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A primer on the figures in the Trump-related investigations

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 ...

Let’s put ‘tree police’ in proper perspective

By: State SEN. TOM CASPERSON R-Escanaba I recently sponsored legislation that attempts to strike a better balance between local government authority and private-property rights around the state. Our state includes more than 1,700 local units of government — cities, townships and villages. ...

Few of us prepared for demands of elder care

It often starts off easy. For me it did. An elderly friend needed some help with food shopping and dealing with the cable company. He has no family to speak of, and his close friends have died. Pushing 90, his thinking had obviously slowed, but he could still shave, bathe and dress. So I ...

Movie tells the ignored story of ‘America’s biggest serial killer’

WASHINGTON — A word can be worth a thousand pictures. In the movie “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” the mild word “snip” describes what the camera, demonstrating the eloquence of reticence, does not show in gory detail: Kermit Gosnell’s use of scissors to ...

Trump picks Army chief of staff as his next top military adviser

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Saturday he wants a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation’s next top military adviser. If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Mark Milley, who has been chief of the Army since August 2015, would ...

‘Dumb’ and ‘lazy’: Trump responds to Tillerson criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump, never known for taking criticism lying down, responded to unkind words from his former secretary of state Rex Tillerson on Friday by calling Tillerson "dumb as a rock" and "lazy as hell." During a rare public appearance in Houston on Thursday ...

Thousands salute Bush funeral train 4141 on final Texas ride

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Thousands waved and cheered along the route as funeral train No. 4141 — for the 41st president — carried George H.W. Bush’s remains to their final resting place on Thursday, his last journey as a week of national remembrance took on a decidedly personal ...

Disputed race puts spotlight on ‘ballot harvesting’

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An investigation into whether political operatives in North Carolina illegally collected and possibly stole absentee ballots in a still-undecided congressional race has drawn attention to a widespread but little-known political tool called ballot harvesting. It’s a ...

President George H.W. Bush: Man of character

I first met the man who would become America’s 41st president in 1968. He was a Houston congressman and I was a young reporter for a local TV and radio station. My first impression was how kind he was to this “kid,” who had just moved to Texas from the Washington, D.C., area and was just ...

‘Entity’ breached House GOP campaign arm in 2018

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of emails were stolen from aides to the National Republican Congressional Committee during the 2018 midterm campaign, a major breach exposing vulnerabilities that have kept cybersecurity experts on edge since the 2016 presidential race. The email accounts were ...

Sanders eyes ‘bigger’ 2020 bid despite some warning signs

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — An insurgent underdog no more, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is laying the groundwork to launch a bigger presidential campaign than his first, as advisers predict he would open the 2020 Democratic presidential primary season as a political powerhouse. A final decision ...

Trump praises witness who won’t testify against him

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump praised a key witness in the Russia investigation Monday for having the "guts" not to testify against him, and said his former lawyer — who cut a deal with prosecutors — should head straight to prison. In a pair of politically charged tweets, ...

Bush retained sense of humor until the end, Jim Baker says

WASHINGTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush didn’t lose his sense of humor even as he was letting go of life. Surrounded by loved ones Friday night as he lay in bed at home in Houston, he was approached by the wife of his longtime friend, James A. Baker III, who was in the room with her husband. ...

The Supreme Court jumps to unanimity on frog case

WASHINGTON — Unanimity is elusive in today’s America but the Supreme Court achieved it last week. Although the dusky gopher frog is endangered, so are property rights and accountable governance. Both would have been further jeopardized if the frog’s partisans in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

Pro-smoking government

E-cigarettes let people get a hit of nicotine without burning tobacco. Avoiding burning tobacco is the single greatest preventative health measure human beings can take, given the diseases conventional cigarettes cause. Unfortunately, our government and media now act as if vaping ...

Trump, Pelosi form unlikely power relationship in Washington

WASHINGTON (AP) — They haven’t spoken in days, not since President Donald Trump called to congratulate Nancy Pelosi on Democrats’ election night win. But they don’t really need to. Trump and Pelosi go way back, from the time she first showed up at Trump Tower fundraising for the ...

GOP senator’s opposition likely sinks Trump nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — A second Republican senator has said he will vote against President Donald Trump’s nominee to serve as a district judge in North Carolina, likely dooming the prospects of Thomas Farr filling the nation’s longest court vacancy. Civil rights groups such as the NAACP have ...

Not just jobs riding on fate of GM plant after Trump promise

LORDSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — General Motors is moving to shut down as many as five North American factories in a major restructuring, but there are more than jobs riding on the fate of at least one of them: Ohio’s Lordstown assembly plant. Ohio and much of the rest of the industrial Midwest ...

Ivanka Trump says private email use not like Clinton’s

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivanka Trump defended her use of a private email account as she was moving into an adviser’s position in her father’s administration, saying it cannot be compared to the flap over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server and that “Lock her ...

Manafort back in Russia probe spotlight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The breakdown of a plea deal with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an explosive British news report about alleged contacts he may have had with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threw a new element of uncertainty into the Trump-Russia investigation. On ...