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Trump threatens shutdown in wild encounter with Democrats

Dec. 11, 2018 7:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a wild Oval Office confrontation, President Donald Trump heatedly threatened to shut down the U.S. government Tuesday as he and Democratic leaders bickered over funding for his promised border wall and offered a grim preview of life in Washington the next two years under divided...

'Many' candidates vying for chief of staff job, Trump says

Dec. 11, 2018 3:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wanted: Top aide to most powerful leader in world. Chief qualification: Willing to take the job. Must also be prepared to tolerate regular undermining by boss and risk of steep legal bills. Post-employment prospects: Uncertain. President Donald Trump is scrambling to find a new chief...

A primer on the ongoing Trump-Russia investigation

Dec. 11, 2018 9:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two women who say they had sex with him. A look at the nearly...

Some Trump allies starting to worry about investigations

Dec. 11, 2018 12:28 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's intensifying legal troubles are unnerving some of his fellow Republicans. Despite his brash stance, they believe the turmoil has left him increasingly vulnerable as he gears up for what is sure to be a nasty fight for re-election. Trump, ever confident of his...

China and US discuss plans for trade talks

Dec. 11, 2018 3:25 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — China's economy czar and U.S. trade envoys discussed plans for talks on a tariff battle, the government said Tuesday, indicating that negotiations are going ahead despite tension over the arrest of a Chinese tech executive. Vice Premier Liu He talked by phone with Treasury Secretary Steven...

Hints of Democratic agenda as Google CEO testifies

Dec. 11, 2018 4:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Google CEO Sundar Pichai — and other tech executives who may be watching — got hints Tuesday of what issues they can expect to face as Democrats take control of the House in three weeks. While Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee grilled Pichai on what they perceive...

A growing list: Trump associates who have pleaded guilty

Dec. 11, 2018 12:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five people in President Donald Trump's orbit have pleaded guilty to federal charges. Prosecutors in Washington and New York are investigating whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Kremlin in the 2016 election and whether Trump directed an illegal hush-money scheme to silence...

With eyes on House majority, Dems cautious about impeachment

Dec. 11, 2018 10:13 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some Democrats who will take the House majority in January are willing to say that President Donald Trump may have committed impeachable offenses. But that doesn't mean they will try to impeach him — at least not yet. For several reasons, Democrats have been extremely cautious...

The Latest: Trump denies that few want chief of staff job

Dec. 11, 2018 8:56 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's chief of staff (all times local): 8:55 a.m. President Donald Trump is disputing news reports that he's having a hard time finding a new White House chief of staff. In a tweet Tuesday disparaging the reports as "fake," Trump says many people, "over...

The Latest: Pelosi: Trump thinks Mexico will pay for wall

Dec. 11, 2018 11:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's promised U.S.-Mexico border wall (all times local): 4:35 p.m. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump thinks Mexico will pay for the border wall through the new trade deal. Pelosi told colleagues privately that Trump insisted...

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Democrats focus on voting rights ahead of 2020 primary

Dec. 12, 2018 12:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are trying to turn their most painful losses this year into a rallying cry they hope will electrify the 2020 presidential campaign: Every vote matters. Multiple potential contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination are elevating the issue of voting rights as they...

Analysis: A rancorous first glimpse of new Trump-Dem dynamic

Dec. 12, 2018 12:43 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's first encounter with newly empowered congressional Democrats produced a striking Oval Office display that revealed how ill-prepared he is for the biggest political challenge of his presidency. There was Trump, sitting between two seasoned legislators, repeating...

The Latest: Flynn requests probation, community service

Dec. 12, 2018 12:37 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election (all times local): 12:35 a.m. Lawyers for former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn are calling his false statement to the FBI "an uncharacteristic error in judgment" as Flynn hopes to...

Flynn's lawyers say his lie to FBI 'uncharacteristic'

Dec. 12, 2018 12:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn asked a judge Tuesday to spare him prison time, saying he had devoted his career to his country and taken responsibility for an "uncharacteristic error in judgment." The arguments to the judge echoed those of special...

A look at where the investigations related to Trump stand

Dec. 12, 2018 12:33 AM EST

A look at where the investigations related to President Donald Trump stand and what may lie ahead for him. WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? Trump is facing criminal investigations in Washington and New York. Special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia and whether the...

Reading between the lines of Trump's Oval Office tussle

Dec. 12, 2018 12:32 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The heated, on-camera Oval Office exchange between House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and President Donald Trump was an extraordinary public airing of grievances, with lots to unpack. What was being said between the lines? And who was blurring facts?...

Trump administration proposes major rollback of water rules

Dec. 12, 2018 12:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration proposed withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the country Tuesday, making good on President Donald Trump's campaign pledge to weaken landmark Obama-era water rules long opposed by some developers, farmers and oil, gas, and...

AP FACT CHECK: Trump sees a border wall where none exists

Dec. 12, 2018 12:31 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As if spotting a mirage in the Southwestern desert, President Donald Trump and his aides are seeing a wall standing along the Mexico border where none exists. For months Trump has claimed that wall construction is underway and he's brought the matter to the forefront again as the White...

Yavapai County gets $25M in federal funds for road project

Dec. 12, 2018 12:29 AM EST

CAMP VERDE, Ariz. (AP) — Yavapai County has been awarded $25 million in grant funding to help build a bridge over the Verde River. The county says the project will reduce emergency response times, increase tourism and relieve traffic congestion. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the funding...

Pelosi gives Trump an earful, questions 'manhood' in private

Dec. 12, 2018 12:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In public, Nancy Pelosi lectured Donald Trump on the Constitution and wagged a finger at him for characterizing her "strength." In private, she questioned his "manhood" — and her disdain for him became public, again, anyway. "It's like a manhood thing for him. As if manhood could...