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Pelosi meets with freshmen Democrats key to speakership bid

Nov. 16, 2018 5:40 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nancy Pelosi met privately Friday with several newly-elected Democrats who could be crucial to her bid for House speaker, as she works to tamp down discord and fend off a challenge from a small but persistent group determined to stop her from reclaiming the gavel. The freshmen entering...

Trump honors GOP donor, 6 others with presidential award

Nov. 16, 2018 5:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday recognized a major Republican Party donor and six other "extraordinary Americans" with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor the nation reserves for a civilian. Individuals who make "outstanding contributions to American life and culture"...

Trump says will name EPA's acting chief to post permanently

Nov. 16, 2018 4:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Andrew Wheeler, a former congressional aide and lobbyist who has led the Environmental Protection Agency since his scandal-plagued predecessor resigned earlier this year, got President Donald Trump's nod Friday for the permanent job. Wheeler's promotion from acting to permanent EPA chief...

Julian Castro says O'Rourke's future no factor in 2020 bid

Nov. 16, 2018 2:55 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Julian Castro said Friday that his decision about running in 2020 won't be influenced by whether Texas' other high-profile Democrat, Congressman Beto O'Rourke, also makes his own bid for the White House. Texas is a pipeline of presidential contenders, churning out several major...

Pelosi claims 'overwhelming support' for 2nd act as speaker

Nov. 15, 2018 8:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers trying to oust Nancy Pelosi started rallying behind a possible contender Thursday, but the House Democratic leader gained key endorsements and said she has "overwhelming support" to become the next speaker. Pelosi picked up backing from Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the civil rights...

Pentagon: Troop contingent on border 'pretty much peaked'

Nov. 15, 2018 12:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. active-duty troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border has "pretty much peaked" at the current total of 5,800, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Thursday. That is far below the 10,000 to 15,000 that President Donald Trump initially said would be needed to secure the...

Nielsen's DHS replacement to face same border challenges

Nov. 15, 2018 5:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Homeland Security chief Kirstjen Nielsen never quite clicked personally as the president chafed at her explanations of complicated immigration issues and her inability to bring about massive changes at the U.S.-Mexico border. With Nielsen's departure now...

Judge in infamous 2000 Florida recount: 'I had a job to do'

Nov. 15, 2018 1:34 AM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Retired Judge Robert Rosenberg was front and center 18 years ago in Florida's infamous recount in the presidential contest between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Al Gore. Rosenberg, perhaps best remembered for eyeing ballots through a large looking glass, said in an...

Mexican citizen executed in Texas for killings of wife, kids

Nov. 14, 2018 11:46 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican citizen on death row in Texas was executed Wednesday night for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children more than 26 years ago. Roberto Moreno Ramos was condemned for the 1992 deaths of his 42-year-old wife Leticia, 7-year-old daughter Abigail, and...

Justice legal opinion backs Whitaker's naming as acting AG

Nov. 14, 2018 6:12 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Wednesday released an internal legal opinion supporting the legality of Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general as Democrats press the case that President Donald Trump violated the law and Constitution by making Whitaker the country's chief law...