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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2019, file photo, Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community, arrives at the Capitol in Washington for closed-door questioning about a whistleblower complaint that triggered President Donald Trump's impeachment. Trump has fired Atkinson. Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee Friday, April 3, 2020, of his decision to fire Atkinson, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Trump fires watchdog who handled Ukraine complaint

Apr. 4, 2020 2:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday abruptly fired the inspector general of the intelligence community, sidelining an independent watchdog who played a pivotal role in his impeachment even as his White House struggled with the deepening coronavirus pandemic. Trump informed the Senate...

In this Thursday, April 2, 2020, photo, Tulsa River Spirit Expo Center is mostly empty at the Tulsa Fairgrounds in Tulsa, Okla. (Stephen Pingry/Tulsa World via AP)

The Latest: UN to decide in month whether to delay meeting

Apr. 4, 2020 1:29 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: —CDC recommending Americans cover their faces when leaving...

President Donald Trump points to a reporter to ask a question as he speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Washington, as White House adviser Jared Kushner listens. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump admin tries to narrow stockpile's role for states

Apr. 4, 2020 12:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has abruptly changed its description of the Strategic National Stockpile and put forward a narrower vision of the role the federal government’s repository of life-saving medicines and equipment should play in supplying states' needs. The change comes as...

President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Face coverings recommended, but Trump says he won't wear one

Apr. 4, 2020 12:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced new federal guidelines Friday recommending that Americans wear face coverings when in public to help fight the spread of the new coronavirus. The president immediately said he had no intention of following that advice himself, saying, “I'm choosing...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump look to the first lady's box before delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington,  as Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker Nancy Pelosi watch. Trump and Pelosi have not spoken in five months at a time when the nation is battling its worst health crisis in a century. (Leah Millis/Pool via AP)

In time of crisis, Trump-Pelosi relationship remains broken

Apr. 3, 2020 7:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two of the most powerful people in Washington haven't spoken in five months at a time when the nation is battling its worst health crisis in a century, one that has already killed more than 6,000 Americans and put 10 million others out of work. President Donald Trump and House Speaker...

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., President Donald Trump, and Chevron CEO Mike Wirth listen during a meeting with energy sector business leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Friday, April 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House convenes oil CEOs as bust threatens US boom

Apr. 3, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump offered assurances of better times and coronavirus tests to oil CEOs at a White House summit Friday, but no firm proposals for easing the industry's way as the coronavirus pandemic and plunging petroleum prices threaten America's yearslong fracking boom. Executives...

White House: CDC to recommend Americans cover faces when outside, Trump calls it 'voluntary'

Apr. 3, 2020 5:33 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House: CDC to recommend Americans cover faces when outside, Trump calls it 'voluntary.'

White House: Anyone who will be in close proximity to Trump, Pence, will be given rapid COVID-19 test starting Friday

Apr. 3, 2020 2:28 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — White House: Anyone who will be in close proximity to Trump, Pence, will be given rapid COVID-19 test starting Friday.
President Donald Trump speaks before he signs the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office at the White House, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., listen. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump nominates McConnell ally to powerful appeals court

Apr. 3, 2020 1:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is nominating a 37-year-old judge and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to a seat on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Justin Walker of Kentucky has been on the federal bench less than six months and is one...

President Donald Trump listens during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Thursday, April 2, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

White House moves toward promoting face masks to fight virus

Apr. 3, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is formalizing new guidance to recommend that many Americans wear face coverings in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus as the president defends his response to the crisis. “Because of some recent information that the virus can actually be...