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Schumer calls for federal probe of contaminated baby food

Oct. 20, 2019 2:05 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Senate's top Democrat is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to examine a report that found dozens of baby food products contaminated with lead and other metals. Sen. Chuck Schumer says Sunday the FDA must take more action to regulate the baby food industry. A study by Healthy...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's Syrian mission-accomplished moment

Oct. 19, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump describes it, the U.S. swooped into an intractable situation in the Middle East, achieved an agreement within hours that had eluded the world for years and delivered a "great day for civilization." It was a mission-accomplished moment that other Republican...

Tulsi Gabbard elevated in Iowa by Clinton spat

Oct. 19, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

WEST BRANCH, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Clinton's suggestion this past week that Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is being "groomed" by Russians to act as a spoiler in the 2020 race may have had the opposite effect of what the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee intended: It's elevated Gabbard's candidacy and may have...

GOP congressman weighing impeachment won't seek new term

Oct. 19, 2019 8:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Florida Rep. Francis Rooney, one of the few Republicans openly weighing whether to impeach President Donald Trump, said Saturday he will not run for reelection. Asked if he needed or hoped for a third term in 2020, he told Fox News, "I don't really think I do and I don't think I really...

Trump outstripping Obama on pace of executive orders

Oct. 19, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn't too long ago that Donald Trump derided presidential executive orders as "power grabs" and a "basic disaster." He's switched sides in a big way: In each year of his presidency, he has issued more executive orders than did former President Barack Obama during the same time span....

Body of US Rep. Cummings will lie in state at Capitol

Oct. 19, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The body of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings will lie in state in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol next week. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office said in a news release that a formal ceremony open to members of Congress, the Cummings family and invited guests will be held...

Balance of power in Virginia may rest on write-in campaign

Oct. 19, 2019 10:42 AM EDT

LOCUST GROVE, Va. (AP) — Two years ago, partisan control of the Virginia General Assembly came down to a random drawing of names out of a ceramic bowl. This year it could come down to whether a Republican incumbent with a tricky-to-spell last name can win as a write-in candidate. "I hope you all enjoy the...

Shifting explanations from White House alarm some in GOP

Oct. 19, 2019 1:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The shifting White House explanation for President Donald Trump's decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine drew alarm Friday from Republicans as the impeachment inquiry brought a new test of their alliance. Trump, in remarks at the White House, stood by his acting chief of staff,...

Schiff, a longtime prosecutor, angers GOP in impeachment

Oct. 19, 2019 1:24 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — There is no Archibald Cox or Ken Starr to be found in President Donald Trump's impeachment. So it's up to Adam Schiff to build the case. While those independent prosecutors launched the investigations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, there is no comparative figure in the...

Guest lineups for the Sunday news shows

Oct. 18, 2019 9:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows: ABC's "This Week" — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. ___ NBC's "Meet the Press" —Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg; Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich. ___ CBS' "Face the Nation" — Reps....