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'Many people agree with me': Trump digs in on racist tweets

Jul. 15, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Unbowed by searing criticism, President Donald Trump on Monday emphatically defended his tweet calling on four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to their "broken and crime infested" countries. Condemnation of his comments "doesn't concern me because many people agree with me,"...

The Latest: Sen. Tim Scott says Trump tweets 'unacceptable'

Jul. 15, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's racist tweets about four lawmakers of color (all times local): 2:25 p.m. The only black Republican in the U.S. Senate is criticizing President Donald Trump for tweets directed at four Democratic congresswomen of color. Sen. Tim Scott of South...

Some in GOP rebuke Trump, but party leaders still silent

Jul. 15, 2019 2:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Republicans remained largely silent after President Donald Trump said over the weekend that four women of color in Congress should "go back" to the countries they came from. By Monday, some in the party were speaking up. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the only black Republican senator, said...

Harris blasts, and takes money from, Epstein's law firm

Jul. 15, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kamala Harris bemoaned the influence of the powerful and connected elite last Tuesday when she called on top Justice Department officials to recuse themselves from any matter related to Jeffrey Epstein. She said work done by their former law firm, which represented the financier accused...

Moscow rally aims to get opposition candidates on the ballot

Jul. 15, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — About 1,000 people are rallying in Moscow to support opposition candidates looking to run for the local legislature in a second day of protests in the Russian capital. Opposition supporters gathered Monday to back the candidates' bid to run for the Moscow Duma in September. Election officials...

Pentagon to get unprecedented 3rd acting chief this year.

Jul. 15, 2019 1:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of delay, President Donald Trump is expected Monday to ask the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation opened an unprecedented period of senior-level instability at the Pentagon. Esper's nomination has been in...

Palestinians denounce Trump tweets against local hero

Jul. 15, 2019 1:01 PM EDT

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinians on Monday denounced President Donald Trump's attack on U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, accusing him of racism and saying it once again proves his bias against the Palestinian people. Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat and daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was one of four...

UK's May finds Trump tweets about lawmakers 'unacceptable'

Jul. 15, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A spokesman says British Prime Minister Theresa May thinks President Donald Trump used "completely unacceptable" language in his tweets about four Democratic congresswomen. Trump said the liberal lawmakers of color should go back to the "broken and crime infested" countries they came from....

Walker to take new job, won't run for office in 2022

Jul. 15, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he won't run for office again in 2022 because he has accepted a new full-time job running a group based in Washington, D.C., that promotes conservative ideas among young people. The Republican had been openly considering running for his old job...

German defense minister resigns to pursue EU's top job

Jul. 15, 2019 11:14 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen says she is resigning from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet to focus on becoming the next head of the European Commission, the top job in the European Union. Von der Leyen tweeted Monday that "tomorrow I will ask for the confidence of the...