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For Trump, the economy is a potential 2020 storm cloud

Dec. 18, 2018 7:58 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forget Robert Mueller. The greatest threat to President Donald Trump's re-election bid may not be the slew of investigations closing in on his Oval Office but a possible economic slowdown. And the president knows it. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell again Monday, the latest dip in...

No timeline: O'Rourke not rushing 2020 decision despite buzz

Dec. 18, 2018 12:34 AM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — If the deep field of potential Democratic presidential contenders is on pins and needles as Beto O'Rourke decides his next move, it could be a long wait. The outgoing Texas congressman's team says he has no timeline or roadmap for deciding if he'd like to parlay a surprisingly close...

AP Explains: What happens in a partial government shutdown

Dec. 18, 2018 12:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump and Congress bicker over Trump's call for $5 billion to build a border wall with Mexico, government agencies are preparing for a partial government shutdown set to begin at midnight Friday. Many agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans...

US airstrikes in Somalia on the rise

Dec. 17, 2018 10:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spate of American airstrikes against Islamic extremists in Somalia is the latest in a dramatic uptick in U.S. attacks in the Horn of Africa nation since President Donald Trump took office. The weekend strikes, which killed 62 people, targeted al-Shabab militants who want to establish...

After judge's ruling against 'Obamacare,' what happens now?

Dec. 17, 2018 4:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge's ruling would, if upheld, wipe away the entire Affordable Care Act, the health care overhaul championed by President Barack Obama and twice sustained by the Supreme Court. Judge Reed O'Connor's opinion was issued late Friday, and supporters of the law vowed to appeal and...

Prominent artist defends colleague's disputed school mural

Dec. 17, 2018 4:21 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Artist Shepard Fairey will insist that one of his murals be removed from a Los Angeles school if officials follow through on plans to cover up another artist's mural that some community activists find offensive, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Fairey told the Times that seeking...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's distorted reality in expanding probes

Dec. 17, 2018 7:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump keeps changing his story in the swirling investigations into Russia election interference and hush money payments to women who say they had affairs with him. He insists that payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal during the...

Trump lawyer Giuliani rules out Mueller interview with Trump

Dec. 17, 2018 12:17 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a number of probes moving closer to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his attorney unleashed a fresh series of attacks on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with the special counsel....

Today in History

Dec. 17, 2018 12:05 AM EST

Today in History Today is Monday, Dec. 17, the 351st day of 2018. There are 14 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Dec. 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright of Dayton, Ohio, conducted the first successful manned powered-airplane flights near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, using their experimental...

Scope of investigations into Trump has shaped his presidency

Dec. 16, 2018 1:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Investigations now entangle Donald Trump's White House, campaign, transition, inauguration, charity and business. For Trump, the political, the personal and the deeply personal are all under examination. Less than two years into Trump's presidency, his business associates, political...