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Lara Trump says she thinks GOP voters would like to see RNC pay Donald Trump's legal fees

Feb. 21, 2024 20:12 PM EST

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Donald Trump's daughter-in-law and handpicked choice to help lead the Republican National Committee said she thinks Republican voters would support having the political organization pay the former president's ballooning legal fees. Lara Trump said...

Trump faces warning signs that his fundraising prowess may have limits in 2024 campaign

Feb. 21, 2024 16:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's legendary ability to raise massive sums of political cash may be on a collision course with a new and unpleasant reality. Campaign finance reports released this week flashed bright warning lights, showing two key committees in his political...

White House weighing executive actions on the border — with immigration powers used by Trump

Feb. 21, 2024 20:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering using provisions of federal immigration law repeatedly tapped by former President Donald Trump to unilaterally enact a sweeping crackdown at the southern border, according to three people familiar with the deliberations. The...

Election officials in the US face daunting challenges in 2024. And Congress isn't coming to help

Feb. 21, 2024 14:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With election season already underway, some state election officials are expressing frustration that Congress has yet to allocate federal money they have come to rely on to help cover the costs of securing their systems from attacks, updating equipment and training staff. ...

James Biden tells GOP lawmakers that Joe Biden had no involvement in the family's business dealings

Feb. 21, 2024 19:04 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden “never had any involvement” in the business dealings of other members of his family, his brother James Biden testified Wednesday when he appeared for a voluntary private interview on Capitol Hill as part of House Republicans' impeachment inquiry. ...

How is an ex-FBI informant charged with lying about Bidens allegedly linked to Russian intelligence?

Feb. 21, 2024 20:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The explosive allegations at the center of an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden were false, federal prosecutors said, and came from an ex-FBI informant who said he was in touch with Russian intelligence. The informant, Alexander Smirnov, is “actively...

Biden says too many Americans are saddled with school debt as he cancels federal loans for 153,000

Feb. 21, 2024 20:14 PM EST

CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday that while a college degree was still a ticket to a better life, that ticket is often too expensive, as he announced he was canceling federal student loans for nearly 153,000 borrowers. Biden, who is in the midst of a...

AP Decision Notes: What to expect in the South Carolina Republican presidential primary

Feb. 21, 2024 11:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump and Nikki Haley will face off Saturday in South Carolina’s first-in-the-South Republican presidential primary, the first head-to-head matchup for the last two remaining major candidates since the New Hampshire primary a month ago. The contest takes...

Supreme Court seems skeptical of EPA's 'good neighbor' rule on power plant pollution

Feb. 21, 2024 17:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's conservative majority seemed skeptical Wednesday as the Environmental Protection Agency sought to continue enforcing an anti-air-pollution rule in 11 states while separate legal challenges proceed around the country. The EPA's “good...

Federal judge affirms MyPillow's Mike Lindell must pay $5M in election data dispute

Feb. 21, 2024 17:52 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday affirmed a $5 million arbitration award against MyPillow chief executive Mike Lindell in favor of a software engineer who challenged data that Lindell said proves China interfered in the 2020 U.S. presidential election and tipped the outcome to...

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White House weighing executive actions on the border — with immigration powers used by Trump

Feb. 21, 2024 20:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is considering using provisions of federal immigration law repeatedly tapped by former President Donald Trump to unilaterally enact a sweeping crackdown at the southern border, according to three people familiar with the deliberations. The...

How is an ex-FBI informant charged with lying about Bidens allegedly linked to Russian intelligence?

Feb. 21, 2024 20:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The explosive allegations at the center of an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden were false, federal prosecutors said, and came from an ex-FBI informant who said he was in touch with Russian intelligence. The informant, Alexander Smirnov, is “actively...

WikiLeaks’ Assange faces wait to find out whether he can challenge extradition to the US

Feb. 21, 2024 19:37 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange won't find out until next month at the earliest whether he can challenge extradition to the U.S. on spying charges, or if his long legal battle in Britain has run out of road. Two High Court judges said Wednesday they would take time...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Feb. 21, 2024 17:54 PM EST

Cullman Times. February 20, 2024. Editorial: Don’t trust the process? Volunteer as a poll worker When you think “politics” in America, words such as “dissent,” “contentious” and “fragmented” can immediately come to mind. There’s no...

Jimmy Carter becomes first living ex-president with official White House Christmas ornament

Feb. 21, 2024 17:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Jimmy Carter has another distinction to his name. The 99-year-old is the first of the U.S. presidents to be honored with an official White House Christmas ornament while still living. The ornament was unveiled Wednesday and is the latest in an...

A US company is accused of illegally hiring children to clean meat processing plants

Feb. 21, 2024 17:20 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — U.S. authorities have accused another sanitation company of illegally hiring at least two dozen children to clean dangerous meat processing facilities, the latest example of the illegal child labor that officials say is increasingly common. The Labor...

Trump faces warning signs that his fundraising prowess may have limits in 2024 campaign

Feb. 21, 2024 16:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's legendary ability to raise massive sums of political cash may be on a collision course with a new and unpleasant reality. Campaign finance reports released this week flashed bright warning lights, showing two key committees in his political...

Election officials in the US face daunting challenges in 2024. And Congress isn't coming to help

Feb. 21, 2024 14:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With election season already underway, some state election officials are expressing frustration that Congress has yet to allocate federal money they have come to rely on to help cover the costs of securing their systems from attacks, updating equipment and training staff. ...

At trial's start, ex-Honduran president cast as corrupt politician by US but a hero by his lawyer

Feb. 21, 2024 12:28 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was described by a prosecutor Wednesday at the start of his drug trial as a corrupt politician who let his country's biggest drug traffickers fuel his rise to power but was portrayed by his defense lawyer as a heroic leader who...

Biden is boosting cybersecurity at US ports, where online attacks can be more ravaging than storms

Feb. 21, 2024 11:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed an executive order and created a federal rule aimed at better securing the nation's ports from potential cyberattacks. The administration is outlining a set of cybersecurity regulations that port operators must comply with...