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Interior opens more of Alaska reserve to oil development

Jun. 25, 2020 6:48 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — More than 18 million acres of a petroleum reserve in Alaska will be opened to oil and gas drilling under a plan released Thursday by federal officials, who touted it as being key to President Donald Trump’s goal of increasing energy production. “Today’s action...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, file photo, former national security adviser John Bolton takes part in a discussion on global leadership at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tenn. Bolton’s book “What Happened In the Room,” has been delayed from May 12 to June 23 according to listings from Wednesday, April 29, 2020, on the website of publisher Simon & Schuster and booksellers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

As Bolton speaks, Congress shrugs and points to election

Jun. 18, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress seems largely done with John Bolton. That's despite the stunning allegations the former national security adviser leveled against his former boss, President Donald Trump, in a new book detailing Bolton's 17 months in the White House. Bolton wrote that Trump...

Alaska lawmakers: Discrimination involved in Arctic decision

Jun. 18, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s congressional delegation has asked federal regulators to investigate possible discrimination against Alaska Natives by large banks refusing to fund Arctic oil and gas projects. Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan and Rep. Don Young issued a letter Tuesday saying...

FILE - In this June 30, 2019, file photo parade-goers carrying rainbow flags walk down a street during the LBGTQ Pride march in New York, to celebrate five decades of LGBTQ pride, marking the 50th anniversary of the police raid that sparked the modern-day gay rights movement. Democrats flooded Twitter and email inboxes this week with praise for the watershed Supreme Court decision shielding gay, lesbian and transgender people from job discrimination.  (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

High court decision spotlights GOP divide over LGBT rights

Jun. 17, 2020 6:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats flooded Twitter and email inboxes this week with praise for the watershed Supreme Court decision shielding gay, lesbian and transgender people from job discrimination. Republicans — not so much. The court's 6-3 ruling came just two days after an event that played out in...

FILE - In this March 2, 2020, file photo Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., speaks during a campaign rally for President Donald Trump in Charlotte, N.C. Tillis, facing a competitive North Carolina reelection contest, “is looking forward to campaigning

GOP candidates balance pros, cons of running with Trump

Jun. 15, 2020 11:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hitting the road again. And while a campaign event with a president who draws TV cameras and raucous crowds can be gold for down-ballot candidates, these days its value can be debatable. Republican Sen. Thom Tillis, facing a competitive North Carolina reelection...

President Donald Trump applauds as Army helicopters fly over and West Point cadets toss their caps into the air at the end of commencement ceremonies on the parade field, at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Saturday, June 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's overblown boasts about military, vets

Jun. 15, 2020 12:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is exaggerating his accomplishments for the military and veterans. With his relationship with Pentagon leaders under strain, the president bragged to West Point cadets over the weekend that his administration wholly destroyed the Islamic State group. He also...

FILE - This June 4, 2020, file image from video provided by WBFO, a Buffalo police officer appears to shove a man who walked up to police in Buffalo, N.Y. (Mike Desmond/WBFO via AP)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's law and order and misinformation

Jun. 13, 2020 9:01 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Ugh,” said a Republican senator. “How crude,” said a Democratic governor. President Donald Trump set off plenty of reactions like that when he peddled a baseless conspiracy theory about an activist who landed hard on the ground, and then in intensive care, in...

In this image from video provided by WBFO, a Buffalo police officer appears to shove a man who walked up to police Thursday, June 4, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. Video from WBFO shows the man appearing to hit his head on the pavement, with blood leaking out as officers walk past to clear Niagara Square. Buffalo police initially said in a statement that a person “was injured when he tripped & fell,” WIVB-TV reported, but Capt. Jeff Rinaldo later told the TV station that an internal affairs investigation was opened. Police Commissioner Byron Lockwood suspended two officers late Thursday, the mayor’s statement said. (Mike Desmond/WBFO via AP)

Trump pushes conspiracy theory about Buffalo protester

Jun. 9, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump ignited fresh controversy over his hard-line “law and order” push Tuesday by peddling yet another unfounded conspiracy theory, this time trying to raise suspicions about a 75-year-old protester who was hospitalized after being shoved by police and...

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, leaves a Republican luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Romney says he'll 'stay quiet' on his 2020 presidential vote

Jun. 9, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah Sen. Mitt Romney declined again Monday to endorse President Donald Trump’s reelection, saying he would “stay quiet” about whom he'll be supporting in November. Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, told reporters on Capitol Hill, “I'm not going...

President Donald Trump walks past police in Lafayette Park after he visited outside St. John's Church across from the White House Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Part of the church was set on fire during protests on Sunday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Analysis: Trump emulates strongman tactics, tests his limits

Jun. 5, 2020 12:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A phalanx of law enforcement officers and soldiers is positioned on the streets of the nation’s capital to keep protesters at bay. Helicopters circle overhead, sometimes dipping low to buzz the crowd. The country’s leader warns that he’s willing to go further to...