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CIA briefs House leaders on Khashoggi as Senate mulls votes

Dec. 12, 2018 11:15 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — CIA Director Gina Haspel is briefing House leaders Wednesday on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as the Senate prepares for a possible vote on two resolutions that would rebuke Saudi Arabia for its role in the slaying. Two people familiar with the meeting say House leaders...

APNewsBreak: Julian Castro moves toward 2020 White House run

Dec. 12, 2018 10:37 AM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he's taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12. The move Wednesday gives the...

Trump cites France attack as reason for US-Mexico wall

Dec. 12, 2018 8:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is citing a shooting attack in France as he calls on Democratic congressional leaders to support funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump tweeted Wednesday: "Another very bad terror attack in France. We are going to strengthen our borders even more. Chuck...

Philippine Congress votes to extend martial law in south

Dec. 12, 2018 6:27 AM EST

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine Congress on Wednesday approved a request by the president to extend martial law in the country's volatile south by a year due to continuing threats by Islamic State group-linked militants and communist insurgents. An overwhelming majority in the Senate and House of...

Pelosi gives Trump an earful, questions 'manhood' in private

Dec. 12, 2018 4:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In public, Nancy Pelosi lectured Donald Trump on the Constitution and wagged a finger at him for characterizing her "strength." In private, she questioned his "manhood" — and her disdain for him became public, again, anyway. "It's like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could...

Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary

Dec. 12, 2018 12:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are trying to turn their most painful losses this year into a rallying cry they hope will electrify the 2020 presidential campaign: Every vote matters. Multiple potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are elevating the issue of voting rights as they...

Analysis: A rancorous first glimpse of new Trump-Dem dynamic

Dec. 12, 2018 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first encounter with newly empowered congressional Democrats produced a striking Oval Office display that revealed how ill-prepared he is for the biggest political challenge of his presidency. There was Trump, sitting between two seasoned legislators, repeating...

Mexico passes law restructuring Attorney General's Office

Dec. 11, 2018 11:06 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The lower house of Mexico's Congress has passed legislation aimed at restructuring the Attorney General's Office amid a growing wave of homicides in the country. The bill must still be signed into law by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. Lopez Obrador's Morena party backed the...

The Latest: Pelosi: Trump thinks Mexico will pay for wall

Dec. 11, 2018 11:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's promised U.S.-Mexico border wall (all times local): 4:35 p.m. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump thinks Mexico will pay for the border wall through the new trade deal. Pelosi told colleagues privately that Trump insisted...

Trump threatens shutdown in wild encounter with Democrats

Dec. 11, 2018 7:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a wild Oval Office confrontation, President Donald Trump heatedly threatened to shut down the U.S. government Tuesday as he and Democratic leaders bickered over funding for his promised border wall and offered a grim preview of life in Washington the next two years under divided...