Latest Executive branch News

White House: Summit at Trump property would look 'lousy'

Oct. 20, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump dropped plans to hold an international summit at his Doral resort in Florida after realizing "it looks lousy" to steer business to his own property, his acting chief of staff said Sunday. Mick Mulvaney said Trump was "honestly surprised by the level of pushback"...

About that photo: Trump, Pelosi clash amid impeachment

Oct. 17, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump tweeted it as evidence of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's weakness. Pelosi raised it as a banner of strength. The dramatic official White House photograph shows Pelosi standing and pointing at the seated president across the Cabinet Room table. Although the two are...

California earthquake alerts to become available statewide

Oct. 16, 2019 9:03 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Earthquake early warning alerts will become publicly available throughout California for the first time this week, potentially giving people time to protect themselves from harm, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services said Wednesday. The nation's first statewide quake warning system...

The Latest: Pentagon says US troops came under Turkish fire

Oct. 11, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on Turkey's invasion of northeastern Syria in a military operation against Syrian Kurdish fighters there (all times local): 3 a.m. The Pentagon says U.S. troops in Syria came under artillery fire from the Turks on Friday, in an area where Turkey knows Americans are present. Navy...

The Latest: Trump doubts public wants US involved in Syria

Oct. 10, 2019 11:17 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest developments on the Turkish offensive against Syrian Kurdish fighters in northeastern Syria (all times local): 12:05 a.m. As Turkey's military incursion into Syria continues, President Donald Trump is telling reporters the U.S. has only two choices: Hit Ankara hard with financial...

Governor backs Iowa HR leader, says résumé error was minor

Oct. 10, 2019 12:46 PM EDT

CORALVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Kim Reynolds on Thursday backed the new leader of Iowa's human resources agency, saying he made an honest error when he misstated what his department does on his résumé. Reynolds told reporters that "people make mistakes" on their résumés, and that...

Official: Oregon's fees on public records requests too high

Oct. 9, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Fees charged by the state of Oregon and local governments for public records requests are high and wildly uneven, creating a barrier for journalists and citizens seeking documents, Oregon's first public records advocate said Wednesday. Ginger McCall, who leaves her job Friday after her...

Ornate desk owned by late oil magnate headed to Oklahoma

Oct. 9, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An ornate conference-room table where the late legendary oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens made billion-dollar deals and hosted VIPs in his Dallas office is heading to the Oklahoma Capitol. Officials at Oklahoma State University announced Wednesday that the 24-foot-long table and 22 leather...

Editorials from around Oregon

Oct. 9, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Corvallis Gazette-Times, Oct. 9, on allowing taxpayer say in how money from Student Success Act should be used: The agenda for the Thursday night meeting of the Corvallis School Board includes this pleasant topic: How should the district plan for how to spend...

Top aide to Iowa governor working as family's expert witness

Oct. 9, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A top aide to Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is working as a paid expert witness in a private property lawsuit, backing a family that is seeking millions of dollars from neighbors in a commercial zoning dispute. The side work as a $350-per-hour plaintiffs' witness by Department of...