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AP FACT CHECK: Trump's premature win on trade, Syria fiction

Oct. 14, 2019 1:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of caustic rhetoric by President Donald Trump over Syria and the impeachment inquiry, and truth often took a beating. Seeking to justify pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, Trump spread false information about the total defeat of the Islamic State and misrepresented the scope...

Impeachment dominates, but much other work awaits Congress

Oct. 13, 2019 10:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impeachment may have leapfrogged to the top of the national agenda, but members of Congress still have their day jobs as legislators, and they're returning to Washington this coming week with mixed hopes of success. It's a volatile, difficult-to-predict time in Washington as lawmakers end...

Andrew Johnson back in spotlight for 1868 impeachment brush

Oct. 12, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

The president traveled the country, fanning racial animus. He viewed the Congress with disdain. He also tried to undo some of the most important achievements of his predecessor, using executive power. That was not Donald Trump, but another president who faced the ignominy of impeachment: Andrew Johnson. As the...

Dems, Muslims rip Trump attack on Somalis; rue GOP silence

Oct. 11, 2019 3:41 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrats, Muslims and other groups condemned President Donald Trump on Friday for criticizing the state for welcoming so many Somali refugees, and they called out Republican leaders for failing to criticize his statements. At his campaign rally Thursday night in Minneapolis,...

Big Tech is now a big punching bag for politicians

Oct. 11, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Republicans and Democrats don't agree on health care, immigration or taxing the rich. But one subject draws critics from both parties: Big Tech. The list of grievances is long and growing by the week. Companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon are too big and powerful. They're bad for...

Retiring Republicans show no signs, yet, of fleeing Trump

Oct. 11, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans eager for a united GOP front will be eyeing retiring lawmakers for signs of cracking as Democrats' impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump heats up. So far, there's no indication that the retirees are about to crack. Party leaders got a positive signal this week from...

Can't quit Washington? Gowdy returns as Trump defender

Oct. 10, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trey Gowdy swore he'd had enough of Washington. Disgusted by what he'd seen, the Republican congressman from South Carolina retired from office last year, declaring his skills are better used "in a courtroom than in Congress." Now he's coming back for impeachment. A former prosecutor who...

Senate GOP candidates unveil latest fundraising totals

Oct. 10, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's top Republican candidates in the state's open U.S. Senate race have released their latest fundraising hauls. Former U.S. Ambassador Bill Hagerty announced Thursday that he's raised $1.9 million since officially launching his campaign bid less than a month ago. Campaign...

Romney undecided on impeachment, stands by Trump criticism

Oct. 10, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mitt Romney hasn't yet decided whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, but the Republican senator from Utah on Thursday stuck by criticism that has earned him a stream of insults from Trump on Twitter. Romney said that while he thinks some things the president has done are...

Trump's Syria announcement blindsided many GOP supporters

Oct. 10, 2019 8:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For once, Republicans and Democrats in Congress were in the same place: out of the loop. When it came to President Donald Trump's abrupt announcement that U.S. forces would no longer protect Syrian Kurds from a Turkish invasion, his supporters knew as little as his critics. All the effort...