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Budget battle brews as Trump threatens another shutdown

May. 27, 2018 1:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has warned Congress that he will never sign another foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus government-wide spending bill like the one he did in March. His message to lawmakers in both parties: Get your act together before the next budget lands on my desk. After a brief...

Republicans turn on each other in California US House fight

May. 27, 2018 12:39 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Twenty-three years ago, Scott Baugh was a little-known Southern California lawyer whose conservative politics and youthful brio impressed Republican U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who steered his new protege to a seat in the state Legislature. Now, Baugh wants the congressman's...

Montana Democrats sense a chance to capture US House seat

May. 27, 2018 11:58 AM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — For more than two decades, Montana's lone U.S. House seat has been a sacrificial altar where Democratic candidates' dreams are squashed. Not only have all 12 Democratic candidates since 1996 lost to Republicans, but only two of them have since gone on to win any election at all. But...

Resisting Trump in a bright red state

May. 26, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

EDMOND, Oklahoma (AP) — Vicki Toombs was watching the returns on election night 2016 when her phone buzzed — a text from her 22-year-old son Beau in Chicago. Beau, who is gay, was afraid that the new administration would end the Affordable Care Act and with it the insurance he and his friends used...

House hopefuls draw on Trump's refusal to reveal tax returns

May. 26, 2018 11:51 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — President Donald Trump's unwillingness to release his tax returns is helping renew a debate on whether the practice should be expected of elected federal office holders ahead of this year's midterms. Although there's no constitutional requirement for candidates or elected officials to make...

Trump's dizzying shifts on issues from NK, guns, health care

May. 26, 2018 12:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — From "Little Rocket Man" to the scheduling of a historic peace summit and back again, President Donald Trump's dizzying back-and-forth on North Korea is par for the course for a president who likes to keep his audience guessing. As Trump himself said Friday, "Everybody plays games."...

Trump's shifts on NK, guns, health care create whiplash

May. 25, 2018 9:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — From "Little Rocket Man" to the scheduling of a historic peace summit and back again, President Donald Trump's dizzying back-and-forth on North Korea is par for the course for a president who likes to keep his audience guessing. As Trump himself said Friday, "Everybody plays games."...

Trump steering clear of messy House immigration fight

May. 25, 2018 9:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has spent recent weeks publicly hammering Congress to crack down on "legal loopholes" he says allow criminals to enter the country illegally. But behind the scenes, Trump has shown little interest in jumping into an intensifying Capitol Hill debate over immigration...

In turnabout, Minnesota senator becomes lieutenant governor

May. 25, 2018 7:29 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A high-ranking Minnesota lawmaker thrust into the lieutenant governor's office by U.S. Sen. Al Franken's resignation abruptly took the oath of office and resigned her state Senate seat on Friday, a swift reversal for the longtime Republican senator who had resisted the job and its...

Dems alarmed when WH lawyer shows up at classified briefing

May. 25, 2018 7:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican and Democratic lawmakers have gotten classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on Donald Trump's campaign....