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Kavanaugh in memo pushed graphic sex questions for Clinton

Aug. 20, 2018 2:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested that attorneys preparing to question President Bill Clinton in 1998 seek graphic details about the president's sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. The questions are part of a memo in which Kavanaugh advised Independent Counsel Ken...

Trump ready to ease rules on coal-fired power plants

Aug. 20, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming. It's expected to propose regulations that give states broad authority to determine how to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. The plan would...

AP sources: Prosecutors preparing charges against Cohen

Aug. 20, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, could be charged before the end of the month with bank fraud in his dealings with the taxi industry and with committing other financial crimes, two people familiar with the federal probe said Monday. The people confirmed...

Fearful of losing Roe, left pushes Schumer for action

Aug. 20, 2018 1:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least once a week, they assemble in Capitol meeting rooms for an hour-long strategy session. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer convenes the gatherings, which regularly include several Democratic senators, a dozen Senate aides and representatives of about 20 liberal organizations....

Trump assails Mueller following Times report

Aug. 20, 2018 10:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pressed his criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday, accusing Mueller's team of "enjoying ruining people's lives" and "looking to impact the election." Trump's tweets followed a New York Times report that the White House general counsel, Don McGahn,...

Trump sends mean tweets, first lady talks positivity online

Aug. 20, 2018 1:03 PM EDT

ROCKVILLE, Md. (AP) — Melania Trump talked up the importance of teaching children positive cyber habits Monday on the same morning that her husband sent tweets deriding current and former U.S. officials, including one message referring to a former CIA director as a "political hack." Asked about the...

US firms to Trump: Don't raise tariffs on more Chinese goods

Aug. 20, 2018 3:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fishermen off the Alaskan coast. A Florida maker of boat trailers. A building materials distributor in Tennessee. Those and hundreds of other American businesses are delivering the same plea to President Donald Trump as he considers imposing tariffs on nearly 40 percent of imported...

In the city that claims him, Ben Carson falls from grace

Aug. 20, 2018 1:06 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The portrait used to hang in the hallway, welcoming children and parents to the Archbishop Borders School in Baltimore: a smiling Dr. Ben Carson in surgical scrubs, rubbing together the careful, steady hands that helped him become the nation's most famous black doctor. "The person who has...

Steve Bannon wants GOP to rally behind Trump

Aug. 20, 2018 4:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Steve Bannon has a dire warning for Republicans — rally around President Donald Trump. During a Sunday interview with The Associated Press, the former chief strategist to Trump said he believes the GOP would lose 35 to 40 seats in the House if the election were held today, thereby...

Jury begins 3rd day of deliberations in Manafort fraud trial

Aug. 20, 2018 10:13 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Jury deliberations have resumed in the financial fraud trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Monday marks the third day that jurors ponder the 18-count indictment. Federal prosecutors in the trial in Alexandria, Virginia, allege that Manafort hid tens of millions of...

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Kavanaugh in memo pushed graphic sex questions for Clinton

Aug. 20, 2018 2:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh suggested that attorneys preparing to question President Bill Clinton in 1998 seek graphic details about the president's sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky. The questions are part of a memo in which Kavanaugh advised Independent Counsel Ken...

Trump honors federal immigration officials at White House

Aug. 20, 2018 2:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is using a White House event to pay tribute to federal immigration officials, returning to the fight over the U.S. southern border. The president on Monday was honoring employees of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Customs and Border Protection....

Ivey creates group to encourage Census participation

Aug. 20, 2018 2:50 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Saying the stakes are high, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday created a group to encourage participation in the 2020 Census as the state faces the possible loss of a congressional seat because of low population growth. Ivey announced the creation of Alabama Counts! Census Committee...

HUD: Evansville housing upgrades fell short of guidelines

Aug. 20, 2018 2:38 PM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — An audit of Evansville's public housing agency found that it failed to comply with federal guidelines during an upgrade of hundreds of apartments. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's inspector general's office examined the Evansville Housing Authority's handling...

Alaska voters to decide primaries for governor, US House

Aug. 20, 2018 2:36 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Voters in Alaska on Tuesday will select a Republican to move on to what's expected to be a closely watched governor's race this fall and choose the latest contender to try to unseat the longest-serving member of the U.S. House. Former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy and former Lt. Gov....

AP sources: Prosecutors preparing charges against Cohen

Aug. 20, 2018 2:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, could be charged before the end of the month with bank fraud in his dealings with the taxi industry and with committing other financial crimes, two people familiar with the federal probe said Monday. The people confirmed...

Trump ready to ease rules on coal-fired power plants

Aug. 20, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's efforts to slow global warming. It's expected to propose regulations that give states broad authority to determine how to restrict greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. The plan would...

Lawyer: Arrested migrant may have been mistaken for brother

Aug. 20, 2018 1:53 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Mexican migrant detained by immigration agents in California while driving his wife to a hospital to give birth may have been mistaken by authorities for his brother, the man's lawyer said. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Joel Arrona Lara was wanted on an...

Correction: Drought-Colorado River story

Aug. 20, 2018 1:38 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — In a story Aug. 15 about the Colorado River, The Associated Press, relying on information from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, reported erroneously when potential cutbacks could begin if a shortage is declared. A shortage could be declared in the latter part of 2019, and cutbacks could begin...

Feds probing charges of sex abuse at Florida prison

Aug. 20, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into allegations of rape, assault, and the smuggling of drugs into a central Florida prison for women. The Miami Herald reports that about 100 former inmates and relatives of inmates at the Lowell Correctional Institution near Ocala, Florida, attended a...