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Trump uses derisive nickname for Rep. Adam Schiff in tweet

Nov. 18, 2018 3:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is name-calling Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff for saying Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general is unconstitutional. Trump says Schiff shouldn't complain that Whitaker wasn't confirmed by the Senate because neither was special counsel Robert...

GOP Legislatures try to curb Democratic governors' power

Nov. 17, 2018 11:40 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — With their grip on power set to loosen come January, Republicans in several states are considering last-ditch laws that would weaken existing or incoming Democratic governors and advance their own conservative agendas. In Michigan, where the GOP has held the levers of power for nearly...

Trump says written responses go to Mueller team next week

Nov. 17, 2018 8:40 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he "very easily" answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculated that the questions had been "tricked up" to try to catch him in a lie. "They're all done," Trump told reporters at the White House early Saturday before...

Attorney: Prosecutors stalled Kansas prison recordings probe

Nov. 16, 2018 11:30 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A court-appointed attorney investigating whether federal prosecutors in Kansas improperly listened to recorded conversations between prisoners and their attorneys testified Friday that he was stunned and disappointed when he realized months into the investigation that the U.S....

Trump says he 'very easily' answered Mueller questions

Nov. 16, 2018 10:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he had "very easily" answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculated that the questions had been "tricked up" to try to catch him in a lie. He said he hadn't submitted his answers to investigators yet. "You have to...

The Latest: CNN's Acosta returns to White House after ruling

Nov. 16, 2018 7:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the legal challenge to the White House's decision to strip CNN reporter Jim Acosta of his White House press credentials (all times local): 6:55 p.m. CNN's Jim Acosta is back at the White House after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to immediately return his...

The Latest: Attorney: US Attorney's Office in Kansas stalled

Nov. 16, 2018 6:51 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on a an investigation into secretly-recorded prisoners' phone calls at a Kansas prison (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A court-appointed attorney investigating the use of secretly recorded conversations between prisoners and their attorneys says he was stunned and...

Supreme Court challenge filed to Whitaker appointment

Nov. 16, 2018 5:20 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent Washington lawyer is leading an effort to lure the Supreme Court into the dispute over the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the new U.S. acting attorney general. Lawyer Thomas Goldstein says the high court should rule quickly that President Donald Trump's appointment of...

Former Trump campaign aide asks judge to delay sentence

Nov. 16, 2018 4:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, is asking a federal judge to stay his two-week sentence until an appeals court rules in a separate case challenging the constitutionality of special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty...

Goldberg, Hathaway, Bourdain among NJ Hall of Fame nominees

Nov. 16, 2018 2:46 PM EST

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Actresses Whoopi Goldberg and Anne Hathaway, comedian Chris Rock, "Seinfeld" star Jason Alexander, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and Anthony Bourdain are among the latest nominees to the New Jersey Hall of Fame. The organization announced its list of 50 nominees for the 11th...