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Trump flip-flops on tax cuts, citing 'strong economy'

Aug. 21, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after considering cutting taxes to promote economic growth, President Donald Trump on Wednesday changed course and said he would abandon the idea because the nation already had "a strong economy." Trump's flip-flop came after recent market volatility and economic uncertainty, and...

As Trump questions loyalty of US Jews, Israeli PM is quiet

Aug. 21, 2019 3:13 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister on Wednesday steered clear of Donald Trump's comments questioning the loyalty of American Jews who support the Democratic Party, in sharp contrast to the tide of condemnation from Jewish critics who accused him of trafficking in anti-Semitic stereotypes. Benjamin...

Trump: Again open to strengthening gun background checks

Aug. 21, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls "loopholes" doesn't clear the way for more gun control. Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House for Kentucky, the...

DC enacts emergency regulations to stop migrant kids shelter

Aug. 21, 2019 5:17 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington, D.C., has enacted emergency regulations to stop the federal government's plan to house unaccompanied migrant children there. The Washington Post reports the regulations by Mayor Muriel E. Bowser's administration were adopted Friday and prohibit licensing facilities housing...

Trump looks to discuss defense, energy with Romanian leader

Aug. 20, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump met with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at the White House on Tuesday as the two leaders explore ways to cooperate on defense and energy issues. Speaking to reporters before their private meeting, Trump said the potential for visiting Romania was something he...

White House insists fundamentals of US economy 'very strong'

Aug. 20, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The "fundamentals" of the U.S. economy are solid, the White House asserted, invoking an ill-fated political declaration of a decade ago amid mounting concern that a recession could imperil President Donald Trump's reelection. Exhibiting no such concern, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway...

Sri Lanka rejects criticism of army chief's appointment

Aug. 20, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's government on Tuesday hit out at foreign criticism of its appointment of a general accused of war abuses as the new army commander. The foreign ministry said in a statement that the decision to appoint a new commander was a sovereign decision by the head of state....

Paul Ryan moving to Maryland, not selling Wisconsin home

Aug. 20, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former House Speaker Paul Ryan is moving his family from his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin, to a house in a Washington, D.C., suburb less than a year after he retired from Congress saying he wanted to spend more time with his children. Ryan spokesman Kevin Seifert said Tuesday that...

3rd family sues DC charter school over child sex abuse

Aug. 20, 2019 5:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A third family has sued a Washington, D.C., charter school over a teacher convicted of sexually assaulting six of his students. The Washington Post reports the $30 million federal lawsuit against Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School accuses school workers of not...

US to play Cuba in new Nations League at Washington, DC

Aug. 19, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The United States' home game against Cuba in the first CONCACAF Nations League will be played at Audi Field in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 11. The site was announced Monday by the U.S. Soccer Federation, which has yet to say where the Nov. 15 home match against Canada will be played. As part...