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Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong; China furious

Nov. 27, 2019 10:10 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China reacted furiously to President Donald Trump’s signing of two bills on Hong Kong human rights and said the U.S. will bear the unspecified consequences. A foreign ministry statement Thursday repeated heated condemnations of the laws and said China will counteract. It said all the...

Religious freedom trackers chafe at congressional proposal

Nov. 21, 2019 12:26 PM EST

The federal commission that tracks global religious freedom is facing a rift with Capitol Hill over a proposal that some members warn would hurt its effectiveness. At issue is bipartisan legislation introduced two months ago to reauthorize the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom for four years. The...

Report: Trump migrant crackdown weighed impact on 2020 race

Nov. 7, 2019 3:52 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — As the Trump administration in its early days tried to push through hardline immigration policies, it appeared to calculate their possible impact on the 2020 presidential race while rejecting national security warnings from U.S. diplomats, according to State Department memos made public...

Trump pick for Russia envoy grilled by senators on Ukraine

Oct. 30, 2019 3:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The No. 2 official at the State Department faced off Wednesday with senators demanding to know why he didn't know more about the Trump administration's backchannel diplomacy with Ukraine and the dismissal of the former U.S. ambassador to Kyiv, issues now at the heart of the impeachment...

New Jersey senator wants review of Pompeo visits to Kansas

Oct. 30, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Democratic senator from New Jersey is questioning whether Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trips to Kansas violate federal election laws. Sen. Robert Menendez sent a letter Tuesday to the independent U.S. Office of Special Counsel seeking a review of Pompeo's four trips to Kansas this...

700 still not rebuilt 7 years after Superstorm Sandy in NJ

Oct. 28, 2019 2:21 PM EDT

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Seven years after Superstorm Sandy pummeled the New Jersey coast, about 700 families still have not finished rebuilding. Tuesday marks the anniversary of the deadly storm, which caused widespread destruction along the East Coast, particularly in New Jersey and New York. The New...

Analysis: Declaring victory, Trump strengthens Russia's hand

Oct. 24, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared success in Syria and created a bumper-sticker moment to illustrate his campaign promise to put a stop to American involvement in "endless wars." But with his abrupt withdrawal from what he called "bloodstained sand," the Republican president ceded American...

Correction: Trump-Perry story

Oct. 20, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a story Oct. 19 about Energy Secretary Rick Perry, The Associated Press reported erroneously the title of John Bolton, former national security adviser to President Donald Trump. A corrected version of the story is below: Impeachment inquiry puts spotlight on Perry, who shunned it...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Oct. 18, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" —Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg; Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Reps....

Democratic federal lawmakers seek journalist protection act

Oct. 15, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he and fellow lawmakers want to impose criminal penalties against those who threaten or attack journalists doing their jobs. The Democrat said the proposed Journalist Protection Act would make such threats and physical attacks a federal...