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Trump demands end to Russia probes, walks out of Dem meeting

May. 22, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump abruptly stalked out of a meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday with a flat declaration he would no longer work with Democrats unless they drop all investigations in the aftermath of the special counsel's Trump-Russia report. Democrats said the walkout seemed...

3 Minutes: Trump meeting with Dems goes bust in a flash

May. 22, 2019 1:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The curtains in the Cabinet Room were drawn. The Democrats were waiting. President Donald Trump came and went in all of three minutes. Round 2 of the president's consultations with congressional Democrats on infrastructure went bust in a flash. Prospects for passing a large infrastructure...

The Latest: Pelosi says Trump 'took a pass'

May. 22, 2019 12:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and investigations into President Donald Trump (all times local): 12:15 p.m. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump "took a pass" on working together with Democrats to address the nation's crumbling infrastructure. Pelosi spoke at the Capitol after a...

Correction: Venezuela-Embassy story

May. 22, 2019 11:47 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story May 7 about the Venezuelan embassy in Washington, The Associated Press erroneously identified Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó's appointee as ambassador to Washington as Gustavo Vecchio. His correct name is Carlos Vecchio. A corrected version of the story is below:...

The Latest: Top officials say US doesn't want war with Iran

May. 21, 2019 9:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration's Iran policy (all times local): 9:35 p.m. Top Trump administration officials have told Congress that recent actions by the U.S. have deterred Iranian attacks on American forces. But some lawmakers remain deeply skeptical of the White House approach...

Congressional leaders make progress on debt, spending talks

May. 21, 2019 9:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top leaders of both parties in Congress made progress Tuesday on two must-do items on the legislative agenda: averting automatic budget cuts and meeting a deadline later this year to increase the government's borrowing limit. But after a flurry of optimism at midday, a deal proved elusive...

The Latest: House panel subpoenas Hicks and counsel's aide

May. 21, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House Judiciary Committee and Don McGahn (all times local): 4:05 p.m. The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed former White House communications director Hope Hicks and a former aide in the White House counsel's office as Democrats continue their investigations of...

Trump calls for taking up trade pact before infrastructure

May. 21, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump told Democratic leaders Tuesday that he believes Congress should first pass a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico before taking up a bill to boost the nation's infrastructure. The president made his request in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate...

Democratic impeachment calls swell as McGahn defies subpoena

May. 21, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More Democrats are calling — and more loudly — for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after his latest defiance of Congress by blocking his former White House lawyer from testifying on Tuesday. A growing number of rank-and-file House Democrats, incensed...

Investigators: Human error caused deadly Amtrak crash

May. 21, 2019 7:11 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A 2017 deadly Amtrak train derailment in Washington state happened because the engineer lost track of where he was on the route and was going more than twice the speed limit when he hit a curve, federal safety investigators said Tuesday. The National Transportation Safety Board announced the...