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Mexican Congress approves budget after protests

Nov. 22, 2019 2:23 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s lower house of Congress approved the 2020 federal budget Friday in an all-night meeting at a convention center after protests and blockades by farm groups surrounding the Congress building. The protests were sparked by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s policy...

Mystery grows over Trump administration hold on Lebanon aid

Nov. 22, 2019 2:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is withholding more than $100 million in U.S. military assistance to Lebanon that has been approved by Congress and is favored by his national security team, an assertion of executive control of foreign aid that is similar to the delay in support for Ukraine at...

Analysis: Lots of impeachment evidence but one thing missing

Nov. 22, 2019 8:09 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After two weeks of riveting public hearings in the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, there is a mountain of evidence that is now beyond dispute. Trump explicitly ordered U.S. government officials to work with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on matters related to...

NY man gets prison for messages to 2 GOP Congress members

Nov. 21, 2019 9:45 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man convicted of leaving menacing phone messages for two prominent Republican members of Congress was sentenced to five years in prison, prosecutors said Thursday. Bayon last year left voicemails that authorities said crossed the line into threats against Reps. Steve...

The Latest: Atty: Man says messages weren’t meant as threats

Nov. 21, 2019 9:42 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a New York man convicted of leaving menacing phone messages for two Republican members of Congress (all times local): 9:40 p.m. A lawyer assisting a western New York man sentenced to five years in prison for voicemails he left for two Republican members...

California court invalidates law requiring Trump tax returns

Nov. 21, 2019 8:36 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump does not have to disclose his tax returns to appear as a candidate on California’s primary ballot next spring, the state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The law, the first of its kind in the nation and aimed squarely at Trump, violates a...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump, GOP claims on Ukraine corruption

Nov. 21, 2019 6:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and his GOP allies pressed a defense Thursday that he acted appropriately in withholding military aid to Ukraine out of concern over the country’s corruption and claimed the House impeachment hearings amounted to a rogue process. The claims don’t match...

Trumps signs stopgap spending bill, averting shutdown

Nov. 21, 2019 6:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump on Thursday signed a short-term funding bill, averting the threat of a government shutdown until next month. Trump signed the bill, which will extend funding through December 20, hours before government funding was set to expire. The Senate, by a 74-20 vote, passed the...

Impeachment hearing takeaways: A ‘domestic political errand’

Nov. 21, 2019 5:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The final testimony of an extraordinary week of impeachment hearings came from a former White House national security adviser who wrote the book on Vladimir Putin — literally — and a political counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine who overheard a pivotal conversation...

The Latest: Impeachment hearings wrap up for the week

Nov. 21, 2019 4:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the House impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have made their closing arguments as they end the final impeachment hearing of the week...