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Energy nominee distances himself from Ukraine investigation

Nov. 14, 2019 3:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deputy to outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers Thursday that he had no role in the Ukraine matters now at the heart of the House’s impeachment investigation as he tried to distance himself from the controversy with the Senate considering his Cabinet nomination....

Indiana attorney general seeking new term amid groping case

Nov. 14, 2019 12:54 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s attorney general, who is awaiting the outcome from professional misconduct allegations of drunkenly groping four women that threaten his law license, announced Thursday that he’s running for a second term. Republican Curtis Hill made the announcement in a video...

After boost from Perry, supporters got huge Ukraine gas deal

Nov. 12, 2019 7:43 AM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two political supporters of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country's new president. Perry's efforts to influence Ukraine's energy...

Trump, 2020 Dem contenders tout efforts to boost veterans

Nov. 11, 2019 6:40 PM EST

ROCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — On Veterans Day, President Donald Trump paid tribute to America's troops at a New York City parade as top 2020 Democratic candidates outlined their plans for the Department of Veterans Affairs, such as naming a woman to run the agency for the first time. The Democratic proposals,...

After boost from Perry, backers got huge gas deal in Ukraine

Nov. 11, 2019 3:26 PM EST

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Two political supporters of U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry secured a potentially lucrative oil and gas exploration deal from the Ukrainian government soon after Perry proposed one of the men as an adviser to the country's new president. Perry's efforts to influence Ukraine's energy...

Netanyahu appoints hard-liner Bennett as defense minister

Nov. 8, 2019 11:43 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday appointed hard-line politician Naftali Bennett as defense minister in his caretaker government. The move appears aimed at shoring up opposition to attempts by Netanyahu's chief rival, Benny Gantz, to form Israel's next government. Ayelet...

Report: Trump migrant crackdown weighed impact on 2020 race

Nov. 7, 2019 3:52 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — As the Trump administration in its early days tried to push through hardline immigration policies, it appeared to calculate their possible impact on the 2020 presidential race while rejecting national security warnings from U.S. diplomats, according to State Department memos made public...

AP sources: Jeff Sessions to announce Alabama Senate bid

Nov. 6, 2019 10:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions will announce that he is entering the race for his old U.S. Senate seat in Alabama, two Republicans with direct knowledge of his plans said Wednesday. Sessions, 72, will be making a return to the political stage a year after stepping down as President...

Wisconsin GOP-controlled Senate fires agriculture secretary

Nov. 5, 2019 8:32 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's Republican-controlled Senate fired the state agriculture secretary on Tuesday, and the Democratic governor who appointed him watched quietly a row behind lawmakers before using profanity to blast the process. The vote to oust Gov. Tony Evers' Cabinet secretary was the...

The Latest: Wisconsin governor lashes out at GOP Senate

Nov. 5, 2019 4:49 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on firing of Wisconsin agriculture secretary (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Wisconsin's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is lashing out at Republicans who control the state Senate after they voted to fire his agriculture department secretary. Evers watched the debate Tuesday from...