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Can anything stop foreign government favors to Trump?

May. 23, 2018 12:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — First came news that a Chinese government-owned company had signed on to help build an Indonesian project that will include a Donald Trump-branded hotel and golf course. Then, days later, the president tweeted that his administration would ease sanctions against a Chinese smartphone maker...

Trump increases pressure on Justice Department

May. 23, 2018 12:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is increasing the pressure on the Justice Department, declining to say whether he has confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after the White House negotiated rare access to classified documents for Trump's congressional allies. Asked before a private...

The Latest: Republican backed by Pence loses Texas runoff

May. 23, 2018 12:34 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on primary runoff elections in Texas (all times local): 11:25 p.m. A Republican backed by Vice President Mike Pence has lost her run for Congress. Bunni Pounds was defeated Tuesday in a Texas primary runoff by state Rep. Lance Gooden. Pounds is a GOP fundraiser who has never...

FBI has turned to informants throughout its long history

May. 23, 2018 12:32 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Snitches, moles, spies, whistleblowers. Government informants are an age-old investigative tool that's as much a part of the FBI's 110 years of history as J. Edgar Hoover or its "10 Most Wanted" list. In the case of President Donald Trump, the FBI called on a longtime informant —...

Trump won't say if he has confidence in Rosenstein

May. 22, 2018 9:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declined to say Tuesday whether he has confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, escalating pressure on the Justice Department as his White House negotiated rare access to classified documents for his congressional allies. Asked before a private meeting...

Venezuelan president expels top US diplomat amid tensions

May. 22, 2018 9:30 PM EDT

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro expelled the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela and his deputy Tuesday for allegedly conspiring against the socialist government and trying to sabotage the weekend presidential election. "The empire doesn't dominate us here," Maduro said in a televised...

Madigan seeks probe of sexual-harassment retaliation claim

May. 22, 2018 9:12 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has called for an investigation into claims that he or his allies retaliated against fellow Democratic Rep. Kelly Cassidy for speaking out on sexual harassment, but Cassidy said Tuesday night she questions the independence of the investigative...

Missouri lawmakers read woman's testimony against Greitens

May. 22, 2018 8:32 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Like actors rehearsing a script, Missouri lawmakers on Tuesday publicly read aloud the previously secret criminal case transcripts of a woman who accused Gov. Eric Greitens of sexual misconduct and asserted that his attorney suggested she should deny it. The unusual scene played...

The Latest: Greitens' campaign launches TV ad

May. 22, 2018 6:37 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on allegations against Gov. Eric Greitens (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' campaign is launching a television ad to bolster support as lawmakers consider whether to try to impeach him. The ad cites a criminal charge against the Republican...

Iowa-based Planned Parenthood president stepping down

May. 22, 2018 6:04 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The president of the Planned Parenthood chapter for Iowa and Nebraska will step down as the organization prepares to join a larger chapter based in Minnesota. The Des Moines Register reports the agency announced Tuesday that Suzanna de Baca will step down effective Sept. 30 after...