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President Donald Trump talks to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long

Feb. 18, 2020 4:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting what he called a “ridiculous” 14-year prison sentence for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning former New York Police Department commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others. Others who...

President Donald Trump talks to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump to use 'big voice' to boost GOP on 4-day Western trip

Feb. 18, 2020 4:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he's ready to use his “big voice” to bolster Republicans' 2020 campaign hopes as he heads west for a four-day visit mixing policy and politics. Trump's trip will be packed with big-dollar fundraisers, a trio of campaign rallies meant...

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2015, file photo former owner of the San Francisco 49ers Edward DeBartolo, Jr., is interviewed before the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. President Donald Trump pardoned DeBartolo, who is convicted in gambling fraud scandal. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Trump pardons ex-San Francisco 49ers owner DeBartolo Jr.

Feb. 18, 2020 1:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned Edward DeBartolo Jr., the former San Francisco 49ers owner convicted in a gambling fraud scandal who built one of the most successful NFL teams in the game's history. DeBartolo, who owned the San Francisco 49ers during their 1980s-1990s dynasty,...

A man takes a selfie with portraits of U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi painted on a wall ahead of Trump's visit, in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Trump is scheduled to visit the city during his Feb. 24-25 India trip. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Trump says Modi expects massive crowds during India visit

Feb. 18, 2020 4:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says that India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expecting to turn out massive crowds for the president when he visits next week. Trump will be in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat to attend an event called “Namaste Trump,” which translates to...

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he boards Air Force One as he departs Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump says he knows identity of 'Anonymous' tell-all writer

Feb. 18, 2020 3:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he knows the identity of the author known as “Anonymous,” the senior administration official who wrote an inside-the-White House account that painted the president as inept and dangerous. Trump’s claim comes as speculation has grown...

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2020, file photo, Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., walks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Murphy is defending a weekend meeting he held with Iran's foreign minister in Europe. The Connecticut Democrat said Tuesday his meeting with Mohammed Javad Zarif was important because it is dangerous not to talk to one's enemies. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

US lawmaker defends meeting with Iran FM in Munich

Feb. 18, 2020 2:45 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Chris Murphy on Tuesday defended a weekend meeting he held with Iran's foreign minister in Europe, after his actions were questioned in conservative media andas President Donald Trump suggested they may have violated U.S. law. The Connecticut Democrat said his Saturday meeting with...

Democratic presidential candidate, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks during a campaign event at Durango Hills Community Center in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Buttigieg: It's urgent to fight white supremacy

Feb. 18, 2020 4:04 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential campaign (all times local): 1 p.m. Pete Buttigieg says he’d use the “symbolic powers of the presidency” to call out and reject anti-Semitism, saying it's urgent to confront white supremacy. Buttigieg said at a Las Vegas town hall...

President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he boards Air Force One as he departs Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump to visit South Carolina ahead of Democratic primary

Feb. 18, 2020 4:05 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — He’s not competing in a primary in the state, but President Donald Trump is planning to make an appearance in South Carolina just before Democrats hold their primary election there. Trump told reporters on Tuesday on the tarmac at Joint Base Andrews that he would hold an event...

President Donald Trump walks over to talk to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump delivers on pledge for wealthy California farmers

Feb. 18, 2020 4:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hoisting the spoils of victories in California’s hard-fought water wars, President Donald Trump is directing more of the state’s precious water to wealthy farmers and other agriculture interests when he visits their Republican Central Valley stronghold Wednesday. Changes by...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2018, file photo Kenan Thompson presents the award for outstanding drama series at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” and Hasan Minhaj of Netflix’s “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” will headline this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner which takes place April 25, 2020. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

White House correspondents' dinner returns to comedic roots

Feb. 18, 2020 2:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Comedians are making their return to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner after last year's hiatus. Kenan Thompson of “Saturday Night Live” and Hasan Minhaj of Netflix’s “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” will headline this year’s dinner,...

