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FILE - In this July 4, 2019 file photo, fireworks go off over the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Thursday, July 4, 2019. The Trump administration is promising one of the largest fireworks displays in recent memory for Washington on July 4. It also plans to give away as many as 300,000 face masks to those who come down to the National Mall, although they won't be required to wear them. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump plans huge July 4 fireworks show despite DC's concerns

Jul. 2, 2020 2:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s July Fourth celebration on the National Mall will feature one of the largest fireworks displays ever and as many as 300,000 face masks will be given away to those who want them — but despite health concerns from D.C.'s mayor, no one apparently will...

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dem climate plan would end greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Jun. 30, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a plan to address climate change that would set a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while pushing renewable energy such as wind and solar power and addressing environmental contamination that disproportionately harms low-income and...

George Washington University Law School Law Professor Jonathan Turley, center, testifies beside U.S. Navy veteran and Black Lives Matter protester Kishon McDonald, left, and Amelia Brace of Australia's Seven News, Monday, June 29, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington, during the House Natural Resources Committee hearing on the police response in Lafayette Square.  (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Administration skips hearing on violence against protesters

Jun. 29, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. Park Police refused to appear Monday to answer lawmakers’ questions on violence against demonstrators and journalists outside the White House, saying he couldn’t as long as the federal force remains on highest alert for protests and attacks against...

FILE - In this July 3, 2019, file photo one of two Bradley Fighting Vehicles driven into place in front of the Lincoln Memorial for President Donald Trump's 'Salute to America' event honoring service branches on Independence Day in Washington. Government watchdogs say President Trump’s 2019 Fourth of July gala in the nation’s capital cost taxpayers more than $13 million, twice as much as previous celebrations. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Watchdogs: Trump's Independence Day gala in 2019 cost $13M

Jun. 25, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

President Donald Trump’s Fourth of July gala in the nation’s capital last year cost taxpayers more than $13 million, twice as much as previous celebrations, government watchdogs reported Thursday. Trump’s desire to have Department of Defense military vehicles participate helped drive up the...

Protesters wear face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as they gather in Lafayette Square, Saturday, June 13, 2020, near the White House in Washington, while demonstrating against the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Watchdog eyes violent routing of protesters near White House

Jun. 22, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

An Interior Department watchdog office will investigate law enforcement and security forces’ violent clearing of protesters from a square in front of the White House earlier this month. The Interior Department’s U.S. Park Police and other forces released chemical agents and at times punched and...

President Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump's intended show of political force falls short of mark

Jun. 21, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — President Donald Trump used his comeback rally to try to define the upcoming election as a choice between national heritage and left-wing radicalism, but his intended show of political force during the pandemic was thousands short of a full house and partly overshadowed by new...

Protesters fill Boulder Ave. after Tulsa Police fired pepper balls at them after President Donald Trump's campaign rally at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Saturday, June 20, 2020.(Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

Trump supporters, protesters face off outside Oklahoma rally

Jun. 21, 2020 12:51 AM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — President Donald Trump's supporters faced off with protesters shouting “Black Lives Matter" Saturday in Tulsa as the president took the stage for his first campaign rally in months amid public health concerns about the coronavirus and fears that the event could lead to violence...

President Donald Trump arrives on stage to speak at a campaign rally at the BOK Center, Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump comeback rally features empty seats, staff infections

Jun. 20, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — President Donald Trump launched his comeback rally Saturday by defining the upcoming election as a stark choice between national heritage and left-wing radicalism. But his intended show of political force amid a pandemic featured thousands of empty seats and new coronavirus cases on his...

Mike Pellerin joins other Trump supporters on 4th Street and Cheyenne Ave. in downtown Tulsa, Okla., ahead of President Donald Trump's Saturday's campaign rally Friday, June 19, 2020. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

Trump crowd, protesters verbally clash ahead of rally

Jun. 20, 2020 1:51 AM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Supporters and detractors of President Donald Trump continued to gather Friday in Tulsa, where Trump is scheduled to take the stage for the first of his signature rallies during the coronavirus pandemic. Verbal clashes sparked at times as hundreds of people converged amid a nationwide...

FILE - This March 22, 2019, file photo shows Mount Rushmore in Keystone, S.D. The Trump administration on Thursday, June 18, 2020, rejected imposing federal drinking-water limits for a chemical used in fireworks and other explosives and linked to brain damage in newborns. The contaminant is perchlorate, a component in rocket fuel, ammunition and other explosives, including fireworks. The Associated Press found one high-profile example of that on Thursday, reviewing a 2016 U.S. Geological Survey report that links high levels of perchlorate contamination in the water at Mount Rushmore national memorial with past years of fireworks displays there. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

US drops planned limit for toxin that damages infant brains

Jun. 18, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

The Trump administration on Thursday rejected imposing federal drinking-water limits for a chemical used in fireworks and other explosives and linked to brain damage in newborns, opting to override Obama administration findings that the neurotoxin was contaminating the drinking water of millions of Americans. The...