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2020 campaign trail runs through churches in South Carolina

Apr. 20, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — By now, most Democratic presidential candidates have polished their stump speeches. But when they're in South Carolina, they may need to add in a sermon. In a large and diverse primary field, White House hopefuls are angling to develop relationships with black churches. That's...

Democrats subpoena Mueller report amid calls for impeachment

Apr. 19, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, has issued a subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller's full report as Democrats intensified their investigation of President Donald Trump, but leaders stopped short of liberal demands for impeachment proceedings....

Trump laces into ex-advisers who spoke with Mueller

Apr. 19, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out Friday at current and former aides who cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, insisting the deeply unflattering picture they painted of him and the White House was "total bullshit." In a series of angry tweets from rainy Palm...

After 2 years of Russia probe drips, are you numb to it all?

Apr. 19, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For two years there's been the drip-drip-drip of the Russia investigation and the tweet-tweet-tweet of President Donald Trump assailing it. Numb yet? The slowly rolling revelations may have worked in Trump's favor by diluting the impact of a damaging report by Robert Mueller laying out...

Sanders goes on offensive defending credibility after report

Apr. 19, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sarah Sanders tried to do damage control on her credibility Friday, insisting that she hadn't intentionally misled the American public about FBI Director James Comey's firing despite telling the special counsel that her claim that "countless" agents had lost...

A few things you might have missed from the Mueller report

Apr. 19, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller's report focuses on the seminal questions of whether President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with the Russians and whether the president sought to illegally obstruct the investigation. But tucked into the 448-page document are vivid anecdotes and...

Biden expected to launch presidential campaign next week

Apr. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to join the crowded 2020 Democratic presidential field next week. The decision answers one of the most significant outstanding questions of the early presidential primary season, which has already seen announcements from 18 other Democrats....

The Latest: Democrats increase pressure for Mueller report

Apr. 20, 2019 12:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional reaction to special counsel Robert Mueller's report (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The Justice Department says the subpoena issued by House Democrats for the full special counsel report is unnecessary. Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec says Attorney...

Rural Nevada creating a virtual presidential campaign trail

Apr. 19, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democrat Kimi Cole is tired of excuses from presidential candidates who say it's too expensive and time-consuming to visit areas of rural Nevada like her town of Minden, population 3,400. To get there from Washington, D.C., however, would likely mean at least a seven-hour, multi-stop...

Japan courts Trump using emperor, first lady's birthday

Apr. 19, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Without close friends in Asia, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to be using every opportunity, even the emperor's accession, to court President Donald Trump. Abe is scheduling a rushed visit to Washington to meet with Trump and celebrate first lady's birthday, and then is inviting him...

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Today in History

Apr. 20, 2019 12:40 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, April 20, the 110th day of 2019. There are 255 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 20, 1999, the Columbine High School massacre took place in Colorado as two students shot and killed 12 classmates and one teacher before taking their own lives. On this...

The Latest: Democrats increase pressure for Mueller report

Apr. 20, 2019 12:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional reaction to special counsel Robert Mueller's report (all times local): 5:15 p.m. The Justice Department says the subpoena issued by House Democrats for the full special counsel report is unnecessary. Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec says Attorney...

2020 campaign trail runs through churches in South Carolina

Apr. 20, 2019 12:11 AM EDT

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — By now, most Democratic presidential candidates have polished their stump speeches. But when they're in South Carolina, they may need to add in a sermon. In a large and diverse primary field, White House hopefuls are angling to develop relationships with black churches. That's...

Trump laces into ex-advisers who spoke with Mueller

Apr. 19, 2019 11:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump lashed out Friday at current and former aides who cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, insisting the deeply unflattering picture they painted of him and the White House was "total bullshit." In a series of angry tweets from rainy Palm...

Democrats subpoena Mueller report amid calls for impeachment

Apr. 19, 2019 11:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, has issued a subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller's full report as Democrats intensified their investigation of President Donald Trump, but leaders stopped short of liberal demands for impeachment proceedings....

Japan courts Trump using emperor, first lady's birthday

Apr. 19, 2019 11:53 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Without close friends in Asia, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appears to be using every opportunity, even the emperor's accession, to court President Donald Trump. Abe is scheduling a rushed visit to Washington to meet with Trump and celebrate first lady's birthday, and then is inviting him...

Feds ask for 18-month sentence in Russian agent case

Apr. 19, 2019 10:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. prosecutors say a Russian gun-rights activist who admitted being a secret agent for the Kremlin should serve an 18-month prison sentence. The request came in a sentencing memo filed late Friday in Maria Butina's case. Prosecutors say Butina was "not a spy in the traditional sense"...

Judge: Resumption of US coal sales by Trump needs review

Apr. 19, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ruled that the Trump administration failed to consider potential damage to the environment from its decision to resume coal sales from U.S. lands, but the court stopped short of halting future sales. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana said Interior...

The Latest: Trump expresses anger at Mueller report

Apr. 19, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on special counsel Robert Mueller's report and President Donald Trump (all times local): 3 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump played golf Friday with conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh and a couple of unidentified friends. Trump is spending the Easter weekend...

Warren becomes first 2020 Democrat to call for impeachment

Apr. 19, 2019 7:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday became the first 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to make a full-throated call for the House of Representatives to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report....