, immigration
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- California lawmakers return Monday from a monthlong break with a busy agenda that includes tackling the state's housing crisis and deciding whether to make California a statewide sanctuary for people living illegally in the U.S....