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Trump: Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal

Aug. 20, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious lines, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said the...

Trump acknowledges China policies may mean US economic pain

Aug. 20, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday his aggressive China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans but insisted they're needed for more important long-term benefits. He contended he does not fear a recession but is nonetheless considering new tax cuts to promote growth....

Trump cancels Denmark visit because Greenland isn't for sale

Aug. 20, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days after he said buying Greenland wasn't a top priority, President Donald Trump canceled an upcoming trip to Denmark, which owns the mostly frozen island, after its prime minister dismissed the idea. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen had called Trump's musing about buying the Danish...

An apology, a packed rally and a plan: 24 hours with Warren

Aug. 20, 2019 4:40 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Elizabeth Warren started the day with an apology, repeating her regrets for her past claims of Native American heritage. She ended it with a clear sign that Democrats aren't holding the mistake against her — her largest crowd yet. The arc of the day Monday captured the...

Trump insists US already has 'strong' gun background checks

Aug. 20, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that the U.S. already has "very, very strong background checks" for gun purchases in the latest sign that he is backing away from throwing his political support behind changes to the system that are opposed by the powerful gun lobby. Speaking to...

Trump steadily fulfills goals on religious right wish list

Aug. 20, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When Donald Trump assumed the presidency, conservative religious leaders drew up "wish lists' of steps they hoped he'd take to oppose abortion and rein in the LGBTQ-rights movement. With a flurry of recent actions, Trump's administration is now winning their praise for aggressively...

Pompeo urges fresh thinking on Mideast, warns Iran

Aug. 20, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that greater cooperation and "fresh thinking to solve old problems" are needed in the Middle East — but he also condemned Iran and its proxies for continuing "to foment terror and unrest" in the...

Dem House candidate joins GOP rival in helping super PACs

Aug. 20, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Democrat in the country's last undecided U.S. House race has decried dark money in politics but is joining his Republican rival by making it easier for outside flows of political spending to help out their campaigns. A four-minute silent video of Charlotte's Dan McCready was...

SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Gender pronouns part of LGBT fight

Aug. 20, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dozens of legal briefs supporting fired funeral director Aimee Stephens at the Supreme Court use "she" and "her" to refer to the transgender woman. So does the appeals court ruling in favor of Stephens that held that workplace discrimination against transgender people is illegal under...

Trump looks to discuss defense, energy with Romanian leader

Aug. 20, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the White House on Tuesday as the two leaders explore ways to cooperate on defense and energy issues. Speaking to reporters before their private meeting, Trump said the potential for visiting Romania was something he...

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The Latest: 2 rescued after Northern California plane crash

Aug. 20, 2019 11:43 PM EDT

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a plane crash near San Francisco (all times local): 7:40 p.m. Authorities have rescued two people after their small plane crashed and sank in the ocean south of San Francisco. Ian Gregor of the Federal Aviation Administration says the single-engine Beechcraft...

Pompeo urges fresh thinking on Mideast, warns Iran

Aug. 20, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the U.N. Security Council on Tuesday that greater cooperation and "fresh thinking to solve old problems" are needed in the Middle East — but he also condemned Iran and its proxies for continuing "to foment terror and unrest" in the...

Trump: Any Jew voting Democratic is uninformed or disloyal

Aug. 20, 2019 11:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious lines, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said the...

US Marines chief acknowledges worries on Japan-Korean ties

Aug. 20, 2019 10:44 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Gen. David Berger, the new U.S. Marines commandant, acknowledged Wednesday that he is concerned about deteriorating relations between Japan and South Korea, both key regional allies, but expressed hopes politicians would work out a resolution. Berger stressed that Japan and Korea have common...

Trump cancels Denmark visit because Greenland isn't for sale

Aug. 20, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two days after he said buying Greenland wasn't a top priority, President Donald Trump canceled an upcoming trip to Denmark, which owns the mostly frozen island, after its prime minister dismissed the idea. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen had called Trump's musing about buying the Danish...

Chinese woman accused of Mar-a-Lago trespass angers judge

Aug. 20, 2019 8:49 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Chinese woman accused of trespassing at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club and lying to Secret Service agents is frustrating the federal judge hearing her case as she ignores his questions and leaves him bewildered with her answers. The woman, 33-year-old Yujing Zhang,...

Trump acknowledges China policies may mean US economic pain

Aug. 20, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Tuesday his aggressive China trade policies may mean economic pain for Americans but insisted they're needed for more important long-term benefits. He contended he does not fear a recession but is nonetheless considering new tax cuts to promote growth....

Trump and Maduro confirm talks between high-level officials

Aug. 20, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday his government is talking to "various representatives" of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, who also confirmed that "secret" discussions had been taking place. In a nationally broadcast appearance hours after Trump spoke, Maduro said that talks...

Dem House candidate joins GOP rival in helping super PACs

Aug. 20, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Democrat in the country's last undecided U.S. House race has decried dark money in politics but is joining his Republican rival by making it easier for outside flows of political spending to help out their campaigns. A four-minute silent video of Charlotte's Dan McCready was...

Plutonium found in Colorado soil; 2nd test shows lower level

Aug. 20, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Elevated levels of plutonium were found in the soil near a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver, while a second test showed far lower levels, health officials said Tuesday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment said it is trying to sort out the conflicting results of...