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FILE - In this March 14, 2012, file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before reporting to prison after his conviction on corruption charges. President Donald Trump is expected to commute the 14-year prison sentence of Blagojevich. The 63-year-old Democrat is expected to walk out of prison later Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Trump commutes former Illinois Gov. Blagojevich's sentence

Feb. 18, 2020 4:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday commuted what he called the "ridiculous" 14-year prison sentence handed out to former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich for political corruption, clearing the way for his release after more than eight years behind bars. The Republican president said the...

President Donald Trump talks to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Trump goes on clemency spree, and the list is long

Feb. 18, 2020 4:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting what he called a “ridiculous” 14-year prison sentence for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning former New York Police Department commissioner Bernie Kerik, among a long list of others. Others who...

Secret Service goes on the road to help curb school violence

Feb. 18, 2020 4:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Secret Service is taking its effort to curb school violence on the road to help thousands of educators, law enforcement personnel, mental health professionals and others learn how to identify people who may be threats. The latest stop in the Secret Service tour is this week in Miami,...

US designates 5 Chinese media outlets as foreign missions

Feb. 18, 2020 4:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday designated five state-run Chinese news outlets that operate in the United States as “foreign missions,” requiring them to register their properties and employees in the U.S. The move comes amid growing U.S. concerns about efforts by...

Veterans group: Pentagon broke agreement to reopen database

Feb. 18, 2020 4:25 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Pentagon has reneged on its agreement to reopen a vast records database that helps service members who are appealing a less-than-honorable discharge, a veterans group said Tuesday. The National Veterans Legal Services Program said the Defense Department has failed to make public...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, the first panels of levee border wall are seen at a construction site along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Donna, Texas. The Trump administration said Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of the border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

Feb. 18, 2020 4:15 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it is waiving federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving the president closer to fulfilling a signature campaign promise in an election year but sparking criticism about potential for fraud, waste...

FILE - This photo provided by Tennessee Department of Correction shows death row inmate Nicholas Sutton. Sutton has been placed on death watch. According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, Sutton was moved to a cell next to the execution chamber early Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, where he'll be under 24-hour surveillance. The 58-year-old is scheduled to be executed Thursday, Feb. 20 for killing a fellow inmate.  (Tennessee Department of Correction via AP, File)

Tennessee inmate moved to death watch; attorneys seek stay

Feb. 18, 2020 4:08 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee inmate Nicholas Sutton was placed on a death watch early Tuesday ahead of his scheduled execution later this week for the decades-old killing of a fellow inmate. Meanwhile, Sutton's attorneys made two last ditch appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court. One asks the justices to...

Trump budget plan calls for $250M for Florida Everglades

Feb. 18, 2020 4:04 PM EST

SOUTH BAY, Fla. (AP) — Out here in western Palm Beach County, Lake Okeechobee meets vestiges of theFlorida Everglades and, more significantly, a vast sugar growing area that encompasses hundreds of square miles. Over the years, the Everglades has shrunk into a corner of the state and the sugar region has...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2019 file photo, former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone, leaves federal court in Washington. The Justice Department said Tuesday it will take the extraordinary step of lowering the amount of prison time it will seek for Roger Stone, an announcement that came just hours after President Donald Trump complained that the recommended sentence for his longtime ally and confidant was “very horrible and unfair.

Judge refuses to delay sentencing of Trump ally Roger Stone

Feb. 18, 2020 3:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday refused to delay sentencing for Republican political operative Roger Stone, setting up a crossroads moment later this week in an extraordinary case marked by a mini-revolt inside the Justice Department and allegations of interference by President Donald Trump. ...

FILE - In this July 30, 2019, file photo, from left, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., greet each other before the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates hosted by CNN at the Fox Theatre in Detroit. Democratic presidential hopefuls are offering different approaches to the central challenge of how to talk about the polarizing debate over abortion. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Democrats diverge on outreach to anti-abortion swing voters

Feb. 18, 2020 3:55 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In a party that’s shifted leftward on abortion rights, Democratic presidential hopefuls are offering different approaches to a central challenge: how to talk to voters without a clear home in the polarizing debate over the government’s role in the decision to end a pregnancy....