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Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of Union

Jan. 24, 2019 1:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Following a high-stakes game of dare and double-dare, Trump conceded Wednesday night that "no venue...

Votes on Senate bills seen as progress even if they fail

Jan. 24, 2019 4:08 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is taking a new approach to ending the partial government shutdown by actually taking votes instead of just pointing fingers. But competing bills appear likely to fail Thursday, caught in a poisonous Washington impasse. Either measure would reopen federal agencies and pay...

The shutdown today: Trump decides to postpone speech

Jan. 24, 2019 1:31 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 34: WHAT'S NEW The showdown over the State of the Union address ended Wednesday night when President Donald Trump said he would wait until after the partial government shutdown to address Congress and the nation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had withdrawn an...

Trump, GOP embrace amid political fallout from shutdown

Jan. 24, 2019 12:43 AM EST

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — As President Donald Trump's approval rating falls, the Republican Party is grasping him ever tighter. Gathering in New Mexico, the Republican National Committee's governing body will take the unusual step Friday of voting to declare the party's "undivided support" for Trump...

Trump's shutdown gift to Pelosi: a unified Democratic caucus

Jan. 24, 2019 12:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has done something remarkable in the government shutdown: He's unified the diverse new House Democratic majority firmly behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It's not even about the wall at this point. Democrats are sticking together with an unusual amount of unity as a way...

Diversity highlights emerging field of Democratic candidates

Jan. 24, 2019 12:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The early days of the Democratic primary campaign are highlighting the party's diversity as it seeks a nominee who can build a coalition to take on President Donald Trump. Of the more than half dozen Democrats who have either moved toward a campaign or declared their candidacy, four are...

AP-NORC poll: 6 in 10 Americans blame Trump for shutdown

Jan. 24, 2019 12:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong majority of Americans blame President Donald Trump for the record-long government shutdown and reject his primary rationale for a border wall, according to a new poll that shows the turmoil in Washington is dragging his approval rating to its lowest level in more than a year....

Government shutdown poses increasing risk to wider economy

Jan. 24, 2019 1:03 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — At this time of year, John Sprinkle and his wife would normally be planning their summer vacation. Not now. Sprinkle, a furloughed federal employee, is about to miss his second paycheck since the partial government shutdown began just before Christmas. With no end in sight to the longest...

Ex-Trump lawyer Cohen delaying testimony to Congress

Jan. 23, 2019 4:49 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, will not testify before a House committee next month as scheduled, his adviser said Wednesday, depriving Democrats for now of a prime opportunity to scrutinize Trump, his links to Russia and payments to buy the silence of a porn star....

Manafort denies lying to investigators after plea agreement

Jan. 23, 2019 5:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman on Wednesday denied allegations he lied to investigators after he began cooperating with them. Lawyers for Paul Manafort submitted a heavily redacted 10-page filing aimed at knocking down claims by special counsel Robert Mueller's office...

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The Latest: Sweden, Denmark back Venezuela opposition leader

Jan. 24, 2019 4:16 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 5:10 a.m. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom says "the people's right to peacefully demonstrate and freely choose its leaders must be respected" in Venezuela after sometimes violent rallies in the wake of...

The shutdown today: Trump decides to postpone speech

Jan. 24, 2019 1:31 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 34: WHAT'S NEW The showdown over the State of the Union address ended Wednesday night when President Donald Trump said he would wait until after the partial government shutdown to address Congress and the nation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had withdrawn an...

Ending showdown with Pelosi, Trump postpones State of Union

Jan. 24, 2019 1:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he is postponing his State of the Union address until the partial government shutdown ends, yielding after a weeklong showdown with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Following a high-stakes game of dare and double-dare, Trump conceded Wednesday night that "no venue...

Trump's shutdown gift to Pelosi: a unified Democratic caucus

Jan. 24, 2019 12:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has done something remarkable in the government shutdown: He's unified the diverse new House Democratic majority firmly behind Speaker Nancy Pelosi. It's not even about the wall at this point. Democrats are sticking together with an unusual amount of unity as a way...

AP-NORC poll: 6 in 10 Americans blame Trump for shutdown

Jan. 24, 2019 12:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A strong majority of Americans blame President Donald Trump for the record-long government shutdown and reject his primary rationale for a border wall, according to a new poll that shows the turmoil in Washington is dragging his approval rating to its lowest level in more than a year....

Trump, GOP embrace amid political fallout from shutdown

Jan. 24, 2019 12:43 AM EST

SANTA ANA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — As President Donald Trump's approval rating falls, the Republican Party is grasping him ever tighter. Gathering in New Mexico, the Republican National Committee's governing body will take the unusual step Friday of voting to declare the party's "undivided support" for Trump...

North Korea says Kim orders preparations for 2nd Trump meet

Jan. 24, 2019 12:34 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered preparations for a second summit with President Donald Trump, saying he'll "wait with patience and in good faith" to work toward a common goal, the North's state media reported Thursday. Despite Kim's determination for another meeting...

Diversity highlights emerging field of Democratic candidates

Jan. 24, 2019 12:27 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The early days of the Democratic primary campaign are highlighting the party's diversity as it seeks a nominee who can build a coalition to take on President Donald Trump. Of the more than half dozen Democrats who have either moved toward a campaign or declared their candidacy, four are...

Government shutdown delays, disrupts environmental studies

Jan. 24, 2019 12:25 AM EST

The rainwater collection system is broken at the environmental research station on a remote, rocky Pacific island off the California coast. So is a crane used to hoist small boats in and out of the water. A two-year supply of diesel fuel for the power generators is almost gone. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service...

Low Greenland salmon harvest good news for fish, group says

Jan. 24, 2019 12:18 AM EST

ST. ANDREWS, New Brunswick (AP) — A Canadian conservation group says a drop in the harvest of Atlantic salmon by Greenland's fishermen is good news for the species. Atlantic salmon are considered endangered by the U.S. government, and only consistently return to a handful of American rivers, all of which...