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Tweets could doom judge's nomination to Kansas appeals court

Mar. 18, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a trial judge to Kansas' second-highest court appeared doomed Monday after two key Republican legislators decried past social media posts criticizing President Donald Trump and expressing support for gun control and abortion rights. Senate...

Pentagon lists possible project cuts to pay for wall

Mar. 18, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon sent a 20-page list of military construction projects to Congress on Monday that might be slashed to pay for President Donald Trump's wall along the Mexican border. Democrats expressed hope that by knowing which local projects could be targeted, lawmakers would be likelier to...

US Rep. Green confirms interest in Senate bid in Tennessee

Mar. 18, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Mark Green says he's "thinking about" running for a Senate seat opening up in Tennessee but hasn't given much thought to when he'll decide. On Monday, the first-term congressman told The Associated Press he would need to think he's the person for the job and...

Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

Mar. 18, 2019 7:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him: WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the president obstructed the investigation. Trump...

Democrats urge FBI probe of spa owner offering Trump access

Mar. 18, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democrats are urging the FBI to investigate a Trump campaign donor who is the founder and onetime owner of a spa that has been implicated in a human-trafficking ring. In a Friday letter to the FBI, Democrats on the House and Senate judiciary and intelligence panels wrote that reports...

White House proposes caps on student loan borrowing

Mar. 18, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

The Trump administration on Monday proposed new limits on federal student loans taken out by parents and graduate students as part of a broader proposal to curb the cost of college. White House officials included the plan in a list of suggested changes to the Higher Education Act, a sweeping federal law that...

US drug czar says border wall will reduce influx of drugs

Mar. 18, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — President Donald Trump's drug czar on Monday touted the president's plan for a U.S.-Mexico border wall as a way to save American lives by helping stem the flow of illegal drugs into the country. While visiting Kentucky, drug czar Jim Carroll said Trump's long-promised border wall...

Beto O'Rourke boasts about $6.1M in campaign's 1st 24 hours

Mar. 18, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

CENTER LINE, Mich. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke boasted Monday that the more than $6 million he raised online within a day of announcing his White House bid, the most reported by any 2020 candidate, was helping to create "the largest grassroots campaign this country has ever...

Takeaways from Beto O'Rourke's presidential launch

Mar. 18, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) — After weeks of hype, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke swung through Iowa for the first time and strode into the presidential race to larger crowds and more media attention than most others in the already crowded 2020 Democratic field. Until recently, O'Rourke was a little-known El...

Supreme Court won't hear congressman appeal on tossed juror

Mar. 18, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal by former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah that involves a juror removed from his 2016 racketeering trial. The Philadelphia Democrat is serving a 10-year sentence after he was convicted of laundering federal grants and nonprofit funds to repay an...