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Judge halts some military spending on border wall

Dec. 10, 2019 10:12 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked the Trump administration from spending some Defense Department money to build a border wall with Mexico, the latest twist in a long-running legal battle over one of the president's signature domestic issues and campaign priorities. The ruling by...

Barr: FBI's Russia investigation based on 'bogus narrative'

Dec. 10, 2019 6:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr leveled blistering criticism at how the Russia investigation was conducted, saying Tuesday that it was based on a “bogus narrative” that the Trump campaign might have conspired with Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Barr spoke to NBC...

Loophole limited scrutiny before deadly NYC helicopter crash

Dec. 10, 2019 5:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The helicopter company whose doors-off flight crashed in a New York City river last year, trapping all five passengers in their harnesses, exploited a regulatory loophole to avoid stricter safety requirements, federal investigators said Tuesday. FlyNYON operated under the...

DOJ watchdog report takeaways: Nuance, no total absolution

Dec. 10, 2019 7:16 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department's internal watchdog released a report that found the FBI had a legitimate reason to open up one of the most politically sensitive investigations ever, the Russia probe that began in secret during Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign that eventually was taken...

FBI was justified in probing Trump-Russia, fed watchdog says

Dec. 10, 2019 1:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias, the Justice Department's internal watchdog declared Monday, undercutting President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that he has been...

Schumer: Fed workers to get 12 weeks of paid parental leave

Dec. 8, 2019 6:09 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate’s top Democrat said Sunday that congressional leaders have reached a “real breakthrough” deal to give 12 weeks of paid parental leave to millions of federal workers as part of the annual defense policy bill. Sen. Charles Schumer said the agreement over the...

Schumer-Long Island Potatoes

Dec. 7, 2019 7:37 PM EST

JAMESPORT, N.Y. (AP) — New York Sen. Charles Schumer is praising the humble spud, at least the ones grown on Long Island. The Democratic lawmaker appeared at a farm on Long Island's North Fork on Saturday to promote locally grown potatoes. Newsday reports that the impetus for the news conference at the...

Ads assail conservative legal group over Trump’s court picks

Nov. 28, 2019 6:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A liberal activist group is launching a digital ad campaign targeting the Federalist Society, a conservative legal organization that has championed judges appointed by President Donald Trump, such as Supreme Court Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch. The ads, to appear on LinkedIn...

Sticky impeachment trial questions: How long? Who testifies?

Nov. 28, 2019 6:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — What will the impeachment trial look like? While a Senate trial of President Donald Trump now appears inevitable, details of how it will unfold remain unknown. How long will proceedings last? Can either party summon witnesses to make its points? Senators will have to decide these and...

Pentagon chief fires Navy secretary over SEAL controversy

Nov. 25, 2019 9:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper has fired the Navy’s top official, ending a stunning clash between President Donald Trump and top military leadership over the fate of a SEAL accused of war crimes in Iraq. Esper said Sunday that he had lost confidence in Navy Secretary Richard Spencer...