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US targets $1.3 billion in French imports in tech tax clash

Jul. 10, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday announced plans to impose taxes on $1.3 billion in French imports — hitting handbags and makeup but sparing cheese and wine — in retaliation for France’s digital services tax on U.S. technology giants. But the Office of the U.S....

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., listens to questions during a news conference following a GOP policy meeting on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

McConnell eyes virus aid as evictions, benefits cuts loom

Jul. 7, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An eviction moratorium is lifting. Extra unemployment benefits are ending. Parents are being called to work, but schools are struggling to reopen for fall as the COVID-19 crisis shows no signs of easing. With Congress bracing for the next coronavirus aid package, Senate Majority Leader...

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo medical workers bring a patient to the Northbridge Health Care Center in Bridgeport, Conn. A report from Senate Democrats finds that the Trump administration was slow to comprehend the scale of COVID-19's impact on nursing homes and a disjointed federal response only compounded the devastating toll. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Dems: Government's 'deadly delay' devastated nursing homes

Jul. 1, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration was slow to comprehend the scale of COVID-19's impact on nursing homes and a disjointed federal response has only compounded the devastating toll, according to a report from Senate Democrats. Wednesday's report finds a lack of coordination among government...

FILE - This April 13, 2016 file photo shows the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's chief watchdog is pledging independence, saying he will perform his role “in an unbiased and impartial manner, free of undue or inappropriate influences” by Trump or anyone else.  Peter Thomson, a New Orleans attorney and former federal prosecutor, faced skepticism about his ability to ward off presidential interference at a nomination hearing Wednesday.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Nominee to be CIA watchdog says he'll stand up to Trump

Jun. 24, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's chief watchdog is pledging independence, saying he will perform his role “in an unbiased and impartial manner, free of undue or inappropriate influences” by Trump or anyone else. Peter Thomson, a New Orleans attorney and...

Protesters wear face masks to protect against the spread of the new coronavirus as they gather in Lafayette Square, Saturday, June 13, 2020, near the White House in Washington, while demonstrating against the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Watchdog eyes violent routing of protesters near White House

Jun. 22, 2020 2:10 PM EDT

An Interior Department watchdog office will investigate law enforcement and security forces’ violent clearing of protesters from a square in front of the White House earlier this month. The Interior Department’s U.S. Park Police and other forces released chemical agents and at times punched and...

In this courtroom sketch Joshua Schulte, center, is seated at the defense table flanked by his attorneys during jury deliberations, Wednesday March 4, 2020, in New York. A federal jury in Manhattan has heard closing arguments in the espionage trial of Schulte, a former CIA software engineer charged in the largest leak of classified information in the agency's history. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

CIA unit that crafts hacking tools didn't protect itself

Jun. 16, 2020 11:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A specialized CIA unit that developed sophisticated hacking tools and cyber weapons didn’t do enough to protect its own operations and wasn't prepared to adequately respond when the secrets were stolen, according to an internal report prepared after the worst data loss in the...

FILE - In this Monday, June 1, 2020, file photo police clear the area around Lafayette Park and the White House in Washington, as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers last month. The violent clearing of demonstrators from the nation's premier protest space in front of the White House is spotlighting a tiny federal watch force created by George Washington. Democratic lawmakers want answers about the clubbing, punching and other force deployed by some Park Police in routing protesters from the front of the White House on Monday.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Officials back off removing temporary fencing at White House

Jun. 9, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

The Trump administration appears to be retreating from its commitment to quickly remove most of a new fence blocking demonstrators and other members of the public from in front of the White House. Instead, National Park Service spokeswoman Katie Liming says only that her agency is in “continuing...

Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia testifies during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on

Trump admin opposes extending enhanced unemployment benefit

Jun. 9, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration opposes a Democratic proposal to extend a $600 per week federal unemployment benefit approved in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia said Tuesday. The $600 payment, which is in addition to normal unemployment benefits, "was the...

FILE- In this April 23, 2020, file photo a stimulus check issued by the IRS to help combat the adverse economic effects of the COVID-19 outbreak is shown in San Antonio. Compounding the hardships of coronavirus, some nursing homes have demanded that low-income residents turn over their $1,200 economic stimulus checks. On Tuesday, June 9, Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called on the Health and Human Services inspector general's office to issue a warning to nursing homes and assisted living facilities that such practices are “improper and unlawful.” (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Outcry as some nursing homes try to grab stimulus checks

Jun. 9, 2020 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Compounding the hardships of the coronavirus, some nursing homes have demanded that low-income residents turn over their $1,200 economic stimulus checks, a cash grab lawmakers want to halt. On Tuesday, Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called on the Health and Human...

Schumer calls for inquiry into Florida's unemployment system

Jun. 8, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, the top Senate Democrat, called on the Department of Labor to investigate Florida’s glitch-ridden unemployment system, asserting on Monday that the state mismanaged claims and failed to deliver timely benefits after massive job losses...