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As Senate hearing set for Kavanaugh, new accuser emerges

Sep. 23, 2018 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as negotiators reached agreement on an extraordinary hearing for Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, a second allegation of sexual misconduct by the Supreme Court nominee put the White House and Senate Republicans on the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further...

Inside Democrats' struggle with the Kavanaugh accusation

Sep. 24, 2018 2:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — By the time Sen. Dianne Feinstein huddled with the other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee in a room just off the Senate floor, the rumors were flying. The senators already had heard talk of the mysterious letter from a woman. They knew something about a startling allegation about the...

Congress set to fund government, but not Trump's wall

Sep. 24, 2018 1:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to pass a crucial spending bill that averts a government shutdown, but there's one potential obstacle: President Donald Trump. Neither party wants the government to close ahead of the midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, but Trump has made clear his...

Trump, at UN, to again confront North Korea's nuclear threat

Sep. 24, 2018 1:02 AM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — As he begins the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, President Donald Trump will again confront the dangers posed by North Korea's nuclear threat, though its shadow may appear somewhat less ominous than a year ago. Twelve months after Trump stood at the rostrum of the U.N. General...

Weighing whether to can Rosenstein, Trump tuned in TV hosts

Sep. 24, 2018 1:22 AM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — As Air Force One streaked across the desert sky and Las Vegas faded in the distance, President Donald Trump began seeking opinions. The TVs on the plane, tuned as always to Fox News, carried headlines about an explosive new story: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had...

The Latest: Committee to look into second woman's accusation

Sep. 23, 2018 11:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee staff say they will look into a report that a second woman is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong on judges, 'plummeting' poverty

Sep. 24, 2018 1:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the midterm elections draw near, President Donald Trump's tendency to declare his campaign promises fulfilled when they aren't has come into starker relief. He insists poverty in the U.S. is "plummeting," even though the number of poor people has barely declined under his watch and...

Pompeo: No end to NKorea sanctions until 'denuclearization'

Sep. 23, 2018 2:53 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo said Sunday that economic sanctions on North Korea won't be reduced until it completes "denuclearization" after leader Kim Jong Un offered to close the North's main nuclear site in exchange for U.S. concessions. Kim said last week at a summit with South Korea's...

Tenn. Democrat aims for Senate win by edging away from party

Sep. 23, 2018 8:24 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Phil Bredesen is a Democrat. But he'd rather you not mention that. "I need to make clear to everybody my independence from all of the national Democratic stuff," said Bredesen, the former two-term governor of Tennessee who is now running for the U.S. Senate. So far, his strategy...

Trump holding a campaign rally in West Virginia Saturday

Sep. 23, 2018 11:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is holding a campaign rally in West Virginia on Saturday. The president will rally for a slate of Republican candidates in Wheeling, including the GOP Senate nominee Patrick Morrisey. Trump has remained very popular in West Virginia, where he has visited several...

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Inside Democrats' struggle with the Kavanaugh accusation

Sep. 24, 2018 2:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — By the time Sen. Dianne Feinstein huddled with the other Democrats on the Judiciary Committee in a room just off the Senate floor, the rumors were flying. The senators already had heard talk of the mysterious letter from a woman. They knew something about a startling allegation about the...

Congress set to fund government, but not Trump's wall

Sep. 24, 2018 1:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to pass a crucial spending bill that averts a government shutdown, but there's one potential obstacle: President Donald Trump. Neither party wants the government to close ahead of the midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, but Trump has made clear his...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump wrong on judges, 'plummeting' poverty

Sep. 24, 2018 1:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the midterm elections draw near, President Donald Trump's tendency to declare his campaign promises fulfilled when they aren't has come into starker relief. He insists poverty in the U.S. is "plummeting," even though the number of poor people has barely declined under his watch and...

Weighing whether to can Rosenstein, Trump tuned in TV hosts

Sep. 24, 2018 1:22 AM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — As Air Force One streaked across the desert sky and Las Vegas faded in the distance, President Donald Trump began seeking opinions. The TVs on the plane, tuned as always to Fox News, carried headlines about an explosive new story: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had...

Some farmers worry Trump's bailout checks won't be enough

Sep. 24, 2018 1:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers across the United States will soon begin receiving government checks as part of a billion-dollar bailout to buoy growers experiencing financial strain from President Donald Trump's trade disputes with China. But even those poised for big payouts worry it won't be enough. And while...

Trump, at UN, to again confront North Korea's nuclear threat

Sep. 24, 2018 1:02 AM EDT

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — As he begins the sequel to his stormy U.N. debut, President Donald Trump will again confront the dangers posed by North Korea's nuclear threat, though its shadow may appear somewhat less ominous than a year ago. Twelve months after Trump stood at the rostrum of the U.N. General...

Sentencing for soldier who pleaded guilty to chemical weapon

Sep. 24, 2018 12:54 AM EDT

Sentencing is scheduled Monday for a soldier who pleaded guilty to making bombs that released chlorine gas in a forested training area near a U.S. Army base in Louisiana. Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Keith Taylor, of New Llano, could get life in prison and a $250,000 fine on the single count of using a chemical...

As Venezuelans go hungry, Trump targets food corruption

Sep. 24, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

PANAMA CITY (AP) — The June meeting was conducted behind closed doors far from the klieg-light attention normally focused on Venezuela. Around a U-shaped table in a hotel towering above the Panama Canal, U.S. Treasury Department officials distributed a list of suspected shell companies that they believe...

The Latest: Committee to look into second woman's accusation

Sep. 23, 2018 11:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who accuses him of sexually assaulting her decades ago (all times local): 11:40 p.m. Senate Judiciary Committee staff say they will look into a report that a second woman is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett...

As Senate hearing set for Kavanaugh, new accuser emerges

Sep. 23, 2018 11:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Just as negotiators reached agreement on an extraordinary hearing for Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, a second allegation of sexual misconduct by the Supreme Court nominee put the White House and Senate Republicans on the defensive and fueled calls from Democrats to postpone further...