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Lee now in favor of changing Confederate proclamation

Jul. 15, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee changed course on Monday and declared he's now in favor of amending a law that requires the state to honor Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan. Lee tweeted on Monday he will work to change a decades-old statute...

Brother of slain Sandy Hook student plans to run for office

Jul. 15, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — The 19-year-old brother of a Sandy Hook school shooting victim and outspoken advocate for greater school safety measures says he's running for the Connecticut Senate. Republican JT Lewis of Newtown posted a video on Twitter Monday, announcing plans to challenge Republican Sen. Tony...

Senator: Biggest US land agency moving to Colorado

Jul. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The headquarters of the U.S. government's largest land agency will move from the nation's capital to western Colorado, a Republican senator said Monday, a high-profile component of the Trump administration's plan to reorganize management of the nation's natural resources. Colorado Sen. Cory...

The Latest: Romney calls Trump's tweets 'destructive'

Jul. 15, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's racist tweets about four lawmakers of color (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney says President Donald Trump "failed badly" with tweets and remarks about four liberal House Democrats who are women of color. The Utah senator is one...

The Latest: Voter: Lawsuit tries 'to unrig a rigged process'

Jul. 15, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a partisan gerrymandering trial beginning in North Carolina state court (all times local): 6:30 p.m. A Democratic voter has testified that a gerrymandering lawsuit against North Carolina lawmakers is "trying to unrig a rigged process." The first day of the partisan...

Rand Paul touts efforts to increase legal immigration to US

Jul. 15, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — One way to reduce the tide of immigrants entering the United States illegally is to expand federal laws allowing newcomers to enter the country legally, Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul said Monday. The Kentucky lawmaker touted two bills that he's sponsoring in an attempt to increase...

Gov. Bevin: Special session on pensions to start Friday

Jul. 15, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A long-anticipated special legislative session will convene later this week in an effort to deliver relief for regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies strapped by surging pension costs, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin announced Monday. Lawmakers will meet starting at 8 a.m....

Treasury chief: Facebook currency plan ripe for illicit use

Jul. 15, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration came out strongly Monday against Facebook's ambitious plan to create a new digital currency, as the Treasury chief warned it could be used for illicit activity such as money laundering, human trafficking and financing terrorism. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin...

Some in GOP rebuke Trump, but party leaders still silent

Jul. 15, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans remained largely silent after President Donald Trump said over the weekend that four women of color in Congress should "go back" to the countries they came from. By Monday, some in the party were speaking up. Several GOP senators, and some House Republicans, said Trump had...

Trump digs in against Dem congresswomen; they're firing back

Jul. 15, 2019 6:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unfazed by widespread criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday intensified his incendiary comments about four Democratic congresswomen of color, urging them to get out if they don't like things going on in America. They fired back at what they called his "xenophobic bigoted remarks"...