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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...

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....

Sen. Chris Murphy writing book on gun violence

Jul. 15, 2019 11:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of Washington's leading advocates for gun control, Sen. Chris Murphy, has a book coming out next year. Murphy's "The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy" will be published Jan. 20, Random House announced Monday. Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, said in...

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...

In Buttigieg and Biden, Dems confront generational divide

Jul. 15, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Amy McInerney at first saw Joe Biden as Democrats' best hope to beat President Donald Trump — an experienced politician with the potential to peel off some of Trump's working-class supporters. Then she heard Pete Buttigieg speak. "I felt like Pete more represented my...

Reaction to Trump telling liberal lawmakers to leave US

Jul. 15, 2019 12:37 AM EDT

President Donald Trump on Sunday criticized a group of non-white Democratic congresswomen in tweets and said they should leave the U.S. and go back to the countries "from which they came." The four women are American citizens and all but one was born in the U.S. A sampling of reaction to Trump's tweets: __ "Mr....