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Bolton's test: Massaging Trump tweets into foreign policy

Jan. 21, 2019 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump's Washington, matters of war and peace are decided in 280-character bursts. It's up to John Bolton to massage them into a foreign policy. The mustachioed national security adviser developed a reputation as a bureaucratic bulldozer through more than three decades...

Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn't budge Democrats

Jan. 21, 2019 4:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-one days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his opponents after they dismissed a plan he'd billed as a compromise. Trump on Sunday branded House...

Giuliani: 'So what' if Trump and Cohen discussed testimony

Jan. 20, 2019 11:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani left open Sunday the possibility that Trump and former personal attorney Michael Cohen might have discussed Cohen's congressional testimony. But, he added, "so what" if he did? Giuliani told CNN's "State of the Union" that he did not know if...

The shutdown today: Trump lashes out after Dems reject offer

Jan. 21, 2019 12:19 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 31: WHAT'S NEW President Donald Trump lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after Democrats made clear they would not accept his proposal to fund a border wall in exchange for temporarily protections for young immigrants brought to the country illegally as...

China grants Ivanka Trump 5 trademarks amid trade talks

Jan. 21, 2019 4:31 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — The Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump's company preliminary approval for another five trademarks this month, as her father's administration pushes ahead on trade negotiations with China. Four trademarks, including child care centers, sunglasses and wedding dresses, were approved...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's murky claims on weather, shutdown

Jan. 21, 2019 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's nothing like a cold snap to bring out the global-warming skepticism of President Donald Trump. The fact that periods of extreme cold happen in a warming climate is well known by his government but Trump's crack Sunday — "Wouldn't be bad to have a little of that good old...

GOP senators try to figure how out closely to run with Trump

Jan. 20, 2019 8:31 AM EST

DENVER (AP) — Republican Sen. Cory Gardner helped mastermind the GOP's midterm strategy of pushing Senate candidates closer to President Donald Trump. But heading into his own 2020 re-election bid in Colorado, he's allowing more distance with the not-so-popular president. And he's not alone. Sen. Thom...

A scaled-down, but still angry, Women's March returns

Jan. 19, 2019 10:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid internal controversies and a capital city deeply distracted by the partial government shutdown, the third Women's March returned to Washington on Saturday with an enduring message of anger and defiance aimed directly at President Donald Trump's White House. The original march in...

Where the investigations related to President Trump stand

Jan. 20, 2019 2:31 PM EST

Where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him: WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? Trump is facing investigations in Washington and New York. Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the president obstructed...

Trump celebrates new citizens in Oval Office ceremony

Jan. 19, 2019 7:13 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — On a day focused on his demand for a border wall, President Donald Trump used music and pageantry to welcome "the five newest members of our great American family" during a naturalization ceremony in the Oval Office. In a ceremony Saturday that began to the strains of a violin and ended...

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China grants Ivanka Trump 5 trademarks amid trade talks

Jan. 21, 2019 4:31 AM EST

SHANGHAI (AP) — The Chinese government has granted Ivanka Trump's company preliminary approval for another five trademarks this month, as her father's administration pushes ahead on trade negotiations with China. Four trademarks, including child care centers, sunglasses and wedding dresses, were approved...

Shutdown goes on as Trump offer doesn't budge Democrats

Jan. 21, 2019 4:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-one days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans appeared no closer to ending the impasse than when it began, with President Donald Trump lashing out at his opponents after they dismissed a plan he'd billed as a compromise. Trump on Sunday branded House...

After 2016 ruling, battles over juvenile lifer cases persist

Jan. 21, 2019 3:17 AM EST

Locked up for life at 15, Norman Brown remains defined by the crime that put him behind bars. Twenty-seven years ago, Brown joined a neighbor more than twice his age to rob a jewelry shop in Chesterfield, Missouri, and the man shot the owner to death. The shooter was executed. But state officials, bound by a 2016...

Bolton's test: Massaging Trump tweets into foreign policy

Jan. 21, 2019 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In President Donald Trump's Washington, matters of war and peace are decided in 280-character bursts. It's up to John Bolton to massage them into a foreign policy. The mustachioed national security adviser developed a reputation as a bureaucratic bulldozer through more than three decades...

The shutdown today: Trump lashes out after Dems reject offer

Jan. 21, 2019 12:19 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 31: WHAT'S NEW President Donald Trump lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after Democrats made clear they would not accept his proposal to fund a border wall in exchange for temporarily protections for young immigrants brought to the country illegally as...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's murky claims on weather, shutdown

Jan. 21, 2019 12:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's nothing like a cold snap to bring out the global-warming skepticism of President Donald Trump. The fact that periods of extreme cold happen in a warming climate is well known by his government but Trump's crack Sunday — "Wouldn't be bad to have a little of that good old...

Today in History

Jan. 21, 2019 12:01 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Jan. 21, the 21st day of 2019. There are 344 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 21, 1977, on his first full day in office, President Jimmy Carter pardoned almost all Vietnam War draft evaders. On this date: In 1793, during the French Revolution, King...

Giuliani: 'So what' if Trump and Cohen discussed testimony

Jan. 20, 2019 11:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani left open Sunday the possibility that Trump and former personal attorney Michael Cohen might have discussed Cohen's congressional testimony. But, he added, "so what" if he did? Giuliani told CNN's "State of the Union" that he did not know if...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jan. 20, 2019 11:22 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

The Latest: Shutdown proposal unlikely to break logjam

Jan. 20, 2019 9:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the partial government shutdown (all times local): 9:15 p.m. Democrats and Republicans appear no closer to ending the dispute that led to a partial government shutdown 30 days ago. On Sunday, President Donald Trump criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for turning down his...