The Latest: Comey set to testify June 8 on Russia
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The Latest: Comey set to testify June 8 on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Former FBI director James Comey is set to testify June 8 before the Senate intelligence committee investigating Russian activities during last year’s election. The committee said Thursday that Comey will testify in an open session, which will be … Continue reading

Trump resisting pressure from Europe, pope on climate deal
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Trump resisting pressure from Europe, pope on climate deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though Trump and aides were looking for “caveats in the language” related to the exit and had not made a final decision. Leaving the deal would fulfill a central campaign … Continue reading

Trump’s use of private cellphone raises security concerns
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Trump’s use of private cellphone raises security concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy of the U.S. commander in chief’s communications. Trump has urged leaders of Canada and Mexico to … Continue reading

Trump resisting pressure from Europe, pope on climate deal
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Trump resisting pressure from Europe, pope on climate deal

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from a landmark global climate agreement, a White House official said Wednesday, though Trump and aides were looking for “caveats in the language” related to the exit and had not made a final decision. Leaving the deal would fulfill a central campaign … Continue reading

Kushner ties to Russia questioned as Trump blasts media lies
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Kushner ties to Russia questioned as Trump blasts media lies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Democrats on Sunday demanded to hear directly from top White House adviser Jared Kushner over allegations of proposed secret back-channel communications with Russia, saying the security clearance of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law may need to be revoked. Trump, having returned from a nine-day overseas trip, immediately railed against administration leaks, calling … Continue reading

North Korea says ready to deploy, mass-produce new missile
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North Korea says ready to deploy, mass-produce new missile

TOKYO (AP) — North Korea said Monday it is ready to start mass-producing a new medium-range missile after a weekend test-launch confirmed its combat readiness. It called the missile, capable of reaching Japan and major U.S. military bases there, an “answer” to U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies. The solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile flew about 500 kilometers … Continue reading

Trump attorney didn’t want him to sign financial disclosure
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Trump attorney didn’t want him to sign financial disclosure

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s attorneys originally wanted him to submit an updated financial disclosure without certifying the information as true, according to correspondence with the Office of Government Ethics. Attorney Sheri Dillon said she saw no need for Trump to sign his 2016 personal financial disclosure because he is filing voluntarily this year. But … Continue reading

Trump, dogged by questions at home, makes first trip abroad
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Trump, dogged by questions at home, makes first trip abroad

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s maiden international trip, a five-stop marathon across the Middle East and Europe, has long loomed as a crucial first test abroad for the chaos-courting president. That was before he fired his FBI director — and the chain reaction of scandal that followed. Now, with the eyes of the world … Continue reading

AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims unearned exoneration on Russia
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AP FACT CHECK: Trump claims unearned exoneration on Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump persists in suggesting that his 2016 campaign has been exonerated on the question of whether it colluded with Russians, even as a powerful investigation forms to look into that matter and multiple other inquiries press on. The president joined Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos in a news conference Thursday. … Continue reading

The Latest: Trump denies asking Comey to shelve Flynn probe
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The Latest: Trump denies asking Comey to shelve Flynn probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 4:40 p.m. President Donald Trump has responded with a direct “no, no” to a question about whether he asked former FBI Director James Comey to shelve an investigation into his former national security adviser. Trump also was questioned Thursday over revelations that he … Continue reading

Worst treatment ever, Trump grumbles; Dems demand deep probe
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Worst treatment ever, Trump grumbles; Dems demand deep probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surrounded by multiplying questions, President Donald Trump complained Wednesday that “no politician in history” has been treated worse. Democrats demanded an independent commission to dig into his firing of FBI Director James Comey, but Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan cautioned against “rushing to judgment.” Ryan said Congress needs to get the facts, … Continue reading

North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke
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North Korea: New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Monday boasted it successfully launched a new type of “medium long-range” ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead, an escalation of its nuclear program that the U.N. Security Council warned could bring new sanctions on Pyongyang. Outsiders saw a significant technological jump in the weekend … Continue reading

The Latest: CIA director to brief House lawmakers
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The Latest: CIA director to brief House lawmakers

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the report that President Donald Trump shared classified information with Russian officials (all times EDT): 12:16 p.m. CIA Director Mike Pompeo will brief members of the House intelligence committee later tonight. Pompeo will likely be grilled by lawmakers about published reports that President Donald Trump shared such highly classified … Continue reading

Conservative caucus backs GOP health bill but fate uncertain
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Conservative caucus backs GOP health bill but fate uncertain

WASHINGTON (AP) — The conservative House Freedom Caucus announced its support Wednesday for a newly revised GOP health care bill, a month after the group’s opposition forced Republican leaders to pull the legislation in an embarrassing retreat. The group’s support, while significant, does not necessarily guarantee passage of the Republican bill to partially repeal and … Continue reading

Trump has ‘no intention’ of releasing tax returns
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Trump has ‘no intention’ of releasing tax returns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump “has no intention” of releasing his taxes returns to the public, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Wednesday, asserting Americans have “plenty of information” about the president’s financial matters. For decades, presidents have released their tax returns. But Trump has so far refused, suggesting he would share the tax documents … Continue reading

Trump seems to rule out deeper US intervention in Syria
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Trump seems to rule out deeper US intervention in Syria

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is appearing to rule out deeper American military intervention in Syria beyond retaliatory strikes if Syrian President Bashar Assad continues his assault on civilians with chemical weapons. “Are we going to get involved with Syria? No,” Trump told Fox Business News in an interview that aired Wednesday. Trumps comments … Continue reading

Senator Warner discusses bipartisan proposals, President Trump and the Russians
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Senator Warner discusses bipartisan proposals, President Trump and the Russians

by Malik Glaspie & Omar Ross On Monday, April 3, the Spartan Echo spoke with Senator Warner (D-VA) via telephone conference to discuss issues in education as well as foreign relations. Sen. Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate by Virginia voters in Nov. 2008 and re-elected to a second term in 2014. The Senator … Continue reading

Trump, transgender and police shootings dominate elections
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Trump, transgender and police shootings dominate elections

Elections Tuesday across the U.S. featured a mayoral race with presidential overtones, a 23-person congressional primary highlighting Democratic Party rifts, a school board challenged for accommodating a transgender student and referendums on leadership and police issues in the Missouri cities of St. Louis and Ferguson. Here are some of the key local races on the … Continue reading

House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill
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House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation Friday afternoon, March 24, shortly before a scheduled vote after Trump called … Continue reading

Afghanistan wants more US help in fight against Taliban, IS
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Afghanistan wants more US help in fight against Taliban, IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghanistan wants the United States to send more forces to help meet shortfalls in the battle against the Taliban and the Islamic State group, the nation’s top diplomat said Tuesday. Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani welcomed a recent call by U.S. Gen. John Nicholson, the top American commander in Afghanistan, for a few … Continue reading