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A look at the 'squad' that Trump targeted in racist tweets

Jul. 15, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — They're all women of color. Every one of them is an American citizen. And of the four members of the self-styled "squad" duly elected to the House of Representatives, only one was born outside the U.S. In racist tweets over the weekend, President Donald Trump almost certainly was...

Mnuchin says budget deal with Pelosi is 'very close'

Jul. 15, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell vs. hardliners in the White House as lawmakers pursue a deal on federal spending and the debt. And the hardliners, wary of further increases to federal spending, appear to be losing. Talks between Pelosi and...

Trump signs order to make American-made goods more American

Jul. 15, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday that will require federal agencies to purchase products using more American components. The order strengthens the standards that federal agencies must follow under the Buy American Act, which creates a preference for American-made...

Trump moves to effectively end asylum at southern border

Jul. 15, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reversing decades of U.S. policy, the Trump administration said Monday it will end all asylum protections for most migrants who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border — the president's most forceful attempt to block asylum claims and slash the number of people seeking refuge in America....

Brazilian VP backs Bolsonaro's son as US ambassador

Jul. 15, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's vice president says he would support President Jair Bolsonaro if he decides to nominate his son to be ambassador to the United States. Vice President Hamilton Mourao said Monday that he believed Eduardo Bolsonaro met the country's legal requirements for the job and he didn't...

UK leadership contenders criticize Trump's lawmaker tweets

Jul. 15, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May and the two men competing to succeed her condemned U.S. President Donald Trump's berating of four female lawmakers of color but stopped short Monday of calling his remarks racist. Trump tweeted Sunday that the liberal Democrats should go back to the "broken...

S&P 500 notches another record after a muted, mixed day

Jul. 15, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A wobbly day of trading ended with meager gains for U.S. stock indexes on Monday, enough to nudge them further into record territory, as the curtain rose on what's expected to be the weakest earnings reporting season in years. Financial stocks fell even though Citigroup said it made more...

62 border employees under internal investigation amid posts

Jul. 15, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said Monday that 62 current and eight former Border Patrol employees are under internal investigation following revelations of a secret Facebook group that mocked lawmakers and migrants. Most are under investigation for posts that surfaced in a...

Trump nominates Esper to be defense chief, succeeding Mattis

Jul. 15, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation last December opened an unprecedented period of senior-level instability at the Pentagon. The moment the nomination was received by the Senate...

Markets Right Now: Stocks end a wobbly day slightly higher

Jul. 15, 2019 4:10 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local): 4 p.m. Major U.S. stock indexes ended a wobbly day with meager gains, enough to push them slightly further into record territory. Trading was indecisive for much of the day Monday, as losses for banks mostly offset gains in...