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President who cried wolf? Real border alarms now seem hollow

Apr. 17, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Donald Trump insisted last year that America's southern border was in crisis, his warnings landed with a thud. Making unverified claims about "unknown Middle Easterners" and prayer rugs found by ranchers, Trump drew eye rolls from Democrats and many others, who derided his...

Rosen defends qualifications at Senate Judiciary hearing

Apr. 10, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee for deputy attorney general defended his qualifications for the post at his confirmation hearing on Wednesday, as lawmakers raised questions about his lack of criminal law experience. But the tensest moments of Jeffrey Rosen's confirmation hearing before...

Democrats prepare border bills, say Trump enflames problem

Apr. 10, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to show they have solutions, Democrats are honing proposals to address the surge of families entering the U.S. at the southern border, a problem they say President Donald Trump's restrictive immigration policies are enflaming. House Democrats plan to introduce legislation...

Acting appointments help Trump avoid saying 'You're hired'

Apr. 9, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump looks to reshape the executive branch, he's avoiding the words "You're hired." Trump's choice of Kevin McAleenan as acting replacement for Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen spotlights the president's increasing reliance on a once-obscure federal...

Nielsen exit comes amid larger shake-up at Homeland Security

Apr. 9, 2019 12:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and White House allies pressing for a harder line on immigration sped up their campaign to clean house at the Department of Homeland Security with a mission far wider than just the departure of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. The dismantling of the government's...

Shake-up at Homeland Security goes beyond Nielsen's exit

Apr. 8, 2019 10:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and White House allies pressing for a harder line on immigration sped up their campaign Monday to clean house at the Department of Homeland Security with a mission far wider than just the departure of Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. The dismantling of the government's...

Horse deaths put Santa Anita under scrutiny on big race day

Apr. 5, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Santa Anita is facing enormous scrutiny, and not just because this weekend is the biggest race day of the year. The venerable track where superstars Seabiscuit and Zenyatta once thrilled fans is fighting for its future a month before the Kentucky Derby, with track officials...

Collins, Feinstein want a Smithsonian Women's History Museum

Mar. 31, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, of Maine, and Dianne Feinstein, of California, want to create a Smithsonian Women's History Museum. They've introduced a bipartisan bill to establish the museum in Washington, D.C. Collins said women have made invaluable contributions to the nation, and that "a...

Mueller's obstruction punt left question in Barr's hands

Mar. 25, 2019 11:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Special counsel Robert Mueller had two key questions before him: Did the Trump campaign collude with the Russian government during the 2016 election, and did President Donald Trump commit obstruction of justice? On the collusion question, Mueller provided an unambiguous "no." But on...

New Mexico senator, conservationist won't run again in 2020

Mar. 25, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Senator Tom Udall announced Monday he will not seek re-election in 2020, opening a secure Democratic seat to competition and ending a chapter in a Western political dynasty built on environmental conservation. The second-term senator and former congressman said he was...