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Trump takes swipe at South Carolina's Sanford in GOP meeting

Jun. 19, 2018 11:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took a sarcastic dig at Rep. Mark Sanford, a South Carolina Republican who has been critical of the president, during a meeting on immigration with House Republicans Tuesday night. Sanford fired back later, telling The Associated Press that he found it "startling"...

Lewandowski on girl with Down syndrome: 'Wah wah'

Jun. 19, 2018 11:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic "Wah wah." Corey Lewandowski appeared Tuesday on Fox News Channel to discuss President Trump's hard-line immigration policy, which has led to the practice...

Asian stocks take breather from trade tension; markets mixed

Jun. 19, 2018 11:26 PM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Asian markets were mixed on Wednesday as traders sidelined tariffs that the U.S. and China have threatened to impose on one another, focusing on positive housing data instead. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index rose less than 0.1 percent to 22,287.42 and South Korea's Kospi...

North Korea's Kim thanks China for support with Trump summit

Jun. 19, 2018 11:15 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for his support in last week's groundbreaking summit with President Donald Trump, the North's official media reported Wednesday. Kim is in Beijing on his third visit to China this year, underscoring the major improvement in...

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...

Fort Smith picks GOP Senate nominee; Ozarks House race close

Jun. 19, 2018 11:09 PM EDT

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A state representative has won the Republican nomination for a Fort Smith Senate seat, but a House race in the Ozarks is very close. Mathew Pitsch defeated Frank Glidewell on Tuesday and will face Libertarian Whitfield Hyman in November for a term beginning in January. Glidewell had...

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...

Missouri Democrats sue over lieutenant governor appointment

Jun. 19, 2018 11:06 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Democratic Party is suing to try to block the appointment of Mike Kehoe as lieutenant governor, reviving a longstanding debate over whether the governor has the power to fill the executive branch's No. 2 position or whether it can only be filled by voters. The party...

APNewsBreak: Youngest migrants held in 'tender age' shelters

Jun. 19, 2018 11:06 PM EDT

Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three "tender age" shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned. Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Rio Grande Valley shelters...

Seattle mayor to join family separation protest at border

Jun. 19, 2018 11:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says she will travel to Texas to protest the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy that is forcibly separating children from their parents at the border with Mexico. KING-TV reports Durkan will visit a federal shelter for separated children in Tornillo,...