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Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

Feb. 16, 2019 12:28 AM EST

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 also plays a central role in a...

Analysis: Shutdown saga offers lesson in divided government

Feb. 16, 2019 12:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — When you want results in a polarized Washington, sometimes it pays to simply leave the professionals alone to do their jobs. That seems to especially be the case now in an era in which liberal House Democrats are sharing power in Washington with a GOP-led Senate and President Donald...

Trump's national emergency sparks new GOP divide in Congress

Feb. 15, 2019 9:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another. Republicans are deeply torn over Trump's decision to invoke executive power after...

The Latest: Calif. Gov. Newsom endorses Harris for president

Feb. 15, 2019 9:31 PM EST

The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates on the campaign trail(all times local): 9:30 p.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom is endorsing Sen. Kamala Harris for president in 2020. The Democrat said in an MSNBC interview Friday: "I think the American people could not do better" than Harris. He added later in a...

O'Rourke stops in Milwaukee, Madison in first Midwest swing

Feb. 15, 2019 8:22 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Beto O'Rourke said Friday during a visit to Wisconsin that before deciding whether he will join the increasingly crowded field of Democrats running for president in 2020, he wants to meet with voters in the "most honest, raw, real way possible." The former Texas congressman met with...

Graham: US should be stronger on Canadians detained in China

Feb. 15, 2019 7:16 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday the response by the United States to China detaining two Canadians in apparent retaliation for the arrest of a Chinese Huawei executive has not been strong enough. Graham also told Munich Security Conference delegates the international reaction to China's...

Trump tests presidential power, declares emergency at border

Feb. 15, 2019 6:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the wake of a stinging budget defeat, President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving to secure more money for his long-promised wall by exercising a broad interpretation of his presidential powers that is certain to draw stiff...

Solar bill passes Kentucky House, heads back to Senate

Feb. 15, 2019 5:30 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lawmakers in coal-loving Kentucky have approved a bill that could make solar panels less lucrative for residential customers beyond 2020. The House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 100 on Friday in a 71-24 vote. It would let the Public Service Commission, a board appointed by the...

The Latest: Judiciary chair seeks hearing on emergency claim

Feb. 15, 2019 5:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and border security (all times local): 4:50 p.m. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler is calling for a hearing "in the coming days" on President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency. In a letter to Trump Friday, Nadler and...

APNewsBreak: New guidance on handling child bride petitions

Feb. 15, 2019 4:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration announced new rules Friday to scrutinize petitions to bring in underage spouses to the U.S. after data showed thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides had been approved. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it was updating...