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The Latest: Sanford says he's confused by Trump's jab at him

Jun. 19, 2018 11:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and immigration (all times EDT): 11:10 p.m. Congressman Mark Sanford tells The Associated Press that he's confused by President Donald Trump's latest attack on him, but glad his colleagues showed displeasure at Trump's broadside. At a closed-door meeting Tuesday on...

Senator denied entry to see Florida child migrant facility

Jun. 19, 2018 11:06 PM EDT

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson accused the Trump administration of a "cover-up" after officials denied him entry Tuesday to a detention center for migrant children in South Florida where he had hoped to survey living conditions. Nelson and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, both Florida...

Trump, GOP leaders strain for migrant-kids solution

Jun. 19, 2018 10:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday told House Republicans he is "1,000 percent" behind their rival immigration bills, providing little clear direction for party leaders searching for a way to defuse the escalating controversy over family separations at the southern border. And it's...

Lawmakers barred from child migrant facility in Florida

Jun. 19, 2018 9:00 PM EDT

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson accused the Trump administration of a "cover-up" after officials denied him entry Tuesday to a detention center for migrant children in South Florida where he had hoped to survey living conditions. Nelson and U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, both Florida...

Cruz's flip-flop on family separation shows threat to GOP

Jun. 19, 2018 7:14 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Ted Cruz has staged a dramatic about-face on the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policies, laying bare how politically damaging the issue of separating children from parents accused of crossing the border illegally is becoming for Republicans facing voters this...

WHAT'S HAPPENING: Trump to discuss border amid outrage

Jun. 19, 2018 6:41 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Donald Trump's immigration policies have come under intense scrutiny because of the forced separation of more than 2,300 migrant children from their parents. Democrats and some Republicans are urging an end to the practice at the U.S.-Mexico border. A look at the latest...

US commander warns against leaving Afghanistan too rapidly

Jun. 19, 2018 6:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The battle-hardened Army commander nominated to take over U.S. military operations in Afghanistan warned senators Tuesday that if America leaves the fight too rapidly, there is a risk Islamic State militants could merge with al-Qaida and plan attacks against the U.S. or its allies. Lt....

Tennessee GOP Senate hopeful blames liberals in separations

Jun. 19, 2018 5:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's leading U.S. Senate candidates on Tuesday decried the separation of immigrant families at the border, with Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn laying the blame for that on liberals. Blackburn said that as a mother, her "heart breaks for the families," but she contended that...

AP FACT CHECK: It's true Heitkamp votes often with Trump

Jun. 19, 2018 4:44 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, facing a tough re-election in a red state this November, is telling voters she can work with Republican President Donald Trump. In a television ad released last week, Heitkamp speaks directly to viewers and says she's voted more than half...

Romney reports $2M raised ahead of US. Senate primary

Jun. 19, 2018 3:24 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney raised nearly $2 million for his campaign in the past two months, giving him a large financial edge on his Republican opponent in the Utah primary, records show. The ex-presidential candidate and Massachusetts governor also spent $1.4 million in the...