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House condemns Trump 'racist' tweets in extraordinary rebuke

Jul. 16, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted Tuesday night to condemn President Donald Trump's "racist comments" against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump's Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn't "a racist...

Feds: Moving land agency will save money, improve decisions

Jul. 16, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it can save taxpayers millions of dollars, make better decisions and trim a "top heavy" office in Washington by moving the headquarters of the nation's biggest land agency to Colorado and dispersing scores of jobs across 11 states in the U.S. West....

Florida Democrats complain of Trump 'ballot bias' in 2020

Jul. 16, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Still reeling from a string of high-profile razor-thin election losses in Florida, national Democrats are asking a federal judge to discard a longstanding state law that reserves the top slot of next year's presidential ballot for the party of the state's governor. Assuming he...

Kelly outraises McSally in Arizona Senate race

Jul. 16, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Mark Kelly has again outraised Republican Sen. Martha McSally in the Arizona Senate race. Figures released by the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday show Kelly raised $4.2 million in the second quarter of 2019. Kelly, a retired astronaut, had just under $6 million in the bank on...

The Latest: House votes to condemn Trump tweets

Jul. 16, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's racist tweets about four Democratic lawmakers of color (all times local): p.m. The Democratic-led House has voted to condemn President Donald Trump's tweets telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to "go back" to their countries of origin....

Facebook's currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress

Jul. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' data. "We know we need to take the time to get this...

Senators urge FCC to maintain quake wireless alert speeds

Jul. 16, 2019 5:58 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A group of U.S. senators from the West Coast is urging the government to ensure that planned changes to the national Wireless Emergency Alert system do not impair its ability to provide rapid warnings about earthquakes. Twenty senators signed a letter Tuesday to Federal Communications...

The Latest: Facebook denies that it's a monopoly

Jul. 16, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional hearings on the reach of big tech (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Rep. Joe Neguse, a Democrat from Colorado, sought to pin down Facebook on the subject of "monopoly" during a hearing on the power of Big Tech. Facebook argues it is not a monopoly because it has...

The Latest: Trump administration to move land agency west

Jul. 16, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the Trump administration plan to move the Bureau of Land Management headquarters from Washington to Colorado (all times local): 3:20 p.m. The Trump administration says it can save taxpayers up to $100 million over 20 years and trim a "top-heavy" office in Washington by moving...

Top Senate Democrat gives backing to reparations bill

Jul. 16, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he supports legislation that would create a commission to study reparations for the descendants of enslaved black people in the United States. Speaking to reporters at the Capitol, the New York Democrat on Tuesday called racism "the poison of...