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Shanahan says he hasn't determined amount for border wall

Feb. 16, 2019 6:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting secretary of defense said Saturday he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President Donald Trump's border wall project. Pat Shanahan, who has been leading the Pentagon since Jim Mattis stepped down Dec. 31, made the comment in an interview with reporters...

The Latest: Acting defense chief unsure on border money

Feb. 16, 2019 5:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision to declare a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border to get financing of a wall on that border. (all times local): 5:50 p.m. The acting secretary of defense says he has not yet determined how much money he will redirect to President...

Trump's national emergency sparks new GOP divide in Congress

Feb. 15, 2019 9:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to build his long-promised border wall ends one political problem for the White House and its allies on Capitol Hill, but launches another. Republicans are deeply torn over Trump's decision to invoke executive power after...

Trump tests presidential power, declares emergency at border

Feb. 15, 2019 6:11 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defiant in the wake of a stinging budget defeat, President Donald Trump on Friday declared a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, moving to secure more money for his long-promised wall by exercising a broad interpretation of his presidential powers that is certain to draw stiff...

A look at lawsuits challenging Wisconsin's lame-duck laws

Feb. 4, 2019 7:26 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A coalition of five labor unions filed the third lawsuit Monday challenging new power-stripping measures Wisconsin Republicans approved before the new Democratic governor took office. Here is a look at the latest legal challenge and the status of the other two: HOW DID THE LAWS HURT...

Unions, senator file 3rd lame-duck lawsuit in Wisconsin

Feb. 4, 2019 4:05 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A coalition of labor unions and a Democratic lawmaker filed another lawsuit Monday challenging last-minute measures Wisconsin Republicans approved last year to weaken the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, arguing the new laws are illegal and place an "incalculable"...

Analysis: Trump's State of Union comes amid political peril

Feb. 3, 2019 10:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing clear political peril, President Donald Trump will deliver his second State of the Union address at a moment when his bully pulpit is uncertain and his negotiating skills in question after a monthlong government shutdown that exposed fractures in his party and sent his poll numbers...

Study: Corruption levels linked to health of democracies

Jan. 29, 2019 4:50 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Countries like Hungary and Turkey are growing more corrupt as they become more autocratic, and threats to the American system of checks and balances have knocked the United States out of the top 20 "cleanest" countries, according to a closely watched annual survey released Tuesday. Watchdog...

Nebraska Supreme Court dismisses suit from death-row inmates

Jan. 25, 2019 12:52 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit Friday filed by eight death-row inmates who argued that their sentences were invalidated by the Legislature's repeal of capital punishment in 2015, before voters overturned the ban. Justices denied the inmates' request for a declaration...

Ken Starr urges trust in system for probing presidents

Jan. 23, 2019 10:02 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who spearheaded the 1990s investigation into President Bill Clinton, urged public trust in the checks and balances established for holding presidential administrations accountable, saying Wednesday that the system remains widely...